“I Need The Fu**’n Rock, Bro”

August 23rd, 2017

Diva chatter emerges

First, let Joe say that DeSean Jackson, by all accounts and observations, has been a model Buccaneers teammate since arriving in March.

Yeah, he missed a big handful of voluntary spring practices, but otherwise Jackson has looked like a brilliant fit in all aspects.

Joe sure hopes it lasts.

Hard Knocks last night revealed Jackson at practice last week upset with the amount of touches he was getting — in practice. That’s not something fans hear every day.

“I need the fu**’n rock, bro,” Jackson tells a Bucs staff member. “Can I catch one fu**’n pass? Damn, man. I ain’t touched the fu**’n ball since 1-on-1 [drills].

It’s awesome intensity by Jackson. Joe loves it. But Joe also wonders whether Jackson might bring that negative attitude to a game-day huddle.

If he did, how would it be handled by America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston?

Ira Kaufman asked Dirk Koetter about the challenge of keeping all his weapons happy on the Ira Kaufman Podcast last month (20:45 mark after clicking the link).

“I’ve just found over the years that if you’re winning, everything takes care of itself. The only time touches and targets become an issue is when your team is struggling. Then it becomes an issue. ” Koetter said. “Everyone’s going to play along fine when you’re winning. And we plan on winning. So as a coach, I don’t think you can worry about that. What coach would get up there and say, ‘We have too many good players.’ I mean, that’s the plan. Get more good players. Now how do you keep them all happy? Put together a team and a system that has a chance to win every week. If you don’t win, I’m not going to be happy, they’re not going to be happy, and you guys aren’t going to be happy.”

Great answer. But the question still remains tough, amplified by a seven-second glimpse into Jackson’s head on HBO.

48 Responses to ““I Need The Fu**’n Rock, Bro””

  1. gotbbucs Says:

    He’s right, they do need to get him the f**k’in rock, otherwise it was pointless to sign him.

  2. JabooBuc Says:

    It was seven seconds from one practice. A classic nothingburger.

  3. chargedcbh Says:

    I agree with him, Winston is still locked on Evans. To me Winston should work on his timing with Jackson. Winston and Evans are established, work with Jackson and Howard more.

  4. stpetebucsfan Says:

    It made him sound like a whiny beotch and a diva…right or wrong. The offense has been looking good…that’s ALL that counts…not DJAX’s touches.

    As for how #3 handles it…not to worry…he has another WR who runs a 4.4 and has great hands and is far more physical than DJAX.

    DJAX will be fine…or he won’t. If he is…great…if he’s not…we can move on.

  5. Waterboy Says:

    I agree with Jackson, with a salary of 11 mil a year they need to figure out ways to get him the rock.

  6. darin Says:

    I agree he needs touches. Dont agree with pointless to sign him if not. They got sick of the stacked boxes. His speed and route running ability alone will open up the rest of the offense big time, regardless if he catches pazses. But of course he wont be running full speed every play unless he does get the rock. Gona be a delicate balance it seems. Good problem to have. Go Bucs

  7. BucEmUp Says:

    I already called this before he was even signed. I dont blame him one bit…but evans.is the stud and jameis isnt used to hittinf a small speesy receiver in stride. Jameis is scared to throw it to him because he cant win 50 50 jump balls. They are trying to use him as a wr 3 and not as a big playmaker. I saw this coming lightyears away and its only going to get worse. Hes going to get in Jameises ear and its going to translate to ints. Not his faukt though. when.you have a wr like him you need to get him the ball. Jameis needs to get thay accuracy fixed or this ferrari is just going to be for show and getting pretty upset, and I cant blame him.

  8. Lamarcus Says:

    Figure that out in the meaningful games. Not practice. Prized wr bitching about catches and tar get’s in preseason in practice?

    Djax was injuries history and no reason to have him catching anything

  9. Oj "I Got The Juice" Howard Says:

    We a know JW use still locked into ME13. But he did complete passes to 9 different receivers in the last pre season game. If nothing else, that’s encouraging.

  10. BucEmUp Says:

    Evans needs to be used srrickty as a decoy this week because winston and djax clearly are not clicking the way they should be, problem

  11. Maze Says:

    He’s absoulety right. Winston stares down Evans still too much. Winston needs to remember that ain’t the old broken down Jackson still on the other side.

  12. ScottyinFatAntonio Says:

    The Benn-Around worked well for Jackson last week….;)

  13. GoBucYourself Says:

    Didn’t like the words. Didn’t like the body language. Didn’t like the attitude. I get it from a competitive standpoint, and agree that his role needs to be expanded, but this is way too negative way too soon. Diva’s are never a good thing.

  14. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    Never mind DJax had two catches and was targeted 4 times to Evans’ 6 times in the game against the Jags. WHOA!! He’s not getting the ball enough!

    Maze – your comment is ridiculous. Evan’s is the #1, no question, so of course he’s looking Mike’s way first but staring him down? LOL that’s rich. NFL CBs and LBs pick off QBs who stare receivers down – that hasn’t happened yet.

    Everyone chill, seems to me DJax is just ready to play some real football. He’s getting his touches, he already has. He’s just ready to go.

  15. CautiousOptimism Says:

    The answer is simple, throw him the football. He is always open and always catches it. Would never drop a perfect dime TD pass like Evans did on Thursday.

  16. Phil Says:

    They need to get him the rock. We didn’t pay him 30 million to be a decoy.

  17. Andrew Says:

    I thought the most telling thing was djax working with Jameis at night next to a rookie. Mature reaction to not getting the ball. Work harder instead of complaining.

  18. SOEbuc Says:


    No. DJax being a whiny beotch??? I very much like that he’s on our team now but he’s been a whiny beotch for a long time now.

  19. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    He’s right, Winston does favor the heck out of Evans, and DJax did not come to Tampa to be a decoy.
    ALL top receivers are “head cases” in that they are all always wanting the ball.

  20. BoJim Says:

    Maybe just playing to the camera’s?

  21. shouldhavedraftedeifert Says:

    Love the swagger DJAX brings. Swaggy too.
    Coach: nice blocking tight end.
    Swaggy: Man, F#$K that tight end.

    Nasty Bucs swinging that big stick!

  22. JWilson1016 Says:

    I seem to remember at least 1 pass thrown his way that a DB either deflected or broke up. Maybe when he said he ain’t caught s**t, it was DJAX being mad with himself a little bit? I was a few cocktails in so maybe I’m wrong. Lol.

  23. Maze Says:

    Haha Ben I guess all those picks Jameis through at Evans while double covered last season was just a bad dream. Just wow

  24. CautiousOptimism Says:

    JWilson- yep, too much booze.

  25. Stud Says:

    Up to Jameis to keep his receivers happy by spreading the ball around. It’s Practice so it’s not a big deal but if the Bucs are struggling he’s gonna be in jameis’s ear for sure.

  26. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    Maze Says:
    August 23rd, 2017 at 11:13 am
    Haha Ben I guess all those picks Jameis through at Evans while double covered last season was just a bad dream. Just wow

    Just wow is right. New year, new cast of characters. Glad to get you up to 2017’s current events.

  27. frank n furter Says:

    I watched that and saw a man getting down on himself for not getting open! He looked like he knew he needed to pick up his own game, not complaining about anyone else!!!!!

    AND, He is hanging out with his young QB and rook RB just to work on plays??!!
    That ain’t no Diva.

  28. big serious Says:

    calm down…i cant imagine ANY receiver that don’t think they need more touches. I would be worried if he was not wanting more. Plus i dont know if you have been paying attention but in videos the WR’s have been running a lot of double moves. I have not seen many at all in pre season. I think they are keeping it very vanilla right now

  29. Maze Says:

    Don’t be such a fanboy, this isn’t breaking news bud and Jameis has yet to prove otherwise no matter what you tell yourself

  30. darin Says:

    Didnt pay him 30 million to be a decoy??? Of course not. Dixnt pay him to be a pro bowler either. Paid him to Help get the team to the super bowl. That means he is there to do what the coach says, like the rest of them. Dont think the glazers n licht talked stats with him when he signed on the dotted. Dont think he cared then either. Like Dirk said when they win games itll be a non issue. Havnt heard anyone complain about touches after a playoff win. Although i do have a bad memory. T.O. prob has.

  31. pick6 Says:

    JW has put way more time in with brate and humphries who he trusts anywhere in traffic, and he is an outspoken fan of mike evans ability to go up and get almost any ball. DJack may not have needed those offseason reps to get himself ready, but he arrived on the scene thousands of reps behind 3 guys Jameis trusts the heck out of and fell further behind this offseason when he was elsewhere and the others were working together

  32. Stu Says:

    DivaDJ on one side and ME on the other…”They are what we thought they were.”

  33. Bucfan87 Says:

    Everyone calm down. This is a whole lot of nothing. Remember Evans was the most targeted receiver in the league last year. D Jax will get plenty of opportunities. Jameis has consistently tried to find the open receiver. Yes I know he forces balls but he is pretty good about finding the open man working through his progressions. Jackson will have a large roll. Expect Jameis to throw for close to if not over 5000 passing yards this season. That’s would take two receivers to get 1000 plus. Which I think WILL be the case. Let’s also not forget the offense we run which is based off the run game and play action deep threats where Jackson will excel. As long as our run game is strong we will go as far as we want.

  34. Silent_Partner Says:

    You must not know Jameis. He’ll tell Desean and anyone else in his huddle to STFU. Been like that since college, and Jackson will have to respect it. Intense Jameis is not played up for the cameras. That’s how dude is.

  35. martinii Says:

    While we see a few highlight reals showing Jameis and DJAX hooking up on the long ball I still think they are far from being on the same page. Evans is Jameis’s preference. I don’t blame DJAX either. Jameis just hasn’t mastered the long ball. Not that he won’t eventually but right now I seriously doubt if we are going to get our moneys worth from Jackson and he is not going to get the touches he expects.

  36. Silent_Partner Says:

    Also, the dude saying Jameis isn’t used to throwing to small receivers is hilarious. Kenny Shedd and Rashard Green weren’t exactly giants when he drove the best offense in college history. It’s just like when him and Evans weren’t clicking his rookie year early on. It’s gotten better, and now it’s one of the best connections in football. Evans is the #1. He’s Michael Irvin in this offense. Anyone who doesn’t understand that doesn’t understand football.

  37. Silent_Partner Says:

    *Sorry, Kenny Shaw and Rashard Green. Mixed my FSU era Kenny WRs up, lol.

  38. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I guess I’m placing too much on our OL. I thought they played extremely well in the first half at Jax. I thought #3 took advantage of that. He was patient and on more than one play went down several progressions before finding the open receiver. He did well with the hot reads on blitzes…he’s clearly learning to read NFL D’s.

    #3 has the perfect answer as to who he’s going to throw the ball to….the OPEN receiver. Get open…get the ball…as the man once said..It’s as simple as that.

  39. Defense Rules Says:

    Perhaps, just perhaps, Koetter is intentionally not featuring DJAX right now in preseason. Doesn’t seem to be featuring our other speedster, Godwin, all that much either. A couple of early, unanticipated, deep ‘quick strikes’ in Miami and it could be ‘hasta la vista baby’ before we get out of the 1st qtr.

  40. BucEmUp Says:

    I think hes probably.more frautrated with the short passing game he is being thrown and the lack of bombs. I think we all want to see.them connect for a big gain in a game situation

  41. unbelievable Says:

    A lot of you are making a whole lot of something out of nothing.

    It’s practice. At a certain part you get bored if you’re not involved. They’re working hard and venting some frustration. And we all know Jameis targets Mike a little more than he probably should.

    And let’s please not forget this is Hard Knocks, AKA reality tv. Clips are cut and spliced to create more drama. Every other scene of D-Jax we’ve seen he is working hard in drills, working w/ Evans, working w/ Jameis, etc.

  42. tmaxcon Says:

    djax is hardly a diva. he is a much needed dose of talented passionate attitude. a winner. i’ll take that anyday over the career losing smiling choirboys.

  43. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    S@$! funny man,brainiacs saying Fameis needs to not stare down ME and spread the ball around more. You nit-wits do realize he connected with 10 different targets last game right.. Rrriiigghhtt.

  44. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    And I agree Tmax Jackpot far from a diva.

  45. Bird Says:

    I would be upset if he didn’t say that.

    All great players want the ball. Want to produce. Want to help the team!

    Plus Jameis has he moxy to keep guys in check

    But yes …get him the rock

  46. THETRUTH Says:

    All greats want ball , that makes him a weapon..

    Think they are hiding his plays and routes, they only throw that slant to him if you notice.In practice they should be throwing deep in pre-season hide the playbook

  47. THETRUTH Says:

    All greats want ball , that makes him a weapon..

    Think they are hiding his plays and routes, they only throw that slant to him if you notice.In practice they should be throwing deep in pre-season hide the playbook..

  48. @vinsane38 Says:

    Make Cameron Brate Again – OJH is a solid prospect, but only produced in big games (odd thing to say, I know).

    My point is that Brate is as good a hands TE as exists in the business, and being horribly underappreciated because of the top shelf upgrades like DeSean and OJH and Godwin.