Just Score, Baby

September 15th, 2017

Focused on touchdowns.

It’s all about scoring.

No, Joe’s not talking about when dudes troll through thumping south Tampa hotspots where nubile, scantily-clad lasses tend to prowl (but, sure, that’s a noble goal). Joe’s talking about Sunday when the Bucs take the field against the Bears.

And, in turn, this is where winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter may agree with JoeBucsFan.com prized analyst, the King of New Port Richey, the Custodian of Canton, Caretaker of Dante, eye-RAH! Kaufman.

In a recent eye-RAH! podcast, Kaufman said Koetter should have Jameis throw deep to DeSean Jackson early. And completing the pass isn’t that important, but what is important is putting the fear of God into Chicago’s secondary. That would force them to play loose, soft coverage to open up things underneath and perhaps, keep a safety out of the box to help spring the run game.

It’s not a bad theory, and Koetter seems to be thinking the same way, sort of.

Yesterday, Koetter was asked if the Bucs need to get the ball to their playmakers (read: Mike Evans and Jackson) in order to win. Koetter didn’t take the bait.

“I don’t think that is that important,” Koetter said. “I think it’s important that we get off to a good start and score touchdowns. Scoring touchdowns is how you win. It doesn’t matter if Mike Evans has 10 and DeSean Jackson zero, or vice versa. It matters if you get … in the end zone.”

That’s a good point and indirectly, that is what eye-RAH! is saying. If the Bears fear Jackson and Evans enough, it should take heat off other weapons whether it is Cam Brate or O.J. Howard or the running game.

13 Responses to “Just Score, Baby”

  1. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Is Koetter Time!!!

    Show us the Bada$$ team!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    no reason we shouldn’t score on every possession…GO BUCS!!!!

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I can tell you this……either Humphries or one of the tight ends will be open on most every play…..as will our RBs…..

    Our checkdowns will work very well because of the coverage needed for Jackson & Evans.

  4. Bear 4 Ever Says:

    “Just Score, Baby”.

    Easier said than done.

    Bucs have a terrific offense..on paper. Bears actually stopped last year’s #1 NFL offense. It ain’t going to as easy as you all make it sound.

    Sunday will be interesting and fun to watch. Good luck to Bucs fans.

  5. Smokeymountainbucsfan Says:

    Just a thought. I wonder If Our hc will get the stare similar to the one Sean Payton received if say Jackson only gets a handful of targets? Say he catches 3 for 45yds. #13 goes 11 for 175yds 3 td’s. Just a thought. I think we’re gonna score and often come Sunday Dang we got some weapons finally! GO BUCS

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Love the way Coach Koetter phrases things … “I think it’s important that we get off to a good start and score touchdowns.” Start fast – score big. Right on Coach. With play-makers like DJax, ME13, OJ, Cam, Rudy & 3 RBs who are very good receivers in their own right, there’s no excuse for not moving the ball & scoring. Hope fans don’t underestimate the Bears’ defense however. They did an overall good job against the Falcons IMO, but had a couple of breakdowns. It’s those breakdowns that lose games in the NFL. Still going with the Bucs to win 27-17.

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:


    If he gets that stare from DJAX there is always Godwin! DJAX is an NFL WR…by definition prima donnas with the notable exception of the very best WR in the league JJ. He’s amazing….greatest WR and equally great teammate…totally coachable. I’m not looking for that from DJAX but I don’t think any pouting from him will be taken seriously and if he gets too out of control #3 will simply say…do you want the ball? Who gets you the ball. Knock it off!!!

    Since long before even the preseason I’ve been looking at the OL. If the OL performs well we’re good to go!

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    I think DJAX is more concerned with winning at this stage in his career….he’s been a #1 WR…got paid…now its time to win the “BIG ONE”….plus I think our leadership on his side on the ball wont go for any prima donna attitude….GO BUCS!!!!

  9. Lord Cornelius Says:

    First play Djax bomb would be fun just to immediately send a signal that you better not stack the box today

  10. Rrsrq Says:

    I’m thinking that Bears will score on a special teams play and that’s about it

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    This Bears secondary isn’t the best in the league. Even with Prince Amukamara returning from a groin injury (never good), they’re going to be playing deep all day fearing DJax and Evans. I got Cam Brate as my starting TE in fantasy this week cus I think he’s gonna be getting a lot of action across the middle.

  12. Kobe Faker Says:

    What and who will be our short yardage play

    3rd and. 2-5 yards?

    If koetter finds the answer, we will make the playoffs and if it is the similar predictable playcalling, we will be ho hum below average

    ” everyone is concerned about the bombs and splash plays, but its the numberous 3rd and short yard completion percentage situations is the key to a successful scoring offense and dictating the flow/momentum of the game”

    Kobe Faker

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    I think everyone will be expecting a deep pass to Jackson early for exactly the reasons stated above, but the Bears also know this. I think it might be more effective to NOT do that since the Bears might play a bit soft at the beginning of the game looking for exactly this, and if that is the case you might be able to take advantage underneath.

    The Bucs script their early series I do believe so we’ll see how that goes and how they adjust. I know in that Jags game they seemed to follow a script, then once the script was up it was back to Dirk just running up the middle on every play like he did all last season. In the preseason that’s fine – but hopefully Dirk is the Dirk of 2015 and not the awful offensive play caller he was in 2016.