The QB Blast: Maybe Jags Got Best Deal Of 2009

September 30th, 2009
 By JEFF CARLSON analyst
Former Bucs quarterback Jeff Carlson writes the weekly QB Blast column here at Joe is ecstatic to have him firing away. Carlson has TV gigs in the Bay area and trains quarterbacks of all ages via his company, America’s Best Quarterback.

I’m not here to pile on the Bucs.

I played on teams that finished 6-10 and 3-13 and know the pain and misery that brings. Those years were under Hugh Culverhouse without a salary cap and that was supposed to even things up a little bit.

Unfortunately, the current Bucs will compete with those teams unless they improve significantly, and I don’t think that is on the horizon, although starting Josh Johnson gives them new hope.

This team is undisciplined in all phases right now. Raheem Morris’ interviews and press conferences are growing more rambling, incoherent and contradictory. 

Jeff Jagodzinski, the offensive coordinator, was fired for not being detail-oriented enough. What are we to make of the rest of the coaching staff after Sunday’s performance? The Giants game was the third straight with a complete lack of attention to any detail whatsoever.

Maybe “Jags” got the best deal of the year, getting out before he could take the blame for this debacle.

Now the Bucs turn to Johnson (a less experienced version of Luke McCown) as their starter after three games and hearing Raheem explain the reasoning behind the change was just sad.

We wanted to hope for the best for this team and for this coach, but the QB choice this preseason wasn’t a hard one and he messed that up.

I think this first Josh may be a better long-term choice than the one eventually coming somewhere later this season, but that is a much tougher one to see in my crystal ball.

22 Responses to “The QB Blast: Maybe Jags Got Best Deal Of 2009”

  1. nick Says:

    Not for nothing, but this whole post is negative.

  2. KennyL Says:

    What a bunch of softies here. The Bucs have lost seven in a row, fired their Super Bowl winning coach, and are stuck with questionable talent on the field and in the front office and coaching booth. These are the worst of times. There’s no way around it.

  3. james from dunedin Says:

    KennyL , you didn’t mention that ownership is also broke…

  4. Pete Strauss Says:

    Luke McCowan was the logical choice (even if only to keep as insurance) Leftwich hasn’t ever succeded anywhere but college, he’s too slow afoot and throwing mechanics suck, and although the heart of a lion, not the smarts to read defenses quickly or accurately. Lot’s of folks are thinking it and I haven’t seen it said…but, could it have been racially motivated to get rid of McCowan? Ok there it’s said… BTW Kenny you could have coached the BUcs to that same Super Bowl victory if you’d know the opposing playbook like Gruden.

  5. Charkh Says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Leftwich, but Luke McCown was 1-6 as a starter. Lefty had a winning record as a starter. I think the racially motivated stuff is horseshit. No one says anything when there are three white QBs on the roster. Leftwich had a better record as a starter than McCown and both Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson had higher potentials than McCown did. Thus, McCown was traded. The move was entirely logical. You can make an argument against Leftwich, too, but to suggest it was racially motivated because you don’t agree with the decision is narrow-minded.

  6. Joe Says:


    And remember McCown’s lone win was an absolute gift from Sean Payton.

  7. PetetheHat Says:

    Yeah, it’s extremely logical to have a starting quarterback, who sucks, and leave yourself two backup’s who’ve never started an NFL game

  8. Sgt Mike Says:

    It wasn’t Racial it was stupid. Stupidity and stubbornness have motivated all of the moves by this team this year.

  9. Chuck Says:

    I rememebr when we thought Jeff was the savior for the Bucs…I also remember his debut…I think he completed less than ten passes and threw a bunch of picks. 27-0 if I remember correctly. Yet Joe still lets him spew his negativity on this site.

  10. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    Hey pete strauss you say that the raiders were still running grudens playbook so he beat them in the superbowl that is pretty stupid cause the raiders could have done the same thing unless you are saying gruden was using dungys playbook just think things through before you say them

  11. Chuck Says:

    Gruden changed terms

  12. Paul Says:

    Clarkh, Raheem is not incompetent because he is black. He is just incompetent. There I said it.

  13. Pete Says:

    Bringing in Leftwich was a major fail!

    It did nothing but waste time, reps, practice and alienate the fan base with those who wanted this guy or that and it just didn’t pan out. JJ or JF should have been getting those reps.

  14. PetetheHat Says:

    You are LOST in Iowa… Bill Callahan was still running Gruden’s playbook. He wasn’t smart enough to have his own…that’s why he couldn’t keep a college or pro job. John Lynch told everyone who would listen after the game that they (the Bucs) knew the play’s that were coming. Wake up and smell the coffee moron before criticizing fact not opinion. You can call me out allya want for my opinion but like I said before Kenny or even you (maybe) could have beat Oakland knowing what they were calling (offense and defense).

  15. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    so gruden left all his plays in oakland and wrote hundereds of new plays for tampa get a clue idiot he was running the same plays in tampa that he ran in oakland so why couldnt the raiders do the same thing you claim the bucs did you are tyhe moron not me

  16. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    I’m tired of assholes like you undermining the bucs superbowl win with your bullshit comments “they only won because gruden knew the plays” or “gruden won with dungys team” fuck you motherfucker tehy won because they were a great team period!

  17. PetetheHat Says:

    You freakin IDIOT I’m not undermining their win I’m diminishing the credit Gruden gets for it …but it’s hard to have a battle of wits with an umarmed man you MORON.

  18. PetetheHat Says:

    I’m sure you won’t retort again because with your simpleton mind you’ve probably run out of creative curses you can call someone. I must admit I was wrong before your not LOST in Iowa, your LOST in SPACE. Unfortunately most of it’s between your ears.

  19. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    fuck off now you are backpedaling you clearly stated anyone could have won the game if they knew all the plays which clearly diminishes the entire teams effort, not just grudens role, you fucking asshole

  20. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    perhaps I let my anger get the best of me but you have to realize when you make a statement “that anybody could have won if they knew all the plays” you make it sound like they cheated. It’s like the bucs sucked so bad in the 70’s in the beginning that they never really deserved to win the superbowl the team never gets the respect that it deserves!

  21. PetetheHat Says:

    Dude , I love the Bucs, hated Gruden, your problem is your so clouded you can’t even read I NEVER said that and you put quotes around it…your the MORON I thought you were to start and I’m done with this idiotic diatribe with you. I’ve got better things to read n do.

  22. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    trying to save face, you said anyone could win if they knew the plays dont try to deny it