"Thankfully, it's not about the score, it's about evaluation."
That's how your Buccaneer General Manager Mark Dominik summed it up at halftime of Wednesday night's 30-3 beating administered to the bottom of his roster by the bottom of the Redskins roster.
It was unwatchable preseason game four. Thankfully all this practice stuff is over. It's time to get on with the business of finding the best 53 for the Buccaneers and it's time to get serious about the Carolina Panthers.
But first, there's that "evaluation" thing that Dominik spoke about. And speaking of evaluation, we once again turn to Wednesday night's astute observer, former Buccaneer John Lynch, who analyzed the mess for play by play man Chris Myers on the broadcast.
First, a few words from Lynch, for your perusal:
JL: "You lose a guy like Davin Joseph, it's hard to win in this league."
Oh no, Lynch is being negative! Yikes!
JL: "What bothers you about this (Buc) roster is the depth -- they're not competitive with the twos and threes."
Who's going to argue with that?
JL: "There's the depth or lack thereof that is a concern to me if you're a Bucs fan."
Will the Bucs lack of depth show this season?
Oh no, Lynch being negative again!
JL: When asked by Myers if the Bucs should be interested in tight end Chris Cooley, released by the Redskins this week: "My answer is yes, you should look at him."
Later, at halftime, Mark Dominik's answer was "no" and he's the one who counts. "We are not aggressively pursuing him (Cooley)," Dominik told Lynch and Myers.
JL: "It looks like the Redskins are playing at a different speed than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."
That explained the reason for the lopsided score. The Redskins' subs were simply better, as they rushed for a whopping 228 yards to Tampa's 31. It looked like a replay from the final 10 games of the 2011 season.
JL: "You'll see the Bucs picking up people."
Lynch was referring to the waiver wires on Friday when more than 600 players will be released by the 32 NFL teams.
Later in the evening, when he was asked by Myers about the Bucs safeties, Lynch conceded that Ronde Barker and Mark Barron were the starters and that Ahmad Black has had a nice preseason and has stepped into the third slot. Lynch said he was in favor of keeping Cody Grimm, who is on the bubble. "He has starting experience in the league," Lynch said and for that reason, they need Grimm for depth.
Will Tiquan Underwood make the final roster?
Lynch was spot on with his thoughts.
Finally, our closing observations:
Brad Sowell was beyond horrible at left tackle, he can't block, was beaten badly and was responsible for two of the five sacks that third-team quarterback Brett Ratliff endured. Ratliff should get a hazardous duty bonus check when they cut him Friday.
The Jamon Meredith experiment at right guard was a complete failure. Look for Ted Larsen to start there in the season opener.
Tiquan Underwood made his case for a roster spot. He caught six passes for 82 yards, one of the few Bucs who stood out.
Rookie safety Sean Baker had two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Will that earn him a spot on the practice squad?
Kai Forbath has been amazing he hit field goals of 51 and 55 yards against the Patriots and handled the punting duties nicely Wednesday night. Someone should pick this guy up on Friday.
Apparently, Preston Parker has earned a roster spot. He had the night off with Vincent Jackson, and Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn will start practicing next week for Carolina.
Myron Lewis didn't look good at all. This could be the end of the Buccaneer road for him.
Will Cody Grimm make the final roster?
Keith Tandy will be a tough decision for the Bucs. He's looked good at times, had nine tackles but as Lynch pointed out, Grimm has starting experience in the league. Could they sneak Tandy on the practice squad?
Now all the bubble players can do it wait.
Dominik and Greg Schiano will make the tough decisions. Then they'll scan that waiver wire.
After all, this team has a problem with depth and that's not me speaking, that's Lynch speaking.
And that's not negativity. It's the truth.