Where Was Vincent Jackson?

September 7th, 2014

The Dunkaneers didn’t throw one alley-oop

Perhaps the saddest part about the Bucs’ offense was that their anointed leadership didn’t show up in the first half, or for much of the game. Captains Josh McCown and Vincent Jackson were at the top of the ugly list.

Vincent Jackson had two first-half drops, and Joe will have to check the video tape on whether he had a third.

The final line on Jackson was four catches for 36 yards on nine targets. And these were not exactly Pro Bowl cornerbacks flanking Jackson today.

It happens. Guys have bad days, but Jackson, who was nearly flawless in 2012, took a small step backwards last season and opened up 2014 with a rough day.

Joe hopes Jackson will rebound, and he should, given that Mike Evans looks like, at worst, a solid No. 2 receiver that will draw his share of attention.

If you’re looking for where the loss of Tedford might have been felt, look at the ineffectiveness of Jackson and Evans.

Where the heck were those 50-50, jump-ball, make-a-play, throws that were expected from the “Dunkaneers?” Joe’s not sure the Bucs attempted one.

32 Responses to “Where Was Vincent Jackson?”

  1. unbelievable Says:

    Where were the jump balls?

    Where was McCown?

    Where was the running game?

    Where was the o-line?

    Where was the effort for the first 50 min of the game?

    All questions we will probably never learn answers to.

  2. Pawel Says:

    Man, VJ was there but where was McCown, I mean he had Evans open twice, over throws. I mean cmon why not take a chance for a deep ball, that would be a way better chance even if its a turnover.

  3. NJBucsFan Says:

    Sitting next to Tedford

  4. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Glennon by week eight!!! Until then you won’t see those things. Unless like in his 5 games in Chicago playing against the worst defenses in the Nfl !!!

  5. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Panthers looked far more ready than the Bucs. Simple as that. The Bucs didn’t even begin to compete on their level until well into the fourth quarter. Why did it take so long? Lack of preparation and slow starts were a hallmark of the Raheem and Schiano eras. It wasn’t supposed to look like this.

  6. lightningbuc Says:

    Funny, so far Joe has had articles about the d-line and michael johnson, o-line, vjax, jeff tedford but has yet to discuss the elephant(s) in the room – the awful, horrific debut of the “saviors” – Lovie and McCown a.k.a Chicago Bears JV

  7. RealityCheck Says:

    I actually said during the game that I missed Josh Freeman’s jump balls to Vincent Jackson. You can’t catch a pass that’s not thrown.

  8. Tristan Berry Says:

    I blame the uniforms.

  9. Matt B Says:

    In order to throw those deep jump balls, the guy throwing the ball needs enough time to let the receivers get downfield. I suspect these plays weren’t called because there wasn’t any faith in the o-line to pass protect long enough.

    Where was Jackson? Um, wide open down the right sideline but our QB, who was running for his life, chucked it 20 feet out of bounds.

  10. C. Alaka Says:

    Facts ^^^^

  11. ill tell you why Says:

    no good answer to that question…

  12. BucTrooper Says:

    How about, “WHERE WERE THE BUCCANEERS????” They looked just as bad as Raheem’s teams and even worse tan Schiano’s teams. That was the most disappointing display since 1995.

  13. buc4lyfe Says:

    Nonsense Joe….. Where was the quarterback? Jeff I think the qb coach good a job of calling plays, lack of execution all around

  14. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I don’t really care if Jackson drops a 2 yard pass, because that’s what they were. The offense was so conservative! It hit his hands so he’s got to catch it, but the passes were not accurate. Can’t throw behind a guy on a quick slant.

  15. eric Says:

    on the second sack Evans was running behind the secondary and McCown did not throw it up and give his a chance!

  16. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    You are absolutely right. Evans was wide open, but for some reason McCown held the ball. He had his guy beat by 5 yards!!!!

  17. d-money Says:

    Give me a break.

    There were at least three plays where VJax was streaking wide open and McClown didn’t see him.

    This loss should be placed squarely on the shoulders of the quarterback. He held the ball to long, didn’t see open receivers and made terrible decisions.

    He played better in the 4th but he was pathetic in the first 3 quarters

  18. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    McCown threw Vincent a back shoulder throw. Only problem was, it was on a slant.

  19. clafollett Says:

    @matt b

    I’m not sure what game you were watching but I saw many plays where McCown held the ball WAY TOO LONG.

    IMO, this loss is on his head.

  20. Jcray648 Says:


  21. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    Jackson is always good for a couple drops per game. Absolutely no surprise there. And yes McClown sucks.

  22. ATLBucsFan Says:

    Dang it! A career backup qb played like a career back up qb. We’re surprised?

  23. Capt.Tim,Back from Davie Jones's locker Says:

    Weird- he dropped two passes in game one last year.
    Must be a bit of a slow starter- he’ll be alright.
    But it did get us off on the wrong foot.
    Martin can’t run, Jackson drops 2 of 3 passes.

    Line has gotta open more holes- gotta start Rainey
    Gotta sign Incognito.
    Gotta report anyone crying for Glennon, to Mental health officials.

    Glennon sucked so bad during Preseason, that I’m sure they thought about cutting him. He was terrible. Any idiot crying for him- must be a mancrushes. Guy was terrible last year and this preseason

  24. Lewis Says:

    The whole Dunkaneers thing didn’t really make much sense if ”speed in space” is the game plan. Talk about a contradiction.

  25. Matt B Says:


    I agree, there were many plays McCown held it too long (especially the sack/fumble). There is plenty of blame to go around. Seemed to me like there were plenty of times that he didn’t have any time to throw so I’m also blaming poor pass protection. I was just trying to say that our suspect o-line may have kept Tedford/Arroyo from calling plays that include slower deveoping pass patterns.

  26. White Tiger Says:

    Uhh…where was Vincent Jackson? The only way this question makes sense is if you’re Josh McCown and you either locked onto your primary receiver at the snap, or having found said receiver, you checked down to your tight end…early-on – Vincent Jackson appeared to be missing from Arroyo’s game plan or he was the 3rd progression read…

    Mostly, and early, I saw Vincent Jackson WIDE OPEN, having beat the two safeties and jogging towards the end zone. Once, even Josh McCown saw him – while Josh was spooked and sprinting out towards the idelines – before unleashing a bomb so bad that VJax stopped running and watched it sail well over his head.

    McCown was clearly rattled, after Mankins left – Josh heard footsteps on every play. This is NOT the Josh McCown we saw last season. This was the Josh McCown who was a back-up for most of his career.

    I assign most of this to poor decision making on Josh’s part – and a lack of a real offensive coordinator, and a makeshift o-line trying to battle one of the best front 4 in the league last year.

    I wasn’t a fan of Tedford before he had health issues, but I didn’t think his absence would reveal THIS kind of problems? I think McCown may have settled down a bit early with Tedford in his ear, but I’m not sure it would have changed the outcome.

    As bad as Josh was, the defense played even further below expectations. Other than McCoy and McDonald…not a lot of good stuff happened today. We looked like we were playing away from home and 20 degrees/30% more humidity than we were used to…?

    Actually, it looked like we had Derek Anderson, and the stinkin’ Panthers had Josh McCown…?

  27. OB Says:


    If McCown would have even played like a career backup QB, his rating would have been the same as the Carolina QB Anderson, I think he played worse than Betty White.

  28. Just Me Says:

    Only captain that showed leadership today was the extra point kicker. (name escapes me right now) The others were awol. 1 drops 2 balls and another jumps off sides twice 9even though they called it on some one else).

  29. Rob Says:

    Where was Mike Evans?

  30. Rob Says:

    On at least one play Jackson was running free towards the end zone and McCown couldn’t get him the ball.

  31. John Ensch Says:

    Get ready for more of the same next Sunday as the same team will be on the field poorly coached and not ready.

  32. Brandon Says:

    The_Buc_Realist Says:
    September 7th, 2014 at 9:02 pm
    Glennon by week eight!!! Until then you won’t see those things. Unless like in his 5 games in Chicago playing against the worst defenses in the Nfl !!!

    The only thing that would have been uglier than McCown’s 2 boneheaded errors would’ve been a game full of Mike Glennon taking needless sacks, losing a fumble with no defenders near, constantly checking down, or throwing only ducks if the ball had to travel more than 15 yards down field. McCown’s play was okay except for those two inexcusable plays…. Glennon would’ve been far worse.