Goodbye Vibes?

December 19th, 2017

One of many Bucs in a boot.

Strange scene in the Bucs locker room this evening after the game.

Players played their arses off. It looked like M*A*S*H unit out there with all the injuries. Last Joe counted 10 Bucs players were on the sidelines injured and that is not factoring in the absence of Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Vernon Hargreaves, who were already declared out for the game.

One of the walking wounded was tight end O.J. Howard. He was in street clothes at his locker in a boot and Jameis walked across the locker room, bro-hugged him, shook hands, patted him on the shoulder and the two had an intimate talk.

If Joe didn’t know any better, Joe would have guessed Jameis was offering his condolences for Howard’s season coming to a short end. Again, Joe has no idea if that is fact, but the scene suggested so.

Jameis also did the same one-on-one with J.R. Sweezy and DeSean Jackson, who both were in a boot and on crutches. Not a pretty scene.

The team got beat up. Badly. And yet they scratched to put themselves in position to tie the game up.

20 Responses to “Goodbye Vibes?”

  1. Greg Says:

    Team busted their ass. D line just didnt have the talent. Winston was sharp ina game with no running game.

  2. DB55 Says:

    Watching the game again. Jameis’s best game since buffalo. Haven’t seen this team fight like this in a long time probably since the last time gmc was out for a while. Everybody stepped up and some actually balled out. #strange

  3. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Very pleased with Winston’s performance tonight. Can you imagine what would’ve been with a pass rush 🤔

  4. Lamarcus Says:

    So what I seen so far is the Bucs are 1 play away from beating both teams that played in last year SB. With JW

  5. DB55 Says:


    A fg away to be exact. When our defense starts scoring and holding teams to 20 points we’ll be champs.

  6. Bird Says:

    They will be down 5 or 6 more guys after this game. Probably for remainder of short season.

  7. Clodhopper Says:

    Said this on another article but fits better here.

    Lotta injuries on a team that is 15 games in without a bye. ijs

  8. Clodhopper Says:

    *14 games. Dont change the point tho

  9. BucEmUp Says:

    The offense was better without desean jackson…..just sayin.

    Two broken legs and a list of other injuries. Those guys plays theyre butts off for Koetter last night. I hope Mike Smith gets fired though I cant go another season with his defense.

  10. darin Says:

    Offense is better without djax because it becomes less predictable. Coaches plan for everything they see on tape, well mike smith might not. Dirk has djax run the same rputes over and over. Other coaches bave said the bucs offense is easily most predictable in the nfl. Dirk never switched anything up, which is what will get him fired. So new wrs in there means different routes and an element of surprise. The overall game plan was good i thought. Lets not talk about a moral victory saving coaches jobs tho. These guys are clueless. We need consistently good game plans from the coaches, just like the coaches need it from the players.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    @BucEmUp … “Two broken legs and a list of other injuries. Those guys plays theyre butts off for Koetter last night. I hope Mike Smith gets fired though I cant go another season with his defense.” It’s obvious that Joe’s got most Bucs’ fans buying into his ‘Bucs Offense Good … Bucs Defense Bad … Smitty Sucks’ schtick. I sometimes wonder if some of you actually watch these ball games or just sit at the computer typing while they’re going on. Mike Smith took a badly-depleted defense (made up largely of 2nd & 3rd stringers last night) and SOMEHOW managed to get them in a position to hold a very strong offense to 24 points. Actually got them in a position where a TD instead of a missed FG try might’ve won the ballgame. Oh Smitty what’s wrong with ya?

    Of course, Jason Licht also did his part and deserves kudos of his own. He provided Smitty’s defense with world-class starting defenders & great depth, especially on the DLine & in the Secondary. Come on Joe, you’ve got to give credit where credit is due.

  12. lurch Says:

    Honestly, even if the injury isn’t that bad, he should sit the rest of the season. Dude is a beast and I look forward to seeing him next year.

  13. mike10 Says:

    I really like what I’ve seen out of OJ his rookie year. If they could scheme better to but him in a position to make more plays, skies the limit for this kid

  14. johnnybuc Says:

    very possibly the case or it could be they have no clue the severity of the injury right now but jameis decided he wanted to go up and console him about his injury anyways , i’m not familiar with oj career in college but i’m pretty sure this is the first time he has gotten injured and couldn’t come back in a game in his nfl career so maybe jameis just tryin to lighten up his mood a little

  15. johnnybuc Says:

    and on a side note if this was the juice last game of the season i thought he had one heck of a rookie campaign. for all the games and times us as bucs fans were sitting back wondering why oj wasn’t used more in our off. but in the end he is still able to ensnare with a respectable stat line of 26 catches 432 yds & 6 TDs. actually pretty impressive numbers when you compare them to what other rookie tight ends have done and most first round rookie tight ends don’t come to a team with a player of brates capabilities sitting in front of them on the depth chart.

  16. passthebuc Says:

    Do we have a waterboy we can put into service?

  17. Tom Says:

    Couldn’t believe how well the 2nd & 3rd stringers played. Who knows after the coaches watch the film they may find a couple of diamonds in the rough. Chucky has his QB, now all he has to do is sign on the dotted line.

  18. John Ensch Says:

    The only player I saw on the Bucs defense who showed the toughness needed to be a good defense was Chris Conte who again and again took on Freeman head on, while the rest of the ‘Bucs defense seem to not want any part of trying to tackle hum. All season long I’ve watched this defense play with no anger or grit or bad intentions. If it hadn’t been for Conte and Alexander I don’t think any tackles would have been made. This Bucs team with the exception of a few players is way to soft.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Only a couple games left anyway.

  20. Chris Schiefen Says:

    They were playing for their jobs. They knew their next coach was calling the game.