The final load of laundry is finishing up, the suitcase is partly packed and, soon, the NFC South Blog team bus will leave for Orlando and the NFL owners meeting. But as I waited for that laundry to finish, I took a quick look through the mailbag. Here you go.
Bobby in Burlington, NC writes: Keep feeding us these GREAT articles about the Cats!! First King Julius(a masterpiece) and then the one on our two-headed monster. Glad to know it's premium fuel they run on. Glad Marty Hurney and John Fox picked DeAngelo Williams over that idiot Lendale White. One prime example of excellent drafting. Too bad they don't make more decisions like this. DeAngelo defintely needs a raise though!!
Pat Yasinskas: Be patient. I think DeAngelo’s raise will be coming. The flip side of this purge is you could see guys like Williams, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis end up with long-term contracts. By the way, DeAngelo actually used the term “supreme’’ fuel.
Chris in Harrisburg, PA writes: I have been reading how everyone is wondering why the Glazers aren't spending any money on UFA's and I am kind of sick of hearing fans bash the Front Office for not pursuing guys like Dunta Robinson, Brandon Marshall or Julius Peppers. Don't they know that they need to save money to resign some of their own key players like Tanard Jackson, Davin Joseph, Barrett Ruud, and yes maybe even Geno Hayes?
Pat Yasinskas: Chris, I’m with you -- to a large degree. It’s very easy to sit there and call the Glazers cheap. Too easy and too many fans just do that because they can. Now, there may be something to be said about their frugality, but I don’t think it’s fair or accurate to say it until you look at all angles. You’re making a good point about keeping some of their own players and I’m glad you did. As far as pointing to Manchester United and saying the soccer team is draining the football team, I think that’s a huge leap. If someone out there has actually seen the books -- and not just read a few stories about Manchester United’s debt -- and you know for sure the Bucs are cheap, then let me know. But don’t just speculate about it. In other words, if you want to talk, be able to back it up.
Mookie in Snellville, GA writes: Pat, I know the chat is over. But I had to leave a comment to you on the 02' Bucs vs. 09' Saints. If my memory serves me correct, Aaron Brooks and the 02' Saints swept the 02' Bucs that year. Drew Brees and Co. woulda crushed them easily !!!
Pat Yasinskas: I promise, that will be factored in later this summer when we do our project on the best NFC South team ever and the best single-season team in the history of all four franchises.
Nate in Palmer, Alaska writes: The Bucs depth at running back seems pretty good this upcoming season. It appeared last season Derrick Ward was supposed to be the man at RB for the Bucs Carnell Williams returned with such force and energy. As a long time Bucs fan, I think he was one of the very few highlights of our 2008/09 season and wouldn't mind seeing him get the starting nod this year. What are your thoughts on this?
Pat Yasinskas: Yes, Ward was brought in to be the starter and got big money. He never really produced like the Bucs had imagined. Williams did produce. He won the starting job last year and I don’t anticipate that changing.