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May 4, 2012 @ 8:38 am
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Bucs Add Former Rutgers And Rams DT Gibson

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The reshuffling of the roster continued this week with the Buccaneers announcing Friday they have signed for Rutgers and Rams DT Gary Gibson. Gibson will be entering his seventh season in the league.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially announced today that they signed DT Gary Gibson to a two-year contract. Gibson played his college football for Greg Schiano at Rutgers from 2001-2004.

Gibson will enter his seventh season in the NFL after playing the previous three with the St. Louis Rams. He has played in 49 career games with 22 starts, recording 79 tackles and 3.0 sacks. This past season, Gibson played in all 16 games for the Rams, starting one, and finished with 25 tackles and 3.0 sacks. Gibson originally entered the league with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and also spent two seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Gibson joins former Chicago Bear Amobi Okoye as offseason additions to the defensive line. Tampa Bay struggled with injury and depth issues across the line last season, with injuries costing Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, Albert Haynesworth and Michael Bennett playing time at some point in 2011.

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    With the condition of our top two DTs, I think it is easily fair to say that the FO and Staff are not content with the outlook at that position. I see them drafting DT high again next year and getting a Schiano type guy(s) and along with some CBs. I don't know anything about this guy they signed but he seems like the lunch pail type guy and this team needs more of that mentality to go around. Hope he adds something to the team.
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    I'd see the coach are not waiting to bring in another veteran when one of these young def lineman gets hurt again Tampa will change offensive that will play Tampa from Now ON I LOVE IT GO BUCS 2012. Also I see a fan name macabee comment that they brought some rookies in but didnot sign them. Well the players espically the last two years they got there rookies line man. But Tampa is trying to change its Imagine like the Selmonds, Brooks, Sapp era's. GO BUCS
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    Warren Sapp was the greatest DT in Bucs history and a sure hall of famer on the first ballot. I think Warren should be next on the Buccaneer Ring of Honor. I think his financial problems should not figure into it. Warren more than any player brought toughness to the Bucs. After Warren I say Derrick Brooks and then John Lynch and then Ronde Barber. Those guys made the Bucs champions. Warren was feared more than any player in Bucs history. McCoy has some huge shoes to fill and while I think he can be very good (If he can stay well).....there will never be another Warren Sapp!!!
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    I'll tell you one thing. 25 tackles and 3 sacks ain't exactly chopped liver for a backup DT. McCoy and Price need to step up this season or we'll be drafting DT high in next years draft. Miller better find his A game too!!!
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    What we are looking at is depth...what hurt us last year was McCoy out and we had a void in the middle...they could never fine the right combo to stop the run up the middle or pressure from the middle...if you have a starter go out or go down you must be able to put a rotation on the field that wont favor the other team...great job this year of bringing in talent that can make the team stronger in depth.
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    This guy is not going to replace anyone on the line, But I am glad we are starting to focus on the interior line. I am hoping coach by now is starting to get a feel for what the strength and weakness is on this defensive line. We had big expectations for McCoy and Price and they need to step up this year and show that they are in shape and ready to fight for their positions as starters. Anything less than domination on the line is going to be disappointing.
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    IMO, dl such as clayborn and bowers are not the problem. Clayborn exceeded my expectations last year and out of all the players he never gave up and as the year went on it was easy to see he was getting better. I love how he hits ppl, he sets the tone. what we need is our interior line to STAY HEALTHY and continue to do better. McCoy was playing well up until he got hurt but that does us no good. he has to stay on the field or we will continue to struggle against the run. Price needs to get healthy get in shape and be able to be the player we all know he can be. the signing of okoye definitely shows that we are for sure gonna push mccoy and price to earn their spots and stay on the field, otherwise we could be seeing the beginning of the end for both. i dont want that to happen, im rooting for them, but its time they both became men, learned how to stay on the field, and show that they are worth the top pics that they were taken with.
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    Dare I say it Soundoffs? Okay I won't; just look who we drafted in 2010 at the No. 3 spot. He better get his act together like right now. I am sure that at the OTA's the Coaches will tell some of our players what they need to do if they expect to be on this team. Attention ALL PLAYERS!!! Stay in Tampa and work out here unoffically with your team mates. You can use other fields in the Tampa Bay area and work out together.
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    I do not think any position on the D-line is secure. Miller has been a hugh disappointment and McCoy and Price can't complete a full season. If you can't avoid injury and finish a season, you're not going to last very long in the NFL. That's just the way it is! I do not believe the BUCS are looking for backups, they are looking for D-lineman that can have an impact and every position is up for grabs.
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    It is fairly safe to assume that, at minimum, the jobs of Okam & Miller are in jeopardy. We do need much better play from the DLine this year.
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    Yes, it is a little disconcerting.
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    Where there is motive there is usually intent. I don’t profess to know what the Bucs think about our D-Line, but something has them looking for alternatives for a reason. During the pre-draft visits, some of the people that visited first were D-Linemen. Now what was that all about (motive)? They brought in Quenton Coples, Michael Brockers, and Chandler Jones, but didn’t draft any. These players were all high draft picks and not exactly what one would call depth. I think under some draft scenario, which did not occur, one of these men would have been an alternative pick – which brings me back to my opening sentence. This move may simply be a replacement for McCargo or it may be a shot over the bow to Roy Miller, but they are not satisfied with or are unsure of something or someone on the D-Line. Look for further changes to be made (intent).
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