With speculation swirling about the mental health of starting left guard Arron Sears in full swing, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris did little to clarify the true nature of Sears MIA status this off-season. Instead, Morris told media that Sears is dealing with a personal matter and that it would remain a private matter until Sears himself disclosed it to the media.
“Whatever he’s going through right now, I’m just worried about the guys who are here right now,” Joseph said. “I’m here every day working hard and I’m sure he’ll join us whenever he gets ready.”
Asked if he had spoken to Sears, Joseph said, “That’s between me and him. . . He has a right to his personal life.”
Pressed for answers, Morris said, “We’re all concerned about Arron, but realistically, that’s really a private matter. I respect Arron enough to not even talk about that and just leave it as a private matter.
He added, “It’s a very private situation. That’s where we are now with it.” Source: St.Pete Times.com
Which at this point only adds to the confusion on whether or not Sears is battling depression or some other mental disorder. With comments made by Morris and fellow lineman Davin Joseph you get the feeling that it could potentially be clinical depression as a result of concussions, that Sears sustained. Which leads to greater concern as it was reported that Sears has only suffered one concussion, but sources have told Pewter Report that is not the case, but that he actually suffered two concussions in less then a one year span.
Dominik’s reputation is very much on the line this season.
With the re-signing of Michael Clayton in which new General Manager Mark Dominik dished out a $10.5 million dollar signing bonus Dan Parr, of ProFootballWeekly.com insinuates that Dominik is creating his on scrutiny. While it is not far fetched to see how Parr can ascertain the idea that Dominik is putting himself along with his reputation on the line after the re-signing of Clayton, it pales in comparison to the extension that was given to recently traded for tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and the drafting of Josh Freeman. If Winslow doesn’t produce or Freeman flops, those two would become much more of a reputation killer then the re-signing of Clayton in my opinion.
In other News:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut through the proverbial red tape and received approval from the City of Tampa to open training camp up to loyal Buccaneer fans at the team’s practice facility. Camp will begin on Saturday, August 1 with a morning practice at One Buccaneer Place followed by a night practice at Raymond James Stadium. Training camp will conclude on August 19.
J.I. Halsell, of FootballOutsiders.com in his Under the Cap column titled 2008 Leaguewide Cap Efficiency gives major pros to ex-GM Bruce Allen for his stringent cap management strategies and his use of the LTBE loophole, which allows for teams to roll over unearned likely to be earned incentives to the following year. While Halsell mentions Allen’s top assistant Kevin Demoff, it should be pointed out that Demoff was the one largely responsible for the Bucs and Allen using the LTBE loophole.
Pro-Bowl right guard Davin Joseph has dropped close to 15 pounds in an attempt to become quicker, after playing at 320 pounds last season in which the team used a drive blocking scheme, Joseph is hoping the lighter version of himself will become more agile and fluid on his feet to take advantage of his athleticism in the new zone blocking scheme being implemented this year.
In other weight related news defensive tackle Chris Hovan has been packing on the pounds, Hovan who played at around 290-295 in 2008, has been adding weight this off-season in hopes of getting up to around 305-310 pounds to be able sustain the rigors of the new defensive scheme under Jim Bates.