“We Got A Little Sickness Going Through Our Team Right Now”

December 22nd, 2016

donovansmith3Are the football gods starting to turn on the Bucs?

Maybe. And Joe isn’t talking about the availability of Saints stud center Max Unger.

Unger didn’t play against the Bucs two weeks ago when Tampa Bay choked out Drew Brees.

Robert Ayers is among several Bucs battling a bug, Dirk Koetter revealed today after practice at sunny One Buc Palace.

“We got a little sickness going through our team right now,” Koetter said. “And that’s just part of this time of year. Guys bodies are a little bit worn down when you travel. … Bodies are susceptible to picking up a little virus and when you’ve got this many grown men around each other it can spread. But, again, we’re going to be ready to roll on Saturday. So are the Saints.”

Time to load up on the zinc, olive leaf and Vitamin C.

14 Responses to ““We Got A Little Sickness Going Through Our Team Right Now””

  1. Supersam Says:

    Have a very bad feeling about the next 2 games. I’m optimistic, but I’m also a realist. Firing Lovie just for a 2 win improvement might be hard for the Glazer boys to swallow.

  2. ClodHopper Says:

    I bet Grimes is healthy. Eat your vegetables!!!!

  3. Patrick in VA Says:

    Is it Bucs fever??

  4. R.O. Says:

    SS… Huh? Very few had the Bucs winning 8-10 games this year. Overachieved either way. Lots of Quality wins, maybe 2 disappointing losses. The Refs stole one against the Raiders either the BS def hold call on Jude on 4th down.

  5. Gilhealy Says:

    I saw McCoy saying he was not feeling well yesterday in his presser. Hopefully it’s a 24 hour bug. Let’s hope Jaboo doesn’t get it.

  6. Lord Corn Says:

    “I have a bad feeling about the next 2 games”
    “I’m an optimist”

    You do realize that having a “bad feeling” has nothing to do with objectivity and everything to do with being a pessimistic little b*tch?

    Objectivley not a single person would think Koettr is in any job danger even if we lose out. Why do u even come here

  7. orlbucfan Says:

    I’m sure there’s a few Aints with bugs, too. Every team is banged up at this point in the season. These last 2 games will be interesting markers on how far the Bucs have come in becoming a quality NFL club.

  8. shouldhavedraftedefiert Says:

    Mike Evans show last 2 games, if they don’t get him touches then Koetter has failed as a coach down the stretch. Now’s the time you go to your stars and potential H.O.F. no more family crap the stars have to earn their paycheck these last 2 games.

  9. Tony in Los Angeles Says:


    What are you talking about??? did you watch the games last season versus this season? It’s not even the same thing. Plus, the Bucs schedule was MUCH easier last season. This team has fight. Last season they were rolled. Period. To say the Glazers would regret firing Lovie, even if they lose the next two games, is short-sighted.

  10. JameisDungy Says:


    Lets be honest that the only major benefit to firing Lovie was getting Mike Smith as DC. Even he might be gone after this year to Jax.

    Koetter has gotten worse as a play caller. Yes I know the offense has major injuries but its only floating because Evans and Jameis are better players this year. Which was expected.

    However, taking on the responsibility as a HC has hurt his play calling.

    I like Dirk, but he’s gotta do something about the offense.

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    @jameisdungy….100% agree…..

    @supersam…..that will be a tough pill for them to swallow….GO BUCS!!!!

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    JameisDungy, I agree with you too. I also think you should keep doing whatever is working until their defense stops it. Jameis Can pass down the field and then when they get in the red zone he loses several yards on a wasted run play. Then Jameis only has two plays to get a first down or TD. I’m all for running the ball, but when your passing it down their throats, keep doing it.

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Lets be honest that the only major benefit to firing Lovie was getting Mike Smith as DC”

    Tampa is 18th in scoring offense this year; vs 22nd last year. We average 1 point more per game. We’re scoring more points actually. This is in spite of the fact that:

    -we’ve faced the 5th hardest schedule in the league based on the W:L records of teams we’ve played. In 2015 we had the 3rd easiest schedule in the league based on that same metric.

    -we’ve had a bottom 3 run blocking O-line; and an underperforming injured RB; compared to a top 5 rushing offense last year and a top 2 rushing performance from Martin

    -we have had no legit #2 WR; at least we had VJax for like 1/2 a season last year; and Louis Murphy here or there

    I don’t think he’s regressed dramatically as a play caller. I thought he was better last year; but it helps when your run game actually works…

  14. Gilhealy Says:

    @Lord Cornelius-Facts. Right on.