“We Know This Defense”

October 13th, 2014

Akeem Spence explains the Meltdown on Dale Mabry Highway yesterday in great detail.

Bucs fans will want to listen to this audio of Joe interviewing Bucs defensive tackle Akeem Spence in the Tampa Bay locker room after the game yesterday. You can just feel the frustration oozing out of him.

Spence, in a very candid interview — which Joe greatly appreciates — explained how the Bucs were not prepared for Crows quarterback Joe Flacco’s three-step drop, that the defensive line was helpless as a result, and that the Bucs actually know Lovie Smith’s precious defense. [read more]

“That’s Coach’s Decision. And That’s That”

October 13th, 2014

lovie smith 0919Mike Glennon remains the most interesting aspect to Tampa Bay’s season.

Despite all the Bucs’ question marks, the No. 1 question surrounding the team — and one that will drive the team’s future — is at quarterback. [read more]

Serious Questions For Bucs

October 13th, 2014

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Joe has a range of emotions about the Bucs after their second seal-clubbing in a month yesterday, this time at the hands of the Baltimore Crows. It was one of the more pitiful beatdowns Joe has ever seen.

Not one emotion spinning in Joe’s head is positive. The Bucs are in a complete and total collapse, whether it be coaching or player evaluation. [read more]

“Soft, Like Tissue Paper Soft”

October 13th, 2014
Michael Johnson was invisible yesterday against a rookie backup left tackle

Michael Johnson was invisible yesterday against a rookie backup left tackle

A prominent former Buccaneer would be on board with nicknaming defensive end Michael Johnson “Kleenex.” [read more]

Anthony Becht Questions Playcalling

October 13th, 2014

GlennonsackJoe never understands why some fans claim former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, now an analyst on the Buccaneers Radio Network and Buccaneers.com, is too pro-Bucs and won’t criticize the team.

Those bitter fans just aren’t paying attention. [read more]

Bucs Outscored 123-27 In First Halves

October 13th, 2014
Last year, Mike Sullivan couldn't figure out adjustments. This year, Marcus Arroyo and company aren't sufficiently prepared.

Last year, Mike Sullivan couldn’t figure out adjustments. This year, Marcus Arroyo and company aren’t sufficiently prepared.

Last year, the Bucs delivered fans and Team Glazer a deeply troubling impotence score of 83 in the second halves of games. Yes, that’s how many points the Bucs scored all season in the second half, an average of 5.2 points over the final 30 minutes of games.

So for those of you yearning for Greg Schiano this morning, please seek medical attention immediately. [read more]

Have Your Say?

October 13th, 2014

Is The Time Right For Richie Incognito?

October 13th, 2014

richie incognito 0825The Buccaneers’ offensive line got thoroughly manhandled yesterday. The run blocking is shameful and pride-free, and has been for weeks. There is no attitude.

Perhaps the Bucs need to make the desperate move. [read more]

Jason Licht Calls Glennon’s Play “Outstanding”

October 13th, 2014

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Yesterday afternoon, Joe really was taken back by Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht’s analysis of Mike Glennon. [read more]

Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

October 13th, 2014

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

So we begin the week wondering if yesterday was some sort of drunken nightmare. Alas, it was not. Lovie Smith’s defense set an NFL record for biggest halftime deficit – 38-0.

Make no mistake, this is Lovie’s defense. It is not Father Dungy’s, it is not Monte Kiffin’s, it is not Rod Marinelli’s defense. It is Lovie’s defense. The Tampa Spittoon. [read more]

Another Roster Upheaval Coming?

October 13th, 2014

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If the Bucs under Lovie Smith drop another No. 2 this season like they did yesterday, and like they did in Atlanta, one doesn’t need to stretch the imagination to believe Lovie will need serious explanations for Team Glazer. [read more]

Lovie’s Failing Grade

October 13th, 2014

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Joe doesn’t give a damn if a team is learning a new defense or not. There may be a dozen teams a year that learn a new defense and they don’t get seal-clubbed twice in a month the way the Bucs have been gutted.

If folks in the past bellyached about Raheem Morris’ bad teams; if people screeched and howled about Greg Schiano’s rough start last year, it’s time to put Lovie Smith on the griddle, too. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe

October 13th, 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 the 2014 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

This is why Joe doesn’t gamble. [TheBigLead]

Victor Cruz done for the year. [NFL]

Dixie Chicks lose third straight. [BSPN]

This ought to scare the hell out of everyone: A nurse who used a full protective suit who treated the Ebola patient in Dallas now has Ebola herself. [Dallas Morning News]

Tis’ the annual Team-X is going after Andrew Friedman. The way the Rays cannot develop hitters, would that be such an awful thing if he left? [RaysIndex]

Derrick Brooks “Lost For Words”

October 12th, 2014

derrick brooks 0507No. 55 bleeds pewter and red, and he’s more connected to the Buccaneers’ organization this year than he’s been in any season since he was rudely cut in 2009.

Last week, Derrick Brooks was proud to explain why he thought the Bucs’ defense was nearing success. This afternoon, he was rendered speechless. [read more]

Jump Balls, Dunkaneer Balls Came Too Late

October 12th, 2014
Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans weighs in. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Joe’s press box perch revealed all kinds of man-to-man battles on the field for Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins to win.

But the Bucs weren’t going after them aggressively early in the game. [read more]