Joe Would Have Lost A Bet

September 9th, 2012

Joe’s not much of a gambling guy, but Joe thought he had a sure winner before the game.

Regular readers of Joe’s site know said curator was outraged over how former Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson couldn’t figure out how to use then-starting running back LeGarrette Blount, or for that matter, any of his weapons on the staff.

Shoot, playing the pass-happy Lions to open the season, Blount, coming off a five-yard per carry average, was handed the ball five times in last season’s opener — FIVE!!! Joe thought then, and still thinks now, that was criminally negligent.

So Joe “made a bet,” that Blount — as a backup no less — would get at least five carries because he now had coaches that had a clue how to use talent.

Alas, Blount had but three carries and one pass reception (GASP!) before he left the game with what appeared to be a cramp and never returned.

(Curiously, Blount was the first Bucs player off the field, and was the first Bucs player to leave the stadium, sprinting out of the locker room, exiting the stadium before the Tampa Bay pen and mic were allowed access.)

Joe would have lost said bet. Happily because it appears the team has a coaching staff that actually prepares for games.

Can you imagine?

22 Responses to “Joe Would Have Lost A Bet”

  1. SensibleBuc Says:

    Way to man up Joe. Blount will still be a key weapon in this offense this year. We definitely need his physical presence.

  2. Yar Says:

    Should have traded Blount. Wouldn’t get anything but the rocks now, no box.

  3. Mr Lucky Says:

    I agree with you about Blount – however I just had a feeling so I didn’t have him on my fantasy team this year.

  4. Architek Says:

    Joe not being negative but whats going on with Freeman?

  5. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    When you said he was the first one out of the stadium yesterday, did you mean today?

  6. passenger27 Says:

    Just watching the blount injury reminds me of a concusion not a cramp I’m a former boxer and have seen many a man jump up and have similar movement after getting his bell rung… and saw no trainer stretching him either would explain why no return to the game if his head wasn’t right just my opinion

  7. Joe Says:



  8. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Freeman did just fine. He didn’t make any mistakes, he made some nice throws. He had some drops as well. He’s not going to throw for 300 yards every week in this offense. We played very conservative due to how great our defense was playing.

  9. biglebowdki Says:

    pathetic bet. still lost. romneyesque.

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    That was very weird the way he acted. At first, I thought he was doing a Deion Sanders dance after a 2 yard run. I wouldn’t have put him back in the game either after that. If he’s upset about that, too damn bad. He’ll thank Schiano when he can remember his name when he’s 35.

  11. Joe Says:


    Joe not being negative but whats going on with Freeman?

    Joe has no idea who Freeman’s barber is. Joe thinks his haircut is weird too.

  12. McBuc Says:

    @Hawaiian Buc..Thank you. I do not get the Freeman basjing after a win against a team that destroyed the Bucs last year. Some people just are not happy no matter what. I saw a run first offense, and I was happy with Freeman.

  13. McBuc Says:

    Nicely played Joe!!!!

  14. Rick Says:

    I agree that Blount may have bigger issues, because he looked really strange, almost siezure like after he got up from the play. My first thought was concussion. He took a straight helmet to helmet hit.

    Also, barron was blowing people up. liked to kill steve smith one time

  15. Andrew Says:

    Blount was definitely underutilized which was disappointing to see since he can be a real weapon running the ball as we have all seen the past couple of years. but mark my words we will need Blount and he will come through for us as the seasons progresses. he will bounce back and become a solid producer in this offense.

  16. Miguel Grande Says:

    Being an undrafted free agent from a previous regime is like being a red headed step child. LGB will get some carries once Dougie is not so fresh.

  17. Miguel Grande Says:

    I must say I’ve never seen anyone dance like he was possessed when he hurt is knee or maybe he got his bell rung.

  18. Bobby C Says:

    From the stands, it looked like he got shot, was thinking concussion all the way, first one out, could lead you to believe that possibly he is not too happy about martins play on the field.

  19. bucfanjeff Says:

    Blount got his bell rung (aka concussion) and didn’t return. It wasn’t his leg, it was a helmet to helmet hit on the tackle.

  20. simeon Says:

    If blount was out because he was concussed makes sense.

    Doug Martin had a decent game stats wise, but prior to the last drive, he was averaging well under 4 a carry. I liked the way olson would put blount in late in the game, keep him fresh and wehn the opponent is tired have him run over them. We could have easily lost that game with how ineffective our O was in the 2nd half. We need to be using Blount more, hopefully the intentions were there but he was taken out for safety reasons.

  21. Marc Says:

    Im not sure but I felt like he stopped getting carries after that knee injury he had. They probably used that as an excuse to keep him healthy and give newly added DJ Ware a go

  22. Miracle Says:

    I felt bad for Blount because he looked like he was going to do some damage then he had that strange reacton/injury. It looked like they were going to go back and forth between Martin and Blount before that incident and it looked really promising. But I’m okay with not risking and pushing it because we did get the W and it was only the first game.

    If it was a playoff like situation then I would hope they put him back in.