Are Bucs Tipping Off Their Plays?

December 25th, 2012

The biggest question the last few days in the Tampa Bay area isn’t Rachel Watson asking Joe what present he is giving her for Christmas. No, the question is, “What has happened to Josh Freeman?”

After being one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL through much of the first three months of the season, Freeman is in a full-blown tailspin, now one of the worst, especially after throwing eight interceptions in the last two games.

It seems perhaps there is a reason, as there always is in football. It seems the Bucs are tipping off their plays.

Good guy Joe Smith ventured into the Rams locker room after the Bucs loss to the Rams and talked to highly underrated Rams middle linebacker Son of Animal, James Laurinaitis, who all but said the Bucs are tipping off plays, so Smith reports in the Tampa Bay Times.

“We just felt like coaches do a phenomenal job of getting us prepared,” Laurinaitis said. “We felt like we had a good beat on these guys going into the game, and what they were trying to do. They had some tells. So we’ve got to credit the coaches and credit the guys for studying hard.

“There are a lot of tells you can get from teams week to week, this team a little more so. You just know when certain guys are in the game, you think more run. If other guys, think more pass. And they broke some tells. That always happens, teams self-scout, they do tendency breakers. But when they come back to the core of who they are, they go back to those tendencies.”

Well now, the cat is out of the bag. If teams know what they hell you are going to run, of course defenses are more apt to not just shut you down, but pick off passes.

So if the Rams coaches know this, it’s not unreasonable to think so too do the Saints coaches, the Eagles, the Dixie Chicks.

Joe knows that Andy Reid is a good coach despite how half the town of Philadelphia wants to burn his house down. The Bucs’ woes on offense began against the dreadful Eagles. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that Reid and his staff figured out the tendencies and then, so too did other teams.

26 Responses to “Are Bucs Tipping Off Their Plays?”

  1. RichinNC Says:

    So other teams in a week of study are having less miscommunication problems and know where Josh is throwing more than him or his receivers?

    That would highlight why the run game has been stuffed. Yet another reason to throw Blount in with Martin.

  2. JonBuc Says:

    Agreed, Rich. This may put the Mike Sullivan head coaching campaign on ice. It’s hard to believe that the stirring comeback at Carolina would be the last win to this point and most likely the season. Only a loss to Tears of McCown to close things out would be fitting. Having said all that, thanks for a great site, Joe and Merry Christmas to you all.

  3. Have A Nice Day Says:

    I love you, Joe/Joes, and am grateful for all you do.

    I love all of the posters too. Even if we disagree, I love you guys and gals.
    I enjoy the contact we have, though seemingly meaningless, at times it feels like a dysfunctional family.

    Thank you all for letting me be a part of this crappy defunct family lol

  4. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    I find it hard to believe that this offense would not have audibles and hot reads and at least a variety of ways to change the play at the line of scrimmage to adjust to the defense. How many times do we see a QB call a time out because he didn’t like what the defense was showing. If that is indeed the case then you can blame it on Sully, if not then it comes down to Freeman once again. In fact there have been a lot of halves this season where we didn’t use a single time out. Maybe it’s a combo of Sully and Free. There’s no way to tell for sure but they better figure it out this off season or both of there careers are going to be short.

  5. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    Bring in Norv Turner. Leave Phillip Rivers alone because he has a dead arm. Keep Josh

  6. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    I’d be on bored with Turner. Some people just arent cut out to be a head coach but the guy knows how to run an offense.

  7. Macabee Says:

    I’s Christmas, so I won’t start out with a negative, but ‘m not sure Schiano is the kind of guy everybody can work for. If the rumors are true that Butch Davis is headed to FIU, that is no step up for him, but maybe a step out. I’m speculating, but Turner/Schiano doesn’t sound like a good fit!

  8. Macabee Says:

    If I recall correctly, Schiano really wanted McNulty from the Cardinals, so much so even dispatching the Glazers to talk to Bidwell to release him from his contract after the HC refused to do so!

  9. Amar Says:

    This is really great to hear! Good find, Joe!!

    This basically means its easily correctable and Josh and the rest of the offense need to learn how to be secretive and not show there tendencies or to get rid of them.

    This read provides some good reassurance for next year, Sully should be able to work with Josh and help him with things like staring down a receiver, slapping the ball right before he’s ready to throw, etc.

    Freeman may be okay after all.

  10. Jlynch Says:

    2 way street . Why do you think they have audxibles and look for the Mike lb for coverages??? Execution of plays . Line up look at the defense EXECUTE your play!! Stop with the excuses for this Kid already defense stops your play huddle up for the next one. The defense has nothing to do with this guys inability to hit the broad side of a barn , throw at someones feet or sailing the ball over someones head. The miscommunication is this guys brain to his right arm!!!

  11. Architek Says:

    Dominik have really ruined the prestige of a once respected team. Tipping plays and no audibles, no respect, no vision or direction even after breaking the bank. Going to be another bad season again next year.

  12. raphael Says:

    lol ^^^

    haveaniceday….just quit the love crap here..okay

    merry x-mas

    and LOL @ theFreeman Haterz ! ..fools..

  13. raphael Says:

    “the future’s so bright,gotta where shades”

  14. 1976Buc Says:

    We really didn’t need Laurinaitis to tell us this. Many of us have been preaching Predictability on here for a long time.

  15. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Ahh so you admit your wearing blinders Raphael… First step to recovery is admitting you have a problem!

  16. SacBucs Says:

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    I’m on this site because where i live, tampa is a punching bag football team. All the network shows have highlights of every team torching the bucs. Anal-list on all these shows never talk about the bucs so I’m Here lil bitches and I aint leaving!

    Joe got the goods on his site! First of all, Amanda the hooters chicks is my morning cup everyday and I got a stable of therobreads nerdz! I have to complment Joe for his taste in women everyday he has a Bad one in a bathing suit. Hubba hubba chicka bow wow. When I seen Rachel on I seen her finger and said “dam nobody wife that dime piece.” Joe I got a huge crush on Jamie from Nfl fantasy live and she’s my fantasy! Molly on nfl network would be my mistress. Cathrine Zeta would be a nice affair
    to have when I’m not shalacking Jamie & Molly. I love beautiful Women.

    Now back to you busters!

    I have never read a posters comment and had a negitive response towards them ya fat fragile lil girls. My post are FOR Joe & REAL BUC FANS u maggots.

    Heres my list of Goof Troops:
    Tampa2=Tampa thru
    Mike j=Mike gay
    Have a nice day=Have a rice day my rhyme and reason is i want to win a SB NOW girly man! Other teams are getting good players and depth but we are still on the bottom of 32.

    I would appreciate if you just skip bayless pass my post marks.

    My favorites: Colardo Mcbuc Sneedy
    The Adults: bigmackattack sgt mike etc.
    Jokers: Ian


  17. McBuc Says:


  18. SacBucs Says:

    Everytime you see my name SKIP BAYLESS pass me BUSTers.
    YOU know what I mean Vern!

    How can a Nerd ever get to a Boss when he barely touches a woman. I’ma get banned from this site before i let you ROBOTS GET TO ME.

    Especially about speaking or writing a foreign language fudger. I aint from round here!

  19. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    After reading SacBucs, I completely lost my train of thought and had to re-read the article.

    Well, never mind. After, “Dam nobody wife that dime piece,” I can’t even concentrate on football.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  20. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Does anyone ever understand what SacBuc is trying to say?

    I’ve never been called a “girly man” before, so thanks for the unique gift. If I do seem a bit girly, it probably has to do with me being a woman.

  21. Architek Says:

    No and I don’t even recognize him as a regular. @sacbucs – FYI no one knows what you are talking about.

    Think before click send.

  22. SacBucs Says:

    Archie you sure you didn’t mean: think before “YOU click send Huh? But my….. writing is not adequate haha. Think first lil girl u! Tooshaay rrrr!

    F fry eye Archie Bunker I just found this site in March. I read you nimrods posts for months before I made a attenpt at posting..It wasn’t til the Bucs Traded Talib That Woke ol Boot Strapped up from the deep. Rrrrr Which one of you clowns is Davey Socket? Look at the secondary now!

    Handle oops have a very nice day. My bad lil momma I don’t argue with women now your invisible. Insult me all you want. Sticks&Stones! They have been trying to keep you away from my type your whole life! So please stay away!

    My first post Hawaiian jump on my coat tail about the Kang anglish. Like I give a dam! I yaint from round cheer! Ask him how long I been on this site reading you parasite.

    Some of yall dumb as a box a rocks sir. I understand most boss but Half chew morons can’t even download a fraction of my hard drive punks. Ya brainwashed majorities!




  23. Raphael Says:

    @sacbuc……okay here is the deal…you should never ever ever ..ever smoke another joint as long as you live..there still might be a chance but a slim chance you will regain consciousness…..

  24. skp Says:

    tells can be huge difference makers. when the raiders offense couldn’t disguise its plays in the superbowl, MVP Gannon threw 5 picks. it’s debatable whether playcalling intel via spygate played a role in the Patriots championships, and they haven’t won since being caught. i’d say tipping off your opponent can play a huge role in making you look clueless as an offense

  25. Andrew Says:

    @ Sacbucs

    dude your fuking weird. WEIRD.

    @ Have a nice day

    that’s the nicest thing Ive ever read. God bless you and everyone on this site, including Sacbucs.

  26. SacBucs Says:

    If I smoked or drank..ya brainwashed clonez!