Ali Marpet: Bias Vibe Vacates One Buc Palace

May 24th, 2019

A reasoned and seasoned Buccaneer spoke out this week on changes for players who were here last year.

The answer evoked a smile from Joe, especially as Joe learns more and more (each week, it seems) about the coddling by Dirk Koetter and a general lack of accountability under his regime.

Guard Ali Marpet hopped on WDAE-AM 620 and was asked by ex-Bucs guard to explain some of the coaching change to fans.

What’s Bucco Bruce Arians trying to accomplish in the locker room right now? Beckles asked.

“I think he tries to bring an energy that may be a little bit different,” Marpet said of the head coach. “I think that guys feel that now there’s a little bit less of like, there’s more of an unbiased position-like stance on certain guys. So usually, you know, that a coach and [you have your guys]. There’s nobody that’s Bruce’s guy; you know what I’m saying? So it’s a new energy, guys trying to prove [themselves]. It’s good.”

Ahh, Joe can smell the fresh air.

Hopefully, Arians can stick to his guns and keep all players feeling like they have something to prove every day.

38 Responses to “Ali Marpet: Bias Vibe Vacates One Buc Palace”

  1. Bird Says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

    No free hand outs

  2. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Country Club days are over.

  3. DooshLaRue Says:

    …… and no more Softie!

    That’s the best part.

  4. Jimmy Says:

    Hey Joe, you mean Arians won’t reward a wide receiver who fights his position by being named team captain at the next game?

  5. Doctor Stroud Says:

    “Soft Camp” Koetter has left the building!

  6. Bobby M. Says:

    In all seriousness, do you think Koetter had the ability to send McCoy packing?….Answer is likely NO. So if the head coach isn’t viewed as being able to hold ALL players accountable, its kind of hard to run a tight ship when you got exceptions being made.

  7. ElioT Says:

    Good to hear.

    Fake tough guy “leaders” aren’t annointed.

  8. pelbuc Says:

    I’m all for accountability, the question is how will it translate in performance on the field. Regardless of the record, this will be the “weeding out” year for BA.

  9. Todd Says:

    I can’t wait to play the Falcons!

  10. BringBucsBack Says:

    I hope he (they) can hold Suh accountable, too.

  11. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Love it

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I am starting to feel good about the team…at last.

    Not because of Suh…he’s a solid pickup (I hope), but the draft picks from this year (and last year thanks to good coaching) are starting to work out.

    All we heard before was media hype…felt like being sold a used car. But now, things are stating to show. They still have to prove it on the field, but I have fewer doubts now.

  13. NOSBOS Says:

    pelbuc,if you can ball you can ball. All they need is to be put in position. More than enough talent on this roster. Screw what ronde says.

  14. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I agree with Bobby M. The balance of power in the NFL is constantly shifting among coaches and players.

    So Lovie came in with maximum power and left with none. Dirk came in with limited power but was given a lot in his first years largely because of his work with the “franchise QB”.

    Licht has watched his power ebb and flow from the bottom under the top with DK and now back down again with the new guy in town.

    Arians has the best shot of any coach in the past decade to gain control of this franchise and it’s players. JW is in a total prove it year. JW has the least amount of power since he left FSU.

    Licht is in the same situation as JW…we win this year or he is also gone.

    GMC is gone…LVD is a quiet guy and not a locker room cancer.

    But just when I believed they really had to locker room and the “team” under control they bring in a wild card in Suh. That is the ONLY place where Arians does not have leverage other than playing time. Suh is fabulously wealthy, vacations in France, money is NOT going to be the issue here. I agree with Bonzai that if we win and Suh plays well he’ll be a salary cap problem and he’ll leave and cash in. That doesn’t really bother me. As long as he plays hard while he’s here.

    ME13 has power…but he’s just entering the prime of his career…is a good guy..and he wants to WIN more than anything.

    Arians has the leverage except with Suh. It will take winning to make sure Suh doesn’t act out. If we win five games again this could be DJAX revisited. Then again if we only win five games do we blame any player for wanting out?

  15. jjbucfan Says:

    Ronde was a liability in year 1 or 2…he obviously forgets that. Still the best we have had but had to learn how to be great, etc. Mike Smith put a lot of players out of this league, might take a year to beat the Smitty out of these guys.

  16. tnew Says:

    This is such a huge problem within any organization. Kudos to BA for trying to rid one Buc place of it.

  17. BucEmUp Says:

    Hopefukly Suh doesnt take off more plays than mccoy did. Hopefully Suh tries and if he doesnt than bench him

  18. Pick6 Says:

    For everyone obsessing over a recently departed player’s stats, remember he was the coach-endorsed team leader telling everyone how important it was to have fun. Now this coach is free to tell people that only winning is fun. First time since Gruden was fired that this will be a consistent, universal message from the top. Koetter, Mike Smith, and McCoy were celebrated for their likability. They were walked all over by opponents and occasionally by folks in the building

  19. FlBoy84 Says:

    Love hearing that, can only help in raising the performance level knowing nobody’s earned a spot just by the name on their jersey. Though, would say JW is probably considered to be a BA “guy”.

  20. D-Rome Says:

    I think that guys feel that now there’s a little bit less of like, there’s more of an unbiased position-like stance on certain guys. So usually, you know, that a coach and [you have your guys]. There’s nobody that’s Bruce’s guy; you know what I’m saying? So it’s a new energy, guys trying to prove [themselves]. It’s good.

    Unbelievable to me that fans were “Totally Confident” with Irk.

  21. unbelievable Says:

    Good to hear!

    Quite an indictment on Dirk too, though we shouldn’t really be surprised. He let players get away with pretty much everything when he was a HC in college too.

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wonder if Suh will wear #93 like he did in LA?…….then (can’t name him or get moderated) can continue with his Cancer93 if Suh becomes that in the locker room.

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    TBBF don’t know if he will wear 93 but I’m certain he wants to. Suh loves to tick off his opponents. He wants to try to turn the game into a fight anyway he can.

  24. Clean House Says:

    I love hearing one of Wyches coaches is in the building. I feel Wyche gets far less credit than he deserves in heading us in the right direction.

  25. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Have to admit B.A. has that steely eye look reminiscent of my Drill Sargent, just what these young athletes are in need of. Go Bucs

    Not a sheep

  26. Wesley Says:

    What the hell did he say?

  27. Bucsfanman Says:

    Tbbf- Now THAT is funny!

  28. mark2001 Says:

    I tried to tell you guys last year…Koetter was a P poor HC. No discipline…no accountability… didn’t back up his guys on the field with refs and such. It was a mess… Joe…nothing you would share would surprise me regarding this. Koetter didn’t have it. Maybe a nice guy. And knowledgeable in his own area of expertise. Period.

  29. El Buco Realisto Says:


    Word on the street, is that Suh is going to wear a pink 93 jersey that says McCoy on the back, and right before he takes the field, he will rip it off hulk hogan style, and reveal His 93 Suh Jersey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  30. Defense Rules Says:

    @Ali Marpet … “So usually, you know, that a coach and [you have your guys]. There’s nobody that’s Bruce’s guy; you know what I’m saying?” Yes Ali, we’ve all been Bucs fans long enough to know what you’re saying. Koetter allowed his emotional relationships and attachments to some players (and coaches?) to interfere with sound HC AND OC decision-making. BA on the other hand says the same thing to all players … ‘Prove that you deserve a starting position or even deserve to be on the team by your play on the field’.

    Leadership AT THE TOP can be very lonely. But you don’t stay at the top for very long in any business unless you put the mission of the TEAM first. And the Bucs’ mission is to WIN.

    Baron Manfred von Richthofen, leading German ace of WWI, put it this way to his pilots: “The duty of the fighter pilot is to patrol his area of the sky, and shoot down any enemy fighters in that area. Anything else is rubbish.” I love his total focus on what was REALLY important … ANYTHING ELSE IS RUBBISH.

    Hopefully that’s something that BA can instill in this TEAM. BA’s surely got their attention, and that’s a very good thing. Winning is contagious, but I’ve long believed that it’s the product of dogged, hard work. The Baron had a saying that was along those same lines … “Success flourishes only in perseverance; ceaseless, restless perseverance.” Can’t wait for the preseason to begin so we can start to see what we’ve REALLY got.

  31. TampaBay55 Says:

    Anybody remember those “Discipline Drivin” tee shirts? Lol

  32. westernbuc Says:

    I don’t think there was a single player Dirk was harder on than his quarterback…

    For Every new coach we hear the same: Raheem was too loose, so let’s get a disciplinarian. Schiano is an amateur, we need someone with gravitas. Lovie is stuck in the past and unwilling to adapt, we need an explosive offensive guy. Dirk is too soft on his players, we need an edge.

    It’s the same story, different season. I just wish the media was self-aware enough to see the pattern and how they contribute to it.

  33. Cobraboy Says:




    We might get to see some actual team, full-tilt football this fall!

  34. Buxfan Says:

    If you where around during the Coach Dungy days. The defense was held at very high standard. They was held accountable and tough on each other. On the other hand. Our offense was never held to the same standards. Gruden came in and changed all that. Safe to say in the past few years, the offense has been way better then our defense. Lack of accountability?

  35. 813bucboi Says:

    most of us knew this was the case…..0 accountability from the previous staff…..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  36. PriMech54 Says:

    I’ve been screaming it for years, ever since Dirk sat young Jameis down in his office on HK and told him the team that was about to be 5-11 with a league worst defense was the best team and best defense they’ve had until that point, and Jameis needed to be Aaron Rodgers to win games.

    An absolute MOUTH BREATHER of an analysis that still to this day, I cannot wrap my head around.

    This is the same guy that throws a challenge flag with no timeouts, takes the drive killing penalty that costs them the game and later admitted he did in fact know that he didn’t have any timeouts left.

    You just cannot make this spit up.

    BUSH LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was likely at this point that a kangol-rockin’, crown sippin’, film watchin’, quarterback developin’, no BS’n Bruce Arians yelled across his estate at his ole’ lady and said “HONEY…….. PACK YOUR S#!t, WE GOIN’ TO TAMPA! YES INDEED, BABY!”

  37. Magadude Says:

    I wouldn’t read much into this. Marpet has tended to be a bit philosophical several times. But Joe, you reallly screwed this up by not posting that awesome pic of Ali on his Ukelele. Unforgiveable.

  38. topcoach_78 Says:

    Keep that same energy with the quarterback!