“I Felt Like It Was Our Day”

November 24th, 2014
Bucs DT Akeem Spence thought the way the Bucs played in the first half at Chicago, the team was due for a win.

DT Akeem Spence thought the way the Bucs played Chicago in the first half the team was due for a win.

There are a lot of problems with the Bucs. A team isn’t 2-9 playing in a crap division without some significant issues. Joe believes defense is not one of them.

Oh, sure, the defense was pitiful earlier in the year. Just look how the defense got seal-clubbed at Atlanta and against Baltimore. Shameful, in fact.

Since, Lovie Smith and his defense have turned things around. It began against the Vikings when the Bucs held the Men of Purple to 13 points in regulation. Even though the Redskins behind Robert Griffin III smell like a porta-potty in the Florida summer, it is still impressive holding an NFL team to a mere seven points on the road.

Then came yesterday. A team loaded with talent like Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and bratty Jay Cutler was held scoreless at home in the first half.

“I thought it was our day,” Bucs defensive tackle Akeem Spence said.

Then, the day turned to night. And rain. And slop. The slop was not just the turf at Soldier Field but the play of the Bucs offense. Slop as in sloppy play. Turnovers. It killed the Bucs.

“We held them to [204] yards,” Spence said. “I will take that any day.”

But as Spence also said, turnovers are the name of the game. Listen to more of what Spence had to say after the game. Audio player courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

19 Responses to ““I Felt Like It Was Our Day””

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    Yes, the defense played well enough to be a lousy team and the Bears are a lousy team….

    However, McGarbage is a lousy quarterback so that put the kabosh on that, didn’t it?

  2. Tom Edrington Says:

    That was “beat a lousy team” !!

  3. LargoBuc Says:

    To hold The Bears, with all those weapons, to 204 yards in their house is great. I feel this defense is building chemistry and starting to get it. They know their gaps. They know their landmarks. I see them thinking less and reacting more. J Smith has been great but we really need to find a dominant rusher off the edge. Our interior is solid with McCoy, Spence and McDonald. Trade MJ90 for a low round pick. Let Clay and Bowers walk. Keep Smith and Gholston for depth. Our LB’s are solid too. Foster looks more comfortable in coverage. Lansanah has a knack for the big play. And LD54 is just a beast getting better in this system every week. As far as the secondary goes I’m glad Banks gets it. Verner is ok too. He looked good yesterday. I think we need a safety that can cover deep consistently. Lovie has this defense playing hard and they have looked better and better.

  4. BFFL Says:

    This is looser talk from Spence. Exactly the kind of thing a looser would say and it explains a lot about this team. Yes McCown blew the game, but the defense still needs to keep the other team out of the end-zone on turnovers. It’s not like they started from inside the 10. Stop acting like you played good in a lose and instead focus on what you can do to get better.

  5. Robert 9 Says:

    can we get another lovie confidence vote? LOL

    the defense is fixed??????????

    REALLY????? they play 2 crap teams and their fixed?

    any team worth their salt would eat this defense alive.

    why? because they are a byproduct of the team as a whole, which is destined to lose. they have the loser mentallity from the head coach down. If you can’t see youself as winning you can’t win.

    and you know damn well when these guys heads hit their pillow at night it’s not with thoughts or rainbows, sunshine and victory! it’s probably more like that sick to your stomach feeling you get when you know you have to endure another dreadfull day at work tomorrow not knowing if you will get fired or want to get fired. you just don’t want to be there.

    thats this team. 3 more years of this folks. enjoy the sunny sundays is my advice. go fishing and send the glazers a message

  6. Robert 9 Says:

    todays players and coaches are soft. the sport itself has become a glorified tag football game full of penalties.

    the friggin players association is ruining it.

    you sign up for a sport to make millions and put your body on the line. be a friggin man and STFU when you have a head injury. that or go learn a trade or be a professional.

    what ever happened to the vince lombardies of the world?

    the PC police would run them out of town in this day and age. someone said harbaugh, now then i would watch again! peyton, billicheat etc. we bring in another dungy clone who sips frosties with his players and starts a floppy hat club.

    fire this bum and his whole staff. while your at it fire mcclown, fire eds, fire mankins, fire collins, johnson, mason foster.

    make a damned statement to the entire NFL and any potential good coaches will take your call. not till then will we see change. end rant.

  7. Robert 9 Says:

    Bucs DT Akeem Spence thought the way the Bucs played in the first half at Chicago……………

    news flash spence. the game is 60 minutes long, and a “team mate” does not blame other team mates.

    thats why RGiii will be gone in 2-3 years, he’s already dissed his whol team.

    FML. this team is a joke.

    joe, great site, I hope your saving your coins. or maybe start a new one for joesucksfan. maybe sell floppy hats, paper bags, a lovie costume (it’s an empty suit)……

  8. DB55 Says:

    Lol tell’em how you really feel rob

  9. IK Says:

    We all are aware that our QB play is our major limitation at this point. Despite winning last week, the game was kept close by our lousy QB play.

    The D has not been the problem the last few weeks.

  10. The Buc Realist Says:

    A lot of people don’t seem to realize that we just played 3 bad teams that are currently playing some horrible football. when we start seeing some average teams again these same people will be shocked of how ” the team has regressed”.

  11. buddhaboy Says:

    FML my wife is so mad at me for being such a downer and ahole on Sundays.

    I blame the bucs and their stoopid team. Enough talent to win, not enough Brains to win.

    EFF My Life

  12. Robert 9 Says:

    so quit watching, give the wife some loving and go fishing for the other 2 hours and 58 minutes

  13. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Buddhaboy – I think you mean FMBL, because it’s a Bucs life, ya know

  14. Robert 9 Says:

    A lot of people don’t seem to realize that we just played 3 bad teams that are currently playing some horrible football. when we start seeing some average teams again these same people will be shocked of how ” the team has regressed”.


    and I have not even been watching. it does not to take a rocket scientist to watch like 7 games and the defense do the same damned coverages and get picked apart. it tells me whoever is in charge of the defense and the team should not be allowed to run a toll booth on the crosstown.

    can you imagine them trying to make change for a $20.

  15. ruggyup Says:

    Robert 9, you are on a roll, man! I agree with you but just don’t have the onions to lay out my sour grapes in print. Keep up the good work.

  16. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    Start Glennon. He is going to be our backup next year. The kid deserves to have a full preseason to get ready for a season. Get rid of McCown. No reason to keep him around.

  17. Brandon Says:

    McCown will be great next year… backing up Mariota or Winston (maybe Hundley). His intangibles, leadership, and enthusiasm are as rare as is boneheaded mistakes are plentiful.

    Just imagine a quite a bit more athletic version of McCown minus the bonehead errors (that’s Mariota and Winston). You don’t think that’s worth the margin of defeat in 6 of our losses? We could’ve been 8-3 if we had good QB play.

  18. SteveK Says:

    Lmao Brandon,

    It’s a trench war, the NFL that is.

    We are drafting BPA, o or d line.

  19. Zam Says:

    3/3 Bears were in red-zone conversion. That’s awful. Yards don’t mean jack. The Tampa-2 defenses of legend gave up yards aplenty, but locked up that end zone and gave up very few points.

    And no sacks after the first quarter either.