Arrelious Benn Continuing To Shine

November 7th, 2010

Since the Bucs offense has opened up the past two weeks there were two glaring demonstrations:

1) LeGarrette Blount.

2) Arrelious Benn.

Joe believes Benn’s growth was on full display today in the painful loss to the Falcons. Sure, he only caught one ball for 14 yards, but Benn made a truly heady play when he was able to lure the Falcons into a pass interference call on an underthrown ball by Josh Freeman, which was actually a cool call: fleaflicker.

Had the pass been on target, Benn likely would have had a touchdown and the Bucs a win.

If there was a bright spot to come out of this game, it is that Benn continues to shine.

61 Responses to “Arrelious Benn Continuing To Shine”

  1. gitarlvr Says:

    Im glad Benn is making a splash but I actually think Spurlock has done enough the last two weeks to justify him being the starting #2. Sammie will probably go back to slot when he’s healthy but I’d really rather see him at #4 with Williams, Spurlock and Benn as the top 3. Those 3 are looking like they are going to be a lethal trio.

  2. BamBamBuc Says:

    Agreed, Joe. Benn has shown improvement and growth and is becoming that 2nd round draft choice I hoped he would be. If that pass were on target, nobody would be questioning the play call at the goal line. Instead, Benn was smart and got the call that set up that situation. No matter what, this group of young guys took the Falcons to the final 2 minutes of the game with a great chance to win. Inches short of pulling it off, I gotta give them credit for a hard fought game.

  3. Buc You Says:

    They didn’t run Blount enough and he still got 50 yds.

    Do not like the Carnell led shot gun pass plays on 1st down.

    But in saying all that, Greg Olsen is still doing a far better job than raheems terrible defense. The defense is downright awful.

  4. Matt Says:

    The point is, it looks like we don’t have to worry about WRs for a couple of years. AND, unless their Michael Clayton, they’ll only be better next year.

    Should be fun to watch.

  5. BamBamBuc Says:

    They used Benn in 2 WR sets and Spurlock and Stroughter in 3 WR sets last week. I think it’s something that should work to get them all in the game plenty. Of course, Williams is in on all those sets.

  6. Buc You Says:

    Defense is pretty awful. Can’t believe everyone is ignoring how awful a job this defensive coordinator is doing. The guy gets a free pass every single week.

  7. Buc You Says:

    FYI… Not only are the Bucs NOT the best team in the NFC, they aren’t even the best in their division. In fact, they are in 3rd place in the NFC South.

    Great prediction raheem

  8. gitarlvr Says:

    @Buc You- Give it a rest. If you think a different coordinator could come in here and give the Bucs the ability to shut down running backs then your crazy. The lack of talent(or experience in McCoy’s case)along the line is directly attributable to the defensive struggles. Your just parroting the same thing with every take. Your irrational dislike of Raheem Morris is so transparent.

  9. BamBamBuc Says:

    Maybe you’re right, Buc You. I think Raheem Morris should hire a DC. Yep, he’d have someone to help at practice all week, someone to talk to the position players during the game. Of course, he’d still call the D plays, but maybe having a DC wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Morris could always use more assistants.

  10. gitarlvr Says:

    @Buc You- You must know Raheem personally to hate him this much. Did you go to school with him and he stole your lunch money or something? Your not even a Bucs fan. Thats obvious from your complete and total negativity. Why do you waste so much time posting about a team you don’t even like?

  11. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    Buc You,

    Eat a D**K

    Way to crawl out of your hole, hater…

  12. Buc You Says:

    Okay fgo…. Olson is running circles around raheem…olsons offense is scoring points. And your stupid ass wants to blame Olson….

    It’s the sorry ass defense that is our problem.

    But raheem gets a free pass… Despite how sh1tty a job he is doing with the defense.

  13. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Buc You,

    While I agree with you that the defense in today’s loss was terrible I will disagree with you about this – the coaches made some corrections at halftime. The defense in the 2nd half was much different than in the first half. I just don’t understand why it takes so long to make those corrections.

    Regarding Benn. Joe respectfully disagree with you about this post. Benn was basically a non-factor today. Spurlock was the big story.

    With regard to the pass interference call – that was all on the Falcons. If their DB had turned and looked for the ball then it would have been a no call. Josh underthrew Benn. Also if Benn was all that then Benn would have come back to the ball and made that catch.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Benn – lots of potential. However Spurlock was the story of the WR today, followed by Williams THEN Benn.

  14. Squadoosh1 Says:

    I really think Benn should get more opportunities. He seems to do well with every chance he gets. Same goes for Spurlock…gotta love that guy. He just makes big plays.
    Don’t agree with Mr Lucky about Benn catching that ball if he was all that….the Falcons player was in his way hence the interference.
    He had their secondary beaten pretty badly and would have easily scored if that ball had 5 more yards on it.

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    You are a MORON Buc You, plain and simple. No matter what happens, you blame Raheem. We had our chances to win and we didn’t. Our defense played fine with our talent, and actually really good in the second half, but it will never be enough for you. We should have held Atlanta scoreless at home coming off a bye according to you. Even that probably wouldn’t be good enough. You just don’t get it, you never will, and you are a pathetic joke of a fan. I hope you find a new team, and you never get to enjoy what this team will become. The hate that you possess is for Raheem has gone from being amusing to down right sickening.

  16. Buc You Says:

    Rah said they are the best in the NFC. Today, they are not only NOT the best but are actually 3rd in their division. 3rd in their division, got beat by 2 teams in their own division.

    Dumb ace rah should focus on his division first.

    The guy is a moron. Who even proclaims that crap?

    Free pass Raheem.

  17. architek79 Says:

    Buc You,
    I suggest you find somewhere else to bash the Bucs. There is a fine line between constructive criticism and bashing and partner you have crossed that line.

    Yes the defense was not dominant but when was the last time our defense was dominant? We dont have all of the pieces yet but it’s coming together so you need to back off. I was encouraged by McCoy penetrating and taking on double-teams and I also saw Dakota Watson playing physical against the run, even better than Black. We have a lot of young talent and this roster is filling itself out. Enjoy the journey and back off. You are not wanted around here with that negative talk.

  18. thomas 2.1 Says:

    The defense did look a little better in the second half. I think the onside kick was a pop warner call – even though it almost succeeded.

    Benn had 1 catch, i think that spurlock should be starting. remove that kickoff return td off a bobbled kick which took the falcons out of their lane responsibility and it is a 2 td spread.

    josh played like a rook / soph, big plays and mistakes. the team is what the standings say they are 3rd best in the division.

    the favorable early schedule gifted them a few wins and created excitement but they are going nowhere this year folks.

    mike williams is a stud. rah is a dud. a solid draft, replace the coach and 2011 will be exciting! there is some talent on offense and i hate to admit it but dom gets credit.

  19. thomas 2.1 Says:

    i agree that watson looked better than black. nobody wants a blog where there is nothing but soft and fuzzy, subjective and biased all-warm and fuzzy buc opinions – that is why we have this blog.

    if u want weak, soft buc blogging see the newtered report. sorry joe just my opinion.

  20. Jerkoff Says:

    This jerkoff is an imposter who just got banned.

  21. Pete 422 Says:

    Gads, this thread has been more about Buc You than Benn.….. Buc You guys! LOL ..

  22. Aldo Says:

    buc you, ur a fag, plain and simple, why dont focus on another NFL team and depport them??

  23. eric Says:

    Benn is showing big improvement, which is nice to see. Spurlock has really kicked it up too.

    I am puzzled by why we seem to get off to such a rotten start. Even in the Rams and Cards wins we fell behind early.

    Its good to see them battle back, but geez you just can’t keep doing that in this league, especially against the better teams like the Falcons.

  24. gotbbucs Says:

    great solution thomas, start over again with a new staff and new schemes. how long did it take you to come up with that? we are a 5 and 3 team that just came within inches of beating the best team in the nfc.

  25. gotbbucs Says:

    doesnt take long for the clowns to start piling out of the car after a loss.

  26. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    Buc You Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    FYI… Not only are the Bucs NOT the best team in the NFC, they aren’t even the best in their division. In fact, they are in 3rd place in the NFC South.

    Great prediction raheem


    Maybe if you got off your knees, you’d know that Rah said that “we are the best team in the NFC. We only have 2 losses which ties us with the best teams in the NFC.”

    It wasn’t a prediction, retard. It was an assessment.

  27. eric Says:

    We didnt come within an inch, Falcons pretty much dominated the game. But we did have a shot at the end.

    My assessment remains were a 3-5 team with a 5-3 record.

  28. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Actually Eric, we did come within an inch, literally, not really sure what youran by saying we didn’t. Falcons dominated the same way many of the other teams have dominated us, right before we got the win. We played well enough to win, we just couldn’t finish.

  29. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Should be “not really sure what you mean”

  30. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Eric — So were the 9-7 Bucs in ’08. Really 7-9?? Were they a 6-10 club by the end of the season? Makes no sense to go there in any year.

  31. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Not sure the name JoeBucs FAN fits given that the “fans” appear to be in the minority.

    The Bucs had 3 wins last year. They have 5 this year at the half way point and almost beat a tough division opponent (coming off a bye) on the road despite having a flawed team. Get a grip. What in the world possesses someone to HATE on these Bucs endlessly?? If you cannot get behind these Bucs than you are not a fan.

    Joe Bucs Has a nice ring, actually. 🙂

  32. eric Says:

    Well “within an inch” means to me that the game was evenly played and only a play made the difference. In reality the Falcons dominated most aspects.

    But for a couple of big special teams plays, it could have more easily been a blow out.

    But they surely played hard and well at times, about where their talent level currently is.

  33. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    It just doesn’t work like that. Saying “if not for a couple special teams plays” is kind of a ridiculous argument IMO.. It’s a part of the game, and a very important one. You can show whatever stat you want, I never felt like we were out of the game, or we were being dominated.

  34. Leroy Buttermilk Says:

    Hey Eric if your mother and father weren’t brother and sister you wouldn’t be the fool you appear to be. To meet and overcome is what happens to winning teams

  35. BamBamBuc Says:


    I recall in the preseason when the “kool-aid drinkers” (and yes, I was one of them) were saying we’d be happy with 5 to 7 wins so long as we were competetive. You were the one saying it doesn’t matter except for Ws and Ls. Now you come here and try to disqualify some of our wins because they weren’t quality enough for you? We’re 5-3. Get used to it. We’re winning games and competing.

  36. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    By the way,

    THE BROWNS ARE TERRIBLE!! This is what everyone was telling us after we beat them….

    Oh wait, the Browns just destroyed the team with the best record in the NFL…

  37. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Eric, what standard are you judging the Bucs by? Do you think the Bucs had 3 wins last season or 10 wins? The Bucs are a team in transition. By your standard they have been “dominated” a lot this season, but they have won 5 and they were very close in this one — on the road, division leader, coming off a bye, great running game. Any chance you are being a bit harsh by focusing on style points?

  38. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    eric Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Well “within an inch” means to me that the game was evenly played and only a play made the difference. In reality the Falcons dominated most aspects.


    Wow, that’s some powerful kind of stupid.

    So you don’t think that the Falcons stopping us on 4th and 1 was a situation where “…only a play made the difference”?

    NEWSFLASH: If we score there, we win.

    This perspective must have been birthed from the same bag of logic that Joe used to explain that the Bucs had a jump start on the Rams for rebuilding.

  39. eric Says:

    I think the stats back up my assessment. Point differential, very poor run defense, totally inept pass rush, not much offensive production.

    Very, very fortunate to have won against the Bengals, Rams, and Cards.

    But for some very lucky bounces and outright gifts by our opponents, we could very easlily be staring at a four game losing streak.

  40. Troxell8t8 Says:


    I know you’re a smart fan. Lucky bounces and outright gifts go both ways, that is the way the NFL has become. For Atlanta’s PI to Benn, Talib should have held the ball on the pick in the first half. Again, it goes both ways. I wish I had an idea why this team can’t get off to good starts, which to your point really skews their statistical numbers. However, give the team some credit with the ability to hang in there.

    There are some real holes on the defense no doubt. However, the offense is being led by a second year QB with WRs with absolutely no experience and holding their own. I do find it kind of funny that the Bucs are beating only the teams their supposed to beat. The team was 3-13 last year, I didn’t know there were any gimmes this year.

  41. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:


    Dominating the stat book and dominating on the field aren’t NECESSARILY the same things. Did you happen to notice how many Falcons kept leaving the game with injuries? We gave them a fight. They know who the Bucs are now. We forced them into many tough third downs that yes, they converted with their FUTURE HALL OF FAME TIGHT END.

    Michael Turner is a beast and yes he broke through our defense time and time again. Yes, our D-line, with the rookie DT and the second year Moore and Miller. I’m pretty sure everyone on here knows that this D is far from the Super Bowl D we had.

    But to say that that game didn’t come down to one play, is the dumbest sh*t I’ve ever heard.

    I’d love to know your extensive background in competing in sports, seeing as though you sound like an equipment manager.

  42. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Totally ridiculous argument Eric. You need to give it a rest with the lucky talk, and especially tfe stat talk. You know what they say about stats….

  43. eric Says:

    I see my work here is done for the evening.

    A fond goodnight koolaid drinkers. Sleep well.

    After all, you have the best darn team in the NFC. Except of course when playing anyone remotely good……………

  44. gitarlvr Says:

    Everyone relax. The Bucs will clobber the carolina kittens next week(no Deangelo and now Stewart out with concussion)and be 6-3 and the haters will still talk their trash. Its clear to me at this point that there are a couple of posters here that dont even merit responses becauses they don’t even believe their own takes. They are just trolls looking for internet attention. Contrarians for the sake of being contrary. The best way to deal with these guys is to never respond to their ludicrous posts ever again. Thats what I plan on doing from now on. The lack of attention will cause their little egos to shrivel up and die.

  45. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Yeah, congratulations Eric, you have done your work for the evening. I’m so glad you feel better about yourself. I used to believe you were a true fan of this team who had a legitimate right to complain (after last year’s horrible season). However, now it is very apparent that you are nothing more than a troll that enjoys agitating the real fans of this team. However, we’ll see who gets the last laugh. I just hope you had a good time pleasuring yourself in front of your Jon Gruden poster before you went night night. Sweet dreams stat boy.

  46. eric Says:

    @Hawaiian Buc ,

    And who died and left you the king of who a “true fan” is or isn’t?

    Oh, I guess it is on the basis of your brilliant and classy “pleasuring yourself” comment.


  47. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I can certainly determine who is not a true fan. Someone is not a true fan when they constantly discount every win and seem to truly enjoy every loss. Tell me you don’t do that??? My “pleasuring yourself” comment is just as classy as you “koolaid drinkers” comment. I guess I learned from the best.

  48. BamBamBuc Says:

    I think eric just had a few drinks watching the game today and was drunk and pretty pissed off when we didn’t get the 1 yard to finish the game and get the win. I still think he’s a fan, but let’s his anger (and in this case, probably a few beers) get the best of him. This game (like many others) came down to one play. It can be debated which play that is. The INT dropped by Talib? The under thrown flea flicker that should have been a TD to Benn? The 4th down stop? Even the first down run by Turner to run out the clock? Any of those plays could have changed the game. There were others too. An early drop by Williams?

    Fact is, a loss is still a loss, and not making certain plays led to that. Just like 4 INTs and 2 returned for TDs led to a win last week. Or a late pick against Cincy put that one away. Individual plays make or break games every week. Which is why a game is made up of many individual plays, and the result of all of them leads to a win or loss that goes into the standings leading to the end of the season and the playoffs. If you get more W’s than L’s, you have a shot at the playoffs. Well, right now, at 5-3, we’re still in the hunt for one of those playoff spots. We have 8 more games to get more W’s than L’s, make more individual plays than our opponents (regardless of what the final stat sheet says) to make the playoffs. I still think we have a good shot.

    If nothing else, I think we have a VERY good shot at getting to 9-7, which I think was the mark that some said Raheem Morris would NEVER get to, and playoffs was just a pipe dream. I recall some saying the ONLY way they’d be happy was if they could get to 9-7 or better, or if we made the playoffs. Well, there’s a better than average chance some of them should eat their words and be happy by years end, and even an outside chance all of them should be happy. I’m just not expecting it.

  49. gitarlvr Says:

    you pretty much summed it all up BamBam

  50. architek79 Says:

    I am very happy with this team. All I ever asked was for Raheem to take responsibility for the defense and he acknowledged that the defense is bad and will be because we don’t have the pieces yet but help is on the way. In my on opinion, the defense is still missing leadership and someone that will rally or refocus the defense on the field and during the game. McCoy will be a good DT and have a good career, but is he the answer no sir. Ruud is scared of contact and the LB’s as a whole are not thumpers (even though I liked what I saw from Watson today). But Miller is ok, White is ok, Moore is below average, Jones is decent. Grimm is a keeper. Aqib is no leader but a good player, not elite. So as a whole the defense personnel is subpar. The offense has more talent when you rack and stack. I would like to resign Styles at a cheap rate and upgrade the position with multiple options. The Moore project is over! Bennett project is over! Rudd should be a SLB if he is resigned. I have all of the confidence in the world in Dominik as he showed himself to be a student of the game and still have business sense. Also this off-season will be big for Blount and drafting a speed back. Blount in pass-pro is scary, he looks clueless and it’s not his fault.

  51. Capt.Tim Says:

    Wow, Hawaiian Buc. I’m speechless. That was like art, it was just so beautiful. I’ve always worried about who will keep the Trolls in their place, when I’m gone. I can relax now. It looks like the trolls will be kept under the bridge. Beautiful, just Beautiful!

  52. Capt.Tim Says:

    Eric is not a fan in any way ,shape , or form. Don’t let him fool you. True fans don’t wait, and post only hateful crap after loses. He won’t post after wins, and never has anything positive to say, unless It’s in front of his real hateful crap. Like gift wrapping a turf. He hates all things Buccaneer, and their sucess is killing him this year. He claims to go to the games, But I’ve never seen him there- have you?

  53. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Capt Tim said, ” you can bet the house that the Bucs are gonna win”

    Hey Tina are you packing today?

  54. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Intrepretation of things sometimes comes down to not WHAT you say but HOW you say it.

    As a Bucs fan since 1993 I’ve seen ups & downs. This year I predicted the Bucs to be a 5-11 team. I wanted to see Raheem replaced as well.

    At the halfway point the Bucs are 5-3 and I believe that Raheem has ‘earned’ another year on his contract. I’m not convinced that the Bucs are the ‘best in the NFC’ but I DO like the direction that the team is headed.

    The biggest improvement, in my opinion, is that this team has CHEMISTRY; something that was lacking on the last few Gruden teams. How important is team chemistry? Just ask Dallas or Minnesota.

    The Bucs are an average team – which is tons better than the BAD team they were last season. Heck I even believe that with this schedule the Bucs have a shot at the playoffs as a 9-7 team!

    It doesn’t make them good but as I wrote last year I’ll take a playoff team every time.

  55. Mr. Lucky Says:

    What do the Bucs and the cast of Saturday Night Live have in common?

    They’re both not ready for Prime Time Players….

  56. JimBuc Says:

    During the offseason Eric only wanted to talk about the Bucs having 3 wins. Now, as the Bucs sit with 5 wins at the half way point, Eric wants to talk about style points. Eric is more a fan of himself than the Bucs.

  57. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Hey Jim [JoelGlazer] Buc – who’s talking ‘style points?’

    The Bucs are 5 dash 3. FACT They had a few lucky breaks that had those breaks gone the other way the Bucs could just as easily be 3 dash 5.

    Either way I personally see team growth and development on the part of the players and yes the coaching staff as well.

    It’s a good thing.

  58. eric Says:

    You guys are really hurting my feelings.

  59. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Can’t imagine you’ll need the official hanky. 😉 Although JimBuc has returned so Rogaine might be in order.

  60. BamBamBuc Says:


    So, your stats back up your assessment. And by that, I’m guessing you were also calling for Gruden’s head in 2008 when the team was giving up 24 TDs and only scoring 18, when the rush D was giving up 4.3 yards per carry When we were 20th in scoring TDs with 38, but 7 don’t count because they were special teams or defense that got those, they were just lucky.

    Oh yeah, that’s right, he got a pass, because he went 9-7 and missed the playoffs. Well, keep watching… this coach looks to be about the same with a team of rookies and first year starters.

  61. JimBuc Says:

    JimBuc has not returned, sorry guys. Just sayinga quick hello to my good friend Eric