Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Gaines Adams has been labeled a bust by
many a fan, after being selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft he has compiled 110 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 12 passes defensed & 1 touchdown.
While his numbers don’t scream bust or laziness Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com reveals that Adams wasn’t doing all of the little things necessary to take his game to the next level.
“A lot of people want the stats right away,” Adams said. “As a football player, I wanted the same and I expected the same. But now I realize there are a lot of things you have to do to make those stats happen and I wasn’t doing all of those things. Now I am and I hope that will make a difference.”
“I didn’t have the strength to rush with anything more than my speed,” Adams said.
“I came into this league thinking I could just go out and dominate with my speed because that’s what I did in college,” Adams said. “But it doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to put in a lot of time and effort to really set yourself apart.” Source: ESPN.com
The team has kicked Adams further outside in hopes of allowing his quickness to be fully maximized, but they also want Adams to develop more pass rush moves along with utilizing more power.
While it was up to Adams to prepare his body physically, who was holding him accountable in the weight room for not giving maximum effort or skipping sessions? It seems that Monte Kiffin, Todd Wash, Jon Gruden and who ever else you want to throw under the bus at this point will work, but for a young player not to have been forced to lift in an effort to get stronger, might have had something to to with the late season colaspe of the Bucs in 2008, and part of the reason the team promoted Kurt Schultz as it’s new strength and condiationing coach.