Top Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 — No. 16

February 19th, 2015

In many ways, Tampa Bay’s 2014 season was more bizarre than the MRSA-infected, quarterback-gone-mental, Fire-Schiano-billboards campaign of 2013.

There were plenty of real Bucs mysteries last year, and Joe’s revisiting the most interesting of the bunch.

No. 16 — Sticky Spot

To hell with DeflateGate. Where’s the NFL investigation into the bizarre, ball-snatching plastic turf at Ford Field in Detroit?

During last season’s mugging at the hands of the Lions, Bucs starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith rolled a snap back to Josh McCown. Fumble/turnover for Tampa Bay, when the game still in reach and the Bucs near midfield trailing 14-3.

McCown was asked about the muffed snap after the game and replied Dietrich-Smith found a bad spot on the Detroit turf. That’s right, not a divot on grass, not a frozen field in December, but a tricky patch of fake grass.

“Evan just said he caught a bad spot in the ground and the ball didn’t come up,” McCown said. “So those are just bad breaks.”

McCown elaborated to say that when Dietrich Smith dragged the ball to snap it, then it got stuck.

Joe still doesn’t get what happened there, when our 300-pound center was no match for an alleged sticky spot.

No. 17 — Virgin center
No. 18 — Investing in seven starts
No. 19 — Returner decisions
No. 20 — VJax’s wrist
No. 21 — Anti-Jell
No. 22 — Seferian-Jenkins boasting about penalized pose
No. 23 — Never moving Michael Johnson
No. 24 — “I didn’t want to put more points on the board”
No. 25 — Glennon success without an offensive coordinator
No. 26 — Putrid punting
No. 27 — Defending three-step drops
No. 28 — Eight consecutive red zone runs versus Rams
No. 29 — Leaky Sean Glennon
No. 30 – Jorvorskie Lane

7 Responses to “Top Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 — No. 16”

  1. MariotaOrWinstonOrWalkdaPlank Says:

    Simple. EDS is a terrible center. He rolled the ball on numerous other occasions throughout the season.

    Mystery solved, there now wasn’t that easy?

  2. WS99 Says:

    By far the funniest game of the year. Gotta give props to mccown for getting up after each vicious hit put on him by mr Suh. Not sure many people could have kept taking a beating like that.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “sticky spots”…..wonder if Kellen Winslow was there pre-game?

  4. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Does anyone know what article has Tuesdays “JoeBucs fan hour with the Big Dog”.

  5. JFat Says:

    @Newbuc –

  6. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    TY, JFat.

  7. Chef Paul Says:

    So that’s what the bearded turd does when he’s the “first one” in the building. Study up on the lamest excuses for his shotty, not give a crap, effortless play.