Where Are The Leaders?

September 26th, 2014
It sure would be nice if Bucs DE Michael Johnson (who?) could make a play or two Sunday.

It sure would be nice if Bucs DE Michael Johnson (who?) could make a play or two Sunday.

Joe sometimes thinks the term “leaders” in sports is just gibberish used for filler. Gives people something to talk about.

At the end of the day, what truly matters is whether you can play. For example, Warren Sapp likes to jabber. It is in his DNA. If he wasn’t the Hall of Fame player he was, and instead a practice squad guy, all that woofing would just be hot air.

Take Josh McCown for example.

Lovie praised him for his leadership and McCown, to his credit, did a good job of that. However, whatever ship he was leading, it crashed into the rocks with his ghastly turnovers.

The “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, has noticed this as well. Kaufman typed it is about time for guys who are supposed to be the studs of the team to begin turning around games.

Due to injuries or ineffectiveness, Tampa Bay’s most dynamic players have failed to make an impact during an 0-3 start that threatens to extend the franchise’s playoff drought to seven seasons.

“You’ve got to get your big players to step up and make big plays,’’ said safety Dashon Goldson, a two-time Pro Bowler in San Francisco who is still seeking to make his mark in Tampa.

The NFC’s lowest-ranked defense is coming off a humbling 56-14 setback at Atlanta on national television as [Gerald] McCoy and [Michael] Johnson [Editor’s note: Who?] watched in anguish from the sideline. McCoy fractured his left hand in Week 2 against St. Louis and Johnson rolled his ankle in the season opener against Carolina.

The lowest ranked defense! Can you imagine? Joe never thought he would ever read that sentence, especially with a defensive-minded head coach.

Joe would hope Lovie would be flexible enough that if he isn’t getting any pressure up front, then he would adjust his defense so they are not hung out to dry like they were in Atlanta.

If any team can expose a porous pass defense, it is the Steelers.

36 Responses to “Where Are The Leaders?”

  1. RastaMon Says:

    Here is a tooth for you pillows Sat night Joes

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    Fu*k!!! Now I know why Johnson has been invisible…. He is wearing Gaines Adams’ old #.

  3. Joe Says:

    Fu*k!!! Now I know why Johnson has been invisible…. He is wearing Gaines Adams’ old #.


  4. jo_mama Says:


    For Leadership just look at Bucs Total Access. Last year Buc Fans could call in and talk with Schanio and all the Players live on the Radio.

    Under this Banana Republic Regime fans are not allowed to talk live on the radio.

    WTF……I don’t get it. But under Schanio there was more accountability than under Lovie Smith.

    But feel free to text or tweet in your questions…….(about as UnAmerican as you can get).

  5. billy buckaroo Says:

    Where are the leaders?
    Good question

  6. Andrew 1 Says:

    “Joe sometimes thinks the term “leaders” in sports is just gibberish used for filler. Gives people something to talk about.”

    I get the same feeling when people say are the players “buying in.” They’re not going to sacrifice millions of dollars to do they’re jobs just because of a grudge, or ANY other reason for that matter. just imo.

    As far as bringing the blitz goes, I seriously doubt Lovie will do it. With the exception of a few times, Lovie has pretty much stuck with his defense thus far, and I think he will continue to do it.

  7. Kevin1 Says:

    Where are the leaders?

    Playing for other teams. That’s where.

    This team has no leadership and it starts at the very top.

  8. RastaMon Says:

    OK…there are leaders on the field….but there are also Leaders….of the Leaders on the field…if you know what I mean….Lovie….and it is clear you are not a leader….sure you knoe all the X’s & O’s…can answer all the questions at a job interview…..view…vison…clueless… Three Blind Mice

  9. "TheKevin" Says:

    To whom it may concern:

    In light of others calling themselves “kevin#1” or whatever. I will clear up any confusion and I will now be addressed as


    Thank you

  10. gatrbuc17 Says:

    OH BTW you guys see Preston Parker doing a really good job in NY at #3 WR..

  11. Buddhaboy Says:

    Rookie GM, emtpy suit coach. Came in and let decent players go for sake of change.

    Shouldve done better up front.

    Scott Smiths first 100 days article , wish it could be re-written

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Does a person have to be successful to be a leader?

    IMO We have some leaders that just haven’t had success…perhaps like these

    Hitler was a leader….Jim Jones was a leader….General Custer was a leader…the Pied Piper was a leader.

  13. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Oh an you guys that are having hissy fits over us being 0 and 3 and calling for Lovie’s head are really tripping. Im just as upset as you are but you guys either haven’t been Bucs fans very long or don’t know much about football. When guys like DB55 and Sapp told you at the beginning of the year that it would take a while for this D to gel in the first place.Then you throw in starting a whole new offensive scheme with a 35 yr old back up and you get exactly what we have. 0 and 3. If you ever thought that we were gonna win 7 games this yr then I applaud you for your optimistic nature but must caution you not to let that get you in trouble in life
    Go Bucs

  14. bigpoppabuc Says:

    I saw LVD in a sideline huddle with the defense giving, what seemed like, an epic speech just after the Bics took a fourth quarter lead over the Rams in week two. The defense then trotted out and let an inexperienced quarterback march down the field by converting on third and nine.
    Leaders exist, but they need men to lead. We don’t have a lack of leaders just a lack of heart and focus from the rest. And group “Hawk” with the latter. His play has been downright pathetic this season. I’ve been rooting for the guy, but so far this season he is all bark and no bite.
    McCoy I feel should do less chirping and more playing. Take his game to the level that we all know it can reach.
    this defense needs to show SOMETHING on Sunday. I want to see some pride and intensity out there.

  15. DB55 Says:


    It’s one thing to lose 3 games by a narrow margin to starting QBs. It’s completely different to lose to Anderson, Austin and get blown out 56-0 to your division rival. #nuffsaid

  16. DB55 Says:

    Joe you should look no further than to Yankee stadium last night in the bottom of the 9th.

    #RE2PECT #thecaptain

  17. Soggy Says:

    @Gatorbuc 17, DB55 and Sapp where really saying dont belive a word of L&L.. Don’t worry that ship has sailed just like lovies coaching skills gone, lone gone..

  18. Soggy Says:

    long gone ^^

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    “Take Josh McCown for example.” – Joe

    No you take him.

  20. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Where are the leaders on a Friday afternoon? Probably heading to the closest bank after walk-thrus.

  21. DB55 Says:


    Nah they at the barbershop getting fresh for tonight. Time to party and hit the town, burn some cash.

    I can tell you what they are not doing. They are not meeting, game planning, doing extra work. They not spending time after practice.

    I bet some are at hooters and others at hogans. It’s f*ing beautiful outside even I don’t want to be working, obviously! Much rather be laying back enjoying this florida autumn weather. Bikinis are Awesome!!!!

  22. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    We will know how this game is going to end in 5 minutes. This is after Pittsburgh marches right down the field for a TD and we go 3 and out…or vice versa…whomever gets the ball first. I am calling it now.

  23. Buccfan37 Says:

    Lovie’s habit is to defer reception of the opening kick off. Have’nt the Bucs won all coin tosses and let the other team have first shot? Why?

  24. Harry Says:

    Where is Schiano when you need him?

  25. buc4lyfe Says:

    Where are the leaders? Collecting they’re paycheck hoping we let them go like we did Michael Bennett so they can play for a contender

  26. Bucnjim Says:

    Bad News Bears, Replacements, & Adam Sandler > Bucs

  27. Bucnjim Says:

    USF>Bucs special teams

  28. Greg Says:

    This coach will never change.
    Get ready for a a** whipping.
    Go Busc

  29. Greg Says:

    Lol thats fuuny

  30. drdneast Says:

    Dashon, the overpaid safety, is one of those players who needs to step his game up.
    Last year he had a foot problem but what is the deal this year. Muffs a possible game winning INT and where was he in he Atlanta game.

  31. Incognito Says:

    It’s difficult to find any positive aspects other than a 1st round draft pick by an inept gm and coach.

  32. Mike10 Says:

    Wasn’t Dom always preaching about bringing in guys that were “leaders”… Wasn’t that always a requirement for whoever we drafted. I remember Raheem boasting it was Claiborne’s leadership that they were most drawn too. Im not sure if i’ve ever seen him get in someone’s face…

    Something as magical as this team wasn’t built over night

  33. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    My Son and I spent nearly 3500.00 on Seasons Tickets and Parking this year, all for this crap.
    I sure hope we rally around Glennon, and somehow turn this season around.
    What else can go wrong this year ?

  34. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Dominick and schiano thought just because they were a team captain in college meant they were also team leaders/motivators.

    As joe said, a leader has to be relevant to the team for their voice to be heard. And quite frankly most of these guys aren’t pulling their weight. Not enough players have the will to fight through adversity. Schiano broke most of these players. They gave up on schiano and they all have that same mentality. They are losers, and they don’t know how to win.

  35. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    DB55 Says
    “I can tell you what they are not doing. They are not meeting, game planning, doing extra work. They not spending time after practice.”

    You don’t know that. You have a habit of making false claims.

  36. james west Says:

    all their leaders are in the HOF or waiting their turn, broadcasting games, and shaking their collective heads, at what has happened to this team. really is there anybody out there, who in their right minds, actually think this club could beat the steelers? give it up! mike is going to take a beating, he will be sacked often and hurried. leading to fumbles and interceptions. the defense, will be run on and when they key on that. ben will light them up. they are out coached. and do not have the defense to stop them. I predict like every sunday going forward- pain embarrassment and humiliation.