LeGarrette Blount: Was He Lazy and Late During 2011 Buccaneer Disaster?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2012

LeGarrette Blount: late AND lazy last season?
LeGarrette Blount: late AND lazy last season?Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Rick Stroud, the Tampa Bay Times beat writer for the Buccaneers didn't try to hide anything on Sunday when he wrote that LeGarrette Blount was one lazy son of a gun during the 2011 season.

Stroud claims that Blount couldn't get out of bed and simply made a habit out of being habitually late to the extent that the team resorted to sending a driver to root him out of bed in the mornings.

Tom Krasniki, who covers the team for 620 WDAE, the Sports Animal, confirmed what Stroud has written during his appearance Monday morning on the Ron and Ian Show. "The inmates were running the asylum," Krasniki reiterated, confirming what we've been saying all along about the Raheem Morris Country Club, also known as the 2011 Buccaneer locker room.

It all makes sense when you look at the replays of those final 10 gosh-awful, season-ending "efforts" by the Buccaneers were it was so painfully evident that the team simply didn't give a hoot about "player's coach" Raheem Morris or anyone else.

Which brings us to the Greg Schiano era.

First, Blount better find a way not only to be on time, but most likely he better show up early and often. It's obvious the organization admitted to Blount's work ethic or lack thereof when they jumped into the first round to draft Doug Martin and why the coaching staff is singing his praises going into the first full-squad practice of training camp this coming Friday.

When Krasniki was talking to Beckles and Diaz, Ian and Ron, he also said that wide receiver Mike Williams may have caught the Blount Bug and found himself coming down with the flu-like bug of non-motivation.

The perfect reasoning for the "what-me-worry" attitude of many Buccaneers last season is the fact that there was no competition for jobs.

Now there is.

Blount is looking at Doug Martin and eyeballing his possible replacement in the starting lineup, and Williams has already been demoted from the No. 1 receiver spot by the acquisition of Vincent Jackson.

There are a host of guys who want Williams' spot as the No. 2 including Arrelious Benn, Preston Parker and the rest.

There's a new attitude in the air over at One Buc.

Shape up or ship out. Either buy in to what Schiano's selling or go somewhere else, as in Tanard Jackson and Kellen Winslow Jr.

Maybe that has registered with Blount.


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