“I Just Started Running”

January 1st, 2014

TCWilliamsMikeThe Bucs missed Mike Williams in 2013. Somewhat surprisingly, he tried to — and was allowed to — play through a difficult hamstring injury and was lost completely for half the season on injured reserve.

Many fans were down on No. 19 after his 2011 campaign (Joe was never in that camp.), but Williams bounced back in 2012, scored a big contract and proved to be a massive loss for the Bucs’ historically anemic offense this year.

Williams was among those cleaning out his locker at One Buc Palace on Monday morning.

(Side funny note: For much of the season, Donald Penn used what appeared to be an iPhone charger in Williams’ locker. Penn earned a $5 million salary this season plus weight-clause bonuses. He couldn’t afford a new charger?) 

In addition to sharing Greg Schiano’s now infamous pre-firing endorsement of Mike Glennon as the 2014 starter, Williams also updated his health status after hamstring surgery.

“I just started running a week and a half ago,” Williams said. “So like I said, in a couple more weeks I think I’ll be good.”

Hamstrings are often dicey, but surely not always. Tampa Bay Rays fans saw Evan Longoria return super strong all last year after hamstring surgery. But baseball isn’t the NFL.

Enjoy Williams’ brief words via the WDAE-AM 620 audio below.

19 Responses to ““I Just Started Running””

  1. Rrsrq Says:

    Was that really an endorsement from Williams on Glennon?

  2. Westsidebucsfan Says:

    Hey Joe, was mike w at any games this year while he was on ir?

  3. bigpoppabuc Says:

    We need a fresh young speedster to take some pressure off Williams and V Jax. For two good receivers, they sure are slow.

  4. Ed Kerber Says:

    As much as I think players are important, coaching make the biggest difference. here is my pick for the Tampa Bay 2014 Staff

    HC–Lovie Smith

    OC– Norv Turner
    QB–Gary Kubiak
    WR–Scott Turner
    TE– Rob Chudzindki
    RB– Earnest Byner
    OL–Mike Tice

    DC–Rod Marinelli
    DL–Keith Millard
    LB–Robb Smith
    DB–Ray Horton
    Pass Rush//LB-Bryan Cox
    ST–Joe Marciano

    President–Rich McKay
    GM–Tim Ruskell
    Senior Advisor–Jerry Angelo

  5. Ed Kerber Says:

    I agree about adding some speed to the WR core in the draft.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Ed Kerber


  7. Ed Kerber Says:

    Actually not as bad as it could be. Most of the have contracts that are paying them through 2015. Often teams get these guys cheap as their deal from the last job pays them more.

  8. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Coaching contracts have clauses that if they get hired elsewhere their contract with the previous team is voided and no longer pays. They aren’t allowed to double dip. So no, there won’t be any “cheap” contracts for guys like you mentioned.

  9. teacherman777 Says:

    We missed on Ted Ginn.

    I lobbied for him.

    He wouldve given us THE speedy reciever we need.

    If Sammy Watkins is there, we MUST take him.

    He is the next Julio Jones.

  10. Macabee Says:

    Ed Kerber,

    Pretty good! Nice try if you can get any recently fired HC that is still be paid his contract salary to accept a position coaches job, but you’ve got the right idea.

    If you got any one of those guys as OC and Tedford as QB coach, we’ve made serious improvement. Bob Bostad is a good DL coach if left to do his job. Our 2012 WR coach that left to coach Western Michigan went 1-12 this year. Can’t think of his name, but he might be easy to get back now. lol.

    If you’re going to go for Marinelli, May as well get Joe Barry for LBs and Rich Bisaccia for ST.

    Good luck, Ed!

  11. Cannon Says:

    Am I the only who read the title of this article in the voice of Forrest Gump?

  12. CanadianBucsFan Says:

    @ Ed Kerber

    dude.. are you crazy? While I agree with you that there’s a good chance that Lovie and Rich McKay will be coming to our bucs, It’s ridiculous that you mentioned N.Turner, G.Kubiak, R.Chudzindki, R.Marinelli, R.Horton all joining this staff.. I hope your post was sarcasm.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Cannon

    Mike Williams running isn’t exactly an earth shattering event.

    I would say I would be more comfortable with an offense that had MW19 as their #3WR……

  14. Nate_tweetz Says:

    Bucs need either Watkins or Beckham Jr. from LSU in a later round. Both guys can fly and stretch the defense.

  15. Dylan Says:

    Mike Williams is concerning. His red flags coming out of college were his love for the game and off field issues.. It seems once he got his contract that he fell off. Our next GM should bring in another WR to A) Depth for our terrible offense, and it could also help push mike Williams cause it is concerning. I follow him on Instagram and earlier in the year he posted a picture with a shot out to his family for not going to the bucs game cause he wasn’t playing.. Just something to keep a eye out on.

  16. Brandon Says:

    Just you and I, Cannon. I don’t think anybody still gets the reference. I expected to see old Forrest bearded up and running in his white Nikes.

  17. Ed Kerber Says:


    No not sarcasm, not realism either. I was trying to go through who us available per league rules and who has worked together. Not all will make it. However, Norv may be available from Cleveland. Ray Horton I doubt. Chud and Kubiak ARE available. After 2-14, Kubiak may want to rebuild career as a QN coach (he coached Elway and Steve Young). I would rather see Kibiak than Tedford. Kubiak has health issues so a step down may be just what Doctor ordered. Mike Tice has a track record with good o-lines. He is unemployed also has a history with Lovie. Ernest Byner is already there and is good if not great. Chud is a reach. However, he has worked with Norv before. He has $$$$ coming from Cleveland may be had cheap. Can re-establish his resume (he left Carolina with mixed results, he left Cleveland with no results) but you cannot argue with his history coaching TE’s.

    As far as defense, Rod Marinelli is under contract with Dallas. He could, per league rules be allowed to become DC. Keith Millard has worked here before, worked in a Tampa 2 system and is unemployed. Robb Smith had coached LBs as has Bryan Cox and both are under contract.

    Will everyone land, no. However if SOME could land it would give a SOLID staff.

  18. TJ Ware Says:

    Kerber is an idiot……Another pure idiot. ..wait I got one better kerber

    HC: Bill Cowher
    OC: Jon gruden
    QB coach:Brian billick
    RB: Steve Mariucci
    WR: Bill Parcells
    TE: Mike Ditka
    OL:Joe Gibbs

    DC:Tony Dungy
    DL:Monte Kiffin
    LB:Movie Smith
    DB: Herm Edwards
    ST:Dennis Green

    GM: Jim Mora
    Special Advisor: Ed Kerber and Steve Spurrier
    Head Trainer: Jerry Sandusky

  19. lurker Says:

    lmao @ ware

    I agree that these posts are ludicrous! lets get scrubs who washed up as coaches.