How Many QB’s Does It Take Indeed And Need To Change A Light Bulb ?
Well the NFL Draft has come and gone. And no doubt many of the fans who prognosticated the decisions that were made by their respective teams may well have been heartened or disgusted with those choices.
Well the butt of jokes here in the Tampa Bay area is alluded to in the title of this piece. How Many QB’s Does It Take Indeed , And Need To Change A Light Bulb ? If you can answer that question , then I for one am not prepared to question your intelligence.
Suffice to say with the decision made by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ hierarchy. One has to be now questioning the direction of this franchise and the intent of both the coach Raheem Morris and that of the GM Mark Dominik.
In making Josh Freeman the quarterback from Kansas State the seventeenth overall pick in the first round of the draft. I can only surmise that Morris might’ve been pressured into this decision . Or primarily from his knowledge of a player whom he knew from his days with the university as a defensive coordinator. His love of the player can’t have gone unnoticed to those of us in the locale. It quite literally bordered on unadulterated lust. And that if anything should really have been cause for concern.
That being said with there being so many deficiencies on this Buccaneers’ team on both sides of the ball. I for one feel that both Dominik , Morris and the Bucs’ coaching staff neglected their duties in getting real value with that number one pick. They could’ve chosen to have traded down or go out and obtained a defensive tackle or offensive lineman. But instead they chose to go with a player who shall we say can be described having a strong arm but prone to making mistakes. And whose accuracy is less than can be desired.
Whatever Morris sees in the player isn’t apparent to us all. I’d dare say that it’s not completely apparent to even the most ardent of Bucs’ fans at this juncture. Many of them summarily booed the choice when it was announced to those in attendance at the franchise’s annual draft day turnout. Suffice to say they felt that the pick could’ve been made better use of with another choice completely. Some might agree while others will disagree. Though not a Bucs’ fan , I do live within the community where the coverage of the team is almost incessant day in day out when it comes to the local sports’ talk radio shows. And it’s not lost on the local tv media either. As everyone wants to have a say in the fortunes of the team.
And with the upheavals that took place still fresh in the minds of many concerning the roster in the offseason. This may well have brought things to boil . And now it’ll continue foment whilst we await to see the progress that may or not be made by the young quarterback. The franchise as a whole are still waiting to see the premiums of former draft picks in the guise of Gaines Adams, Carnell Williams , Michael Clayton to name but a few. But then again Morris’ predecessor Jon Gruden and his partner in arms Bruce Allen were never known as great assessors of college talent. Their proclivities if anything came about from picking up free agents of the rosters of other teams and turning them useful pieces on a team . That can be best described as objective driven. Doing the basics but doing them well. Nothing flashy , just what needs to be done , nothing more and nothing less.
At the start of this new regime under Morris we could see that both men (Dominik and Morris) wanted and envisaged a change. A change that they no doubt felt would be for the better. Albeit that the instructions were coming down from upon high at the behest of the Glazer family as owners of the franchise. But case in point were the changes and how they’ve been dealt with. Were they meant to be done expediently and with a sense of purpose ? Or were they being done merely to completely disassociate the fans from the previous from the tenure of Jon Gruden ?
With quarterbacks on this team it’s hard to see what this will allude to and what it represents to the fans. Having signed Byron Leftwich it’s assumed to challenge the incumbent starter as named by Morris in Luke McCown. It was thought that with these two battling it out for the position. The rest would take care of itself. You also had an experienced journeyman in Brian Griese and an erstwhile project in the making with Josh Johnson. One would’ve thought that there were enough quarterbacks on the Buccaneers’ roster. But then again you can never have too many. Especially if there’s a light bulb to be changed or you really just aren’t enamored with what you’ve got at present.
It’d be remiss to suggest that the subsequent picks made by the team aren’t of any value. But based on the judgment shown and the predilection of both Morris and Dominik in terms of the announcements being made. I’d fare to say that we’re going to be in for one hell of a ride in the preseason and regular season. As the team goes about finding a new identity under that of its new coach and GM. If nothing else the thinking will be that this team will struggle in large part as it comes to terms with a young roster and no apparent veteran leadership. Something that if anything would have provided more stability for a team looking to finds its way in under a new leadership off the field in a young coach and executive.
As to the veteran leadership on it may well be left in the hands of Ronde Barber . Who if anything , his best days are behind him and not ahead of him. The team will live and die by the decisions made , but none perhaps more so than with the decision perhaps in the drafting of Josh Freeman.
It may well take a while for the light bulb to click with Freeman but perhaps he might just have some fun being part of the experiment with his cohorts in Griese, Johnson, McCown and Leftwich. I mean Josh can stand on their shoulders while they spin him around enabling him to place the bulb in the light socket all under the watchful eye of Raheem Morris who’ll be shouting the instructions as to how to get the job done efficiently.
Picture it in your mind but also have fun doing so. I will !
Bucs’ draft picks. Expanded draft coverage link here. Click on text provided.
3rd round 17th pick 81st overall Roy Miller DT University of Texas
4th round 17th pick 117th overall Kyle Moore DE University of South Carolina
5th round 19th pick 155TH overall Xavier Fulton OL Illinois
7th round 8th pick 217th overall E J Biggers CB Western Michigan
7th round 24th pick 233rd overall Sammie Stroughter WR Oregon St
It should be noted that Moore ,Biggers and Stroughter came by way of Dallas , Jacksonville and Baltimore.