ASJ Speaks (But Doesn’t Twitter)

June 14th, 2016
Enters confessional.

Enters confessional.

As expected, tight end/super Twitterer Austin Seferian-Jenkins fell on the sword for his antics during and after an OTA practice last Thursday, in which coach Dirk Koetter gave him a steel-toe boot to the backside.

You’ll remember that Tweety ASJ was kicked out of the practice for not lining up correctly. Then he morphed into a Twitter tough guy later that night.

Seferian-Jenkins faced the music (and the pens and microphones) when asked about the situation before a mini-camp practice this afternoon.

“There is a certain standard here at One Buc that needs to be upheld, and I didn’t uphold my end of the bargain,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “And I was asked to leave, and I left. It completely falls on my shoulders for not being prepared to do what I needed to be doing. And it’s a learning process, and I’m ready today, and I’m excited to get back to work and put this behind me.”

Joe is glad to hear Seferian-Jenkins take responsibility. But it’s more important for the former second-round pick to take his work seriously and act the part. He must take a serious step forward this season, and this little dust-up – in freakin’ June! – doesn’t bode well for his prospects.

The jury remains out on ASJ.

24 Responses to “ASJ Speaks (But Doesn’t Twitter)”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    And even more important than ASJ87 learning a lesson, is that the Head Coach laid the law down!!!! All the players no know that the bar has been raised!!! That all the mistakes of the last 2 years will now not fall through the cracks!!! That instead of the lip service that the last regime said and did nothing, Now Action will taken and swiftly!!!!

    So excited for the new year!!!!!
    Go Bucs!!!!! And Go Beer!!!!!!!!!!

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    Love the way Koetter handled this situation. Finally a coach with standards and character.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    ^^^The Dynamic Duo

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    Rhealist is incapable of commenting on any Bucs related topic without including a dig at Lovie. Its kind of sad really. Time to let it go dude.

    Get to work ASJ. We need your head in the game bro.

  5. Drew Says:

    A pleasure to see a young man grow up.

  6. DB55 Says:

    The only thing left to do is send the firefighter (allegedly) some tickets and jerseys.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    What I took from this is that Koetter doesn’t want players to do a “good” job…he wants them to do “great” jobs.

    Greatness. A very high standard.

    It reminds me of when Tony Dungy first came. He insisted on 110% from his defense. Koetter wants it from both sides of the ball.

  8. Clodhopper Says:

    And they say today go love don’t work anymore. I hope he really has learned. I’m willing to give him a chance to prove he has

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    *Complete Interview

    “We have a certain standard here at One Buc that needs to be upheld, and I didn’t uphold my end of the bargain,” he said after a morning walk-through. “And I was asked to leave, and I left, and it completely falls on my shoulders for not being prepared to do what I needed to be doing.

    “I’m ready to get to work and I’m ready to hold up the standard I’m capable of, what you expect of me, what the fans expect of me, what the coaches expect of me and what my teammates expect of me. What happened was not okay and it won’t happen again.”

    “I was asked to leave, like I said before, and Coach was one hundred percent right in doing what he was doing, and I stand right behind my coach and what he did,” said Seferian-Jenkins. “It’s tough. You love the game, and unfortunately I was not prepared. I’m going to be prepared, I’m prepared and I won’t let it happen again.

    “Like I said before, there’s a certain standard that has been set here and we’re trying to continue to raise the bar. How I do that is meet the standard, come to work ready, prepared and ready to do what I’m asked to do, and everything will be fine.”

    “At the end of the day, it was a lapse of judgment,” said Seferian-Jenkins. “Obviously, it was not a good day. Like I said, I got sent off the field, I was frustrated, and I took it out. I took it out on the fans and that’s not fair to them at all, because all they want is a winner, all they want is for me to be successful and all they want me to be is great. So they’re just pushing me to be great and I need to respect that. For any of the fans I offended, I’m sorry. I can’t wait to get to work and be the best tight end I can be for you guys, so you can support me.”


  10. Clodhopper Says:

    *Tough love.

    I swear, the smarter these phones get, the dumber they actually get

  11. LordCornelius Says:

    I still believe in you ASJ lol!

    If he wants off the team this is career suicide and probably the dumbest way of going about something like that I’ve ever heard of. Dude should just focus on balling out even if he hates the Bucs. Otherwise he isn’t getting sh1t for a 2nd contract in the league from any team as hell just be a red flag guy someone takes a cheap shot on.

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Respect the apology. Moving forward – hopefully he can avoid these type of indiscretions. Expecting a big year from the kid.

    GO BUCS!

  13. Mikadeemas Says:

    Lovin the new tag line realist! Words to live by.

  14. JMicSoundsNice Says:

    I appreciate that he faced the music and decided to bite the bullet on this one. That he decided to man up and take the heat for decisions that were uncharacteristic of what it takes to be a champion. But as I just illustrated, anyone can throw cliches around. Yeah, it sounds good on tape (wow…how old am i?) and looks good on camera, but ultimately (wait for it…) your actions speak louder than words. Only time will tell if he’s learned from the poor choices he’s made on and off the field.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    A definite learning experience on ASJ’s part. Doubt seriously that he wants to put Coach Koetter to the test again. Next time Coach won’t “ask” him to leave (love the way he phrased getting booted off the field).

  16. Dooshlarue Says:

    I’m not buying it. He’s a moron and will show his true colors again.
    His “apology” sure sounded good though, huh?

  17. Wombat Says:

    The point to not overlook here is that ASJ was allowed/told to meet with the press. It’s not the usual “we handle these things behind closed doors and it has been taken care of….”
    I think ASJ fronting up and actually manning up takes a lot of class. He is a kid and he F’d-up. Most of us here have had kids and were young once, not too many of us were angels.
    I would have to say it’s is really starting to seem like its a new day in Tampa Bay. I hope so, cos I have been left at the alter way to many times with this franchise….

  18. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I’m behind ASJ 100%, I just hope he quit responding to these MAGGOTS on Twitter.

  19. feelthepewterpower Says:

    His actions will speak for themselves…..he has to have the mindset and want others to share his mindset that being undisciplined, mentally weak, and tolerating losing will not be accepted on his team. Has to both show and give respect by his efforts on and off the field, in the classroom, with fans, and to his teammates and coaches. The losing selfish mindset ends on 9/11.

  20. BucTired Says:

    Talk is cheap. But I will try to be optimistic despite his past pattern of behavior.

  21. salish_seamonster Says:

    Well, all is forgiven if he lives up to his end of the bargain. For now, let’s end the bash-fest and move on under the presumption of his sincerity. More nonsense, and there won’t be much patience left.

  22. salish_seamonster Says:

    Also, let’s root for this guy. If he’s playing up to his abilities, he can be a huge weapon for our offense. So far, I think he’s been immature, but people do eventually grow up (not always, but…). He’s obviously a smart guy, but his behavior indicates he didn’t have much in the way of role models growing up. Let’s hope he can model himself after VJax, Jameis, or even Mike Evans. The guy needs support more than he needs bashing.

  23. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Well Said Brotha – Well Said

  24. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    Someone obviously waved dollar signs in front of him. Being an idiot can be very, very, costly as a professional ball player. Want to keep getting paid? Follow the apologetic template. Then go do your job.