“We Like That Combination”

November 9th, 2015
Lovie likes his change

Lovie likes his change

Yesterday’s big on-field change was a big hit according to Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith.

Translation: Sterling Moore and undrafted rookie Jude Adjei-Barimah will be starting at cornerback for the forseeable future. Johnthan Banks, a 2013 second-round pick, and Mike Jenkins will stay on the bench.

This afternoon, Lovie Smith said he liked what Moore and Adjei-Barimah delivered against the Giants.

Pressed for details, Lovie praised them collectively as “just pretty good play,” and singled out Moore’s first-quarter interceptions of Eli Manning.

Lovie refuted the newspaper report that claimed Adjei-Barimah didn’t know he was starting until they called his name coming out of the tunnel. Lavonte David told Joe the defense learned of the change when they arrived at the stadium.

42 Responses to ““We Like That Combination””

  1. ruggyup Says:

    The full story was on the scoreboard. One of these days I hope Joe will drop his snarky name calling for the “stink’n Panthers”. 8-0 whiffs of fine French parfum rather than a Dwight Howard cologne or LS aftershave.

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Ah yes, Lovie the Riverboat Gambler. Who said he was too conservative? He’s been rolling the dice on this defense week after week. Verner is in, then Verner is out. Jennings in, then Jennings out. Jenkins in, Jenkins out. Banks in, Banks out. Same thing with the safeties and the DEs. Chemistry? What’s that?

    I loved Moore’s play yesterday (actually all season), but Jude Adjei-Barimah didn’t show me much of anything. Banks is much better. Most of the passes that Manning didn’t connect on yesterday were poorly thrown (relatively few drops I thought). Virtually all of the catches were in front of our CBs, primarily because they laid off so far. It’s like they’re running a prevent defense … all game long.

  3. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    The Panthers will always be “stink’n” to me. I don’t care if they run the table.

  4. scott fitzgerald Says:

    Put Banks at Saftey!!

  5. unbelievable Says:

    I watched the broadcast only, have not rewatched game cast or anything else since… But it looked to me like I saw maybe 3 plays the whole game where any of our DBs actually hit a guy at the line of scrimmage or tried to disrupt their timing within 5 yards.

    I just want to know Why? Why don’t we ever touch or disrupt their receivers?

    Why doesn’t a single reporter or media person have the balls to ask Lovie Smith this question?

  6. The Buc Realist Says:

    @Ask the Joe’s!!!

    Is it hard to concentrate and take notes when you bullsh!t radar is going off at lovie’s press conferences????

  7. Newbucsfan Says:

    This team is growing up and needs time to develop (crawl before you walk syndrome). But I like the pressure that the media and fans are putting on this team because “pressure burst pipes”. Lovie needs this help whether he knows this or not because it will accelerate their growth. Keep it up people Lovie has this team headed in the right direction and alot of these players won’t be here when it’s all said and done.

  8. Newbucsfan Says:

    In actuality this team needs another top five draft selection to get some good talent on defense. I just want to see them compete the rest of the year and beat dallas and chicago.

  9. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Perhaps Lovie has finally seen enough. If I was an underperforming veteran I’d be looking over my shoulder. Next man up may get new meaning here shortly. Don’t buy into the system? Don’t like the system? Can’t figure out the system? Sit your ass down son. Next man up. Sounds good to me. The D competed yesterday. Evans’ drops and our poor red zone performance cost us the game. I still think we are close.

  10. DB55 Says:


    You are not mistaken. It’s been going on for 2 years.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There is no question our younger players and backups are working very hard…..Humphries looked good….
    and “backup” EDS looked pretty good too.

    Martin had a very bad game…..but I can tell you this….I don’t think anyone plays harder than Doug Martin.

  12. The Buc Realist Says:

    Tim Jennings released!!!!!!!!

  13. FishBuc Says:

    @Joe, is there any way you can ask Lovie, why it seemed on every third and long the corners were so far off the WRs, when on 1st and 2nd down they were closer and it actually worked. It seemed like the defense was getting into 3rd and longs and then just sitting at the 1st down marker waiting for the receivers to beat them there.

  14. BucAllTheHaters Says:

    Looks like Tim Jennings has been released. I don’t think he will be missed at all!

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Jennings was fired!!!

  16. Espo33618 Says:

    Fired from a cannon!!!

  17. Kevin Says:

    It’s become so well known how far our DB’s play off of the WR’s it’s actually getting national attention now. Three weeks in a row I have watched on TV retired players barking at how soft we are playing our corners out there. I have noticed that this has been getting better and that a lot of the time our corners are starting to press a TINY bit more on the line. But then for whatever reason, Lovie tells them to play soft again followed by us getting torched with stupid slant routes my bulldog could run. It doesn’t matter what corners are out there for us. Play ten yards back and nothing you can do.

  18. Kevin Says:


  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Good one Espo!!!

  20. DB55 Says:


    Wes is trying out for the Rams as we speak. We could have looked at jacoby jones too.

  21. dreambig Says:

    Hard to stay off the fire lovie bandwagon when he can’t even admit the defense is under performing to the press. You have to acknowledge a problem before you can fix it.

  22. Thibs5599 Says:

    Banks hasn’t been that bad, why isn’t he starting with Moore. And the fact it tookovie this long to start Moore who did nothing but make plays against the saints then disappeared for 5 games or so is ridiculous. It seems like every week we lose because of the pass defense or redzone offense / defense. The one week we can actually stop the pass our online gets banged up and both backs decide to fumble the ball away. If it isn’t one thing it’s another. Definitely like the direction of the team and Winston is proving got be a legit leader and playing well with all his weapons injured on the bench. Just be nice if they could put it together and go 5-3 in second half. This team could easily be 6-2 right now. Shouldn’t take until mid season to figure out personnel changes .

  23. DB55 Says:


    Real football doesn’t start until November.

  24. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Wes Welker…I’m hoping we’ve found a young unconcussed version of Welker in Humphries. Welker is a concussion waiting to happen. With his history any ding and the medicos will sit him.

  25. Newbucsfan Says:

    If this team was good then I would say acknowledge the faults but this team is below average. This team is still building a foundation so what building are you trying to tear down there is no building he’s trying to build something. Some of you must really have a hard on for coach smith.

  26. Newbucsfan Says:

    The national media thinks the Bucs are on the come up but some folks on here think that this team is going nowhere despite the evidence to the contrary. smh

  27. Newbucsfan Says:

    But like I said before keep up the heat because “pressure burst pipes” just direct it where it’s needed.

  28. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have a choice (actually the Glazers have the choice)…..fire Lovie & start all over again…..or…..stick with the pain of the rebuilding of the Bucs…..

    It looks like the Offense is close to being fixed…..add a speedy slot receiver in FA….that should get it done.

    As for the defense….a 2 CBs, DE, S in the draft…..

    I remain hopeful….

  29. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    We’re going to win the next 2 games, people. Take my word for it.

  30. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    Well said, though I believe in the next draft, 1 CB instead of two will work.

    I would also say double up on DEs. We need to play the odds.

  31. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Jennings is gone 🙂

  32. Trubucfan22 Says:

    They weren’t bad, but they weren’t great either. ODB had a good game and was always open. Off target throws was the cause of a lot of their incompletes. I would like to see Banks develop more, and keep Moore opposite him. Not sure why Lovie dislikes Banks. But from what I’ve seen banks has no reason he shouldn’t be starting. Maybe it’s Lovie trying to spark some competition in his guys. Make them work harder. Idk, but banks is probably starter material on this roster.

  33. The Buc Realist Says:


    Major need is DE!!! The D-line/coaching is making our LB and CB look worse than what they are. But I also would not walk away from a very speedy dominate WR for Jamies. Evans as a #2 wr and VJ as the trusty 3rd down go to against other teams #3 CB.

  34. sho nuff Says:

    this guy has to be rescued by players to succeed…EVERYTHING Lovie is in direct control of sucks…”his” players, the defense, decisions on the field…There is a reason why we have such stupid players…their leader is a rock..

    You can tell who Licht decides on and who Lovie does….use his dumba55 for maybe one more season keep bringing in hight draft pick talent then blow him out for a more progressive mind….

  35. tmaxcon Says:

    Major need is a head coach followed by DE. Also need some reliable weapons for Jameis. Offense is closer than defense might as well out score em. I think the right coach can get way more out of the linebackers and secondary on this team but DE is glaring need. Not sure one defensive end on this team is a number 2 on any of the contenders.

  36. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have plenty of cap space….and can easily afford a top tier WR…..that is all I believe the offense needs.

    As far as DE….yes, 2 would be good also 2 CBs & a Safety on defense.

    Choice depends on player(s) available…..I would use some of our higher rounds…..5-7 to move up…..also, hopefully a Glennon trade will provide another pick.
    We have had little success with our lower round picks….so trade them to move up for better players.

  37. Owlykat Says:

    I don’t fault Lovie for experimenting with his Defense. He knows this is a developmental year for Winston. He also knows next year the draft will be mostly defensive talent and he is finding out this year who to cut and who he needs to keep and what his biggest defensive needs are. I believe if he keeps playing Tandy he can develop into a good Safety. I also like Conte. But when they go to man coverage they need to jam. The Panthers use a lot of zone because their HC used to be Lovie’s DC, but he isn’t afraid to change it up and use the blitz at times like we used to do too when we had our best defense. I like Frazier calling the defense over Lovie. Next year we can bring in some proven stars for our type of defense and add great new talent Licht discovers and we can be a force next year!

  38. cmurda Says:

    Moore did a few good things. The interception was a stroke of luck though. Much different than Verner cutting the route beautifully. I still have a hard time believing Banks and Verner should be playing second fiddle to Moore and whoever the heck the other guy is. Lovie may be reaching desperation mode but he’s barking up the wrong tree. Find something that works at defensive end. Both sides of our D Line have been awful. Maybe, just maybe the secondary and McCoy can make plays if somebody shows up on the outside of our line.

    @Owlykat we blitzed plenty against the Giants. Eli easily found the hot read almost every time open. It was a dumb move. The linebackers are needed if you want to play zone. I hate zone but it’s all Lovie knows aka the reason Revis isn’t here.

  39. Brian D. Says:

    Should have been some combination of Banks, Verner, and Moore from Day 1…and it still should be.

  40. Joe Says:

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    If you are using multiple usernames, may want to stick with one or risk getting banned.

    Thanks for your time.

  41. @FamousBroy3434 Says:

    Thank god. Enough is enough of those losers

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