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December 1, 2010 @ 4:22 pm
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Morris And Lake Speak About Piscitelli's Release

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Despite the fact that the Bucs lost free safety Cody Grimm for the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to part ways with veteran safety Sabby Piscitelli on Tuesday and released him.

Piscitelli, 27, was a second-round pick by the Bucs in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was the starting strong safety for Tampa Bay last season, but led the NFL in missed tackles with 19. He lost his job in the offseason to free agent acquisition Sean Jones. When free safety Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in Week 3, the Bucs passed Piscitelli over for the inexperienced Grimm, who was a seventh-round pick back in April.

Piscitelli got the nod when Grimm left last Sunday’s game with a broken fibula, but did not make a huge impact. However, head coach Raheem Morris said that Piscitelli’s performance in Baltimore was not the reason for his release.

“Well, it never is based on one individual play or one individual movement,” said Morris. “It is about what is best for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We went in a different direction a couple of different times. We are going in a different direction this time. We have to do what is best for this football team and what is best for the young man as well. We feel good about it. Hopefully he’ll go on and go out there and prosper and do well himself.”

Defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake shared similar thoughts and thinks Piscitelli will do well with another opportunity.

“We don’t make quick decisions like that,” said Lake. “It’s a process throughout the course of a whole career. We just felt for him and for us that it was probable the best situation for us to both move on and I’m sure he will land somewhere which will be better off for him.”

In four years with the team, he played in 43 games with 20 starts and tallied 161 tackles, five interceptions, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. This season, Piscitelli totaled 15 tackles with one interception that was returned 31 yards.
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    The stat line got me thinking... how many bad tackles? angles? blown coverages? Had to of been quite a few... Good luck Mr Piscatelli. Go Bucs.
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    Looks LIKe LYNCH BUT PLAYS Like HOWELL! Draft a safety in the 2nd round next year please.
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    All balls, no brains
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    It saddens me just a little that I even know who these people are, but alas, I feel we have a winner: "Sabby looks like "The Situation" and plays like Snookie." He simply had NO football instincts and all the time in the world to learn. He had all the physical tools, none of the mental. I had thought that maybe, just maybe, if he played exclusively as a run-blitzer quasi-linebacker, he might be valuable. Good news is, it sounds like Lynch is going to get his chance. Again, I have to think there's a reason he hasn't yet, but he's looked good and shown excellent instincts whenever I have seen him out there.
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    Looks like Lynch, deserves to ride the bench.
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    How about, "Looks like Lynch; plays like The Grinch."
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    Sabby looks like "The Situation" and plays like Snookie.
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    Lets face it... likable guy team player but really could not play the position we are stronger without him sorry to say...
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    “We don’t make quick decisions like that,” said Lake. Correct, we'll let them F--- us for a while giving up big plays before we make common sense decisions like that. LMAO He's right, it wasn't one play, it was every play.
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    He was vastly over rated, and even an average fan as myself would point out his deficiencies DURING games...tragic that he looked like Tarzan, played like Jane.
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    Dude, you stole my Tarzan, Jane line or maybe I got it from another poster- so obvious. Cody looks like Jane and plays like Tarzan.
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    Hope he at least gets a chance. I just dont know if hes good enough to take advantage of it. Dont think a work ethic could fix it.
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