It was just last week, that Bucs starting left tackle Donald Penn was apologizing to his quarterback, Josh Freeman at half time against the Panthers for the lack of protection being provided to the second year signal caller. Now a week after having to apologize, Penn laid an egg against the Steelers.
Penn, 27, an undrafted free agent out of Utah State signed a long-term contract this offseason to the tune of six years and $48 million dollars truly played uninspired ball accounting for two of the sacks on Freeman and one penalty for holding that was declined.
Now Penn who had weight issues all of last season and has a weight clause in his contract seemingly has under achieved through the early stages of the 2010 season after being rewarded by the Bucs. In a postgame conversation with Tom Balog, of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Penn surmises that the Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t that much better then the youthful Bucs.
”They won the score, they didn’t win the physical battle,” Penn said. “Go ask them. I know they have a lot of respect for us. As an offensive line, I know they have a lot of respect for us.
”Go watch the film. Please,” Penn said. “Because I was throwing those guys around. I was banging those guys more than anything.”
Penn who vented frustration the past two offseasons, and was vexed over his contract situation needs to realize as one of the elder statesmen that there’s a time and place to proclaim that he and his teammates won the physical battle. It’s not after a 38-13 drubbing at home. Especially after allowing Steelers CB William Gat to run untouched around him to start the second half of the game with a sack of his quarterback.