Bucs Flashback: Alstott and Dunn – Thunder and Lightning

Flashback: Tampa Bay Bucs

The Bucs announced they’ll be honoring Mike Alstott as one of two Ring of Honor inductees this year; let’s look back at his early success with Warrick Dunn.

Alstott, who was drafted in the second round in 1996, didn’t start to see his full talents realized until the team drafted Dunn in the first round of the 1997 draft. Together they combined for 7,805 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns through five seasons under coach Tony Dungy. Together, they contributed to the team cracking the top 15, four out of five seasons and the top 10 twice in team rushing from 1997-2001. The team also made the playoffs four of five seasons in that stretch.

Alstott and Dunn were the perfect complimentary duo. Dunn would be the speedy scatback that burned opposing defenses while Alstott pummeled and punished would be tacklers on the inside.

Dunn bust out getting huge chunks at a time rushing from the backfield and catching passes. While he only had two 1,000 yard rushing yard seasons, his total yards rushing and receiving would always exceed 1,000 yards. Hi s best season on the team was a combined 1,555 yards (1,133 rushing and 422 receiving) for nine touchdowns in 2000.

Alstott, while he never exceeded 1,000 rushing yards in a single season during his entire career, managed to exceed 1,000 total yards only once in 1999. He rushed for 949 yards for seven touchdowns and caught for 239 yards for a combined 1188 yards and nine touchdowns.

Dunn left for the Atlanta Falcons in 2002, but ended up returning to the team to finish his career in 2008. Alstott would remain with the team in a more traditional fullback role with the team under head coach Jon Gruden until 2007 when he retired.

Whether or not Alstott goes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame remains to be seen since Alstott primarily got his yards from the half back position while he was officially still listed as a fullback.

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Doug Williams Induction to Bucs Ring of Honor Long Overdue

COMMENTARY: Tampa Bay Bucs

The Bucs Ring of Honor felt a bit odd without Doug Williams, one of the earliest icons in franchise history, but now he’s home (again).

As the franchise’s first true franchise quarterback, Williams led the team to three postseason appearances and until 2002 and Super Bowl XXXVII, the furthest any Bucs QB has ever gone to the NFC Championship game. Only Shaun King was able to match take the team back to that game in 2000.

Williams only had two losing seasons in his five-year run with the team going 33-33-1 in his time. He’s topped 3000 passing yards twice, completing an average of 47.4 percent of his passes at a time where throwing under 50 percent was considered acceptable, and threw for 73 touchdowns and interceptions.

Williams was certainly the beneficiary of a dominant defense led by Lee Roy Selmon, but he came through when the team needed him. Williams left the team following the 1982 season for the USFL when he wasn’t re-signed by the team with a falling out with then owner Hugh Culverhouse. If it weren’t for ownership, who knows what else Williams could have accomplished instead of enduring an undeveloped Steve Young, Jack Thompson and Steve DeBerg?

Williams deserved better.

When the organization started its Tampa Stadium Krewe of Honor, Williams wasn’t among the inaugural inductees that included Selmon, his head coach in John McKay and running back Ricky Bell in 1991. HE was honored the following year in 1992. Culverhouse was the final inductee in 1993.

When the team introduced the Ring of Honor in 2009 at Raymond James Stadium, Selmon was honored again as its inaugural inductee. McKay, posthumously, was inducted in 2010, followed by tight end Jimmie Giles in 2011, tackle Paul Gruber in 2012, defensive tackle Warren Sapp in 2013 and linebacker Derrick Brooks in 2014. Naturally the two hall of famers to follow Selmon would be automatic inductees, but where was Williams in the discussion all that time no disrespect to the other members?

Williams deserved better.

Now in 2015, the Bucs are finally recognizing (again) his long-time contributions a mere 22 years after final inductee of the now-defunct Tampa Stadium Krewe of Honor was selected. Williams is getting his due credit again for the team he helped put on the NFL map, despite all those years they had a chance to induct him from the time they instituted the Ring of Honor with his position as the team’s Coordinator of Pro Scouting (2009-2010) to his time as general manager of the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers (2010-2011), his second stint as Grambling State University’s head coach (2011-2014) to now Washington Redskins‘ Personnel Executive (2014-present).

Williams is reunited with Bruce Allen, who was the general manager of the Bucs when he brought him on back as a Personnel Executive in 2004, but currently Washington’s team president.

Speaking of Washington, Williams only spent four years with the team with an “impressive” 5-9 record, but not only helped the team win Super Bowl XXII, but also earned MVP honors for the team and became inducted into their Ring of Fame, you know after only playing 21 games with the team.

Congratulations Mr. Williams, now that the Bucs have another franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston, guess they finally remembered you.

No reason to be bitter, but what took them so long?

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Gotham Season 1 Finale Review – Holy Plot Holes, Batman

TV REVIEWS: GOTHAM

The hammer has fallen on the inaugural season of Gotham, but did it go anywhere?

When I offered my pseudo-preview/review of the show, I was light on spoilers, but not for this review of the episode, “All Families Are Alike” and the season.

*Spoilers from here on out.*

First things first, we’re introduced to Bruce Wayne, who found out not everything is what it seems in the world of Gotham. Aside from seedy characters like Selina “Cat” Kyle (Camren Bicondova), Reggie Payne (David O’Hara), and corrupting forces surrounding his family’s company Wayne Enterprises, Bruce tries to go on a journey of self-reliance after depending on Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) falls a little too short on his priorities given the mounting duties on his plate. Bruce’s trusted ally in Alfred (Sean Pertwee) is trying his best to provide a father-type figure, while at the same time reluctantly agrees to be part of Bruce’s journey.

Bruce’s naïveness was obvious as he struggled to get acclimated to the shady world around him. Bruce’s biggest clue to his family’s past came when Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) provided Bruce a clue about his father “stoic” nature. His father’s secret was a dark stairway hidden behind a fireplace triggered by a remote control hidden in a book, which is likely the future batcave.

The most interesting Bruce Wayne has gotten in Season 1 of Gotham happens in the last few minutes of the finale.

The most interesting Bruce Wayne has gotten in Season 1 of Gotham happens in the last few minutes of the finale.

I would have loved for this angle to play out sooner rather than later because they played up how naive he was too long in this season, which could hurt the show in the long run given the uncertain nature of TV. If Bruce’s journey became a plot point, perhaps they should have him on every few episodes as kind of a novelty to help build up on the show. They can feature him more often the more important he is to the central story, but otherwise I felt for the most part, his scenes plodded too much and slowed down the show.

Now the main attraction, Gordon, who’s been a consistent “bend-but-don’t break” maverick all season long, has been finding that he’s been bending way too often enough that he finally understood the ecosystem he’s in the season finale of having Carmine Falcone (John Doman) in Gotham. It’s the kind of realization that would match up the way Gary Oldman‘s performance as Gordon in The Dark Knight Rises that you can see some shades of that broken man starting to come out. You can sense he knows his place and even he can’t take on Sal Maroni(David Zayas)’s forces and Police Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari) in the ensuing mob war.

Falcone announces his "retirement" from being a mob boss to Gordon, who lets him walk despite everything he's done as "mob boss." Some "law man" you turned out to be Jim.

Falcone announces his “retirement” from being a mob boss to Gordon, who lets him walk despite everything he’s done as “mob boss.” Some “law man” you turned out to be Jim.

On top of that, you had his ex in Barbara Keane (Erin Richards), who finally broke under the influence of the Ogre (Milo Ventimiglia), when she revealed to Dr. Leslie “Lee” Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) that it was she, not the Ogre himself, who killed her parents when he drove her to her parent’s house. Yeah, big shocker there…

Upon her confession, she attacked Lee with a knife who earlier personally requested the good doctor to talk about her traumatic experience. Ex-girlfriend asks to be alone with current girlfriend of the main character, what’s the worst that can happen?

Oh Barbara, why couldn't you be that interesting all season? So does that mean Jim will still name "his daughter" after you?

Oh Barbara, why couldn’t you be that interesting all season? So does that mean Jim will still name “his daughter” after you?

Anyway, Lee fled and locked herself into the bathroom while Barbara did her best Jack Nicholson from The Shining. As the fight continued back in the living room, Gordon and Bullock (Donal Logue) came into Keane’s apartment to find Lee finally knocking her out on the floor after slamming the back of Keane’s head repeatedly against the floor.

Oh well! Barbara was finally starting to get interesting after essentially becoming one of the most annoying and underdeveloped characters of the entire season. I’m kind of glad she snapped but who knows what will happen to her in the next season. Will she come back? Will she be a patient at Arkham? Will she become a future Batman villain?

Speaking of Batman villains, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) finally snapped and all it took was the woman he loved. He developed from being an awkward Screech-type of nerd to Gollum from Lord of the Rings with his inner monologues, obsessing over Kristen Kringle (Chelsea Spack). He finally tapped his psychopathic rage after being pushed around for his quirks and nature over her abusive cop boyfriend, Doughtery (Zachary Spicer), stabbing him repeatedly underneath the elevated train near Kringle’s apartment at night. He systemically dismembered the body and burned with acid in an attempt to eliminate all evidence. It was all perfect, except the fake note Ed left her about her boyfriend leaving her which coincidentally spelled out his last name with each new line. It was blatantly obvious to her when she confronted him about it, which the future Riddler coyly denied. I don’t sense it will end well for her come the new season. Nygma is one of the proper ways you build up a character.

"Stupid Fat Hobbittsess!!!"

“Stupid Fat Hobbittsess!!!”

To top it off, you have the gang warfare masterminded by Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) to turn Maroni against Falcone with a fake assassination attempt. Penguin revealed that he sabotaged the assassins’ guns before their attempted hit. With Maroni on the rampage, Falcone became completely unprepared for the ensuing onslaught. This is what really gets me scratching his head, particularly when he revealed his plans to quit and run away with Liza (Mackenzie Leigh). When Liza was exposed as a mole from Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Falcone killed her and was reinvigorated to keep running his operations.

So somehow, Fish got a new look, amassed an army to somehow overtake both Maroni and Falcone in a very short time and just happened to recruit Cat in the process as well.

Under Gordon’s protection, Falcone said he needed two days to mount a counterattack against Maroni. Following Mooney’s assassination of Maroni for his chauvinism mid-speech by shooting him in the head, the ensuing gunfight and Mooney’s own death after being thrown down a building at the hands of the Penguin, Falcone announced to Gordon his intentions of quitting.

"I'm the king of Gotham!" Really?!!!!! I think even James Cameron facepalmed on that.

“I’m the king of Gotham!” Really?!!!!! I think even James Cameron facepalmed on that.

Wait, so despite Falcone agreeing to stay in power so that chaos won’t run rampant in Gotham, he’s quitting now that there’s a bigger power vacuum with Penguin taking over who knows what now? In closing, Falcone gives Gordon, Gordon’s father’s knife. Originally a gift from Gordon’s father, Falcone reminded Gordon that his father, like him, was a good man, but he carried a knife.

So to sum up this season of the show, I enjoyed how certain characters were built up from Bullock, Nygma, Mooney, and Penguin. Others like Gordon, Keane, Bruce Wayne and Falcone, not so much. As far as those who gripe about how ridiculous the show can get, I guess you have to have some suspension of disbelief, because you’re kind of blurring the lines from real and gritty to goofy and over-the-top, which kind of describes the world of Batman perfectly.

It’s got a lot of work to do to be more of what it should be. I think this season’s finale should have been the mid-season finale. So I guess the real Batman-ing will start next season.

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Falcons, Bucs Top NFC South Draft Grades

NEWS: NFL DRAFT

We discussed winner and losers of the draft, now let’s break it down by division starting with the NFC South.

The two teams below was taken from the previous piece.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons landed a cornerstone for their defense in Clemson linebackerVic Beasleyeighth overall. Beasleyamassed52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns over 48 games. He will be to the Falcons likeLuke Kuechlyis theCarolina PanthersandLavonte Davidis to theTampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jalen Collins, corner from LSU taken in the second round,possessesa unique raw talent and attributes of was balance between height, weight and speed. Not bad considering he only has 10 starts and was projected as a first round talent.

Tevin Coleman, running back from Indianatakenin the third round, has enough talent and burst as a north-south runner to take the starting job overDevonta Freeman.

Look out for defensive tackleGrady Jarrettfrom Clemson, who was originallyprojectedas a second round, but was picked in the fifth round by the team. His speed more than makes up his lack of size.

Grade: A

Shaq Thompson

Shaq Thompson

Carolina Panthers

Panthers needed to prioritize offensive tackle and they took onein the fourth round in OklahomasDaryl Williams. Williams, who wasprojectedin round five according to NFL.com, is a big physical tackle who brings attitude and work ethic to the position. The biggest knocks on him is his below-average athleticism making him more of a liability outside of the pocket. In other words, dont expect him to do much into the second level when it comes to running plays or move much outside the pocket.

The Panthers first round choice was Washington linebackerShaq Thompson, who wasprojectedto be a second or third round choice on NFL.com andNFL Draft Scout. The biggest knocks on him is that hes a bit underweight at 219 lb for the position despite playing both inside and outside linebacker and safety positions. Hes also played on offense playing a few snaps as running back. If he doesnt fit in the defense, dont be surprised if he becomes a threat in the backfield.

Their second round choice was Michigan wide receiverDevin Funchess, who adds atall threatfor quarterbackCam Newtonat 6-foot-4. Unfortunately, they traded their third and sixth round choices to get him, so no pressure there.

Grade: C-

Andrus Peat

New Orleans Saints

The Saints grabbed two in the first round in Sanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat and Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony. Peat was one of the highly touted tackles in the draft, who was taken 13th overall. Sports Illustrated called him possibly “the best pass blocker in his position group.” He’s versatile to play both tackle positions. NFL.com calls him the most game-ready.

Anthony’s known for his speed and steady, consistent tackling. He has the speed and blitzing ability for Rob Ryan’s defense, but he’s slow to recover against a play-action and has difficulty keeping blockers off and has difficulty keeping blockers off and a slight reach at 31st overall when they may have grabbed him in the second round. Also to help in Ryan’s defense will be second round pick Washington linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha, who fit’s his 3-4 mold despite not leaning on it as much as he used to, and fifth rounder Tennessee-Chattanooga linebacker Davis Tull.

The one to watch is Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson, their third round choice, who now has an opportunity to learn under starter Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton. It’ll be interesting how far along he is once Brees hangs it up.

Grade B-

Bucs NFL draft press conference Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No one is denying Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston‘s raw talent. His maturity on the other hand will either make or break this franchise as indicated by the off-field issues. The Bucs didn’t hesitate to address protection in drafting Penn State tackle Donovan Smith and Hobart guard Ali Marpet in the second round. More about them can be found here.

Winston’s considered the most NFL-ready QB and he’ll have some additional weapons since the team’s drafted almost all offensive players again with the exception of LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander, who was taken in the fourth round, but projected to be taken in the third. Alexander has quick lateral movement slipping by blocks and into gaps, but his awareness needs work.

The Bucs grabbed Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell in the fifth round who’s known to shred the field, who’s an ideal in the slot position for big plays and likely to complete with Louis Murphy and Robert Herron. The team picked up Utah receiver/returner Kaelin Clay in the sixth round who’s dangerous in the open field with his three punts returned for scores in 2014.

All, including Hawaii fullback Joey Isoefa, their seventh round choice, could see time starting on the team.

Grade: B

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NFL Draft 2015 Winners and Losers

NFL NEWS: NFL Draft

Another draft wrapped in the books and here are the top three winners and losers of the draft.

Winners

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons landed a cornerstone for their defense in Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley eighth overall. Beasley amassed 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns over 48 games. He will be to the Falcons like Luke Kuechly is the Carolina Panthers and Lavonte David is to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jalen Collins, corner from LSU taken in the second round, possesses a unique raw talent and attributes of was balance between height, weight and speed. Not bad considering he only has 10 starts and was projected as a first round talent.

Tevin Coleman, running back from Indiana taken in the third round, has enough talent and burst as a north-south runner to take the starting job over Devonta Freeman.

Look out for defensive tackle Grady Jarrett from Clemson, who was originally projected as a second round, but was picked in the fifth round by the team. His speed more than makes up his lack of size.

SECJacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars probably landed more potential starters than anyone else in this entire draft starting off with defensive end/linebacker Dante Fowler from Florida as third overall pick. Fowler led the Gators with 15 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries and had 8.5 sacks. He started 25 of his 37 games he’s played in. He’s been compared to Khalil Mack and should be a huge disruptive force in the NFL.

T.J. Yeldon, second rounder running back from Alabama, is a dual threat running and catching from the backfield. He can run in different directions showing great lateral movement, but lacks top-end speed.

A.J. Cann, guard from South Carolina, is great value pick in the third round, particularly for his ability to be suited for a power scheme recognizing stunts and blitzes. He’s got the size, frame and fundamentals to make it in this league.

Michael Bennett, defensive tackle from Ohio St., fell to the Jags in the sixth round. Despite being projected in the second round he might be one of the best steals of the draft given his ability to burst through the line and overcoming double teams despite his stamina issues.

Minnesota Vikings

Despite not getting the desired cornerback and first round selection for running back Adrian Peterson, the team landed a solid choice in cornerback Trae Waynes from Michigan State. As the fastest cornerback in the combine (4.31 seconds in 40-yard dash), he excels in bump-and-run and man coverage. He’s started in 27 of 36 games while with the Spartans.

The Vikings landed two linebackers in UCLA’s Eric Kendricks and LSU’s Danielle Hunter. Kendricks has a nose for the ball reads the developing play well often disrupting running plays while attacking the gaps. Hunter has the mix of speed and power often using his arms to deflect passes disrupting passing lanes.

The team also landed one of top offensive tackles in the draft in T.J. Clemmings in the fourth round. Despite a foot injury, Clemmings still has the top-notch size and strength to play the position. He can definitely be the stout pass protector quarterback Teddy Bridgewater needs to possibly take him to the next level.

Losers

St. Louis Rams

The Rams are banking that Georgia running back Todd Gurley gets all the help they get adding Wisconsin tackle Rob Hevenstein in the second round, Louisville tackle/guard Jamon Brown in the third, Iowa offensive tackle Andrew Donnal in the fourth, and Fresno State guard Cody Wichmann in the sixth round. Great for power running attack, but not necessarily good for quarterback Nick Foles.

Havenstein might have been a reach in the second round with NFL.com projecting him in the third or fourth round. The biggest knock on him despite his frame and power blocking is that he has to sumo wrestle to get defender centered and is almost never under the pads of his opponent.

While Gurley has been given comparisons to Marshawn Lynch with his speed and power, he might become the primary focus on the team in the way that Marshall Faulk and Stephen Jackson were before him.

Carolina Panthers

Panthers needed to prioritize offensive tackle and they took one…in the fourth round in Oklahoma’s Daryl Williams. Williams, who was projected in round five according to NFL.com, is a big physical tackle who brings attitude and work ethic to the position. The biggest knocks on him is his below-average athleticism making him more of a liability outside of the pocket. In other words, don’t expect him to do much into the second level when it comes to running plays or move much outside the pocket.

The Panthers’ first round choice was Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson, who was projected to be a second or third round choice on NFL.com and NFL Draft Scout. The biggest knocks on him is that he’s a bit underweight at 219 lb for the position despite playing both inside and outside linebacker and safety positions. He’s also played on offense playing a few snaps as running back. If he doesn’t fit in the defense, don’t be surprised if he becomes a threat in the backfield.

Their second round choice was Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess, who adds a tall threat for quarterback Cam Newton at 6-foot-4. Unfortunately, they traded their third and sixth round choices to get him, so no pressure there.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts need another wide receiver like the New Orleans Saints needs another wide receiver. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Drew Brees distribute the ball to all the receivers in their offense. So there’s far less on a primary target, yet the Colts selected Miami’s Phillip Dorsett in the first round.

There’s no denying his imminent success in the league, but will he produce any more than other receivers than say T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Done Moncrief.

The Colts did find value in Florida Atlantic’s cornerback D’Joun Smith in the second round and Stanford defensive end Henry Anderson in the third round. Smith’s had kick returning experience and has a nose for the ball. He has deep route issues and needs work tackling. Anderson is not a power lineman and will get pushed off the line at times on running plays particularly on the inside. Anderson is smart and plays with passion garnering 12.5 tackles for a loss being third in the Pac-12.

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Smith and Marpet, 2nd Round Choices Protect Bucs’ Future

NFL NEWS:Tampa Bay Bucs

The Bucs’ prioritized the offense some more in picking up Penn State’s tackle Donovan Smith and Hobart’s center Ali Marpet in the second round.

The biggest on-field question mark the Bucs needed to address on how they’ll protect first round choice FSU QB Jameis Winston. With Smith and Marpet on board, the offense just became a little less of a liability. The Bucs were left without a third round choice trading back into the second round for Marpet.

Here are the details on both.

Donovan Smith

The 6-foot-6 and 338 lb junior has the perfect size, is fleet on foot and has the ideal balance of what is needed from a tackle. He has the tendency, according to Dane Brugler and Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout, of playing too high and needs to improve his knee bend and consistent technique.

He does an admirable job protecting the corner, but sometimes leaves too much space on the inside. He does have the ability to pick up the blitz and is quick to the second level without drawing penalties. He’ll be a valuable asset in the pass and will complement the run running a 5.27 on his 40 yard time in the Combine. Smith has been reliable starting 31 games at Penn State.

Ali Marpet

Ali Marpet

Ali Marpet

A product of Division III Hobart and William Smith, Marpet started 37 of 43 games. He did not allow a single sack in 2014. He’s also quick on his feet, has good strength, and held his own at the Senior Bowl. He’s had experience at all three offensive linemen positions, which is a great plus in this league given the need for versatility.

The biggest negative, according to NFL.com, is the fact he’s face inferior competition and gets caught leaning and lunging. Look for Marpet to move to guard.

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Can New Bucs QB Jameis Winston Win Over His Critics?

NFL NEWS: Jameis Winston

Shortly after the Bucs selected FSU QB Jameis Winston first overall pick, he tweeted his celebration “meal.”

He deleted the tweet shortly afterward apparently self-aware that Crab-gate still haunts him particularly from his biggest critics.

So suffice it to say, he’s probably the most controversial first overall pick in Bucs history. Much of what I’ve observed particularly on social media was a mix of praise and “drawing their lines in the sand” when Winston was picked.

Want to serve some reminders who “suddenly” developed a conscience over what the team’s done in its past or didn’t know about it at all.

  • What would the fanbase’s reaction of Warren Sapp‘s drafting in 1995 if Twitter or Facebook were around given his off-field issues?
  • When head coach Jon Gruden signed Jerramy Stevens in 2007, how many people realized the record on him? Where was the mass exodus of fans due to his off-field issues?
  • In the franchise’s near 40 years in existence, the team’s suffered 26 losing seasons, 23 of those at double-digits and reaching 14 losses five times. This includes as recently as last season.
  • In seven years, the team’s had four different head coaches from Gruden, Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano and now Lovie Smith. The last coach to have a playoff appearance was Gruden in 2007.
  • The team didn’t re-sign Sapp, released John Lynch and Derrick Brooks, which were the core of the Tampa 2 defense that lead to the team’s victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. All three were let go for nothing which many of the fans repaid the Glazers causing major fan upheaval.
  • Among the team’s worst draft decisions – Drafting Bo Jackson first overall in 1986 when he made his intentions clear he didn’t want to play for the team. Drafting Dexter Jackson, wide receiver from Appalachian State in the second round in the 2008 draft.

Too many of the fans though, drafting Winston was the move that was the last straw…

So as much work Smith and Winston have to make this franchise relevant again, here are a few things Winston can do to help against his detractors and become the positive influence he can be in the community.

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Win some games.
  • Make the playoffs.
  • Let his play do all the talking for him.

I can see where many can be put off by his confidence and attitude which may believe it’s brazen and to a fault. In time, the more successful he is, the more community service he’s doing, eventually the fans will come around.

Obviously the rape allegations will always follow him around no matter what the result is, but most will allow the legal process to play itself out even if it’s a civil suit.

To those who are quitting the team over principal just because of Winston, well you’re clearly not been paying attention enough to the team’s history, much less the league’s history of dealing with such issues.

Suffice it to say, quitting over Winston is quite petty and you really have to ask yourself why you’re even a fan.

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