“People’s Jobs Are On The Line”

October 6th, 2015

“Upset” with Bucs’ performance.

A frustrated Shaun King took to the WDAE-AM 620 airwaves yesterday and the pain and disgust in his voice was as obvious as the points on the scoreboard after Sunday’s loss to the Stinking Panthers.

King, one of but three quarterbacks in Bucs history to lead the team to an NFC Championship game, pulled no punches and believes heads will roll at One Buc Palace if some players don’t pull their heads our of their rear ends, and fast.

King, along with many of his Super Bowl-winning teammates, attended the game to support Mike Alstott, as his name was inducted into the Ring of Honor. He went off when speaking with co-hosts Tom Krasniqi and Ronnie Lane.

“I am pretty upset with this team,” King said. “I am pretty upset with these guys. It was disheartening. It really was. I don’t think some of these young guys understand people’s jobs are on the line.

“On defense you cannot keep missing assignments. You cannot keep missing run-fits. You cannot keep dropping opportunities [for takeaways]. You cannot keep missing field goals.

“This is professional sports. This isn’t college where everyone is on scholarship and you will be here four years. Man, people’s jobs are on the line. I don’t think that reality has set in yet with some of these guys. Accountability has to come from each individual player. ‘I have to do my job.’ It isn’t there right now and it is very disheartening. It really is.”

King went on to describe the general play of the Bucs as “lackluster,” saying the team just isn’t playing smart football.

To hear the full interview with King, click the arrow below. Audio courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

40 Responses to ““People’s Jobs Are On The Line””

  1. Ernest T Bass Says:

    This is the off day for the Bucs. Who do I see at Wendy’s eating triple cheeseburgers? Winston and Shaun King.

  2. Dean Says:

    It is quite basic. When a team under-performs or plays in a lackluster manner, that is the direct result of lack of discipline by the head coach.

    Can you imagine what would happen if the head coach was Bill Belichek or Rex Ryan? Heads would roll. That piss-poor kicker would have been fired during yesterday’s game.

    Let’s face it. Lovie is a nice guy and he’s proving what ‘ol Leo said many years ago, “nice guys finish last!”

    Nothing will change until we get a disciplinarian/offensive leader that doesn’t take any crap and has the smarts to hire top assistant coaches and will not put up with this type of results on the field.

  3. CAN'T FIX IT Says:

    After they get there big pay day, they slow down, till they got another rise coming then they will play hard get there big pay again and here they go not playing worth a crap !!!

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Shaun mentioned most everything except 5 turnovers.

    If I was a journalist….I’d ask all players one question. “Do you want Lovie Smith to get fired?”…….because that is exactly what many are doing……penalties, missed tackles, missed INTs, turnovers…..missed catches, missed kicks….on & on.

    “Shaun King, one of two Buc Quarterbacks that lost a NFC Championship Game when his defense gave up 9 points.”

  5. Bucsfaninchina Says:

    I know Shaun, it just grinds my gears that Burger King changed the Whopper’s bun to black. How can a guy get his chow on when his favorite food is like looking in a mirror?

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    So many boneheaded player moves. I could go on and on, but why bother.

    The players they keep bringing in is a clear indictment of their incompetence. You don’t even need to look at the W/L record.

    Jenkins, Jennings, Conte, Collins, Johnson & Johnson, Verner, Brindza….the list goes on and on.

    Exactly how many players have they brought in thinking they would be solid starters, only to get rid of or bench them?

    Someone needs to put together a list of all these players. I think we’d be amazed at the list.

  7. lightningbuc Says:

    The ironic thing about this clown show is Greg Schiano still lives only 10 minutes from the Den of Depression and gets to witness Tweedle-Dee (Licht) and Tweedle-Dum (Lovie) from close by.

    You know it’s bad when you pine for the days of Mark Dominik.

  8. DB55 Says:

    I guess no one told shuan that the bucs have the 2nd best pass defense and the 9th overall defense in the league, lmbo.

    Hey shuan! We are on the VERGE!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha ha ha hm

  9. DB55 Says:


    Tell me you’re kidding right? You must be kidding.

  10. DB55 Says:


    The leading tackler on the bucs is Chris Conte! Shoot me now, plz!!!!

  11. Brent Says:

    Jw and dk lost game. 5 turnovers forget about it. Why you got a rookie qb slinging the ball over the field 40 times? He’s not ready for that stupid ass..

  12. Curse of Gruden Says:

    At least Winston wasn’t seen at the Mons with Freeman.

  13. Dan Art Says:

    Lack of discipline. The coaches are coddling these players, in doing so they will be the architects of their own termination.

    Penalties, missed assignments, lack of play making, personnel, all these stem from coaching. You think this would fly if Belichick was captain of the pirate ship?Yeah didn’t think so. I believe the players love Lovie but do they respect him and is he running a tight ship? I love my mom but it was dad who dropped the hammer, This bucs family doesn’t need motherly Lovie, it needs a patriarch.

    Step up Coach Smith!

  14. The Buc Realist Says:


    Now is the time for the “lovie confidence poll”!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Dustin Says:

    I for one don’t blame Licht, I think he has done really good he doesn’t have the almighty power but he and his team scouted their asses off and brought in 5 rookie starters. That’s sad but also really freaking good in the same aspect. As for Lovie however, I like the guy but It’s his players and system on D. He is a relic a Dino in this day and age. DE’s aren’t sure top 3 as buc fans have found out R.I.P come to think of it we got a 2nd rd from Lovie for Gaines” head shaking” I sick of watching the bucs after 12 piss poor years and breaking all the records the wrong way, against us. I have lost my spark no shit talking for a long time, hell i caught flak from my 11 year old son. “P##ssy Cat” fan we live in Ak so why would he route for Tampa beside watching me go from Mr positive to Debbie downer in 15 mins each Sunday. So with that said plz past along Joe PULL YOUR Fu@#KING HEADS OUT OF YOUR ASSES AND PLAY LIKE IT MATTERS BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry for the rant it’s been building 11 years

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    The Buc Realist Says:
    October 6th, 2015 at 1:17 pm


    Now is the time for the “lovie confidence poll”!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    I 2nd that Joe AND send the results to One Buc.

  17. D-Rome Says:

    This is the off day for the Bucs. Who do I see at Wendy’s eating triple cheeseburgers? Winston and Shaun King.

    Pics on Twitter or it didn’t happen.

  18. Dustin Says:

    I take that back 11 piss poor years the one Josh Freeman woke up for his first was fun

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    “This is the off day for the Bucs. Who do I see at Wendy’s eating triple cheeseburgers? Winston and Shaun King.”

    Did you get up real close they could have been chicken sandwiches?

  20. Buccfan37 Says:

    You want that black artificial color in your bun.

  21. Waterboy Says:

    Was it really the defense that lost that game? I thought the defense looked great prior to that freakish fumble by Jonathan Stewart that went for TD. Even after that TD the defense looked pretty decent and were in position to make plays. Lavonte David dropped an INT in the end zone when the game was still 24-17 and right there for the taking. Can’t tell you how many times guys were in position to make tackles for losses and didn’t. How is that the coaches fault especially when you aren’t allowed to have tackling drills on a regular basis nowadays?

  22. Waterboy Says:


  23. Waterboy Says:

    Is it bad coaching or lack of talent?

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Buc1987 Says:
    October 6th, 2015 at 1:22 pm
    The Buc Realist Says:
    October 6th, 2015 at 1:17 pm


    Now is the time for the “lovie confidence poll”!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    I 2nd that Joe AND send the results to One Buc.

    Most polls are not meaningful unless you can track progress or lack thereof……Joe missed an opportunity to do that at the start of the season…..too bad….because we know Lovie’s numbers will be in the toilet now.

  25. pelbuc Says:

    Man I wish the Glazer dweebs would just sell the team but since that won’t happen , they should hire an experienced football guy but that won’t happen either cuz it would show that L&L don’t know what they’re doing. And since that’s exactly the case we’re stuck with these fraudsters cuz the Glazers don’t want to admit their mistake. Therefore the only way to get the owner’s attention is to boycott all home games, therefore they get to move the franchise and save us more grief.

  26. John McKillop Says:

    @87, I agree with you. I believe this falls at the feet of Lovie, coaches should not get total personnel control. If I am an owner and a prospective coach wanted that power I would tell them that’s not how it works here. Coaching is more than a full time job as it is, player personnel is more than a full time job. Virtually impossible to do both, not enough time in the day, if anybody needs proof look at Chip Kelly in Philly, got control of personnel in the off season, he may be rethinking that. Lovie has proven in the past he is a horrible talent evaluator.

  27. Clodhopper Says:

    I voted “confident” in every poll last year. You bet your sweet ass that has changed!!

  28. Arealbucsfan Says:

    Its time to fire Lovie and let Licht pick his coach

  29. flmike Says:

    @Waterboy, it’s bad coaching

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    Ha ha ha Joe….you’re funny. I knew you’d delete that post. That’s not nice though!

  31. csb76 Says:

    Like I said yesterday…The fish pulled the trigger without any prior HC experience on staff for back-up…we do! yet havn’t done so yet…??????

  32. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    They’re waiting until the billboard campaign takes hold…

  33. BFFL Says:

    Our media can’t even hold this team accountable correctly. How does King mention every reason except the real reason?

  34. unbelievable Says:

    Hey Dustin, have you ever heard of punctuation? You know, like a comma, or a period.

  35. vegabuc Says:

    Said the quarterback that was blessed by one of the best defenses of all time, and couldn’t even take his team to the big game. Please shut up Shawn King, you really sucked in your playing days, and now you are acting like everyone forgot. P LEASE!

  36. vegabuc Says:

    @arealbucsfan yes because licht has done a tremendous job at signing free agents, and winning trades. Licht sucks as much as Lovie does dude

  37. Fire Goodell Says:

    King, one of but two quarterbacks in Bucs history to lose the NFC Championship Game when their defenses gave up 11 or less points.

  38. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I can’t believe someone said Licht is doing a good job. They don’t have 5 rookies starting, they have 4. You know how I know that? Because the 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks didn’t make the team.

  39. NC FlorIdiot Says:

    I wander how many of these here posters are media types/ex-profesionals making their case known on the most popular Bucs forum? Dean and Dan… Way to get your word out

  40. FortMyersDave Says:

    King is talking about the players needing to sense that their jobs are injeopardy and quit being so damn lethargic. He is right but I think that this sense of desperation should also be extende to each member of the coaching staff for the Jag game. The Glazers should let Lovie know that his job depends on getting this team to play mistake free ball and hopefully snaring a W; Lovie should be told that all position coaches will be held responsible to their players’ performance (for example if this was the case after the Texan game O’Dea would have been be gone with Brindzda). A fire under the personnel can not hurt and it could help; why not try it instead of silently watching Lovie let his coaching staff and team flounder around and continuously repeat the same mistakes week after week. Start making examples out of those who are helping this team lose every week. Reward good play, punish ineptitude and extend this rule to the coaching staff along with the players (including Winston, tell him he will be benched if he has another bad half anywhere near the ineptitude we saw against Carolina and let him know that N Dynamite can step in at any time) and tell Lovie that his job depends on getting positive results this Sunday and that cliches, excuses and his normal Monday morning dose to the public of spinning the “progress” BS is not going to let him survive the bye week….. In a nutshell: just find a way to beat the ****ing Jags Lovie.