Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tanard Jackson Suspended For One Year

Josh SherhagContributor ISeptember 22, 2010

TAMPA, FL - 2009:  Tanard Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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My only question is "What took so long?"

Tanard Jackson has officially and finally been suspended for failing his second drug test in as many years. As a total outsider from the Buccaneers Organization I had been aware of the failed test for months now and fully expected this news to come out before the beginning of the 2010 regular season. I was informed of the failed test by a former employee of the Bucs. The delay by the organization and the NFL has lead to two things. A 2-0 start to the Tampa's season and the loss of Jackson for one full calender year.

While the undefeated start has been nice, having one of the best young safeties in the NFL on the field is imperative to becoming an elite defense once again and winning ball games. In Tanard's four seasons, two now cut short by suspension, he has combined for over 200 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 6 forced fumbles. Very impressive numbers for such a young player. Most likely, his replacement will not be able to duplicate these statistics or the huge impact he has had.

Now, either the underwhelming Sabby Piscitelli, preseason phenom Corey Lynch, or the unproven rookie Cody Grimm will fill in for Jackson. One of the strongest positions on the Defense all of a sudden become a liability once again. Not just for this season but part of the next one too, or at least once the strike situation has been resolved.

Another question is whether or not Jackson will be alienated by the fans, his teammates, and his coaching staff. All of whom he has let down tremendously. Will there be a public outcry? Will his team support him? What stigma will this place on him. It all depends on his actions for here on because any more slip ups will not be tolerated.