Honesty Week At One Buc Palace

November 10th, 2016

Robert Ayers explains.

The official Buccaneers microscope was rolled out recently and put to good use at One Buc Palace.

There was also group therapy that had a real impact.

That was the word from defensive end Robert Ayers tonight on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Ayers talked about how the team did a great job during their mini-bye-week reflecting, studying and admitting their many sins against good football.

“So, you know, we acknowledged the things that we can do better and what has beaten us,” Ayers said.

“We’re man enough and, you know, tough enough to look at what we’ve done and we’re trying to take steps to correct those things. And that’s a positive thing, man. A lot of times people don’t want to self-scout themselves or be honest with themselves. And that’s the worst thing you can be: a person or team that’s not honest with yourself about who you are. So we’ve done that. And I think that’s huge for us to move forward and to understand what we need to get better at, and to really take legitimate steps toward doing it. And I think we’re doing it.”

Joe loves hearing all this stuff from the passionate and honest Ayers, but it’s all a bunch of flowery talk.

Go play a nasty brand of physical, 60-minute football Sunday for the suffering home fans, all those average Joes forfeiting a modest summer vacation, or summer camp for their kids, so they can own Bucs season tickets in the upper deck.

Look in the mirror and study. That’s great. But look out into the crowd and play for the jersey and what it represents.

In other news, Ayers acknowledged what Dirk Koetter said early this week — that Ayers isn’t 100 percent since returning from his ankle injury in Week 2.

Ayers said he will “continue to try to scrape the rust off and get to where I think I can be.”

17 Responses to “Honesty Week At One Buc Palace”

  1. Chris Says:

    Blah blah blah. All this guy does is talk. Shut up and make some plays. Win a home game

  2. Kevin Says:

    I wanna hear Mike Smith tell us the fix. I wanna see him admit where he has went wrong and what HE is going to do about it. Its go time fix it now or plan for the draft pick one!

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    @Robert Ayers … “And that’s the worst thing you can be: a person or team that’s not honest with yourself about who you are.” Read that statement and kept thinking ‘What if some of the Bucs conclude that they’re just on a really bad football team with a number of gaping holes?’ What are they supposed to do? Go to Mike Smith and tell him to change the scheme to mask those gaping holes? Talent counts Jason Licht. Next year spend some money to plug those holes in the roster and also draft better.

  4. ElioT Says:

    @Defense Rules:

    I’m in agreement with you.

    We’ve been wondering for quite some time, is it the players, schemes, or lack of consistency.

    Let’s keep this ship together. Spend out the a** in free agency, draft some more hard nosed winners and see what happens.

    If they fail next year, then it’s time to blow this thing apart and start from scratch.

  5. USFBUC Says:

    @Kevin – I think the season is already in planning for the draft mode. They should focus on improving their game for next year They would likely have to go at least 7-1 the second half of the season to have a shot at the playoffs.

  6. Shadow man Says:

    Some of you guys really crack me up

    We need consistency! Break up the team after 8 games! Blame lovie blame dirk blame gmc blame Jason blame Larry the cleaning guy..blame blame blame.

    At the end of the day our core group is 25 and under. New d scheme. Up against some legitimate offenses. Has dirk made some in game errors? No question. It’s not a reason to run him out of town.

    Ohhh Jameis is def a loser you are what your record says you are! Cam also is a perennial loser. Their record says it this year. His record his first few years also said he was a total failure and a loser

    At the end of the day we are an incredible young..and talent lacking team. Were learning how to compete at this high level. Sure we’ve def made mistakes but give these guys another year or two and let them learn how to WIN.

    It’s as if 813 and Elliot and bitchhog and ghost are rooting for this team to fail..and don’t give me the bs that you’re “go bucs” crap means that you care about the team. All you guys do is look to blame and point fingers waiting for these guys to mess up. That’s what you call small minded. Get the bitter bears out of your butt.

    There’s no excuses for the trash we’ve put out at times. But we go from 3-2 and making the conference championship to now sayin were not going to win another game the rest of the year. As Pablo would say “tranquillo cabron”

  7. Pit Says:

    Did you guys hear Geraldine saying he forgives the guy that broke into his house and hurt his brother?

    I don’t know but that just shows how soft he is.

  8. SB with Jameis Says:

    Pit Says:
    November 10th, 2016 at 10:42 pm
    Did you guys hear Geraldine saying he forgives the guy that broke into his house and hurt his brother?

    I don’t know but that just shows how soft he is.
    You sir are a complete idiot. He is a Christian. That is his belief. I would love to see you call him soft to his face. SMDH

  9. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    First of all, I don’t understand this “shut up and play” mentality that so many fans have. You’d have to be 12 years old to not understand this is a business, and the players are the sales people. They have to talk. Ownership and management wants them to do these interviews because believe it or not, it’s interesting to people. Some of us want to hear what the players have to say. If it bothers you so much, then don’t listen. It doesn’t help or hurt their performance on the field. But for you to get your panties in a wad because a guy does a radio show is beyond comical. Just who in the hell do you think you are?

    That being said, there’s no magic formula for fixing things this year. It’s not the scheme, it’s not guys looking in the mirror. It’s the guys just aren’t good enough. Our defense isn’t talented. We have a few talented guys on the roster, but the good defenses have 11 talented guys on the roster. You can’t be a good defense even with 4 great players and 7 bad players. It just doesn’t work. Perhaps they can play out of their minds for a game or two and exceed their abilities, but ultimately they will fall back to their talent, or lack thereof.

    You can pin a good portion of the blame on Licht, as he is the GM. However, I would defend him in that he inherited an absolutely horrendous roster, minus a couple of the players he and Lovie got rid of (nobody really knows whose idea it was to get rid of guys like Revis and Penn, but conventional wisdom would lead you to believe it was Lovie). He has drafted better than any GM we’ve had in a really long time, but we still have a ways to go. When you have a bad roster, every mistake you make in the draft is magnified, but in reality all GM’s make bad picks. I believe he’s on his way to building a good roster, but it’s going to take some more time. None of us want to wait, but it is what it is. Blowing it all up would be a horrible mistake. I would like to think we’ve all learned that over the years, but apparently many have not.

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Did you guys hear Geraldine saying he forgives the guy that broke into his house and hurt his brother?

    I don’t know but that just shows how soft he is.”


    You sir, are a complete buffoon. I actually feel sorry for you that you are so stupid to not only think that, but to be dumb enough to actually type it and hit Submit.

  11. EA Says:

    I’m not sure how many players are 100% healthy at this point in the season. Consistency has been a big issue on defense the last 3 years that I remember. Going back to Lovies first year, we get blown out by ATL then they play decent, after that they get blown out by Baltimore and then Carolina and Tennessee.
    The reason Dirk was hired is to tutor Jameis of course so he doesn’t change systems every other year. Let’s try to do the same think on the defensive side, if Smitty does get a HC job I hope we can promote a guy from within to take over and run the same scheme.

  12. SB with Jameis Says:

    What Hawaiian just said.

  13. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    I am with Hawaiian! Hey maybe he’s a Christian?or maybe just a good guy?forgive others if you want forgiveness!Thank you Jesus A-MEN!

  14. nate123455789 Says:

    If these guys don’t have talent cut them.find.sum 1 of the street because if you can’t win anyone game he.any worth the millions of dollars you pay them..

  15. richbucsfan Says:

    Player shows are ridiculous. Most can’t make a sentence or speak clearly enough to be understood. Plus, talk is cheap. Do away with these inane efforts to connect with fans. Winning is the most effective way to do that.

  16. gack Says:

    Another high quality signing by the GM…. Ayers hasn’t played a full season since 2011

  17. Pit Says:

    Yeah let him try to break into my house and both of you guys come with him and then you can say hello to my little Christian friend.