Panic Button Being Pressed?

September 27th, 2017

Has it begun?

Joe isn’t one to pay any attention to guys panhandling for work, guys the Bucs might work out on a Tuesday during the NFL season.

The vast majority of guys teams work out on Tuesdays do not sign with the club. And, as Joe likes to point out, more often than not a football player unemployed in September is on the street for a reason.

But Joe admits an eyebrow was raised seeing Twitter uber-NFL insider Adam Caplan mention a player the Bucs worked out Tuesday.

@caplannfl: #Buccaneers worked out former #Saints 2nd-round CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

A defender the Saints cut doesn’t exactly get Joe worked up early on a Wednesday morning. But could the Bucs be hitting the panic button after the secondary was shredded Sunday by Joe Montana Case Keenum? And what does this say about Brent Grimes and his sore shoulder?

On Monday, Koetter was asked about the secondary and admitted they played too loose. That is correctable and, of course, a faulty gameplan. Koetter did add these vague words when asked about the absence of Grimes.

“Every team has injuries and we are no different,” Koetter said. “You have different levels of players. You have the best of the best and every player [in] this league is pretty good. When you have weaknesses in certain positions, it’s our job as coaches to try to cover up those weaknesses [and] try to play to our strengths.”

Joe has no idea if Koetter was speaking in generalities here or was specifically talking about corners in his answer to playing without Grimes. Feel free to do your own math here.

Could it be the Bucs are starting to dumpster drive for corners after Sunday’s debacle in the Northlands, and with two games (featuring two Hall of Famers in Eli Manning and Tom Brady) coming in the next eight days?

43 Responses to “Panic Button Being Pressed?”

  1. Baz Says:

    Serious question Joe… still think cornerback is one of the deepest positions on our team?

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I wouldn’t call it the panic button. There is a weakness and they are trying to fix it.

    As to the fans…when have they not panicked after any loss? We could win the next 14 games and they would still think the season is lost…and blame it all on McCoy.

    I’ve been thinking about this…and I am kind of glad this beat down happened now instead of later. Only the second game…if the players respond right, this could be the catalyst for good things.

    The injuries are a major issue though.

  3. J 2.0 Says:

    Step 1: Focus on football and not worry about what you are going to do during the Anthem.

    Step 2: Win.

  4. RayJameisStadium Says:

    2nd rounder…. a sore spot for the complainers club.

    Did it bring a smile to your face Joe?

  5. voiceofreason Says:

    if they do nothing, you say they are stubborn and cheap and have their heads in the sand. if they do anything, they are panicking and dumpster diving. cant win with you.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This could mean someone is headed to injured reserve…..don’t think this makes the CBs on the practice squad very happy..

    Or, it could mean they have given up on Ryan Smith (perhaps too early)

    Never a bad idea to entertain roster improvement.

  7. LargoBuc Says:

    Anyone see NFL tweet “Rhode closed” with a picture of Xavier Rhodes that references the top receivers he shut down this year? Well Mike Evans tweeted back that “the Rhode was open for him. Film dont lie.”
    I really hope that is no indicative of tension in the locker room, particularly between Evans and Jameis.

  8. Conte Piscateli Says:

    So looking at his scouting report, he is a big guy, 6’2 215. Projected to fit a cover 3 scheme, that is what Smitty like to play. Most likely he failed with Saints because if scheme fit, as it looks like he would be absolute garbage in man coverage. The cover 3 things makes sense if we need depth, I’d still rather look at press man corners myself, or lack of pass rush makes running effective zone schemes very difficult.

  9. RayJameisStadium Says:

    The road back to Minny is not closed at 1-1. But it will be interesting how this week will unravel from Licht, Koetter and Smitty point of view.

    The adjustments will be interesting to watch and hopefully enough for a Win.

    You know Winston has won a lot of us fan me included. I am eager to see him take over a game. He has been showing improvement. I have a feeling Koetter and Winston are pulling up their pants and going to work on the NY Football Giants this Sunday. Is Jameis time!!! Doctor Winston must be ready for surgery. Precision = WIN

    Go Bucs!!!

  10. Wausa Says:

    So far this year the corners have looked awful.
    Additionally the Bucs have shown no pass rush and they probably have the worst group of running backs in the NFL.

    I am not sure how the Bucs can adequately protect the below average corners on a defense that does not have a good pass rush.

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *Possible Aquistions

    Running Backs
    • Isaiah Crowell – (23) – $3M
    • TJ Yeldon – (23) – $3M
    • Jeremy Hill – (24) – $3M
    • Bilal Powell (28) – $4M

    • Malcolm Butler – (27) – Cap Hit: $4M
    • Jeremy Lane – (27) – Cap Hit: $5M
    • Byron Maxwell – (29) – Cap Hit: $10M

    Defensive End
    • Cliff Avril – (31) – Cap Hit: $7M

    Sims plus future draft compensation to the Jets – for Bilal Powell
    Also trade represents salary dump for the Jets.

    Jeremy Hill, Isaiah Crowell, Malcolm Butler are all free agents (2018)

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Defenses are defending – stretch runs, screens & the flats.
    The moment Charles Sims enter the game – so thats a wash.

    No way you’ll be able to convince the men in that locker room – Ryan Smith is your emergency option.

    Just need to a few upgrades

  13. Smokeymountainbucsfan Says:

    Bring Revis back and problem solved. I just watched the game again and all the db’s in the game reminded me of Rod “toast” Jones… Diggs was sick out there. Diggs and #19 both took em to school on their routes… I’d grab Revis before the Chargers do

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Revis is done

  15. Nutterbuccer Says:

    Let’s not panic yet, we made the Bears look like high school players and they wemt out and beat the Steelers and if it wasn’t for two dropped TD passes in the final 10 seconds of the game they would of beater the falcons also. We have the giants who came.on late last game but are 0-3 And have the worse oline in the league. People are saying this could be the spark the giants need but how about the spark we need. Maybe our pass rush will come alive. Let’s see some of that 3-4 more often lets switch some things up, press coverage LETS GO BUCS.

  16. CautiousOptimism Says:

    But we have the most depth at corner as evidenced by the standout performance by our depth players on Sunday in Minnesota.
    Also our pass rush is great too. How about the guy they call Mr Beasting. What a beast!
    Our oline is terrific too. Don’t believe the stat geeks, the haters or even your own eyes because that is just silly. Just trust what you read right here. Oline is great.
    Btw, Doug Martin sucks and 99.99961957% not coming back.
    Oh, and just give Aguayo a chance. He was a second rounder. Oh he is gone? Nevermind

  17. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Malcolm Butler vs Odell Beckham

  18. firethecannons Says:

    I think the only chance this team has of beating the Giants is Jameis and his gang of recievers need to ball out. Defense is cooked for a while at least, the cornerback situation is so dire they should just instruct VH3 and ryan smith to blitz, the door to the endzone is wide open with those two, also we can count on chris conte for an outstanding tackle once their player is in the endzone. I hope to God that OBJ doesn’t pee up our stadium, that dude is disgusting.

  19. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Is justin gilbert still available the former first round pick HA to be better than smith

  20. RayJameisStadium Says:

    So far this year the corners have looked awful.
    Hmmmm….. Zero TD’s against Chicago and a pick 6…. Corners did their job.

    they probably have the worst group of running backs in the NFL.
    Hmmmm…… 117 yds Rushing against Chicago…… Solid performance there.

    Breathe Wausa…..Breathe!!!! Everything is gonna be alright!!!

    Don’t worry about a thing.

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Just need a few upgrades

  22. BucTrooper Says:

    Jonathan Banks was available up until a day ago. And by the way, Ryan Smith looked terrible in the preseason, you know, when everyone was saying “it’s just preseason.”

    At this point, we need to get on the phone and see what Greg Hardy is doing. The situation is that desperate.

  23. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The two CBs I was lobbying for this offseason are getting it done. Nickell Robey-Coleman, after the Bills cut him. And Jason McCourty after the Titans released him. Now we are begging bums to come in for a tryout. Clueless Jason Licht need to go. We need a competent GM, if we’re going to compete in the NFL.

  24. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Depending on who is available on defense….. our offense might be our best defense.

    If that is the case, Koetter and Winston will be challenge to have their BEST performance as a Buccaneer.

  25. LakeLandBuc Says:

    But hey, they are the Bucs, what do you expect? I’m sure the Glazers don’t care. Why should they? Man Utd is back on top in the EPL, and they are making the Glazers a ton of money. Jose Mourinho has made a ton of GREAT moves to get them there. They have best young talent in the EPL, and the best fan base in Europe. They are getting all of the Glazers attention, the Bucs are a second thought.

  26. Pickgrin Says:

    awesome “dumpster diving” image Joe

  27. Smokeymountainbucsfan Says:

    Revis is done? Whatever! Still better than any corner on the Bucs roster. It doesn’t take much knowledge of the game for any of us out here to know our corners suck! Revis with a wooden leg hopping on a pogo stick could cover better. #28 was trying so hard to get holding calls cause Diggs embarrassed him. Revis can still play and will, besides he’s also about money. He’s getting $6 million to sit on his a$$ now. He’d ask the jets for more sitting on his a$$ money but he watched the Vikings torch his old team. He said I luvmybucs and figured they’d call him back

  28. NOSBOS Says:

    Buctrooper can you pull the tape of Ryan Smith getting torched in pre seasom. To my eye I don’t recall him getting beat deep once. All I’ve seen is bunch of underneath routes completed on him which may be a result of 10 to 12 yard cushions our cb are being instructed to give d#+× near every down. Minny went deep on him once Sunday,the play was broken up and they didn’t attenpt a deep pass on him again the entire game.

  29. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Should have let Licht walk to Tennessee and kept the Titans GM Robinson because that guy is building a franchise in the right way, dominant up front and a strong running game, which features 2 big time backs and one Derrik Henry that licht could have grabbed last year instead of the K

  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Lol, did you watch him play last season?

    Darrelle Revis (2016)
    • REC: 47
    • TGT: 70
    • YDS: 629 ← WTF!!!
    • TD: 3 ← Gave Up 2TD’s to Malcolm Mitchell
    • INT: 0
    • RTG: 108. 8 ← The League Average is 61.8
    • PD: 4

    *Passer rating of QBs targeting Darrelle Revis 2016: 109.8

  31. Dylan Says:

    If we can somehow afford it, which would be VERY tough but possible- trade with Jason’s right hand man bill and get super bow MVP Malcom butler he’s on the block for cheap

  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    *Possible Aquistions

    Running Backs
    • Isaiah Crowell – (23) – $3M
    • TJ Yeldon – (23) – $3M
    • Jeremy Hill – (24) – $3M
    • Bilal Powell (28) – $4M

    • Malcolm Butler – (27) – Cap Hit: $4M
    • Jeremy Lane – (27) – Cap Hit: $5M
    • Byron Maxwell – (29) – Cap Hit: $10M

    Defensive End
    • Cliff Avril – (31) – Cap Hit: $7M

    You forgot Revis.

  33. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “Revis is done”

    Oops, I should have read further.

    I know you are probably right…but as against signing Revis as I was the first time around (or trading for in that instance), you cannot convince me he would not be better than Smith.

  34. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’m against ANY trades at this point. It would cost far too much.

  35. Wausa Says:


    So far this year the corners have looked awful.
    Hmmmm….. Zero TD’s against Chicago and a pick 6…. Corners did their job.
    they probably have the worst group of running backs in the NFL.
    Hmmmm…… 117 yds Rushing against Chicago…… Solid performance there.
    Breathe Wausa…..Breathe!!!! Everything is gonna be alright!!!
    Don’t worry about a thing.

    I hope you are right RJS and I know it is a small sample but right now the Bucs are 26th in the NFL in rushing at 71.5 yards per game
    and 31st in pass defense(behind the Saints) at 329.5 yard per game.

    If that continues the Bucs will not win very many games this year.

  36. Jim Says:

    No more #WEAPONS4WINSTON, I gather…

  37. LakeLandBuc Says:

    There never should have been a Weapons For Jameis campaign in the first place. That whole idea was stupid, Jameis has always had weapons. The campaign should be, No More Excuses For Jameis.

  38. sorryitriggeredyou Says:

    Joe you need to photoshop flames on that dumpster and that will be more accurate.

  39. 813bucboi Says:

    a faulty gameplan….

    THIS IS THE WEAKNESS!!!!!….THE COACHES COMING UP WITH FAULTY GAMEPLANS….and the dumbest thing is, they make no adjustments….

    I watched VHG thru HS and college and his strengths are man press….let him get physical at the LOS with the WR….ryan smith is the same way…on his college tape he played man press cb….


  40. Wausa Says:


    I agree that looked just like Lovie Smith coaching.
    I don’t understand having corners line up 10 yards off the line and then backpedal once the ball is snapped. The Bucs never changed their strategy and kept playing the same way throughout the game.

  41. Kobe Faker Says:

    “That looks exactly like my bike”

    Kobe Faker

  42. Greg Says:

    So here’s the strategy the Bucs should use this weekend: Win the toss, score on the first drive, then immediately allow the Giants to score as fast as they can, get the ball back, run time off the clock, score again. Repeat all game, hope we score on every possession, and that we can hold the giants to a field goal or a missed PAT at some point. Simple as that…

  43. mike Says:

    could have had revis, adrian peterson, and calais campbell, and lagarrette blount

    not buccaneer men