Derek Hardman Did His Job

December 19th, 2010

Joe actually is developing writers block. He’s so sick from this awful loss he wants to throw up on his keyboard. But the more Joe thinks about doing that the better the chances Joe actually does yack on his keyboard.

So in an effort to avoid cleaning up a nasty, smelling mess, Joe’s trying to think of something good that came out of this playoff-killing loss to the rebuilding since 1957 Detroit Lions.

That would be Derek Hardman.

In case anyone isn’t aware, Hardman made the start for the Bucs at right guard, his first for the Bucs. The reward was having to stop manbeast Ndamukong Suh.

The result? Suh had his lowest game totals of the season. Suh had a grand total of two tackles and Hardman blocked him each and every play.

“Obviously he is one of the better players I have ever gone up against,” Hardman said. “I didn’t do enough to win.”

Mr. Hardman, yes you did. You kept one of the best defensive tackles off of your quarterback, Josh Freeman. Joe understands how you would be down in the dumps after this vomit-inducing loss.

You, Mr. Hardman, did indeed go above and beyond the call of duty to help the Bucs win.

Go have a beer (or an adult beverage or two). You deserved it.

19 Responses to “Derek Hardman Did His Job”

  1. gitarlvr Says:

    Yeah its too bad our rookie backup guard played better than our (allegedly) pro-bowl caliber left tackle or we might have put a lot more points on the board in this one.

  2. Gary Says:

    Agree Gitar. Penn was getting owned by a nobody.

    Anyone think it was funny (well not really) that Trueblood comes back in and what happens????…. a penalty! I swear nobody gets me angry like that fool (except maybe Elbert Mack).

    Mack, Trueblood, and all the other deadweight have to go this offseason.

  3. Bucfanjeff Says:

    Defense didn’t hold up, but you know, still proud of this team.

  4. Patrick Says:

    I’m not giving up on playoffs yet, as it’s very much still a possibly. But at the same time I’m also thinking about next year.

    Are there any players on the roster that we trade for picks? I know Ruud is probably one.

    Also, do we get an extra pick for losing Antonio Bryant in free agency next year?

    What DE’s are available in free agency next year? LB’s? O-lineman?

  5. D Says:

    I definitely noticed the fact that Suh was a nonfactor.

    A lot of hope on our offense… not so much for the D.

  6. Gary Says:

    Glazers keep this momentum we have built this season going! Please don’t be cheap. Get some proven quality talent in here. Win back some fans.

    I don’t want to cheer for the Los Angeles Buccaneers.

  7. Troxell8t8 Says:

    I have to admit I thought earlier in the year Coach Mangurian was in over his head, but I was proven wrong. To get no name guys like Larsen and Hardman to play this tough is impressive.

  8. gitarlvr Says:

    Yeah Mangurian has done a good job but can we really sit back and say we are satisfied with this O-line. I mean even with Davin and Faine healthy(if they are back next year)? I dare say at this point that trying to draft a dominating o-lineman high in the draft is almost as much of a priority as DE\LB at this point. I can’t point to who exactly would be the guy to give up his starting spot but the Bucs need a pro-bowl offensive lineman. Donald Penn made it abundantly clear today that no one on this offensive line should be having their name uttered in pro-bowl conversations.

  9. Gary Says:

    On a side note, anyone else getting tired of Spurlock? The guy makes 1 play every 10 games but is horrible on every other return.

    It can’t be the blocking. Something needs to change there. We are always starting at worse field position than our opponents. In a close game like today, that might have made the difference.

  10. Troxell8t8 Says:


    I agree with you that o-line should be taken into consideration. I’m never a fan of drafting because a position is a need. The thing I can’t answer right now is Larsen and Hardman have reached their potential or are they still learning? I think Joseph has been more hype than substance, not sure what to do about Faine, injury prone but still effective. It will be interesting to see if they retain him next year.

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I agree with you on Spurlock. He doesn’t seem very fast or explosive, and he seems to have kind of hit the wall as a receiver too. Not sure if it’s because he’s played a lot more this year than he ever has, but he does not look good. I would like to see Sammie back there for the last couple games to see what he looks like.

  12. sensiblebuc Says:

    @ Gary

    While Spurlock should shoulder some the blame, most of it should go to the fact the injuries. The guys who usually play on our coverage units have been called into action leaving them either tired or unavailable for special teams.

    …that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see more competition at the position.

  13. Gary Says:

    Anyone see how the Eagles won their game? By putting your best playmaker back there. Imagine that!

    I’m not saying put Mike Williams back there but lets get real. Rah would never do that out of fear he would fumble as his benching of Blount showed. I hope he lets it fly these last 2 games. We are going down (barring a miracle) so lets go down fighting not punting at 40 yd. lines on 4 and 1 and benching playmakers when they are needed most.

  14. sensiblebuc Says:

    Hey we have Benn covering punts and kickoffs. Not a crazy notion.

  15. gitarlvr Says:

    Gary said-

    We are going down (barring a miracle) so lets go down fighting not punting at 40 yd. lines on 4 and 1 and benching playmakers when they are needed most.

    thats a big fat +1

  16. Theodore Says:

    >>Go have a beer (or an adult beverage or two). You deserved it. <<

    For the love of God, do it at home.

  17. Joe Says:

    >>Go have a beer (or an adult beverage or two). You deserved it. <<

    For the love of God, do it at home.

    LOL! Or call! 🙂

  18. Patrick Says:

    The Eagles winning put an even bigger dent in our playoff hopes.

    Is it just me or do the Bucs have the worst damn luck? Just look at the way the Eagles won that game. Last play, no time left, and they return a punt all the way down the field for a TD. Another word for it…..heartbreaking, just how most of the losses have been for us this year.

  19. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Joe wrote that Derek Harman should, “Go have a beer (or an adult beverage or two). You deserved it.”

    Just don’t drive around Tampa after you’ve done that ok?