Bucs Get Gift With Byrd Injury

October 3rd, 2014
The porous Saints pass defense just got worse

The porous Saints pass defense just got worse

Joe hates celebrating another team’s injury, but the Saints’ surprise loss today should be a big gain for the Buccaneers and Mike Glennon on Sunday.

Arguably, the Saints’ biggest offseason signing, safety Jairus Byrd, who’s earning about $9 million per year, was injured in practice yesterday and is out for the season. The announcement came this afternoon that Byrd blew out his knee.

On top of the absence of Byrd, his last-minute loss means his replacement wasn’t taking first team reps this week.

The Saints’ pass defense already was garbage. They have no interceptions on the season, and the entire Saints defense hasn’t forced a turnover.

It’ll be interesting to see if Byrd’s absence cuts the amount of “zero” blitzes run by Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the ones that send everyone and leave receivers man-on-man with no help.

52 Responses to “Bucs Get Gift With Byrd Injury”

  1. 1gr8buc Says:

    This could be a huge game for Manbeast ASJ! Wouldn’t it be something to see Glennon pick on a noob in the secondary? I have a tiny bit more optimism for Sunday now. GO BUCS!!!!

  2. mpmalloy Says:

    # MG8′s helmet was stifling, it narrowed his vision. And he must see far. His pads were heavy. They threw him off balance. And his target is far away.


    # Go Bucs!

  3. Jeagan1999 Says:

    The stars are aligning for the Bucs…the Saints can be beat, even at home! Bucs shock the NFL and claw back into the NFC South race with Mikey Cannon at the helm! What a story that would be!


  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Great darts MG throws. Maybe too hard for some to catch. But they look just a lovely as they can be.

  5. BucFan20 Says:

    I can say this now. If they do win and Glennon has a big game there are 4 posters (and we all know who they are) that will say it was only because of that garbage defense. And that our defense stopped their offense.

  6. Ray Rice Says:

    Byrd wasn’t doing good this season anyway. No reason to think he was going to start playing at a pro bowl level all of a sudden. Doesn’t matter who’s on the field. If the BUCS can take care of things on their end they will be ok. Arroyo needs to keep the same confidence in MG as he did in the second half last week period.

  7. Buc1987 Says:


  8. canadian bucsfan Says:

    That is good news. Their center hasn’t practiced all week either.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    @Casual Observer….Cannons don’t shoot darts.

  10. ItsDookie87 Says:

    There was word that Byrd has been horrible this year and with the way backups seem to kill us this might be a bad thing. #ThatsDookie

  11. unbelievable Says:

    Ray is correct, Byrd has not been playing very well so far this season.

    This will have a small impact on the game, but not much.

  12. BucDan Says:

    Let’s not count our eggs before they hatch!

  13. Jeagan1999 Says:

    The Cannon is only an effective weapon if you fire it….Fire The Cannon!

  14. JMN Says:

    Man, I feel the Bucs are starting to get breaks finally! Hopefully Glennon carves the Saints D up the middle this weekend!

  15. Harry Says:

    I know this is a crazy thought. But this scares me. When was the last time the Bucs “took advantage” of another team’s woes? We go against QBs who shouldn’t even be in the NFL and we let them have career days. Don’t mean to be Debbie Downer, but….

  16. Kevin#1 Says:

    I love Glennons arm. The zip on the ball has looked like Brady from day one. I hope he continues to progress and get better. The fact that he has endorsements from Bellicheat and Payton say a lot. How GREAT would it be for him to just keep getting better and be able to draft a couple of big nasty pass rushers or a rock solid OL!! Here’s hoping!!! I like Murphy in the slot and ASJ being back is awesome!!! Hope Evans makes it back soon. My biggest wish is that the offensive game plan remains kill or be killed. No more of this conservative bullSH%#!!! Air it out, let Glennon zip the ball wherever the hell he wants and run the ball down they’re throats when it’s there. CAN THEY DO IT???? CAN THE BUCS SHOCK THE LEAGUE THIS WEEK???? CAN THEY TIE FOR FIRST IN THE SOUTH?????? We shall soon see. Stay thirst my fiends…

  17. Kevin#1 Says:

    Maybe Byrd went to NO because his dad/uncle….whoever he is coaches with the bucs, took the bigger payday and agreed to play like crap to help out family!!!! I doubt that’s the case but fun to imagine!!!

  18. Patrick in VA Says:

    I was almost more confident in Byrd being in. At least we knew he wasn’t playing well. I’d hate to see a backup come in and shine

  19. HawaiianBuc Says:

    I have a bad feeling about this game. I’m not saying we can’t win, but there’s just something about that dome that usually doesn’t work out well for us. Also, I don’t like the way they were embarrassed on National Tv. That sets them up for a rebound game. Their offense is in a funk, which sets them up for a get well game (especially against our defense). Anyone remember what happened a couple weeks ago when everyone thought Green Bay’s offense was done? Jimmy Graham hasn’t really done squat this year, which means he’s due for a huge game. I don’t do fantasy football, but if I did I would want him on my team this week. As for the ‘Aints defense, this may be addition by subtraction. They’ve been hearing all week how terrible they are, and you know they are going to come into the game pissed off. Add in the crowd noise, and it’s kind of the perfect storm. Ah, screw it, we win 38-0.

  20. pick6 Says:

    @Patrick in VA, as a fan of all the local major pro teams, i cringe as well. if there’s one negative trait the bucs and the rays in particular seem to maintain no matter how good or bad they are doing, and that is to make unheralded fill-in players look transcendent. names like Cody Pickett, Shaun Hill, and Harry Douglas come to mind, and the army of AAA no-names who seem to pop up and shut out the rays or dominate deep into games before fading back into nothing

  21. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Joe, like you I don’t like injuries for any team…but this definetly should help us with Evans out on our side. I still say the way we win this game is through Rainy and Martin ground attack. Would be great to see them both become a ground force this week. BTW, any news on Mike James?

  22. robert9 Says:

    lol at all the glennon love.

    now I understand the term bandwagon. just two weeks ago he was not even a quality backup per joe (LIE ALERT! Joe’s written for a looong time about Glennon being a quality backup. –Joe) and 85% of the posters, all the local media….the only exception being the informed national experts and a few clueless people called the MGM.

    High hopes for this weekend indeed, but lets temper our expectations. The more film they get on our offense with an effective QB, the better they will get at defending it.

    air it out by all means, but lets get the run game going. AND NOT THAT DAMN DRAW play that worked one time and has failed 10 times.

  23. GhostofJohnGruden Says:

    RUN THE DAMN BALL. Saints have given up 494 yards on the ground in four games. No Adrian Peterson when they faced the vikings, run Forrest RUN!

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    robert9…you do know that Joe is ONLY all in on Glennon because the team started 0-3 and why not anyways, right?

    I’m only MGM because I got sick of all the unwarranted criticism of a rookie QB from the 3rd rnd. It got to be too pathetic for me. People were so sure that the guy would never be all that much. That’s what told me they were wrong. Too much unwarranted criticism told me they were wrong. It’s called reading tea leaves. I’m saying that all of a sudden he’s a star either after the Pitt game. I’m saying the kid has gotten better from last season and if that continues the Bucs have FINALLY found their QB.

    That being said if the Bucs draft a QB in the 1st rnd next draft, I might have to kick Glennon to the curb. Especially a highly rated QB coming out.

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    LOL I love that LIE ALERT thingy!

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    “I’m NOT* saying that all of a sudden” ^^^

  27. robert9 Says:


    saying the word quality backup to a 15 year backup is hardly and endorsement joe.

    all i remember is referencing him as the worst qb in the division etc.. lotta love for the site joe, just givin ya $hit

  28. robert9 Says:

    i’m just sayin the potential was always there since day one, as was the poise, the devotion to getting better, the heart etc.

    you could see it.

    but some would rather reference him as garbage, when the guy was a rookie on the worst team in the league thrown into a $hit storm…and you know darn well jfro didn’t help him.

    but I love all the love. I’m happy. eat crow though sucker. bow down. the guy earned his keep so far, hopefully it will continue

  29. buc4lyfe Says:

    It’s the dashon gholdson factor, teams are aware of his presence because he used to be a play maker but doesn’t impact the game anymore like he used to

  30. lightningbuc Says:

    Lie Alert!

    LOL! Good one Joe(s) – now that’s funny. You need to interject that more often.

  31. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Lie Alert is entertaining, I won’t lie.

  32. buc4lyfe Says:

    Glennon is a quality backup except for about six teams including the bucs. Look around the league lol Sean Payton didn’t give him an endorsement he said as a backup to drew Brees. He was and would still be a backup to Russell Wilson who isn’t really above average either. But hey I’d really rather be wrong than deal with all the excuses and crying the mgm would do when you realize he’s just a another guy. Last week doesn’t happen every week if it does it means you’re inconsistent qb

  33. abdominal snowman Says:

    Buc4lyfe, do you even follow football outside of the bucs? Russel Wilson is a good qb and consistently getting better. Using him as an example for your Glennon bashing agenda just makes you look uneducated to football. Sean Peyton said he considered drafting him and stated why which IS an endorsement, obviously to back up brees which any other qb on that team would be doing.

  34. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Joe (or anyone) know if Herron will see action as the third wide out this week??

  35. J 2.0 Says:

    This game has all the makings for a huge letdown. Its fun flying high after last week’s come from behind victory, but lets remember we had to come from behind.

    I am an original member of the MGM. Been a fan since the Arizona game last season. (Yes, I know he had 2 picks that cost us the game, but I was impressed with his throws the rest of that game and he was a rookie so I cut him some slack.) Now, most of us original MGMers weren’t ready to go all in on Glennon as the franchise QB of the future, we just felt like he deserved a shot to compete. I didn’t see any QBs in the draft that were better. And, if McCown had come in an open competition and performed better than Glennon to earn the job, I think most of the MGM would have been fine with that.

    With all that said, I just see a clunker coming this weekend. I hope I am wrong, but I just got that feeling.

  36. tickrdr Says:

    Buc1987 Says:

    October 3rd, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    @Casual Observer….Cannons don’t shoot darts.
    The newest ones shoot lasers. Let’s just hope ours is hittin’ on all EIGHT cylinders.


  37. Architek Says:

    I’m not in the MGM and can’t wait until we draft a franchise QB – doesn’t mean I wish the kid bad but he’s just not a Qb that will lead a contender.

    Anyway – to all you MGM that think you’re taking over the site, you’re time in the sun is now but rest assure Murphy’s Law is alive and waiting for your application because MG will again show you why he’s a good backup.

    He does give this Bucs team the best chance to win but I won’t fake like he’s a elite or even have the potential of a elite qb.

    I will be looking to see how many of you will quickly turn your back on MG when (not if) he has that head shaking game.

  38. Couch Fan Says:

    You wont fake like he’s elite but yet you’ll fake like he’s “not a QB that will lead a contender”. Talking out both sides of your mouth I see….


  39. feelthepewterpower Says:

    J20 wrote – Now, most of us original MGMers weren’t ready to go all in on Glennon as the franchise QB of the future, we just felt like he deserved a shot to compete.

    Freeman deserved a chance to compete last year as well, and benched after three games (two of which we could/should of won)? Schiano unfortunately ruined Freeman, and perm. damage had already been done at that point so Glennon had to start. Glennon does not do well under pressure……and to win a Super Bowl you need a solid o-line and qb’s that can play well under pressure (as the defensive intensity peaks). Pro football focus wrote an excellent article on the “Buccs qb controversy”, and it’s based on qb performance under pressure. Both McCown and Glennon have not done very well at all when under duress, though McCown showed last year he could handle the pressure (performing equally as well as he did without pressure). Glennon hasn’t showed that ability (yet).

  40. Couch Fan Says:

    Stop with the Schiano ruined Freeman crap. Can’t believe there are some imbeciles still trying to say that. Freeman ruined Freeman. He was the worst rated QB in all the NFL in those 3 games. He had his chance and he blew it… let it go. Move on.

  41. mpmalloy Says:

    tickrdr Says:
    October 3rd, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Buc1987 Says:

    October 3rd, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    @Casual Observer….Cannons don’t shoot darts.
    The newest ones shoot lasers. Let’s just hope ours is hittin’ on all EIGHT cylinders.


    The MGM Cannon is the NFL equivalent of the Navy Rail Gun.

    # Don’t let me down Mike!

  42. buc4lyfe Says:

    abdominal snowman Says:
    October 3rd, 2014 at 5:52 pm
    Buc4lyfe, do you even follow football outside of the bucs? Russel Wilson is a good qb and consistently getting better. Using him as an example for your Glennon bashing agenda just makes you look uneducated to football. Sean Peyton said he considered drafting him and stated why which IS an endorsement, obviously to back up brees which any other qb on that team would be doing.

    @abdominal snowman
    It would have been so much better if you hadn’t said anything at all to me, trying to be a smart ass you sound like you know nothing about football. Do I really haveme, o say I mentioned Russell Wilson because Glennon backed him up in college? And if Russell Wilson is a GOOD quarterback as you said then either your an idiot who doesn’t realize me saying Wilson isn’t an above average quarterback isn’t much different from you saying he’s a good quarterback or Glennon is so sorry he can’t be compared to a good or average quarterback. After that comment I think it’s just you’re an idiot. So what he CONSIDERED drafting Glennon A coach could say that about atleast 1 player every week of the season if they wanted to, I’m sure they even considered Michael Sam and every other player on the draft

    It would be an insult to mgm if I associated you with it.

  43. BucFan20 Says:

    And Architek strickes once again!

  44. BucFan20 Says:

    ^ strikes

  45. Architek Says:

    Why must we do this all over again, aren’t you tired of blowing with the wind? If I recall we had similar exchanges about Freeman and his crappy play. People were quick to name him the messiah for the Bucs Nation and then some of realists withheld judgment and how did that turn out for you flag polers?

    Look, when we get the real deal in here (franchise quarterback) we all will know when it’s time to go all in and sale out good bad or indifferent but I’m sorry 14 games of mediocrity is not enough.

    Ever wonder why you can’t go purchase a Glennon jersey?

    😉 – IJS

  46. Architek Says:


    No I’m just telling the truth, pardon my right wing approach.

    Not much of a sheep!

    You’ve been around too long as well to not see through the fluff.

  47. BucFan20 Says:

    No you want to try and lead everyone the other way. Just because you coach do not think he has what it takes we must draft a QB. So your an expert? And you post the same thing over and over and over.We get the Idea. All I say is give the man the same as you would any QB you draft. Time to develop. But You don’t. 2 yrs now he is thrown to the wolves. Well in his first game there were problems but when it came crunch time he did not panic like he would have last year. If he fails then it will be time to draft one. But not just because someone thinks he is not elite or has what it takes.

  48. 1bucfan88 Says:

    Unleash The Cannon!

  49. abdominal snowman Says:


    Make sense much?

  50. ChrisCo4Bucs Says:

    31-23 Bucs

  51. Architek Says:

    Now I’m repetitive. Okay, let’s do this and I’m done. I am going to sit back and wait – I have reserved judgement and no I am not a expert but I have played and watched enough football to know when I see ‘IT’.

    Sure give hime time to develop and struggle but amidst of that waiting period you do realize we haven’t been relevant or won in the playoffs in 12 year and counting. There are young guys coming out and leading flawed teams to wild card births.

    You have to have a playmaker in today’s NFL and he has to has some dynamic to his skillset – whether he’s mobile or stationary (see Flacco, Foles and more). Their teams are flawed and they just find ways to win meaningful games.

    The Real problem with our fan base is our standards are so low – any small success we treat it like a golden calf but the truth is we need to give time to show & prove. So I agree in essence by letting GLENNON play but I’m not going to worship him or make him more than the NFL quarterback he is.

    I’m not going to revere or mention him with qbs superior to him – like some of these numbskulls. I’m Not even willing to put him in the same sentence as a Andrew Luck whos not elite yet but carrying a untalented roster and leads/plays with substance.

  52. Soggy Says:

    @Architek, No you don”t have to worship him but you can stop bashing him over and over.. We are lucky to have him right now, he is only doing his job and the haters are bashing him for that, If you have a problem with the QB situation maybe look to people that have it this way. He is the best we got support the team.