But at this point I can hardly say we are going to be better based on moves so far. With the exception of Moore and Anderson/Connor, there seems no one else of the replacements to be an upgrade over the person that we lost. I find we have a whole lot of uncertainty, guys with potential but no proven capacity. We have guys like Fiametta that clearly underperformed although they were only rookies so it wasn't unexpected. We have others like Leonard, Irvin who are coming off IR and expected to contribute significantly with no setbacks. We clearly have a very unproven and inexperienced line that will be counted on to get pressure. I think the wholesale changes are a testament to Baker and Meeks that Richardson believes they can turn a bunch of backups, reclamation projects and inexperienced young guys into a cohesive effective unit.
Then we have guys like Moose who are clearly aging but we haven't found anyone better. Hopefully the draft addresses that. Or a free agent. I am tired of waiting for Jarrett.
The question to me seems to be more of whether we are all in like we have been in years past. Is it possible that after years of being all in and producing inconsistent results, that we have replaced the mantra of winning at all costs with one of winning if we can, as long as it doesn't cost a bunch. Does that constitutes tanking? Not really. Are the Bucs trying to tank or are they just trying to win while saving as much as possible? Up to this year we weren't similar but have begun to act like them. Fortunately we have better talent but still, I can't say that excites me especially if we have similar results.
I wouldn't be going hogwild but if I were all in rather than shopping the bargain basement we would go after a Haynesworth or a Boldin. I don't see us doing that. It isn't trying not to win so much as it is not doing everything to win. I agree with building through the draft and developing a core group. I can go along with not paying Peppers as his salary was getting insane and he really didn't want to be here. And perhaps we will find out that Haynesworth wasn't obtainable either, but why don't we go after a few gamechangers if they don't break the bank and can improve you significantly. Teams that are one or two players away from something big- make moves to get better. We haven't yet(there is still time) unless you are trying to do the best you can with what you decide to work with. I think Richardson wants to win bad. But right now he cares more about saving money and spending as little as possible than he does about winning. He isn't alone so you can't really blame him. It is certainly a legitimate strategy to run the team. And he can easily defend it by saying he is already paying guys to perform and wants to see it happen. And he would be justified.
I just think he could keep to his strategy and plan to build through the draft and still bring in some guys who could provide veteran leadership, proven ability, and still wouldn't break the bank. It isn't what we have done as much as what we haven't yet done. That is why I can wait to see what happens in the next 6 or 7 weeks. Hopefully we find the missing pieces. I just haven't seen enough evidence that we are already better and alot to say we are worse off right now. Is that tanking? Far from it. But to say we aren't worse off as it stands right now means you are counting on a bunch of guys to perform well above the best they ever done to this point. And for backups not yet on the team to contribute significantly. I hope you are right and everyone comes through and that the injury bug doesn't hit as usual.
Tanking?? Of course not.
Better?? Of course not. At least not yet.
Edited by panthers55, 09 April 2010 - 11:13 PM.