“No Bad Guys”

December 14th, 2018

Encouraging, telling and heartfelt words about the Buccaneers’ locker room further illustrate just how disappointing this season has been.

There’s no more candid Buccaneer than veteran right tackle Demar Dotson, who joined the team in 2009.

He’ll call it straight, especially when he’s talking about team history.

Dotson was on the Buccaneers Radio Network recently and shared a very cool story about how defensive coordinator Mark Duffner delivered the team an inspired speech the night before the Bucs beat the 49ers last month. Big Duffner themes were playing for the guy next to you and remembering why you love your job.

Doston reflected on that and how players responded, and he noted the following:

“That locker room is good. We don’t have no bad guys in there. And that’s one thing that we haven’t had in a long time. No bad guys,” Dotson said.

Joe has talked to Dotson enough times, inside and outside One Buc Palace, to know he really means it when he says the Bucs have rid the locker room of “bad guys.”

It’s a shame. The Bucs have lots of talent, and a team that seems to care, yet they can’t manage to win half their games.

Joe hopes the next head coach can take better advantage of the good that’s in place.

Derrick Brooks is talking all things Bucs on this week’s Q&A episode of TAMPA TWO with JoeBucsFan.com columnist Ira Kaufman, presented by Caldeco Air Conditioning & Heating. It’s another great production by The Identity Tampa Bay. (Look for tomorrow’s game preview episode!)

32 Responses to ““No Bad Guys””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sometimes we don’t understand why the Bucs get rid of players that become productive elsewhere……I think the answer often rests with the locker room. Some players simply don’t mix well with the rest of the group and need to be gone.
    I’m simply speculating but I suspect Swearinger & Blount may be two of them…..Don’t know about Bennett….

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    no bad guys in the locker room….but theres a hellva lot of bad coaches in the offices!!!!!


  3. Hodad Says:

    No bad guys, just bad players drafted by a bad G.M., and coached by a real bad head coach.

  4. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    People happy with losing and collecting checks are just losers and the bucs have the king of them on their team in gmc and the queen in the LT

  5. bucscott Says:

    I know a lot of fans are upset and it seems that the team is underachieving (which it is). But we have never had an offense this good. I don’t think we are too far away at this point. Every GM has misses on draft picks but Licht hits on many as well. We are not in salary cap hell. We have a good, not great core group of players that I think are improving and we keep adding players like JPP and Nassib. I’ve never seen a head coach put his ego aside and try to improve as much as Koetter has. Play calling..gone. Defensive coordinator..gone. Every decision seems like a step in the right direction. Probably the Oline coach and Special Teams coach has to go but I am so tired of the coach carousel and every coach out there is a retread. I don’t want to start over when I think we are headed in the right direction. Keep Koetter and Licht for another year. We are closer than many of you think. Bellicek didn’t fare too well his first couple of years. Do you think Cleveland regrets that? The locker room is still Koetters. Have a little patience.

  6. Buc believer Says:

    @Bucscott…. Have a little patience??? LMAO MOST of the posters here have shown EXTREME patience. No playoffs for 11 years and running is a bit tough to take. My son who is now in college didn’t even start school yet when the Bucs won the Super Bowl. And you talk about patience?

  7. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Good points but problem is belichek turned the browns around and led them to the playoffs and established the nucleus for the super bowl team in bmore….belichek got fired because the bs that went on with the team moving and the players worrying about their jobs and their families and moving…..koetter and licht have not built this team into anything but a 6-10 team and no solid nucleus of good players nor identity

  8. zzbuc Says:

    I just don´t get it when people say we got roster pakced with talent…..Thats the biggest problem on this roster THE LACK OF TALENT!!!!!we have some talent out there, but that doesn´t mean we have a roster full of talent, that´s just not ture……!!!! Don´t get fooled !!!

  9. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Did Dotson admit that he sucks? Did he admit that he gets far too many penalties that kill drives? No…..not too candid then.

    I am sure they are very great humans but they can take their services elsewhere.

  10. bucscott Says:

    Every week it hurts my soul to watch them lose. I understand you’alls pain. I feel it too. But if team Glazer picks the next loser coach to run this team, and their track record is not good, we are looking at a longer time to get things right. Don’t get desperate and throw the baby out with the bathwater. There are some really good elements to this team. As with all teams, it needs some refining and some injury luck and no stupid distracting off field issues. This team just needs some experience and seasoning. I am not ready to dismantle.

  11. tmaxcon Says:

    maybe the team needs some bad guys to offset these career losers with no heart and who have quit on multiple coaches led by cancer93 and this joke of rt dotson…. dotson has always sucked just another feel-good story who can’t play football… pathetic. bucs deserve the basement….

  12. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I do not get the Legarrette Blount longing. Yes he was a powerful back but he was also a major head case.

    If it was just the Bucs…but then Belicheat…and then Tomlin…these are two successful coaches who probably knew what they were doing when they unloaded Blount. Blount has trouble staying on teams for a reason.

  13. Joe Says:

    I do not get the Legarrette Blount longing. Yes he was a powerful back but he was also a major head case.

    How much of a headcase could he be? He won Super Bowl rings with two teams after being run out of town.

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    players being nice guys and good in the community is 100% meaningless…. Especially, if they embarrass themselves and throw up all over themselves each and every Sunday for nearly two decades…. cancer93 is a fraudulent nice guy and he has not won a single meaningful game in a decade. In addition, your doll playing superhero has captained more blowouts than any buc in history. yet the low standard nuthuggers, slobber over him like their first love… winning is all that matters. nice guys, good in the community and all the rest of the meaningless BS is just that meaningless BS…. meaningless bs is what you low standard fools spew to justify failures and try and to give this pathetic franchise a free pass.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    @bucscott … “I don’t want to start over when I think we are headed in the right direction. Keep Koetter and Licht for another year. We are closer than many of you think.”

    @bucscott … “if team Glazer picks the next loser coach to run this team, and their track record is not good, we are looking at a longer time to get things right. Don’t get desperate and throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

    I share your concern bucscott, BUT … your 2nd comment is even more revealing about where you’re at than your 1st one. YOU DON’T TRUST THE GLAZER BOYZ TO ‘DO THE RIGHT THING. You don’t trust them to ‘fix this mess’ by hiring the right people. Newsflash: NEITHER DO I, because they’re more at the heart of the problem than either Licht or Koetter. Glazers are the ones who hired Dom. Glazers are the ones who ‘promoted’ an inexperienced Raheem to be HC, and followed up that act with an even more inexperienced Schiano (as far as NFL coaching goes). But they ‘fixed’ their faux pas by bringing in an experienced (and oh ya, unemployed) Lovie Smith … who coincidentally hired Jason Licht to be his lap dog. The same lap dog who subsequently bit him in the ass & promoted Koetter (who subsequently brought in Smitty to fix Lovie’s defense). Five years and counting with Licht and guess what … we’re no closer to being a playoff contender than we were in 2014 after Schiano got ousted.

    So no bucscott, we are NOT ‘closer than many of us think’. Quite the contrary. Watch some of the better NFL teams and I think you’ll notice just how far from being a playoff team we really are. Marching up and down the field needs to be left for marching bands. REAL NFL teams don’t just accumulate yards; they SCORE POINTS and WIN GAMES. Bucs need a LOT more than experience. It needs BETTER LEADERSHIP for one thing; and it needs BETTER TALENT in a number of positions if it’s going to contend for anything.

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    You guys are so dupped thinking this offense is really that good. Meanwhile they have been losing games for us all season and you refuse to see it because we get a lot of stats.

    Poster Lakeland was here for weeks positing all of the halftime scores. Our offense did nothing but get blown out week after week. By halftime we were getting waxed with barely any points on the board. If you think you can consistently win when you down by 3+ TDs all the time you got brain damage.

    And this is absolutely nothing new. Dirk’s teams have struggled out of the gate in his entire tenure. That problem ain’t going away which mean the losing isn’t either.

    And I would never try to excuse the defense. They deserve tons of blame also. But thats also to say that you can’t excuse the offense. How many games did we put up 6 and less points by halftime……..With multiple turnover.

    You guys wanna think this offense is part of some kind of winning formula but none of what I wrote above will ever win you squat in this league. Never has an offense been able to consistently win in this league like that. Literally never happened.

  17. Bucsfanman Says:

    JimmyJack- But we’re #1!!!! LOL! I can’t keep a straight face!

  18. John B Says:

    Our offense is one dimensional, inconsistent, and has piled up yards in garbage time of many games

    This team is poorly coached, lacks depth, and has a GM that is learning on the job who takes way too many risks, scouts that value the Pac12 and division 3

    Winning teams load up on major college talent and fill gaps with the small school prospects, we use it as our farm system

    Sure would love to see Ozzie Newsome in here – we need a real GM to fix this mess

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    Bucsfanman…….Was talking to a Jets fan the other day. We always rip each other when we get a chance. Goes without saying that he loves to give me a hard time about our QB…….Well, today he started up so I just threw him a phony curveball just to see what he’d say. So I start telling him he don’t know his s**t because Tampa is the best offense in football…………..

    Yep. He laughed. Was a legit belly laugh too. By his reaction was easy to see he thought I was the dumbest SOB on the planet for thinking that. I couldn’t hold out either and cracked up laughing with him.

    You guys keep touting us as #1. Meanwhile the rest of the league knows which offenses are really the best ones. We probably aint even a concensus Top 10.(though I might argue that part…..I say top 8ish)

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    Dirk been in charge three years and has developed not one lineman. Not one friggen lineman.

    No way you count Marpet and he regressed under Dirk. Now playing better.

    Come on man!!!!! How do you guys figure we can ever with when we can’t develope the big guys? You know you can’t answer that question unless break the salary cap rules.

  21. TOM Says:

    The first step to righting the ship is for the Glazer’s to sell the team to owners that care about winning. Then go from there.

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    The longer this guy stays here the further down the tube this franchise goes…….The small shreds of talent we do have gets older while they are on a losing team that can’t develope trench players.

    I get offended when you say to keep Dirk because if they do that it hurts the franchise I love.

    And you guys may think. But oh yeah!! Just look at our Dline. We fixed that we can fix the other………But you are being fooled IMO because tell me what happens if JPP goes down with a injury and we need to call on the players we been developing?

  23. Bucsfanman Says:

    Yea, last year we were #4, I think, and 5-11. It goes without saying that a #1 ranking should net us at least one more win than last year, right?!!! 6-10, woo-hoo!
    Give me the W’s.

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    If you watch the legit offenses in this league they score when they have to. If they get down by a TD the answer back. They feel the pressure to score. If they fail and get down by 14 you see these offenses intensify with even more pressure.

    And they come through. If they need to keep scoring all game long they do so. They don’t let teams go up 3+ scores. They just don’t ever let it happen. That’s what make them good. That’s what makes us bad.

  25. 813bucboi Says:




  26. 813bucboi Says:


    this team is not headed in the right direction…..

    if you believe that, then you must believe we have the #1 offense…..


  27. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    813bucboi Says:
    “this team is not headed in the right direction…..”


    It is, 813, if there is a train coming from the other end of the tunnel.

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    813 told me he did!!!! 813 told me that Dirk was toast……He told me and everyone.

    I told 813 to give Dirk one last week. He said OK then I began to pray.

    Yet 813 was right and I wrong.

    Oh why oh why did I not listen to 813.

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    I must correct you though because the pressure is now off the coaches2018.

    The verdict is in and they have crumbled.

    I commend you for applying pressure all year.

  30. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Penalties, turnovers, no running game, too many qb hits,
    The evidence of poor coaching is everywhere.
    Opponents get 1 or 2 games of Bucs on tape and it’s season falls apart time.
    Same crap will happen next year if coaching changes aren’t made.
    Saints grabbed momentum with blocked punt.
    Did Koetter do anything to try to get it back?

  31. Jason Says:

    Yeah, I’m sure the O-Line is a swell bunch of guys, but none of them are capable of blocking Mother Theresa and her 10 nuns.

  32. JimmyJack Says:

    Alan Great post. I noticed that Djax got his time early before our film was out.

    My belief is that our tape said we can’t run for dogspit so defenses started to load up to stop deep balls and that’s when Djax was promptly shut down for the season.