What A Maroon!

December 11th, 2016


And your dumbarse play of the month goes to… Josh Huff.

The Bucs were in complete and total control in the first half. They were on the verge of potentially putting a nail in the coffin of New Orleans with the ball in Saints territory leading 10-0. A 17-0 game in the second quarter would have been a helluva thing to overcome the way the Bucs defense was playing, Drew Brees or no Drew Brees.

But then came the dumbass play of the game.

The Saints had just kicked a field goal for their first score of the game to pull within 13-3 – still a two-score game – when the kickoff bounced at the Bucs-1 in the corner and Huff, rather than waiting for the ball to either bounce in the end zone to cover the ball for a touchback, or have the ball bounce out of bounds for a Saints penalty, decided to field the ball.

In a Three Stooges-like stunt, the ball, as Huff began to field it, hit Huff in the face mask and bounced off his face and out of bounds.

Bucs ball, first down on the half-yard line. Joe almost threw a bottle of beer through a wall.


Instead of the Bucs having a shot to put the game away, the Bucs call for a Doug Martin run up the middle. Given how Martin has forgot to run this year (but he got paid!), it was of no shock to anyone Martin got caught behind the line of scrimmage for a safety.

Before you know it, the Saints kicked another field goal to pull within five at halftime.

Now we know why Huff couldn’t obtain a firearm legally. Apparently not bright enough to file for a permit.

If Joe was Jason Licht, Huff would be filing for unemployment insurance tomorrow morning for that dumbarse stunt.

What a maroon!!!

Ryan Smith may be a crap return man but at least he knows what to do with a football.

43 Responses to “What A Maroon!”

  1. Wright Says:

    Inexcusable. He did have a nice catch later in the game, but that’s it. He probably gets one more chance before he’s on the street again.

  2. JonBuc Says:

    If you ask me…it was a bit unlucky….it was a good spinning, dying kickoff and ate him up a bit.

  3. Waterboy Says:

    Definitely a moronic play. That play caused a huge momentum shift going into the half.

  4. Suarpo Says:

    I was frustrated as hell but i was also relieved as hell… if the ball bounced inside the end zone it would have been a safety!

    Just let it go Huff!!!!

  5. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    Pretty sure he made up for it with a big 3rd down catch later. He got a reception in less time that Shorts did.

    Just so impressed the Bucs D kept Brees and co. out of the end zone. Yeah I know a couple TD passes were dropped, but them’s the breaks. They went our way.

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    Wasn’t it John McKay that talked about cutting a player at half-time? If you can do that – the Bucs should have, it was the dumbest play I can recall seeing and it completely swung the momentum of the game. It was of course followed by Dirk calling for a run right up the middle like he always calls on 1st down, which lead to a safety. I wish Dirk had more trust in Winston and would let him play a little, but hard to argue with the results.

  7. wesley Says:

    More unlucky than anything.

  8. BuccaneerByBirth Says:

    That play was absolutely inexcusable.

  9. Buc2015 Says:

    agree JonBuc …. not a smart play but also incredibly unlucky. Didn’t get a good bounce and the ball could have gone anywhere after it hit his facemask …. just went out at the worst possible place

  10. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    I wasn’t really even mad @ him when it happened. Any old Igit could see that it was Very unlucky and 9 out of 10 times the ball wouldn’t have jumped up that way. Keep Ur head up Huff, I still have faith in you.

  11. NJBucsFan Says:

    Good thing Joe is not in the position Jason Licht is in

  12. PCBBucsFan Says:

    I understand the frustration but completely disagree with your opinion Joe. The ball took a crazy bounce and tagged him. Although he shouldn’t have been near the ball and should have let it roll. This team has gotten better by supporting each other not cursing each other.

  13. Dwood Says:

    Rod Munch i agree with what you said completely about the 1st down call. Everyone was piled in the box completely selling out like it was 3rd and goal.
    In like Dirk but sometimes he frustrates the hell out of me with the overly conservative play calling.

  14. Dreambig Says:

    He single handedly changed the momentum of the game. I agree he should be filing for unemployment. If he was any good Eagles wouln’d have cut him for getting arrested.

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    I have zero faith in Huff, you’re near the sidelines, it’s a bouncing ball – let it go into the endzone or better hope it bounces out of bounds on it’s own – the worst thing in the world you could do there is try to return it from 1 yard line about a 2 feet from out of bounds, even if you do cleanly get that you’re getting tackled at the 12 probably. Look at Philly’s WR situation, if the guy was any good they wouldn’t have cut him.

  16. Brian Says:

    bad bouce.. shlt happens. Get a grip

  17. Student Of English Says:

    I think you might be thinking of “MORON”. That is, unless you think Huff might be part of the band Maroon 5.

    I’m guessing you had a few beers today.

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    Dwood – Yeah, I don’t really get it – last year he did a brilliant job for the most part calling plays, this year Dirk seems to just want to run it up the middle and win every game on defense. Hey it’s working so what I can say, but it is frustrating to watch since it just seems like there is so much potential in that offense and it’s not being used. BUT, and it’s a big but, we only have 1 NFL level WR on the team, so perhaps that’s why he’s calling it the way he’s calling it – maybe I’m missing it on film and the WRs are running wrong routes, not getting open and everyone is double or triple teaming Evans. When we’re winning it’s easy to be happy and not worry about the stuff.

  19. lightningbuc Says:

    Donovan “The Penalty Machine” Smith would be a close second in the dumb ass of the day award.

  20. Not there yet Says:

    It happens but still can’t really call someone an idiot for something that happened on a field you’ve never played on. It wasn’t a turnover so it’s fine. We’ve had a returned call for a fair catch inside the 5 before, let’s not forget what the rookie safety did when not sure whether he was in or out of the endzone. We’ll need him

  21. ARGH_M8E Says:

    The bounce was awful… But get the F away from it when its heading outta bounds!

  22. 404Buc Says:

    Huff has a great opportunity to be a solid producer on this team.

  23. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Or give it space and field it, pissed off by that f’n play but I believe Huff will b good for us.

  24. R.O. Says:

    Simplistic statement.. the Ball hit in no mans land.. and took a crazy bounce that footballs sometimes take. It was a good kick mote than a bad play by Huff.

  25. lightningbuc Says:

    Student Of English Says:
    December 11th, 2016 at 9:19 pm
    I think you might be thinking of “MORON”. That is, unless you think Huff might be part of the band Maroon 5.

    I’m guessing you had a few beers today.


    Student of English,

    I guess you must have been too busy studying English to ever enjoy watching Bugs Bunny, which is where the term “what a maroon” came from.

  26. Trubucfan22 Says:

    A dumb play would be if he fielded it and ran out of bounds. The ball bounced in the field of play he attempted to handle it but it took an awkward bounce on him (much like footballs usually do) (those pesky oblong shaped balls!) it was unfortunate, but there was nothing he could do. If that ball has bounced back ward toward the coverage team he would have been screwed if he had just gotten away from the ball. It was a tough break for his first live look from buc fans. It’s not like he muffed a punt, the ball just took a bad hop. Footballs tend to do that.

    Im not mad at him, tough break, go get’em next time.

  27. Supersam Says:

    Little harsh joe, he was trying to make a play and the ball was bouncing like crazy, popped up and hit him in the face. Not sure it’s as bad as you say.

  28. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    It was an awful bounce, but you have to let the ball go in that situation. No saints player was there to field it. Let it bounce out of the end zone or out of bounds.

  29. BucGator Says:

    You know Joe, your hate of Martin seems personal. Don’t tell me he didn’t earn his money on they TD run. That was pure effort. Also the safety wasn’t his fault. That play was dead from the start and he worked like hell to get over the goalline.

  30. Buccfan37 Says:

    Huff was saved from goat of the week. It’s going to be tough from here to the finish. A win at Dallas is a big hill to climb. Two division mates would love nothing better than to knock the Bucs off and out of contention. The Bucs have to win the rest to advance most likely. I hope I’m wrong.

  31. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    English student he was referring to Bugs Bunny would call someone a maroon.

    Joe you should go on a hiatus from posting articles because this hatred of Dougie just not right. He ran the play Koetter put in. He didn’t just decide to do whatbhe wanted so as you point 1 finger at Huff you got three pointing right back at you.

  32. Gencoimports Says:

    Did Doug Martin once look at you funny in the locker room, Joe? It does seem you got sonething personal against him.

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  34. Milenkosoe Says:

    LIttle harsh Joe. Go easy after one game

  35. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Good God, so what!!??? He made up for it, we got the win, so what’s the big deal??? Geesh, I’ve seen mistakes made by ALL teams..yeah, even Dallas..

  36. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Kenny Bell.

    Huff should not get a second chance. Bell didn’t.

  37. Pickgrin Says:

    “YOU IDIOT!!!” Joe says in their best Ren voices.

    I felt the same way Joe and thought it was a great piece you wrote. Except for the needless Dougie hate slipped in there. Martin ran well today and when he didn’t, its because Saint defenders were in the backfield – just like on that Safety play.

  38. SCBucsFan Says:

    Ryan Smith hasn’t done much as a returner, but he also never made any mistakes like that. I hope Huff isn’t one of those guys that makes a boneheaded mistake on a return every now and again like Rainey was. I’d rather have Smith, if he is.

  39. Joe Says:

    Student of English:

    You apparently never received your degree or you skipped a boatload of classes at the bar.

    If you are truly a student of English, you are aware of something called a “colloquialism,” yes? The term “maroon” is a colloquialism of the borough of Brooklyn, specifically, and the northeast, generally, meaning “imbecile.” Yes, it was made famous by Bugs Bunny cartoons which is why — Joe just knew some clown would suggest Joe “meant” something else — Joe linked to a Bugs Bunny cartoon, which you clearly never clicked on.

    Might want to do a modicum of research before climbing your high horse waving a degree in the air and adding two-and-two and coming up with seven and looking like a maroon yourself.

    And, yes, Joe meant “maroon!”

  40. Joe Says:

    Dougie hate slipped in there

    Joe doesn’t “hate” Martin in any way, shape or form. Honest critique is not “hate.”

  41. gilhealy Says:

    Wow, one game in and we’re labeling the guy an idiot, and a maroon. I see we still have room for improvement media wise. Bad bounces happen. Kid looks like a baller to me.

  42. Reach87 Says:


    Concur and well said. I would wager Mr. Huff makes more plays for us in the future that will help us win. Personal attacks such as calling someone a “moron” or “idiot,” particularly for this 2016 Buc team, are not helpful and really take away the vibe we have at the moment, and the sweet taste of victory.

  43. BringBucsBack Says:

    The only defense for Huff here is that it was a live ball. Yes, he was close to the sideline and yes it was a huge momentum shifter. Not a good move on his part. I’m not sure why we don’t skwib-kick it more often, as a lot of returners have trouble fielding them.

    Question: Since he was standing in the end zone when the ball hit him in the face mask (as I remember), why wouldn’t it be ruled a touchback.

    Maroon is a bugs bunny reference, for those who didn’t grow up watching the mind-melt that was Saturday morning cartoons.