“It Becomes A Little Bit Of A Virus”

April 30th, 2015

Can Lovie clean the house?

Rampant MRSA bacteria sank the Bucs and Greg Schiano. But a new antibiotic-resistant disease infected Lovie Smith and friends.

It’s known in medical journals as “Josh McCown,” says one former Buccaneer.

Anthony Becht, now of ESPN and the Buccaneers Radio Network, laid it on the line Tuesday during a segment of Press Box on Bright House Sports Network.

Joe stood on his couch, beer in hand, and saluted the television.

Becht talked about how the team’s anointed offensive leader last year, McCown, opened the season making bad rookie mistakes and cost the Bucs a 2-0 start and subsequently introduced disease to the locker room. “It becomes a little bit of a virus,” Becht said of losing like the Bucs did, courtesy of McCown.

The broader scope of the conversation was about who’s to blame for the Bucs’ stretch of losing (70 out of their last 100, for those keeping score.) Becht emphasized that’s on the Bucs players first and foremost, whereas fellow panelist Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, firmly blamed Team Glazer for playing musical coaches.

Ahh, the blame game is always fun.

Joe just hopes Lovie Smith knows how to rid the losing virus from his team. Lovie has never sat in a 2-14 hole — in one of the worst divisions in NFL history. Jameis Winston is a great start.

Joe suspects Jameis won’t be crying, or letting his team trail 56-0 on national television.

14 Responses to ““It Becomes A Little Bit Of A Virus””

  1. NicevilleLawrence Says:

    Bring it, so pumped to finally be getting a winner in here.

    hopefully we can protect him

  2. jb Says:

    Joe suspects Jameis won’t be crying, or letting his team trail 56-0 on national television.
    He’d better not! That was one of the lowest points in my 39 seasons of watching this team! 56-0 on National television no less. They should’ve cut McClown immediately after that game!

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m happy to move on from McCown….but apparently we are going to continue to blame him for most of our problems…..
    I rode the plane from Charlotte to Tampa with McCown & his two sons (one is a carbon copy, same hair etc) He had nothing but good things to say about Tampa.
    McCown is truly a nice guy….and I’m happy he found another team & $5 mil……..sure, he f’d up….but he is one of many…..how about Dominick’s great drafts….how about the Freeman total meltdown?
    Lets move forward please!!!

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “Joe stood on his couch, beer in hand, and saluted the television.”>/i> – Joe

    You’re not married are you? My wife would scream “shoes off the couch!”

  5. NicevilleLawrence Says:

    i think the NFC south will be vastly improved this year. Carolina doesnt scare me, but we always struggle against the other 2. Time to flip the script.

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I am so ready for this draft. I have some of my posts pre typed. No wings tonight, but plenty tomorrow. I will be wearing my Bucs jersey (the real one, not the crap they have now) and I will cheer when the Bucs draft a quarterback tonight!

  7. Dreambig Says:

    I like the virus take. You see it every year, the first few weeks of the season start out really intense as everyone starts with a clean slate and believe they are as good as anyone. Teams define themselves as the season goes. Winning and loosing are both contagious and the team psyche starts to believe what their record says they are.

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says
    I’m happy to move on from McCown….but apparently we are going to continue to blame him for most of our problems…

    I agree with your point. There are a lot of needs on this team…too many to fully address in this draft.

    I suspect we’re a year or more away from truly contending, unless some miracles come…so I guess we all need to be praying!

  9. Eric Says:





    Today is the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Jeagan1999 Says:

    It appears that Philly is willing to mortgage the farm to move up and get Mariota. Latest rumor is that Chip Kelly is willing to give up draft picks and some pretty great players like DE Fletcher Cox and LB Mychal Kendrick. Everyone assumed that Tennessee would be willing to trade down, but they may want Mariota for themselves. That means that if Philly, Cleveland or any other team wants Mariota….they have to move all the way up to #1 to do it. I don’t know if a trade will materialize….but it’s a lot of fun imagining what other teams might offer Jason Licht to move up!

  11. Red86 Says:

    Musical Coaching and Bad drafting and signing by Dominik is the cause for this mess. Who draft a punter? Really?

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    There won’t be a trade at 1 or 2.

  13. miken Says:

    why didn’t glennon start the last 4 or 5 games of the year when we knew mclown was done?

  14. LargoBuc Says:

    Mccown (and to an extent Glennon) is the biggest reason we went 2-14 last year. Not the o line. Not the lack of a Simeon Rice (although Mark Barron and Mason Foster didnt help) OUR BEYOND MEDIOCRE QUARTERBACK PLAY ARE WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW HELLO! Mccown ran adound fumbling and throwing picks even when the pressure was minimal! Everything was clicking when we played the Bears. But not Mccown. He wasnt going to let us win. He wasnt even going to let our defense win it. He turned the ball over on at least two consecutive drives, putting Jay Cutler in a great spot and our defense, despite playing some damn good football, were put in a horrible spot by Mccown…TWICE IN A ROW!!!
    Please get Jameis or Mariota. We need a qu