Welcome New York’s Punching Bag

September 28th, 2017

Clear Bucs target

The Buccaneers are getting the winless Giants at just the right time — before brutal left tackle Ereck Flowers inevitably gets cut or benched.

It’s always fun when Tampa Bay plays a New York team. It affords Joe time to absorb the in-depth coverage served up by the New York media.

Flowers, the No. 9 overall pick in 2015, is getting blasted from all angles because of his terrible play. He literally has no defenders, except his Giants coaches and teammates who, apparently, are forced to back him.

Former Giants guard Geoff Schwartz, who played eight NFL seasons, said Flowers has internal support only because the Giants have nobody better available.  Schwartz spoke on WFAN radio in New York about how bad Flowers is. And keep in mind this is from an ex-player who admits he’s rooting for the Giants.

“So Ereck just has a lot of technique breakdowns. And when he gets beat he gets beat pretty bad. It makes it look maybe worse than it is at times,” Schwartz said. “I know people thought he would improve this year, but a lot of the issues he has with his hands and his poor body placement are things that he’s done his entire football career. It’s the same things he did at [the University of] Miami and the same things he did his first two years in the NFL. It’s not surprising that this year is really no different. It’s been a struggle to watch the Giants offense. You know, I want them to do well. I still talk to some of the guys there. Eli is a heck of a quarterback and it really hasn’t happened yet.”

Eli Manning is playing less confidently as a result,” said Schwartz, who added the lack of anticipation all along the Giants’ O-line is glaring.

Enter Bucs defensive ends Robert Ayers and Noah Spence, and possibly Jacquies Smith. They simply have to beat this guy, and the Bucs need to get major production from their right defensive end in this game. Ayers even practiced against the guy regularly when he and Flowers were teammates in 2015.

It’s as if the Bucs’ ailing pass rush is being served up a cure from the football gods. Joe sure hopes the Bucs take it.

Schwartz also said Giants “stubborn” playcaller Ben McAdoo’s offense is not designed to help Flowers with chip blocks with running backs, which is magnifying the situation.

16 Responses to “Welcome New York’s Punching Bag”

  1. Easy Denman Says:

    I’m putting you on notice Robert Ayers.. Make a damn play!

  2. Lamarcus Says:

    I hope he doesn’t look elite going against our tampa d

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    @easy…I agree…and throw spence and j.smith in that category as well…this game is for the taking…GO BUCS!!!

  4. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    @easy right on with that…….

  5. CautiousOptimism Says:

    Our pass rush is going to make him look like the second coming of Joe Thomas. Thanks Licht!

  6. LakeLandBuc Says:

    He will look like Anthony Munoz against the Bucs.

  7. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Monday should be a blast at JBF.

  8. LakeLandBuc Says:

    If we let Case Keenum look like Johnny Unitas, then Ereck Flowers will look like Anthony munoz.

  9. BucTrooper Says:

    I have no doubt Flowers will have a stand up, bounce back game Sunday.

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    Yea, someone other than GMC has to start making plays on that d-line. And, can somebody please tell Gholston that tackling guys 2-3 yards downfield is NOT chest-thump worthy! Make a play in the backfield, THEN pound your chest!

  11. Steven007 Says:

    What Easy said. Mr. Beasting? More like Mr. Bee Sting with all his aches and pains. At least GMC makes the occasional play. When’s the last time Ayers has done anything?

  12. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I don’t care who they start across the line. If our CB’s don’t cover anyone again, the Giants OL is not going to be the talk of the press and fans after the game. Eli won’t have to hold the ball long enough for a weak link on his OL to matter much.

    If #29 starts then this could be a blow out unless Winston and this offence play up to their abilities, then it will be a shoot out. Hopefully I am wrong.

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

    LakeLandBuc Says: 

    If we let Case Keenum look like Johnny Unitas, then Ereck Flowers will look like Anthony munoz.


  14. Rod Munch Says:

    If the Bucs can’t get pressure on the Giants with just their front four then there is a huge problem. Ayers is on the injury report as being limited, so we’ll see if he plays or not.

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    Flowers will have a career game on Sunday. Bucs D line will also have their best game with 0 sacks, 0 pressures and 0 TFL. Everyone plays well against the Bucs’ D line.

  16. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Eereck Flowers…..the Case Keenum of O-Linemen