“A Cam Newton–Like Day”

December 4th, 2011

Josh Johnson is not the reason the Bucs lost today.

That honor, if there is such a thing, would fall on the Bucs’ whimpering defense. They couldn’t get off the field on a majority of third downs, and they were gutted and gashed for 385 yards.

But Johnson was solid. He had some top-shelf deep throws and finished 16–for-27 with 229 yards and a touchdown and an interception. The pick was more the fault of an early snap that only Jeff Faine seemed to think was on-time. However, Johnson should have taken the sack.

Raheem Morris liked what he saw of Johnson and even compared him to the Panthers quarterback who thinks he’s Superman.

“[Johnson] had a Cam Newton–like day [without] the touchdowns,” Raheem said on the Buccaneers Radio Network after the game.

Raheem said Johnson needs “more support” from his teammates, and Raheem praised Johnson for delivering an “executed gameplan.”

Joe’s not going to go there now when it comes to the offensive “gameplan;” that’s another discussion.

But while Johnson’s surely no Cam Newton, he gave the Bucs about what they could have expected from him and showcased himself nicely for free agency after the season. Especially considering the Bucs never established a running game for him.

37 Responses to ““A Cam Newton–Like Day””

  1. tj Says:

    If he had a cam like day he would have 4 total tds . Raheem says the dumbest things is like one of the kardshains on video tape you never know what is coming or going to be said

  2. BucfaninMI Says:

    The blame lies solely on the coaching staff. Should have kept Gruden and got rid of Allen and hired Dom, told Gru. He would have to develop a young QB. Gruden understood the pain of the fans, and tried to change some of the negative things attached to this franchise.

  3. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    Rah makes Kim Kardashian seem Mensa.

  4. 941-Bucs Says:

    The only real problem i had with JJ, was him holding on to the ball way to long. Whether it was receivers not being open or being hesitant because of D-Line pressure. JJ was holding onto the ball for at least 5+ seconds on EVERY pass play.

    He needs to be getting the ball out with in 3 seconds on those fast route passes, or he needs to tuck in run for some positive yards (which he started to do in the 3rd quarter). But other then that he did fine.

    I agree tho, his teammates really need to help him out there. There was CONSTANT pressure in his face. and 0 Running game. on a side note. Happy to not see Lumpkin on the field.

  5. Nick Says:

    yeah, on Cam’s worst day of the year

  6. Crotch McGee Says:

    If Glazers jettison Rah before season is over I say Gene Deckerhoff gets shot at interim gig. He has earned it.

  7. k2thesoldier Says:

    “Game-plan” LOL, today re-establishes the pathetic coaching on offense. Just pathetic. And Raheems gameplan was equally disgusting on defense. Not many of the heinous missed tackles I’ve been talking about all year; Just guys looking confused, out of place and unprepared. Raheem called his worst game of the year today. Absolutely pathetic. He’s lost his last supporter.

  8. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    He still has his three main supporters in the Glazer Boys (Dewey. Cheetum, and Howe).

  9. k2thesoldier Says:

    I’m going to really, really struggle to buy my season tickets again next year if Raheem is calling the defense and Olson is calling the offense. ESPECIALLY Olson. There is no more excuse. Zero excuse.

  10. bucsman27 Says:

    i thought he played pretty good but anyone know how long freemans out?

  11. k2thesoldier Says:

    @Scotty, we can’t be sure of that, they haven’t given him an endorsement.

  12. Crotch McGee Says:

    “We line up in eye formation, Moore in motion, handoff up the gut 35 40 45 50 he’s at the 45 40 35 30 … 15 5 4 3 touchdown Tampa bay!!!! Hold everything. There’s a marker down. Holding on yours truly and this one is comin back.”. Imagine that excitement with mean gene trolling the sideline once and for all. Could call the game and plays and do no worse than these clowns.

  13. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Gee…we are the TOP trending story on yahoo right now on the whole Price debacle.

  14. Crotch McGee Says:

    How on earth did we ever beat New Orleans? Was it really all run GMC?

  15. Andrew Says:

    That game was rated E for Embarrassing

  16. Jorge Says:

    I have been supporting Rah since they beat the packers his first year…I’m the guy that tells everyone slow down, don’t over react…I’m done… The progress has given way to hard regression…House cleaning is in order!!!

    All hands on deck before they screw Freeman up!!! The Talent is there, the coaching is non existent…-__-

  17. Patrick Says:

    Even if we’re lucky enough to win 2 more games this year, I don’t see how they can retain Raheem. They’re gonna have to get rid of him if they want to get a good defensive and offensive coordinator. No one will want to play for a lame duck head coach.

    But really it won’t matter who we hire as our coaches if Dominick continues this “rookies only, no free agents or experience” approach. His philosophy hasn’t worked and it’s NOT GOING to work. His draft picks aren’t contributing enough, with the exception of Clayborn and Mike Will. He better change his philosophy or he better damn well be fired along with Raheem.

  18. k2thesoldier Says:

    @ Patrick, don’t forget Bowers and Foster.

  19. eric Says:

    i wish someone would run like a bulldog and be done with it.

  20. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    Can only play so well with that running game. Johnson isn’t Brees, Manning or Brady. He can’t do it alone. Receivers did make some nice catches to day but Johnson was also throwing some perfect spirals right on target. Very surprised. I’m excited for what the future holds for the young man.

  21. k2thesoldier Says:

    You must not have been at the game AdvoCare. JJ was very underwhelming. Could have had a TD to Benn but put too much air on it and made him sit their and wait for it. Had his passes sailing high all game and set some of his guys up to get hit big time. One time over through Mike by a mile across the middle for a 15 yard first down at least. Not impressed with JJ at all, and neither will any NFL teams watching that tape.

  22. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    As for Johnson, I’ve always thought he was a pretty good quarterback on our side of the 50. The problem is, the further he gets into the other teams side of the field, the worse he becomes. It was like that in 2009, and it is exactly the same now. One just has to wonder if that is a result of our QB’s (Freeman struggles in the red zone) or the playcalling.

  23. Garv Says:

    JJ could be back next year as our back-up. Cam Newton he most definitely is not. I really don’t think he’s a starter in this league and I highly doubt any other teams do either……including the 49ers where he was rumored to be going a few months ago.

  24. k2thesoldier Says:

    @ Hawaiian, I’m sure some of it is playcalling. It has to be. But the other part is JJ just isn’t all that good at all. Freeman would have had his best day of the year had he played today, no doubt in my mind.

  25. Bucfan34 Says:

    From the bits I saw, Josh played well. I like that he was agressive with Benn and Williams. He had no running game but alone had 250 yards of offense and a touchdown. That’s pretty good for 1 week of first team reps.

    I like how the offensive guys spoke of him after the game though. Not being told to bow down to him and how he’s better than everyone else and the guys seem to respect that about JJ. I’m gonna miss him next year as someone is bound to give him a fat pay day. He’s too talented and he’s screwed her.

    I say put Freeman on IR and let JJ play out the year. Maybe re-sign him and open up the competition again next year. Freeman needs to EARN his job from here on out.

  26. Hawaiian Buc Says:



  27. Patrick Says:

    Back when Gruden was coach, we were horrible in the redzone as well. Although Gruden’s offenses were actually still better than Olsen’s, sadly.

  28. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    From what I have noticed (and I also heard this on NFL Network), offenses that are good in the red zone have 2 major components: Accurate QB and big targets for the QB. I think we have both (although Freeman’s accuracy has been questionable at times). Therefore, I think much of our struggles has to be a result of playcalling. I really don’t know what else it could be. For the future of our franchise, I really hope it is.

  29. patrickbucs Says:

    Ra saying he is like Newton is like me saying Ra is like Lombardi:(

  30. ADAM FROM NY Says:



  31. Patrick Says:




    Oh, and where did you hear that? u kidding right?

  32. passthebuc Says:

    Sorry but Morris has lost my support. Not that it means much.

    He can send Price home for being stupid but lets his linebacker slide all year without comment.

    sorry he has to go

  33. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Yeah for real, give the all caps a rest. It makes me not read any of what you write.

  34. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    @K2 Never said he played overwhelmingly well(In fact, I gave some of the credit to the receivers). Just said he made some nice spirals. Particularly out of the pocket. Very inconsistent, but it was his first game in a long time.

    Oh, and section 113, btw.

  35. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    Crotch : Softy McCoy didn’t play against the Saints in Tampa he was out with a high ankle sprain (his 3rd of 4 injuries) in two years.

    In fact, in their 2 wins against the Saints, Softy missed both. In their 2 losses he played.

  36. Thomas 2.2.. Says:

    It is impossible to say that Free would have outplayed JJ yesterday.

    In fact, JJ’s qb rating was substantially higher than Free’s this year.

  37. Eric Says:

    In the right system JJ could be a good QB. Not elite, but dangerous. Got skills.

    I would not be shocked to see Free to IR. Why expose the franchise QB for totally meaningless games?