“Do I Really Have To Answer That Question?”

October 31st, 2014

CasillasmugWas Jonathan Casillas happy to be traded from the Bucs?

Remember when Casillas, this year, said how much he missed playing for the Saints?

For Joe, that was one weak comment coming from a Buccaneer.

Reports claim Mark Barron was “shocked” to be dealt to St. Louis this week. But Casillas appeared to be in much different kind of spirits when the New England media got ahold of him. The Bucs sent the linebacker/special teamer to New England with a sixth-round pick for the Patriots’ fifth-round pick in 2015.

Consider this exchange yesterday with ESPN.com.

Casillas was asked how it feels to go from the 1-6 Bucs to the 6-2 Patriots.

“Do I really have to answer that question?” Casillas said.

Joe’s read many interviews with Casillas this week and none include him talking about how hard it was for him to leave Tampa. By contrast, Casillas, as of last month, will talk about his brothers on the Saints like they’re family.

In one interview, Casillas talked about how Tim Wright, the former Bucs tight end with a stunning 17 catches on 18 targets this season, reached out to him for a hearty welcome to New England.

Outside of local media, chatty Casillas had few Bucs fans in his corner. He made some plays but didn’t do a whole lot and was hurt often during his season and a half with Tampa Bay.

And, frankly, his heart likely was never in Tampa.

Good riddance.

41 Responses to ““Do I Really Have To Answer That Question?””

  1. bucrightoff Says:

    From the penthouse of New Orleans to the outhouse that is us back to a penthouse in New England. Who wouldn’t be thrilled?

  2. BoJim Says:

    Remember when Casillas, this year, said how much he missed playing for the Saints?

    That was a WTF statement.

  3. lightningbuc Says:

    Unfortunately, that’s how pretty much everyone on the Bucs roster probably feels. Of course he’s happy he’s gone from this hell hole.

  4. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Good take Joe. I say good riddance as well. He never really to be in Tampa. Both sides win.

  5. Ray Rice Says:

    This dude was garbage at best. Lansanah is way better than him. He is a poor mans Ryan Nece. And that’s awful. All I remember him doing was being out of position on all of his run fits and passing lanes. Getting a 6th round pick for his a$$ is highway robbery on behalf of the YUCS!

  6. Joseph Mamma Says:

    This attitude from player’s is why this team is second rate, an uphill battle every year. We are like the minor leagues to these guy’s. Sad, but true. On the flip side, player’s want to play for a winner, so all we have to do is win. I don’t see that happening with the coaching we have now.

  7. bucrightoff Says:

    Hey Ray I know you’re great at knocking women unconcious, but we got a 5th for Casillas, and gave up a 6th. So when you remember their pick will be bottoms of the 5th round and ours top of the 6th round, we moved up like 8 spots in the draft. A marginal trade if there ever was one.

  8. ChanEpic Says:

    Ray Rice – We got a 5th round pick and sent a 6th round pick to NE if I am not mistaken. But still, if his heart isn’t in it or never was, well that explains A LOT.

  9. Patrick in VA Says:

    Sounds like Lovie is weeding out the malcontents.

  10. tmaxcon Says:

    the organization needs to stop talking about progress and winning and start proving it. No player or coach should take the bucs seriously. I am die hard fan and will never not support my team but those 2 blowouts in less than 30 days and that piss poor effort by glennon and his offense against vikings was the last straw. the Glazer clowns need to wake up and take charge of this organization and make the changes needed to be successful. no more talk no more excuses.

  11. Patrick in VA Says:

    I’ve noticed that a number of the folks that have been dealt from the Bucs appear to be disgruntled or have negative comments ready to go for the team on their way out the door. Makes sense then that Lovie would want those bad attitudes out of the locker. Say what you will about Penn succeeding in Oakland but if he talks that way about the Bucs to the media then imagine what he was saying in the building. If he wasn’t onboard then he needed to go.

  12. willie d Says:

    Look how this coach treats players, a lot of players from last year getting the shaft in favor of players of equal and lower value. Eric Page from all Joe’s reports was ahead of other returners on the team but gets cut in favor for the leagues most erratic return man. The players see this garbage. how can they be loyal when this coach is not.


    Penn didn’t really say anything negative about the Bucs. I think he was just trying to say that Derek Carr is more fiery and has a stronger will to make sh!t happen than JFree & Glennon; which I totally believe btw…

  14. Dooley Says:

    Casillas was pretty much out the door after last season until Lovie Smith was hired, then he changed his tune and decided to come back. Either way I won’t miss him and Danny Lansanah’s shown he can replace Casillas and then some.


    If the demeanor of our players matched the demeanor of our HC, we’d have a bunch of Barret Ruud’s all over the field. (Oooh yea, let’s read & react… 5-10 yds down the field) SMH. Our team is weak & passive like Lovie. (Professionally, not necessarily personally)

  16. DallasBuc Says:

    Can anyone blame him? No one on this roster is particularly happy about playing for this ball club. To think otherwise is foolish.

  17. Walter White Says:

    That’s a good take, but honestly, who can blame this guy? Or any other free agent who wouldn’t exactly be upset to get traded or sign with a good team? Imagine you’re a free agent. A good player with a choice of multiple teams interested in your services. With money offered being equal or similar, why in the hell (I love my Bucs I’m just making the argument) would you CHOOSE to sign with the Bucs?? Knowing what we all have come to know as the Tampa Bay Sucs the past several years. Until we have a systematic change, a fundamental change in the core of what our team is, our futility will continue.

  18. Walter White Says:

    We are losers. We think like losers, we act like losers, and we play like losers. Other team scores a first quarter TD, maybe adds another early in the 2nd, and it’s game over for us. Our team already knows what’s coming, another L in the column.

  19. Tomcin Says:

    I think most of the Bucs wish they could leave this crap team. Except for GMC who would play for the worst NFL team with the money he’s making. Oops, he is playing for the worst team.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    He gets paid to play and he didn’t play that well…..I think we are better off with him gone.
    One does have to wonder why most of our players perform for the teams that pick them up but the FAs we pick up don’t play well for us. Its either bad coaching on our part or good on theirs…..probably both

  21. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Why we Lightning supporters are glad we love HOCKEY more than the NFL.

    Vinny Lecavalier returns last night, alas unable to play because of his foot. What does he say. He said it was good to sleep in HIS OWN BED. He plans to live in Tampa when he retires. Instead of trashing the team that dumped his salary Vinny praised the organization and predicted the Lightning will be good for years to come.

    Good riddance Casillas! BTW I appreciate all the former Bucs who have decided to retire here. Ian Beckles and a host of former Bucs still reside here and of course folks like DB55 who chose to remain in his home state.

    Yes the other teams have scoreboard on us when it comes to football competition but they suck hind tiit when it comes to great places to live!!!

    If I may steal from Randy Newmans hit and paraphrase a bit..

    “I LOVE Tampa Bay!” Been here for about 20 years now. I no longer root for my former hometown teams in Cincinnati even though the Bengals are playing well now and my cousins are all ecstatic.

    Home is where the heart is. If you’re a transplant like me and do not heart Tampa Bay you should go back to where you came from and stop sucking the air and drinking the water and driving the roads that the natives provided.

    If you are a native Floridian I just say thanks for letting me be part of this great community!

  22. biff barker Says:

    “And, frankly, his heart likely was never in Tampa.

    Good riddance.”

    You sound a little bit pissy Joe.

    But no one can deny the truth. This team, it’s owners, HC and players all suck out loud. Even the uniforms suck out loud.

    Who in their right mind wants to play here?

    O’Neil Cousins? I rest my case.

  23. Phaneuf Says:

    Got the same impression with The Hawks who’s haft here for the pay check and his heart still in SF

  24. Robert 9 Says:

    “Tim Wright, the former Bucs tight end with a stunning 17 catches on 18 targets this season”

    damn joe- that stings!

  25. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    “O’Neil Cousins? I rest my case.”

    Gerald McCoy! Levonte David! Better reopen your case!

  26. tiny tim Says:

    I’m not sure what Casillas said wrong. Who wouldn’t be happy leaving a 1-6 team for a 6-2 team? Stop being so sensitive and stop ignoring the truth some of you. The bucs as of 10/31/14 suck something horrible. I say good luck to Casillias.

  27. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Too bad the pro leagues are so strict in their prohibition of cross ownership!

    If the Bucs were sold from the Glazers to Jeff Vinik we’d not only get a winning team, we get a team that wins with class!

    I think we all know the problems with the Bucs start much higher than Lovie/Licht. Vinik would be SUCH a dramatic improvement.

  28. DB55 Says:

    17 of 18 targets and outperforming both our TEs combined. #raped

  29. Greg Schiano Says:

    Well at least Tampa got something for him. Michael Bennett walked out the door with no compensation only to play for the Sea Hawks in the Super Bowl.

  30. Architek Says:

    I mean it’s not like the Saints wanted him and he’s not a household name so…

  31. BirdDoggers Says:

    Casillas isn’t/wasn’t the only malcontent on the this team. Too many players not giving a damn. It’s a culture problem that has to be weeded out. The leaders of this team need to hold everyone accountable, including themselves.

  32. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    This team has been full of bustas for years and three coaches and it’s amazing that some of you want to blame Lovie for not being able to coach these bums up. Especially since the last coach got rid of a few good players for nothing because they were malcontents but you want him back. Lovie was fired from the Bears after going 10-6 and the new coach has tried to win with his players and look at them thus far. I agree with a new coach cleaning house except for superstars some just might not want to play for a new coach. If this was Bill Parcells doing this house cleaning then all would be well with most of you. This is what makes me so angry with some sports fans. Their anger seems to come with a little bias especially when the coach is Black, crazy. A winning coach who was fired after going 10-6, lol. Who r the real losers?

  33. ddneast Says:

    OMG Sciano, all that fie and brimstone may look great on TV and might transfer well to knuckleheads sitting on their couch wolfin down a bowl of chips while they suck down their 6th malt liquor, it does’t work well when you try to force a throw in between two defenders and it clangs off the hands into a FS’s hands.
    Never knew Casillas said that, but he should have been given a Greyhound pass back to NO the day after he said it.
    Appears Lovie is trying to get rid of those who don’t perform or are reluctant to adopt a new system. Good.
    If he thinks ‘hoodie is going to be more tolerant than Lovie, he will soon be stocking shelves at the Toys R Us in Worchester.
    Saw where McCoy just gave up on Twitter and when asked why he replied, “because I’m an adult. ”
    Excellent answer McCoy.

  34. Zam Says:

    I’d like Tim Wright back, but I won’t miss Casillas.

  35. phil Says:

    I don’t think anyone at One Buc is on board with anything Lovie is trying to sell. They can’t get rid of this man fast enough.

  36. pewterpirate99 Says:


    Hey jack ass, his skin tone has NOTHING to do with it. YOU’RE the racist here. He’s a mediocre coach. I didn’t want Lovie from the giddy up because he’s a HORRIBLE talent evaluator and a poor mans version of Tony Dungy. A passive hard headed coach who won’t change his “scheme” even if his “scheme” isn’t working. This is the same coach who gave up a 2nd round pick for the HORRIBLE Gains Adams when he was in Chicago! Look at the so called “talent” that he hand picked from free agency. They ALL SUCK!!!! McCown blows, Anthony Collins is putrid, Michael Johnson is Gains Adams version 2.0, Verner is no where near as good as advertised, Logan Mankins is a worn out has been, Dietrich-Smith is horrible as well. Let’s see, he’s a defensive coach and since according to him this defense was so good, they went all offense in the draft……..HUGH MISTAKE!!! By the way, how are those offensive studs they drafted panning out? There’s three players on this team I would keep, McCoy, David, and Evens. The rest of the team BLOWS!!!!!!! I have ZERO confidence in Lovie Smith and his ENTIRE coaching staff. I also have ZERO confidence in the players and especially ownership!

    It all starts at the top with the three moronic Glazers that DON’T KNOW how to put together a winning organization. It all started with the hiring of the incompetent stunods Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik who were horrible at there jobs. Then there was Sgt. Hulka Schiano who was less qualified then Raheem Morris ( that’s saying a lot! ) This team needs to be gutted ( again) from the VERY TOP down but some fans around here don’t see that or want to admit it. STOP looking at this team through pewter and red colored glasses and be real with yourself……..this organization/team is a joke! They are a minor league team that EVERYONE around the NFL would love to play because they know it’ll only make them better.

    You’ve got a team in a slump……come and play the Tampa Bay Slumpbusters!!!

  37. Walter White Says:


    Yeah buddy, you’re the loser bringing that crap up even. Results are results, they do not have a color. Other than maybe a red “L” instead of a green “W.” You’re the racist for using his skin color as an excuse for his ineptitude. Somehow I doubt this is your first time doing such a thing…

  38. Tye Says:

    This is not like just getting a job like we know as common… these guys have dreamed about this and trained for this most of their lives and now have achieved it just to have the likes of Lovie to be their coach and waste away their youth and time in this league to become a winner… These players deserve a HC that knows he to coach up players for success….

  39. Sick of this $hit Says:

    Casillas was a Buc? Wow. I never noticed. Danny L has filled in nicely. Casillas wont be missed, except by opposing RBs.

  40. Ray Rice Says:

    Tim Wright a stunning 17/18. And JOES man beef ASJ a not so stunning fumble in OT to help lose the game for the YUCS! By far it’s not all ASJ’s fault but he hasn’t produced like Wright did. And JOE still finds a way to give him a BJ and praise him for his good attitude. What a joke!

  41. Gt40bear Says:

    What is it about Tampa teams that brings out the Vinny Cashsteala in every free agent that is signed here? Buh bye Jonathan, thanks for little to nothing for the $$ you were paid in Tampa. Why don’t you take the other free agent busts with you as well. If you don’t want to be here, do the honorable thing and don’t take the money!