“Resolve” Scrutinized Again

October 19th, 2016


A truly bizarre season for Vincent Jackson got weirder Monday night, less than 24 hours before he was placed on injured reserve with an ACL injury.

Remember when, after opening day, new wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator Todd Monken called out Jackson saying he had to play better? And remember the following week, when Monken praised Jackson for “playing harder?”

Those felt like big red flags considering Jackson is a team captain, an established veteran and a guy known for his work ethic.

Jackson struggled through the first month of the season and, occasionally, appeared disinterested on the field.

On Monday night, Monken joined the Buccaneers Radio Network and praised Jackson for getting deep into game plans, and for his blocking and mentoring. He also raved about Jackson’s unique ability to translate meeting-room learning instantly on the practice field. Monken said most Bucs receivers can’t do that.

Monken added that Jackson’s play against the Panthers was his best game of the year, but then Monken qualified that with an odd choice of words.

“It didn’t show up in terms of catches, but in terms of resolve,” Monken said. “In terms of route running, in terms of play speed, and I thought that built in practice leading up to that game. And I think that showed. Again, to the fan, you might not see it, but it was definitely his best game.”

Joe is focusing on Monken using the word “resolve.” The dictionary defines resolve as “a strong determination to do something.” So why exactly was Jackson’s resolve such an issue that his coach keeps talking about it publicly?

Joe doesn’t recall Monken referencing effort with any negative undertones for any of his other players.

Giving V-Jax the benefit of the doubt, perhaps his knee injuries last year weren’t 100 percent healed entering this season?

Regardless, this mystery appears to buried on injured reserve with V-Jax.

30 Responses to ““Resolve” Scrutinized Again”

  1. unbelievable Says:

    Think he was playing hurt all season to be honest. Either that or some personal issues must have been going on cuZ even week 1 he didn’t look the same.

  2. Patrick in VA Says:

    If it hasn’t come out from Dirk or Monken by now, who seem to be pretty candid guys, then I doubt we’ll ever know what’s going on there.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    No mystery!!!! All the signs are right in front of everyone!!!!! Just ask yourself How does a player not know he tore up his knee in the game and kept playing????

    Answer….It was too numb to notice!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    If he was playing hurt and that had an effect on his play, wouldn’t that be evidence of a pretty big double standard? As The Commish pointed out, we’re all falling over each other to give McCoy a participation award for playing while he was hurt, regardless of his actual production. If Jackson is getting called out for his lack of production when he’s playing through an injury as well, seems like that wouldn’t be equal treatment.

  5. ElioT Says:

    He was injured, probably in training camp and the Bucs hid it in order to try and use him as a decoy. Especially after Shorts went down, they were desperate. Bummer.

  6. Bucsfanman Says:

    I agree Patrick. I don’t think he was fully recovered. As to GMC, I find it hard to compare the two. VJax has always been a productive stand out guy. To me, losing him for the season is a hard pill to swallow. Over his tenure, he has been the most productive offensive player we’ve had.

  7. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Definitely not the same VJax pre-2015 Washington game. A lot of us could see that…just wasn’t getting open anymore. If anything, replacing Vjax should be an upgrade (unfortunately).

  8. nate Says:


  9. Lord Cornelius Says:

    My guess is the guy was just running out of gas in his career tank and Monken was trying to get him to push it hard for one more season. Dude just hit his wall this year. Great guy and I wish him the best

  10. DB55 Says:

    Do you guys notice a trend? Coaches keep talking about resolve, effort, competing, changing the culture. I think coach is sending a loud and clear message to all. Fight or gtfo.

  11. KingBuc17 Says:

    This really sucks…Shorts, Dye or Shepard are going to have to step up big for the next three weeks, until we can trade for a legit playmaker.

    Also better be our 1st priority next year JUJU, Kirk or Ford.

  12. KingBuc17 Says:

    Nate, great idea
    Glennon for Coates and draft JUJU in the first next year.

  13. Patrick in VA Says:

    People……..NOBODY WANTS MIKE GLENNON. Nobody! Have you seen the types of trades and acquisitions that are happening all around the league without so much as a hint of interest in Glennon? There’s been media chatter about him being a top prospect, but I can’t imagine that being anything more than buzz created by his agent.

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    @nate…you may be on to something….landry jones is horrible….mike glennon would be an upgrade for Pittsburg….I would throw it out their but no way im giving up a draft pick…we have too many holes…GO BUCS!!!

  15. KingBuc17 Says:

    This really sucks…VJAX was our best FA swipe since Simmerin Rice…. great professional, mentor, and very productive. Sad Day if his career ends like this…. Thank you SD for that gift…

  16. tmaxcon Says:

    think for a minute people…. NO team is going to give up a draft pick for a 10 game rental of a player that has proven he has NO trade value. Patrick VA is right whether you like glennon or not it’s time to accept the fact licht screwed up by not moving him last year and 8 walks with NOTHING in return. Comp pick people he is not bring one so stop. No one is going to give up a pick for a rental with no chance of helping their team long term.

  17. unbelievable Says:

    You guys are absolutely ridiculous thinking anyone is trading anything for Glennon. Put down the madden controller, this is real life.

  18. Dave Says:

    Get over it!!!
    There is no way VJax was “indifferent” or didn’t care much.
    He was injured! Nothing more. Probably just coming to grips that his career was about to end.

  19. ChuckInJAX Says:

    Why is seemingly NO ONE pissed that this wasn’t ‘discovered’ until AFTER the BYE week?! If this had been dealt with LAST week, we would have had an extra week of work for whomever the Licht Brigade found on the scrap heap…Instead, we’re now five days from game day, and have seemingly no plan. Nicely played…

  20. orlbucfan Says:

    Talk about a bunch of whiners and captain crankies.. joe is making quite a bit of ad revenue off of this site. We have quite a few talented receivers in Evans, Hump, Shepherd (who is one heckuva ST player), Brate, etc. Now reading all the Glennon bellyaching is so old, it’s mildewed. Right Joe? Go Bucs!!

  21. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:


    I know VJax stats are a little better, but I like the Joey Galloway pick up. He brought a dimension that out offense has never had, the ability to stretch the field.

  22. Hawaiian Buc Says:



    Thanks for the laugh!!!

  23. pick6 Says:

    given the man he’s been since arriving in Tampa, it has always made more sense to assume something was wrong with his knees than with his head. the fact that he didn’t show up on the injury report was a head scratcher, but a slow\incomplete recovery could have been the issue and his knee finally said “no mas” after his display of resolve last Monday night

  24. Eric Says:

    I begrudgingly have to give rock star credit, Vincent Jackson was a heck of a pick up.

    A crying shame we couldn’t get the man into the playoffs or even be competitive during his tenure.

    Kind of a waste.

  25. 813bucboi Says:

    @tmaxcon….glennon can be moved to the right team….2 that come to mind are the steelers and jets….glennon plays better than landry jones….he looks slightly better than geno or Fitzpatrick….licht screwed up….time for him to correct his mistakes….I just hope he doesn’t send any draft picks…GO BUCS!!!

  26. Patrick in VA Says:

    Alright guys. Let’s take a step back and think about this. Any team that is going to trade for Glennon will be in a win now mind set because he is in his last contract year. Of the teams that are options, I’ve seen steelers and jets mentioned but lets throw in Chicago as a possibility too just to add in places with bad QB situations, are any of them in a place where a QB can come in and immediately start winning them games after not being familiar with their scheme and playbook? The answer is no. The only one that might be a possibility from a roster talent perspective is pittsburgh and there’s no way that Glennon will hold up behind their line

  27. KoetterTheDumbass Says:

    Joe you’re kind of being a jerk. Stop overanalyzing statements made by the OC. You’re making VJax look bad when he has NEVER lacked for effort or work ethic.

  28. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    It may not be fair compared to GMC’s treatment but I believe VJAX has never been right.

    Credit to Realist for pointing this out in the pre season. VJAX appeared to not be running crisp routes and making really sharp cuts. Maybe he was trying to hide his injury and that’s why his “resolve” was questioned?

  29. Doctor Stroud Says:

    unbelievable says something very believable.

  30. Wausa Says:

    Bucs really need a lot of help at different positions during the offseason(luckily they have the most cap space of any team in the NFL)

    How about about a 2017 offseason that brings in the following:
    Stephan Gilmore CB Bills
    Erice Reid S Chiefs
    Matt Elam S Ravens
    Alshon Jeffrey WR Bears
    Marquis Goodwin WR Bills
    Round 1 Mike Williams WR Clemson
    Round 2 Caleb Brantley DT Florida
    Round 3 Evan Engram TE Ole Miss
    Round 4 Derick Nnadi DT Florida State
    Round 5 Cooper Kupp WR E Washington