“It Was The First Time I Seen Our Team Really Gel Together”

February 14th, 2016
Too little, too late.

Too little, too late.

What does it say when an NFL team’s leader doesn’t see his club fully bonded until November?

Joe’s not sure. But Joe is sure that was the case with the 2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

America’s Quarterback said so.

Jameis Winston chatted with the Buccaneers Radio Network prior to the season finale. Talking about the Week 8 overtime win in Atlanta and the death of Kwon Alexander’s brother just before it, Jameis said the victory was a benchmark.

“It was the first time I seen our team really gel together,” Jameis said. “We came behind Kwon and we went and played an amazing game to get an overtime victory against Atlanta. And that was real.”

That win pulled the Bucs to a 3-4 record and out of a very dark place after the historic Collapse at the Capital the week before.

The Bucs appeared to stay gelled and thriving until the wheels fell off with a 6-6 record and three sorry teams up next on the schedule.

As much as Joe adores Jameis, he was part of that collapse, too. While dumping Lovie Smith likely goes a long way to righting the ship. Jameis needs to look deep within and figure out how he can prevent his team from tanking like that in the future.

41 Responses to ““It Was The First Time I Seen Our Team Really Gel Together””

  1. DB55 Says:

    Easy! Trade GMC to Tenn for the 1st pick. This way he gets to play with the QB he really wanted and we get jaboo’s wonder twin and bff. Problem solved!

  2. Tampabaybucfan 1988 Says:

    That is crazy GMC already said he predicts Jameis to be mvp I think no I know will be fine just have faith

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    Other than Carolina, and maybe, maybe Washington, what team was not a sorry team????

    #historically weak schedule!!!!

  4. DB55 Says:


    I’m just talking ish to piss people off.

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    DB55…it would take a lot more than JUST McCoy. No way in HELL McCoy is worthy of a first round pick let alone the very first one.

  6. Hell Hound Says:

    The best way to lead is to out work everybody during the week & play all out on Sunday. Don’t need a lot of chatter. So, when you do speak up……they’l listen.

  7. Danati74 Says:

    Football doesn’t really start until November. Lol, that’s what got you fired.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ DB55

    Don’t confuse TBBF 1988 with me.

    Now….I’m very happy to see Joe finally affix some of the responsibility for the final 4 losses on Jameis……I am a Jameis fan and know he will agree that he didn’t have his best games at the end of the season.

  9. buc4life1979 Says:

    But we had a good week of practice.

  10. DB55 Says:

    Ha didn’t even see the 1988. My bad Pablo.

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    Although Jameis did have a few Fubars, I watched and counted 4 easily won games had our defense just stepped up a little. And 6 winnable games had we had a good Defense. I guess much was expected from Lovie being a defensive mind. But to be fair, our Bucs drafted mostly offensively for 2 straight years. So I guess I’m sayin Mr GM Lightbulb shares in the Buc losing as well. He spent left and kept his job. I truly want to see if we can field a good Defense next season. Because Carolina ain’t going nowhere Buc fans. If anything, they will be stronger next season.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Right….we shouldn’t forget Licht went 8-24 also……he gets a chance to redeem himself……one moor two re really good drafts and we’ll be on the way.

  13. biff barker Says:

    Winston’s last 4 games weren’t the problem. Qwan was the one who screwed his team.

    Ask Lovie.

  14. Joe Says:

    But we had a good week of practice.


  15. biff barker Says:

    “But we had a good week of practice.”

    I never wanted to hear that again. Simple as that!

  16. loggedontosay Says:

    Jameis needs to look deep within and figure out how he can prevent his team from tanking like that in the future.

    Trade GMC

  17. gulfcoast Says:

    Joe, random comment of the day: you need to implement likes and dislikes amongst the comments.. That is all. Go Bucs.

  18. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Package GMC and MG8 for sombodys high 1st round pick

  19. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    GMC, MG8 and #9 for JJ. Watt

  20. Buccfan37 Says:

    I can understand the team uniting behind a popular player losing a family member to play extra hard. It’s up to the improving coaching staff to get the players that intense to play hard for the pay every week.

  21. LargoBuc Says:

    Hire Jimbo, add ASJ in there too. Get Cleveland’s 2nd overall.

  22. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    No. I want JJ.WATT

  23. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Y trade all that talent for an unknown. We don’t know if the draft pick will work out well in the NFL. We know what we are getting with JJ Watt

  24. Bob in Valrico Says:

    in the words of Herm Edwards:You play to Win the game.Lovie was up 24 in
    Washington and coached not to lose and snatched a loss from the jaws of Victory.for everygame that good defense would have helped our passive, non-
    aggressive coach tried to make field goals instead of touchdowns. Offense was our bread and butter so ride it all the way home.There was two many three and outs in that game we ran the ball too much and no clock was used up.
    Offensive keepaway would have won the game.Not sending the defense back out when it was obvious that were not going to stop Washington.

  25. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Hire jimbo we are all dumber after reading your posts above

  26. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Lol every one else was throwing out crazy “trade GMC” talk, so I just thought I would throw out my own crazy ass trade idea. Lol

  27. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Lol, ok! I thought you were serious!

  28. Bob in Valrico Says:

    I ,ll say another way.it is incumbent on the coach to know whats working and what isn’t. Truth be told his decisions were not that good,not what I expected.

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    Danati74 Says:
    February 14th, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    “Football doesn’t really start until November. Lol, that’s what got you fired.”

    That and….”I didn’t want to put points on the board.”

  30. biff barker Says:

    The Washington game.

    Nuff said.

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    biff…thanks for the memory, because then when he lost me.

    Now I have steam coming out of my ears and blood running from my eyes all over again.

    F U Lovie sincerely.

  32. 74 bucs fan Says:

    Remember the article of Lovie interrupting Sheppard’s pregame speech for cursing. The team admitted that deflated them a bit and they came out flat. I think Lovie lost them a bit right then and the team never looked right after that. Plus Kwon being gone. There was a bit of lost fire, especially on D. Simple as… Don’t think we’ll have that problem with Koetter.

  33. 74 bucs fan Says:

    Koetter, Mike Smith, new D lne coach. I’m excited!! And am personally thrilled to not have Lovie droning on and on with his lame talk.

    Wonder what the players would be thinking in an October game knowing what Lovie said a out games not starting till November. Nice one Lovie!

  34. godzilla13 Says:

    There is plenty of blame to go around for last year including Dirk Koetter’s failed third-and-goal play at the Redskins 1-yard line that prevented a putaway touchdown and contributed to the Bucs’ 31-30 loss at Washington. After Doug Martin’s 49-yard run to the Washington 5-yard line and after two more carries by Martin, the ball was at the 1-yard line, he then was replaced in the backfield by Charles Sims on 3rd and goal from the 1. Sims was ordered to run around left end and he was dropped for a 2-yard loss in the worst play call of the year. The reasons we lost the last four games was that Jackson was out and teams knew how to beat us. Put 8 players in the box to stop the run and pressure Winston. Pressure Winston and his accuracy was off. I just hope someone is working with Jameis on his throwing mechanics and Donovan Smith is on a diet/conditioning program in the off-season?

  35. Trubucfan22 Says:

    How do you coach “not to lose”, but still lose?

    It dont make cents!

  36. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Mr Godzilla 13 you hit it, on the one yard line and you go to your #2 back, not a big back, not a good inside the tackle running back and put arguably your best player on the bench oh wait but that was LOVIE’S CALL! That was the play that doomed our season!!! THE BACK-STABBER CONSPIRACY RUNS DEEP!!!

  37. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @true buc
    conservative play calling,deciding to go for a field instead of first down on 4th and one.Thinking a 56 yard goal is an offensive weapon.Running on first,second,and even third down too frequently. I think Koetter’s gameplan will try for more splash plays from passing game and mix it up a little more.
    I watched one game where DE had a bead on the QB and all of a sudden the play was stopped Lovie had called a timeout.Another time it was third and
    Winston was setting up for the pass,play was stopped lovie had called another timeout.the play was telegraphed and the same play was stopped after timeout.

  38. Bob in Valrico Says:

    you are right,i believe there are also times Winston is too amped up sometimes
    early in games and sometimes when under pressure. I have seen him miss on at least one sure TD in the redzone.I believe that Winston will work hard on that
    and also deep sideline accuracy.
    and also after martins 49 yard run,why three runs in a row? that is too predictable.Also there was good chance Martin was gassed after 49 yarder and two consecutive run plays to him after that.Koetter is on record as saying Lovie wanted to run the ball. I am hoping predictability is a non issue going forward.
    go bucs!

  39. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @Big Hog
    Most people believe one play doesn’t lose a game,but a whole season.
    Come on that is a huge reach.Should we have mailed in in after we got
    blown out by the titans?that was significant than any one play.

  40. Bob in Valrico Says:

    lets be honest here,with all the proven coaches on the defensive staff now,how can you justify lovie’s staff that included his ex high school coach and his two sons?

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    BigHogHaynes…..There was a “conspiracy” about firing Lovie and Raheem, but not Schiano, cause Schiano was white.

    Just come out and say it already…