July 29th, 2018

No silver lining, says the head coach

Joe got a resounding one-word answer today from head coach Dirk Koetter.

Either the question struck a nerve, Joe believes, or Koetter thought it was foolish.

During his post-practice news conference, Koetter referenced the early fumble today by rookie running back Ronald Jones. Joe was rather certain it was Kwon Alexander with the strip, but Koetter talked about rookie M.J. Stewart flashing in and making the play.

Whoever it was broke fast on the ball. Great defense.

But about that fumble, Joe asked Koetter if it can be a good thing for a rookie to fumble early in training camp, so perhaps it serves as a wake-up call?

“No!” Koetter barked at Joe!

It’s been a tough start for Jones, who really hasn’t looked special yet, and his hands appear to be a bit of a liability in the passing game. Of course, you can’t really judge a running back until he gets preseason touches with the first team.

We’re just 11 days from that.

20 Responses to ““No!””

  1. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Good thing licht passed on dalvin cook & 5 others last year and guice this year

  2. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Anybody see Forrest Gump around? The Glazer Boys spokesman is MIA. ”

    “So many questions , so little answers”

    Kobe Faker

  3. El_Buc941 Says:

    Joe Joe Joe! We knew BEFORE we drafted Jones that he had sticks of butter for hands when it came to the passing game. Honestly I don’t care if he can catch in the backfield because we have a stable of legit WRs and we drafted him solely for the position he plays, RUNNING BACK! Now as for the answer To gave you,NO it’s good that a rookie fumbles this early because it could break his confidence in playing in the league. But in a way it’s good because it’s real early in training camp and now they know that’s something that they need to address.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Should’ve taken Guice. He’s gonna be a stud.

  5. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Ronald Jones will probably have a Devonta Freeman type rookie year, and then he’ll burst on to the scene as a star after Dirk and Mike Smith get fired. Hope I’m wrong, but I still find this coaching staff to be suspect.

    Hope I’m wrong, but the attitude they’ve showcased throughout the entire offseason that all of last seasons problems were all on the players not executing and had nothing to do with coaching/scheme, is more than disheartening.

  6. Broy34 Says:

    And again with the we should’ve drafted _______ god the guy is just getting started. Give him some time

  7. Guzzie Says:

    Dirk and Smith both suck

  8. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Ronald Jones might get 10 carries a game. It’s going to be Barbers show this season. A 200-209LB back is ok when he’s 5-8 and has muscle. 6-0 and 200 has me concerned if he’s supposed to be a 20 carry a game RB. I just hope he can be a 15 carry guy and break a few long ones now and then if he can’t be a workhorse.

  9. Destinjohnny Says:

    Meanwhile in Washington the guy we should have picked is wowing the vets


  10. Stanglassman Says:

    This reminds me of all the negative reaction to MJ Stewart before the 1st OTA practice. You’d think that all those people who prematurely criticized that pick would think twice about looking foolish again so soon.

    Rojo will be fine he got stripped today and couldn’t adjust to a 60 yard wheel route the 1st time in his life he was every ask to do it.

  11. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Jones had 19 td’s and averaged 6 yards a carry at USC
    That’s more rushing td’s than the Bucs have had for the last 2 years

  12. Destinjohnny Says:


    This jones bama tape

  13. Destinjohnny Says:

    PAC 10 defenses vs sec defenses…..

  14. Not there yet Says:

    Every players progresses at their own pace. Rojo will get lots of reps in the preseason then we’ll see where he’s at

  15. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Destin, too bad ol jason gump didnt look at that tape, guice will haunt the bucs

  16. Destinjohnny Says:

    He needs to watch more sec footie

  17. Dapostman Says:

    SEC footage? Like Hargreaves?

  18. D1 Says:


    It’s the PAC-12 if you want get technical.

  19. destinjohnny Says:

    hardgraves was crap in college

  20. SchwiftyBuc Says:


    That’s just not true. Vernon flashed excellent potential constantly and racked up a ton of picks in that conference. The only receiver that got Hargreaves goat in the SEC was Amari Cooper.

    Ronald Jones has wicked good burst, his size leaves something to be desired, but he more than makes up for it with play-making ability and break away speed. And don’t give me that “he looked like crap against Bama” bs because so did Leonard Fournette, and that didn’t stop him from busting all over the Steelers faces for 200 yards and like 3 touchdowns last season.

    When Jones received even a modicum of daylight as a Trojan, he gashed defenses. You don’t get 1500 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns if your some kind of bum who cant play.