Dante Wesley will be off this week for his hit on Clifton Smith. There's no excuse in today's NFL for launching oneself into head and neck of an opposing player. Everyone knows the rules and everyone knows a suspension will come. That being said, those of you that wanted a longer suspension should understand that the play was live. Smith did not signal for a fair catch. That doesn't excuse Wesley launching himself into Smith. But football is a violent sport. It's not golf. These sorts of things will happen.
I used the "B" word with Fox Sports Radio last week in regards to Gaines Adams. So the Bucs dealt him a day later. Wow, I guess they agreed. It's surprising to me that he didn't work out better here. Frankly, this team misses defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. Oh, guess where he is now? Chicago. Just watch as Adams becomes productive in 2010. Marinelli is one of the best.
By the way, the Bucs have 10 draft picks so far for 2010. Many scouts consider this a deep draft, particularly on the defensive line. That may have made Adams expendable. But the Bucs haven't drafted well of late, especially in the late round. GM Mark Dominik says there's a plan. I wonder if he and head coach Raheem Morris will be around to execute it next year. Just saying.
So I told you last week that if the Bucs lost to the Panthers and dropped to 0-6 they would lose the next five games. I'm sticking by that prediction. We'll talk again in December and we'll be talking about whether the Bucs can avoid a winless season. And at this point, I'm not so sure they can.
FB B.J. Askew is out for the season after injuring his neck in a car accident. He started only 14 of 33 games during his time in Tampa. I say that because he's not coming back to this team next season. He may not even come back to football. So that's two fullbacks out for the season (Askew and Byron Storer). I guess Earnest Graham's role in the offense will finally increase.
If there is a year for the Bucs to give up a home game to play in London, it's this year. Or do you really want to go to Raymond James this Sunday and watch the Patriots do to the Bucs what they did to the Titans last week?
By the way, the Bucs are leaving Friday for Sunday's game and aren't planning on doing much sightseeing? Really? This would seem to me to be the perfect opportunity to cut loose and have some fun.
Just like the Bucs gave up on their QB situation earlier this season, they should pull the plug on the backfield rotation. The Bucs should spend the rest of the season rotating starts between Carnell Williams and Derrick Ward, giving them 20-25 carries per start to see which one of these guys is the long-term solution at the position. Whoever wins is the incumbent starter next year. Whoever loses gets about 8-12 touches per game next year. If this really is a youth movement, it's time to start finding out which one of these guys is the top dog.
Over-under on the first Josh Freeman start of 2009? The start of December.
It's mid-October and LB Barrett Ruud does not have a contract extension. There's no question in my mind now. He's jumping ship. And I don't blame him one bit.
I had the Panthers 23-17 last week. Panthers won 28-21. I'm now 6-0 on the season. I see no reason for the Bucs to win on Sunday against New England. In fact, it's going to be awful for anyone wearing pewter and red. Patriots 52, Bucs 6.