Should We Accept Jason Licht’s Premise?

October 27th, 2014

LichtmugDid the Tampa Bay Buccaneers embark on a new era within an era yesterday?

Was that a rested, ready and hungry team eager to serve its head coach and faithful fans?

Consider what the Bucs’ general manager had to say: [read more]

Pick Up The Phone!

October 27th, 2014

The NFL trade deadline is tomorrow afternoon, and Joe sincerely hopes the Tampa Bay braintrust is eager to wheel and deal.

The Bucs are bad. An offseason roster overhaul is inevitable for a team that needs a pulse. Get the party started now. [read more]

Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

October 27th, 2014
Vikings LB Anthony Barr picks up a fumble from Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins for the game-winning play Sunday.

Vikings LB Anthony Barr picks up a fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins for the game-winning play Sunday.

A long look at the Bucs yesterday, today, and what to expect tomorrow and beyond.

So we stand (sit?) here on a Monday morning trying to figure out what in the world we saw yesterday. For the first time in a long time, that Bucs defense we expected from Lovie Smith showed up.

Hey, anytime you hold an NFL team (even the Vikings) to 13 points in regulation, you should win. Period. But that is how bad the offense was. [read more]

Lovie Irritated With Offense

October 27th, 2014

????????It is hard for an offense to get on track when a quarterback forces a gruesome pick.

It is hard for an offense to get on track when it cannot run the ball.

It is hard for an offense to get on track when its quarterback drops back and gets swarmed. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

October 27th, 2014

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from HootersCalendar.com. And don’t forget to visit HootersCalendar.com for amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Shonn Green is a dope. [Tennessean]

Mark Ingram went wild last night for the Saints. [NFL]

Geno Smith benched. [BSPN]

One of baseball’s top hitting prospects, Oscar Tavaras, killed in carwreck. He hit a homer just last week in the NLCS. [STLToday]

Crying Ole Miss fan fights with a gallon of milk in her mourning over the Rebels losing to LSU. [TheBigLead]

Merlot Joe never knew he had an opt-out clause in his contract until the Rays told him. [RaysIndex]

Playing Himself Out Of A Job

October 26th, 2014

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The Mike Glennon Mob is disbanding faster than the Doug Martin bandwagon.

Glennon led a terrible, 32nd-ranked Bucs offense last year and, after a couple of strong starts this season, is again leading a woeful offense reaching devastating levels of impotence. [read more]

Joe Talks Bad Coaching, Sloppy Play, Seferian-Jenkins, Silly Playoff Talk & More

October 26th, 2014

joemugshotAfter visiting the sad Bucs locker room, Joe took to the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway field to talk about today’s devastating to the Vikings with Chris Fischer of WTSP-TV, Ch. 10.

Don’t forget to catch Fischer tonight on Sports Extra at 11:25 p.m.

Enjoy.

Welcome To “Jameis Watch”

October 26th, 2014
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Welcome to “Jameis Watch.”

Welcome to “Jameis Watch,” a new daily feature on JoeBucsFan.com. Much like last year when Joe pimped Johnny Football to be the next Bucs quarterback, Joe will bring “Jameis Watch” to you through the NFL Draft.

Yes, Joe expects the off-field troubled yet uber-talented quarterback to declare for the draft after the bowl season. No, Joe doesn’t expect Bucs overlord of football operations Lovie Smith to draft the crab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, national champion Winston, but that doesn’t mean Joe cannot dream. [read more]

Mark Barron? Rhymes With “Rust”

October 26th, 2014
Bucs S Mark Barron has had ample opportunities to prove his worth in the NFL. If anything, he is regressing and is fortunate he hasn't been benched.

Mark Barron has had ample opportunities to prove his NFL worth. If anything, he has regressed and is fortunate not to be benched.

Joe hoped upon hope safety Mark Barron would turn things around. But seven games through his third season, it is pretty clear: Barron was a swing-and-a-miss in the draft.

Barron, the seventh-pick overall in the 2012 draft out of Alabama, isn’t getting the job done. He can play the run OK but he simply cannot cover in passing situations and frankly looks lost on the field. [read more]

Impotent Offense

October 26th, 2014

impotentA divide is starting in the Bucs’ locker room. Joe can sense it being there. He can hear it in the words of players. He can see it on faces.

Two weeks ago, after Joe Flacco and the Crows alley-stomped the Bucs, the defensive line as a whole threw their hands up in the air and all but asked, “What do you want us to do? Flacco had unloaded the ball before we were in our third step.” [read more]

Day After Contract Results

October 26th, 2014
A day after signing the richest contract in the NFL for a defensive tackle, Bucs DT Gerald McCoy recorded two tackles and a half-sack. Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

A day after signing the richest contract in the NFL for a defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy recorded two tackles and a half-sack. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

Yesterday, Joe wrote about how Gerald McCoy hit the lottery by signing the richest contract for a defensive tackle in the NFL. Joe is truly, genuinely happy for GMC, one of the best dudes Joe has ever dealt with. A true professional and stalwart of the locker room.

But as Joe also warned, signing such a contract comes with high expectations. If one is to be paid like the best, then it is not outrageous to expect results commensurate with the salary. [read more]

“I Don’t Know. I Came Off The Field”

October 26th, 2014

michael johnson 1014Michael Johnson was among the unhappy Buccaneers in a frustrated Tampa Bay locker room this afternoon.

But it seemed Johnson was irked by more than just the final score. [read more]

“Hawk” Tired Of Talk

October 26th, 2014

You think you were frustrated with the ugly Bucs loss? You think you are sick of the Bucs always talking about dominating and correcting mistakes and being the best they can be?

Well, so is Bucs safety “Hawk” Goldson. A visibly upset Goldson sat in his locker seething, trying his best to keep his emotions in. But he let some slip out. [read more]

“We’re Still Looking For That Answer”

October 26th, 2014
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Mike Glennon is mystified

The Buccaneers average less than four points in the first halves of games this season.

That’s damn hard to do at the professional level, and Mike Glennon was willing to talk about it after the game. [read more]

Lovie: We “Ran The Ball OK”

October 26th, 2014
What?

Huh?

Joe almost lost his lunch when Lovie Smith said the Bucs “ran the ball ok” during his postgame news conference this afternoon.

Whaaaatttt? [read more]

The Day The Optimists Died

October 26th, 2014
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The Bucs’ choke job today cost them a shot at second place in the division following tonight’s Saints-Packers game

Yes, the Bucs entered todays’ game just two games back of first place in the putrid NFC South, a spot they still occupy after losses by Carolina and Atlanta.

Your Buccaneers are in the hunt. But the reality is any 2014 optimism among the diehard Bucs faithful died today at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway. [read more]