TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Cornerback Aquib Talib of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after intercepting the ball and running it back for a 28 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions September 11, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The message was sent through out the locker room this week. With the firing of Tanard Jackson, the Bucs coaching staff and front office let it be known that they will no longer tolerate off the field distractions - no matter who it is.
Make no mistake, the move from a football standpoint was painful for the Bucs. While Jackson struggled with injuries last season, he was still the starter in a secondary where the safety position was significantly depleted.
Reportedly, Jackson showed no interest in participating in the Bucs' off-season program. That, plus his history, health and declining on the field performance were the catalyst in letting him go.
The question then begs to be asked - under this new regime, are chances on questionable character guys no longer going to be taken? Or are the Bucs simply saying your play and leadership better be worth your headache.
Aqib Talib, you've got mail.
While there certainly wasn't any indication that Jackson would be a three time offender of the league's substance abuse policy (twice suspended) in his pre-draft profile before Tampa Bay drafted him in the 4th round of the 2007 draft, the Bucs certainly haven't blinked at transgressions when evaluating potential draft picks.
Aqib Talib had drug issues and attitude problems that likely prevented him from being a top ten draft pick. While Talib has played well for the Bucs on the field, his off-the-field antics are well documented.
Wide receiver Mike Williams fell to the fourth round because he was believed to have quit on his coach and was an off the field mess.
2011 7th round draft choice Allen Bradford was cited for having a me-first arrogant attitude.
2009 fourth round pick Kyle Moore was believed to be lazy.
The same knock was leveled on 2007 first round pick Gaines Adams and 2008 2nd round pick Dexter Jackson.
Those who have been following the Bucs for a while remember the fervor when the Bucs signed free agent Jerramy Stevens, who was accused of rape.
So do the Bucs automatically take players like former Gator Janoris Jenkins (drugs), Quinton Coples (Lazy), Vontaze Burfict (loco) off their draft board?
Or will the Bucs continue to take chances, hoping they strike gold like they did with Williams in 2010?
Under Greg Schiano, the culture of the locker room will definitely change. The Buccaneers may indeed still take a chance on a player - but it likely won't be with a high pick and the leash will certainly be short.
Should character concerns be a reason to take a player off your draft board?
Yes, history says most of these guys don't pan out. (245 votes)
No, guys deserve second chances. (108 votes)
Maybe with a late round pick, but definitely not an early one. (258 votes)
611 total votes