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#2929490 Listen up Bucs fan

Posted by BigSombrero on 06 September 2014 - 06:07 PM

The Tampa Bay Browncaneers:  Rebuilding since 1975.

Other than that Super Bowl...


The meltdown on this board that I know will come, will be well worth it.  Won't even post, just going to read all of the posts about how ya'll thought this was your year.  Maybe a few "calm down guys, its just week one, we can't be that bad" posts, you know, from the bunch even more delusional than the rest of you.


Huddle tears taste so good and if I know anything about this forum, more than any other board I frequent, there will be a feast of them this Sunday.

#2916686 A Cautionary Tale - Tampa Bay Opener

Posted by BigSombrero on 30 August 2014 - 01:22 PM

What has been the overall tone of pre season for the Bucs? Other than hearing about the bad O line, everything has been quiet. How is Mike Evans looking? Does Mccown look as good as last year? How has their D looked? Anyone give me the lo down?

I like to consider myself a realistic Bucs fan/NFL fan so I think I can give you a scouting report with little bias.


Some major points:

The O line was bad.  Opening preseason week was so bad that there was no way they could possibly go into an NFL season with the bums we had.  Some say it takes time to gel, I don't necessarily believe that, at least not to a large degree.  They were just bad.  Particularly our guards.  We seemed to be intent on starting Oniel Cousins (who's been described as the worst guard ever seen by ex pro Steve White) and Patrick Omammeh, who doesn't have much on tape to really know what he's about.  So when we hit the oh crap button and traded for Rishaw Johnson and Logan Mankins, it came with little surprise.  


Both moves will pay dividends for us and while Johnson is still a project, the rest of the line is stacked with at least capable players (Collins, Deitrich-Smith, and Demar Dotson who finished last years rated highest amongst right tackles over at PFF).  Now while the names sound good, I don't necessarily know how good this line will be.  My guess, average - above average depending on the week.  Collins will have to show he is a capable starter. Mankins will have to show he's still got it.  And whoever we start at RG (probably Rishaw) will have to develop well.  Your d line is good so we will have some issues but by fixing the guard issue, our o line will be substantially better than it was with Cousins and Omammeh in the preseason.



Offensively, see above really.  Tough to judge an offense when the o line is a sieve but, in the one acceptable game they played, vs Buffalo, the offense was rolling well.  Doug Martin seems to be ready to return to his 2012 form.  Mike Evans, who I honestly didn't like in the draft at 7th, has looked better than I thought.  V Jax is going to be V Jax.  McCown is gonna McCown meaning he will throw some head scratches but is capable enough.  I will take those head scratchers due to over confidence in his arm over a guy too scared to make a play.  A guy to watch on offense is Austin-Seferian Jenkins.  Due to the team seemingly wanting to evaluate our other two TE's (Brandon Meyers and Luke Stocker)  ASJ didn't really get much opportunity.  But by all accounts, he picked up the offense incredibly quickly and will be a major part of this offense.  http://nflspinzone.c...ferian-jenkins/  ( a little write up on the 6'6 260 lb prospect).  I have a feeling he will be getting quality pt in the regular season.


Defensively, we're right where we left off really.  Run defense through the first 3 weeks of preseason (discounting the 4th due to bubble players starting) Bucs allowed the lowest ypc, rated 4th best run defense over at PFF, and our starting D only allowed 3 points total all preseason.  The run defense will be impressive this season.  The biggest issue on defense is teams with that shifty slot receiver.  Lance Moore types will give us fits due to Leonard Johnson being weak in coverage out of the slot.  Find a way to pick on him, and you can get some easy yards off of us.


 Pass rush wise, Gerald McCoy broke the rating system over at PFF.  PFF uses cumulative scores on players through the year and with his limited snaps in preseason, McCoy has already surpassed Haloti Ngata's rating at the end of last year.  This isn't just a stat either.  Watch him through the first 3 games and you will see a man unstoppable.  You will have to double team him though he was beating doubles in Miami for sacks.  Good news is, other than McDonald (our nt) no one else on the d line has shown much in the way of pass rushing.  Michael Johnson and Adrian Clayborn will have to step up to bring the pass rush to the next level.


Also, I have to mention Lavonte David because he's Lavonte David.

#2711167 Carolina Panthers Sign Tiquan Underwood

Posted by BigSombrero on 21 March 2014 - 06:22 PM

Underwood is a great dude and a great teammate.  For a team looking for bargain wideouts, you could do worse.  Ted Ginn is a better player though, no other way to slice it.


Underwood is serviceable working underneath and thats about as far as that goes.  He isn't a catch in traffic kind of guy  Good news is Cotchery can fill that role for you.  Underwood is best used to stretch the field with his straight line speed.  Ginn had that ability as well but what Ginn has that Underwood doesn't have is quickness and change of direction speed/acceleration.  Underwood isn't anywhere near as able with the ball in hand as Ginn was.  He isn't going to give you YAC's unless he is already behind the defense.  


Not a bad signing but if he is anywhere above your #4 option at wideout, you need to upgrade the position more.

#2698986 ESPN Mock 3.0 We got Cyrus Kouandjio

Posted by BigSombrero on 15 March 2014 - 06:57 PM

This guy is no longer a 1st round pick. 

I would say that it doesn't really matter where mock drafts put a player.  If he was a first rounder a month ago, he should still be one. 


As far as CK goes, I have heard reports that the medical issues at the combine were overblown but there is something to be said for the injury history of a decent portion of recent Bama players.


As far as his play goes, I agree with you, he isn't a 1st rounder.  I would feel good enough about taking him about where you guys are at in the 2nd.  His issues as I see them (obviously I am not nor trying to claim I am some college football/draft/o-line guru, just a guy on a couch that loves nfl football) he is going to struggle a lot as a pass blocker at the nfl level.  Run blocking wise, he's solid enough, not some elite talent but with those long arms and frame, he's a mauler for sure.  You could nitpick hand usage but that pretty much every college o linemen.


 Watch the Va Tech game from last season and you'll see a guy struggling  way more than a 1st rd prospect should dealing with those speedy Va Tech DE's.  He was getting was having problems swinging outside to contain speed which is strange because he is getting off the ball quickly, too quickly in a couple instances.  Looks like he isn't sure of himself so on certain plays he's not kicking back far enough for fear of getting beat inside then lazily floating back to try and catch up (Again, not technical terms, im no expert, but I have a good idea of what it should look like)  But its not helping much because even more importantly, inside moves were killing him due to his lack of quickness/inability to shift his momentum.  Just looked too slow to handle what Va Techs DE's were bringing.  Obviously if your tackle is getting worked inside, its not a good thing.


Not sure about your rules on youtube vids so sorry if it isn't cool but



Starts out well enough in my opinion but that second quarter was brutal.  It appears as if Saban may have saw it the same way because I notice a lot more guard help in the second half for him.


I don't see him as a 1st rounder.  I definitely don't see a guy you would want starting at LT immediately if you can avoid it. I think it would be wise for a team to grab him and move him to guard.  A much better outlook in my opinion for him at that position.  That lack of quickness wouldn't be an issue for a run first type of team.


Now I hear you guys talking about Jason Verrett.  Kyle Fuller (who you'll see in this game) is just better and its not really close imo.  He is a fringe 1st rounder, a guy I wouldn't bash a team for taking late in the first if they need a good cb.  Verrett is barely a 2nd rounder in my opinion.

#2697676 Gettleman Made Nicks an Offer, But Nicks Says, "It Wasn't The Right S...

Posted by BigSombrero on 15 March 2014 - 10:55 AM

Again, for a receiver taking a 1 year deal to raise his value, where would you rather go?  A pass happy offense that spreads the ball around to multiple capable targets?  Or a run first offense where you would be the only receiver (currently) on roster that an opponent would have to gameplan for?  Its common sense.

#2696429 NFC south fans enjoying Panthers offseason

Posted by BigSombrero on 14 March 2014 - 09:01 PM

I am interested to see how they turn this around.  Hearing a lot of talk about the plan being to pick up bargain bin FA's that other teams pass by to fill out the roster. 


Seems like a ridiculous plan to me.  I get Gettleman and Co brought in some solid FA talent last year but lets be real here, is someone actually going to suggest Gettleman is such a great evaluator, so far beyond the rest of the NFL that he can run a team year after year by signing players only he can see the true talent in?  Maybe he is the best pro evaluator, but he isn't that far ahead of the curve.  Its laughable that people actually suggest this is the panthers plan.  It's not.  Or at least you better hope its not unless you believe you have the greatest football mind this league has ever seen.


Its still early so I am in no way implying the Panthers are screwed for 2014 but I would not bet on them being able to find legitimate #1,2, and 3 receivers and retooling the o line plus addressing the secondary, by signing bargain bin replacements that other teams are too blind to see.  Going to have to ace the draft at the very least.

#2253844 NFC Offseason Grades

Posted by BigSombrero on 09 June 2013 - 11:21 AM

I stopped reading that insider article when it claimed the Saints had the best offseason in the division.  Heck, their defense was overall the worst in the game and what do they do?  They hire a recently fired D coordinator and switch to a 3-4 without the proper personnel.  I mean moving Will Smith to OLB earned the Aint's the award of most desperate offseason move of 2013.


Can't be mad at the Aint's though.  After about 40 years of embarrassing mediocrity, they finally won a SB.  The window is closing if not closed already, I imagine the fans feel like a man on death row, just trying to come to terms with the approaching decline and retirement of the one player keeping that time afloat in Brees.  In just a few years, the Saints will be returning to the toilet bowl they just recently crawled out of.  I just hope they kept the paper bags they made famous for years because anonymity was and will be their best friend once these few successful years fade away.

#2246407 Dallas Cowboy Fan Fest at Epicenter this Sunday?

Posted by BigSombrero on 30 May 2013 - 09:49 PM

This is a pretty strange occurrence.  To hold a large "fanfest" in the city of another professional team is a huge slap in the face.  I can tell you this wouldn't fly in Philly or Chicago.  As a North Carolinian, I dont like it.  They could have done it a few hours away in Raleigh and it would have been fine.

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#2241328 How many Panthers will make the NFLN 2013 top 100

Posted by BigSombrero on 23 May 2013 - 08:54 PM

Cam will not be on the list.

Yeah doesn't look like it.  He's not going to be ranked higher than Big Ben or Wilson.

#2241327 How many Panthers will make the NFLN 2013 top 100

Posted by BigSombrero on 23 May 2013 - 08:54 PM

Cam will not be on the list.

Yeah doesn't look like it.  He's not going to be ranked higher than Big Ben or Wilson.

#2235898 Seattle's Bruce Irvin suspended for 4 games

Posted by BigSombrero on 18 May 2013 - 05:10 PM

Seattle is poor away from the 12th man.  Their defense was 27th in the league in yards per average rush.  They were 27th in the league in sack %.  And Seattle plays the same style of game Carolina does.  They like to slow the game down and control the clock evidenced by the fact they were 31st in defensive snaps last season and 29th in offensive snaps.  The only other team close?  Carolina at 23rd and 25th respectively.  


This game is very closely matched because of the styles your teams play.  Carolina wins, 23-17 due to Seattles struggles in away games.  The media will have a collective heart attack.  Cam Newton will be praised as the second coming, for a week at least. 

#2229398 Let's talk Tampa Bay and how they compare to us

Posted by BigSombrero on 12 May 2013 - 06:38 PM

Im actually an ECU fan (from New Bern) and a Bucs fan as well.  


Does the Revis and Goldson signing make Tampa's D elite?  No, or I should say not necessarily.  Anyone that suggests that it doesn't greatly improve the Bucs defense is either lying and/or lacks football knowledge.  Revis, who is arguably the best CB and defensive player in the league, will not only help shut down whichever receiver he matches up against but he also helps every other corner on our roster.  Last season Wright was fighting a nagging ankle, he wasn't 100%.  And Wright isn't a #1 corner either.  With Revis, Wright can slide to the #2 spot or even the nickel where he is better suited.  If Johnthan Banks looks good in camp he will also be an upgrade over last season.


You have to remember, last year Tampa was fielding EJ Biggers and Leonard Johnson as their #1 and #2 guys along with an aging Ronde that never played Safety before.  Anyone that can't see that Revis, Banks, Wright and Goldson are huge upgrades over that is blind.  


Next you bring up Barron.  Everyone knew Barron coming out would be best suited to play a Palomalu role, in the box defender type to help with the run and make plays closer to the line of scrimmage.  But since Ronde was back at safety with him, Barron had to take on the role of FS and play deep because Ronde couldn't.  Barron has decent cover skills for a SS but thats not what he excels at.  Now Goldson isn't the best in coverage relative to some safeties, hes still pretty good.  Signing him will allow us to use Barron where he is best, something we couldn't do last year.  Expect a significant increase in production from him.


Now defensively overall, the only way this team will have an elite D is if the d line can not only stay healthy, but also reach their draft potential.  Not sure if you knew this but, we have never had McCoy, Bowers, and Clayborn on the field as starters at the same time.  At least one has always been injured.  They are finally all healthy right now and are expected to produce much more this season.  Bowers was thought to be a top 5 pick before he was injured, AC has shown flashes in his first year and we all know how much of a beast McCoy was last year even with the likes of Teo'neshim and Roy Miller playing on the line with him.


Tampa's D will be much better.  Elite?  Probably not.  Stout?  I can see it.

#2205328 Is the media ready to build Cam back up again?

Posted by BigSombrero on 24 April 2013 - 11:26 AM

I don't believe and I hope that Cam doesn't care whether the media builds him up or not.

Im a Bucs fan and like the panthers, we are a small market team. More often than not, best case scenario media wise is that we are ignored. If the media pays any attention to our teams it will be because of a negative situation.

Just accept that fact and do as I do, spend your days sending hate mail to Yasinskas and ESPN analysts in general explaining how dumb you think they are and how unjust it is that your team is never talked about in a good light. It wont change anything of course but it does make you feel better.

Honestly I just hope they show a short highlight of our games this season. Anyone that remembers game 1 last season, Bucs vs Panthers, knows that ESPN didn't show one clip of that game period. Weren't a lot of highlights admittedly but I figure no one would die if they took 30 seconds out of the "The Golden Calf of Bristol/RG3?NYJets/Pats" love fest going on over there to remind people Carolina and Tampa have franchises in the NFL.

#2002811 Freeman or Newton - ESPN First Take (video)

Posted by BigSombrero on 17 November 2012 - 03:31 AM

I would say that is an accurate analysis. I'm not sure if Cam will be better than Free but the fact is his situation sucks.

As I've said before, no young QB is pro ready. They all need guidance to become a successful NFL QB. Rivera is a defensive guy that seems to be somewhat hands off overall as a head coach. I stead of teaching Cam how to be an NFL QB, Chud is basing the offense off of college schemes stalling any progression in Cams game. Shula's record as a QB coach is not that prestigious working with the likes of Gerrard and Fielder. Add in the fact that Cam doesn't really have that veteran guy at the position giving him tips and sharing some veteran knowledge. He's got Andersn and Clausen sitting behind him, neither of which has had any consistent success in the league. And ignoring the receiver position as Carolina has makes passing difficult no matter who is behind center.

Now I'm there should definitely be blame placed on Cam but is situation isn't conducive to a young QB or a veteran QB for that matter.

#2002599 Challenge flags on NFL Live

Posted by BigSombrero on 16 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

Most likely no one there to reply to his post.

Pretty good one...

I just like discussing things with people from the other side sometimes. Most of the time I learn a thing or two or might see something from another perspective.