At Least One Bucs Player Misses Sweezy

July 2nd, 2018

Teammate reacts.

Joe is bummed about the demise of guard J.R. Sweezy.

Yeah, Joe understands many Bucs fans rejoiced in his departure. Joe doesn’t understand this mentality. Rooting for Bucs players to fail, why?

Of course, folks will pile on Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht. Unless Licht had a crystal ball or is a sorcerer who can see the future, how was he to know Sweezy was going to blow out his back working out after he signed?

Because of injuries, Sweezy was known more for wearing a floppy hat than a helmet. He started but 14 games for the Bucs in two seasons and was released on Friday.

Now Joe is really big on following players on social media to see their reactions to things. For example, Joe has yet to see any Bucs player react on social media to former defensive line coach Jay Hayes. However, for comparison, several Cardinals defenders took to Twitter when the Bucs hired Hayes’ replacement, Brentson Buckner, hailing Buckner as a rising star in the coaching ranks.

Joe will upfront admit he may have missed the following but there was scant if any reaction to the three-game suspension of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. Joe even checked the Twitter account of Jameis’ friend and a guy who is referred to as the “Jameis of the defense,” Kwon Alexander. Unless he deleted it, Joe found no posts related to Jameis in recent days.

Joe will also acknowledge it is entirely possible if not likely the Bucs instructed their players not to comment about the Jameis issue on social media.

(Yes, DeSean Jackson did comment when ambushed approached by a reporter. That’s not social media.)

It is also interesting to Joe how Bucs players react when teammates are released. For example, you couldn’t find anyone crying over offsides-jumping, Lightning-trolling, belly-shirt-wearing, practice-hating, kicker-heckling, tree-grinding , non-contact-football-loving, chicken-wings-grilling, playing-time-squawking, TV-cooking-star, half-sack Swaggy Baker getting cut.

But with Sweezy, there was reaction. It came from left tackle Donovan Smith. His Twitter was just six emojis of someone crying.

With a Twitter like that, one didn’t need any words.

17 Responses to “At Least One Bucs Player Misses Sweezy”

  1. Pete I Says:

    Well, here you go Joe, a column about football, mostly, and no one is commenting. Still America’s Choir Boy did still slip in I see.

  2. adam from ny Says:

    sweezy was one tough looking sob tho…i remember jameis was talking ying-yang to him on the sidelines during a game on miked up or something like that…sweezy looked right thru jameis like take that crap elsewhere son…jameis realized sweezy was a crazy mofo and proceeded to move to another locale on the sideline

    to bad sweezy didn’t work out – mofo looked like a beast tho

  3. FairMinded Says:

    Another one making off with un-earned Glazer money a la Michael Johnson (or Swaggy Baker).

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Joe will also acknowledge it is entirely possible if not likely the Bucs instructed their players not to comment about the Jameis issue on social media.

    BINGO!!! You will hear no more from Jameis, The Bucs, Jason Licht (no comments yet) Dirk Koetter (no comments yet) the NFL (done)…..or any of Jameis’ teammates…….only if pressed and then it will be the standard…..”saddened, but we support him and we are moving on”

    Brace yourself…..get used to it…..this is a coordinated strategy they have chosen.

  5. Darin Says:

    You sure Donovan was crying over Sweezy? Maybe his muscles were just sore from lifting finally.

  6. 1sparkybuc Says:

    It’s possible it was sarcasm. There had to be a risk/reward factor in his release. One or more younger, and more promising players will make the roster now. Curious to see if he retires or moves on to another team. Like to see our young draftee seize the job.

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I think this crowd is far to knee jerk in claiming players waste Glazer dollars. Geez you’d almost think it’s coming out of their bank accounts.

    Please stop lumping all injured or underperforming players together. First and foremost if a player literally gives up his body, Sweezy will not be the same for the rest of his life, for football he has not stolen ANYBODY’s money! You can say Sweezy did this for football and it was HIS and the BUC’s bad luck that he got injured. He did not dog it. He clearly was a good teammate. You could see in his eyes that he missed a game he loved and gave his back to.

    These type players…Carl Nicks comes to mind are NOT stealing Glazer dollars simply because they suffered career ending injuries. Nicks was another warrior when he played. They have EARNED their big paydays.

    Now I quickly concede the other group of former Bucs who deserve getting ripped mericilously here. Of course Swaggy leads the entire group but how far behind is Ghost Johnson and you guys can add plenty more I’m sure. Those guys did basically rip off the Glazers and we fans.

  8. Buchead5588 Says:

    Keon did have Jameis back an stayed so by saying we gotcha back family

  9. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    I agree, he was weak. What kind of a man doesn’t play with herniated discs and a broken leg. In the olden days in Rome they would have fed him to the lions the slacker he is.

    Wasn’t our money he took, it was the Glazers.

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    Sweezy was a beast in Seattle
    He didnt come here and lay down- like so many others.
    He got hurt- busted ass to rehab, then got his leg broken.
    Marpet and Dotson both ended the season on IR with leg injuries.
    Earlier than Sweezy

    I think the Bucs had no choice but to move on.
    I also think Sweezy has a good chance to be signed by another team.

    Its too bad it didnt work out. Sweezy, Jensen, and Marpet would have formed a powerful interior line.
    I wish Sweezy the best

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    I wonder if the truth will ever come out about when and how Sweezy hurt his back. Sure seemed like he was already damaged goods when he got here.

  12. Joe Says:

    how Sweezy hurt his back

    Heard it was lifting weights. No idea if true and virtually no way to confirm it.

    There is absolutely nothing to suggest Sweezy was damaged goods. That’s like someone arguing they are convinced the Easter Bunny is left-handed.

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    Now Caleb Benenoch gets his chance!
    Ive believed in him, since the day we drafted him!
    I hope he becomes a monster!

  14. I Bleed Pewter Says:

    All of my dislikes and negative comments I may have written about Sweezy were based solely off of what I read on JoeBucsFan. Otherwise, I never heard much about Sweezy. Sometimes Joe is responsible for swaying public opinion. At least Joe was my source for my attitude toward Sweezy and his floppy hat.

  15. Joe Says:

    At least Joe was my source for my attitude toward Sweezy and his floppy hat.


  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Joe…I’m gonna miss not having to laugh everytime you posted that cool pic of Sweezy withe floppy hat and that..Sh..Eatin grin of his. The man collected more money for doin nothin with the Bucs than some guys who worked for the Medellin Cartel!! Good Luck Easy Money Sweezy.

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:


    How much of your body are you willing to give up for the Glazer loot?

    Would you spend the rest of your life with back pain? Did you ever see the documentaries on how many of these guys simply struggle to get out of bed with all their injuries.

    When the Glazers sign any contract they are protected by the CBA and have injury buyouts and other things that they negotiate. The player’s agent does the same thing from the players perspective. They sign those deals in good faith and if a career ending injury happens…BOTH SIDES LOSE.