JPP Cites “Fights” With Brentson Buckner

December 26th, 2018

D-line coach Brentson Buckner

Defensive line coach Brentson Buckner arrived with a lot of fanfare in February when he was a late hire to replace ousted D-line coach Jay Hayes.

Buckner was an ex-player with an in-your-face style.

That’s not exactly odd; a healthy percentage of defensive line coaches have the same approach.

Buckner quickly got players’ attention for being very consistent with his real-talk, hands-on way.

Today at One Buc Palace, Joe asked Jason Pierre-Paul to reflect on this season with Buckner and what he learned from him.

JPP paused and said he’s learned lots of things, and then JPP explained that the relationship has been volatile.

“With Buck, with his coaching man, it’s a lot. He just keep it real. He’s going to get it to you real,” JPP said. “He ain’t trying to sugarcoat nothing. If your ball was bad, he’s going to tell you your ball was bad. You know, you get emotional about it, whatever, it is what it is. You might come up with a couple of fights here and there, not physically but verbally. But at the end of the day, he’s going to let you know if your ball is good or bad. That’s the think I kind of like about him. He has done a great job with us.”

JPP predicted improvement next season from the D-line and shared his respect for the job done by assistant D-line coach Paul Spicer, another ex-player.

Will Buckner stick around with the Bucs’ inevitable new head coach? Joe hopes so.

39 Responses to “JPP Cites “Fights” With Brentson Buckner”

  1. Stevbobucsfan Says:

    That’s the kind of qb and HC we need in Tampa Bay. That’s why I am sticking to my guns that B Arians is gonna be the Bucs next HC

  2. Eric Says:

    Looks like Rivera is not getting canned.

    Arians would be a good fit.

    Not sure about Buckner though, might just be noisy.

  3. Waterboy Says:

    I agree with Eric. He and Licht both would probably stick around with Arians.

  4. TJ Says:

    I like Buckner but why cant he devolp Noah Spence ? you know the second round pick from a few years back. You cant tell me William Gholston is better than Noah Spence.

  5. Architek Says:

    Licht needs a coach that knows what it supposed to look like on how to build a complete team.

  6. DB55 Says:

    Bruce Arians will keep him around AND promote him, no worries!!!

  7. tmaxcon Says:

    Arians is not coming people… do you even pay attention to what arians himself had said. Bucs will get garbage leftovers. Small market team with piss poor owners that is committed to losing gets leftovers only. Reality people

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    No disrespect to bruce, but let the old man stay in his rocking chair….i think he’ll make a better President of Football OPS….

    Kris Richard 4 HC!!!!


  9. zzbuc Says:

    Arians was pretty clear that the only team he would coach is the Browns…..What we need is a new GM thats for sure…..

  10. AlteredEgo Says:

    Koetter is not getting canned either… one more year with K&L&Jamyth…it is the only conclusion to make given all the variables…

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    @Architek … “Licht needs a coach that knows what it supposed to look like on how to build a complete team.” Au contraire Architek. The next HC needs a GM who knows how to build a complete team. Licht screwed Dirk Koetter by creating a roster of too many marginal starting players and relatively little depth to back that up. Licht has no clue how to build a winning TEAM roster IMO. If he stays … regardless of who comes in as our next HC … expect more turmoil and more LOSING.

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Buckner worked with Arians in AZ I do believe. Arians has said he’s is not interested in coaching Butt..every man has his price right? I personally beleive Arians would turn this franchise around though. But its probably not going to happen.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Click my name for my thoughts on the most recent coaching options…and read past the Dirk Koetter commentary to get to the meat of it.

    I do not feel Bruce Arians of Kris Richard is the way to go.

    813bucboi, Kris Richard had the worst pass defense in the league in 2017. He got fired for it. Now a year later, it looks like he has a better pass defense…if ever there were a one year wonder, he is it. He has proven in the past that he cannot maintain a good defense consistently.

    Let Jerry Jones promote him to DC and let Rod go.

    Unbiased toward anyone (expect Koetter), I lean toward McCarthy. He has the most winning seasons as a head coach of all of them, and he coached a classy organization to boot. He knows defense. He knows offense. And make Rod our DC. Book. Instant upgrade. Keep Monken as our OC.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Don’t be surprised if the Glazer boys just promote Todd Monken to head coach.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Defense Rules and Architek,

    Technically, you are both right. Having a GM AND a HC that both know how to build a team is the way to go.

    But owners and a fan base who are patient enough to let it actually happen is a must have as well.

  16. QUE5 Says:

    Louis Riddick new GM. Josh McDaniels new HC

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    So he thinks Brentson has done a “great” job, but when talking about Dirk he said only that he “liked” his coaching. Sort of tells you a lot about Dirk that his players think so little of him.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Here’s an interesting point:

    Of all the Bucs current and past head caches, 8 have been coordinators. Of those eight, only two had winning records:

    Dirk Koetter – Former Offensive Coordinator (Falcons)
    Lovie Smith – Former Defensive Coordinator (Rams) 8-24
    Greg Schiano – Former Defensive Coordinator (Miami) 11-21
    Raheem Morris – Former Defensive Coordinator (Bucs) 17-31
    Richard Williamson – Former Offensive Coordinator (Ark) 4-15
    Ray Perkins – Former Offensive Coordinator (Chargers) 19-41

    Jon Gruden – Former Offensive Coordinator (PHI) * 57-55
    Tony Dungy – Former Defensive Coordinator (Min/Pit) * 54-42

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    But Defense Rules – YOU told me that Licht HAD built a winning defense, that this defense would be really good THIS YEAR, if not great, YOU told me that. You need to stick to your guns. LOL!

  20. 813bucboi Says:


    the worst in 2017?…..i doubt anyone was worse than smitty and the bucs…..

    and in 2017 he saw richard sherman tore his Achilles, Cam had a season ending next injury and earl thomas was also hurt…..

    he was the DC in seattle from 2015-2017….in 2015 the defense ranked 1st in points allowed……in 2016 the defense ranked 3rd……this year in 2018, he has dallas’ defense humming….

    so yeah, i guess you can say 2017 was a one hit wonder because his defenses have never been that lousy……

    he has proven in the past that he can maintain a great defense year in and year out……

    and you talking aboout him getting promoted to DC shows just how little you know about him….his next job will be HC…..
    **************************************************************’s Jenny Ventras:

    The Cowboys’ defense has looked different this year, and one big reason is Richard, who took over play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Richard joined the Cowboys this season after eight years in Seattle, where he not only adopted the aggressive and physical style of the Legion of Boom years, but earned valuable experience leading a group of strong-minded players. In the past two years Richard interviewed for the Bills and Colts head jobs, and a strong indicator of how he’s viewed is that the Cowboys would like to keep him at the head of their defense even if they do make a change at head coach. It makes sense that Richard would get at least a head coach interview over the offseason. He has a sterling resumé even without his time in Dallas thanks to his experience in Seattle.

    kris richard is more than qualified to become an HC and has the resume to back it up…..@joe was talking about ex players like buckner and spicer, well guess what, kris is an ex player as well…..

    kris has what this team has been missing….someone who can develop players, has a aggressive coaching style and knows how to deal with strong minded players….


  21. SOEbuc Says:

    Richard and Buck. That’s a spicy meatball. Put all the intensity back in the team that Ice Cream 93 has sucked out.

  22. doolnutts Says:

    tmaxcon — Spot on about Bruce Arians… Another thing to remember he walked away/retired from Cards siting health concerns which might I add we don’t know much about. I highly doubt he is available for this reason alone.

    I have seen many folks here site Richard as next HC and that would be on of the moves I am all for if we move on from Koetter. If we can get this defense to form and some kind of competent OC we have a shot to improve.

  23. ATrain Says:

    The Bucs need a HC with some ass kicking ni sugar coating

    I thought Schiano was that coach not sure He got enough time to make the major change that needs to be made

    No coach can change this team in a year or two

    The Whole Mindset needs to change

    No more easy talk REAL TALK

  24. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Get rid of all of the stench of this 5-11 franchise, GM all the terrible scouts all of it

  25. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    813 I’m with you bro!
    I challenge anyone to go watch Kris Richard and try to come back saying that guy isn’t going to be successful .
    To me if you want the up and comer it has to be Richard.
    If you want the experience you go Jim Harbaugh.
    If you want to be mediocre you sign McCarthy.

  26. BigMacAttack Says:

    Spicer was a dominant player. Loved watching him play. I’m sure he’s a big reason Gerald improved his play. They need to fire almost everyone but Buck and Spicer need to stay. Look at the job they’ve done with Nassib. Can you imagine if we had a D coordinator who could actually dial up creative blitzes. It’s the one thing this line needs, is just a little backup from behind. Opponents can pretty much count on the Bucs rushing 4. They blitz when it’s obviously time and opponents know it’s coming. Disguise them, mix it up and make offenses respect it.

  27. RobertG Says:

    Problem with so call fans, always wanting to replace the HC and thinking things will change with a different has been. We need the coach back but need change the the defense side of ball. No new coach could win with the current players and coaches we have no defense

  28. down in the dirt Doug Says:

    Have you noticed that sometimes Koeter seems sincere.Sometimes he is very confused and at other times he is sneaky.Just not working well .Players probably confused with the mixed messages.Please–new coach for a HAPPY NEW YEAR–OR LET kOETER GET HIT BY LIGHTNING CHANGING HIM TO A SUPER COACH!!!

  29. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs will have to wait until other teams HC jobs has been filled

    Then fight for the leftovers like a stray cat

  30. charles Stevens Says:

    Koetter gets one more year.The Glazers are waiting on someone !?

  31. GhostofSchiano Says:

    doolnutts Says:

    tmaxcon — Spot on about Bruce Arians… Another thing to remember he walked away/retired from Cards siting health concerns which might I add we don’t know much about. I highly doubt he is available for this reason alone.

    I have seen many folks here site Richard as next HC and that would be on of the moves I am all for if we move on from Koetter. If we can get this defense to form and some kind of competent OC we have a shot to improve.

    I have read two reports that cite Richard as being on Green bay’s short list, so there will be competition for his services. Really hope we get him.

  32. Zwak Says:

    813 is correct Kris Richards is a very good young coach and could be a great HC!

  33. 813bucboi Says:


    your right….green bay wants him bad…..


  34. Todd Pitner Says:

    @buccaneerbonzai I clicked on your name to read your article. I appreciate e your measured intellect. You are very additive to this conversation. Thank you.

  35. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    813, just make sure you treat the head couch search like the draft and not get locked in on just one guy. Plenty of teams will be looking at a lot of candidates next week.

  36. firethecannons Says:

    Guess Buc didn’t like Spence’s ball

  37. Owlykat Says:

    Didn’t you all read the failure percentage of elevating coordinators to HC before for the Bucs, including Koetter? The Bucs need a proven HC with a prior winning percentage and not a rookie HC. That is why Arians is the best candidate if Buckner and Licht can attract him here. If the Gators Beat Michigan there may be a chance for another winning HC Candidate but the Jets are willing to throw a huge amount of money to lure him away and he likely will want total control too like Chucky and that should never be agreed to. I would not be opposed to Green Bay’s HC who has been a winning HC but he got hurt by his GM there and may demand total control too. Arians is the best choice if we can get him!

  38. Owlykat Says:

    If the Falcons fire their HC, he would make a great hire for DC here no matter who is hired as the HC. He engineered Seattle’s once great defense and he was incredible before that as the Gators DC. However, I think our present DC has worked wonders with our Defense given he was stuck with Smitty’s defense and no time to install his full package. He would not be a bad choice, but Warhop and our Special Teams Coach both have to be replaced. I like what Monken has done as OC calling plays but he did not force Warhop to do his job correctly so if he gets a shot at HC elsewhere that is fine but I don’t want him as our HC.

  39. TOM Says: