Two Bucs Are As Bad As They Seem


There were a couple Buccaneers who at times this season, true the disdain of fans across Bucs nation.   One of the prime targets of that disdain for me was SS Sabby Piscatelli.  I have heard the guy is really nice, and in no way is this a cut at him personally, but his football skills are below average at best.  Another guy who constantly made me angry this season was RT Jeremy Trueblood.  This is another guy who I know firsthand is a very nice guy, but once again, this is not a cut at him personally.  He is penalty machine though, and at times this season, killed drives for the Bucs.

Footballoutsiders.com, produced a 2009 All-Keep Choppin Wood Team on Thursday, and two Bucs made the list.

Every week, your Scramble writers award players, coaches and owners for mind-bogglingly bad decisions or performances — those actions that go above and beyond mediocrity and directly lead to their team losing. Over the course of the season, a few starts fall down into the dregs, and subtly or overtly hang about their team’s neck like an albatross. These are the players of the All-Keep Choppin’ Wood Team. Tom and I went through position by position and picked out some of our favorite wood-choppers. Keep in mind that this is not only incredibly subjective, but rife with partial information; while it’s easy to get good information on the NFL’s premiere performers, it’s not quite so easy to get information on the chronic underachievers and purveyors of debilitating mediocrity.

Jeremy Trueblood

Mike: It’s a common refrain that penalty-prone linemen are a massive liability to their offense, and it’s quite true — very few drives can survive a holding penalty, and false starts often put teams in unmanageable positions. Jeremy Trueblood, however, is in a league of his own. He’s a holding and false start machine, tied for second in the league with 13 penalties, and he’s generally a turnstile. On top of this, he somehow caught a reputation as a dirty player. Not “Olin Kruetz cheats” dirty, but “getting fined over $26,000 by the league” dirty. How do you rack up that much unnecessary roughness? Especially as an offensive lineman!

Tom: Consider him an overachiever.

Mike: He’s got to be some kind of psychopath.

Sabby Piscatelli

Tom: So, Sabby Piscitelli. It’s kind of a fun name, in that juvenile, vaguely dirty way some Italian names are. His house was burglarized during the win against Green Bay this year, and burglary is wrong and illegal, so he has my sympathies. I hope he was covered by insurance. If you do an Internet search on him, he’s apparently somewhat of a favorite of the ladies. They had an easy time finding him this year; all they had to do was look at who was supposed to be there when Tampa Bay gave up a long touchdown pass.

There isn’t much more for me to say that I haven’t said at some point this year, or wasn’t summed up by Footballoutsiders in this funny article.

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  • vaughn

    Sabby Piscatilli is a horrible Saftey. Adding to the theory, “always attack white safteys” (except John Lynch) Piscatilli is still green at reading seam routes by tight ends, has trouble keeping with outside speedy wide recievers on the outside, and if far from stuffing the hole getting trucked by running backs and recievers alot last year.

    I do believe that there is a spot on the roster for Sabby. He would be a roster upgrade for the nickle corner, ending the horendous efforts produced by undersized, and undergamed Albert Mac.

    What can we do to upgrade at Saftey? Simple, re introduce Jermaine “flip” Phillips into the saftey position. Draft Eric Berry, and gradually work Berry into the starting position next season. Why not start Berry some might ask. ITS THE NFL PEOPLE. Tenard Jackson is an elite, and I mean elite saftey in the NFL. Young players make mistakes, so give Flip the start, make Berry it.

    Vaughn Brown aka Bucs fan since 87′

  • Dr Klip

    D -

    Sabby: Like John Lynch, but cannot make tackles. This guy is out of position on most plays and is a liability in the secondary. Although, I’ve got a huge man-crush on Berry and think he’s worth a #3 pick, I’d rather focus on the front of the defense and work backwards. In my opinion, a terrific d-line can make an average seconday seem superb.

    Trueblood: Tough call. He’s a beast and he’s got the tenacity to rip a DE’s nuts off if he takes a shot at his QB, but he is a drive killer. Should he be replaced? On an ideal franchise. But I think he’s one of the few guys that are still passionate about playing for this franchise, and would rather work with him than against him.

    Keep up the good work, D. Your posts are always a good read.

    Klip

  • Mike J

    Piscitelli actually got better in coverage as the season wore on, but there was a lot of room for improvement. Also, he was helped by the change in scheme. He needs work in the run game re taking proper angles–he messes himself up by overestimating his speed.He also could use a lot of basic work on tackling technique.It’s disappointing how a SS with his size never seems to blow anybody up on Sundays.I am unconvinced he will ever be anything other than a back-up from scrimmage, & a special teams guy.

    Trueblood has disappointed by not improving the last three years.He can be exposed by speed-rushers, & gets less movement in the run game that you’d think for a player his size (the Bucs actually ran a bit better to the left in 2009).He has quietly entered that large NFL classification of “just another guy.” The penalties on top of this are deal-killers to me, but I expect he will be tendered at a fairly high level….I am sorta keeping my eye on Iowa’s Kyle Calloway for the upcoming draft, who has Trueblood size but maybe a little more athleticism.