With reports surfacing via John Czarnecki, of Fox Sports that Bill Cowher’s name has began popping up in connection with the Bucs and a possible return to coaching in 2010 and the Bucs zero-dash-seven start, apparently Raheem Morris might be one and done depending on how the team finishes over it’s remaining nine game.
If it comes to fruition and Cowher is indeed named the Buccaneers 9th head coach, with the teams front seven in horrendous shape. He will undoubtedly bring with him the 3-4 defense. The defensive front seven is unsettled and a mixed bag of retreads that don’t fit the current two gap scheme, add to it the teams best pass rusher Jimmy Wilkerson will be an unrestricted free agent and it could be the perfect time for a switch back to the 3-4 that was run in the mid to late seventies under defensive coordinator Tom Bass.
There’s growing speculation that a large contingent of underclassmen could jump from the collegiate ranks and declare for the 2010 NFL Draft in fear of a rookie wage scale and a possible lockout in 2011. If redshirt sophomores and juniors decide to forgo their final season or two of college eligibility it could mark one of the deepest drafts in recent history. Which is why so many teams have been positioning themselves and there respective franchise by stock piling second and third round picks.
With the league set to have an uncapped year in 2010, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see teams dumping bloated contracts of underachieving players. The uncapped season would allow teams to purge themselves of personnel blunders and draft bust that have been suffocating a team’s salary cap for the past few years.
For those wondering, should the Bucs decide to dump EPIC BUST Michael Clayton, they would incur no dead cap space and would be able to rid themselves of an under achiever with no future penalties to their salary cap.