Calm Down!September 24th, 2012
As Joe is wont to do during Bucs games when he is not otherwise distracted, he likes to hang on Twitter and respond to queries about the game, and the Bucs in general.
But yesterday, it was as if Bucs fans became unhinged.
Look, Josh Freeman and the Bucs offense was horrible yesterday. They couldn’t run, they couldn’t pass and boy, must be nice of Team Glazer to cough up so much cash for Vincent Jackson and yet the stud receiver was hardly targeted yesterday against a beat up Dallas secondary?
The longer and uglier the game got, the Twitter messages Joe received grew equally bizarre. Here are a few along with Joe’s responses:
Josh Freeman should be benched.
Joe got this more than a few times. Really, Freeman should be benched? So the immortal journeyman Dan Orlovsky is going to do any better, seriously… really?
Besides, in most cases — not all — it takes a while both for a starting quarterback to get comfortable with an offense and for a coaching staff to get used to his toys. Joe just had to laugh when someone suggested Alex Smith (!) didn’t need a full year to grasp a new offense.
Oh, and one Twitterer claimed if the Bucs cut Freeman now, the Bucs chances of drafting Matt Barkley would increase.
Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan should be relieved of duties.
This was another question Joe got where he hoped the party who asked Joe said question wasn’t driving home. So all the work the offense puts in through the offseason, training camp and preseason should be tossed to the curb after the third game because of one awful play-calling game? Well, if one’s goal is to win two or three games, sure, why not?
Where is LeGarrette Blount?
Joe got this question by far the most. It is painfully obvious, as Joe wrote about last week, that Blount has a penthouse in Greg Schiano’s doghouse. No, Joe cannot answer why.
Look, Joe understands how the masses became enraged yesterday, letting another win slip from their grasps, two weeks in a row now. Let Joe talk you off the ledge.
How good did the defense play yesterday? Damned good. And about those two losses, if this were last year, the Bucs would have been absolutely rolled by 30 points, or worse.
With the exception of the Bucs offense yesterday (would it kill Sullivan to not run Doug Martin up the middle on first down and perhaps have Freeman roll out once or twice a game?), Joe sees improvement in the Bucs. Yeah, Joe said it.
What, you would rather the Bucs be the Saints, still looking for their first win of the season at 0-3?
There is no need to look for a launching spot on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge this morning.