Buccaneers: 2015 Team Of Destiny

September 6th, 2015

jameis 0829The funny analyst on World Series of Poker broadcasts makes his real money as a sports columnist.

Joe’s talking about Norman Chad, who is very hard to top when it comes to quick wit and regular-guy humor.

Chad has named his annual NFL Team of Destiny. And this year, the Buccaneers have earned the high honor.

Chad is all-in for America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Here’s a snippet:

He was briefly detained by campus police for firing a BB gun at squirrels. Please. George Washington once cut down a cherry tree; you tell me whose juvenile actions hurt the ecosystem and the environment more, GW’s or Winston’s?

He made some unfortunate, somewhat vulgar comments about women while giving an impromptu speech in FSU’s student union. Uh, Donald Trump does this on an almost daily basis, and a year or so from now he might be converting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. into luxury condos.

(Column intermission: Jets quarterback Geno Smith was punched by a teammate last month, sidelining him six to 10 weeks. How come no one on the Bears ever thought of this?)

The full piece is linked above. It’s a nice break from yawn-inducing practice squad Tweets.

30 Responses to “Buccaneers: 2015 Team Of Destiny”

  1. Pawel Says:

    Laughing my mouth off- LMMO

  2. Supersam Says:

    Hahaha that picture is to much man, to much. Simple as that.

  3. Destinjohnny Says:

    5-11 parcels coaching them with lovie 3-13

  4. Babaloo Says:

    Well that does it. That pic is my wallpaper now.

  5. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Stranger things have happened! I see Chad has the Bucs a tie better than my 10-6.

    Heck, if Winston minds his P’s and Q’s and has a healthy supply of soft drinks and seafood at the training table, the Buccaneers could go 10-5-1.

  6. Lakeland Buc Says:

    We have one of the weakest schedules in NFL history. We have only 2 games against playoff teams(i’m not counting the 7-8-1 Panthers). With this schedule we should go at least 13-3,a 11-5 season won’t impress me with this cream puff schedule.

  7. DB55 Says:

    I was all in on 10 wins for a while now but I just don’t see the vision that L&L have. The fact that the Titans just traded from RB West from Cleveland and have Shankey has me fearful of our rush defense. Plus we give up so many short passes. I pray that L&L make me look like an uneducated fan but I just don’t see their vision.

  8. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I certainly respect your concerns. They are valid. In this case we have to lean on the old cliche that a good offense is the best defense. I just hope Koetter calls a game that keeps the Titans offense off the field.

  9. Capt.Tim Says:

    Norm Chad is Fantastic! Especially as a commentator!
    Too many Rookies for a winning record.
    I’ll be happy at 6 wins

  10. James Walker Says:

    I actually laugh aloud, thank you for that.

  11. Stanglassman Says:

    Not really valid of concerns regarding Tenn fierce Running attact. Cobb was their starting RB and he was just put on IR for 8 weeks. Sankey has shown nothing but the propensity fumble and West shouldn’t make any NFL defense ‘fearful’. West is their best back and I do like Cobb but by the time he return teams will be shutting down MM.

  12. scubog Says:

    I love that Buckwheat just saw a ghost look

  13. Warren Says:

    What scares me the most for the start of this season is the fact that we’re still not “settled” on our O-line. Cutting guys that have been practicing the playbook and protections to bring in cast offs from other teams…just doesn’t sit right a few days before our first regular season game.

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    StPeteBucsFan Says
    “Stranger things have happened! I see Chad has the Bucs a tie better than my 10-6.”

    Actually, he predicted 7-8-1. The other was a joke.

    However, to ease your depression over being wrong (in quoting him and your prediction), I’ve taken the time to figure out the additions made to the team. I think you’ve been asking for them? This is barring any moves made in the last few hours or moves that have not been announced.


    Backup: 3. Ryan Griffin

    Wide Reciever 1
    Backup: 3. Adam Humphries

    Left Tackle
    Starter: Donovan Smith

    Backup: Jeremiah Warren
    Backup: Eric Kush

    Right Tackle
    Backup (Starter): Gosder Cherilus


    Defensive Tackle
    Backup: Henry Melton
    Backup: Tony McDaniel

    Defensive End
    Starter: George Johnson
    Backup: Kourtnei Brown

    Strong Side Linebacker
    Backup: Jeremiah George

    Middle Linebacker
    Starter: Kwon Alexander
    Backup: Bruce Carter

    Weak Side Linebacker
    Backup: James-Michael Johnson

    Backup: Sterling Moore

    Strong Safety
    Backup: D.J. Swearinger

    Free Safety
    Backup: Chris Conte


    Starter: Kyle Brindza

    Starter: Jacob Schum

    Holdovers: 34 Players
    New Additions: 19 Players

    Someone else can figure out the percentage. What I find interesting is didn’t we add 19 players last year as well? I think there were more starters then though.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    The only defensive veteran to be added that didn’t have a strong injury history is George Johnson.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Bonzai

    How about Winston & Marpet?

  17. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Looking at the list…its a bit depressing. While there have been some strong additions to offense, Kwon is the only defensive addition to be excited about.

    We only get so many draft picks, and they had to go after offensive for the most part, so I get it and understand the need to add veterans to the defense.

    Still, its scary. I think with Kwon starting, Bruce Carter might avoid injury, unless he starts elsewhere as a result.

    Defensive End, on paper, really has not improved. George Johnson saw almost no action until last year…and still only generated 6 sacks. That’s with 6 years in the league.

    Anyone that thinks Johnson is the answer at defensive end is lying to themselves. When he first entered the league? Maybe he could have been turned into something. But he’s 27 now and most of his development is behind him. He had a little room to grow, but not much.

    Kwon is the only bright spot in my opinion, but even he has a lot to prove. Really, he’s only bright because we are HOPING he proves out. He looks promising, but plenty of players shine in preseason and suck in regular season. So we’ll have to wait and see.

    These are the reasons I have trouble believing the Bucs will do much this year so far as wins. Too many stars would have to align. It just doesn’t happen like that.

    Next year, we can address the defense, our oline will be further along developmental-wise, and our QB will be more experienced (and past his high interception rookie year).

    So, sorry to break it to people…but it’s going to be a long year. The best we can hope for is improvement at development…which is what several of us have pointed out all along.

  18. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    You are right…don’t know how I left them out. Thought I added them.

  19. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    That means 21 additions, not 19.

    Oops. lol

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Personally, I’m hoping one of our new centers steps up. That would reduce the need of oline help.

    RT would still be an issue though. And Mankins is getting old, so either next year or the following year, he will need replacing.

  21. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Jennings will take Dotson’s roster spot.

  22. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Obviously, I’m bored this morning. Woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep.

    Interesting tidbit:

    After the 2015 season, the Buccaneers will still have to pay Josh Freeman $5.95 million. That’s after the almost $3 million he’s getting from the Vikings during the 2015 season.

    So…essentially…he’s getting $10+ million for not even playing.

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Bonzai

    I have a bit more optimism than you as far as the defense is concerned. I agree that DE is a real problem…..but we have several returning players that will probably be much better in Lovie’s system…..McDougal, Lansanah, Banks, Verner…..I think we have better depth at CB and have an improvement over Leonard Johnson….also we have great depth and some versatility at DT….with Melton & McDanial added.
    Safety is a concern…but we may be better there than expected….Barron & Golson were disappointments.
    I hope I’m right.

    Everything to me hinges on our Oline holding up. All the other pieces are there on offense especially with Koetter running the show.

  24. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I think StPete needs to read you post a couple more times Bonzai. That lineup is scary bad. I had been predicting five wins but I’ve thought it over and u think that was too optimistic. I think 3 maybe 4 wins. Hopefully we can get a stud DE (or at least a starting caliber one) with that top 5 pick next year.

  25. Buccfan37 Says:

    What’s that creature whose gaze turn’s foes into stone? Jameis, try that look.

  26. FearTheFlag Says:

    I’ll start out by saying all these concerns are completely valid. But I believe one person has the chance to help offset these challenges…Dirk Koetter. If he can load up on plays designed to get the ball out in 3 seconds or less, JW will have a much better chance to stay off his back. That will help offset our O-line challenges. Disk has also proven in the past to exploit match ups well. If that holds true, and Doug Martin continues his very strong pre-season performance, we can move the chains and hopefully get the the ball to 1 one of our THREE players that are 6’5″ in the Red zone.

    I know…that’s more ifs than I like too…But all these ifs are achievable. We’ll see in less than a week!

  27. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    The offensive line is only part of the problem fear. They have guys that would be backups on any other team at both DE positions as well as the two safeties. That is just too much too overcome. I’m hoping they do ok this year but if you look at the team realistically it’s probably going to be ugly.

  28. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Thanks for the correction and thanks for the math of additons.

    The final tally btw works out to 40% turnover. The 2015 bucs are not the 2014 Bucs. The 2014 Bucs choked away at least 4 games and could have won 6.

    Scary bad based on what. Where haven’t they improved?
    QB? #3 against a loser McCown who has lost more than two games for every one he’s won in over 50 starts. That’s a long enough career to count!

    WR/TE…VJAX and ME are getting worse? ASJ couldn’t play worse. If Murphy is healthy that’s an improvement.

    OL- Young but improved over last year’s mess of hot dung.

    LB’s…One name Kwon…he’s scary bad?

    Safety…McDougald and Swearinger are both better than Goldson and Barron

    DB’s…Better depth and another year of experience for Banks.

    DL…Same as Safeties…with an all pro anchoring the line

    RB…The return of Doug Martin if he plays like he did in the PS is a yyuugee improvement.

    COACHING!! Does anybody NOT believe that Koetter is a yyyuuuge upgrade over Marcus Arroyo. BTW where is Marcus working this year? I’m not even sure.

    GM…Licht himself has acknowledged that he learned from last year and his FA’s this year were much more pragmatic pieces instead of a whiff for the fences.
    His draft this year COULD be truly amazing. If JW..and Kwon are the real deal that’s beyond impressive. A starting QB and MLB in one draft? Then if the two OL work out as just competent starters…

    I’m not sure what team you guys are watching. I agree with Tom E that we simply do not know which team will show up Sunday against the Titans. And with the 40% turnover and especially the rookies that’ll probably be the case for the first half of the season every Sunday.

  29. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Lol, StPete I love your enthusiasm but you are definitely looking at this team with your pewter colored glasses. Winston, Smith, and Marpet are all rookies playing alongside less than average o linemen. They have some nice pieces on offense but lots of holes with lots of growing pains to come. The fact that we don’t have starting caliber DEs is a HUGE problem in a Tampa 2 offense. Your assessment of the safety position is just shear optimism and nothing else IMO. These guys should not be in the starting lineup for any NFL team. I hope I’m wrong but I can’t see much about this team outside of our rookie QB and Koetter and Kwon that is an improvement. Hopefully in a year or two Smith and Marpet will be good but I doubt that will happen this year.

  30. J Says:

    At this rate our QB will be in the hospital by week 5. We no line