Not Since 2014

August 20th, 2017

DeSean Jackson

Perhaps Joe’s favorite Bucs happening over the past week was winning head coach and playcaller Dirk Koetter scaring the living crap out of defensive coordinators across the NFL.

It was a beautiful thing.

Of course, Joe is talking about rabbit-fast DeSean Jackson going in motion and lining up in the slot midway through the first quarter against the Jaguars.

Jackson then broke back at the snap of the ball to take a reverse handoff from America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. Jackson avoided a defender at got as far as 10 yards behind scrimmage. And then it was smooth and speedy sailing for a 15-yard gain. (Video here.)

Jackson ran the ball 44 times during his first three seasons with the Eagles. He had a whopping 337 yards on the ground. That’s no typo — 337 yards on 44 carries, and he had three touchdowns.

But his running was cut back and he didn’t take a handoff in Washington the past two seasons.

So just imagine how Jackson’s reverse opened eyeballs in the Dolphins’ meeting rooms as they prepare for opening day.

Even if Koetter doesn’t run D-Jax much at all, the Dolphins now have yet another type of Bucs weapon in their heads.

14 Responses to “Not Since 2014”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    You can’t coach Speed, and DJax has what Koetter calls Elite Speed.
    I was totally unaware that Chris Godwin was a 4.3 guy.
    The Bucs have gotten faster this year!

  2. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    I too saw that 4.3 reference for Godwin. I wonder if that is accurate or a typo for 4.43? Still fast.

  3. Dano74 Says:

    I saw 4.43. Gruden was mistaken.

  4. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    ^ That was just Chris myers being terrible and ill informed.

  5. Garv Says:

    Thing is, the added speed has coincided with Jameis looking FAR more accurate with his deep ball. This is GREAT news! Imagine adding that to his arsenal, an arsenal already good enough for over 8,000 yards and 50 TD’s his first two seasons. And he’s 23? Watch OUT Buc fans!

  6. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    You guys think Koetter has the testies to let Jackson throw one? Fake bubble screen pass to Howard maybe? I’d throw in a flea flicker with DJax running a hard double move. So cool that he’s a Buccaneer.

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:


    That play opened my eyes for sure. My first thought was uh oh…looks like a Benn around…I was certain DJAX would be caught for a loss…the Jags did have good penetration…didn’t do them any good…speed kills!

  8. GoBucYourself Says:

    Forget Jackson for the moment. Marpet and Sweezy both did a great job of pulling on that play, and Smith did a nice block-and-release to get downfield too. If you can get three horses moving that smartly, you can make those plays (and many others) work.

  9. Cash Says:

    They have run that same play with Huff and with Humphries as well so one can assume it will be a regular part of the playbook.

  10. DB55 Says:

    Go Buc

    By far the best part of the play was Marpet getting up field. Didn’t realize he had wheels. Throughly impressed but still keeping in mind that we played the jags.

  11. Dreambig Says:

    Yeah, that was a benn around! Was really surprised Joe didn’t call that out. It works for some teams so I am all for it!

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    Madden fun facts:

    Mike Evans is the strongest WR in Madden 18 but only has an 88 speed rating.

    Jackson has a 94 speed rating but is only half as strong as Evans.

    Is if you’re going to run any toss pitch run plays here’s a hint: do it on the side where Evans is. Also if you get one on one coverage with either WR and no safety help with either just throw the ball up. If they sit the safeties back you can then hit OJ or Brate or Hump underneath – or heck even Sims if he’s in – they can all catch the ball well. If the other teams back off and only play plays you can eat them alive by just running Martin or Sims (who is surprisingly highly rated).

    Playing Madden makes you realize how much fun this offense is. I mean yeah you know it already but playing in sim mode you realize how anything the defense does to take something away opens up something else. In that case it all comes down to Jameis – and I like that.

  13. Canadianbucsfan Says:

    I’m excited to see Dirk have some screen plays for Jackson. Koetter does a good job at drawing up screen plays and with Jackson’s speed it could be leathal.

  14. JAB83 Says:

    It was Sweezy that got down field. My jaw dropped. The big man was 20 yards or so down field with DJax giving him a 10 yard head start. Thats really fast for both guys respectively!