October 10th, 2016

hangoverThe Bucs need a win tonight in the worst way. And why not chalk up a win against a sloppy team?

That’s the word from Greg Bedard of SI.com. He believes the Stinking Panthers are a shell of last year’s NFC champions because they play the sloppiest football in the land, nursing a Super Bowl hangover.

They have taken a step back in basically every area, some more than others. When you watch the Panthers, there seems to be some aspect of poor execution on every play. On one play, the tackles are allowing pressure; on another, the running back isn’t following the proper path; on another, Cam Newton is throwing a 100 mph pass high and incomplete on a shallow cross where two defenders fell down and the receiver could have scored a touchdown, turning a potential third-down conversion into a pun (that very specific situation came at 4:08 in the first quarter against the Falcons); on another, guard Trai Turner is overzealous in his blocking and fails to sustain; on another, Newton delivers the ball a beat too late. That’s just the offense.

After being so impressed with Carolina’s execution last season, some if not all of this newfound sloppiness has to be the product of a Super Bowl hangover. I visited the Panthers for a few days in June and in August, and I was not impressed, particularly with the offense, which was plodding and lacked intensity. That appears to have carried over into the season, and it’s up to the coaches to get it back on track. You’d think that a 1–3 start would help instill some urgency in the players.

On top of that, the secondary of the Stinking Panthers is a sieve and Cam Newton is out.

If the Bucs lose to Derek Anderson for the third time in as many years, Joe’s going to need someone that hangs drywall to fix the holes behind his TV.

And yes, Joe will be terribly hungover tomorrow morning as a result.

12 Responses to “Hangover”

  1. superperd Says:


  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Re-reading Greg Bedard’s words about the Panthers, have to wonder if that’s similar to how he’d describe the Bucs (less the SB hangover of course). ‘Some aspect of poor execution on every play’? Check. Offense ‘lacked intensity’? Check. QB ‘delivers the ball a bit too late’? Check.

    I’m convinced that the Bucs can beat the Panthers, but only if we tighten up our play on both sides of the ball, and if Jameis has an outstanding game. Matty Ice & the Falcons put up almost 500 yds passing against them, throwing for 4 TDs & completing over 75% of his throws. Especially impressive is that he went 6-for-8 on the deep balls for over 200 yds. Jameis & the Bucs will need to have a similar performance to beat the Panthers in their house.

  3. Architek Says:

    I’m not picking this team to win again this year. I love when they don’t play on Sunday’s because you get to watch some damn good football from other teams instead this turnover happy team.

  4. Mark Says:

    Don’t be lulled into thinking the Panthers D is soft. They got smoked by a juggernaut Falcons offense but have otherwise been stout. Remember, we are starting our 3rd stein RB who was on the street a few weeks ago. We don’t have much speed at WR either. Defensively, the D line is decimated and Derek Anderson has fared well against us. Our small corners and safeties cannot stop Olsen and Benjamin. I would be shocked if we aren’t down 17-3 at halftime and wind up losing by more. Sorry but come on folks, we all know how this ends.

  5. Mark Says:

    String not stein!

  6. b Says:

    Derek Anderson? – We’re doomed. Doomed I say.

  7. McBuc Says:

    Both teams are 1-3, so what makes the Panthers better? Bunch of cry babys.

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    After tonight, people in tampa will know what Fozzy is

  9. WutdaBUCisthis? Says:

    Screw them! BUCS win! Quit being so damn negative!
    Win or go home
    That’s all we can do

  10. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    “I’m not picking this team to win again this year.”

    That’s just BS and even you don’t believe that!!! If you do let’s get together because I’m happy to lay some money on that preposterous bet.

    If this team plays well after the bye JBF will have about half the current posters because many will be too embarrassed to show themselves

  11. MadMax Says:

    I hope we win this, especially for the guys stepping up and playing “next man up” and the rooks. We need to double Greg Olsen every chance we get. Remove him and we win. Mark my words.

  12. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Can we hear the pun please?