Failing To Correct

December 24th, 2018

Dumb mistakes discussed.

Writing this post, Joe just realized he failed to watch late Sunday night notorious Dallas TV sports anchor Dale Hansen. Joe can only imagine what he would say about the Bucs and their foot-shooting ways.

Feel free to YouTube Hansen. He’s a hoot. Hansen is a rare if not dying breed in TV journalism. He says what he thinks (he’s often right) and if you don’t like what he says then turned the damned channel.

Hansen once famously said of troubled former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy that if he ever showed up at his front door to date his daughter, Hansen would “shoot his @ss through the glass.” Yes, he actually said this on a news broadcast.

In short, Hansen, who is always at war with Jerry Jones, is a loose cannon.

Joe was reminded of Hansen when typing this here story. When a Cowboys player was constantly getting into trouble and finally Dallas released him, Hansen asked head coach Jason Garrett if the problem with the Cowboys was that they had too many stupid players on the roster to play winning football.

As you can imagine, that didn’t go over very well.

The Bucs offense imploded once again yesterday. More dumb mistakes. It happens weekly and never seems to end. Penalties, blown assignments, holding, delay of game, you name it.

And too often, what was a promising scoring drive doomed by dumb mistakes ends with a missed field goal.


Now Joe isn’t calling Bucs players stupid. That’s an outrageous statement. But something isn’t clicking between the ears. Something is not sinking in. And Joe has to wonder if, after talking to long-time starting right tackle Demar Dotson, is anything is going to change with the same lineup?

Joe asked Dotson why the mental errors have never been corrected. He seemed as confused as anyone to pin down the root cause.

“You would think that you should be able to correct those things,” Dotson said. “I think those things, we work on all year to correct. I don’t think [anyone] practices to make self-inflicted wounds. It’s an individual thing. We’ve been fighting it all year. We never got it fixed.”

Joe is confused as well. Joe suggested it may be a discipline thing (it’s the only thing that seems logical). So Joe asked Bucs coach Dirk Koetter this and Koetter said it was “unfair” to blame the mistakes on discipline.

Fair enough.

So either the coaches aren’t coaching up the players so that the players can soak the teachings in, or the players can’t soak in what they are being taught, or it’s both.

There is something wrong with this team (or several players) if smart guys continue to make silly mistakes that submarine an entire offense virtually each week.

17 Responses to “Failing To Correct”

  1. MHBuc25 Says:

    Welcome to 2010? Where ya been? The Bucs draft all talent and very little in football acumen. Then sell you a bill of goods about the mental side and fans suck it in. The Patriots draft less talent and more brains and just don’t commit the same mistakes. Belichick drafts players who he knows will adapt to their style MENTALLY and smooth sailing. The Bucs do not have smart football players and haven’t for a long time. And yes, you can fire the coach for helping draft these players but it’s also on the GM and player themselves. Players deserve more blame here but few media folks in Tampa are willing to go after players.

  2. Buc believer Says:

    Starts at the VERY top. EVERY one says that. Problem is you can’t fire the owners who are in it for profit only…. and don’t give me this they care BS the only Glazer that actually cared more about winning on the field than winning at the bank account died in 06.

  3. MHBuc25 Says:

    For the record.. not on this forum but I’ve been saying this for a long time elsewhere. The locker room is most of the problem with this organization because it’s fragile mentally. And when they sign free agents they come here with absolutely no “Tampa Way” and it’s free money. I watched the locker room get fragile under Schiano and it’s been the same virus since he left, that boot camp wasn’t for them.

    Lucky for them they have a media in Tampa that doesn’t put enough pressure on the player. It’s always the coach here and it’s always dead wrong.

  4. Frank Pillow Says:

    Things are so bad and we’re so undisciplined and un-accountable that I’m actually beginning to wonder if the problem wasn’t Schiano…can you believe that!?!

  5. Troy Says:

    Schiano was never the problem. And the locker room was fragile under Gruden. There were plenty of players who did not like his honesty. The players are weak. As soon as they’re confronted with the truth about their weaknesses as players, they fall apart. Buc25 has it right. Too many egos in the room for a paycheck instead of a championship. If losing bothered them half as much as it bothers me, they’d have made the playoffs this year.

  6. Stevbobucsfan Says:

    There’s got to be some explaination for so many players making so many mental errors. If it’s not disipline please tell me what is it coaching?, is it just the players? We’ve had a lot of player’s in here over the pass few years and the same mental errors are made is it lack of practice? please please tell me what

  7. Architek Says:

    I think it’s very easy to explain – coaching!

  8. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Don’t worry fellow Bucs fans. The real season is about to start next Monday and we’ll fix everything. We’ll probably look really strong in the preseason again, too. December is almost over and the season of hope and smoke will begin.

  9. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I just watched that segment about Hardy on YouTube. Wow, he laid into Jerry Jones, and Jason Garrett. “shoot his @ss through the glass” I think he got his point across.

  10. mickman Says:

    i don’t care what anyone say. Dumb mistakes are on the individual player. this is absolutely not a coach issue. This is like me saying “the teacher gave me an F on my test today. i have no idea why” ….Blame the teacher…come on man!

  11. gotbbucs Says:

    Players play the game. Bad calls, bad time management, bad timeout management….those things can be blamed on coaches.

    These guys are in their mid 20’s-early 30’s, if they still need an adult to tell them how to focus on 18 minutes of actual game play time then they are lost causes. That’s not coaching, that’s either a learning disability or a bad attitude.

    I dont think Dirk is a terrible coach, I think he has a locker room that isnt able to police itself because he has a QB that cant control his own behavior let alone others and a defensive leader that says no matter what have fun win, lose, or draw.
    This team has broken the coaching staff’s spirit too. These players get paid a hell of a lot more money than these coaches, the onus has to be on the players at some point too.

  12. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    If you’re not down with this, I got two words for yah!….NO ACCOUNTABILITY

  13. ModHairKen Says:

    This all started when they fired Gruden to hire Raheem.

  14. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    MHBuc25 Says:
    “The Patriots draft less talent and more brains”


    Well said on the Patriots, man. – There has not a team in the history of the NFL (with the possible exception of the Lombardi-era Packers) that have put that level of stock into football IQ over physical talent.

  15. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    As a Jameis fan, that is one of the things that frustrates me. Jameis has an extremely high “football IQ” and that has been confirmed by a lot of different people inside and outside of the Bucs organization.

    — So how in the hell do the play clock errors happen, yesterday? (sigh) — It was frustrating.

  16. joestang Says:

    Its sad that whenever you have a good offensive play the first thing you do is look around for a flag and you usually find one. Pitiful display of self-discipline and coaching.

  17. TOM Says:

    I still say Schiano was unfairly. Should have been given more of a chance. But thanks to the media he was driven out of town. Finally had a coach to instill some disciplin & was made fun of. Should at least been givin one more year.