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April 7, 2012 @ 10:02 am
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PR REACTS: Blount Being Blunt About Richardson

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Mark Cook

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Last week Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount was asked about his feelings if Tampa Bay were to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson, and Blount was very opinionated in his answer. PewterReport.com editor Mark Cook shares his thoughts on Blount's comments in this PR Reacts feature.
While Buccaneers fans appear split on drafting Alabama running back Trent Richardson or LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the No. 5 pick in this month’s draft, someone who made his opinion clear on Tuesday is current starter LeGarrette Blount. The two-year starter is clearly not a fan of Tampa Bay selecting Richardson.

"I would not like that pick," Blount told CBSSports.com blogger Will Brinson. "I would definitely not be happy with that pick."

Blount was then reminded of the role that Brandon Jacobs shared with Ahmad Bradshaw in New York or other one-two tandems in the NFL, and Blount was again clear in his opinion.

“I don’t want that role,” Blount said.

PR Mark Cook’s Take:
At first glance the quotes appeared to be a little disturbing, but the more I think about his words, the more it doesn’t bother me. I may take a slight beating from some of our readers, but to me the attitude displayed is that of a player who has supreme confidence in himself to succeed and to be an elite back in the NFL. I’m not sure how well-thought-out Blount’s answer was, and more than likely he was blindsided by the line of questioning. Most players may have been a little more generic in their answer, but the fact is Blount was, well, being blunt.

Again, some players are coached up by their agents and coaches to be more diplomatic when faced with tough questions, but in this case it appears Blount, his agent, or the Bucs had no idea this question was about to come up. Blount was in New York to unveil the new Nike uniforms, not for a press conference on the status of the Buccaneers' draft plans.

Next time the media gets a chance to speak to Blount you can bet his answer will be more along the lines of, “whatever is best for the team,” or “I think Richardson would give us a good one-two punch.”

But for now, if I am a Buccaneers fan, I kind of like the answer. Blount was stating his true feelings and not trying to sugarcoat his opinion -- something rarely seen or heard in NFL sound clips.

Of course, Blount’s opinion should have zero bearing on the draft plans. If the Buccaneers feel Trent Richardson is the best option at No. 5 then they should take him – even if Blount isn’t on board. The fact is, the Buccaneers hold all the cards. Blount is an exclusive-rights free agent and has no leverage. Either he buys into what Schiano and the Buccaneers are trying to do, or he will find himself on the bench or perhaps in the uniform of another team.

Blount, despite being supremely confidant in his ability, has to face the facts that most NFL teams have a stable of quality backs that share the ball in the backfield. As Blount saw last season (his injury and the one to Graham) lasting an entire season at that position is more and more difficult. Having another running back to take the load off and provide that two-headed monster is what most NFL teams would prefer.

To criticize Blount for stating his true feelings, though, is unfair. Again, human nature is such that when we feel threatened, we tend to strike back. That is exactly what Blount did. If I am the head coach in this situation, I prefer having someone on my football team who believes they are the best at what they do, even if that player is wrong or misguided.
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    None of you guys think this might be a bit of pro wrestling showmanship ? Coach sent Blount to model the new uniforms,seems like they are fairly cool with one another.Maybe this is a smokescreen to either hide our interest in TR or increase another teams desire for him..Either way Tampa makes headlines and continues to draw more quality attention..........And since the plaintiff in Talibs trial is a career f**k up,its likely AT will be back to playin in Tampa..That would lessen our need for Clarborne who has taken a small hit to his value since his wonderlick score was leaked..We need to keep folks talkin about the Bucs and the 5th pick~hopefully the Vikes or Browns will surprise folks with their picks,leaving the Bucs to pillage the draft !!
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    great article! i couldn't agree more!
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    I don't have a problem with Bounts' comment. It won't effect Dominik's and Schiano's decision on taking Richarsdson with the fifth pick, if he's still there. If they think he's the best player, they'll take him. Blount's comments show confidence, and that's a good thing. The real test will come when/if the Bucs draft Richardson. If Blount comes in with a chip on his shoulder and fights for the job, great. If he protests by sluffing off, then the Bucs know what they have.
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    I love it!!!! Blount speaking his mind!!!!! Get tired of people lying and saying what people want to hear... Bet if TR is drafted it will push blount harder and he will have better numbers than TR... A great problem to have..Can't lose at #5 this year..
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    Horse: I certainly don't think you're an idiot. I think to be an idiot, you have to get a 6.
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    Horse: There is no military reference other than the fact that they did similar testing as the Wonderlick to which you may have even known the results of many of the men under your command. Did it matter to you? Doubtful. You just probably based your evaluation on your own observation. Claiborne might not be able to fix my TV but he can cover a wide receiver.
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    Scubog, I don't remember taking those test because I was ROTC. All I really cared about back then was that someone was covering my back; they were good to have around because they were lucky; they were a good shot; and most importantly they could react fast. I do understand what you are saying and yes he is a good cover man. Who knows maybe I tested a 4 on the Wonderlic test; after all, according to arealbucsfan, I am an idiot.
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    Yes, Blount could have said something more politically correct or offer us up a cliche' like the ones mentioned here. But those answers would have been BS. See, that's one of the problems I'm sure Mark and other media members face when doing an interview. They can predict the answer to almost every question. Thank you for being honest #27. I just don't get fans wanting to write Blount off because he hasn't quite gotten a "grasp" of how to hold onto the ball when defenders are holding him up while trying to strip it. Gee, I remember some guy who wore #40 who had that same problem in his early years. Horse: I know you're a military man. You and I took four of what they called aptitude tests, a portion of which were similar to the Wonderlick. I scored very well as I'm sure you did. 95 was the highest score. All four of mine were above 80 and I had two 90's as I recall. But Horse, there were guys who scored a 5 or 10 out of 95. Back in the late 60's they had a program called Project 100,000 when the military took young men whose mental capacity was even lower. That didn't mean they couldn't function and perform well. They even got to carry loaded guns. I'm sure Claiborne's former coach on our staff has the insight on him.
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    Scubog, all I am saying it is a concern to think about before actually drafting him at the No. 5 spot. Would I at No. 5 now? Probably not. Why? It's all about the risk and the money. I would rather take my chances with Kuechly than Caiborne. I don't see the military connection here at all Scubog.
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    What it boils down to is...you made your bed now you lay in it. If Blount had held on to those balls demonstrated the ability to pass protect and catch out the back field then Richardson wouldn't even be an thought, he didn't do that so the only one he can be mad with is no. 27. He need to understand not only that, but that his track record doesn't show him as being a stand up guy. Not to say hes not, he may be, but you can only go by what you see. Punching players and fighting on every level don't put you in any Hall of Fame category. We need to be able to depend on Blunt to be there as a leader and performer. Until then, most can give a fuk about what you think should happen in the draft, free agency, or even in walk threw for that matter. I still got love for my Blount but i'm going to keep it real with him even though he cant keep it real with his self.
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    I agree. I get sick of the politically correct BS all the time. It shows some pride to want to be THE MAN. If T-Rich is drafted, I'm sure Blount will be pissed but be a professional if he is in a position to be carrying the load. I think it is a forgone conclusion that someway, somehow, a back or two will be added prior to regular season.
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    MARK COOK,I think it's a great article though,I like when someone rattle the bird cage alittle lol.Im still high on Richardson and don't think Claiborne is rated higher than Richardson on anyone draft board.If Richardson fell out of the top 10 then he will be consider the best steal in the draft.If Claiborne is drafted by the Bucs I will support him because then he is a Buc.I just think taking Richardson will make it easier to focus more on defense in the second and third round..remember we don't have a fourth round pick.
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    Dex no biggie man. Appreciate the back and forth. I see what you are saying and in a perfect world and in the best case scenario Blount would have taken the high road. But if anything it shows me gives a damn. I did like someone else's comment about if he was pissed he should have said bring it on, let's compete. The only problem with that is a top 5 guys is going to get the benefit over the doubt over a undrafted guy. It isnt fair but that is the politics of professional sports. But Blount does have to understand that every GM is trying to replace every person on the roster. Again it is tough business playing in the NFL. I would almost bet he has had a conversation with Dom or Schiano, and they explained how bad it looked. I called Blount's agent the other day and he wanted to get more details before commenting. I will call him Monday and maybe address it in the Confidential, if y'all think it would be interesting. I am not trying to make it more of a story than it is. Personally I think it is a minor thing and won't cause any disruption or issues. But it certainly has created a good response from our readers.
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    @Horse stfu, the Wonderlic test doesnt mean ish. It's a pointless test. And ur an idiot
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    C'mon easy arealbucsfan! no need to get personal. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I agree with you on the Wonderlic but no need to bash Horse. That's all I'm saying.
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    arealbusfan, All I am trying to say is that is a concern when you are drafting at the No. 5 spot. It doesn't mean he won't be drafted. If you were about to pay someone millions, wouldn't you be a little concerned about it? I won't be bashing him if we pick him because I think he is a good player and I hope it doesn't effect him in the NFL.
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    I don't want Richardson because it will make Blunt angry (tuff cookies dude) but RB's are a dime a dozen now days and you don't need to waste the #5 pick on one. Take Claiborn at 5 and get Chris Polk in the 3rd round.
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    dexfields22, you make a lot of sense, but I still wouldn't draft a RB or a CB at the No. 5 Spot. In my opinion two things always build winning teams? Deffensive and Offensive Lineman and you can never have enough good ones; a lot of average players at other positions then become acceptable. I would not waste a No. 1 pick in the top 5 spot on a RB or a CB. If the top OL & DL are gone then I would look at the top LB, Safety, next.
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    I didn't have any problem with what Blount said. I would have accepted that response or a response that said I'll do anything that is best for the team. What I wouldn't accept is the Mark Sanchez response of saying nothing with Tebow came in. A player like that doesn't make his team better. I like Blount's attitude.
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    @dexfields22 I totally agree with you, he should have said I welcome having a great running back to win Superbowls with... The avg life span of an NFL running back is 31/2 to 4 years and the position is overrated... Blount and Arian Foster both went undrafted. With that said, I think they should trade back into the teens- Claiborne isn't a top 5 pick and no running back is worth a top 10 pick anymore. If they can pick up an extra 2nd or 3rd round pick and draft S Mark Barron in the first, LBs Lavonte David or Mychal Kendricks and Alonzo Dennard in the second and either LeMichael James or Chris Polk in the 3rd. It adds 3 solid def players with out much risk who all have speed and love to tackle and adds a pass catching explosive RB to compliment Blount.. If our Dline plays like it should with Claiborne, Bennett and Bowers tearing up the backfield our CBs won't be in coverage as long...
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    MARK COOK..I agree with alot things you say on here but i disagree with this one.I would prefer if he would have just said" if it would help win game or "we would be a great combo" instead of a selffish remark.This isnt Blount ball this is Buc ball.Schiano probably isnt happy about that remark coming from a back that is no where near being an nfl elite back.Cadillac Williams didnt say anythimg when the BUCS brought in Blount plus you have to remember also that Schiano just called out Blount last week also. At Rutgers Schiano had Brian Lenard at runnig back first then brought in Ray Rice,Lenard went from running back to fullback with no problem.Buffalo brought in Spiller with a #1 pick also and Fred Jackson didnt say one thing but went on the field and proved he was the better back.Blount know he will not beat out Richardson..I hope the Bucs draft Richardson sign a free agent running back and trade Blount on draft day.He did sign his tender and can be traded now,and it was a low tender.And will someone please tell Blount to get a hair cut,braids are played out!!
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    Dex no biggie man. Appreciate the back and forth. I see what you are saying and in a perfect world and in the best case scenario Blount would have taken the high road. But if anything it shows me gives a damn. I did like someone else's comment about if he was pissed he should have said bring it on, let's compete. The only problem with that is a top 5 guys is going to get the benefit over the doubt over a undrafted guy. It isnt fair but that is the politics of professional sports. But Blount does have to understand that every GM is trying to replace every person on the roster. Again it is the tough business if playing in the NFL. I would almost bet he has had a conversation with Dom or Schiano, and they explained how it looked. I called Blount's agent the other day and he wanted to get more details before commenting. I will call him Monday and maybe address it in the Confidential, if y'all think it would be interesting. I am not trying to make it more of a story than it is. Personally I think it is a minor thing and won't cause any disruption or issues. But it certainly has created a good response from our readers.
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    I don't have a problem with what Blount said; I do have a concern about Claiborne that I didn't have before because of the extremely low Wonderlic Test Score. I usually don't pay attention to the test, but this was such a low score that a flag went up for me. I remember many years ago we drafted a LB by the name of Broderick Thomas who had a score in the ow teens and he never did much of anything for us. I am leaning now towards Kuechly and would rather pick him as I believe he is much safer and we really need a LB more than a CB. Of course if Kalil is there I am for picking him. We can still get RB in the 3rd & later rounds.
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    I actually love the comment, Blunt has Proven he can be 1000 yard rusher. and did so in 7 games. He is a brusing back and seen him level oppents in the field. This is kind of the same phisicality that the great Walter Payton had, Do any of you remenber the run angaints the Packers. I do say Trent Richarddson is a bad pick for the Bucs, Here are the reasons, 1. CB and LB are more important for us right now. 2. If I'm going to compliment Blount will be with a speedy RB wich this Draft has plenty in the 2nd and 3rd round. Some are even faster than Richardson but not a phisical. this makes a better compliment to Blount. We allready have a Bruser, we need a Dasher 3. If Clayborne is not there at #5. then trade up for a LB. Best case senario will be Clayborne Drafted at #5. Talib is a great risk. Barber in his Last Year, This to me makes way to much sence for them to pass up on Clayborne at #5.
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    All guessing and opinions aside. Whether he is scared of competition or supremely confident in his ability he said what was on his mind! No sugar coating, no cliche, just the truth! I don't know about anyone else, but If I felt I was doing my job well, and someone was brought in to replace me; I might react the same. I would step my game up though. If we draft Richardson (which I am against) we will see what Blount's true character is. Hopefully he steps up his game, instead of pouting and pitching a fit. Richardson or Claiborne will make us better at #5. Depending on the player chosen we will see the true Legarette Blount. We actually are going to see the true Legarette Blount anyhow, because the Bucs probably are drafting another back anyhow!
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    I think we have to ask Mr.Blount that when contract time comes around will he promise to sign with the Buc's and not leave them looking for a running back? What will be done and should be done, is the team take the best option for the team and move on. I like Blount but he has to be a team player first.
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    While I don't necessarily have a problem with what Blount said, I don't quite see it the same as you Mark and many other readers. If I'm supremely confident in my abilities and I'm a competitor, I'm saying "bring that sh#t on!" (Much like Barber did). Personally leaning to the thought that Blount thinks/has been told by his agent he's already proven that the team has their #1 back on the roster and doesn't need to look anywhere else. Even if they pass on TR, if a back like Martin, Polk or Turbin is brought in and shows to be a more complete back, Blount could have a helluva fight on his hands. Let's just hope no punches are thrown.
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    everyone is making a big deal over blounts comments when they don't need to.. I'm glad that he is totally confident about his skills and i like the fact that he was being completely honest. To me is doesn't make much sense to draft Trent at number 5 because we already have a pro-bowl caliber running back and the draft is very deep with solid runners..i know he can't block or catch many passes out of the backfield but like some of you have said he hasn't had a legit offseason to prepare and fine tune himself..this year is a big year for him and he knows it thats why he doesn't want to share the load with someone who will eventually take his job because of the money and high draft pick they would have to spend to get trent if drafted. but the bucs have much bigger needs at CB and LB i really think they need to trade out of the number 5 pick if claiborne isn't there..the bucs needs more depth all over the roster so they need all the picks they can get
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    I agree with the draft idea. Honestly I say leave claiborne if he's available, I think Talib will be back and schiano will make sure he stays out of trouble. That and we don't know the play of gaitor or really Lewis for that matter. I would like to see he bucs take the linebacker from Boston, or if by some chance kalil if he's there at 5, I think he'd fit nice at RT...
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    Hopefully this doesn't turn into something bigger than it needs to be and Blount can turn his attention to his game. With a good offseason I bet he could polish his game. Everyone is so quick to tear apart his play be to be honest he's never had a good offseason, his first year he managed 1000 yards in 7 GAMES. Last year he didn't do as well but the run was always abandoned by the end of the first quarter. If the D can hold up we can run Blount straight through their line, and I'd hope have oregons James to run 3rd down. I'd give Madu a look too could be potential!
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    He may not like the pick and I know if I were in the same position, I wouldn't like the pick either. However, he did not have to make it public. He should of swallowed his words or deflected the question like most do. Now he has created a controversy which is exactly what the coaching staff and managment does not want to have. Too many distractions was a problem for this team in the past and these young guys need to learn to shut their mouths and suck it up and act like professionals.
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    Put yourself in his (Blounts) situation and ask yourself that same question, or better yet, use your own employment situation and ask yourself that question. Would you like it if your company hired someone for your position, especially when you've performed exceptional in the time you've had the job? He's just being honest. I'm stunned by the "lack of support" for Blount, considering what he's done for this team in such a limited amount of time and off-season work. If Blount were white and named Alsott, he'd be a God around here.
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    If Richardson is the pick at #5 he becomes the defacto starter. As long as Blount isn't being a prima donna and/or sulking, I have no problems with him defending his turf.
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    Am I one of the few that remembers that Blount ran for over 1000 yards in just. 7 games his rookie year? The whole team sucked and coaching didn't help either. Blount will be fine no need to get Trent at 5. Get Claiborne at 5 and Doug Martin in the 2nd. Or wait till the 3rd and get james.
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    Afraid of competition....you're putting words in his mouth Hate. We all saw the competition between McKenzie and Foster last year. It's a fact that teams have a lot of pressure to play their big salary top picks and a top 5 picked RB is going to get a lot of handoffs next season. Nothing's wrong with this, it's the business of the game. And looking at it as a business, Blount knows it's bad business for him. Less touches means less oportunities to earn a big contract for himself. Since he was undrafted, he's still fighting for his slice...
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    I kind of agree with @Hate. To me it sounds like he knows he's better than what the Bucs have had since he joined the team, but he also knows Richardson would immediately put him at second string because he doesn't plan on improving in any areas of his game.
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    sounds like he's scared of competition. don't blame him. LGB vs. TR isn't a fair fight.
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    What about Schiano wanting unselfishness? Doesn't sound like what he wants his players to sound like. What he trying to build here. Also, organizations don't give a damn what players say or what they want. This does nothing for Blount but make him look poorly in the eyes of the FO and coaches...so why say it? He should do what he is suppose to do and control what he can control by doing everything he can on the field and in practice to keep his job. That is ALL he can control. Everything else does absolutely nothing for him in a positive way.
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    Mark Cook: I may take a slight beating from some of our readers, but to me the attitude displayed is that of a player who has supreme confidence in himself to succeed, and to be an elite back in the NFL. My response: Or that of a player afraid of competition
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