Another National Analyst Jumps On Buccaneers Bandwagon

April 9th, 2018

So much for low expectations in the NFL’s toughest division after a kick-in-the-groin season.

The Bucs hype train has left the station!

Damn, Tampa Bay hasn’t even drafted yet.

Scroll down the home page here and you’ll see what Maurice Jones-Drew had to say propping up the Bucs on NFL Network. But he is not alone. Popular NFL Network analyst and former 11-year NFL receiver Nate Burleson went on a rant recently naming America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, as his certain “bounce back” player of 2018.

Burleson went on and on, highlighting how Jameis “caught a rhythm” late last season and there’s no reason to doubt that it will continue.

DeSean Jackson didn’t have the 2017 he wanted from a “rhythm/chemistry standpoint,” Burleson noted, but he expects a second offseason of work with Jameis to correct that. Add beastly center Ryan Jensen to solidify the offensive line and you have a powerful cocktail, per Burleson.

Advice to Jameis? Don’t do to much. Take what’s there.

Hey, assuming Jameis doesn’t get suspended and learned a lot from last season, there’s no reason Jameis can’t fulfill Burleson’s prophecy. Is it too early to be overflowing with optimism?

Be there for Thursday’s Round 1, April 26. Arrive early. $20 all-you-can-eat buffet is available starting at 6 p.m.. Indoor and outdoor fun. Think block party. Return for Rounds 2 and 3 the following day.

77 Responses to “Another National Analyst Jumps On Buccaneers Bandwagon”

  1. DBS Says:

    Way to early. And don’t fall for the same hype as last year.

  2. Easy Says:

    This team goes as far as Winston takes them. Time to take the next step and not be another Andy Dalton

  3. RichardL Says:

    @joebucsfan, how do you call yourself a bucs fan? Now i understand your pessimism toward getting on the bucs train, because of past failors. In my opinion there should always be some excitement for a new season. With A new season comes a new mindset and challenges. Your like Debbie downer from SNL. But I also realize this is the only way you can get people to read your crap.

  4. Lord Cornelius Says:

    You’d think Winston was the worst QB in the NFL last year by the way some analysts talked about his season.

    He got hurt lol. It’s insane how that fact is just glossed over like it’s no big deal or something or had any effect on his play. Apparently it was week 2 of the season… to his freaking throwing shoulder …

    When Andrew Luck got hurt and had a bad year everyone acted like it was obviously because of the injury. But with Winston you’d think he was 100% healthy all of 2017 or something.

  5. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    I think we should go ahead and just exclude the GMF cast from the category of “analysts.”

    But anyway, regardless of who is making whatever kind of predictions, I will not believe the Hype. No predictions, no expectations. Talk is cheap. Show me don’t tell me.

  6. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Wayyy too early indeed! And I agree with @Easy’s takle on Winston needing to be a key cog (as with almost any NFL starting QB to their team)…but, if Licht is good enough to put SA-QUON in the backfield, man how THAT will completely baffle D-Coordinators and balance the pressure for all of our offensive weapons.

    SA-QUON…weapons for Winston! C’mon Licht, get it done!

    Go Bucs!

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    yeah….they said the same thing last year…..except it was kate and peter driving the hype train……wont get me this year!!!!!…..the big stick carrier campaign lasted all but 2 weeks……wont get me with a week1 dominate win vs a lousy opponent either……

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  8. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Can I order my playoff tickets now?

  9. Lamarcus Says:

    It is easy to pick JW as a bounce back player when he is good Qb on a bad team.

  10. lambchop Says:

    Can these people stop putting the hex on this team?

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    Great advice: “Don’t try to do too much”. This is where Jameis gets in trouble. Despite the “throw 50 times a game” crowd, more balance is needed to keep him out of trouble.
    Hopefully, this will be addressed with a more concerted effort in the run-game.
    You don’t win many meaningful games in April (sarcasm!). This coaching staff better put a good product out there or it’s going to be “NotForLong!”

  12. Alpha Buc fan Says:

    Every years it’s the same hype train just to be disappointed in the end. Yes it is exciting to start a new season but keep the hype down an the excitement up an speak softly an Carrie a big mother freaking stick. Go Bucs!!!

  13. Eric Says:

    Its similar to a blind date.

    Your friends who set it up hype the woman up. Gorgeous, smart, great sense of humor, etc.

    Then, you meet her…………

  14. AKick'nTheBucNuts Says:

    Every year some network ninny screams “The Bucs are coming!”

    Sorry to say, a lot of fans are over any hype.

    I’ll wait until mid-season and see where they sit.

    Hopefully, it’ll be 6-2 or at least 5-3.

  15. TheDailyCoroner Says:

    I thought it was April 9th, not April 1st!

  16. Broy34 Says:

    A. Lord Cornelius spot on
    B.lamarcisontmaxdic$—typical negative spew. They lost a handful of games by one score. Yes they still lost but this is not a bad team. There d line was bad last year and their running game. That’s it.

    Jameis will be fine

  17. ManzielMadness Says:

    Lets wait until they get on the field first much less the draft. Speaking of, has anyone read Luke Easterling’s mock? Basically, he has us trading back with the Patriots for both of their 1sts and 2nds.

    R1:P23 – OG Will Hernandez
    R1:P31 – CB Jaire Alexander
    R2:P38 – DT Da’Ron Payne
    R2:P43 – S Ronnie Harrison
    R2:P63 – RB Rashaad Penny
    R4:P102 – DE Duke Ejiofor

    I’d take that haul ALL day.

  18. Pickgrin Says:

    I remain convinced that the Bucs are on the upswing. That 2017 was a bad combination of circumstances that led to a crappy season. That the team as a whole is much more talented than coming off a 5-11 season would indicate.

    We shall see…

  19. 813bucboi Says:

    They lost a handful of games by one score. Yes they still lost but this is not a bad team.


    browns fans can say the same thing……but I some what agree with you…..this team isn’t that bad…..what is bad are the coaches!!!!…..dirk and smitty in particular….we all witnessed bad coaching last year……not sure if anything will change…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  20. webster Says:

    I dont know if i have seen a “throw it 50 times” crowd. But anyone thinking jameis wont throw for over 4000 yards if healthy is fooling themselves.

  21. Ghost of Gruden Says:

    @Richard L… Dude, learn how to spell and the proper use of words. You’re killing me with your terrible grammar. Learn how to use “your” and “you’re”, and failure is not spelled failure. If you don’t like what JoeBucsFan writes, it’s simple, don’t read it or post….

  22. Lord Cornelius Says:


    All of Luke Easterling’s mocks I’ve seen are amazing for Tampa lol. That one is probably the best I’ve seen. I mean my god… we’d literally hit the obvious holes (RB/OG/S/CB) and STILl add 2 new pieces to the D-line.

    That mock is like Buc porn

  23. Pickgrin Says:

    That looks awesome Manziel Madness. But no way Da’Ron Payne makes it out of the 20s. He might not make it TO the 20s. Payne is an extremely good prospect IMO. Solid mid-late 1st rd talent.

  24. Owlykat Says:

    ManzellMadness—I would also accept that haul all day long too. With Henderson at LT, the Bucs should release Sweezy who will never be better than his poor performance last year, and use that money for a Free Agent experienced CB, and with Penny we would have a terrific running game so it would take a lot of pressure off Jameis which would reduce his interceptions and turnovers, plus we could bring in Peyton Barber on short yardage and with our strong OL we would pick up short yardage for first downs and TDS in the Red Zone. The strong running game would make the play action passes more successful, so our Defense would be more rested and would be fresher in the fourth quarter and with greater pressure on the opposing QB would get more turnovers and win more games by far.

  25. ndog Says:

    It is very easy to be positive about this team if you want to. Look this coaching staff is very frustrating BUT last year they things out of their control that had a major impact on this team were numerous. First off your Franchise QB was hurt pretty much all year, Your starting Middle LB was hurt for the first half of the year, your best defensive player (LVD) was hurt most of the first year, Your team was dispersed all over the country the first week of the regular season due to a hurricane, they had a kicker that fell apart, they did not have a bye week to try to make any major adjustments, their starting cornerback had a full on melt down and couldn’t cover a high school WR, they lost the best (only) pass rusher after one week and lastly they were provided with two locker room issues with Baker and Ward. Now if they were a good coaching staff would they have made the issues slightly better yes (Not playing Ward and Baker for example) but regardless they did have quite a few things go against so I can see how one would say they are going to bounce back. Losing Jamies, Kwon and LVD really hurt this team along with the useless play of Baker on the dline.

  26. OneBucPerson Says:

    Bucs just need to quiet the noise outside of the practice field and meeting rooms, we succeeded in 2016 when nobody expected it, if we have low expectations and truly just focus on being “1-0 each week” then we might see some real positive progress.

  27. James Craig Marlow Says:

    Not buying it again, the hype. They got to prove it!

  28. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    Easy Says:
    April 9th, 2018 at 11:56 am
    This team goes as far as Winston takes them. Time to take the next step and not be another Andy Dalton

    ^^^Uh did you even watch a game last year? Jameis can’t do it alone. Defense blew 6 wins last year for them.

  29. ManzielMadness Says:

    @Lord Corn & Pick

    Yeah that mock made me drool a little bit, lol. Also, I agree Payne won’t be there in R2 but I could see it being somewhat realistic if you flipped Payne with Hernandez. It could go:
    J. Alexander
    R. Harrison
    R. Penny
    D. Ejiofor

  30. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Today’s KOD#2

  31. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Lol Scotty..exactly

    Same stuff every year..blah blah blah…

    Maybe instead of a stick carrier movement, it should be more of a “walk the walk” movement…

    Lots of fans in TC, wearing T shirts that say “WALK, NOT TALK”

  32. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Last year I replaced my hope with hype….I’m back to hope again this year…..we will see.

    If we can come out of this draft with a RB, CB, G, DE & S…..I will be happy.

    We should be able to pick up a CB or S in FA also.

  33. donuts Says:

    When I SEE it on Sundays, I will believe it. Until then…this “analyst talk” means nothing.

  34. donuts Says:

    Is it too early to be overflowing with optimism? YES!

  35. Jmarkbuc Says:

    And instead of oil paintings.. We give DK a bunch of deflated footballs, shaped like a horses head.. In his bed.. Godfather indeed……

  36. Stanglassman Says:

    Browns lost 10 games by 7+ points last season.

  37. DB55 Says:

    Humbug I say humbug indeed.

    As long as Cancer93 is there to open up a running lanes directly into the Endzone it won’t matter what Jameis does or who we draft.

    The Bucs have drafted what amounts to a darn near pro-bowl roster in the last 8-10 years and they still can’t win a got bam thing. Zip zippo zilch.

    The only constant is the ice cream man himself.

  38. Walter Seidel Says:

    I doubt Burleson said “America’s Quarterback”

  39. Walter Seidel Says:

    Webster…there is no way Jameis will throw for 4000 yards this year. He’s playing, at most, 12 games.

  40. Not there yet Says:

    Winston is the player I’m rooting for the most this season. If the quarterback plays at an elite level it covers up a lot of deficiencies. It’s too early in his career to say he can’t take a big deal and to late not to. I don’t think he’ll get suspended.

  41. Defense Rules Says:

    No question in my mind that QB is the key to the offensive side of this Bucs’ season. We’ve already got weapons, although a high-caliber RB & a beastly LG would certainly help even more. This offense can put up points IF the QB simply doesn’t self-destruct. Starting slow & ‘playing from behind’ has been the kiss of death, as well as too many turnovers. Fix that, and whether it’s Jameis or Fitz at the wheel, this team should be putting up 28-30 PPG. No more excuses.

    Defense & STs are another story. DLine should be dramatically better, and our LB corps has been solid. Secondary is a whole different animal. Several ‘holes’ right now, but we still have time to fix it. STs have been very up-and-down, but I’ll withhold judgment at this point, especially about our new kicker. Still believe anything from 8-8 to 10-6 is doable, but so is anything from 6-10 to 8-8. Cautiously optimistic at this point … like most Bucs’ fans.

  42. Stanglassman Says:

    Luke E. is a Bucs homer, his mock drafts are pretty unrealistic but I never miss them. Bucs porn indeed.

  43. Sumo Says:

    C’mon people. We know better. Don’t jump on the hype wagon so easily. This team has a long way to go. Not one good thing is going to happen until the D is fixed. Let’s hope that we are going down the right path to fix it.

  44. Bucsfanman Says:

    @webster- “Throw 50 times a game” “Passing league” folks. The ones that want Jameis to willy-nilly hurl the ball all over the place. 4,000 yards is do-able if healthy and with some balance. I think he gets into trouble when we’re playing from behind and Dirk has abandoned any semblance of competent play-calling.
    “CAN” we be good? Sure. Prove it!

  45. Dave Pear Says:

    @Ghost of Gruden,

    and failure is not spelled failure.

  46. LostinPA Says:

    I too believe we will have a bounce back season. Step one, don’t believe the hype. Expect to EARN every W the hard way. Step Two, stay humble even if you get to a fast start. No, winning the first game doesn’t make your season great. Step three, shut up and play football. Count you wins in mid-February. Repeat.

  47. Mike Johnson Says:

    Every GD body is Nostradamus right now. Don’t beleive all of the Hype people. This team needs to produce WINS..Period. To hell with’em all. Winning is all that matters. Upswing Downswing no Swing. Get her done Bucs!! NO Excuses please!!

  48. webster Says:

    @ walter seidel

    I clearly wrote if healthy he would throw for 4000 ie a full 16 game season. So if you see him missing four games due to injury or whatever then you are clearly arguing against yourself. I dont remember writing he would throw for 4000 yards regardles of the amount of games he plays in.

  49. bucs4ya Says:

    No matter what we do in the draft if Dirk is still calling the plays it won’t be good. You can’t make me believe that there actually wasn’t a rift between Jameis and Dirk last year for his basic play calling. No motion, no getting the ball to Djax on slants or reverses, no putting Mike in the slot for the mismatch. I’m hoping the promotion of Monken will help this offense. Dirk is way to vanilla with his play calling. And can we please get someone to return kicks that can actually do it and allow them to bring the ball out. I’m tired of hearing Dirk talk about what the chart says if you just take the touch back. I’m not 100% sure but I think the only kickoff return for a TD we’ve had was the preseason opener, Gruden’s 1st year. That’s terrible man (in my Charles Barkley voice)

  50. Tval Says:

    I see nelson, minkah, or derwin, whoever the bucs value most, being REAL value picks. Not a bad year to pick so high

  51. Gambelero Says:

    Jameis is a Quenton Nelson from greatness. If four QBs fall ahead of us, at 7 we get Barkley 70%, Nelson 25% or Chubb at 5% (Roquan Smith’s injury flag hurts us here).

    If only three QBs fall, we’re in a great spot, more so because every team has a fetish for a different guy. It’s driving the pseudo-guru guys crazy because everyone has a different order. And you’ll hear so many different things that the 2018 draft will be remembered for dissembling, deceiving and double-speaking. Supposedly, the Giants will only take a QB if Darnold is available. That probably means they really, really hope the Browns take Darnold.

    A lot of mock drafts now have the Browns taking Allen, while Buffalo and Arizona apparently like him the least. Mayfield has seemingly moved up with several trade-up teams thinking he is the best choice.

    The way I see it we either get Nelson, Barkley or Chubb or we make a Lynch-2017esque-fleecing trade-down.

    Trade with the Bills: At 12 we’ll get our choice 2/3 of Evans, James, Fitzpatrick or a Vita Vea. At 22, we can take RB2, Davenport or Lynch, CB3 or Hernandez or Wynn. We’ll probably also get a sweetener, like our third round pick back. An even smarter move is to take near year’s one instead of this year’s 22. The optimism in Bills nation is off the chart. They think they’re trading a 28-30 2019 one, when it’s much more likely we get a top ten pick as they regress to the mean.

    Trade with Miami: For all the people who want James at 7, we’ll almost certainly be able to get him, Fitzpatrick or Evans at 11 or a Vita Vea. I’m an FSU fan and James can be a dynamic player, but our coaches use a passive, reactive, unimaginative system. So, I’m not big on James. Evans, to me, is more of a Mike Smith corner. Unlike the 9-11 tradedown where we only got a 4th round pick, this time Miami will have to pay a big premium to beat out whichever of Buffalo, Washington, Arizona, San Diego or Jacksonville didn’t already trade down.

    Tradedown with Washington, Arizona, San Diego or Jacksonville: we might get ourselves set up to be a regular playoff team for the next few years even with inveterate 89%ers as owners. These teams all think they’re headed for greatness and we could get Cleveland lucky and get a future top five pick and stock our cabinet with other picks and get at least another 2nd or our JPP third back.

  52. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Yeah that makes sense. An OC who had a great reputation suddenly loses it all.

    Lord C

    As always agree. The refusal to acknowledge Jameis injuries is just absurd!!!

    813 I luv ya dude and get the ‘no excuses” mantra…where you and I disagree is in the difference between “excuses” and actual reasons.

    Did you guys see the Monty Python movie where the two knights are fighting and one cuts off the other’s leg and asks…do you yield. The first knight being an 813 kind of guy says no…(no excuses for him lol) So the first knight cuts off the other leg and then an arm…another and when there is nothing left but a body….do you yield? Sometimes I think people here expect Jameis to be like the knight that lost his arms and legs…no excuse and NEVER give up.

  53. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    If Jameis plays and doesn’t get injured or suspended he’s going to have a great year….and I believe the Bucs will make the playoffs.

    I love Fitz but I simply cannot see him doing that…and I’m the blog optimist.

  54. Rod Munch Says:

    Minnesota was THE team going into 2016, everyone said they were gonna be huge! Then some injuries happen and in a dramatically easier division they ended up 8-8 (the Bucs lost three games, Pat, Falcons and @Car because of kicking, which would be 8-8).

    Then this year we see them make that huge leap forward we expected last year.

    The Bucs could be that team… could. Except the Bucs have Ryan Smith and Chris Conte penciled in starters, so unless Winston can get us 40 points a game the team isn’t going anywhere.

    BUT the offseason isn’t over and we’ll see how the team comes out of the draft and the post draft. They let McClain sit in FA without resigning him which is good since he was nearly as bad as Smith and Conte, so I think they have at least some self awareness. Also from a pure stat standpoint it’s incredibly unlikely the Bucs will have the worst defense in the NFL two seasons in a row, so there should be improvement.

    Anyways the Bucs had their best passing offense in team history last year, at least as far as rankings go as they were 4th in the NFL – and that was with a terrible o-line, no running game and Winston being injured from most of the year. There’s lots of reason to be optimistic… well if they played in a cupcake division that is. In the NFC South it’s going to be very very difficult to make any big movement in wins.

  55. Rod Munch Says:

    On a side note I brought this up to Rays fans who are very humorless, like all baseball dullards, but did you know….

    The Bucs are, by far, the most losing franchise in the history of football from a losing percentage.

    BUT, the Rays, with their current losing streak, they have now tied the Padres for lowest winning percentage in MLB history!

    That’s right people, two franchises in the same city, both in last place in winning percentage!

    At least we have the Lightning to fall back on, they’re only 27th in winning percentage – four whole spots out of last place! GO LIGHTNING!

  56. Walter Seidel Says:

    Webster, Jameis playing in only 10 or 12 games has nothing to do with his health.

  57. bucs4ya Says:

    A great reputation for what? You honestly believe his play calling was great last season? Clock management was suspect. This offense has some nice weapons yes the running game was suspect but as a “great OC” he didn’t do a great job of adjusting to what he had. I hope I’m wrong I don’t want this team to go through another coaching change. I know many are upset about Jameis going for the win against New Orleans due to our draft spot now but that play and win lets teams know this team isn’t ever going to just mail it in no matter how bad the season goes.

  58. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Thank heavens I could care less about baseball but love the Bolts…the new Division Champs.

    And what is the difference. The Bolts are owned by one of…if not the…best owner in all of professional sports. Vinik is the man…he hires the best guys…Stevie Yzerman…Cooper…even the best ushers lol.

    The Glazers are mediocre at best…and Sternberg is simply another greedy Goldman Sachs banker out to take as much money out of this market as possible. He has NO connection to Tampa Bay…he could care less about us…just our $$$. He wants the team in Hartford in the best of all worlds in his hometown Brooklyn. If the Yankees and Mets signed off on a 3rd team in their market the Rays would have been gone long ago.

    BTW notice that Vinik actually moved his entire family from the N.E. to Tampa when he bought the the team. He is heavily invested in Tampa and his decisions outside of the team have also benefited our town.

  59. Pickgrin Says:

    St Pete –

    “Its just a flesh wound” – “Flesh wound?? I cut your bleedin arm off….”

  60. Rodney Says:

    Lord Comelius that is what I’ve been saying Winston was hurt they damn sure didn’t act like that with luck n it’s been 2 seasons SMFH. I still don’t get why everyone dogs GMC either he’s the best player on our defense

  61. Buc4life Says:

    Team was not good last year…plus Jameis got hurt…healthy Jameis and another year of building should make us a playoff contender

  62. Oxycondoms Says:

    The problem with last years hype people thought the defense would be good to great for some reason .

  63. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I want for us to swing for the fences with the 7th overall pick. I wouldn’t trade down unless overwhelmed with a sweet deal. I’d rather have 1 great player than 2 average ones (i.e. Adrian Clayborn or Davin Joseph, the kind of player you normally get in the 20’s of the 1st round). Who knows though, it’s all a crap shoot and that’s what makes it so interesting.

  64. Rod Munch Says:

    StPeteBucsFan – The Glazer’s are worlds better than Culverhouse, I think they care and try a lot more than people give them credit for, they’re just not smart football people and they take some bad advice at times (like listening to Belichick and hiring Schiano).

    As for Stu he clearly wants to move the Rays, he put exactly zero effort into the new stadium announcement. Seriously what team announces a new stadium, even just a location, and doesn’t have mockups, can’t tell you if it’s a dome or retractable roof and has no idea what it will cost? Stu is tanking the Rays in order to move to another city. I don’t know about Hartford but I’d guess Charlotte will give them a new stadium. Anywho the Rays will have killed off fan interest to the point that almost no one will care when they leave, which is the goal.

    As for Vinik he’s been great – it’s just too bad he didn’t buy the Rays as well. If someone put that kind of effort into the Rays and if they played in downtown by the Lightning it would be really interesting to see if this could be a baseball town or not. But I think Vinik knows the Rays are loser and had no interest in them. One thing that is amazing about Vinik is the way he had the Ice Palace refreshed piece by piece for, in 2018 terms, very little money. I’ve been going there since it opened and the place is way better today than it was then plus the place feels like a brand new arena. He’s all in. Stu, meanwhile, he can’t get the team out of town quickly enough, but before the team can move he has to check off all the MLB checkboxes, so he’s going through the motions and letting the clock run out, I won’t be surprised if the Rays are gone by next year.

    As for the Glazer’s, just keep in mind even with their stadium work done at Raymond James that the Glazer’s refused to sign a lease extension as part of the work. The stadium is 20 years old now… just be prepared for talk about how Raymond James isn’t competitive with places like the Falcons new stadium.

  65. destinjohnny Says:

    Way 2 many holes.

  66. Rod Munch Says:

    Let’s say the Bucs had all the luck last year and won all three games that kicking lost for them, that puts them at 8-8. Now let’s say the defense isn’t the worst in football and doesn’t give away the W in GB, now the team is 9-7. Now take the Buffalo game where the midget fumbles the ball and gave the game away, now the team is 10-6.

    This team was 4-1 versus teams under .500, with the only loss being that abortion of a defensive performance in GB. Additionally the Bucs, even with a terrible year, beat as many playoff teams in the regular season as the Titans and Jags.

    Sure, getting all the good luck is extremely unlikely, but it’s not hard to talk yourself into there being a big turnaround. The team was rarely truly out of any game, which is what you want when you have a franchise QB. Now the defense needs to be able to hold onto those leads that Winston gives them in the 4th quarter, or Winston needs to ignore Dirk playing for FGs and just win games on his own like he did against NO.

  67. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Totally agree. I do give the Glazer’s credit for at least trying to win, and I accept your reason for their failure…they’re simply not football smart. I never held ManU against them because that was literally a once in a lifetime opportunity.
    They did it…made it work and good for their extended family.

    I also agree with your assessment of Vinik’s stadium work. Like you I go to several games a year. Used to have season tickets but the commitment just grew to be too much. He has great attention to detail or is smart enough to hire people who have that attention.

    If people only knew the fast moves Stu tried to pull on St. Pete during that stadium debacle. He had retails space designed into the stadium on Beach Drive and guess who was going to get the rent. The stadium footprint was going to remove a quarter of the current Mahaffey parking lot….I could go on…but I honestly feel sorry for baseball fans. Growing up in the 50’s it was ALL baseball. I could still name starting lineup of the Cincinnati Reds teams of the late 50’s. Grew up in grade school collecting their cards.

    Unfortunately there is none of that in Tampa and so it’s hard to build a baseball tradition from scratch. Oh one other is lightning fast….baseball is at a snail’s pace. Today’s kids can’t handle that…neither can I without the tradition.

  68. John meeks Says:

    RichardL,what are you talking about?joe just wrote an article,did he say something wrong?last I checked this is his website that “you”came to!I see nowhere in the article where he said anything wrong that would make you upset!what’s your deal??there is another buc site that you can go to!don’t come up on this website disrespecting the man that created this site for us!who do you think you are???

  69. Capt.Tim Says:

    Every team is a contender in the spring.

    I have serious doubts about this coaching staff- Especially the defensive coaching staff.

    They are a loser, until they are a winner
    Right now- they are losers.
    Lets hope for the best this year.

  70. Chris K Says:

    I’m not playing this game this year. As a fan I have faith every week, but actions need to do all the talking this year.

  71. webster Says:

    @ walter

    Ok. You are one of those jameis bashers and i get it. You think its a guarantee he will be suspended. Thats why i said in my second post you feel its injury or “whatever” else. Im on the side that it is very hard to suspend a guy without evidence. And no, just because someone accuse you of a crime without evidence does not make you guilty. Its on the accuser to provide proof. Hey i can say i saw you grope a lady last night. That would be on me to prove. You should not get fired just because i accused you of something. But obviously you are cheering for jameis to be suspended. Good for you

  72. webster Says:

    I dont know if you guys have seen the bucs schedule but it is not easy. I read an article about a month or so ago that has the bucs playing the 4th toughest schedule next year. Playoffs will be tough to get to again. Im looking for improvement. And no, jameis will not be the reason the bucs do not make the playoffs. He will play well enough to be a playoff team. My question is about the defense and special teams.

  73. Reach87 Says:

    Winston will be very good, but will not do it alone. Step 1 is underway (get better players), step 2 is to scheme the Team up (all 3 phases). Step 3 is to make each week from film to walkthroughs productive, step 4 is execution and just as important, in game adjustments (mostly about coaching). I am optimistic and think we’ll get those things done, but not ready to truly assess the team this early in the off season when we’re still on step 1. Go Bucs!

  74. sj_bucsfan Says:

    Please God no more Hype!! Last year was the straw that broke the camels back for me personally. I am all for excitement regarding the upcoming season. However lets see results in the form of more W’s (without having to eat them in pregame hype speech) than L’s

  75. jmarkbuc Says:

    Coaching Coaching Coaching

  76. Issic Haggins Says:

    The D is a long way from 3 n outs and stopping drives late in the fourth.

    Worst D backfield in football and close to the worst rb situation

    Two picks in the draft are not going to fix the d backfield !!

    Licht had better get to work or once again a common theme of his teams will rear its head !! A really really weak link will affect and prevent the strong links from success .

  77. seanbassak Says:

    Obviously I have high hopes for my Bucs but after last year this just makes me cringe.
    On a side note, I’ve been reading JBF for years and have never commented til this morning. Just wanted to say I love your work, keep it up. You guys have made it easy to be an out-of-state fan.