15 Bucs-Panthers Takes From Ian Beckles

December 3rd, 2018

Former Bucs starting guard Ian Beckles (1990-1996) is a giant Buccaneers fan — literally and figuratively — and he’s been analyzing his favorite team since his retirement from the gridiron.

The local radio and podcast star was firing away on his In The Trenches podcast at RadioInfluence.com.

Joe’s got a fast summary of Beckles’ main Bucs takes after yesterday’s victory against the Panthers.

*Beating the Panthers justified the 49ers win.

*Bucs looked better with the younger guys fighting to win, versus DeSean Jackson looking like he’s fighting not to get hurt. Stop saying Jackson should ask to go on injured reserve. Dogs don’t do that.

*Nobody is laying down on Dirk Koetter.

*”Sucky refereeing” is an epidemic in the NFL including a bad flag in favor of the Bucs on the Jameis-Bobo Wilson deep ball.

*I’m starting to love [Chris] Godwin,” Beckles said, and Adam Humphries is so good that he could be a star on another team and the Bucs might want to work him more into the game plan.

*Jameis Winston’s “internal clock” has improved.

*Jameis was “glorious” against the Panthers outside of one throw. “Jameis is too good to get rid of. He’s too good to get rid of. Alright, there’s too many quarterbacks out there in the NFL that suck for us to get rid of Jameis. That’s crazy. Let’s build around this kid.”

*”We still don’t have a right guard. [Caleb] Benenoch is not good. He’s not, he’s not, he’s not, he’s not good. He’s not.”

*”Donovan Smith is not good. Ok. He’s not.” Beckles added that he watches Bucs game each week with former Bucs Pro Bowl center Tony Mayberry, who Beckles says is making “elementary, rookie-type mistakes.”

*Lavonte David makes a difference. Beckles likes his instincts.

*The defensive line deserves the big-time love for yesterday’s win, not the defensive backs. A long-time harsh critic of Gerald McCoy, Beckles said McCoy was top-shelf yesterday despite not showing up on the stat sheet. Beckles liked McCoy’s pass rush and thought he played as well as he’s seen in a while. JPP’s the best football player we got, Beckles said, and D-line coach Brentson Buckner has simplified things and has guys playing more aggressively and fearlessly.

*Cam Newton reminds him Jameis Winston playing last season with a not-quite-right shoulder.

*Mike Evans does not look healthy. “Every time Mike Evans gets hit it looks like he’s getting up from a 12-round boxing match.” … “I applaud him for fighting through everything.”

*The “nimbleness” of Jameis saved the Bucs four sacks.

*Great teams don’t fail to put the game away like the Bucs did failing on offense late in the game.

25 Responses to “15 Bucs-Panthers Takes From Ian Beckles”

  1. miken Says:

    No real injuries on the Oline. How can a group play thislong together and still not be good? Look what happens when you don’t turn the ball over and create turnovers.

  2. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Jameis’ ability to maneuver out of the pocket and avoid the rush is one of his biggest strengths. I remember the days of Glennon going down easily like an injured giraffe. Fitz had some similar moments this year. Jameis bails out this crappy o-line consistently.

  3. AlteredEgo Says:

    Hey…maybe it was the Gator jersey he had to wear last week….just saying

  4. zzbuc Says:

    Agreed on everything, the only reason to keep JW is because there is nothing sensational on FA and Draft……JW doesn´t turn the ball over we got wins, he turns the ball over we get beaten is not rocket science,is not a coach problem……………Caleb Beneboch and Donovan Smith are a big time liability for the team lazy weak no energy and make so many stupid penalties!!!!!

  5. Blogtalkfootball.com Says:

    What is the deal with Cappa? Have they decided a bad Benenoch is better than playing a Cappa that can only get better with experience?

  6. Bucs Nihilist Says:

    Good takes…93 hit/pressured Newton into 2 of his picks…Love love love Jaboo…the eye in the sky don’t lie, 76 was trash yesterday…sign Hump now please…one of the worst games I’ve seen Brate play.

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    That PI call with BoBo was the football Gods redemption for the blown call on Barber’s touchdown fumble call.

  8. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    *”Donovan Smith is not good. Ok. He’s not.” Beckles added that he watches Bucs game each week with former Bucs Pro Bowl center Tony Mayberry.


    Whether you agree with a lot of Ian’s takes or not…. this one should definitely be taken note of. – Ian & Tony both made pro bowls from the OL. (Tony made several) — If this is what they see in Donovan, I believe them.

  9. AlteredEgo Says:

    Donovan Smith is flat out LAZY….he has the ability…I don’t think he’ll change….did I say he is LAZY !

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    One more take…….kicks on extra points & FG……right through the middle…..no doubt….it’s no small achievement for us. Missed kicks early have cost us plenty……hats off to Cairo.

  11. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:

    Despite the hype, internally, Donovan Smith is our 2nd worst O-lineman after Benenoch.

    Ol’ Leadfoot we should call him.

  12. Lamarcus Says:

    I agree it was GMC better games IN HIS CAREER

  13. Tony LA Says:

    D. Smith is one of the worst left tackles in football.
    Been screaming this for years.
    He’s garbage.
    Make him a RT and he’d be average.
    Move him inside to RG and he’d be above average.

    that’s the kind of moves good teams make – let’s see what the Bucs do.

  14. THETRUTH Says:

    I agree with both lineman being bad , I rather not pay D. Smith top oline koney and out it elsewhere. He seems to be good for a holding call every game. Sign a veteran Tackle that can come cheaper till addressed in draft.

    Please get Caleb out of there project is over !!

  15. Clarence Says:


  16. jjbucfan Says:

    We should invest in the best FA available at LT (if he is worthy) and then draft one in the top 3 rounds as his successor. If you don’t want to pay a FA or there is not a viable option. You take one with your 1st rounder period. Our D-line is coming together and with a new scheme, we will be fine. We need a CB and may be forced to go there with our #1, Greedy Williams would be great but he ain’t dropping to us at this point. D Smith was projected as a guard by every team but not the Bucs- he is our guy to protect the blindside of the first true franchise QB we have had in 35 years and maybe ever.

  17. unbelievable Says:

    I give Beckles a lot of ish, but he’s pretty spot on with all those statements.

  18. Geno Says:

    I like Beckles stuff. He tends to be a little harsh on the offensive lineman.

    My opinion is Mayberry better than Smith better than Beckles better than Benenoch.

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    And JPP has to stop lining up in the neutral zone or offsides. He does it on 90% of his plays. Luckily he only got flagged twice but could have had at least a dozen more flags. This is a big problem that has to be addressed. He’s been doing it off and on, all season. Just take a half a step back.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Just clean house

  21. lambchop Says:

    Do not pay Donovan Smith!!!! Get rid of Benenoch. Find a younger replacement for Demar Dotson. This OL is way too inconsistent.

    We need to address the OL and secondary in a big way this offseason.

  22. Owlykat Says:

    Lambchop the fool is Warhop. Even Lindy’s Draft Issue pointed out D. Smith’s problem is pass blocking and he needed to be moved to Guard in the NFL, but stupid Warhop left him at LT and this year lied saying D. Smith is one of the three best Tackles in the NFL. Warhop also totally failed in teaching Benenoch how to play RG just like he also failed to develop Omameh at Guard, had him cut, and now with proper development with the Giants is starting at Guard. So then Warhop tries to train Benenoch by continually play him as our starting RG.
    Cappa is a Tackle and should have been developed as the backup for Dotson but Warhop is unable to train his OLinemen so he hired a former All Pro Center to teach Cappa to play Center when we had a backup Center already in Smith.

  23. lambchop Says:


    Agreed. But, then we really don’t know how well the OL is? Marpet and Jensen are playing decent even with a horrible line coach.

  24. Dreambig Says:

    The pass interference with Bobo was a good call. Bobo was falling but the defender made contact and shoved Bobo down away from the ball. Total pass interference. Felt like we needed to send trader ass Rhonde condolences after the game because we beat his man crush panthers and Cam Newton. Thought Rhonde was a complete ass yesterday!

  25. SenileSenior Says:

    I second what jjbucfan said.

    The new head coach might just test Smith for the RG spot if Cappa does not appear to be ready.
    Go Bucs!!!!