Quincy Black Had His Best Game

November 15th, 2012

Yes, Bucs linebacker Quincy Black is gone for the season. The maligned outside linebacker’s improved play is one reason why the Bucs’ rush defense has gone from the absolute worst to the best in the league in less than a year.

Black won’t see the field again for the Bucs in 2012, as he perhaps has major nerve damage. The extent will not be known until a battery of additional tests are completed in a few weeks.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano discussed Black’s condition and future at length yesterday at One Buc Palace.

“He’s down as you can imagine, he is a professional. I have visited with him every day and he knows what is in front of him now, he knows he has to get better and get well and get him back there.

“The wait-and-see was to get more information. As it turns out, we will wait two or three more weeks to do another test because they say with the swelling, you can’t see what you need to see. What Quincy has is not a normal thing; you have to see a specialist for what he has. Our doctors have been awesome, on the phone all over the world talking to people, finding out what is the best course of action and that’s when we learned about the two or three weeks [to wait] after talking with all those doctors, they told us, it is not even a consideration [to play] for this year.

“I know [Bucs cornerback E.J.] Biggers had something similar, I’m not a doctor but it sounds similar. They are not even sure what is going to happen yet. Probably in a few weeks we will know better what the timeline is. We are all confident he will be back. The shame of it is, he played his best game all year Sunday. [Linebackers coach Bob] Fraser, had to pick him up a little because [Black] finally played the way we knew he could play. But we will get him back and get him working.

That’s a shame. Black had played pretty well in Joe’s eyes this year, and if he played his best game last week against the Chargers, man, that linebacking corps could have been something the rest of the season.

Joe clearly hopes Black has a speedy and uneventful recovery.

16 Responses to “Quincy Black Had His Best Game”

  1. Meh Says:

    He has been much improved over last year. However, even if he still sucked I wouldn’t wish this sort of injury on anyone. Get well Quincy.

  2. Bucnjim Says:

    Feel Bad! Here is a guy who was given a second chance by the new regime and he man’d up. Get well and give them hell next year!

  3. T in Orlando Says:

    Here’s best wishes for a quick and more importantly, full recovery.

    On to the football at hand. I think Hayward can come in and play well, but he’s nowhere near the athlete Black was (perhaps more intelligent, but not as physically gifted). The player on the roster who comes closest to Black’s Physical ability is Watson, who I would love to see get a shot a starting in the near future. Although Watson, like Black, has the same knock on him of great physical talent, just hasn’t put it all together mentally yet.

    Overall, I think the LB corps has gone from one of our weakest positions last year, to one of our strongest this year, and considering there was only one replacement at starter (and given a primary back-up at all 3 positions is the same, Hayward), that says a lot about coaching, both last year’s and this year’s.

  4. Travis Says:

    I wish him well, and a speedy recovery, but the fact that hes gone for the season is almost like a blessing. He was really only starting because of his contract, and I think Dakota and Hayward are both as good, if not better than Black, Black consistently ranks as one of the worst OLB’s in the game

  5. Al Says:

    I was there when this happened and the hit was so hard that you could hear the crunch in the upper deck. Almost instantly you could tell there was something wrong. I’m glad the PA announcer said his name right after the hit happened so I knew who it was. After he was carted off, the camera zoomed in on the cart and you could see him waving, which was awesome. They even put up his name and picture on the big board while he was in the cart. I wish QB a speedy recovery and long career ahead of him.

  6. CanadianBucsFan Says:

    I’m glad to hear that his injury is not career threatning. I think our defense wont miss a beat with Hayward most likely starting. Black, even though he was definetely improved from last year, was still one of our biggest weak points in our defense. He was not racking up many tackles at all this year. Lets see if Hayward can make the most out of his big opportunity!

  7. Brandon Says:


    Check out every defense in the league… No Sam LB racks up tons of tackles. Al Singleton was our Sam the year we won the Super Bowl and Quincy wsa on pace to get the same number of tackles as Al had in 2002.

  8. CanadianBucsFan Says:


    No thanks I rather not go through 31 teams defense’s and check how many tackles each sam LB has, all i’m saying is QB was DEFINETELY one of our weakspots on defense. Okay sam LB’s might not rack up a bunch of tackles but still qb wasn’t make enough tackles or splash plays. He was having himself a nice game though before he got injured. I obviously dont wish a season ending injury upon anyone on our team, but losing QB wont make our defense miss a beat. BTW, when Ronde Barber has a pretty big lead on you in tackles, and hes 37, and hes not even a LINEBACKER.. you’re not playing fully up to your abilities.

  9. simeon Says:

    Why is everyone hating on us because we have to play the falcons 2X? Basically giving us no shot at the playoffs because of this.

    Arguably our hardest game of the season is week 17 at Atlanta, which may turn out to be our EASIEST game of the season if atlanta has nothing to play for.

    I’m scared of this weekend though, feels like a trap game.

  10. Mike J Says:

    There is a sort of irony in the fact that Black was probably told to get more physical in his play, & trying to do so, he got injured. Too bad.
    T in Orlando, Watson simply isn’t a very instinctive player.

  11. Sneedy16 Says:


    Didn’t want to hijack your thread, but couldn’t find anywhere to email you. I noticed on NFL.com that Ronde is lead the FS in Pro Bowl votes.

  12. Jerrjenn2 Says:

    ? Try Joe@JoeBucsFan.com

  13. Sneedy16 Says:


    It said sales and advertising on that section. I didn’t know if there were different emails to different sections.

  14. SteveK Says:

    Falcons are too full of themselves, and the Bucs are gonna smash the bottom outta them twice this year. Personally, I hope we go to “Tampa North” in the playoffs and put a “Green Bay-like” whooping on them.

    Falcons are allergic to clutch. We have less talent than them, right now, but we are stronger willed.

  15. Joe Says:

    Thanks Sneedy. Joe knew about that but isn’t sure of the significance (i.e. who is voting this time of the year).

    And JerrJenn has the correct email addy.

    Thanks for being thoughtful and dropping Joe a nugget! Much appreciative.

  16. Drew Says:

    Where’s Miguel? Did they deport his computer or is he taking some overdue siesta time?