Lansanah Says Coaches Lit Fuse

August 25th, 2015
Bucs LB Danny Lansanah, making a tackle on Bengals RB Jeremy Hill last night, admitted tongue-lashings from the Bucs coaches inspired the team to win. Photo courtesy of

Danny Lansanah (51) tackles Bengals running back Jeremy Hill last night. Lansanah admitted tongue-lashings from coaches inspired the Bucs. Photo courtesy of

Man, it was like Joe was watching two different teams. Ten days ago, in their first at-bat of the 2015 preseason, the Bucs didn’t look better than they were last year.

Last night? Geez. Where has this team been?

The defense got pressure on puking Andy Dalton (!), and it forced turnovers. The offense was humming like it has been together for years.

Joe spoke to linebacker Danny Lansanah after the game, and Lansanah said the change in the two games came because the Lovie Smith and staff were just plain fed up with subpar play from the Bucs.

“It was just the coaching staff,” Lansanah said. “We came in and watched last week’s film and [coaches] kind of got on us. Guys on the team, we took it upon ourselves to put a better showing on the field. We didn’t play Buc Ball that first weekend. I think [Monday night] we did.”

In particular, “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston, looked every bit the No. 1 overall pick. Jameis connected on six of his first seven passes. Doug Martin’s 59 yards on six carries also was key.

Lansanah confessed it was the coaching staff that lit a fire under the feet of the Bucs in practices leading up to Monday’s game.

“Oh, definitely,” Lansanah said. “When your coaches come in and tell you what you did wrong and that whole vibe, it puts a fire under you.

“Coupled with pride.”

20 Responses to “Lansanah Says Coaches Lit Fuse”

  1. Walter Says:

    I’d be pretty pissed too if I had a team with so much potential that was constantly underperforming. This is not a 2-14 football team, it’s time to show it, to play with some fire. The South is as weak as it’s ever been, it’s time to reclaim that title.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Jameis has re energized the Bucs!
    His excitement is contagious, and you can see the effect he has had on the whole team.
    It was great to see Gerald McCoy smiling, and having a big game.

  3. Jerry Says:

    Eh… Im not going to jump for joy for one pre-season game.

    There were some good things to be optimistic with, but also some bad things…
    -Jameis will be lucky to make it through the season alive with that offensive line. It’s going to be ugly when defenses actually start scheming.
    -The Bengals really didn’t look like they cared if they won or lost.
    -Penalties…holy cow. You will never win a game in the regular season with that many drive-killing flags.

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    The refs calling the game went overboard with the flags. Might as well put 16 of them out there so they don’t miss any penalties that happen on every play. Control freaks.

  5. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Hope realist had his microscope out lol

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    Really this was a game the Bucs had to win, even though it was just preseason. The fans were becoming restless, the length of time without a win at home was mentally mind numbing. They pulled together and played with a sense of urgency and got it done. Nice job team!

  7. pick6 Says:

    momentum and confidence are such a big part of football. preseason ultimately doesn’t matter, but if your starting units can get some momentum and confidence to carry into the first couple games of the year, you never know what can happen from there.

  8. DallasBuc Says:

    I must admit that Lovie Smith had this team ready to compete last night for the most part. Lansanah is maybe the most consistent player we have on this team next to David. Credit to Dominik and Schiano for getting this guy.

  9. Says:

    NO 1 Last week the Bucs had 10 practices to the Vikings full game played. Remember 2011 when we dominated KC after the strike when KC coaches decided to treat game one like a practice but Bucs were doing it like a game? playing better did not surprise me at all, dominating did.

    NO.2 Remember the same people who are telling you to calm down its only a preseason game, are the same people who last year (and year before) were telling you to panic because the Bucs look terrible. You can’t have it both ways. Yes it preseason football, but it feels better when your starters dominate.

  10. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Wow! That game was FUN to watch last night!!

    The team played exceptionally well in two phases of the game and did an excellent job covering punts in the third phase.

    That game definitely has me geeked up! The only thing I will say is that it appeared Cincy was unable to match our intensity. You could tell before the game that this was important to the Buccaneers, and it seemed as though the opponents were not up to task of matching the BUCS energy. That won’t be the case during the regular season. But man did that team look good last night!

  11. drdneast Says:

    Loved the command, confidence and presence of Winstons voice a nd demeanor resonating inside RJ Stadium last night. The young man is headed in the right direction.
    Loved the play calling and scheme from Dirk Koetter. He is going to male a hige difference this year.

  12. Newbucsfan Says:

    They played great it was the chicago bears w/ an offense. Now if someone could tell those players that choose to pray after every game. That if you must do it at least know what Jesus you are praying to otherwise you’re just bruising your knees and speaking into the air.

  13. tdtb2015 Says:

    The Tampa 2 resurrected by Lovie!

    In Lovie and Licht I TRUST!

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    “Last night? Geez. Where has this team been?” – Joe


  15. Pickgrin Says:

    How is it possible that an “incompetent” HC and coaching staff could have their team so jacked up and ready to come out swinging like we saw last night? Without yelling and cursing – without belittling.

    Does coach Lovie Smith perhaps actually know what he is doing???

    Where’s all the Animosity Amigos? Realist? tmax?

    At least Dallas is willing to show up and give props when they are due after a very good performance by our Bucs on national TV.

    Yea – it was just a pre-season game. But it was far from meaningless. This young, building team needed to perform well and build some confidence. And they did that and more. The starting Defense looked great. The offense showed a lot of promise. And our franchise QB is well ahead of schedule in his development – by any rookie’s standards. Things are looking up Bucs fans – and last night was a good 1st step towards getting this whole franchise turned around and headed towards greatness.

    There were a # of mental mistakes made and those penalties have to get cleaned up – but the EFFORT was excellent and the talent of this team has obviously risen substantially in the last 15 months. We are not going to win the Super Bowl this year – but things are definitely headed in the right direction now. Buccaneer football will be fun to watch again – starting this year!

    Kudos L&L – keep it going. It does take time to rebuild this franchise the right way – and I think both of you are doing a good job of having the necessary patience – of not freaking out or over reacting when decisions didn’t work out like you hoped but simply rectifying the error asap – taking one step at a time – one task at a time – one player acquisition at a time – and then moving to the next “need” on the list and addressing it the best ways you can when the opportunities present themselves.

    This franchise will indeed be “relevant” again soon. And L&L will be largely responsible for that positive turn around.

    If we see another performance similar to last night’s when the Browns come to RayJay on Saturday night – then we will know that this team has turned a corner and that we can probably expect more from this season than just the 5 or 6 wins that most “experts” are predicting for the Bucs in 2015.

    Improved QB play aside (which is a given with Winston behind center) – How this season turns out will largely depend on OL and DL play. Both looked pretty darn good last night except for the penalties.

    Back to work men and enjoy your victory today.

  16. MTM Says:

    Last night was one of the Bucs best games in 3 plus years. Outside of the penalties which seems to have pulled out of the ref’s ass for the most part. The defense was aggressive and opportunistic throughout the game. The running game made Winston’s job much easier. What ever cage rattling strategy Lovie and the rest coaches used worked. Last nights game is exactly what the fan base needed to get behind this team. Effort!!

  17. Couch Fan Says:

    Best Pre-season game I’ve seen in a long time. Whole team did well. Hell even Lovie gets a lot of credit for finally having his team ready. Now we’ve seen what they can do. Next step is to develop that consistency. Are they gonna come out flat Saturday or will they show up with that same mentality? First time in a long time, I have some hope!!

  18. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    It’s good to hear that from you Couch.

  19. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Props to you for recognizing what happened last night. Gives you more credibility for the next time you want to point out Lovie’s faults.

  20. Jason McLaurin Says:

    Lovie Smith taking over as the playcaller on defense has been huge. Now we look like the Gulpers of the Gulf on defense last night on defense with all those turnovers and its comingall across the depth chart too. “Seige the Day ” ###GulpersoftheGulf