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Many have called for Bucs rookie first round pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka to get more snaps at outside linebacker. Part of it is because he is a talented player that deserves an opportunity to carve out a niche on this team. But the more vocal reasoning is that starter Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t 100 percent right now. The veteran is playing with a torn rotator cuff and fractured finger this season.

Tryon-Shoyinka got a career-low eight snaps in the Bucs loss to the Saints, and just 19 on Sunday. Yet it was he and Anthony Nelson who combined for five tackles and two sacks at Washington, while Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett combined for one tackle.

Tryon-Shoyinka is tied for second on the team with three sacks. That’s a half-sack better than Pierre-Paul despite starting in two games compared to Pierre-Paul’s seven. So why is the rookie getting so little playing time? Outside linebackers coach Larry Foote said it comes down to dollars and cents.

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“You got to start with the paychecks first,” Foote said. “The guys with the biggest paychecks, they play the most. It’s fortunate to get drafted with two guys like that, speaking of Tryon-Shoyinka. And it’s going to pay off in the long haul as far as his career.”

Pierre-Paul is getting paid $12.8 million this season. Barrett is in the first campaign of a four-year, $72 million deal he signed last offseason. Meanwhile, Tryon-Shoyinka and Nelson are on rookie contracts.

Foote is right about Tryon-Shoyinka growing under the tutelage of Pierre-Paul and Barrett. It may have paid off when he got the chance to start in place of Pierre-Paul during Weeks 3 and 4. The first rounder recorded six tackles, four quarterback hits, two sacks and a pass breakup in that run. It’s just a matter of time before Tryon-Shoyinka gets his moment, whether it comes this season or next.

“I’m quite sure on probably over half the other teams in the league he’d probably be a starter,” Foote said. “But he has to wait his turn like a lot of guys. His fault was being drafted 32 and not five or top 1o. We’re trying to get him a lot of snaps. He needs to just keep learning. When that opportunity calls, he’ll seize it, which he has earlier in the season when he played when Jason was out. So he’s doing a good job. I’m happy with his play.”

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ScottC543
ScottC543(@scottc543)
2 months ago

Huh? Whatever happened to playing the men who give you the best chance to win the game?

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
2 months ago

I hope that hes not too serious about that statement. Its ridiculous to play someone, especially someone whose injured more just because of their pay check. That’s stupid on every front. You’re there to put the best 22 guys on the field, not the highest paycheck. Good grief

BucRy
BucRy(@bucry)
2 months ago

and this guy is in line to be a possible head coach? Lol

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
Reply to  BucRy
2 months ago

Said who? He’s currently our LB coach. Nobody is giving him a HC job any time soon. Or after saying this, maybe ever.

gcolerick
gcolerick(@gcolerick)
2 months ago

Stupid me….here I always thought we put the best talent on the field. What was I thinking. What an idiotic thing for Coach Foote to say. You might say he stuck his foote in his mouth.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  gcolerick
2 months ago

Great pun. I was to angry to be clever after reading his quote. Good job.

pinkstob
pinkstob(@pinkstob)
2 months ago

“The guys with the biggest paychecks, they play the most.” Wow. What kind of $#!+ is that? I can’t believe he said that on the record. That is completely the wrong mindset to have for any coach on staff. The GM should be thinking that way but that’s why the GM and HC should always be two different people so the HC can overrule the GM in terms who plays because the HC should have a better handle on which players will help the team win more games once he’s seen them practice with the team. Certainly the HC and… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by pinkstob
Kimba
Kimba(@kimba)
2 months ago

I have only so far read the headline–this particular coach and his outdated thinking is part of the Bucs problems. Count on a loss against the Giants..Bucs cannot overcome this level of stupidity.

FinkleisEinhorn
FinkleisEinhorn(@finkleiseinhorn)
2 months ago

This is what is so concerning about our coaches – they have the biggest egos in the entire organization. They can do no wrong. Their schemes are perfect. Their decisions are perfect. Anytime the team loses, the first and only reaction is to throw the players under the bus. There are never scheme/personnel adjustments on the coaches part. Nothing is ever their fault.
Just having the balls to say this on record is an indictment on how comfortable yet misguided these coaches are.

The Wall
The Wall(@the-wall)
Reply to  FinkleisEinhorn
2 months ago

Exactly!

PewterPose
PewterPose(@pewterpose)
2 months ago

You play to win the game

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  PewterPose
2 months ago

Good ole Dennis Greene.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Pretty sure that was Herm Edwards! Anyway this type of stupidity is reflective of the HC. I mean how else was Larry going to handle this question about JTS not playing? It was a question loaded up with whipped cream in the palm of Larry’s hand. So instead of throwing it on BA or Bowles he promptly smashed it against his own face. Gotcha!

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 months ago

Correct. It was Herm Edwards. Dennis Green said, “We had them where we wanted them…….and we let them off the hook.” Funny the things we remember.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
2 months ago

I have read a lot of stupid quotes coming out of Buc Place in my time, but this certainly has to rank among the Top 5. No wonder we have lost two straight and couldn’t get the WFT off the field Sunday with this type of thinking.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
2 months ago

Madness. Foote can grab the other oar in the Lefto idiot boat. Time for BA to step in.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Step in? He’s at the wheel, steering the damn rudder.

Mike Pengelly
Mike Pengelly(@ontariomike)
2 months ago

Is this April Fools Day or is that the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard from a coach. If his superiors feel the same way we’re in real trouble !

Eddie
Eddie(@oct62020)
2 months ago

What? ……he guys with the biggest paychecks, they play the most”. Silly me, I thought the coaches job was to win games, I mean to play the players with the best chance to win game. No wonder we are in trouble defensively. And the head coach allowed this?

nybucfan
nybucfan(@nybucfan)
2 months ago

Foote, you are an idiot, and with thinking like this, I’m not surprised that we’re getting eaten alive on defense. What a moronic statement to make, the mindset of this coaching staff is scary to say the least. Injured guy that half tackles and gets pushed around with a torn rotator, Hmmmm, I’m opposing team, let’s run away from him, NOT! If the waterboy plays better, sign him up and put him in, the objective is to win games and not worry about the size of a paycheck!

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
2 months ago

Let’s not blame Larry, he’s not the H.C., or D.C.. If anyone is to blame it’s Arains, and Bowles. I find it hard to believe the position coach decides who starts. Maybe he made that statement out of his own frustration, like don’t blame me.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
Reply to  surferdudes
2 months ago

The responsibility ultimately rests with the HC, but BA fully delegates these kinds of decisions to his coordinators. From there, we really don’t know whether or not BA and Bowles make these calls, or if they trust their position coaches the same way BA trusts them. Foote certainly works more closely with the guys within his position group than Bowles does, and I’m sure that even if he doesn’t make the call on who sees the field, he has heavy influence in that. Bowles has a ton to worry about, and who’s on the field when is pretty granular level… Read more »

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW(@buccaneernw)
2 months ago

If that it’s true that they decide who plays by the size of the contract, that’s a problem. That’s literally one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard a coach say.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
Reply to  buccaneerNW
2 months ago

Amen.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
2 months ago

I can’t believe he actually ascribes to this crap, but less said it out loud. Good Lord. If this is how our coaches are making their personnel decisions, then we are truly screwed. Hard to believe a prominent decision maker on this team would say something this dumb. JPP is hurt, yet he is playing an overwhelmingly large snap count. Because he is hurt, he is hurting this team by being on the field far more often than not. And he’s hurting himself too, making little to no positive impact on Sundays and putting out a ton of really bad… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
2 months ago

This is not just stupid, but ignorance as well. Most of us have been brought up to believe that the cream will rise to the top and the best players play. U outwork the man next to u and u give max effort and determination, then u will earn your own playing time. I believe that Foote is just ignorant, as I do believe that is the way in the current NFL, for him to actually articulate such stupidity… well I’m sure BA will refute such a statement… even if true. Could be true… maybe that’s why JPP continues to… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
2 months ago

I find it hard to believe that he meant that statement the way it came out. Perhaps he meant that the guys with the higher salaries are the best players and thus they will play more. Of course we all know that the best players don’t necessarily make the most money. It’s not the case in football or real life. As Ricky Ricardo would say, “Lucy errrr Larry, you got some ‘splainin to do”.

The Wall
The Wall(@the-wall)
2 months ago

All you have to do is watch Washington’s final drive on Sunday to see how poor our coaching is on the defensive side. A coaches job is to put the players with the best chance of winning on the field. I think Arians must be afraid to call out Bowles and Leftwich. Is it stubbornness or pride? Well coach, the whole football world is watching.If things don’t change, you and your assistants will be gone. I can’t believe anyone would pick Leftwich or Bowles as a head coach.

Dude
Dude(@dude)
2 months ago

And that’s the kind of logic that can cost you games, Superbowl runs, and ultimately your coaching job. You would think that having an injury to the “bigger paycheck” guy might trump this kind of thinking. But I guess not…

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
2 months ago

So biggest paycheck plays even if he’s totally ineffective with torn rotator cuff and one good hand? There are no head coach candidates on this team imo. Our Head coach is very stubborn at times too.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
Reply to  fredster
2 months ago

Blind, crippled, crazy from 8 to 80 doesn’t matter. “Biggest paycheck plays”. SMH

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
2 months ago

Paychecks shouldn’t mean anything. If you’re not earning yours then you may not stay long but the player that gets the most done and helps the team win the most should always be first up. On top of that it’s not even about damn paychecks. I love JPP but if he’s not 100% then he needs to rest and recover as much as possible. If he was just in a slump, the paycheck thing may be an argument, but he’s not playing his best because he’s hurt. Put in the guys that are healthy AND playing better.

Benjamin
Benjamin(@jammin8519)
2 months ago

Thats on huge load of crap. Thinking like that will cost you games. What if Seattle had started that Fkynn guy at QB over Russell Wilson his rookie year. Flynn was the highest paid QB yet he played 0 snaps that year. JPP is a shell of himself this season. The injuries have slowed him down and made him play like a 3rd stringer. It’s stupid to play a guy who is so hurt he had to talk about it on social media, had to explain why he sucks this year. Joe needs to play way more than a few… Read more »

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