“He’s Just A Little Light In The Ass”

April 15th, 2024

Jason, this is getting creepy.”

So many people are at the end of their ropes when it comes to the Buccaneers’ overachieving center.

Robert Hainsey has transformed into a fan and media punching bag. Two full years as an ok Bucs starting center and many Bucs lovers and observers want to see him installed as a Packers backup — far, far away from Tampa.

Joe is slightly stunned. Hainsey was a very late third-round pick and a college tackle. What was the expectation?

Maybe fans were hoping for the next Jeremy Zuttah, a Bucs third-round pick in 2008 who proved to be a quick study of Jon Gruden’s complex offense. Zuttah was a good starting guard as as rookie and spent years in Tampa as a Lost Decade center before getting traded to Baltimore.

Ironically, Zuttah was sent packing from the Ravens after his 2016 Pro Bowl season so a new center could take over in Baltimore: Ryan Jensen, who Hainsey later replaced in Tampa.

Public Hainsey shaming resumed today on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Todd Bowles’ friend Pat Kirwan, the former Jets assistant coach and personnel chief, said he’d like to the see the Bucs grab an edge rusher in Round 1 next week but taking a center may be too tempting.

In Kirwan’s mind, it’s not the wisest move to draft a center in Round 1 and few teams are willing to do it, but he thinks the Bucs are very needy and probably have to consider it.

“He’s just a little light in the ass,” Kirwan said of Hainsey.

So could Hainsey compete to start at left guard, Mr. Kirwan? “It’s going to be hard for him to play even guard,” Kirwan said.

Kiran added that he’s put deep study into Hainsey’s body and play, and he’s impressed with Hainsey for avoiding getting benched. (Talk about backhanded praise. Damn!)

It’s more likely today than it was two weeks ago that Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson will be on the board for the Bucs at No. 26 overall, Kirwan said. He referenced rumblings of Powers-Johnson having a shoulder issue are a big nothing.

Joe maintains that Bucs fans truly will know how serious the team is about repairing their weak rushing attack when Rounds 1 through 3 are in the books by late Friday night.

A stud rookie center prospect and a new running back in the house would be the ultimate signs.

44 Responses to ““He’s Just A Little Light In The Ass””

  1. lambchopp Says:

    If OL is the play at 26 and Graham Barton is there, the Bucs would probably grab him for his versatility along the line. That’s just the Bucs MO, whether it has worked or not in the past.

  2. Bucben61 Says:

    A new center and rb1….damn now we’re talking

  3. SlyPirate Says:

    Everything I’m reading suggests this draft is deepest at OL. I could see the Bucs selecting OLB and DB or WR in rounds 1-2 and getting our new OG and C in the 3rd.

  4. JimBobBuc Says:

    I know we need a pass rush but our biggest need is the Sun game. I mean now and not two years from now. Don’t draft an OT to move inside. Draft a couple IOT who can start. Draft an RB1 who can get YAC and make people miss.

  5. Irishmist Says:

    I could try sending him a copy of my wife’s diet.

  6. Durango 95 Says:

    A stud rookie center prospect and a new running back in the house would be the ultimate signs.

    This would fill the team’s biggest position of need and add an impact player. A good old-school combination of picks. That could easily make a huge impact.

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    I’d be perfectly fine walking away with a top IOL in R1.

    That is both BPA and Need.

  8. White Tiger Says:

    I like Barton, but a 6’5” Center, with a 6’ QB, sounds like trouble.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We didn’t have high expectations of Hainsey and he met them.

  10. Saskbucs Says:

    Gholston signing before the draft is funny to me. DL looks like a potentially good option if OL and the top edge have all been drafted. Can it be draft day already?

  11. Saskbucs Says:

    Damn, wrong post for Gholston.

    @Irishmist… that’s gold.

    If Barton is drafted … can’t see him lasting past Steelers or Cowboys unless they like Guyton Mims or whoever… Hainsey, Barton, Opeta and Brederson is a solid 4some to fill in that IOL.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Well, I guess a little light in the a$$ is better than a little light in the loafers.

  13. CrackerBall Says:

    Well said CobraBoy… couldn’t agree more. IOL all the way!

  14. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Exactly! Hainsey is just not strong enough! Period. He’s smart, good technique and a nice guy. He has no power! I am telling you he was struggling with 275 on the squat bar during the Mcafee show when AQ was on for an interview. It was then I knew he was not the answer at center.

  15. MadMax Says:

    Signed another OLine, Lorenz Metz.

  16. Bucs Guy Says:

    Hainsey is a great back up for depth and a below average starter. Need Edge, center and guard. I trust JL to make the decision of which to draft when based on who’s available.

  17. CTBucs Says:

    I still think we should trade out of round 1. If we can grab two #2s, we could get some serious value in this draft. If we had two 2nds and 2 rds, we really could improve the depth on this team and find a couple starters

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Lorenz Metz……International player….doesn’t count against the 90 man roster…..German camp meat

  19. Bucben61 Says:

    Good signing

  20. bill Says:

    The object is to get a 8-10 yaer player in the first round. It doesn,t matter which position it is. Picking 26 take a sure thing and not potential.

  21. BrianBucs Says:

    The Bucs will never have a good running attack as long as Jason Licht keeps drafting offensive tackles to come here and play center and guard

  22. 2023 Surprised the Hell out of me Says:

    hey joe

    The Bucs have also signed former University of Cincinnati OL Lorenz Metz, a native of Germany. As part of the International Player Pathway Program, Metz is exempt from counting against the current 90-man roster limit.

  23. Usedtocould Says:

    Draft a starter that will get signed to a second contract, Irish mist is my new fav

  24. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hainsey sucks at Center. He was signed to be a back up, at thats what he is.
    Gotta replace him.
    But why has everyone forgot about Left Guard?
    Stennis and Feiler sucked just as bad as Hainsey.
    And they have both gone.
    So, whos left Guard? Sua and Ben, the two new guys we just signed?
    Both are career backups, and were released by their teams.
    Ben has tiny Arms, Sua has slow feet.
    Thats why they are backups

    We need a Center and a Guard.
    We have RBs. Our Running game was ranked 32nd in the league with Fournette.
    32nd with White.
    It aint the backs. We have good backs.

    Fix the fing line.
    Both lines.

  25. All_da_way Says:

    Hainsey just needs to hit the weigh room and he has a shot of winning the LG job.

  26. Beeej Says:

    Can Hainsey be an effective guard?

  27. NCKE Says:

    We might have to trade up with the Steelers to get Latu, Barton or JPJ. If those three are gone I wouldn’t mind Cool-Aid or Thomas from LSU.

  28. StormyInFl Says:

    No one is ‘hating on Hainsey’. He’s lived up to everyone’s expectations – a below average center. No one expected more, but that’s no reason not to upgrade the position. He is what he is – a guy who is better suited as a swing backup. He, along with the LG position are the weak links on the line. The drop off from Jensen to Hainsey was significant. They were stuck with him because of the unfortunate injury to Jensen and had no choice (thanks, Logan Hall….).

  29. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Joe would be a great character in the old Life cereal commercial
    “This new Center the Bucs pick in 1st round is supposed to be good”
    “I wouldn’t have picked a Center”
    “I wouldn’t have picked a Center, either”
    “Let’s ask Joey”
    “He won’t like him. He hates Centers in 1st round “
    “Hey Joey! He likes him!”

  30. Joe Says:

    “Hey Joey! He likes him!”

    “He likes it! Hey Mikey!”

  31. Noclu4u Says:

    Jackson Powers Johnson will be a top 5 center in the NFL the moment he steps on the field as a professional. Imagine how good Mayfield would have been if he had not been playing with one of the worst running games in NFL history.
    Bucs running game was beyond atrocious last season and yet Mayfield still had over 4000 yards passing . Not very likely to get a great pass rusher at 26 however very good chance at getting a pro bowl O-lineman at 26 . Yes it’s a high place to draft a center but you build a champion on the line of scrimmage. BTW the Bucs were top 10 in sacks last year . A pass rusher can wait .
    As always Go BUCS

  32. Nick2 Says:

    Overacheiving??? Um no just a solid backup with not enough weight to keep oppposing lineman from manhandling the middle. I think replacing him with a JPJ or Barton will be like bringing Stinney in for Feiler. Instant upgrade to the run game.
    “Overacheiving” based on his draft status. –Joe

  33. BillyBucco Says:

    Can you imagine if we had Ali Marpet and Ryan Jensen last year.
    We took a big hit to the O Line and Bowels and Licht HAVE to fix it.
    I don’t want a 6’8” OG. You need low to the ground and big around STRONG men in the run game. The BA No Risk It No Biscuit is GONE.
    Time to upgrade the OL with REAL people movers.
    I like Barton and Frazier.
    I knew there was a reason JPJ was falling and that might be perfect for the Bucs.

  34. chark Says:

    I like hainsey as a jack of all trades, master of none. he is very valuable as a 6th man so to speak capable of playing all positions. I want a center who has been a center and a left guard who has been a left guard. I want 2 OL in our 1st 5 picks. Names to know at center:Barton and jpj 1st round, Zach frazier 2nd rnd, sed van pran 3rd rnd, drake nugent/hunter nourzad late rnds. At guard barton, beebe ,haynes, puni(center), zinter 3rd,4th rnd. Played left guard in college later rnd picks: Coleman tcu, mccormick, jav cohen, trevor keegan, Lad henderson(lft tackle), keaton bills, prince pines. Give me 2 of these players in draft. But would not turn down latham,jord morgan, fautanu, cristian jones at the right spot in draft to play guard possibly. Barton too good to pass up at 26 but i feel guard.

  35. chark Says:

    forgot bortolini center 4th, 5th rnd

  36. firethecannons Says:

    I would rather get an edge rusher#1 then Trey Benson in round 2 and a guard or center in round 3. Hainsey is a backup or trade him when someone loses their front line then he can be their problem

  37. Drunkinybor Says:

    It’s exactly what I’ve been saying. He’s just not strong or powerful for a good center. However I believe we can find a better player than Hainsey in round 3 and possibly 4. But it is going to be tempting if some guys slip. Draft is going to be fun. When q.b. isn’t a need it’s a huge sigh of relief. We can take a flyer on a q.b. in the late rounds.

  38. westernbuc Says:

    I think the Bucs want everyone to think they’re taking a center

  39. HC Grover Says:

    ROFL wifes diet.

  40. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Probably one of the better captioned photos + headlines on the site lmao

  41. Bucnjim Says:

    Irish Mist that’s old school have not seen a bottle of that in years. The post made me laugh.

  42. Esteban85 Says:

    Graham Barton rocks a 9.99 RAS score. I gotta look into this RAS score and how it’s calculated. I think the key word is “relative”. With all that said I like Barton over JPJ and a round 2 Jayln Polk.

  43. BelleGladeBuc Says:

    Go look at the picture from the article on this site titled:

    Rachaad White: No Solo Tackles
    April 15th, 2024

    There you will see Robert Hainsey’s ole’ matador blocking technique the Cleveland Browns defender destroyed him and met White in the backfield.

    That picture sums up perfectly Hainsey’s capability.

    The Bucs need a new day 1, plug and play starter in this year’s draft.

  44. garro Says:

    Joe, please ask the GOAT about how Hainsey kept backers and nose tackles from pushing him back into Brady’s lap. Brady retired rather than come back to another season of having to dump the ball. Pressure up the middle and Donovan ruined Brady’s final season Joe. The guy knew he could not wait for guys to get open. Last year Mayfield pulled it off only by dumb luck escaping with some miracle moves and inept tackling. We are lucky he was not injured. That luck will not hold out forever. Kirwan is rarely wrong Joe: the guy does his homework and does know football. Draft a guard and a center. Put Hainsey in the competition for backup duties across the line. Imagine what our QB and RBs can do with a clean pocket, and some run blocking. Add a TE who can block and catch?

    Go Bucs!