Tight Ends Coach Talks About Toughening Up Austin Seferian-Jenkins

September 14th, 2015

austin seferian-jenkins 0812aJoe feels a little dirty writing about any Buccaneers player having a strong game yesterday. The scope of the 42-14 defeat was so all-encompassing.

But one guy who racked up numbers and turned heads was second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

And man, did Seferian-Jenkins get plenty of love from Lovie Smith and his position coach Jon Embree today on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Embree, a former Rams tight end himself, said Seferian-Jenkins needed to toughen up and get more dangerous this season, and he showed that with five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee.

“I’m most impressed with him finally figuring out, you know, how to be a threat after the catch,” Embree said of Seferian-Jenkins. “That’s something I’ve been harping on him with for a while. Part of it is just confidence, but to see him take that slant route and break two tackles, that is what I was most pleased about.

“I’m always harping on him about he’s ‘The Big Train,’ and you gotta make those guys tackle you. There’s nothing in the rules that says you have to let him tackle you. And so, just getting him to understand about lowering his pads and attacking the defender instead of a guy getting into his legs. You know, as big as he is, guys are going to go low. On that slant route, he caught it, he turned and dipped his shoulder, and the guy kind of fell off of him. And then the next guy didn’t have a good enough angle and he’s strong enough to run through arm tackles, and that’s exactly what he did.”

If you missed Seferian-Jenkins’ big play, it came with the Bucs trailing 42-7 midway through the fourth quarter. Here’s the video:

Embree’s words were telling, and Joe raised an eyebrow when Embree mentioned confidence is a factor. Joe wrote about how Seferian-Jenkins was hanging his head in training camp.

Lovie also raved about Seferian-Jenkins’ blocking, and Embree said film review of Sunday’s game showed Seferian-Jenkins, along with Luke Stocker, made no mental errors.

Joe sure hopes Seferian-Jenkins is turning a corner. He certainly has the talent, and he’s finally healthy. But Joe is a little skeptical of big plays in garbage time of a lost game. Joe needs to see more.

69 Responses to “Tight Ends Coach Talks About Toughening Up Austin Seferian-Jenkins”

  1. bucrightoff Says:

    All that nice play negated by going full retard with the high steps down 5 touchdowns. He seems to be lacking emotionally maturity.

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    The shiniest turd from yesterdays crap-fest.

  3. We suckbalz Says:

    I doubt it. So tired of watching this pop Warner garbage.

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    Glad I missed the high stepping down the sideline. I would have booed him if I was still there.

  5. BrianBucs Says:

    Most of those catches and yardage came in garbage time. If this guy could turn into some kind of weapon it would be great for Jameis

  6. tdtb2015 Says:

    Jimmy’s INTs won the trophy!

  7. The Buc Realist Says:

    Marketing wise for him, it was a great move. The only touchdown I remember last year was because he did the Captain Morgan!!!

  8. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


  9. Bucco brice Says:

    NEEDS A QB TO GET HIM THE BALL…”simple as that”…

  10. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    BINGO. I was so peoed. He actually even tried to work in a little Capt Morgan.
    Somebody needs to tell him that when your team is getting their arse embarrassed in front of the home folks celebrating YOUR success looks really really selfish!

    Hope nobody is watching the Falcons game. Quinn has made the Falcon defense respectable in one training camp. I can already read all the posts about how does Quinn do it when Lovie can’t. And sadly I have no answer for that.

    I feared Atlanta might be the sleeper here. Lots of game left with Philly we’ll see…but Matty Ice threw and int in the Eagles end zone or Atlanta would be up 10-0. Carolina looked good but not great..I still do not believe N.O. is all that.

    Still I’ll have to eat a lot of crow for the ten W prediction because Atlanta is clearly improved and Carolina is the same…still better than us. I’m now more worried about 1-5 in the division instead of my hoped for 4-2.

  11. Dave Says:


  12. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    TD Falcons..10-0! It should be 17-0 if Matty Ice hadn’t thrown that red zone int in the end zone. Quinn is outcoaching Chipper big time. We may be in deep dooty this year!!!

  13. Deminion Says:

    Falcons D looks good. Bucs D…..

  14. The Buc Realist Says:


    when are you going to start asking everyone, how the Bucs are supposed to win with the division’s 4th best Head Coach??????

  15. Bucco brice Says:


  16. Deminion Says:

    Saw Clayborn still crap

  17. Morgan Says:

    I think ASJ is so dense that a coach can talk until he’s blue in the face but it won’t register with this idiot…..talk a lesson from Mariota – act like you’ve been there.

  18. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    COVER 2 IS DEAD!!!! simple as that

  19. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    FALCONS DID IT FALCONS DID IT FALCONS DID IT!!! falcons learned how to play good defense in less than one year

  20. Pelbuc Says:

    ASJ is all about ASJ. Kid is selfish and immature. Only scores in garbage time but he did help lose the against the Vikings last year in OT. L&L have filled the roster with a bunch of these idiots. Quite evident competent coaching is missing. When Bucs go 0-4 if Glazers had any care for this franchise they should get Lovie and warshop out, cut EDS, Mankins and trade McCoy for picks. Rest of the player can audition for next year’s coach. This team needs another non nonsense and fiery disciplinarian.

  21. The Buc Realist Says:

    @Bucs Fan #7423

    The sad part is, Lovie does not think so!!!! He will look you dead in the eye and tell you it was just a missed assignment, and that the system is fine!!!!

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Pelbuc…I like your thinking.

  23. DB55 Says:

    And trade McCoy for pick.

  24. DB55 Says:

    Some of us have been saying Lovie is in over his head for years now. Someday others we realize the reality of the situation.

  25. Stevek Says:

    The Buc Realist Says:
    September 14th, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    when are you going to start asking everyone, how the Bucs are supposed to win with the division’s 4th best Head Coach??????


    Hahhahaha, so true!

    Oh, Joe, what about the fourth best HC in the division? You were ALL ABOUT that “4th best QB in the division” crap.

    I said we should shop the pick for multiple picks and trade back. We are FAR FROM A GOOD TEAM.

    Where is Lovie’s defense? We got shredded like wet toilet paper.

  26. Stevek Says:

    Coach Schiano is still on the books, it’s not too late to call him back and give him the rest of the year as interim head coach, even guarantee 2016 if need be.

    Where are the billboards for the inept head coach? Schiano got billboards at 0-4, I hope Lovie is held to the same standard.

  27. Falcons Fan Says:

    Hope you enjoyed the beat down yesterday. Falcons will be your big brother and show you all how to play “real” football. The little engine that could resides in Tampa. I am enjoying this game tonight!

  28. Gooberville Says:

    It seems the Falcons D is instantly better on its first game under its new coach at home. Why is Lovies D so ridiculous hard to learn. We are an embarrassment . The Glazers need to either sell or consult with others and bring in a solid GM and get out of the way. Quinn proves what real coaching looks like . Lovie either doesn’t have it or his players are not responding. Make a change now Glazers.

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    DB…well not for years now. He’s only coached for 1 season. So about a year and 1/2. Most of us liked what he was doing early on in the offseason. The McCown move was the the weirdest head scratcher. Not to mention all the gifted spots he gave out when he got here. Dismantles the entire o-line and makes it worse. The team goes 2-14 and looks worse than Schiano’s team did the year before. Okay so draft our future star quarterback with the first pick.

    Then they have to spend 2 HIGH draft picks on o-lineman to have them start the season for your #1 overall pick the quarterback of your team who’s also starting.

    But the defense looks worse than LAST season!

    The whole team came out flat like LAST season!

    I understand the pick 6 early can deflate a team a little bit….especially when the D gave up a TD so easily prior to the pick 6. Then proceeded to give up another TD very quickly. Lovie never made any adjustments on defense, just like he won’t make any for Drew Brees.

    The lights are on but no ones home. Does Lovie always look so dazed and confused at pressers?

    What will it take 0-and what before the billboards go up?

  30. GhostofSchiano Says:

    If this is what lovie brings to the field every Sunday i will tune in to see who hands us our worst defeat of the year. From what I saw yesterday we are horrendous on both sides of the ball. When we go to Atlanta this years beatdown could be worse than last year from what i am seeing tonight

  31. LargoBuc Says:


  32. rayjay1122 Says:

    I should spare myself some grief and just be an Atlanta Falcons fan until the Glazers sell the Bucs to an owner who can evaluate and hire a winner for a coach and a GM who will in turn put together a great team. I don’t credit the current Glazer ownership for the success the Bucs had when Malcolm was running the show. Falcons are looking good! As I said before, the Bucs do not deserve fans. All of us deserve better than what we have been force fed for so long now. Boycott the Bucs!!! I know it is a pipe dream that the Glazers will sell the Bucs because as long as they are making moneyh, they will keep them, but Lovie has to go. The guy just has no clue. I remember when he was facing Dungy in the Super Bowl and Lovie just always has that clueless look on his face because that is what he is…clueless!!!

  33. GhostofSchiano Says:

    We learned from Raheem, you cant be too nice.
    We learned from Schiano, you cant be too mean.
    We are learning from lovie how to digress……and be humiliated on a National level

  34. No better way to say it Says:

    Cover 2 only works when you have special players at multiple positions.. There is a reason most teams dont play it often especially with all the threats around the NFL at TE.

    Not only that Leslie Frazier was downright horrible in Minny using a cover 2 defense. How AP and Ponder where able to squeeze out 10 wins using Fraziers Cover 2 and terrible offensive play calling by Musgrave is a mystery to me.

  35. Falcons Fan Says:

    bucs are a punching bag and the fans have no hope! I can’t wait until the Falcons get their stats up against these losers.

  36. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    If we’re 0-5 at the bye it’s time to consider the next move.

    By then the billboards will be up and the banners flying overhead. Lovie will be a dead man walking unless he can pull the rabbit out of the hat over the last 11 games. But after the bye is when the schedule gets tougher.

    If #3 keeps tripping over his own feet, struggling to hand off the ball cleanly, struggling to simply hang on to the ball..he had two fumbles which luckily he recovered then perhaps we might as well blow it all up and cut our losses.

    GMC would garner at least a first round pick and maybe more to sweeten the pot.

    If #3 got benched during the bye week we could probably trade him and recoup another first round pick. Of course our own first round pick could mean THREE first round picks!!!

    Cardale Jones will go #1…but Connor Cook and Hackenberg will be available or there may be another route to go at QB.

    This is how a new coach might look at this. Again dump Lovie and you may be dumping #3 unless he can learn how to hang on to the football! Unless he can stop tripping over his own feet…unless he stops with the ints…a new coach and perhaps even Koetter will feel no allegiance to #3 and he may demand the right to move him before taking the position.

    This is all premature. It’s ONLY one game. But when ONE game is sooo very awful…it prompts premature speculation. When the “savior” can’t even drop back without tripping or losing the ball over his shoulder ala Rose Bowl..tosses two ints that could have easily been 4…it’s soooo freaking ugly that people start thinking about desperate moves. Even optimists like me!

  37. The Buc Realist Says:

    @No Better way to say it

    I have said that for a while! and an Offense can run the running sweep play and win if you have overwhelming talent!!!

    Someone needs to tell Lovie that you don’t need to eat plain oatmeal everyday!! Mix it up a little!!!

  38. Lakeland Buc Says:

    We will be ok, i’m not going to throw in the towel after one game. No need to panic, we have 15 games left. I wonder why no one is saying nothing about the piss poor officiating yesterday? It was a disgrace to sports, I never seen anything like it before. I have been a Buc fan since the beginning in 1976 and I have seen it a lot worse. But I will never jump ship this is about more than just winning a game. But at the same time I would expect for our coaching staff to field the best players. And I don’t think that has been the case here in Tampa. As I have said before we need to play power Buc football, nickel and dime these defenses. It will get better for us, i’m not ready to give up and I won’t. I still believe that we have a good football team, that will get better.

  39. DB55 Says:

    Funny it feels like decades if not centuries.

    Call Jimmy Johnson buy him a helicopter to get to and from MIA. Doubt he’d take HC but maybe President ala John Elway. Jimmy will straighten this chit out IMMEDIATELY! First order of business is to trade away all the ice cream salesmen. Then get rid of the choirboys and replace them with straight Ballers that grew up in the ghetto with crackhead parents. Lol, u think I kid but how do you think Dez Bryant grew up.

    How do you fix it? Easy, Move Jameis to shotgun and hurry up O. That’s it!

  40. rayjay1122 Says:

    I am just frustrated and venting. I don’t think I could ever actually bring myself to no longer pull for the Bucs, but I am giving up already on this season. The way we played in the dress rehearsal 3rd preseason game was not even as bad as we looked in week one. Gonna be another long and futile season with us talking about who we will take with the first pick in next years draft, which won’t matter because Lovie and Licht will screw it up again.

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    Lakeland Buc…good for you.

  42. Lakeland Buc Says:

    I don’t know why you all are so high on the Falcons, they stinks as bad as us. The only difference is they get a lot of calls and we get call on a lot. And all you need to do is rattle Matt Ryan once and then he start throwing picks. Their defense probably the worst in the NFC, they wears down as the game goes on. They have no speed on defense, and they are weak.

  43. Elle Says:

    If there’s anything positive to be found in yesterday’s debacle, then I’d say that what ASJ and Doug Martin did is encouraging. At the very least, at a personal level, their performance will hopefully give them the confidence required to face the rest of the season. It’s the rest of the team that needs a lot of work. Both Lovie and Winston said they believe they will get better, so I, as a HIGHLY FRUSTRATED fan, expect to see immediate progress starting from the game against the ‘Aints. Another poor outing and the Bucs can say goodbye to my money. Hopefully plenty of other fans will stop spending money on a bad product.

  44. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Let’s see how the Dixie Chicks finish against Chipper. No matter how you look at it Quinn outcoached Chipper in the first half. But Chip is good…made some halftime adjustments…good game now. Let’s see if Quinn’s defense can hang on to this game. Chipper is widely acknowledged as an offensive guru so this is a great test for Kelly and his boys.

    I’m not ready to toss in the towel at this point. But both HC and QB were just horrid yesterday. Yes Lovie has had more time so his awful result is far worse.
    #3 is a rookie and I get that. It’s not the “rookie” mistakes that scare me as much as the footwork and inability to simply hang on to the football. I’m honestly wondering if he has a sweaty hands problem or perhaps tiny hands?
    Hard to believe the latter because he’s such a big dude. Hard to believe that he has weak hands..again he’s a big strong dude…but I gotta believe my eyes. He simply loses the ball waaay too much when he’s not even under great pressure.
    He made to horrible exchanges to the RB yesterday…what’s that about?

    If he’s going to start then he deserves honest scrutiny. Russell Wilson was sacked six times yesterday..#3 only 4X and two of those were clearly his fault.

    Our OL was one of the bright spots. Not great but they didn’t suck nearlly as badly as we all feared.

    Bottom line though is I agree with all…this horrible defense makes any discussion of offensive improvement a moot point. NO QB…no offense could overcome the defensive effort of yesterday.

  45. Buc1987 Says:

    SPBF…Did Winston have trouble with his footwork? I think he did, because you know why? Not only did I see it myself but, you have been telling us that on every thread since 9 PM last night. Did you have nightmares about it last night or something?

    Will you tell us about it again tomorrow too?

  46. Pawel Says:

    One interesting quote I heard was if Jamesis didnt throw that first pick 6, he then became gun sling shy, but either way I blame the defense more than anything, 42 pts unacceptable.

  47. @Broy3434 Says:

    IF YOU WANNA COMPLAIN LETS JUST ALL AGREE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT LOVIE. 230 yards two touchdowns 2 int’s is hardly unheard of or at least isn’t guaranteed worthy of losing 42-14. I mean cmon guys we all know if this team ran 2 man under out of 4-3,nickel, dime, and quarter they’d be a 6,7 win team. If we signed Rex Ryan Jameis would be 1-0

  48. DB55 Says:

    Dan Quinn just proved that it takes time to win a game in the NFL.

  49. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    “Did you have nightmares about it last night or something?”

    Didn’t you? Sadly this wasn’t the first time this has been apparent. We’ve seen it all PS. I hope it’s a correctable problem.

    Any ideas why he has so much difficulty handling the ball. I thought that Rose Bowl play was simply a freakish outlier. After this PS and yesterday’s performance..yes I’m having nightmares. He clearly has a cannon and plenty of intangibles…but the footwork and ballhandling are majorconcerns!

    As are the Atlanta Falcons who hung on to beat Chip Kelly’s vaunted offense.
    The next four games are critical for the Bucs. Let’s see if they have any heart.

  50. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


  51. LargoBuc Says:

    Actually, most of the plays we got beat on, we were not in cover or tampa two. Regardless Lovie needs to go.

  52. LargoBuc Says:

    Maybe if we get our spit together, we can lure Josh Mcdaiel outa New England. Assuming we have a replacement for Licht of course.

  53. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    We are always in cover 2 even our punt formation is cover 2

  54. This Guy Right Here Says:

    Look at Dan Quin, now THATS a NFL Head Coach right there!

    Fck You Lovie!!!

  55. J Says:

    Yea how bout not celebrating a TD you got against the Titans backups ASJ…

  56. J Says:

    @Broy 100+ of his yards and 1 TD came in garbage time v backups. Shut up

  57. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Assuming we have a replacement for Licht of course.

    If we get McDaniel are we sure Licht would go? They both have the N.E. connection.

    And if we want McDaniel or any coach of his caliber currently working in the NFL we are forced to either put up with Lovie for the rest of the year or hope Koetter would accept a caretaker position. Not sure Koetter would be up for that.

    Not to say that I wouldn’t put up with Lovie to get somebody like McDaniel but you read these boards. Lovie has NEXT WEEK to turn this around after that horrible turrd he dropped on the fanbase yesterday. Is that smart or fair…doesn’t matter it is what it is. After yesterday they’ve crushed even an optimist like me…0-5 going into the break is no longer unimaginable..and if that happens..the billboards…overhead banners…it will get soooo ugly.

  58. J Says:

    Shoulda got Teddy

  59. J Says:

    Lovie should have listened to Tony. Maybe Lovie wanted to get to the Super Bowl with another Rex Grossman equivalent? So they drafted JaBoob?

  60. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Sadly I’ve been trying to think if there was a WORSE script I could have written for yesterday’s game. NO!

    Coach is totally overmatched, his team is unprepared and we get routed.

    The QB the top pick of the draft, just plays abysmally, not just mental rookie mistakes (understandable-we knew patience would be required of a rookie) and some glaring physical deficiencies that are truly frightening or as 87 pointed out..for me at least..nightmarish.

    The only optimism I can come up with is that it truly can’t get any worse than yesterday. Just ripped our guts out.

  61. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    We’ve all seen YAC stats for RB’s and WR’s. Yards after contact or yards after catch. Does anybody keep the stats for YAC against the defense. I feel pretty sure the Bucs have a good shot at giving up the most YAC of any NFL team.

  62. DFW_BucFan Says:

    Well at least I feel better about our unforms this year………San Francisco definitely has locked up the “what the hell were they thinking” award with their black and red leotards.

  63. BrianBucs Says:

    Guys, when you are 30-71 in your last 101 games, then you have bad football decisions continually being made at the highest levels.
    With that being said, I really just don’t see things getting turned around until somebody else owns this team

  64. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    i like 49ers uniform because they’re not losing 42-14

  65. LargoBuc Says:

    St. Pete, your one of my favorite posters on here. Im honored for the reply!
    Anyway, wether Lovie goes tommoro or January 5th makes no difference. Sadly, the damage has been done and yet another autumn is wasted.
    One thing Mcdaniel will need to even consider Tampa, is a front office that has its spit together. If the on field product is a reflection of our front office, thats not good. But wether we get Mcdaniel, Gase or whoever, we need a strong front office and not some circus. We need a GM in place before any coach is brought in. Wether or not thats Licht or someone else, IDK. Its hard to measure a GM when the HC has full control. The New England connection could pay a factor.
    One reason I want Mcdaniel. He been an NFL HC before. He went through growing pains kinda like when we hired Raheem for his first gig. Im sure he will be much improved too if he gets another shot. Second, Mcdaniel runs one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL. Sure having Tom Brady helps. But do you think Brady and Belichick would let some coattail rider run their offense? This guy understands the future and the direction the league is going. And he is unpredictable. If you look into, no two Patriot gameplans are the same on offense. The guy can gameplan and he can adapt. If he can get a guy like Tom Brady to buy in, that speaks volumes. And anyone out there who dosent like my opinion, who would you hire?
    Honestley, I pray this is just empty comment section chatter and our Bucs can find a way to win. I hope Lovie makes us all look foolish, but I doubt it. Last week said alot about how the players respond to Lovie. Next week will speak volumes, good or bad.

  66. Jerry Says:

    Who cares if he’s high-stepping there? With all the problems this team has you are going to criticize one of only two guys who actually came to play the game? It wasn’t Austin’s fault the defense made Mariota look like Peyton Manning in his prime.

  67. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    49ers d looks good Vikings D looks good. they r not getting beat 42-14 by a rookie quaterback!!!!

  68. scotty Says:

    Tampa Bay Browns! Out of all the games I saw we looked the worst who do we get with the first pick this year?

  69. bucrightoff Says:

    Jerry Says:
    September 14th, 2015 at 11:51 pm
    Who cares if he’s high-stepping there? With all the problems this team has you are going to criticize one of only two guys who actually came to play the game? It wasn’t Austin’s fault the defense made Mariota look like Peyton Manning in his prime.

    Because it showcases a selfish, me first mentality and a lack of self awareness and emotional maturity. It also shows that he can do that and get away with it, because there’s no discipline or accountability in the locker room. Of course Lovie is a “players” coach, he basically doesn’t actually coach or lead. He’s a figurehead