Vincent Jackson Has “Got To Play Better”

September 14th, 2016

V-Jax’s position coach doesn’t hold back

Dirk Koetter’s regime of accountability marched on this afternoon at One Buc Palace.

Wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator Todd Monken held his weekly news conference and talked about the one interception tossed by America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, against the Falcons.

Monken wasn’t afraid to point a finger of blame.

“The interception was a miscommunication. We ran the wrong route,” Monken said. “You run the wrong route, you’re going to have turnovers. So we got to do a better job there of communicating. You’re backed up, so it’s a little louder back there to make sure that all of us, collectively hear the call.”

So Coach, there was the wrong route and not the best game overall for Mr. Jackson. What say you?

“He’s had a good camp. He had a great week of practice last week,” Monken said. “And, you know, we can do a better of getting him the ball early and getting him involved. And he’s got to play better. I gotta coach him better and he’s got to play better. He knows that. It’s like a all of our players, it’s not just him. … I expect him to rebound.”

Yes, Joe has seen the video of V-Jax not celebrating on the field with teammates in Atlanta following touchdown throws to Brandon Myers and Charles Sims. (Yes, Joe reads the many emails and Tweets from readers). Looks can be deceiving, so Joe is withholding judgment at this time.

34 Responses to “Vincent Jackson Has “Got To Play Better””

  1. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I’m not worried if our player-elected team captain celebrates a TD. Could care less.

  2. Buccfan37 Says:

    VJax will find the open spot against Arizona, count on it.

  3. K2 Says:

    VJax will make plays…great player and great man!

  4. JonBuc Says:

    He’s “older” by NFL receiver standards, was hurt most of last season and never was a “burner” ( right Malcolm Jenkins? ). He has been a rare free agency gem yet my expectations are quite low for him this season. I see this as his final season with a generous salary/severance. 🙂

  5. libucfan Says:

    @joe I knew it wasn’t just a bad throw. Said so yesterday in a different post. I’m ready to break down the all 22.

  6. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I noticed #3 was not overly jubilant after the TD’s either. He did run down the field to offer congrats but he didn’t go crazy like some other guys and perhaps like he would have last year.

    I just look at it as #3 sees it as just doing his job and he expects to throw TD bombs.

    Bob Trumpy….great Bengals tight end and later broadcaster came into the league just when spiking the ball was beginnning. There were no other celebrations. So Trumpy scores…spikes the ball…and a couple of mintues later the legendary Paul Brown who hated theatrics s slipped behind Trumpy on the sidelines and said…..Next time act like you’ve been there before!!

    Trumpy got the message.

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    You’re hearing it from me first. Where you at when I need you 50??? Cut in paste in order. Vjax will make “the catch” of our season. Look for it later in the season. Sometime in the tournament.

  8. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    VJ was probably afraid to celebrate..being the Bucs weren’t allowed to in fear of that damn yellow flag..

  9. LakeLandBuc Says:

    There’s 15 games left, a lot of football to be played

  10. LakeLandBuc Says:

    And Jeremy Butler is still on the practice squad

  11. BigStinky Says:

    Every WR runs the wrong route at least once but VJax will make up for it in the long run. He is going to get plenty of chances to make plays this year. I just hope Jameis looks as good as he did in Atlanta ALL year long. Go BUCS

  12. Kobe Faker Says:

    12 milly ancient jackson

    best corner in the NFL Peterson is going to lockup with ME all day…

    the old man cant create separation no more… bring in cecil shorts

    going to be a shootout and we need the #2 receiver

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    “Ancient Jackson”? “Old man can’t create separation no more”? I can’t even believe I’m reading junk like that Faker. VJax was on the field for 80% of our offensive plays for a reason … he commands attention and that allows other WRs, TEs & RBs to get open among other things. If everyone on the Bucs was as competent & professional as VJax is we would’ve won another SB years ago and Greg Schiano would still be coach.

  14. Bucamania Says:

    VJax was terrible that game. Hope he rebounds. He let the DB get into him on the first pass break up (didn;t attack the football)). Then i knew he ran the wrong freakin route and caused the INT. Wake up Vincent, or put Cecil Shorts in there.

  15. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    For Atlanta to put Trufant on VJax all game, they know he still has something left. Agree with everyone saying watch out for VJax the latter half of the season.

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Anyone here worried about Vincent Jackson can take a pill and relax….he will be steady and strong….count on it.

  17. Destro44 Says:

    Well let’s see. VJ drew Trufant Atls best corner most of the day, so yeah he didn’t see many balls. If he draws Peterson this week I would guess he had an off day again. If ME13 gets Peterson I expect VJ to blow up.

  18. Capt.Tim Says:

    Jackson has always started slow for us. Its the same thing every year.
    Idiots crying hes too old.
    Another game or two- hes getting 100+ a gamr in receptions.

    He’ll be fine, this is the norm. Every player has his quirks.
    Jackson may start slow- but he finishes strong

  19. tmaxcon Says:

    Father time never loses. Vjax was slow and had a bad game. You peopke getting defensive need to wake up. He is NOT the same player that commands respect. This is a what have you done for me lately league not nostalgia football. If he doesn’t play well soon evans will get blanketed… its not hate or disrespect that father time is winning

  20. MadMax Says:

    Vjax still has some left in his tank, but we def need to address the WR position in the first round. Im guessing we’ll be picking around 20th and Mike Williams from Clemson just might be there. Look him up.

    Yeah I know, Clemson seems to have some bad luck in the NFL, but not in the WR dept….look at our guy Adam, undrafted because he was outshined by Watsin and Hopkins.

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    VJax is 34, right? That’s not too old to be an effective receiver.

  22. WesTampaBuc Says:

    The same ppl hating on V-Jax are the same ppl hated on McCoy, Winston, ME13, ASJ, Doug and Sims. So keep Hating, I think its working lol

  23. MadMax Says:

    *Watkins, doh!

  24. JGhoti86 Says:

    @ Joe

    “Withholding” judgement…
    Really? There’s nothing to even ponder withholding. Besides the fact that we ALL know Vjax is a class act all the way around. Watch the last 10 seconds of the highlights of the game. HE is the one with Glennon who showers Koetter in Gatorade…and do you see his expressions and jubilance. HE cares about his coach, his teammates and most important in Professional sports, winning. It’s clear as day (in a dome)!

    You should be totally discrediting it, not withholding it sir! Love your site and opinions though 🙂

  25. Swaggy64 Says:

    As for the interception, mistakes happen. All football players are human. I know that VJax had trouble getting open and so had only 2 catches, one of which helped sustain that TD drive at the end of the half, but I also noticed him making some blocks for his teammates after their receptions. Jacckson doesn’t need a lot of separation to make plays anyway. The big-bodied stud can contest for balls even when DBs are all over him. As long as Jackson is healthy he is our clear number 2, though Cecil Shorts might eventually supplant Humphries for the slot job.

  26. JAB83 Says:

    JGostii6 nailed it…

  27. Thomas Bowery Says:

    He is a Buccaneer all the way. A future HOF and he will be great all year. One game does not make a Legend.

  28. BringBucsBack Says:

    VJax will bounce back; he’s a pro and got tough skin! This is probably why Monken called him out, which I’m not sure was necessary given VJax consistency. Not worried much at all about VJax, however the Cardinals D-backfield are all studs.

  29. JGhoti86 Says:


    Shanks mane. I’m pretty modest in general, but that one (tangent) did feel pretty good comin out’, ha 🙂

  30. orlbucfan Says:

    Vincent Jackson has always been a class act, on and off the field. Still not sure why the Chargers let him and Drew Brees go. V-Jax is the last player I worry about when he’s on the field. He has always helped out the younger players, and is not obnoxious like Meshawn (Keyshawn) was. He’ll know when it’s time to hang up the cleats, and will do it in his classy, graceful way. BTW, GO BUCS!!

  31. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    No one will be harder on Jackson than Jackson. He may be a great guy but he’s still a receiver. He wants to get more balls thrown his way. He was obviously frustrated at times on Sunday and I expect that to fuel him going into Arizona.

  32. Jimmy T Says:

    If Vjax is unhappy then why did he help with the Gatorade pour on Koetter. Quit trying to make something out of nothing . He is very happy and will earn EVERY dollar of his total contract and Koeter needs him in this offense. They were not the same when he was hurt last year

  33. Jimmy T Says:

    Great take jghoti86, couldn’t have said it better, well I did earlier. Joe u have tried to play GM and for 2 years u wanted Vjax out of here. Thank god coach Koetter understands the value of Vjax and it’s not always stats

  34. America's Commenter Says:

    VJAX is still an outstanding player, his touches will come as defenses start to respect Evans, Brate, ASJ, Humphries, and Martin. He’s the godfather of the team and he’s earning $9.78M this season to max out his $55.55M contract with the Bucs. He’s going to be just fine.