“GM Malpractice”

November 5th, 2014

Devin Hester

Fans love to circle games on the Buccaneers’ schedule that should be won.

Man, the Bucs sure looked better on paper than 1-7 a couple of months ago.

So did the Falcons.

Atlanta comes to Tampa reeling in a huge way with a 2-6 record. They’ve choked away games. They can’t shake the soft label. And they’re winless since absolutely clobbering the Bucs on Sept. 18, a beating Joe sadly witnessed in person. (And you wonder why Joe has addiction issues?)

Throw in that Falcons head coach Mike Smith is on a very public hot seat, and the Falcons are a mess.

This is a team that should be circled on the schedule. The Bucs have to win this game at home, right? Against a garbage opponent?

Today on WDAE-AM 620, former Falcons offensive linemen Jamie Dukes, a regular voice on NFL Network, talked about just how truly awful the Falcons are.

Dukes even took it beyond the team and coach to the front office. He said there is “GM malpractice” going on, since the Falcons are content with their bad players and don’t even workout potential prospects on Mondays like most teams do.

Dukes explained that despite their preseason calls for toughness, the Falcons are content to have too many nice guys that can’t play, though Dukes was clear that Matt Ryan, wide receivers Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas and Devin Hester are the real deal.

Are the Falcons circled on your schedule?

21 Responses to ““GM Malpractice””

  1. Connor Says:

    The Lovie Smith hiring was a massive F$&* up by the Glazers. Raheem’s first season wasn’t even this bad.

  2. Skyline Crew Says:

    Sounds just like the Bucs.

  3. Ray Rice Says:

    Those guys peaked a couple of seasons ago. Mccown will win this game.

  4. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    Well if the Bucs had a mediocre special teams play they would be 3-5 as they probably could have beat the Lambs and Flush em down Browns. Throw in the Vike game and this team could be 0.5000 and the Saint game was winnable as well. I am guessing this team would have 3 or 4 wins if they had competent special team coaching/play and someone besides Arroyo calling plays on offense. The Falcons can say the same, they have p!ssed away a couple of wins as well, including that loss in London after they gave away a 3 TD lead. But given the weapons that the Falcons have, it is hard to say that they are in as much disarray as the Bucs who have an incompetent OC and are flipping qbs, the worst special team (and coach) in the NFL and the 32nd ranked defense. The Falcons can do a few things right, the Bucs none. Its clear to me who will probably win this game and its not the home team…. That being said, the Bucs are a 2-14 type team and the Falcons are also a 2-14 like team that is lucky enough to play the sworse-off Bucs twice so by default they are what they were last year: a 4-12 team…. One other difference is the owners: they have a Vincent Price lookalike and the Bucs have the baby Glazers. I think I’d go with the Home Depot guy over the Man U owners as far as competence in running cooperations go as well…..

  5. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    BTW Joe; what is our old friend Mr McKay up to in the ATL???? Does he still have any say in their team to team operations? Guy did a damned good job here in Tampa……

  6. Tye Says:

    With how easily the falcons just steam rolled the Bucs last time and now they are coming off of a by week, I am concerned just how badly they will embarrass the Bucs at home!

  7. No One Says:

    Falcons fans and fans of every other team we play against circle games against us on their schedule as automatic wins.

  8. DB55 Says:

    What say you? The 2-6 ATL Falcons come into RJ and blow out the bucs again. McCown throws 3 Ints (2 pick 6). Where does that put Lovie? Can he survive another beat down at home by a division rival? Can he survive another embarrassing performance by McCown? Does he loss the lockerroom?

    Monday Lovie said he had the upmost confidence in Glennon on Tuesday morning he gets benched. Lovie is losing the fan base because he keeps lying to us.

  9. DB55 Says:

    Let’s not forget mccown struggled to throw the ball past 8 yards from the line of scrimmage or outside the numbers. People say glennon is inaccurate go back and look at the first 3 games, the only completions mccown made were w/i the 8yard box.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    Just think, if the Bucs win this game they’ll be tied with the Falcons for third place in the division, which is last place. The Bucs might as well finish last as they would get an easier last place schedule next year. They can also add another last place finish to their growing stack.

  11. snook Says:

    It’s circled on my schedule. As a LOSS. Just like the rest of the games….

  12. ruggyup Says:

    DB55 – Or, Smitty has lost(not, is losing) the fan base and the player base and the coaching base, Lucky Smitty, his salary is owned by morons who have done too many headers while drinking their warm beer in Sherwood Forest.

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Reminds me of a scene from, the History Channel’s -“Vikings”

  14. Patrick in VA Says:

    Alright, a lot of you guys aren’t even trying to stay on topic. Every article isn’t another opportunity for you to call for Lovie to be fired or bring up the QB situation. You’re just blindly spewing your rage. Takes away from your credibility quite a bit

  15. iamkingsu Says:

    Just lose bucs don’t do what u did last year and let the falcons leapfrog us for a draft pick!

  16. Brandon Says:

    Patrick in VA Says:
    November 5th, 2014 at 11:50 am
    Alright, a lot of you guys aren’t even trying to stay on topic. Every article isn’t another opportunity for you to call for Lovie to be fired or bring up the QB situation. You’re just blindly spewing your rage. Takes away from your credibility quite a bit


    I read the article and usually have something to say or add but by the time I scroll down and read the “Fire EVERYBODY!” or other crap like that, I don’t even remember what the article was about. The Falcons…

    Honestly, Mike Smith isn’t a bad coach. The Falcons just have had terrible talent along the offensive line and on defense. Even when the Falcons were 13-3, I thought they were a house of cards. An offense that ran through a 36 year old TE and a defense that protected leads because they had one pass rusher (Abraham), a couple of decent CBs, and solid LB play. This team is no different except their best LB has been gone all season, they no longer have Abraham, and their CBs are just decent now. They are terrible, not BECAUSE of Mike Smith but because this team has little talent and less depth. Yes, on offense they have an excellent QB, three above average to great WRs, and a pretty good RB, but their OL is a mess, Tony Gonzales would still be their best TE if he were playing, and their defense is rotten (Mike Nolan is way overrated). This crap Falcons team is not a surprise, it is the same mess the year they went 13-3 only they aren’t able to mask their deficiencies as well as they have in the past.

  17. iamkingsu Says:

    @patrick I agee I don’t know how they expect us to get better as a franchise if we keep firing our head coaches every 2 years. Give Lovie time some time he prove he can win in this league. But Lovie can’t let another Ravens or Falcons type loss happen again

  18. Buc1987ForJameis Says:

    J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!

    GO JETS!

  19. Buctebow Says:

    Maybe the Falcons are saving money to buy a soccer team?

  20. ElioT Says:

    The Sucs will be a good old fashioned “Cure what ales ya” for the Falcons.

    Falcons win 24-13.

    Go Sucs!

  21. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I don’t have ANYBODY circled on my schedule. But I still want to WIN games.
    No tanking for Jameis or Marcus or Dak or ANY player.

    We have too many young players. Losing is contagious and so is winning. If we could somehow win more than we lose the second half it would be HUGE for next season, far more important than any SINGLE player. Jameis is great but he’s not the ONLY QB. Who knows if he plays baseball and stays another year.
    Too many variables to even depend on a losing record getting him anyway.

    As for tanking I do not believe it. We simply do not have enough players with NFL cred to be able to afford to tank and count on a good gig? Name them for me please. Goldson perhaps? Who else. Does GMC or Levonte look like they’re tanking. Not to me. What player on this team can tank without damaging their career. If we still had somebody the level of Revis perhaps but who is that on this team. The vast majority need to play their arses off if they want to be in ‘the league” next year instead of the CFL or AFL!!!