Communication Breakdown

September 11th, 2013

Aside from Lavonte David’s game-losing penalty, an outcome that SiriusXM’s Adam Schein referred to Monday as “The dumbest play of all dumb plays,” Joe was simply aghast at the Bucs communication breakdowns during the first series. That resulted in a timeout and two delay of game penalties, on three consecutive plays, that killed the drive.

Monday, Bucs guard Davin Joseph stated the communication issues were due to crowd noise. This simply floored Joe. The Bucs practice calling plays with pumped in crowd noise and blaring music daily, sometimes up to 30 minutes of practice.

This has taken place since the first practice of training camp back in July. How exactly a team that spends so much time practicing for just such a circumstance can blow up mentally at the first occurrence of trouble absolutely blows Joe’s mind.

Thus, Joe tried to find answers Wednesday.

“There is a plan in place,” Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said of what happens when headsets go out during games or the crowd amps up its racket. Sullivan said in such cases various people are to signal to Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman whether to call a run or a pass. “We have to continue to reinforce that so we don’t continue to have those mishaps at the beginning of the game.

“There’s a lot [of ares] to point a finger. It’s disappointing we didn’t execute the way we are capable of… we didn’t coach the way we are capable of. A lot of time is spent [preparing for crowd noise]. We just have to continue to work on those things to make sure they don’t happen again.”

Joe also spoke with Joseph, who  believes the communication meltdown was just first-game jitters and something the Bucs will consistently improve on as the season grows old.

“It is not an easy situation,” Joseph said of the communication issues Sunday. “Just like third downs. Hard to win in this league. Takes a little more focus and takes time and we will get better at is as the season progresses. We have to get better.”

84 Responses to “Communication Breakdown”

  1. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    hey Joe,

    Any insight on this supposed players only meeting? What bothers me is not the meeting, but, the implication re: the captains vote. That’s…..a concern.

  2. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    At least Sullivan took some accountability for the mistake, something Schiano has yet to do. I can respect that, as I’m sure the players do. He better hope Schiano doesn’t get upset, because Schiano wouldn’t tell the media what the “protocol” was in that situation, but Sullivan let the cat out of the bag. Oh no, our secrets have been exposed to the masses!!!!!!

  3. bucrightoff Says:

    I can’t believe we’re 4 days into the season and this team is already a total mess. Call it overreacting all you want, I don’t see any other teams having players only meetings this early. I don’t think Freeman, Schiano or Dominik will be here this time next year.

  4. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Also interested in hearing more about this players only meeting. What is the story? They think there was tampering with the captains vote? Uh oh…

  5. Couch Fan Says:

    So basically, they didnt send in the hand signals to Freeman, or Freeman didnt see the hand signals, or Freeman had no clue what the hand signals meant… what was the actual cause? I wonder which….

  6. Touchdown Gus Says:

    Seeing that we will have to play in the loudest stadium in the league this year…..I don’t like this

  7. RBellBuc Says:

    Do you think Schiano has a say in every single offensive call? Or do you think he gives Sully complete autonomy?

  8. Touchdown Gus Says:

    @Hawaiianbuc he did take responsibility on his his radio show after a caller chewed him out. I was looking for him to do that. I wish he did it earlier

  9. Touchdown Gus Says:

    @rbellbuc Schiano does have some say. He may not say what play he wants called but if he wants to take a shot down the field or WANTS TO RUN THE BALL ON A CRUICIAL 3 and 3!( sorry still mad about that) he can do that, but the actual playcalling is all Sully

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @Touchdown Gus

    Yeah I heard about that but obviously didn’t hear it out here in Hawaii. But like you said, probably too little too late.

  11. BFFL Says:

    good teams have good to great players at EVERY position that hold other players accountable. these guys have been playing football their whole life at this level. there is no such thing as a good team with bad players or a bad team with good players. the bucs will be a good team when they get good players at EVERY position. Of course there is an exception to this rule when the QB is Brady, P Manning or Brees

  12. RBellBuc Says:

    I think by the time they realized That Freeman was having problems there wasn’t much time left on the clock, so Freeman called a timeout. He then went to the sideline and handed the helmet to the equipment mngr. and he kind of banged on it a few times and said it was working. Freeman went backout onto the field with the same helmet and as he was getting the call again the helmet failed again and they try to signal the call in but theyb ran out of time and got a delay penalty. Then Freeman went back to the sideline and was exchanging his helmet for a different while the clock was running down. Coach Schiano should have just called a time out but elected not too and it resulted in another delay. By then it was already 3rd and forever. JMO purely speculative.

  13. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    As for this players only meeting regarding the legitimacy of the captain vote: W-O-W!!!. If the players somehow find out the votes were manipulated by Schiano, it is OVER. He is done, as he should be. They will never trust him or believe in him again. This would be the only reason I would ever be in favor of firing him in-season. If this is found to be true, I want him fired today. He doesn’t deserve to be the coach.

  14. RBellBuc Says:


    What? Where did you hear that? Did someone make that up?^^^

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:



  16. Oldguy Says:

    Communications breakdown? I guess so. John Lynch, or another pundit, called that the worst opening series in NFL history. A massive breakdown – should have been handled better. If something similar happens next Sunday, what will be the excuse this time. Just another breakdown? Coaching has to get much better, much faster. No excuses.

  17. Couch Fan Says:

    Its just a rumor right now. But if it turns out to be true…. I agree he needs to be fired immediately for pure stupidity.

  18. Touchdown Gus Says:

    @hawaiian buc hell yeah! You can’t undermine your team! I really really hope that isn’t the case because we would seriously be the first team to have 2 back to back coaches lose their team in the same about of years…….UHHHHHHHGLY!!

  19. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    If this locker room is already divided and/or there was tampering with the captaincy vote, then our season is over. Done. See you next year type of thing. Lets hope they were just doing their book club.

  20. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Hawaiian

    I agree with you on that one. if he did in fact rig the player votes so that Freeman would not be captain, then his ass needs to be gone now. BUT I find it hard to believe that anyone would be stupid enough to take that kind of risk and jeopardize the trust of there own players. I also find it hard to believe that anyone would be able to know exactly what was said in a PLAYERS ONLY MEETING. I have a feeling this is some more media bull sh!t.

  21. Andrew 1 Says:

    as of right now I aint buying it.

  22. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    just hypotheticlly. If Schiano is Fired from the scandal. Who would be your choice for interm coach?

  23. RBellBuc Says:

    If it turns out to be not true,

    That reporter or blogger who insinuated that, and then delivered as a probable truth should be tarred and feathered, then fired from his job. The Profootbaltalk should have to write a formal letter of apology to Coach Schiano and the Bucs org. If it is credible and turns out to be true, then whatever punishment the Bucs decide, I will be behind 100%.

  24. cmurda Says:

    i too must admit that if true, Schiano must go. There’s already rumblings that players aren’t buying what Schiano is selling. Considering the sources, I didn’t take much stock in it. If, however, this is true than Schiano will never be able to command a locker room or regain trust.

  25. cmurda Says:


    Blog on this rumor. Make it happen.

  26. Tourman Says:

    You’re starting to sound like Duemig, calling David’s penalty the “game loser”. That play was no more a “game loser than was Freeman’s INT or Jackson’ being caught from behind after his reception. It should NEVER have come down to only having a 2 point lead against a weak time like the Jets

  27. Touchdown Gus Says:

    @realist can we call someone off the street lol

  28. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    sure, or someone like Wannstedt, Brian Cox? Sully?

  29. bucrightoff Says:

    I really, really doubt he would fix the vote. Davin and VJax are two highly respected vets, and while Freeman may be liked, I’m guessing he doesn’t carry the respect the other two do. But yes Schiano would be almost assuredly gone if he did.

    The only positive I see is we’re such a mess we’re starting to look like a doppleganger for the 49ers pre-Harbaugh. Hopefully we can find our Kaepernick/Harbaugh like they did and turn this thing around.

  30. buc4life24 Says:

    A players only meeting usually means the team wants to correct BIGTIME issues. It usually doesnt happen week 1, so the media probably speculated it was over some scandal. Seems that they are obsessing over this Freeman not captain thing.

    I look at this meeting as a good thing….the players care and know last sundays performance is NOT acceptable.

    A scandal was my last thought and dont believe its the reason! Damn media…sorry Joe!

  31. cmurda Says:

    I was just reading the comments on profootballtalk. Make no mistake, we are the laughing stock of the NFL right now. As well we should be. That said, its freaking Week 1 and these things have a way of policing themselves. The players only meeting is on a whole new level though. This is extremely concerning and I am taking that very seriously.

  32. Touchdown Gus Says:

    @realist out of them sully but I don’t think he would help much. So it really doesn’t matter

  33. RBellBuc Says:

    I just read it. They covered their azzes by saying one league source. I’m really getting tired of all this sniper reporting. I still say a lot of the media still have it out for Schiano after they were proved wrong about the legitimacy of Schiano’s crashing the victory formation. They were all up in arms, including Mike Florio.

  34. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @the buc realist

    I know everyone is going to kill me for saying this, but I would go Sullivan. He’s been a head coaching candidate, and he actually had a good amount of success last year. I happen to believe he is being micromanaged by Schiano, but that is just my opinion. You certainly can’t bring in an outsider in midseason, and I really don’t see anyone else on the coaching staff more deserving of a shot than Sullivan (who will probably be gone to be a HC next year anyway if he has a successful year this year).

  35. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    There is just way too much smoke for me to believe there isn’t any truth in this. There have been multiple reports that the players aren’t buying into Schiano by both local and national media. I know these are unnamed sources, but believe it or not, there have been times where unnamed sources ended up being accurate. I hope it’s not true and I hope the players love Schiano, but I don’t know.

  36. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    @Hawaiian Buc

    I agree with you, And even if it was not true, Its still not good to have the players wondering and discussing of the possibility that the coach would rig something.

  37. Touchdown Gus Says:

    @hawaiian and realist what about butch lol

  38. Andrew 1 Says:

    a win vs the saints and this is all forgotten.

  39. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @Andrew 1,

    A win against the Saints would be great, but you are crazy if you think the players are going to forget about their coach rigging the vote for Captain. There’s not enough winning possible to do that.

  40. SteveK Says:

    Hawaiian Buc,

    I see the PFT article, but what sources are you firing the cannons about?

    Is there any other dirt on this, other than PFT?

    Listening to Joe on 620WDAE, he is making good points. Doomigg is an obvious arse, with a slanted perception towards Freeman’s jock.

    Joe, if you are checking the boards and still on the show, ask Doomigg if Josh Freeman is his Jason Campbell= both good enough to make you scratch your head, fire OCs, fire HCs and still fail?

  41. Free(Agent)Man Says:


  42. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Like I said, “if” this is true. I happen to believe that often times when there is smoke, there is fire. There’s been an awful lot of smoke lately. The problem we had on Sunday is bigger than just one person. It’s not just Freeman, it’s not just Schiano. However, if (key word, “if”) Schiano is undermining the very principles he teaches (trust, belief, accountability) all within a couple days, then it’s over for him in Tampa.

  43. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Read the article on Pewter Report a few days ago. He mentions how the players don’t “love” Schiano. Read the article and draw your own conclusions, but I don’t think it looks good.

  44. Couch Fan Says:

    The big dog is clearly a Freemanite. He wont even let his callers talk if he doesnt agree with them… then talks crap after he hangs up like a coward.

  45. SteveK Says:

    Doomigg just cut off a caller before he could express his view on Freeman.

    Doomigg and Joe are slanted to thinking that Freeman is not the problem…. We shall see… The captain vote meeting is interesting…

    I thought they would be having a meeting on how to operate head sets, audible, and less penalties…

  46. Free's A Boob Says:

    Don’t you love the way Deumig slams everyone that dares to criticize Freeman?
    Not sure how you celebrate a QB completing less than 50% of his passes.

    Joe must have long arms since Deumig was at the Trop and Joe was in Tampa.

  47. bucrightoff Says:

    UPDATE 5:40 p.m. ET: We’re now hearing the meeting actually happened before Week One, which suggests an even deeper level of problems and/or dysfunction. Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King and former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker addressed the situation on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, and we’ll be posting the clip here.

    Updated on PFT. Sounds like its a bunch of talk with nothing solid. Soon we’ll be hearing it took place in August, then at the draft etc…

  48. Couch Fan Says:

    Yea I was listening to it SteveK. That guy is an idiot, doesn’t shut his mouth long enough to let anybody talk then talks crap after he hangs up on them like a coward.

  49. SteveK Says:

    Doomigg is a Freemanite.

    Some caller, “Paul”, was attempting to mention that after 5 years Freeman is yet to show us, the fans,….” And then, Doomigg took over argued between a “bad throw” vs “ill advised” throw terminology and ending the call.

    What a joker, Doomigg, you are a freaking blowhard knuckle head. You can’t even let people express their opinion.

    How much is Freeman paying you, STEVE DOOMIG aka DUMB DOG

  50. Splengo Says:

    Doesn’t matter whether there was tampering at the ballot box, if the players even think it’s enough of a possibility to have a meeting about it, Schiano has already gotten a no confidence vote. No matter what happens, this is a major distraction for the administration. Here’s a clue. See if Mark Dominik goes into a witness protection program as he did during the last days of Morris. If he can’t be found, then Schiano is a dead man walking.

  51. Free(Agent)Man Says:

    At least it won’t be very loud at rjs…
    Just saying.

  52. Theodore Says:

    Mike Sullivan’s quotes sound like Amateur Hour.

    Whenever a team says “we have to continue to work on…” it means it’s broken. You have the players and scheme or you don’t, nothing more. “We have to continue to work on stopping the run…” means your team is not stopping the run anytime soon.

  53. Oahubuc Says:

    Right about now in the narrative don’t we usually sign Albert Haynesworth? Make it happen, Dom.

  54. lightningbuc Says:

    The stooges at TMZ, I mean PFT, didn’t even know when the meeting took place, having to update that it occurred before the season even started. Consider the source with these clowns.

  55. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Maybe we could hire Doug Williams as a coach for us seeing that he just got fired from Grambling and replaced by George Ragsdale.

  56. Raphael Says:

    I heard Schiano rigged the vote and the players are not happy about it.

  57. lightningbuc Says:

    Maybe JFro, upon learning he wasn’t voted captain, called the players meeting to see if that was really the case. And the players reaffirmed to him, that yes, they had voted VJax and Joseph captain, not him. Which would also explain why he melted down in the 1st quarter, knowing his team no longer believes in him.

  58. Raphael Says:

    Lightning …josh did not melt down , where have you been ? David Joseph signal to hike caused the fumble …Josh saved 5 points by kicking the ball out of bounds …..srsly ? What’s is wrong with you and couch retard ?

  59. bucrightoff Says:

    How funny would it be if after half of us went off the deep end this week the Bucs came out and beat the Saints 41-10? I mean obviously exceptionally unlikely, it would just be funny to see.

  60. Raphael Says:

    Or a 5 game winning streak… would be hilarious

  61. Couch Fan Says:

    Josh had a melt down?

  62. lightningbuc Says:

    Josh and his offensive unit which he leads LOST the team 2 points on the safety. He melted down when his helmet malfunctioned. He melted down taking multiple delay of game penalties. When the referee calls delay of games, they call it on the QB. Why? Because it is the QBs responsibility to get the play off in time, especially when coming out of a timeout. Not sure why Schiano is to blame for all that. Freeman was the one on the field – not Schiano. Maybe JFro needs to spend more time preparing for the game, less time drinking, which has been reported by two well respected former NFL QBs.

  63. SteveK Says:

    After hearing about our most recent sh!t storm, we need a win more than ever this week.

    I doubt our chances of taking one at the Pats. In fact, I think Belichick will flex his muscles and put a whooping on us.

    This weekend is huge, count expect a playoff push coming 0-2 out of the gate.

  64. PRBucFan Says:

    Oh no the world is turning on us, lol smh

    I hope something positive happens soon cause it literally is life-draining coming here and reading about how horrible people think we are and about all our issues 24/7.

    No sir, not fun at all.

  65. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Wow really. This fan base (commentator’s on JBF) has fired Schiano and replaced him with Sullivan after week 1. Holy crap the sky must be falling and we are all going to die. Really not sure what sure what else to say. I’ll just have another beer.

    Joe, Love the Led Zeppellin video. Showing my age.

  66. Couch Fan Says:

    Well then lets hope thats the last melt down we see of Freeman. If not it may be the last we see of Freeman.

  67. Raphael Says:

    Lightning buc ….lol. ..your a joke bud …

    Yes Josh hangs in south Tampa …so what ? You should get out more

  68. bucrightoff Says:

    Lets be real too, this week is to avoid 0-3. New England and Belichick will have 10 days to prepare for the Bucs because they play tomorrow. A Belichick team with 10 days against a QB whose confidence level has to be hovering somewhere around 0. If the Bucs lose Sunday and win in New England it would be one of the most remarkable wins in franchise history. Almost enough to remove the stain of the Jets loss….almost.

  69. Couch Fan Says:

    No sir, not fun at all.


    Losing sucks!

  70. lightningbuc Says:

    Funny that two well respected NFL QBs – Esiason and Moon – go on the record to discuss JFro’s lack of preparation and study, which was on display this past Sunday, and they are dismissed at not knowing anything, vengeful, etc. Yet Mike Florio and his NFL paparazzi report on some anonymous source and everybody is already talking about “interim” coaches.

  71. CC Says:

    I wouldn’t put it passed Steve Duemass to call his bud Florio and start a rumor to try and get Schiano fired by loosing his team.

  72. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Hawaiian

    first of all, its Bull sh!t, I truly believe that. for all we know the players only meeting could have been met to discussed certain problems we faced during the jets, such as a lack of cohesiveness and/or the lack of discipline we displayed. the media sees a players only meeting as something negative and will spin it into the worst possible assumption

    second of all if this is true, do you really believe the players would bust there asses to try and get a win for Schiano vs the saints? does anyone believe that? I dont. so yes, a win vs the saints will cool this thing off significantly.

  73. Buc1987 Says:

    JBF regulars that have been here for awhile can anyone of you tell me if the bashing of the Bucs stops on here? I mean if the team goes on a win streak does it actually stop?

    What I’m trying to get at is this. Instead of putting together these long drawn out paragraphs about your hatred for this and that about the Bucs. Why not just make 1 clean short sentence of, I hate my team? It’s that simple. Just say I hate my team and get it over with.

  74. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Buc1987

    it probably wont stop. if we win it will be a hushed murmur until something else goes wrong, then they will pounce again. I with you, Im sick a tired of the lack of support and belief this fan base shows towards its team. its part of the reason I have been visiting and commenting on this site less frequently. to all you haters, either back this team or get the fuk out.

    Im also curious to hear your answer to my question in the last paragraph of my post above yours. what do you think.

  75. Buc1987 Says:

    “second of all if this is true, do you really believe the players would bust there asses to try and get a win for Schiano vs the saints? does anyone believe that?”

    1.No they would not bust their asses to get a win for Schiano.
    2. It remains to be seen until after the game is played.

  76. lightningbuc Says:

    Funny that some on here are so aghast at the “bashing” of the Bucs, yet these same people complain that not very many people go to the games, and then proceed to BASH those that actually do go to the game as the worst fans in the NFL because they don’t stand at the right times or make enough noise. Guess it takes a basher to know a basher.

  77. Andrew 1 Says:

    “It remains to be seen until after the game is played.”

    I understand that completely. that was just the point I was trying to make to Hawaiian. if we win, this whole players meeting conspiracy wont make a damn bit of sense. pretty sound logic for a “crazy” person, as Hawaiian put it, dont you think.

  78. Buc1987 Says:

    Andrew 1 What was that? A mosquito again? Oh it’s lightningbug. The best Buc fan on site.

  79. Andrew 1 Says:


  80. Buc1987 Says:

    Andrew I don’t respond to the ignorant ones anymore. I mean I’ve been here long enough a whole 2 months to weed out the ignorant ones. I know who they are. Most of the time I just skip over their comments now and don’t even read them.

  81. Andrew 1 Says:

    thats good to hear. I know that takes a lot or restraint, because I want to just rip them a new one.

  82. SteveK Says:


    To answer your question about “is the buc bashing ever going to stop on here”?

    Yes, I was looking back at 2010 highlights to try to find some love for Freeman. I stumbled upon Michael Irvin calling the “Baby Bucs” the potential next set of “triplets”: LGB, JF5 and MW19…

    I would love to be on here thinking about having my team having just gotten the “w” at the end of the day because that is what is all about.

    I can give a sh!t less about Freeman’s stats not being up there better, but can he win? Yes, he led us down the field and put us ahead, but why did we settle for a FG, was that on Schiano?

    IMO, Josh should be able to control his destiny. Why didn’t he jump at the opportunity to call plays, rather than relying on the broken mic? Opening game, juices flowing, headset out, take advantage of the ability to audible and dial up some offense. This year is all about JF5 earning his pay day and proving his abilities to the Bucs. I also heard Freeman’s radio show response about not being a captain. Freeman really is first class, and communicates well verbally. However, Joe mentioned that he seemed to not be a “competitor” with his response of, “Davin and Vincent are two great leaders.”.

    When is JF5 going to seize the moment? Is JF5 able to control his own destiny? Does Schiano have too much reign on these guys?

  83. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Just because they beat the Saints doesn’t mean they are doing it for Schiano. Maybe they would bust their butts because they want to win the game. You don’t think that a team has ever beaten another team, while still giving up on the coach? That’s ridiculous. If players think they have been lied to by a coach, they aren’t going to trust him – ever. It’s human nature. That doesn’t mean they will quit, but it does call on their professionalism. I guarantee you the Jacksons, McCoys, Martins, etc. won’t quit. However, there’s a lot of guys on a team, and they aren’t all those type of people. Winning doesn’t always cure everything. Do I really need to start naming specific examples?

  84. PRBucFan Says:

    If these players don’t try 150% with the money their getting paid regardless of their coach they can get the fuk off the team because as far as I’m concerned they have no integrity and are worth very little. Lets hope that’s not the case and they indeed haven’t given up on their coach. That’s pitiful to even think during week 1 of the season.