Sheridan Granted Geno Smith’s Dying Wish

September 10th, 2013

Joe saw the Bucs blitz Jets rookie QB Geno Smith over and over and over again on Sunday. But the Bucs didn’t bring the heat on Smith on what turned out to be the final play of the Jets offense. (Here’s the video.)

The Bucs sent a three-man rush with Lavonte David behind them spying Smith. Why? Only Bill Sheridan and Greg Schiano can answer that.

What the Bucs did do was grant Smith’s dying wish. USA Today talked to Jets guard Willie Colon, who said Smith was poised before the final drive and said he only needed the heat off him to be successful.

They were also out of timeouts.

As Smith trotted onto the field with these circumstances at the end of the first regular-season game of his NFL career, the Jets rookie quarterback issued a directive to veteran guard Willie Colon.

“Just give me some extra time,” he demanded.

“I got you,” Colon shot back.

“He didn’t caught up in the moment,” Colon offered.

Where were you when he said it? Who else was there? Did he say anything else?

“It’s not a movie,” Colon countered, a bit exasperated. “This was not Rudy or Remember The Titans.”

It’s just ironic that the Bucs entered the Jets game with a plan to pressure the rookie QB relentlessly but abandoned the plan on the Jets’ final offensive play.

David did not contain Smith, and the QB scampered 10 yards to the sideline before David’s now famous personal foul. But even without the 15-yard penalty, the Jets have a shot at a 63-yard field goal, plus enough time (15 seconds) for another play to the sidelines to get more yardage.

Smith needs to not only send a thank you note to David but to the Bucs’ defensive playcaller, as well.

22 Responses to “Sheridan Granted Geno Smith’s Dying Wish”

  1. Jim - Palm Harbor Says:

    How many times have we seen the ‘prevent defense’ prevent the Bucs from winning?

  2. Chef Paul Says:

    It’s Tuesday now. Time to move on to the Aints and let this one go. I’m not dwelling on this game anymore. Time to get pumped about Goldson clobbering Lance Moore, Jimmy Graham or who ever dares to enter into his forbidden territory in the middle.

  3. kaymbee Says:

    He needs to send a thank you to the refs also for a lousy call. His feet were in the air-he was not OB.

  4. bucrightoff Says:

    Offense cost us this game. Stop acting otherwise. When your two TD drives combined are not even 50 yards, you are not even in the game without the defense. We might have been shut out without the defense. Offense was a disgrace and outside the two questionable personal fouls and the Lavonte gaffe, the source of the majority of the penalties. Defense isn’t a concern for me. Offense is a major concern.

  5. Justin Says:

    Only 7 seconds remained after Lavonte was penalized. Not 15. There was 15 seconds left at the snap of the now infamous play.

    With 7 seconds left (if there was no penalty), it would have been a 63 yd FG like you said. But with the way the ball was flying off the kickers feet on Sunday, I wouldnt have been surprised if that went right through the uprights.

  6. mike norris Says:

    rushing 3 at the end was a horrible decision. I know the bucs d was bad last year, but it seemed the scheme was terrible.

  7. Adam L. Says:

    Just like the Washington game last year. Playing not to lose.

  8. Couch Fan Says:

    Sure am looking forward to seeing our #25 ranked offense this Sunday. Hopefully Freeman can call plays without needing the coach to wipe his @$$ if the headset goes out.

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    None of this will matter one bit when the Bucs make it to the NFC Championship game.

  10. bucrightoff Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:40 am
    None of this will matter one bit when the Bucs make it to the NFC Championship game.

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug…

  11. stevek Says:

    Where is the #9 offense in the NFL, from last year?

    I thought if the D improved, which it has down to 18pts. per game vs 24 ppg, that we would find a way to win?

    Geno Smith should send Josh Freeman a “thank you” letter. Thanks for laying down.

  12. Couch Fan Says:


    16, the offense gave up a safety

  13. Splengo Says:

    Sheridan is a puppet with Schiano’s hand in his back. This is Schiano’s defense, make no mistake about it.

  14. dp4life22 Says:

    3 man rushed caused 4 losses last year, DID THE DEFENSIVE COACH NOT NOTICE OR WATCH TAPE. You been making him make bad decisions under pressure all day but you decide to take that away at end of game. Hurricanes did same against Florida and gave up TD near end of game, than adjusted back to 4 rushers and ended the game.

  15. Architek Says:

    This is a joke or a story because Sheridan and Schiano should know better. I am in disbelief that they would do that after past failures but they did it again, just like Raheem the Dream!

    I’m awaiting the day when we get real coaches and coordinators back in Tampa.

  16. Architek Says:

    And for the record Geno Smith is a subpar NFL QB. We let him look competent against us, what a embarrassment.

  17. Red86 Says:

    He had those stunt on 3rd down and long to thanks as well. We got zero pressure when that occur. In fact I think GMac or Clayborn got pancake on one stunt.

    It’s weird to me cause most team this week blitz on 3rd down and long.

  18. buc4lyfe Says:

    when geno smith ran on that play you could see bowers fat arse trotting behind like he was out of the play. say what you will but yes josh freeman sucks but in 5 years everyone we’ve given was rookie play callers and first time head coaches, dominick should exit with freeman at the seasons end. Only rookie coaches look lost when they’ve had two weeks to prepare, atleast you can give raheem credit for halftime adjustments. How do you get beat 35-0 by a team that allowed the most yards in nfl history last year. stupid defensive coordinator did exactly what jets thought he would do, no suprises no pressure on a rookie in a pressure situation. great defense but you could have 11 probowlers on defense you still wouldnt win with that kind of playcalling genius

  19. buc4lyfe Says:

    schiano is a coward and he still doesnt learn from his own mistakes, that was nick foles out there beating us on a last second drive…you dont throw david under the bus for a stupid penalty but you take shots at freeman, he’s running their idiotic offense. if your gonna dog him for bad play atleast acknowledge had a chance to win at the end. Coward how can you know if your gonna cut freeman or pay him if you dont play him, coward once again he has the ball with time on the clock and runs the ball 3 times and punts and not only that but you give a rookie time to throw, did nothing to confuse him at all, same ol bucs, same defense just made better by better players.

    Lovie smith got fired for not making the playoffs after having a 10 win season. dominick had five years so did freeman if he goes, dominick goes but i bet a REAL nfl head coach would keep freeman

  20. Rob Says:

    On that last play the defense that was called worked beautifully. It would have been a 62 yard FG attempt if not for the penalty. Faulting Schiano and Sheridan for that one is a mistake.

    Meanwhile, if you send the house, maybe Smith finds an outlet on the other side of the blitz and they get the yards they needed (that they got through the penalty).

  21. tiny tim Says:

    You guys are talking about the last play. Schiano called a three man rush the whole final drive. He had all day to find k2 right down the middle of the D. The pressure should have been brought with .34 seconds remaining and they would not even gotten close enough to where a personal foul would have helped their causes.

  22. MR.T Says:

    I agree they should have brought pressure at least on that last play to not give him time, it was a mistake to only rush 3.