“More Excited After Watching The Tape”

April 23rd, 2015


New Bucs free agent defensive end George Johnson said this week that he’s happy to be in Tampa but “more excited after watching the tape.”

Of course, Joe had to ask Johnson what he was seeing on film.

“Just the one thing that they got. Each and every player on this team just plays with so much effort,” Johnson said. “We were just watching the tape. You know, I see guys running down the ball, running down the field 20 yards down the field. A nose tackle making a tackle, or picking up a fumble, or getting an interception. You know, just something like that, you can’t teach anywhere. You can’t teach the effort. And that’s the one thing that I really like about this whole defense. It’s not about the scheme. It’s about how the guys just play.”

This told Joe the Bucs play harder than the Lions, Johnson’s former team. But Joe really can’t read much more into it.

Johnson, who had a bottom-of-the-roster role with the Bucs under Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano, went on to say team unity and attitude is much healthier now than what he experienced previously.

24 Responses to ““More Excited After Watching The Tape””

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    he saw on tape that he will be by FAR the best DE on this team!!!

  2. robert 9 Says:

    guys running everywhere……complete chaos………as they go down with the ship

  3. DallasBuc Says:

    After watching the tape and seeing how sorry this team is it isn’t hard to think you can make an impact.

  4. Jon Says:

    Glad to hear him say the locker room is much better now…gives me hope

  5. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Hearing stuff about team unity is good. We need to give a coach / GM at least 3 years for once or we will never have any continued success

  6. Broy34WontArgueWithStupidity Says:

    ^which is why you draft you draft QB Cornelius. No matter who the coach the franchise QB stays.

  7. Patrick in VA Says:

    Folks, minus M. Johnson, were playing hard but didn’t know where to be until later in the season, when things started coming together. It’s reassuring to see that he’s seeing that level of effort that will be carried over to this year where they will be collectively focused on improving their play within the system as opposed to just figuring the system out.

  8. PocketPirates Says:

    As long as we have the required speed at LB, corner (especially slot corner this year- we got burned way too many times last year) and at safety, this defense can become monstrous mighty quick.

  9. John McKillop Says:

    @Patrick in VA I agree, a lot of people didn’t like the free agent players the Bucs signed, they weren’t top flight players, but players that played in and understand the system. That should help us some. Good draft picks and develop those guys maybe we will have something. Go Bucs!

  10. rayjay1122 Says:

    Sadly there probably was no shortage of film of guys having to run and make tackles 20 yards down the field. Hopefully this year the majority of our tackles will be behind the line of scrimmage to 3 yards down the field.

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    @John McKillop

    Here’s a realistic look at the signings


  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Let’s go through the ROSTER SIGNINGS so far this year, shall we?

    Only 2 full seasons of 7, due to INJURY ISSUES. Never had more than 51 tackles (and that only once) and had 5 picks his second year, then sucked from there on.

    Struggled with injuries AND was never that good to start with. He’s only had one compllete season in his career, and his production has been almost nil. When Ruud was here, he had plenty of tackles, 75 plus. Conte has passed 52 once, and last year he had only 24 in 14 games. HE SUCKS.

    Already waived by the team, and was no more than a body to begin with.

    He’s the player you mentioned from the Cowboys. The one with only one complete season and no production in his 4 years. None. HE SUCKS.

    Not only is he no good and is pure depth, he also has behavior issues and almost got diactivated the final two games of the season.

    Four years in the league and he has NEVER made it through a complete season.Oh, he had 5 picks last year. Big deal. He has zero every other year. He had tackles worth mentioning only one year (not last year) and he has INJURY ISSUES.

    You’re joking, right? I have no idea why this guy is even still in the NFL. Also has had injuries.

    Only played one complete season out of five due to INJURIES. His production has never been better than a rotational depth player, yet we will likely start him?

    One complete season in six played, due to INJURIES. Once a first round pick, the most sacks he’s had in a season are 3, and that was way back in his second year…when he was healthy for only 8 games.

    A 2009 fourth-round pick of the Falcons, Sidbury has earned playing time in just one game of the past two years. He’ll compete for a roster spot. He has INJURY ISSUES as well, having been on IR last year.

    Resigned for depth, everyone knows Stocker has had INJURY ISSUES. Has just 35 catches in his four-year career.

    A special teams contributor, if he remains on the team, Williams has NO COMPLETE SEASONS in 6 years of play. INJURY ISSUES.

    Never played a down in the NFL. Clearly not good enough, because hte Bucs had to sign yet another punter later.

    Never Played a down in the NFL. Competing to remain on the roster or make the practice squad. He’s the 3rd punter on the team, the second with no NFL experience.

  13. WS99 Says:

    Daaaaaaaaamn Bonzai keeping it 100. Lmao, lovie and his lapdog know exactly what they’re doing. IT TAKES TIME, lol. We cut Barron and replaced him with Chris Cunte, nuff said!!!!! Lmao, hilarious.

  14. LargoBuc Says:

    Well it seems Lovie has this team united. It was divided under Schiano qnd Raheem…well yeah. I hope this results in the team being ready to beat the fuk outa Tennessee week 1. Hell, I want them to be ready to hit people in pre season. Just come out ready to execute. Last year against Carolina was unacceptable.

  15. WS99 Says:

    WS99 Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    April 23rd, 2015 at 12:12 pm
    Daaaaaaaaamn Bonzai keeping it 100. Lmao, lovie and his lapdog know exactly what they’re doing. IT TAKES TIME, lol. We cut Barron and replaced him with Chris Cu’n’te’, nuff said!!!!! Lmao, hilarious.

  16. Martinii Says:

    I am amazed, our entire offseason to date according to you is a complete failure. I’m not even going to watch the draft, we are doomed! Why not just go ahead and move the team to Gettysburg or Pearl Harbor.

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    You may not like it, but it has been. Blame Jason Licht, because he actually has more power this year.

    And deny it all you want. Come the season, you’ll see how right I am.

  18. BucinNC Says:

    Mock bonzai but he’s right. Moore excited me bc he will be an upgrade of lj. Carter scares me bc of injuries and mlb is a new position for him plus we have no depth behind him. Johnson I kind of like. We don’t have a stud there but a bunch of really solid players. Safety scares me big time. Ol is…I can’t even find words to describe how I feel about this regimes ol moves and evaluation

  19. Celly Says:

    at the end of the day, you have 2 options when it comes to signing free agents:

    1) over pay for guys who don’t want to be here
    2) pay for guys that WANT to play for us

    when option 1 is selected, people complain that they overpaid
    when option 2 is selected, people complain that they didn’t really upgrade the team….

    @Bonzai, what would you have preferred them do? who would you have had them sign that you KNOW would’ve wanted to play here and that we wouldn’t have had to “overpay” for???

  20. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Bonzai’s assessment on half those players is embarrassingly incorrect. How can you make assumptions about bruce carter, henry melton, sterling moore when NFL experts actually tell us these are good players. Melton had 5 sacks in a rotational role and your telling me he is “no good” at worst he is a decent player.
    Moore had 14 pass breakups after he substituted in at Nickel for the cowboys. and is regarded around the league as a solid nickle CB. This is a MASSIVE upgrade over Leonard Johnson

    You baselessly call all these players “no good”, and call it a “realistic”” assessment?


  21. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Your optimism is overwhelming. We all agree 2-14 is horrible. We all agree Lovie stepped in a big pile of steaming hot manure when he hitched his start to Josh Choker McCown. We all realize that he blew up a mediocre OL and replaced it with the worst OL in the league. I’m still wondering how they believed NIcks was going to play? The entire training staff should be fired if they really believed that.

    No OC because of the heart problem a week before the season. And yet the Bucs won 2 and lost nine by less than a TD, two in OT. IF they has simply made a play in many of those games they could have been an 8-8 team. Not a great team but not as horrible as people here make out.

    The defense is improving and the new FA’s should all fit this time around. Unlike Alteraun Verner they are all coming from Lovie style defenses.

    Carter has the potential…athletcism and speed to be our next no name MLB like Shelton Quarles. I can only imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth here if JBF had been around back then. What sign a Miami Dolphins reject who had to play two years in the CFL?

    This team could just as easily win 11 games as lose 11 games. I’m not betting on either. But the little train never got to the top of the hill saying I think I can’t I think I can’t.

    If Fameis is all that the Winstonites claim, if we can score two starting OL to regain the mediocrity we used to have, this team could end up surprising you.

    We have holes…punter…no frightening speed at WR…but if Sims stays healthy he’s quick and once upon a time Murphy used to have decent speed.

    I concede that everything has to fall into place, but it’s not as far fetched as you make it.

  22. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    BTW I believe a lot of the left over hate from last year is not just because we were 2-14. It was the incredibly frustrating way we lost many of those games that could have been wins. And it was a repeated steady dose of frustration. It made everybody very angry including me. But that anger hasn’t so clouded my judgement that I see zero potential in this team.

  23. Phillip Says:

    Conte is a safety and Ruud was a MLB not sure you can compare the two with tackles in a season

    Sterling Moore is actually a good young player

    Henry Melton certainly does not suck.

    Need to add George Johnson or is he not allowed because we “traded” for him?

    Since when is re-signing your depth players to minimal contracts a bad thing?Do you realize how many players in the NFL actually miss games every year because of injury? By the way I’ll take this years group of FA over last year all day and twice on Sunday.. No one realistically broke the bank this year and can all be rotational guys to finally see what we have in some of our younger players. Also by your thought process you think Jason got to pick and choose the players more this year than Lovie when most were former players of Lovie or played in a similar defensive system.. Interesting logic there.. Your assessment of all the players screams ignorance and hate btw.

  24. Johnny Dejay Says:

    George Johnson is a defensive end that Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik didn’t like. That makes him a very good addition to the current Bucs team!