Kress wrote:You did better than I would have, but silly exercise. Who cares who the backup is UNLESS it's your team and your starter went down. There is no reason to care otherwise.
That doesn't mean you don't plan for the "just in case" scenario. It actually proves that you are a fool if you don't. I'm still in the MJ W camp on this one.
This fanbase cares way more than they should. Honestly I bet I could count on 1 finger the number of fanbases who have this much discussion about who their backup QB is. People took pride in their belief that Mike Glennon was a top 5 backup. Like wtf does that even mean. Instead of talking about a guy who won't play unless Jameis Winston is hurt or get suspended we should be talking about the steps Jameis needs to take this year and how the addition of Djax will help.
And I'll ask you the same thing I asked her. Do you believe the Patriots were foolish to have Tom Brady and Matt Cassel as their backups at 1 point or another?
Bootz, I could give a **** about Mike Glennon. I care and discuss the subject of our backup QB excessively because this is now the 10th year since we made the playoffs. A few months ago I was a little bit skeptical of how the off-season would go because I assumed a guy like D-Jax would not hit the open market. I had a few concerns with our depth at DT. I was concerned with how the offensive line would shake up and since then we've opened ourselves to address the issue in the draft. Over the past few days the Bucs have essentially put all the chips down and said, "all in" when 2 years ago we were 6-6 and finished 6-10 -a price Lovie Smith paid with his head. Last year year where we were 8-5 and managed only 9-7.
Our organization obviously feels it's playoffs or bust this year. That the next step MUST be taken now. I'd consider myself a very patient person. But even now I've grown sick and tired of waiting. And what I have gone through now is a second coming of failure after failure that has nearly matched the duration of 1983 to 1996. It's a second era of mediocrity. When I was younger I used to say, "Man I hope I never go through that!" well guess what? I'm damn near 30 and I essentially almost have.
The rebuild was supposed to last from 2009 to 2012 -which was/is an acceptable amount of time in my opinion. But instead every single thing that could possibly go wrong did and every single player not named Martin, David, Jackson and McCoy went out the door because THEY were the only thing this organization managed to do right in that time. Josh Freeman developed a drug habit, our entire WR corps busted, our d-line needed to be rebuilt and suddenly a revamped backfield with Darrelle Revis as its cornerstone was blown up. Now suddenly guys like Gerald McCoy are pushing 30 damn years old and NOTHING we have done has worked.
But lucky for us something amazing happened. As if God himself intervened and said, "They have suffered enough" we endured a 2-14 season and finally..... FINALLY got a franchise QB. A born winner, a national champion who didn't lose until his last game. A Heisman winner and perhaps the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck a few years prior. And since then it seems everything that could go right has. Our defense woke up after the bye week and suddenly we played like it was the year 2005. Almost seemingly by accident we discovered perhaps the best #3 option we've had since Ike Hilliard in Humphries. We found a head coach our guys would take a bullet for when just months prior they were putting out angry tweets about Smith being fired. 9-7 had never felt so good.
Other organizations don't have to worry about their backup because they have had success. They can afford to say, "Hey we've got next year. Don't worry about it" because they KNOW they've got an 11 win football team. We don't know what that's like much less even know if we have an 11 win team. Now do we have one on paper? If we have a strong draft and shore up the offensive line and secondary I'd say absolutely. But the only way to have a playoff team is by actually making the damn playoffs.
Now after ALL this. After all the time I've taken to write this. I am NOT going to see all that progress sabotaged and I look to the sky with my head up saying, "Oh shucks! Maybe next year!!" because Jameis Winston goes down with an injury and we channel our inner 2011 Colts and damn near pull off 0-16 because don't have anything better than a warm body at QB since we "Don't have time to practice fucked" like they didn't.
So unfortunately for me... I care very much who my back up is because I am NOT waiting anymore because the Bucs don't feel it necessary to take every possible measure to make the playoffs.