Set The Tone From The Opening Kickoff

July 4th, 2018

Dirk Koetter should know that Tampa Bay needs to be in playoff mode to start the regular season in 67 short days.

And what a statement Koetter could make from the opening kick.

The most dangerous man wearing pewter with the ball is DeSean Jackson. And Joe would love to see Jackson out there for the opening kickoff. Even if it’s a touchback, it doesn’t matter.

Make a statement.

Put the big stick out there and let everyone know it’s a new Bucs team that’s going to let it all hang out.

Koetter said last year that Jackson might be used as returner in an emergency situation. Well, the Bucs should be in emergency mode — one that should include letting Jason Pierre-Paul play every damn snap if he’s playing well.

Jackson was a superstar punt returner early in his career and still has the juice to be dangerous. He Jackson didn’t return any kicks or punts last year, but he did rush three times for 38 yards. So it’s not like Koetter is afraid to have him exposed outside the receiving game.

Joe just wants to see a Bucs team leaving everything on the field during a brutal slate of September games.

Attack every angle in a quest to eliminate this vile, soul-sucking stain of incessant losing. Koetter has a barrel of talent on this roster. Use it.

If you’ve never seen Jackson as a returner, enjoy the video below.

32 Responses to “Set The Tone From The Opening Kickoff”

  1. Dooshlarue Says:

    I like it Joe and I agree we need to win at all costs…… NOW!

  2. DB55 Says:

    I feel you, but DJ? I’d put Whitehead at KR and VH3 at PR. The speacial teams really need to step their game up.

  3. AlteredEgo Says:

    LOL….DJax ain’t buying into that anymore than Jaquez Green did….wasted idea…find someone with something to prove…

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Want to make a statement? Suspend “America’s TSA agent” for game 4. The Glazers come out looking better, and if you make the QB switch, this is the time.

  5. DB55 Says:


    Can we stop with the hate already please?

  6. DB55 Says:

    Also I’d put Jaq in as starting RB. You don’t have to worry about pass pro, him not knowing the plays or any major fck ups. He can do it all and avg’s the same ypc as Barber.

    Jac, cross, Winston, Evans, Godwin/Djax, Brate, Dsmith, Marpet, Jensen, incognito, McIceCream (RT) lol. He’s a lover not a fighter. Lmao.

    I’d also rotate Rojo and Whitehead is as RBs.


  7. Darin Says:

    Dirk needs to try new things for sure. Aint gona outcoach them unless you have a set on ya. If the Bucs kickoff pull the onside kick. Be aggressive Dirk.

  8. firethecannons Says:

    Yeah–I’m ready for that !!!!!!!!!!! Awesome idea–no reason not to go for it–we need every possible opportunity we can get to pull off a win!-No reason not to use DJax for kick return duties. This entire season is an emergency–now is the time!!!!!!!!!
    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!

  9. BrianBucs Says:


    Have to get the ball in your best players’ hands. Should always be in attack mode

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Joe just wants to see a Bucs team leaving everything on the field during a brutal slate of September games.” Expand that to all 16 games AND the playoffs & I’m right there with ya Joe. This team needs a streak of meanness in it. No more Mr Nice Guy … time to kick ass & take names for a change.

  11. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    I think we’d all love that but let’s be real. There is no chance of this happening.

  12. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    I agree completely. The Bucs aren’t going to best the odds by playing safe. Let’s see if Dirk has the balls to go all out.

  13. Alexander Nascimento Says:

    GREAT ideia!!

    Make it happen coach!!!!

  14. Bird Says:

    No way djax buys into that. Most injuries occur on kick off return – most dangerous play in football And reason they are trying to get rid of. Now- Punt returner – absolutely.

    There is 4% chance that djax is on team the following year. We Already will pay him over 20 mil so get what you can. Earn his money. . Use him for end arounds as well

  15. Motorboaters Says:

    That will never happen. Koetter is too stubborn and unimaginative. He will always play it safe towards the percentages.

  16. Jjones Says:

    Djax is a superstar athlete with elite talent that Koetter is squandering away. Djax ability to be a homerun threat should be utilized more often and now with Rojo(being a homerun threat himself)we should be dynamic, period.

  17. JameisNOT Says:

    DJax is only in Tampa to pick up a check, while at the end of his career. And he will not risk injury on kickoffs. However, he has got to be more than excited to have Fitz throwing the ball his way.

  18. EA Says:

    yeah long shot for that to happen, D-Jax isn’t the type to put his body on the line and D-Koet doesn’t have the balls to make him do that.

  19. Jjones Says:

    With the new kickoff rules I’d believe Djax would wanna be back there hoping to take one to the house.

  20. ruggyup Says:

    So far 18 or so registered coaching talents have commented. Comment is all that’s been posted because none walk in Koetter’s shoes and never could or will. DB55 offers the only really constructive advice, “Can we stop with the hate already”. BTW it’s not hate to simply say I’d prefer to see JWinston on the bench for the year or cut or traded. This is a key year, a building and improving year while showing the best every one of us Bucaroos can deliver.

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    Go for it, stop being so predictable, also likely to improve Jacksons contribution to winning even if he decides to fall down before getting hit because of his smaller stature and weight.

  22. BucEmUp Says:

    Agree 100 percent been saying this since day one of him being over paid

  23. BringBucsBack Says:

    Punt return duties will probably remain in the sure hands of Humphreys.

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Make the statement…..nothing to lose.

  25. First Down Tampa Bay Says:


    Except for locker room morale.

  26. DB55 Says:

    Yo joe,

    Jameis’s son was born today? He truly is America’s Quarterback! Rotfl

  27. SB Says:

    Happy Father’s day to Jameis! I hope the responsibility of raising a child does for you what it did to me.

  28. SB Says:

    What an Awesome Birthday to have!!!! You get presents, you get to eat Grilled food, girls are scantily clad and bronzed from summer and at the end of the day you get to Blow things Up!!!

  29. SteelStudBuc Says:

    DJax on kickoff return and punt return. With the emergence of Godwin, DJax has more to prove. What have they got to lose? The game? Why is Quizz or Hump doing back there? DJax should be our return man. Best players on the field on special teams too.

  30. Sweeptheleg Says:

    Someone mentioned PLAYOFFS hahahahahahahahahahahahahah
    Lmao 😂 hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Lol you’re sure gonna be disappointed if anyone is thinking that’s gonna happen this season lmao hahahahahahahahahaha. Idiots.

  31. RickinFt.Myers Says:

    I don’t often agree with Joe, especially with some of his more emotionally driven suggestions, but this is an exception. I often think Dirk Koetter and his staff is too clever by half, an effort to be clever that routinely flies in the face of the oft quoted notion of putting the best 11 players on the field. I wasn’t aware that DeSean Jackson was an experienced and clearly a dangerous return man given his speed. If we’re going to put the best 11 on the field every play, then absolutely Jackson should be back there returning kicks. Saving him for later, might be a clever move unless of course he fails to score in the regular offense instead of getting the Bucs a TD in the return game. Koetter needs to walk the walk as well as talking the talk and really put the best 11, who are healthy, on the field every play.

  32. Ghastly Bucs Says:

    I agree we need to make statements and start off games strong. However, we all know that our QB play doesn’t actually pick up until around the 3rd qtr. We cannot do that this year. We have to have a QB play all 4 qtrs. Now if Jameis has improved and he can do that, then great. If he can’t, then start Fitz in the 1st half and bring in Jameis in the 2nd half.