From Hitting A QB To Hitting One-liners

July 29th, 2017

A “Hard Knocks” production crew hangs out after practice Friday to discuss strategy.

Just throwing together tidbits to help Bucs fans get through a slow Saturday morning (or finish a fun Friday night).

No harm, no foul.

There was a bit of a no-no yesterday. Clearly, it is still underwear football. Hitting of any kind is verboten. Even if the pads were on and hitting was full-go, hitting the quarterback in practice is an NFL mortal sin.

But yesterday, Gerald McCoy got, well, a bit too close to America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. There was contact and a fumble. GMC said afterwards the moment it happened he knew he was in the wrong.

GMC mentioned Jameis as “The Franchise” and noted how there was no more important player than “3” on the Bucs roster, no matter what number they wore. After the contact, GMC noticed he may have received a stern look from winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter.

“I’m probably going to the principal’s office,” GMC joked.

“You have to respect.”

Much was made of Jameis’ description of wide receiver DeSean Jackson this offseason, a “Bentley with a Ferrari engine.” Well, Jameis was close.

At the start of training camp, Jackson, driving a Ferrari 488 GTB, gave fellow receiver Mike Evans a lift to One Buc Palace. Joe got a chance to talk to Jackson about that.

Jackson believes it is just part of building teamwork.

“Oh, man, you have to do it,” Jackson said of rolling with Evans in his rig. “We are building something special. You have to respect. If we stay together, it will be hard for people to stop us.”


Noah Spence played on impressive teams at Ohio State with players like Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott.

Yeah, it was college. But even a team like the Buckeyes, which went on to win a national championship just after Spence left, their young studs in Columbus can’t hold a candle to the Bucs, Spence said.

“I’ve never been on a team with this much talent,” Spence offered of the 2017 Bucs. “It’s a blessing.”

Culture change.

Adam Humphries is a cool dude. Hard to believe he is now considered a veteran as he enters third season. Time flies.

When Humphries came to the Bucs, it was one of the lowest moments for the franchise. No, not because he signed as a rookie free agent! But the Bucs were coming off a season in which they were the worst in the NFL. Super Bowl? Playoffs? Hell, the Bucs couldn’t win a home game the team was so bad for crying out loud.

Now in his third training camp, Humphries is well aware of the hype and the expectations from fans that the team ought to be playing meaningful games in January.

How has the team gone from the dregs of the NFL to legitimate playoff contenders in three seasons? It is a group Humphries calls the “young guys.”

“A lot of young guys [on the roster] who are going to change the culture here,” Humphries said. “It is a new vibe. It is a new feel.”

Had he been drafted in 2015, Humphries would have been in that very group. The group Humphries is referring to is what Joe has called “The Grand Slam,” when Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht drafted Jameis, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet and Kwon Alexander. Those four are the culture changers, led of course by Jameis and Alexander.

Pay up!

Even Koetter seemed to be enjoying himself yesterday. He was maybe the most relaxed Joe has seen Koetter at a press conference. Twice during his post-practice press conference, a reporter’s cell phone rang out loud.

“That’s a fine!” Koetter joked noting, in team meetings, if a player doesn’t shut his cell phone off, he has to pony up.

Tee it up!

Humphries is a hardcore golfer. If you follow him on Instagram, you already know he travels the country in the offseason to attend golf tournaments and play at various golf courses and resorts. But not even Humphries can tee one up like Joe did for him yesterday.

And not even a nice guy like Humphries can resist a big ol’ fat fastball coming down the middle the way Joe served one to him Friday.

Joe asked Humphries if it energizes or motivates his teammates when they witness the Bucs suits making such an effort to build a winner, like going out and dropping so much Team Glazer loot in the laps of Chris Baker and Jackson? Well, Humphries swung for the trees.

“They aren’t going to bring in someone who isn’t going to help us win,” Humphries joked.


7 Responses to “From Hitting A QB To Hitting One-liners”

  1. JA Says:

    Predictions, predictions, predictions…
    I’ve heard them all here, from 12-4 to 7-9, with all possibilities in between.
    I’m not a prediction guy-I only hope.
    And I hope that at 4:30 PM on September 10, 2017, the Bucs are 1-0. After that, I’ll adjust my hopes accordingly…

  2. Larry Says:

    Well said JA!

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Lots of nice tidbits in this piece. Thanks Joe.

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe, great article. Loved it! Well done!

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Gotta watch this:

    If that doesn’t get you fired up, nothing will.

  6. Fritz50 Says:

    “If that doesn’t get you fired up, nothing will.”

    I don’t know about anybody else…got me going!!

  7. Rrsrq Says:

    Humps work ethic, knowing nothing is handed to you and player for a winner like Clemson, playing behind 1st round talent receivers there, he is part of the attitude and culture change