Coaches Are Fans, Too

November 28th, 2015
Bucs DC Leslie Frazier is enjoying watching the Bucs offense.

Bucs DC Leslie Frazier is enjoying himself.

Don’t think coaches enjoy sitting back and watching football just for the pure joy of it?

Shoot, if they didn’t enjoy the game so much, they likely would not be coaches in the first place.

Even Lovie likes to talk about how much he enjoys watching college football on Saturdays. On Sunday’s, he’s usually too busy to watch any NFL games, of course.

But last week, Leslie Frazier and the defense got to watch some football. Offensive football. On a Sunday afternoon no less. That was the pewter pirates led by America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston — the first drive of the second half in the seal-clubbing of the Eagles.

Frazier, the Bucs’ defensive coordinator in name, said he and his staff soaked in one best drives in franchise history.

“No doubt about it,” Frazier said. “Just watching that first drive of the second half – I think [the defense] went on the field with maybe six [minutes] to go in the quarter. It’s a thing of beauty when your offense is controlling the game the way our offense did, both running and passing the football. A great day for our offense, tremendous day.”

If the Bucs somehow make the playoffs and play meaningful football in January for a rare change, then Bucs fans very well might point to that drive and say, ‘That was the turning point from a bad team to a playoff team.”

11 Responses to “Coaches Are Fans, Too”

  1. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Agree completely. That drive is the type really, really good teams make to close the show. Of course really, really good teams do it more than once. So we need to see more of it, but at least we know we are capable of doing it.

    A weakness of the Bucs up until that drive has been a lack of killer instinct. We need to put our foot on their throats and never let them get up when we get a decent lead. We could be at least 6-4 maybe 7-3 if we had been able to finish!

  2. Dave Says:

    For years I watch Brady and Manning and Rogers and others in 2nd and 20 or 3rd and 10+ and it seems like they are going to get the first down anyway.
    Meanwhile, watching the Bucs, if one penalty or sack happens it was a foregone conclusion that a punt was inevitable.
    I don’t feel like that now. With the OC and Winston it seems the confidence to go take what they want is growing and growing.
    It is awesome.

    All I want For christmas is two DEs!

  3. Miguel Grande Says:

    Playoffs!? Playoffs?!

    That drive, although impressive for eating a lot of clock, was not a thing of beauty. They completely shot themselves in the foot and destroyed momentum with stupid, repetitive and unnecessary penalties. It was a miracle that Jameis willed them into the end zone.

    This team would be a Superbowl contender if the Bucs could eliminate pre snap penalties and holding calls. If I were a professional football player, I would like to think that I would know exactly how and where to line up.

    All Offensive linemen should tape their fingers together or wear mittens to avoid the instinct to grab and hold.

    If I was a referee, I think I would call offensive pass interference on Mike Evans on every single pass play. I remember when he had a touchdown over turned because he needlessly shoved the defender down and then trumped it by shoving him again after the nullification. He should have gotten two flags.

    I could be wrong but I believe it all comes down to coaching. You don’t see the Patriots doing stupid, repetitive things. That’s the main difference between the Pats and Bucs.

    How long would a notorious, uncoachable, pothead. slackard like Legarette Blount keep his job if he got 2 or 3 pre-snap or holding penalties a game or didn’t know where to line up?

  4. Bo Says:

    Best drive in franchise history? With all the penalties? No… The Eagles defense has gone to sh*t!!

  5. dreambig Says:

    Bo you bring up a great point about the penalties. Those have to get cleaned up if we are going to be a winning team. Against a good team that would not fly and could cost us a game.

  6. Lord Cornelius Says:

    The fact that we had those penalties and still made that drive is what makes it so special imo.

  7. CalBucsFan Says:

    Bo, I had the same concern each time the hanky was thrown, yet they overcame each of them and would not be denied the TD. I do believe that drive WILL be remembered as THEE drive that launched the Winston led Buccaneer era as it was the kind of drives legends are written about.

    It was a drive long-waited for by all true Buc Fans, we’ve all wondered what it would be like to have a true franchise QB, I know, it’s been 39 years for me. Closest to the real deal over those decades was Doug Williams which owner Culverhouse screwed up over a few thousand dollars. Lets’ just pray the Glazer boys are smarter when it’s time,.

    Buut for now, with my freshly made breakfast burrito in-hand, it’s time to tun on the DVR and watch THEE drive all over again.

    Let’s go Bucs!

  8. loggedontosay Says:

    The Eagles were not a bad team until they faced the Bucs. Prior to that, they were pretty solid.

  9. Waterboy Says:

    Agree with loggedontosay, the Eagles were right in the playoff hunt prior to the Bucs game. I think getting dismantled by the Bucs destroyed their confidence and will to continue. They’ve pretty much lost faith and quit in their coach now.

  10. BrooklynBucsFan Says:

    I’d say the drive right before the half is the one to point to. They had just scored on a big play to cut our lead to 7, we then drove down and responded with a great drive to put us back up by 14 before the half. The opening drive of the second half was a thing of beauty no doubt. But for me it was the answer before the half that really showed character. But I’m splitting hairs here, they were both massive for our team and season. Now let’s hope we can keep it going tomorrow against the Colts. Go Bucs!!

  11. godzilla13 Says:

    The first drive after the half took 09:44 off the clock. The Bucs were called for 5 penalties in the drive. Yes, they overcame 5 penalties. All on the OL and two on Cherilus. Need more discipline on the line.

    Penalty on Gosder Cherilus: Clipping, 12 yards (no play)
    Penalty on Evan Dietrich-Smith: Offensive Holding (Offsetting) (no play)
    Penalty on Logan Mankins: False Start, 5 yards (no play)
    Penalty on Gosder Cherilus: False Start, 5 yards (no play)
    Penalty on Joe Hawley: Illegal Use of Hands, 10 yards (no play)

    What was even more impressive was the next drive which took off an additional 05:09 off the clock and with another penalty. Cherilus again..

    Penalty on Gosder Cherilus: Offensive Holding (Declined)