Bears 48, Buccaneers 10

September 30th, 2018

Dropped balls. Dumb penalties. Red zone failures. Lousy blocking. The typical Mike Smith pass defense.

Take your pick.

The Bucs showed little heart and little talent in getting rolled in Chicago.

Joe already has called for Mike Smith to be fired, a decision Joe does not take lightly. But Smith earned it. Today was just the icing on a nasty cake.

Through four games, it’s clear the Bucs don’t have much of a running game. And the problem is the blocking, the running and the commitment and innovation from the coaching staff.

Positives? Joe will tip a cap to Jason Pierre-Paul, who showed up to play and recorded his fourth sack in four games. DeSean Jackson was a stud on his five catches for 112 yards. Kwon Alexander flashed a couple of times but had plenty of misses.

America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, played with a ton of heart but certainly looked a little rusty. This was a good game to get him work with the Bears in prevent-defense mode.

Something isn’t right with this Bucs team. There was no excuse for this kind of showing. But it’s the perfect time to reset with the bye week arriving at just the right time.

Take a deep breath. It was just one game.

91 Responses to “Bears 48, Buccaneers 10”

  1. Ndog Says:

    It’s embarrassing to be a fan of this organization.

  2. Season Is Over Says:

    Draft mistake after draft mistake rears its ugly head.

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    fire mike smith now

  4. Macho Man Says:

    Order is restored to the Galaxy! Jameis stinks to high Heaven!

  5. Adrian Branham Says:


  6. WutdaBucisthis Says:


  7. K2 Says:

    It was sad day…our team never competed.

  8. King C Says:

    Oh No!
    Could it be that Koetter, Licht AND Winston are gone come next season?
    Gotta keep tuning in to find out.

  9. Sadbucsfan Says:

    How does Mike Smith still have a job?

  10. Dewey Selmon Says:

    2-2 at the quarter mark, but it doesn’t feel like it.

  11. SteveK Says:

    Jameis has 2 picks, one per quarter.

    Fitz at least has a bunch of TDs and his balls give a chance for YAC.

  12. Season Is Over Says:

    Minnesota all over again. Smoke and mirrors.

  13. Vincente Says:

    Things will never change in Tampa.

  14. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Might be 3 more wins on that schedule and winston not worth 20 million, whoever said barber is an NFL starting rb is out of their skull and jason lichr has no business building a nfl fball team he is a buffon, 6-10 was my prognostication might be 3 too many

  15. ATrain Says:

    Come on Joe

    The Winston Rahrah Crap and no call out on McCoy

    You saw a millikn dollar Dlineman MACK


  16. Jerry Says:

    Yet Mike Smith continues to sit up there in that A/C booth and collects a paycheck every week.

  17. Zwak Says:

    That was brutal! WOW

  18. Kalind Says:

    No deep breath. It’s time to make a move. Bold decoration time
    By the front office. Send a message to the team that incompetence will not be accepted.

  19. FR Says:

    Nothing has changed with Winston he looks like the same clown shown as last year

  20. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Fire Mike Smith!!!!!

  21. Vincente Says:

    Things will never change in Tampa

  22. SteveK Says:

    When can we expect Winston to come out firing? I hope he is ready after the bye week. We need to know if he is the truth.

  23. Vincente Says:

    Things will never change in Tampa

  24. Adrian Branham Says:

    This sux.

  25. Rojas Says:

    Jesus lmao the kid just came back and is rusty.. one of those picks wasn’t his fault it was tipped. Get off the FitzTraggic bandwagon already..

  26. BucsBandit Says:


  27. Rob Says:

    Just one game is okay if its a <14 pt loss. This was unforgivable.

  28. EA Says:

    Typical fourth week for a koetter coached team, they fooled us all with a 2-0 start, they are bad I’m sorry, trubisky there for 6 touchdowns .

  29. NJBucsFan Says:

    I guess Fitz is responsible for the horrible D. I can see this being a turning point in the Koetter regime. He’ll lose the locker room for it

  30. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Bright side, aside from one drop Ronald Jones actually looked not terrible.

  31. rrsrq Says:

    All we will hear about is JWs two INTs, unless DK takes the pressure off and get rid of his friend Mikey

  32. Sweeptheleg Says:

    Half you idiots blamed Doug Martin for a pathetic running game. And said oh just give Barber his chance blah blah.

    And now what? Morons. He sucks. Maybe worse than Martin

    Winston is lucky Fitz sucks more. It’s the oline that’s killing the running game you idiots.

    Only you moron FSU fans believe Winston is anything but average. Average is his ceiling. Who you wanna blame that 2nd int on? The air?

    Dumbest fans in the league. And blind as a bat as well.

  33. BucsFan90 Says:

    Trade Fitztragic for a bag of chips at this point

  34. Season Is Over Says:

    I don’t know about anyone else but I felt the magic when Winston came into the game. I had this sense that the Bucs were unstoppable.

  35. Sadbucsfan Says:

    Mike Smith has got to go. What kind of pictures does he have of Koetter?

  36. Mike Johnson Says:

    Thank You for coming out today Fellow fans..Let me introduce to you..Our old friends..with whom we thought..had a brand new name…THE SOB’S (same ole Bucs)!! This team is going nowheres until we get a Defense. Paging DC Mike Smith..Pick up Mr..Smith!! What an embarrassing loss. You Buc fans got a chance to see what a real Defense can bring you!!

  37. Red86 Says:

    Yep. It’s time to fire Mike Smith or bare minimum the secondary coach. It’s make no sense for the veteran to have bad communication after being in the systems for 3 years.

    Glad to see Winston back.

  38. ElioT Says:

    Just your typical and expected a**-whopping.

    Happens at least once every freaking year!

    It’s not the loss that hurts, it’s the way they lose…

    Setting record after record after record for futility, making no-names look like all stars.

    Some kind of curse here.

  39. Boogie Nightz Says:

    I am totally embarrassed and totally ashamed. PLEASE FIRE MIKE SMITH!!!! And cut Brent Grimes!! Two awful games in a row. And why is he always playing 10 yards off WRs every freaking play!!! JW should’ve started this game. He gives us the best chance to win against a pass rush like that. WEARING A PAPER BAG ON MY HEAD FOR THE REST OF THE DAY!!

  40. dmatt Says:

    This was another case of the Bucs b n out coached. Koetter as usual looked dumbfounded. Bears coach had an awesome game plan, Steelers coach had an awesome game plan. With the weapons we have on offense, y r we playing so conservative…Koetter.

  41. ClwJB Says:

    Coming off a short week on the road against a real NFL D, we see what we really have…not much it appears

  42. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Also, anyone who didnt see this coming is a rube. I knew our defense would end up sinking us after they tried their hardest to choke away leads in our first 2 wins.

    Mike Smith sucks. Defend this crap Realist.

  43. NewTampaChris Says:

    Jameis might have been rusty but he played just like he plays when he’s not rusty.

  44. Couch Fan Says:

    Its comical that you watched this game and all you can comment about is Winston turning the ball over, not realizing that he was down by 5 TDs and had no choice but to throw the ball against a very good Defense. You pretend to be intelligent but every time you post you show just how unintelligent you are. Fitz didnt look much better did he? LMAO. Buc fans. SMH

  45. lambchop Says:

    Fire Mike Smith if ANYONE in that organization has any shred of self-respect and put a nail in a creeky coffin that should have put that rotting corpse to bed a long time ago. The game has past Mike Smith on by.

    I’m gonna laugh at the excuses these people are gonna come up with to defend Mike Smith. Even if it’s the players, you gotta shake things up and try something else.

    WE HAVE SEEN ENOUGH. Boycott home games till it sinks in that we will not stand for this BS. If Koetter and Licht can’t fire their home boy, they need to go too or they’ll end up going any way with their heads in the sand.

    And while we’re at it, get rid of the dead weight that is Noah Spence.

  46. gambelero Says:

    Sometimes, a game like this will make you do things you really needed to do a long time ago, but couldn’t pull the trigger on.

    The defense is pitiful. It has been for a long time.

    Do we really only have one running play?

    Did we think this offense line was going to be good enough? Dotson, Benenoch, really?

  47. mark2001 Says:

    This is definitely not the kind of game you want to have going into a bye week. In fact, Smith should be fired and replaced during this bye week. Give an assistant coach a chance to show his chops during the rest of this season.

  48. Boogie Nightz Says:


  49. ClwJB Says:

    But, if you tell me 2-2 after 4 weeks before the season started I would have taken it – the D is just so bad, those might be the only two we win all year

  50. SteveK Says:

    Mike smith can go!

    Jameis needs to not throw picks. 1:2 ratio this year. Whsts Fitz’s? I will not look at this game as a good source of judgement, but it is more of the same.

    Jameis needs to come out balling in two weeks. We need our #1 pick to carry us like #1 picks should and can.

  51. Silverbuc Says:

    Fitztragic indeed.

  52. Lmao Says:

    Mike smith must go

  53. Season Is Over Says:

    Could you imagine giving Winston 25 million to be your QB?

  54. mark2001 Says:

    So you think Gruden ran to the West Coast just for the money? Maybe he could see how hopeless the situation was here for a couple more years, at least.

  55. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Jameis is def not the answer that last int is plain lazy the bears gave u wide open throws…. oh well fire licht hire ronde

  56. kenny s Says:

    joe you this breath only 1 game but this is there 2nd straight loss, atlanta game will make or break the season

  57. denjoe Says:

    Why is Licht absolved from this? a 4yr old could tell we needed veteran secondary help.

  58. Buc68 Says:

    I think Winston give us a better chance to win. I thought he was better today after a month off and two days of practice with the back ups. Let’s be clear though this team doesn’t have a QB issue. I think Ryan Griffin can play. Issues are everywhere else.

  59. Destinjohnny Says:

    Guys vea is a bull man
    Was anyone keying in on him?
    Holy Sh_t

  60. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Fire Mike Smith!

  61. Season Is Over Says:

    Losing Howard and Winston coming back is like a gut punch.

  62. Ralph Says:

    the bucs are no worth a cents

  63. Sweeptheleg Says:

    Vea is fat out of shape and not worth a sh it

  64. gambelero Says:

    Obviously, we’re not the same with Chris Conte out.

  65. Season Is Over Says:

    Are the Joes going to explain to us all week how Barber is a starting quality NFL RB?

  66. Buc68 Says:

    I watched Vea on two separate occasions throw a 320 lb man to the ground like he weighed 50lbs. Dear lord that dude is strong.

  67. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    GMC aka Captain Blowout aka CANCER OF THE DEFENSE needs to go too

  68. SchwiftyBuc Says:


    Yes dude. He definitely looked dominant at times. Too bad it doesn’t matter because we can’t cover anyone.

    Also, I really think that Dirk did Jameis a disservice by putting him in that dumpster fire of a game after not having any reps with the first time for the better part of a month. Now all the knuckledraggers will remember is Jameis looking rusty.

    I expect Jameis to ball out against the Falcons, and so should anyone with an IQ over 100.

  69. Rojas Says:

    Brent Grimes sucks.

  70. SchwiftyBuc Says:


    It’s evident and clear that you don’t know what the hell your talking about bud. Vea was putting dudes on there backs. Try and actually use your eyes when you watch the game K thanks.

  71. SteveK Says:

    This game is not a judgement of Winston. We, true fans, expect to to see a #1 overall pick looking like a franchise QB after our bye week.

    This game for Winston doesn’t move the needles, just more of the same, turnover sure, QB we know and love.

  72. T REX Says:

    ROJO is a bust

  73. JimmyJack Says:

    These players don’t even care. We just watched them quit on the field today. ………Ashamed I’m a Buc fan.

  74. jb Says:

    They need to fire more than Mike Smith! This entire Front Office and Coaching staff need to go! I’ve NEVER seen a coaching staff read their press clippings after a measly 2 game winning streak like these fools. ACT LIKE YOU’VE FREAKING BEEN THERE BEFORE! No Wonder we got blown out AGAIN! You can count on it EVERY season with this crew! This team has the mental and intestinal fortitude of a flea, and it starts at the TOP!!! No Blocking! No pass coverage! No running game! S.O.S. EVERY SEASON!!!! With what I’ve seen the past 3 seasons…there is NO WAY this team suddenly turns this season around. How does the worst defense in the league suddenly reach up and grab mediocrity? NOT gonna happen, but at least we can hope. There’s always hope. If there wasn’t the Glazers would’ve sold this team years ago. Without suckers like me buying tickets every season to watch their $hit$how, where would they be?

    If anyone seriously believes Jameis Winston should be the face of this Franchise, please contact me, as I have a Bridge in Brooklyn for sale!

  75. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Order has been restored to the Galaxy! America’s Turnover Machine is back, baby. Fire Mike Smith or not, still need a QB.

  76. SchwiftyBuc Says:


    Yeah he does. He looks the part of a 35 year old Corner. Arent you glad we spent all that money to resign him instead of using that money to sign a #1 corner with a pulse like Trumaine Johnson.

    Also, MJ Stewart is not a corner. He plays with a ton of heart for his size, and seems pretty solid getting down hill in run-support, but He flat out sucks in coverage. Should have picked Donta Jackson or Isiah Oliver over him all day long.

  77. Matts17 Says:

    The D is a joke, the OL is leaky and can’t run the ball. And this team needs a real QB. Not one on this roster now.

  78. SteveK Says:

    We need Winston to play turnover free football after the bye week. We can’t win any games relying on our D.

    With the stats Fitzpatrick was accumulating early on, I expect Jameis to have solid production too.

  79. Elita Vita Says:

    There comes a time in every athlete or coach’s life where even the best must become realistic and accept the fact that they no longer have what it takes to continue on professionally. Mike Smith has had his moments in the NFL and has been gifted financially for them. Now perhaps it’s time for Mike to look himself in the mirror and accept this. We love you Mike but now really it seems that it’s that time. Good luck Mike and much health and happiness in the future.

  80. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Is there some sort of rule that we are required to run the ball 1st & 10 in the red zone?

  81. DBS Says:

    Well I guess some “Real fans” are real stupid if they expected Jameis to save the day today or look perfect. It was good for him to get back to real speed, get use to getting hit and see what this line is doing against a tough defense even after they backed off. I am not a Jameis fan but a Bucs fan and I wanted him in just to get thereps if Koetter plans for him to be the starter and give him the job back. Now he has an idea.

  82. SkBucsFan Says:

    Gambelero wins!!!! Comments closed.

  83. Ugh Says:

    Too bad Winston can’t grope the football.

  84. SkBucsFan Says:

    LMAO Schwifty. Do you really think Jameis has an IQ over 100? You just outed yourself as a fanboy wearing rose colored glasses

  85. Ruby Redress Says:

    Will the Bucs ever grow up and take charge of themselves? I’ve watched them since year three and they seldom jell as a team for a host of reasons. Pretty sad. Seems like decades of bad choices, injuries, you name it. In addition the “stripes” did their part today, too. That referee must hate them because he calls anything and everything on the Bucs. Today I thought he might penalize them for dirty uniforms. What a turkey!

  86. Buccfan37 Says:

    Chicago to the Super Bowl wouldn’t surprise me.

  87. Oneilbucs Says:

    You people that hate Winston we all know to y’all he sucks ok we get it. This team needs a defense and running game. Jones did ok for the first time but defense is the main focus now we need a good defense. We don’t need to draft no offense just defense and maybe a tackle but I don’t want to read no more Winston hate or Fizpatrick. We need for Mike Smith to go that’s it we need to look at defense not quarterback but defense defense defense………… And running game…..

  88. VaTom Says:

    America looked a little rusty? I vomited in my mouth when I read that tripe. Rustier than Fitz looked in his first NFL game of the season? You’re bias is showing Lee.

  89. VaTom Says:

    America looked a little rusty? I vomited in my mouth when I read that tripe. Rustier than Fitz looked in his first NFL game of the season? You’re bias is showing.

  90. Deborah Hall Says:

    To all the not fans of Brent Grimes, why don’t you ask the coaches why Brent
    does what he does. I wish I could talk about the Buccaneers, but obviously the players are the ones that gets all the negativity. I hope you so called fans just find something to do besides want my son cut. If you only knew 🤷‍♀️

  91. Ryan Jensen’s Hair Says:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    Theodore Roosevelt “Citizens in a Republic”