“Risk It” Needs To Start Now On Defense

March 11th, 2019

We all know who’s in charge of the Buccaneers right now.

He wears a funny hat and big glasses, and he retired last year because he was too sick and fried to command a football team.

Bucco Bruce Arians can do no wrong right now at One Buc Palace. He is the man. And he’s happy to tell you he lives by the motto “No Risk It. No Biscuit.”

So Joe expects the Bucs to take bold risks this week, starting with the free agency negotiation/tampering period at noon today. Don’t let anyone con you into thinking this team just needs to coach better and 10 wins will appear this season. Arians is far too smart for that.

Arians knows he needs a game-changer or two on defense and Joe fully expects the Bucs to sign one soon.

Again, Arians and Bowles are far too savvy to think they can coach their way out of the horrendous stench that’s been the Bucs defense in just one season. There is no chicken salad coming from that Bucs secondary.

Kwon Alexander isn’t that game-changer, at least not on Arians’ timetable. Tyrann Mathieu might be. C.J. Mosley would be. This is the year to make the splash signing on defense — and follow that up with a defensive beast in the trenches with the No. 5 overall pick — not next year.

Arians also knows a better defense instantly helps the offense stay balanced and ups the odds that America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, transforms into a top-shelf quarterback.

Joe can’t wait to welcome the guy who’s going to change the identity of this sorry Bucs defense. Hopefully that announcement comes in the next 24 hours.

28 Responses to ““Risk It” Needs To Start Now On Defense”

  1. tnikkichristy@gmail.com Says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. Yes a CJ Moseley, T Mathieu and Kareem Jackson would work for me.

  2. pepsi Says:

    agreed, lets hope we here something good today. imo though, CJ Mosley might be, and Tryann Mathieu would be a game changer. After watching that cardinals season on amazon prime, it was so clear that the Bucs were waaaay further away then I thought from having the right locker.. Cards were filled with elite players like Peterson, Mathieu, Campbell, and/or seriously leaders in nearly every unit of the game. made me realize we have maybe one 2 elite players on defense in David and JPP, and JPP being maybe the only serious vet leader..

  3. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Joe(s) I sure as hell hope you are right. 5-11 past 2 seasons, last place for how many years now? Be bold, I want this team to win,I am not married to any player on this team.

  4. StoutGospel Says:

    “Risk It” all around, indeed!

    See below also 🙂

    ***Attention @Joe’s–another favor done here below on content it clearly looks like is needed for continual articles until free agency–you’re welcome**

    REMEMBER….JBF faithful, keep a VERY close eye on Cameron Brate between today (now) and close of business this Friday the 15th! With the 17th falling on a Sunday this year (5th day of the league year), Licht HAS TO DO something on Brate, one way or another.

    Ain’t NO WAY in hell can Licht allow Brate’s $ 7 million salary for 2019 to become FULLY guaranteed by close of business Friday. For a back-up TE. a back-up TE coming off hip surgery. A back-up TE that ya know, uses his hips to turn on every play. PLUS, a whopping $18 million will become guaranteed for INJURY for 2019 if also on the roster by close of business Friday! I mean damn! Who the hell wrote that contract??!? Greenberg must have been hungover that next morning when sending Brate’s agent those terms!


    1) Simply cut Brate by close of business this Friday, to avoid ALL that nonsense for a back-up TE coming off hip surgery, and then perhaps look at re-signing Brate back to the roster AFTER the second wave of free agency has finished. To reasonable terms for back-up TE’s, coming off surgery.

    2) Shop Brate to the Lions and all other TE needy teams, that might rather use their draft capital for larger priorities on Defense or otherwise, which the Lions have many needs, said their in the market for TE.

    Remember, by close of business this Friday the 15th mandatorily.

    If stooge Licht does nothing, and tries to somehow do nothing given the solutions I just presented…well then we all know, whom he is anyway. BUT these are facts, he can’t spin the facts, as not facts. The facts drive the need.

    Go Bucs! Land Quinnen!

  5. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Oh Brucie Brucie sure is talking the talk…………..

    but does he walk the walk???????????????????????

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    “BA knows he needs a leader in the secondary

    BA knows he can outcoach over 30 pts per game even without hump, djax and even Brate

    BA and Bowles have come to a combined conclusion they must have a vet leader at the back end to secure the leaking corners…

    Honey Badger is coming ”

    Kobe Faker

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    How do people know Brate is a back up TE? He could play TE with OJ in the slot. OJ has yet to play a full season. No one has yet to see this offense on the field. Nothing but speculation at this point.

  8. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Arians hire saved Licht’s job

    Now it’s time to transform the soft roster into something Arians isn’t ashamed of

    He still has to convince me he’s really here and not just here to get paid and help his former staff get paid

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Better saying “No Money, No Honey”…….but we may have enough to sign the Honey Badger or Mosley…..but not both…..if we signed both there would need to be massive cuts or GMC & Djax cuts.

  10. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Djax and Brate are out….

    They must have a safety to secure the backend

    DWhite will rove the middle for the next decade”

    Kobe Faker

  11. BucEmUp 7 Says:

    All teams need upgrades here and there. I guarantee this team would have had more wins with a staff like this in place over the last four years and a playoff berth. Anyone who suggests any team is set and cant make any improvments on a roster is a moron

  12. StoutGospel Says:

    Soo many weak-minded minions on this f*cking site! Lol. Every f*cking time. Soo many. Sooo many simply resent, the intelligence, the prescient analysis, all the well thought out wrinkles and interpretative angles, and the larger fact that soo many here can not put those larger bread crumbs together. Those that can put all that together, without instruction, will see the total value.

    Idiot f*ckin minions on this site abound. Often. Hmm, Jealousy reigns supreme. To be expected.

    But hey, will be an exciting week nonetheless stooges.

    Go Bucs! Land Quinnen!

  13. doolnutts Says:

    CJ Mosley would be an upgrade over Kwon and worth the 10 mill plus. Love Kwon but the tape last year doesn’t lie. Not only is CJ a better player but he is also more available.

  14. Pancake block Says:

    Justin Houston, C.J., and honey badger if your gonna dream big

  15. BrianBucs Says:

    So Jason Licht coaxed Arians out of retirement to save his job.
    I do like the Arians hire. However, right now everything is just hype and talk. We all know what we hope will happen, but we will have to wait and see what really happens.
    Gotta start with that very charitable defense. You want your defense to be stacked with playmakers and dominators, and right now the Bucs have maybe 2. I think Arians and Bowles will have a good scheme, but you have to have the horses to work with. Licht has the Bucs against the cap with marginal players. Gonna be a real challenge.

  16. Bobby M. Says:

    Koetter cant win with the talent Licht provided him….its coaching/scheme.

    Arians makes it known more talent is needed….suddenly we need more talent.

    This team should see some improvement, I think mostly because we’ll start the season with Winston not dealing with suspensions….but this team is still another year out from really making a playoff push. There’s too many holes to fill….not enough cap space….and new schemes to learn for both sides of the ball.

  17. Owlykat Says:

    Get Honey Badger and a Veteran CB right away. We can get the rest in the draft by trading down. Trade down and still get White and then Lindstrom with the extra pick. 2d Rd Greg Little OT to push Smith and replace Dotson when injured or retires. 3rd Rd. Powerful RB Benny Snell who can do it all (ranked 3rd best RB by Lindy’s and Walter FB (but will drop since not on top ten list of TV experts on NFL.com and so many free agent RBs) Trade Brate for a 3D Pick and get Best DE, .4th Rd. Best DT (there are deep DTs this year). 5th Rd. WVa.’s Top TE Trevon Wesco who is also an A-Train Clone when also used at FB. (6’3” 274 lbs) devastating blocker; caught 24 of 26 passes 2018 for 366 yds.; great runner on short yardage and red zone. 7th rd. Terry Godwin Ga. 4.49 40 Run Back specialist/gunner.

  18. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    fixing the defense will fix the offense and enable Jameis Winston to become one of the most beloved Bucs in Tampa Bay history!

  19. TOM Says:

    OWLYKAT: Don’t like Little in 2nd rd. Would rather have Risner, Ford or Dillard. Little would be a D Smith clone. Underachiever. Takes to many plays off. But I do like the rest of your draft. For what its worth.

  20. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Talking about this team having more wins in the past….there is one obvious position that has literally cost us wins over the past few years and coaching has nothing to do with it.

    KICKER! If Gostkowski or Zuerlein had been on our team we would have definitely won more games! It’s as simple as that.

    So while we talk about 1/11th of an offense or defense an intricate complex mix of guys…we have wins and losses hanging on basically ONE player…the kicker! Who is going to become automatic for us. Hell we’ve even missed extra points which are also incredibly damaging because it changes the entire strategy of a game.


  21. Not there yet Says:

    Sorry to tell you but it’s not gonna happen on defense honey badger will improve the backfield game changer needs to come with the first two picks in the draft. Defense needs to be built not a short term fix. Even if you keep JPP and Geraldine this year that’s just short sighted and still will be owed the same kind of money next year. If licht is truly thinking long term, find their replacements now unless he thinks he’ll have another top 5 pick next year and still what will have been the point of paying these high priced guys if you keep picking in the top ten?

  22. Owlykat Says:

    Also tell Adams to contact us when he gets an offer and we will try to beat it. Need him back for special teams and can play backup Safety and CB. Great Playmaker!

  23. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “We all know who’s in charge of the Buccaneers right now.” Don’t know which Joe wrote this article, but you’re obviously seeing clearly now. BA & Todd Bowles fingerprints will be all over this FA period & draft. But in the end, it STILL comes down to MONEY. And we’re starting in a p-poor position.

    Problem with the ‘game-changer philosophy’ is that if the rest of the team sucks, you’ll lose. JPP in my book is a game-changer … on the right team. On the Bucs, he was simply an exceptional DE with a true ‘warrior spirit’ (love the guy), BUT … how many games did he really CHANGE the outcome of? Sorry Joe, but TEAMs win games, not select ‘game-changer’ individuals.

    Bucs lack BALANCE & have for many years. Too many gambles that didn’t pay off. Every year we’re like the little Dutch boy putting his fingers in the dike to stop the ‘leaks’ that develop. Some years heavy offense; other years heavy defense. Then Licht tries to plug the holes that result by signing FAs. It’s impossible to build through the draft when you’er the little Dutch boy AND you keep changing coaching staffs every 2-3 years. BA hasn’t accomplishing anything here yet, but I’m really hoping that he’s setting the foundation for getting us off of this stupid carousel we’ve been riding for over 15 years now.

  24. The Buc Realist Says:

    Biscuit get stale when they are too old!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 season will reveal answers to the sheep that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Shane247 Says:


    Before you start calling people weak minded, you should know the following: So is spelled with (1) o and there is no such word as precient. I feel like I need a decoder ring to read your post. Furthermore, your breadcrumb analogy is just plain dumb, nobody puts breadcrumbs together, perhaps you meant puzzle pieces. Ironically puzzled is what I feel after reading your not so well thought out “precient analysis”

    ~ The weak minded

  26. rrsrq Says:

    Bucs will not make a splash in FA and will draft Devin White, IMO

  27. StoutGospel Says:

    Awwww…@Shane247…here’s another one that leaves an impression all the time, certainly contributes a ton 🙂

    Ummm…..Shane let’s re-read the section of my post above that you’re referencing…” Sooo many simply resent, the intelligence, the prescient analysis”.

    How did I spell (correctly) “prescient” there??? Then how did you spell “precient? LOLOLOL. Soo hold on, I spelled mine correctly, yours…is not, but you’re here to tell me that P-R-E-C-I-E-N-T is not in the dictionary. That’s right! Cause you spelled it wrong, difference-maker 🙂

    Here’s HOW it’s spelled. P-R-E-S-C-I-E-N-T. Which is how I spelled it originally.

    Here is what it means…copied and pasted from the Dictionary, for ya!




    adjective: prescient

    having or showing knowledge of events before they take place.
    “a prescient warning”

    synonyms: prophetic, predictive, visionary; More

    🙂 I think we’re good now.

    Go Bucs!

  28. Shane247 Says:

    @ stoutgospel