The first two are obvious. McCoy and Jackson are the best players on their respective side of the ball and are both vocal leaders of the team. Davin is a bit of a surprise because he’s coming off the injury. But having an offensive lineman captain is not abnormal, and I just don’t think Donald Penn quite fits the role. The best player on the line is probably Carl Nicks, but he hasn’t been on the field enough to have a chance to show his leadership skills. So it was down to Zuttah and Davin, and Schiano decided to go with the guy with the chip on his shoulder after the full year out.
The big surprise captain is Dashon Goldson. The Hawk has never played a game for the Buccaneers and is already clearly having a major impact. The hope is that his arrival will change the demeanor of the back end of the defense. Goldson was a leader on the very good San Francisco defense, so stepping in as a captain here in Tampa should be a perfect fit. Very rarely do newcomers garner the honor of being named a captain, but this has to be looked at as a great thing for Buccaneers fans. We know the guy can play, now Schiano is also telling us, he can lead this defense as well.
Finally we have Adam Hayward. To me this shows a commitment to special teams. Schiano has always made it clear that he expects a lot out of his special teams units, and naming Hayward a captain proves it again. Hayward has been a star on kick coverage and will hopefully continue this coming year. I personally like having Hayward as a captain because it shows to every guy who goes out there on special teams that they have a huge role in this team and the coaching staff believes it.
The final takeaway from the captain, where’s Josh Freeman? How is the quarterback not on this list? I’m somewhat shocked they don’t have Freeman’s name on the list, because it’s been there before. Being a quarterback basically makes you a defacto captain, but I hope leaving Josh off isn’t signaling something. I really doubt there’s anything to the decision, but it’s still a little curious to me.