Will The Bucs Lose Mondays Off?

September 21st, 2017


Joe has heard Bucs coaches tab two current Buccaneers as potential future NFL coaches: veterans Keith Tandy and Luke Stocker.

Their drive, leadership and intelligence are among the reasons.

So that’s why Joe sought Tandy’s wisdom yesterday. Gerald McCoy had noted the Bucs had a lousy practice last Wednesday, their only day in pads before the Bears victory. McCoy said the team slowly turned things around leading up to Sunday.

Joe asked Tandy what he thought went wrong in practice and how a team can avoid a bad Wednesday.

“So your brain wasn’t really locked in on football like in a normal week it would be,” Tandy said of last week’s rough day. “Any time something like that happens, you got to make sure you learn from it and regroup and focus for the rest of the week. So a lot of time when it does happen, it increases your focus the rest of the week.”

Dirk Koetter cancelling this week’s traditional Victory Monday day off — players knew the plan before the Bears win — is a big positive, Tandy believes.

“Coming in on Monday, I think it helps everybody get locked in faster, as far as for football. Last year, when we started winning, it felt like we were scrambling a little, you come in Wednesday and you put the other game away with coaches and then switch to the new game immediately,” Tandy said. “Coming in Monday, you get the old game over and on you’re completely locked in on what’s next. For example, I spent a lot of time Tuesday watching film on the Vikings, partly because as a team we already put Sunday’s game to bed.”

So if the Bucs thump the Vikings, will that lead Koetter to abolish Victory Monday? That might not go over well in the locker room, but if it’s working, hey, stick with it.

America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, comes to work after a win regardless, so why not?

Joe highly doubts Koetter would make that a habit, though. But Joe could see Koetter rolling with a Monday work day if the Bucs beat the Vikings. Tuesdays are the players’ regular day off in a normal week.

Beat the Patriots on Thursday Night Football? Joe would expect the team to enjoy a Victory Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

16 Responses to “Will The Bucs Lose Mondays Off?”

  1. darin Says:

    I think it had to do with all the time off because of Irma. I doubt he does it after every win either, but I definitely wont complain if so….like saggy will. Keep those W’s coming please Bucs.

  2. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Pat Mcafee said that during the Peyton Manning era with the colts there was no such thing as Victory Monday until after week 12.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo works Monday’s why shouldn’t Pablo’s Bucs…..give the Bucs a victory Monday day off on 2/5/18.”

  4. biff barker Says:

    Koetter does the little things to keep these guys fresh so I see this as more of an Irma combined with being an early season thing.

    If and when the Bucs hit their stride, Mondays off will be a week to week decision.

  5. Roy T. Buford Says:

    It would make no sense for the Bucs to be Friday and then come in Monday if they win against New England on TNF. Beat the Patriots and it’s more logical the Bucs players get Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. And Tuesday is a regular day off, so it’s a four-day weekend for the players. That is, they will still come in Friday to do what they focus on (normally on Mondays), which is review “yesterday’s game” and close out the lessons, put it behind them. The coaches and GM still work basically every day, but Monday and Tuesday are of course, dedicated building a new gameplan to install with the team on Wednesday.

  6. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    I think in general the concept of doing away with Victory Monday’s sounds good.

    However remember this team has to play 16 weeks of FB straight and DK is going to be looking for ways to keep players fresh.

    We might need those days off.

  7. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    This should be simple reasoning. Last season, they got a monday off for every victory. That got them 9-7. The theme this year has been about raising the bar, raising team expectations, standards, etc. If i’m coach Koetter, I’m looking at my guys saying, this year, expectation should be raised to the point of go win two games in a row to deserve a day off. THAT’S doing something to EARN a day off. THAT’S raising your standards to a team that expects to be playing meaningful games in the post season. GO BUCS!!!

  8. SOEbuc Says:

    @Joe Was it just a film room day? Maybe they needed the day of rest cus it looks like we have about five defensive starters on the injury list. Even if it was just looking at film these guys still need the day after games to chillax.

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:

    That might not go over well in the locker room,

    As long as we win the locker room will be fine. Start losing and you could give the players three days off a week and they’ll still be upset.

    Like the late legendary Al Davis used to say….”Just win baby!”

  10. Dewey Selmon Says:

    It’s better than past Buc teams that took Sundays off.

  11. R.O. Says:

    I wouldn’t call it “Work”. They don’t practice on Monday. I have to go in on Mondays and I “Win” everyday. Suck it up…

  12. briandorry55 Says:

    I’ve always wondered about “Victory Monday”…seems crazy to start working on Wednesday. I wonder if the Patriots have Victory monday.

  13. bucs_365 Says:

    These guys make a lot of money. The season is a grind, but it’s not like they’re going into physical practice on Monday. Until these guys demonstrate over the course of an entire season that they have the mental focus week-in and week-out to play winning football, Victory Monday should be saved for special wins or for when they’re particularly beat up. It shouldn’t be an expectation. It was only a few years ago that VM even became a thing.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    They have to have at least one day off according to the CBA.

  15. stpetebucsfan Says:

    It’s better than past Buc teams that took Sundays off.

    Dewey for the win!!! LMAO

  16. unbelievable Says:

    LOL Dewey!