“I Cross The Line A Lot Of Times”

October 22nd, 2016

Robert Ayers is struggling to control himself

The Bucs haven’t had a guy on the roster as intense as defensive end Robert Ayers in a long time.

It’s too bad Ayers has only played in six quarters this season.

Ayers, 31, wrenched his left ankle against the Cardinals in Week 2. Since then, he’s been a ferocious presence on the Buccaneers’ sideline. TV cameras have caught him freaking out more than once.

Ayers says his enthusiasm is getting out of balance.

“To be on the sideline, even though I’m encouraging people, you know, eventually you got to put some action behind those words,” Ayers told the Buccaneers Radio Network. “And that’s what’s frustrating. Because you can’t do anything. All you can do is be a cheerleader. Sometimes my emotions get too high and I step out, I cross the line a lot of times to where I say or do things that may not should be saying. And that’s not my place. That’s what’s tough, is that balancing act, trying to help my guys but I can’t do it physically.”

Simply translated: To lead like a beast, you must be able to play like beast. Ayers can only take his leadership so far if he’s not on the field.

Gerald McCoy returns from his calf injury on Sunday. Ayers, though, will remain shelved.


11 Responses to ““I Cross The Line A Lot Of Times””

  1. Kevin Says:

    The one thing this team has going is we have the best D-line coach in the league. If they don’t produce its lack of talent.

    I would really like to see the Glaziers and Jason Licht take a close look at the medical evaluators on this team. Seems over the years some really questionable signings have occurred and problems over looked.

  2. orlbucfan Says:

    I hope all the GMC badmouthers will shut up. Yeah guys, GMC sure is a creampuff.

  3. Kobe Faker Says:

    Kobe is predicting betting line to go san fran -3 before kickoff

    Dont think redhead is going to play

    Damn! Ayers is sure making a buffoon of alot of naive people spewing this toughguy BS

    ***ayers remind me of the knight in monty python holy grail movie. Knight has legs and arms cutoff and still bragging…

    Alittle before my time

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    Don’t worry about it Robert. Tampa is the place free agents come to retire.

    You really don’t HAVE to play for Tampa Bay. Just show up and sign your checks every week.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Kevin, the Bucs sure do seem to be snakebit when it comes to FAs. But it’s usually AFTER they get here. Carl Nicks comes to mind for starters … played 16 games a year for 4 years with the Saints, then only 9 games total in 2 yrs with the Bucs. Yet from what I could find, the Bucs seem to fare better than most when it comes to man-games lost due to injuries. I wonder if we just have a tendency to lose key players (like Ayers & Martin) to injury more often than most.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Ohh Yeah Mr Ayers? You say you’ve crossed the line a lot? How about taking that anger and crossing more opponents Offensive lines and dumping there QB’s? You can’t be a beast sittin at home with Sweezy chuggin’em down now can you? Mr Ayers..You ain’t no beast. You have proved nothing to this Buc nation but talk. We need you to hit somebody, hurt somebody, Smash the opponent in the face. YOU..have done nothing but talk..and rest. Next man up please!

  7. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Wow you guys really understand the NFL eh? We’re the only team that suffers injuries. That stupid Licht how dare he sign players that are not machines. And Koetter…how dare he prepare NFL players that actually get hurt.

    Wanna see all the other guys who are “goofing off collecting a paycheck”?


  8. ElioT Says:

    What are the odds we ever see McCoy, Ayers, Spence and McDonald on the field together at full strength?

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    StPete … interesting website. Some teams are REALLY banged up at this point in the season (like the Ravens?). Noticed that Mike James got an injury settlement from the Bucs on Sep 14th, then was signed onto the Lions’ practice squad. Now a month after his injury settlement he’s probably coming up to the Lions’ 53-man squad. Lingering injury settlement? Mike James by the way averaged over 4 yds per carry while with the Bucs, playing behind a questionable OLine most of the time.


    October 7, 2016 1:40 pm
    Mike James: Could play Sunday
    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    James could be promoted from the Lions’ practice squad for this Sunday’s game against the Eagles, the Detroit Free Press reports. The 25-year-old James last played in 2014 for the Buccaneers and boasts 332 rushing yards on 79 career attempts.

    September 14, 2016 7:38 pm
    Mike James: Reaches injury settlement
    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    James (undisclosed) reached an injury settlement with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, ESPN reports. Following a three-year stint in Tampa Bay, the Bucs decided to part ways with James due to a lingering injury he can’t seem to overcome.

  10. Issic Haggins Says:

    BTW he knows the offense !!!

  11. Blowfly Says:

    Why does everyone think so much of this guy Denver didn’t think that much of him, and New York didn’t either. Those teams didn’t sign him back. But he comes here and he’s Reggie White. Always hurt at those other places, but he’s the saver here and only played how many games. Look at his record not played a whole season but maybe once. Doing the same thing here. Another bad free agent signing. LOOK IT UP.