Mark Duffner Will Roam The Sidelines

October 17th, 2018

Newly-promoted Bucs defensive coordinator Mark Duffner will bring his high-energy brand of coaching to the sidelines. Nope, he won’t be high in a booth like ousted Mike Smith was.

Duffner held a news conference today and said he has done both in his career and prefers the sidelines.

Joe asked what he likes most about the close-up view.

“There are a lot of ways, you know, sometimes the best seat in the house can be upstairs,” Duffner said. “Sometimes you feel like you’re away from the real action up there because you’re somewhat secluded. So I think you’ve gotta look at just what the scenario is each and every time to decide where can you be most effective. Just in our current situation, I think it’s more effective for me on the sideline.”

Joe is dialed into the “our current situation” line by Duffner. Joe’s hoping he realizes that a new level of sideline accountability is needed with the defense that cites communication as a problem repeatedly.

31 Responses to “Mark Duffner Will Roam The Sidelines”

  1. ghost Says:

    Hopefully no more embarrassing dancing on the sidelines by mcsoftie and crew

  2. Resurrection of Duff Says:




  3. GhostofSchiano Says:

    DUFF to the public address people at Raymond James –

    No music that references DANCING.

    No Van Halens “Dance the night away” No David Bowie “Lets Dance”


    The DUFF has spoken.

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    well that’s a breathe of fresh air and a step in the right direction….this defense got better when smitty hit the road…..addition by subtraction….

    STOP HIDING @REALIST!!!!!!!!!!…..

    or are you still helping smitty pack his sh!t?


  5. Bucsfanman Says:

    Close to the action and able to get feedback is right where the Defensive Coordinator BELONGS!
    C’mon Duf! Get them boys playin’!

  6. pelbuc Says:

    Good to hear. Maybe having to deal with a live person instead of an eye in the sky will help a little, Time to see which players react to accountability.

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’m really pullin for this guy! I already like him cause he’s not gonna sit on his A.. up in an air condtioned Pressbox like Smitty!. He will be on the his players faces Exhoting them on trying to correct real gametime situations. Good Luck Duff and GO GET”UM!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. LakeLand Says:

    He been on the sidelines for 3 years

    Watching his linebackers miss tackles, blow coverage

  9. doolnutts Says:

    Mike Johnson — I am with you Mike… Duff’s experience as DC is limited and I will admit I am very nervous about it BUT that being said I really don’t think we could get any worse. All I want to do is win and I hope he can make the defense more complimentary moving forward.

    Our defensive players lack discipline as seen during the dancing down by 8… I think it will help having the DC right on the line with them to help keep them focused.( You would think that grown men and NFL players wouldn’t need help doing this but clearly, McCoy and Kwon need guidance still.)

  10. Buc40 Says:

    I don’t have any faith in this guy; our defense will get worse. The simple fact is that our players play like crap, missed tackles and blown coverages galore. Doesn’t matter how much Joe likes Duffner as a “people person” or how “high energy” he is, give me some X’s and O’s, none of this intangible crap.

  11. gambelero Says:

    All the more reason to get a Pagano or some other “consultant” to watch from the box.

  12. Locked In Says:

    “word on the street” is that @Realist is searching his archived posts trying to find where he told all the sheep and real fans that the coaching was the problem all along!!!!!!!!

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    Locked In- LMAO!!!

    LakeLand- Fair point. It’s not it’s a resounding endorsement is it?!

  14. El_Buc941 Says:

    I’m calling it now guys, expect to see the LBs blitz alot more and tight cover. I have a feeling this guy has the same attitude and mentality as coach Bukner. Aslo it’s better to be on the sidelines because then you can go up face to face to a player and confront him about a missed play as to being upstairs having someone else relay the message.

  15. Dapostman Says:

    1st Half Falcons were 4 for 4 on 3rd and 6 or more.

    2nd Half Falcons were 3 for 6 on 3rd and 6 or more.

    Hopefully Duffner dials up more 2nd half stats.

    #Get After It!

  16. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Lakeland right on, he was on the sideline when the dancing machine twisted his ankle along with buckner the savior for the defense that will bring discipline to the defense, dufner and buckner allowed that dancing crap to go on, as a UF fan this firing and rest of the season as an eerily similar feeling to what happened last year in Gville and you would have thought new things would occur, but it was the same crap out on the field

  17. Resurrection of Duff Says:

    If we lose against the Browns, I believe The Realist will surface again.

    He will let us know how the problem was the players all along. How we got rid of the WOLF instead of the sheep causing the problems.

  18. jmarkbuc Says:


    We literally (and statistically) can’t really get much worse.

    Anybody thinking that Duffner turns us into the ’02 Bucs D, is really, really delusional.

    It doesn’t matter what he does ,he’s here to play out the string until the rest of this house gets cleaned at the end of the season. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Klueless knows he’s gone, and unless JLicht does some really earnest ass kissing he is too. Deservedly so.

  19. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    He could be coaching from the goodyear blimp and there just are not any good players

  20. LakeLand Says:

    Realist was on here yesterday

    He post one comment

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    LakeLand Says:
    October 17th, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    Realist was on here yesterday
    He post one comment

    what did he say?….is he still blaming lovie?


  22. adam from ny Says:

    i herd big bad duff went into the locker room and ripped all the speakers out of the walls before his press conference – that’s why he was a sweaty and smiley at the podium – he repeatedly ranted for about 30 seconds “this in not mons freakin’ venus, this is not a fuggin’ club”…then he sledge hammered the ping pong table as well…

    and while walking to the press conference he saw mccoy reading a jetsons comic book in the lounge area and yanked it out of his hands and shredded it to gereld’s dismay…

    then gerald said:

    “well i guess there’s a new boss in town
    (in that weird gerald voice)…

    then in the distance you could hear duff yelling:

    “after halloween, no more red hair you clowns”

    —stories from a dysfunctional locker room—

  23. Clw JB Says:

    He is showing great professional courtesy to the former DC – defense is all about emotion – staying keyed in, staying angry, staying aggressive – you cant rally your troops from the sky box

    Think about it…you’re on the field, its 110 degrees, your gassed, your hurt, your bleeding from the fights – and you go to the sideline to take direction from a dude sitting in the AC 50 rows up sipping tea?


  24. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Honestly I didn’t think of this till now which is crazy but… what did MS constantly say was an issue?


    I’m pretty sure having the DC on the sideline; will allow him to directly communicate more with all the defensive players immediately as the game is going on vs only at half time.

  25. unbelievable Says:

    LOL Locked In !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (extra exclamation points for that lone sheep named rhealist that used to hang out around here)

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    The point of being up high is so you can see the entire field. It sounds real nice to say you’re in it on the sideline, but there’s a reason nearly everyone that is a coordinator is in the booth and not on the sideline.

    We shall see.

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Well, that’s good news. I think part of the problem with Mike Smith was that he was not there to talk players through things.

    I hate it when Coordinators call from the booth.

  28. Nick2 Says:

    This defense needs an overhaul Duffner lead the 2002 Bengals to the most points in the NFL hopefully he learned something by that experience. Either way Kwan needs to go, Gerald needs to go, Lavonte maybe him too. Clean house get all of this defense that is used to losing that seems to almost like losing (dancing on the sidelines when down by) make them all go away!!!!!!

  29. bucanation Says:

    This may get ugly Dirt wont be able to look up at the media after this one

  30. bucanation Says:

    Bucs are in disarray Browns may get a blow out as Dirt is clueless each week

  31. BucEmUp Says:

    Shoulda hired Buck, I’ll get excited when I see some contact at the L.O.C