Lovie: Unclear Status For Mike Evans

September 14th, 2015
"Not yet, V-Jax."

“Not yet, V-Jax.”

Joe’s not going to suggest stud wide receiver Mike Evans’ absence cost the Bucs a 42-14 loss yesterday to the lowly Titans. But one shouldn’t underestimate his impact on the offense.

It’s a different, much more dangerous Bucs offense with Evans in the lineup.

Today, Lovie struck more fear into Tampa Bay fans — as if yesterday wasn’t enough — when he said Evans’ status for Sunday in New Orleans is unclear.

Man, Joe sure was hoping Lovie would say Evans was held out as more of a precautionary measure on Sunday and was ready to practice.

It’s been 21 days since Evans injured his hamstring. The Bucs have not offered a lot of detail on the injury.

35 Responses to “Lovie: Unclear Status For Mike Evans”

  1. SchlomieBarMitzvahCircumScissorStein Says:

    Coach Dudley keeps harping “that it’s just one game and the mistakes are correctable.” I guess he doesn’t realize that his regime is winless at home and that makes 9 games. All together, they’ve won 2 out of 17. He’s living in a fantasy world.

  2. Harry Says:

    “Joe’s not going to suggest stud wide receiver Mike Evans’ absence cost the Bucs a 42-14 loss yesterday to the lowly Titans…”

    His absence might have cost the Bucs a loss if he could have also played corner, or DE, or any position on the friggin Oline Lovie built. Or even better, if Evans could have replaced Lovie as coach, the Bucs might have had a chance…

    Ok, that’s ridiculous… But only because Lovie has F…ked up this team so bad that even with Belicheat stepping in as HC they would still loose to the lowly Titans!

  3. Ray Rice Says:

    Disgusting. Pathetic. Embarrassing. Sad.

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    lol Joe no one cares about the topic of your articles today. They just come on here to vent. No mention about anything on the topic. Just venting. I guess it’s bash Lovie Day for Buc fans everywhere. For Mariota clingers it’s bash Winston Day and I Told You So Day. Forget the topic subject. It’s a day of mourning.

  5. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @Ray Rice,

    I have a few more adjectives to add to your list, but I think Joe’s filters might not let that happen.

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I don’t understand this secrecy that Lovie covets so much. That secrecy has put us at 2-15. It’s almost become a joke how he tries to keep everything such a secret. I’ll tell you one thing you can’t keep a secret – we are a garbage football team and that starts with the head coach.

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  8. Harry Says:

    You got that right, it’s time to vent! We waited to witness this friggon mess? Totally inept performance! And “bash Lovie day” needs to be ratcheted up a bit more, like “FIRE MOFO LOVIE DAY”!! Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!

    I turned off the darn game yesterday bc of the D! How do you give up 35 points IN A HALF AT HOME?! How does that happen?! Winston did close to what I expected. If that game is representative of the entire future of Mariota, yea, maybe we picked the wrong QB. But my real issue is our D!!!! Omg, it was embarrassing!

  9. Ray Rice Says:


    Yes. It’s hard to focus on the article written when all that’s on your mind is the disgusting display of a football team I saw yesterday. Including coaches. I’m not bashing anyone. It was a joint effort. Everyone had a hand in the loss. I have been and will be a supporter of Jameis as long as he’s on the team. 60 mins aren’t going to dictate his whole career. I didn’t expect playoffs either. But be have some pride team. Be competitive, show some fire, emotion, FUK! The only one I saw trying to get his teammates going was Jameis. What happened to our Captains!

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    Evans suffered more than a light hamstring injury obviously. Maybe the Bucs should rest him until after the bye week. To put him back in there could be a bad move costing a long absence.

  11. BucTrooper Says:

    What happened when Eavns said he was ready to play in Week 3 of the preseason if it was regular seas one????

    His new name is Caitlin Evans

  12. Maybenot Says:

    Evans is soft…..

  13. Harry Says:

    How, how, how do you play like that in your 1st game, AT HOME?!?!

    How do you stay employed when you are paid MILLIONS of dollars to coach your special defensive system and the players look like it’s their first time doing it and they don’t have a clue?!?!

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    Wait a second.

    I thought the Bucs WR corp was one of the strengths of the team with great depth.

    But one guy goes out and the passing game grinds to a halt?


  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Damn you know the sky is falling when I’m agreeing with Ray Rice!!!

  16. unbelievable Says:

    @Hawaiian, I agree re: the “secrecy”.

    Because that was my initial thought: Evans will play this Sunday, Lovie just thinks that his big advantage will be New Orleans not knowing if they need to game plan for him or not.

    I really think these are the types of things that Lovie believes will win him games.

    Did anyone notice how atrocious our tackling was yesterday? Do we need Schiano in here to teach guys how to tackle again? I saw multiple occassions our defenders trying to rip away balls, which resulted in the Titans going right past them and scoring, getting first downs, etc.

    Sorry to get off topic but I can not accept the performance of the defense yesterday.

    Really hope Mike Evans can play this week. Really hope Koetter pulls his head out his own arse and devises a better offensive strategy. And I really hope we actually put a defense on the field. I didn’t see them anywhere yesterday.

  17. Ray Rice Says:


    LOL! I literally said the same $hit. We may not see eye to eye on a lot of $hit. But being die hard BUC fans I can only assume it hurts the same. That being said I’m not throwing in the towel either. #RIDEORDIE

  18. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @Ray Rice,

    This one hurts as bad as any I can remember. The only one I can compare it to would maybe be Dungy’s last game against Philly. But looking back now, those were great days compared to now.

  19. Harry Says:

    Because at least those games meant something. All I/we wanted from this game was to see improvement. Sure a win would be awesome, BUT AT LEAST SPME IMPROVEMENT!!

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  21. n. fl buc Says:

    You better get Mike Evans back and 21 other players and a coach

  22. Lakeland Buc Says:

    They waived Rannell Hall and signed 2 backup linebackers, another backup center, a 3rd string QB, another backup LB that they want to play DE. Then they went with 5 WRs, and Mike Evans is hurt. So they had 4 WRs active for Sunday, this is a real Mickey Mouse Operation.

  23. Pelbuc Says:

    Someone should start a petition to request the Glazer dweebs sell or relocate the team cuz this is utter punishment for the community to have to endure these frauds disguised as a football franchise. So Evans gets paid to sit on the sidelines cuz he has a boo boo. At least sophomore slump Michael Clayton blocked on occasion. Oh, and it’s nice to see McCoy and David got paid all that $$$ to disappear on Sundays. Makes you yearn for the country club days of Raheem or the Mersa days of Schiano. At least he had the cods to run out the soft QB. This team still has a lot of Freeman’s on the roster. L&L are a joke.

  24. This Guy Right Here Says:

    Lovie’s not sure of Evans’ status?

    WELL FCK LOVIE!! Is there any thing that you ARE sure of you worthless excuse of a Head Coach???

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    unbelievable…the thing I complained about most yesterday was the lack of tackling. It’s kind of just like our defense was just running around out there like chicken’s without a head. No direction, game plan, scheme or anything for that matter. Especially no fire. Not even a flicker.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    Exactly how many times did the Titans actually punt? 2 times?

  27. BucsFan85 Says:

    87, as I said on another post, Chris Conte was tied for the most tackles with …..5…….. very disappointing defensive performance. I don’t even have to go there as far as offense. As always I will remain optimistic. As hard as it is year after year.

  28. Danr Says:

    it wasnt much more dangerous in the preseason with him in. he contributed… how many catches, on how many targets?

  29. BoomBoomBoom Says:

    Bring back Arroyo!!!!

  30. Danthebucfan Says:

    I know it is supposed to be important to have Mike Evans back, but it didn’t even seem to matter. So what! Let’s assume he plays. Well it make a difference? I’m not pessimistic. I’m just disappointed.

  31. Louis Friend Says:

    Winston would be wise to be on the sideline with Evans. He’s not going to grow and mature doing nothing but playing catchup every game. I realize he threw a pick-6 and was part of the massacre – but no rookie QB on Earth should have to play with a defense like this watching his back.

  32. Danr Says:

    Zero catches on several targets.

  33. FortMyersDave Says:

    I would not be surprised if Evans misses multiple games as whatever can go wrong for the Bucs seems to; especially under Lovie…. Someone asked on another thread who Lovie is going to use a a shield to protect himself this season as Arroyo, Tedford and McNown are no longer options: well he could jump on the injury bandwagon; citing the loss of his #1 offensive weapon and then in turn defend himself from accepting responsibility for his shoddy defense by pointing out the the Bucs have used virtually every draft pick in the last 2 drafts on offense; effectively throwing Licht under the bus….. This guy is all about “secrecy” and covering his @ss. If the Bucs are 1-4 or worse by the bye week the Glazers have to consider relieving Lovie of his duties and let Koetter/Frazier run the team as it seriously can not get any worse than what I saw Sunday after Lovie crowed all ****ing summer about preparing for the lowly Titans….. How long do we have to put up with this farce????? This team has been in the hopper since Malcolm Glazer had the stroke…..

  34. COBucsFan Says:

    Since every other aspect of this game has been touched on, did anyone else notice how poor of a job Evan smith did snapping? His snaps in the shotgun were the slowest snaps I’ve seen. It seemed Jameis could never get a rhythm or timing down with his receivers due to the ball not being in his hands quick enough. He was already dropping back by the time Evan could barely get the ball to him. I must not have been alone on this as we just inked Joe Hawley.

  35. COBucsFan Says:

    Also if Mike Evans was in this game he would’ve gave us a three headed receiving tandem. Our receivers could not get separation all game as we had no threats other than Vjax out there, and the titans knew I too. ASJ had a good performance but wasn’t in the game in that first half. I believe Humphries and Murphy are decent slots but we were hurt tremendously not having a guy that create separation on the outside. I just hope Evans is back this week or it will be a long season.