Rams 19, Buccaneers 17

September 14th, 2014

Welcome to Lovieball. How do you like it?

Ultra conservative play calling + not-good-enough defense = tough, close losses at home.

Your beloved Buccaneers are 0-2.

Joe’s physically ill at the thought of the Bucs losing today to Rams third-string quarterback Austin Davis making his first career start. That’s pure garbage.

Davis carved up the Bucs, completing 22-of-29 passes for 239 yards.

Davis actually got to throw the ball on third down, unlike Josh McCown, who was neutered by his coaching staff after tossing another foolish, senseless interception early in the second quarter. Joe nearly vomited his press box hot dogs when the Bucs ran Bobby Rainey on 3rd-and-7 from the Rams’ 9 yard line. to close the third quarter. And that was after vomiting after McCown’s foolish red zone pick.

Bucs special teams weren’t special, allowing a blocked punt, and a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter.

To make matters worse, the Bucs racked up apparent significant injuries to Gerald McCoy (hand) and Mason Foster (shoulder), as well as Dashon Goldson (knee).

The Bucs are going to need a Thursday miracle in Atlanta to avoid going 0-3.

Sadly, this is a bad Bucs football team right now.

126 Responses to “Rams 19, Buccaneers 17”

  1. Nybucsfan Says:

    Time for a real QB ours suck

  2. Celly Says:

    I’m convinced we’re cursed. I don’t know if its the curse of firing Chucky as to why we can’t win? I don’t know if its the curse of Doug Williams as to why we can’t find a franchise QB? I just don’t know.

    The only explanation is that we’re curse.


    Its so hard being a Bucs fan.

  3. Mitch C Says:

    Dang man, no guarantee we would of won either but losing to the Rams. Another dumb pick to not get sacked and conservative lovie at his best!

  4. Posey99 Says:

    Looking like a soft team.

  5. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Hey maybe we can suck bad enough to get a #1 pick.

  6. Jon Says:

    Wow this team is just terrible.

  7. TinBucToo Says:

    We need to bail on the Tampa 2. It’s stupid and everyone knows how to play against it. Our defense looked worse than offense. Pathetic.

  8. Bucfan40 Says:

    Just play Glennon and get this abortion over with

  9. mark2001 Says:

    And you wonder why Lovie had a year out of football?

  10. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    I’m dead serious…Schiano and staff looked to have the team more prepared than Lovie and staff so far. Disgraceful back to back performances from players and coaches!

  11. Starting to miss Schiano Says:

    Really Lovie? This is the super secret offense?????

  12. 1bucfan88 Says:

    Soft play all around. Not good.

  13. Dave Says:

    Hey guys, just so everyone knows, Joe gets to sit in the press box at games. In case you didn’t see the numerous times he’s mentioned it. Again, Joe is in the press box. He’s important.

  14. iamkingsu Says:

    Like I said we r Raheems bucs. We got beat by Chris Redman and Matt Moore. Da damn defense is too conservative it’s a bend but don’t break defense smdh.

  15. bucsd04 Says:

    There was more fight in the schiano bucs! To bad everyone loves running people out of town big dousch!

  16. Bucsfaninchina Says:

    Zippee dee doo dah day! Another day as a bucs fan, another embarrassing loss!

  17. Jon Says:

    Looks like we will be fortunate for a high pick. Lovie will screw that up though

  18. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    Saaaame ole Bucs.


  19. Wesley Says:

    What a B.S. NFL rule, our defense is an embarrassment!!!

  20. Incognito Says:

    If we couldn’t win today we are f”*#£#*

  21. DailyRich Says:

    Should have had 10 more points on the board between McCown’s stupid pick and the blocked field goal.

  22. MR. T Says:

    Certainly a better effort than last week with Rainey looking great but have to get better defensively against the pass.

  23. Mike Says:

    Tune in next week where we attempt to lose to a 4th string QB.

    First 2nd string..now 3rd strong..what are we going to do against good QB?

  24. SSG Mike Says:

    Couldn’t see the game but the QB stats speak volumes. Not part of the “MGM” but hell what harm could it do? It might actually help jump start our offense. Wasn’t happy with the McCown pickup from the get go. Piss Poor fellas… Piss Poor.

  25. bucrightoff Says:

    Lovie gets two years. This will clearly be 4-12 at best so he gets next year to get to at least 8-8 or 9-7 or fire him. Or fire him if they go 4-12 so he isn’t involved in possibly picking a QB he would waste with conservative play calling.

  26. ManzielMadness Says:

    Can’t wait to see how Lovie explains this one

  27. Jim Says:

    No joke @toe, we fired schiano for this piece of trash head coach. Hey Lovie, cover 2 doesn’t freakin wrk anymore especially with 2 safeties who can’t even cover a damn turtle!

  28. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Rainey was about the only bright spot.

  29. Incognito Says:

    The only positive is to continue to suck ass and may me get a shot @ Winston if were lucky but he might go play MLB anyway.

  30. bee Says:

    Well, at least we’ll have a shot at a top QB in the draft.

  31. Beeric Says:

    Hey, at least we’re not raiders fans…

  32. Richmondbucsfan Says:

    Third stringer…. THIRD STRINGER!?!?!

  33. AmbushBuc Says:

    This is the same type of coaching that got Lovie all those championships. Oh, wait…

  34. Tye Says:

    It is what I expected the moment they announced Lovie Smith (REALLY) as HC…. Adding Leslie Frazier and an unknown OC Tedford (SERIOUSLY)…. To add salt to the wound, got rid of players, brought in so-so players topped off with Josh McCown as QB (No WAY!)…. This has become the “Buc’s life!”

    Are we being punked?

  35. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    Jeff Fisher knows how to beat the cover 2… as does everyone else in the NFL… unless you have a top tier Dline like the Seahawks… then this defense doesn’t work.

  36. Mike Says:

    That seemed like an awfully quick decision at the end of the game. Maybe it’s my loyalty to the Bucs, but he was already helped up and getting off the field.

  37. MadMax ™ Says:

    Dear Bucs backups….hang in there! Its part of the process…..

  38. TinBucToo Says:

    We are going to get slaughtered by the Falcons. They are licking their chops right now.

  39. bucsfan777 Says:

    I’ve had enough of clown McCown

  40. Wesley Says:

    I give up, I’m not ruining another Sunday. Is it hockey season yet?

  41. ApatheticBuc Says:

    Clearly Lovie learned nothing from his firing and time off. This is not the 1992 NFL Lovie- you have to score more than 17pts to win even with the best D in the game- and clearly we are not that. Soft pass rush- poor game management and playcalling- guy looks like a position coach that shouldnt have ever left.

  42. Please Says:

    Last week we looked boring, this week genuinely bad. Even when the offense kinda rolled for a second, it was hard to feel any confidence.

  43. Arealbucsfan Says:

    Atleast we’ll be able to draft Mariota. Am i rite guys!?!?

  44. Walter Says:

    Fire Lovie. Not even joking. He’s garbage.

  45. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I would deactivate my starting qb every time I played the bucs if I were our opposition. Give Matty Ice a day of rest Thursday. He’s not needed. Save him for a game you might actually lose. Imagine Drew Brees taking two weeks off this season. Why play him against the bucs. Let him rest. He’s not needed. I want to puke.

  46. BucFan20 Says:

    ” But we were a 4-12 team”.

  47. Max Says:


  48. iamkingsu Says:

    I’m in Virginia and didn’t even get to see the games but I already know what’s the problem. The Tampa 2 is done in this league. And since this is who you gave the an job to without competition you have to let him win or lose the game

  49. Solinor Says:

    How is it possible half our team is injured by the second game? If we didn’t have a blocked field goal, didn’t run on 3rd and 7 next to their end zone, didn’t throw short passes all game and actually took shots down the field, and finally if we maybe had a few more seconds we could’ve won this game. Just like last week, Goldson drops the sure interception. Just heartbreaking losses, reminds me a lot of last year. Oh and when the ref explained the injury ended the game at the end, is it just me or did he sound so cold when he broke the news to us that “the game is over.” He could’ve said it a little nicer, our hearts were broken again!!

  50. Dan Says:

    Please, please just once can we throw the deep ball to our two monstrous receivers?

  51. JJV Says:

    I posted earlier this week about having a sick feeling about this game which has now turned into pure nausea for the whole season. Joe, you should know better eating while watching the Bucs.

  52. Starting to miss Schiano Says:


  53. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Overall online play was pretty good

  54. BuccoDav Says:

    This looks like Schiano 2.0. Defensive minded head coach with a stranglehold on the offense. The problem is, the defense is not good enough to win games this way.

  55. jay hill Says:

    Lovie outcoached both losses. Fisher put it on him today.

  56. WINdycitybuc Says:

    The lack of time at the end was all on Lovie! After Pettis caught the 3 & 9 for the 1st down, which is when our 1st timeout should have been called immediately, there was 1:49 left on the clock. The timeout was not called until there was 1:37 left, for whatever stupid reason. Fundamental.

  57. BucfaninMi Says:

    Lovie ball sucks!!! The curse of the back-up QBs lives on!

  58. joeinpressbox Says:

    How about that Tedford offense? Glad i was excited all off season.

  59. Bucs fan in Chicago Says:

    so tired of excuses…..

  60. Ray Rice Says:

    Pathetic. Should have never got to that point. It’s not Evans fault. Although I do think the refs called a premature injury timeout. Evans got up. The dumb ass trainers should have stayed off the field and an injury time out would have never been called. Fu*king Lovie YOU SUCK!

  61. mitsurugi Says:

    Way To Conservative!

    It will not get better!!!

  62. DB55 Says:

    In my many years watching NFL football have never seen a defense of Lineman go out with a broken hand especially not after second false start Penalty. Thank God the rams suck or this would’ve been an even bigger defeat.

    Patiently awaiting the press conference

  63. heads2skywayaftergame Says:

    2015 Draft

  64. bucrightoff Says:

    I mean the season is again essentially over already. Who is thinking this is acceptable? No reason not to start Glennon anymore, McCown at 4-12 means nothing, let Glennon get some more action and lets see what he has.

  65. d-money Says:

    This loss is on Lovie and Tedford. The play calling in the red zone was atrocious.

    As far as the 3rd string QB goes it wasn’t like they weren’t pressuring him and in his face all day, he played a hell if a game and was very poised. Give the kid some credit.

    Once again the defense played well enough to win and the offense didn’t do their part.

    Weren’t we told that the “Dunkaneers” we’re going to be unstoppable in the redzone?

  66. Wesley Says:

    There is NO excuse in losing to the freakin rams!

  67. Buck Rogers Says:

    What a fitting way to lose!!!!!!!!

  68. Incognito Says:

    McClown is a back up with a horrible line . ….hello?

  69. Theodore Says:

    The Bucs are now the Browns.

  70. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Not sure how the Lovie and McClown supporters are going to try and spun this one to convince us the team is heading in the right direction. My ass they are, this loss was a bitter pill to swallow considering the injuries the Rams had and the fact they’re a dome team. Screw this “please don’t run Lovie out of town sh!t”…he looks Raheem bad so far. Wait until the media gets a hold of stories about disgruntled players…should be another fun season

  71. deminion Says:

    2 conservative red zone trips lose the game the defense couldn’t do any thing against a scout team QB get cover 2 outta here doesn’t work when the front 4 can’t do squat it’s like L Johnson always get torched on the seam the safeties can’t cover anything Luke Stocker gives away a blocked field goal so mad sad part about it is the season is over already

  72. Couch Fan Says:

    You can’t play conservative and for FGs when your defense is playing this badly. If I know this why doesn’t an experienced coach like Lovie? Freakin retarded.

  73. Buck Rogers Says:

    Lovie how about teaching the rookies when you get hurt inside 2 mins there is a 10 second run off! Dip Sh*t

  74. BucfaninMi Says:

    lovie ball sucks!!! and i see the curse of the back up QB lives on!!!

  75. DailyRich Says:

    Our defense has given up 20 and 19, despite getting almost no help from the offense in the form of long drives. I’m not ready to throw them under the bus just yet. Our offense scores one more touchdown each week and we’re 2-0 right now. Hell, score another field goal this week and we’re 1-1.

  76. Marlow Says:

    Oh what Matty Ice will do to our defense Thursday. My children have never heard their dad say so many bad words. I live and die with this team every game. I am wanting so much more… We are not good enough to be conservative on offense… We can’t stop rookies and back ups on defense. What gives?

  77. iamkingsu Says:

    All Mccown has to do is not turn the ball over and we will be 2-0. The back up qbs won’t be able to drive down the field without momentum from josh’s turnovers. Say what you want about Glennon he only threw 9 picks last year.

  78. Incognito Says:

    I thought lovie was a improvement as to say it can’t get any worse? I bet shiaano’z laughing his ass off.

  79. Mathias Says:

    Hey we saw some improvement from the offense and kick returns looked strong.

    It was a horrible ending, that was a hit to the head of a defensive receiver and no call! But it never should have come down to that play.

    McCown is still the worst QB in the NFL. Throwing across the middle at the end of the game was a rookie mistake. He took the defenses bait.

    What happened on the field goal try. Would Barth had kicked it with a steeper trajectory?

    With all that, it looks like the Bucs are a defense and a QB away from competing. Hope the defense finds some depth. We look like a team looking to compete in 2016.

  80. dmatt Says:

    My crystal ball never fails me. Conservative offenses played for three quarters then hurry up n kick a field goal when we should have played for the touchdown. I thought Lovie had a year away from football to learn from his mistakes. We have nothing remotely close to a pass rush. Third and second string QBs shredding our defense apart…the worst is yet to come. McCown is Josh Freeman in disguise. Very poor coached game…and for what reason did we bring in Jeff Tedfod?

  81. gracelivin Says:

    It is not our offense sad to say that blew this game. The defense can’t cover a Pop Warner receiver. Receivers are always wide open. Pathetic!!!! And can any of our receivers catch and can we please run a pattern that gives someone an opportunity to run after the catch. Lovie is not the answer, sorry his philosophy doesn’t work, we need an offensive minded coach. I don’t see us winning many this year.

  82. INDYbucsfan Says:

    Screw you joe – just kidding but you promised us you weren’t worried about our D. Our D is hooorrriiible!!! Quick put up “Bring Schiano Back” signs!!

  83. Wesley Says:

    GO LIGHTNING!! goodbye bucs

  84. bucrightoff Says:

    DailyRich, 19 and 20 being Derek Anderson and Austin Davis. Double those numbers, at least, for Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlesberger on the road. Thats the next 3 weeks. Season is pretty much cooked.

  85. WalkdaPlank Says:

    When will the circus end in Tampa Bay?

  86. Buck Rogers Says:

    You play to win the game …..HELLO! Lovie when you stop the Rams at the end of the second quarter< take the timoujt to stop the clock at 1:05. Then when you get the kick off you have about 1 min left and 2 time outs to get a score!!!! But nooooooooo the defensive minded dip sh*t decides to let the clock run out and goes into half down by 3. Lovie you just lost by 2! Try Lovie Tryyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  87. DB55 Says:

    Buc Rogers – points

  88. ApatheticBuc Says:

    0-5- Ryan, Brees, and then Big Ben. Glad I didn’t buy one of the new jerseys just yet- the Glazers are running all my teams into the ground!?!!?!?!?!

  89. ApatheticBuc Says:

    BucRogers- spot on- I wish Lovie could be told this and I could see his reaction or reply. Verbatim

  90. Jeagan1999 Says:

    The Bucs have officially changed the team song from “Hey, Hey Tampa Bay” to “Send In The Clowns”!

  91. ctord Says:

    Maybe just maybe the bucs lack talent. Bad decisions over the last few years have left this franchise with a lack of talent. Of the players that took the field today, five could start for another NFL team. Hate to bring on more reality but we all knew the but with all the injuries, we will see just how paper thin this franchise is. So we can all complain about lovie ball and who’s fault it is but reality is this looks like a bigger undertaking than we all realize. The bucs need to draft talent and build depth. It could be a while.

  92. cspan Says:

    The red zone play calling was horrible. Why not try and throw it up to the big tall wrs? It doesn’t make sense. I mean they didn’t even try! They left it up to the def that was getting gashed all game. Way too conservative.

  93. ctord Says:

    Btw I agree 100% that lovie was way too conservative today.

  94. willie D Says:

    curse of eric page

  95. Rrsrq Says:

    Duped, we were told that you liked scoring points, Lovie lied

  96. Mathias Says:

    3rd string QB just threw for another 1st down on 3rd down

  97. DB55 Says:

    Bout to watch this thing again.

    Oline, meh. Davin Joseph looked great though. Rainey made me eat some crow. McCown really is garbage, Vjax needed a boost from the cb to catch that high ass pass. Evans probably thought he was helping by going down injured.

    Mason foster went down. Gholston was playing hurt. Bowers disappeared in the second half. Spence n McDonald in the middle, my worst nightmare realized (spense). How bout Leonard Johnson didn’t see him finish the game.

    JLane killing dudes in run blocking. Banks played well but looked to be slowing down late in the game. David May have played his first sub-par game. That play action is really sucking in our lbs. special teams not so special I thought that was Lovies baby, the special teams.

    Tuesday we back to work, haha. Gotta get better. We’ll take a look at the tape and correct our mistakes. We have to play better. Blah blah blah.

  98. Buccfan37 Says:

    The pass defense flat out stunk up the place something putrid. Lovie sucks and the game has passed him by. Head coach? Forget about it, this guy is a loser, right left, up and down and twice on Sunday.

  99. Bucs(meh)nutt Says:

    My wife (again) asks me why I choose to be fan of this team. I’ve been a Bucs fan for over three decades and I’m not sure how to answer anymore. They have found new ways to disappoint year after year. I’ll remain a fan, blindly hoping against hope that things will magically get better, but for my own sanity, I have to take a step back emotionally. A loss like this, especially to this team, on Derrick Brooks day no less, is both embarrassing and infuriating. What happened to having such legendary leaders coaching extraordinarily talented young players? Just a shameful display. Why do we still support this team? Because of a couple guys like David and McCoy?

  100. deminion Says:

    We have no safeties !

  101. Soggy Says:

    Put Coaching staff on IR with the rest of the guys

  102. mark2001 Says:

    We Knew Who He Was…what is the surprise? Saw exactly the same thing in Chicago, but they had a more talented Defense.

  103. 911bucs Says:

    Bring back Schiano

  104. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Our DB’s have no ball skills. Oh, and Dashon Goldson is an absolute POS. That hit on the TE was one of the dirtiest plays I’ve ever seen. Helmet to the knee, really? Why not just stick, wrap up, and drive him into the ground? If the guy’s leg had been planted in the turf his career would have been over.

  105. SOEbuc Says:

    What the hell happened to L&Ls motto of winning NOW!! I understand that everyone and their momma know how to gut lovies tampa 2, but those runs on third down in the redzone?! If ur going to be that conservative go hang out with dungy on king ranch but don’t bring it to the football field

  106. covertwo22 Says:

    This is officially the worst team in the league.

  107. Rico Says:

    F_ck Lovie. F_ck McCown. F_ck the hype. F_ck Tampa. F_ck the Buccaneers. I’m done. Can’t do it anymore.

  108. RealityCheck Says:

    Another wasted Sunday in the rain…where is the positivity patrol to tell us how hopeful we should be?

  109. John Sapp Says:

    Davis actually got to throw the ball on third down, unlike Josh McCown, who was neutered by his coaching staff after tossing another foolish, senseless interception early in the second quarter. Joe nearly vomited his press box hot dogs when the Bucs ran Bobby Rainey on 3rd-and-7 from the Rams’ 9 yard line. to close the third quarter. And that was after vomiting after McCown’s foolish red zone pick.

    @JOE, that says it all for me, I could not agree more. WTH!!!!!

  110. John Sapp Says:

    At the end of the first half Lovie had the option to run a play…why not a hail mary to the end zone? The Rainey run on third and seven from the rams nine…why not take 2 shots to the endzone (3rd and 4th down) at this point cold we have done any worse?

  111. John Sapp Says:

    Does anyone else remeber that? JOE? Lovie had the option to run one play no play clock, or end the second quarter and he chose to end the second quarter (or maybe it was the first, dont recall exactly) but my point is why not take a shot downfield or even a 50 plus yard field goal.

  112. Bucsuck Says:

    Defense not good enough? Me thinks you’re looking through rose colored glasses. Their secondary has let 2 3rd string quarterbacks carve them up like a cooked thanksgiving bird. Joe still not worried about Lovies defense?


  113. Harry Says:

    “Super Secret Offense” plus “I have no concerns about the defense” = 0-2

    Yeah, I know we’ve had injuries, but the FAs (and a draft pick or two) brought in on both O & D don’t measure up at all. M Johnson? Sims? Oline (excluding Mankins, love him)? McCown?

  114. Matt B Says:

    That’s my Yucs. Inventing new ways to lose since 1976!

  115. Danny Says:


  116. Harry Says:

    Oh, almost forgot, “a good D can get you 8-8” unless that D is playing against no-name QBs who are lucky to be playing in the NFL and your D allows those QBs to have ratings of 108.7 and 99.1.

    Before all you sheep have a conniption, the 108.7 was before all the injuries. Baaaaaaaaa!

  117. Harry Says:

    The fkg “YUCS”


  118. Buc1987 Says:

    I predicted this loss all week. No problem. It sucks. With that said though.

    Go Bucs!

  119. Buc1987 Says:

    lol@ Harry

    Put Glennon in!

  120. kevin maaser Says:

    We should have drafted manziel lovie is a moron

  121. John Sapp Says:

    Drafted Manziel, ofered Penn, Zuttah, Joseph restructed / reduced contracts. Mankins replaces nicks, Never sign Johnson, draft a DE.

  122. Andres Says:

    U guys r nuts. Lol up against 2 very good defenses and they almost win both games. Mccown has to go and today Tedford buried him, should see Glennon soon. It will get better y’all chill.

  123. Owlykat Says:

    Atlanta was a talented well coached team until last year when they were a poor team. The difference was injuries. Nobody said their Coach was lousy here. The point is this: we have been hit with the injury bugaboo. That is not Lovie’s fault. But despite that we have been competitive the last two games. Is anyone surprised that Stocker cost us a blocked punt? With those three points we would have won this game! Our Offensive Line was able to get Rainey 6 yards a carry, and that is a big improvement. Josh has the ability to run, getting us two touchdowns on his own, and he is a good passer, and just has to master throwing the ball away when he can’t run and he is about to go down. He does not show his age and he provides the chance to win from behind. Gholston got a sack and was a good tackler and was an approvement over Clayborn. Fletcher played as good as Foster. The team never gave up and McDonald looked good too. We just need another good DE and more depth on the DL, which I called for drafting a backup three technique, but Bowers wasn’t half bad there. Yes Lovie was too conservative in his play calling in the red zone, and Tedford needs to work on short yardage–he needs to run his FB, Lane, behind a backup guard when needing two yards for a first down. So everyone can make some easy improvements and we can begin winning some games. We only gave up one touchdown so our D was not as bad as many of you think. Tampa 2 can still work here.

  124. Piratic Says:

    Just getting home from work, and I was not exactly eager to watch the DVR in the first place, but now, after reading all these comments, I’m not sure that I’m gonna watch it AT ALL.
    I also recorded the Red Zone Channel, maybe I’ll watch that instead.

  125. Teacherman777 Says:

    Did any of yu morons listen to derrick brooks??

    He is the bucs heart and soul.

    Not joe. Not you fools.

    Derrick Brooks and Sapp and Ronde and Lynch.

    Thia is and will always be there team.

    And Derrick said duringt he game.

    Be patient!

    Hes right.

    We are stuck with barron who is not fast enough to be an NFL SS, but Dominik drafted him 7 overall!! He runs a 4.6!!!

    Goldson is just a hard, dirty hitter. No coverage skills. Again a dom signing that made no sense!

    Our team is getting killed up the middle.

    Blame the safeties! Blame Diimwit Dom for destroying our lockerroom and franchise!

  126. BucsRokk26 Says:

    You worried about the defense now, Joe? I am…..!!!