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,3commentsRose has had a very storied officiating career.EDTShareTweetShareShareBucs Hire Larry Rose As The Team’s Officiating ConsultantPhoto Credit: John A. Babiak/@Photog_JohnBThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that Larry Rose has been named the team’s officiating consultant. In his role, Rose will assist Buccaneers coaches and players with knowledge and interpretations of the rules and in-game strategy, including assistance with replay challenge decisions on game day.An official for more than 40 years, Rose worked more than 350 games at both the professional and collegiate level, including 17 seasons (1997-2013) as an NFL side judge for. His assignments have consisted of 14 NFL playoff games, with two conference championship games and serving as side judge for Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona.For the past five seasons (2014-18), Rose has served as an officials trainer for the Southeastern Conference. Rose began his officiating career working as a high school referee in Florida, spending 14 seasons in that role (1975-88), including officiating two state championship finals. He then spent eight seasons as a side judge with the SEC (1989-96) before becoming an NFL official. A native of Fort Myers, Florida, Rose graduated from the University of Florida and Cypress Lake High School.**Info provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications Department** Can these two step up and replace Tampa Bay’s best pass rusher?"On Tuesday, the news surfaced that Jason Pierre-Paul potentially suffered a season-ending neck injury in a recent car accident. The extent of the injury is a fractured vertebrae in his neck. Since the news broke, other reports have surfaced that aren’t so dire. Some have estimated a 5-6 month recovery if surgery is required, which would set up a return somewhere around November. One report has been especially optimistic. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, there is a thought that the vertebrae could heal on its own and that Pierre-Paul would be ready to play by Week One. Obviously, JPP and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are seeking other opinions Matt Gay Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey
, even to the extent where he has sent scans of the injury to “several other” doctors, per Pelissero. Regardless of the situation, Tampa Bay’s 2018 sack leader will likely miss time. After failing to draft an edge rusher, the Bucs will have to find a way to offset another hole on the roster. Fortunately for them, they may already have the answer in Shaquil Barrett and Noah Spence. Now don’t get me wrong, both players are nowhere near the player that Pierre-Paul has proven to be. But with the right coaching and setup, they may be able to help balance the loss. Shaquil Barrett has the ability to make plays when called upon. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesThere’s no other way to cut it: both Spence and Barrett have a giant opportunity to make a name for themselves on this team. For Spence, it would be especially relieving to see him make an impact after injuries basically cost him the last year and a half. He is extremely talented, but hasn’t put it all together up to this point.A shoulder injury derailed any momentum from a solid rookie campaign and no one really knows what was going on with Spence in 2018. He just simply didn’t play. JPP’s injury could be his launching point. It could Barrett’s as well. While he’s mostly served as a role player, Barrett has shown flashes that he can play. He also comes with a huge chip on his shoulder after going undrafted out of Colorado State. Barrett has been able to amass 14 sacks and 25 TFLs over the past four years. According to Pro Football Focus, he was on defensive side of the field for just 276 snaps in 2017, but still managed to sack the quarterback three times. That comes out to an average of one sack every 92 snaps. Pierre-Paul played 933 snaps and took the quarterback down 12.5 times in 2018 - which would be about a sack every 75 snaps. Barrett also managed one pressure every 46 snaps compared to one pressure every 37 snaps for JPP. It’s a dip in production, but it may not be as much a drop-off as originally thought.Hopefully this is all for naught and Pierre-Paul is ready to go by Week One. Not only would the Bucs keep their defensive leader, but it would help ease a lot of growing pains for the new players - and former ones - that are learning Todd Bowles’ system. That’s nowhere close to a guarantee given the Bucs’ recent history of bad luck, but hope springs eternal - especially in the NFL. And here’s to hoping the Bucs can find an answer to this potential dilemma.