“Tanard Missed 107 Practices”

October 20th, 2011

Still amazed by what Tanard Jackson pulled off last Sunday, Joe has to share the head coach’s latest words about No. 36.

Raheem Morris sat down with Dave Moore on Total Access on WDAE-AM 620 last night and added more perspective into Jackson’s comeback.

“Tanard missed 107 practices, and he came back like he had been practicing every day by himself,” Raheem said. “He was possessed to come back. He was dedicated to his teammates. He was humbled to come back. He was very gracious when he had the opportunity to come back. You know, he knew he had a general manager and a head coach that had his back, that wanted him to come back, that wanted to help him, help him get through his issues, and he has. … I did not know he would be as dynamic as he was.”

Raheem went on to explain once he saw Jackson on the practice field last Wednesday, he knew he would start him against New Orleans.

Joe has to wonder what kind unbelievable soreness Jackson must be feeling this week. Joe hopes it doesn’t force Jackson into a bit of letdown in London.

19 Responses to ““Tanard Missed 107 Practices””

  1. Dave Says:

    I am amazed at how well he played. Then consider that Sean Jones had to tell him where to play before almost every snap to ensure he was positioned right. Remarkable. Just goes to show, when you are a ballhawk and instinctively know how to take angles (aka. the Anti-Sabby) you can play.

    I just hope he learned once and for all and puts down the pipe so he can have a career. He can save all the money he wants and smoke himself into oblivion in about 10+ years from now; happy retiremnet.

    Until then TJAX stay clean and be yungry!

  2. mikeck Says:

    Mikeck’s formula for Bucs safety:
    Tanard (X) > Corry Lynch

    ((where (X) is the percentage of injury to Tanard.))

  3. Architek Says:

    You are the Bucs best defender and you must embrace your role. Imagine the Ravens without Ed Reed or the Steelers with no Polomalu. That’s the playmaking you bring to this defense. Please stay focused and lean on your wingman when you get tempted, upset, or mad at anything that forces you to a habit for release. We need you for success and you need us because the Bucs are your extended family. Go Ball Anne stay focused. Fellow Bucs players stay with your brother in his times of weakness and temptation. He should not fight this alone.

  4. Mauha Deeb Says:

    “Joe has to wonder what kind unbelievable soreness Jackson must be feeling this week.”

    LMAO I said the same exact thing to my brother. Dude has to be hurting still.

  5. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    He’s not hurting as much as Jimmy Graham is after the lick T-jax laid on him!

  6. mikeck Says:

    Oh he’s fine..a little “Indo” will take the edge off..

  7. KD Says:

    I like what Dave said. Tanard really is the anti-Sabby. He is a natural out there. Good angles, never afraid to hit, ballhawk. Our best in the secondary. Just wait and see what he’ll be doing two months from now after he’s gotten back into football shape again and has a firm grasp of the entire playbook.

  8. SkookumSmitty Says:

    Nicely said, Architek!

  9. Capt.Tim Says:

    I believe what Tanard accomplished has never been accomplished before in the NFL. A man doesn’t do that, unless he has extraordinary passion for the game. It was amazing to see.

    I doubted both his ability to do so, and his love of the game.

    I was wrong. He played like a man separated from something he loves, reunited again. The Hit on Graham was a huge “I’m back” message.
    I won’t doubt him again, and am glad he is back.

    But yeah, he has got to be one sore dude.

  10. bucsalltheway Says:

    Capt Tim I waited all week to see your foot outta the mouth post!…thanks

  11. bucsalltheway Says:

    No more bong jokes my man! :0)

  12. Vince Says:

    I too am man enough to admit when I’m wrong. I doubted and scoffed @ T-Jax coming back and getting playing time so early, much less starting the game. What a nice suprise to see him out there almost like he didn’t miss a day. This is one instance that I’m happy to be wrong.

  13. Dave Says:

    I thought he would not come back until after the bye week and then get eased into the defense. WRONG.

    He is the starter and will make the entire secondary better.
    McCoy is looking healthier than we thought too.

    Hopefully Bennett and Blount get back soon.

    Good time for the bye week

  14. bucsalltheway Says:

    To note something else I feel confident that we are gonna make a nice playoff run. For one our schedule gets easier and we have a late bye week just like we did when we went to the superbowl and we’re starting to own our teams in the division. I garantee Matt Ryan gets someone hurt during the rematch throwing to tanard. I even think if we meet the lions in the post season megatron will get shut down with tanard backing talib and not the infamous always late Sean jones.

  15. raphael Says:

    in rare form of modesty I to would like to say I was right and I said t-jax would play last week. although I would say he far exceeded my expectations.

  16. stimpy Says:

    TJ was beast!!

    I cant believe how well he played. Im not sure if his return inspired the rest of the secondary but they sure played like it did.

    GO BUCS!!

    If we can stop the Bear running attack will be good…

  17. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Just another example IMHO that a smoking a little bit of weed never hurt anyone.

  18. Garv Says:

    This is a great story. One of hope and redemption. I’m proud of Tannard as a person and damn happy to have him back on the Buccaneers as a fan.

    This is win win as long as Tannard remembers what got him here and deals with it every day, keeping the right people around him.

    As for his play against the Saints? Amazing. I really did not think he’d play until after the bye week. Seeing him run out on to the field with the Buccaneer flag was special and a wonderful move by the team. Shows his team mates and friends believe in him and the fans were thrilled as well.

  19. Garv Says:

    And Apple? Really? You don’t think “smoking a little weed” didn’t hurt Tannard?
    I beg to differ and I’m sure his wallet would as well. It’s about addiction. Some people get addicted to things and others do not.

    Trust me, ONLY having a serious problem would lead to getting stoned knowing full well the consequences. Think about it. Might be OK for you, might not be for someone else. Like booze.