Antwaan Randle El Says He’s Not Seeing Critical Energy From Bucs

May 2nd, 2019

Antwaan Randle-El

In March, Bucco Bruce Arians talked about how much important energy new Bucs offensive assistant coach Antwaan Randle El would bring to the team — just as he did as a player under Arians with the Steelers.

Today at One Buc Palace, Joe asked Randle El where he’s picking up that energy from the Buccaneers roster.

Unfortunately, he cant find it.

“I’m still looking, cause you gotta have that, no question,” Randle El said. I’m still looking. I mean, the hard work is there. You see guys getting after it. But it’s just a different type of energy that I haven’t quite seen yet. And maybe that comes down the road in the minicamp we have coming up. But the work ethic is there and you can see it building. But that one guy, those two or three [or] five guys that just have this energy and it just filters throughout everybody else. I haven’t seen that yet but I’m sure it’s going to come. The guys that we have are very talented and have a lot they’re bringing to the table. There’s got to be somebody who’s going to be able to step up and take that role.”

Interesting and a little concerning take from a guy with a Super Bowl ring who spent nine years in the NFL, most of them with excellent teams. Keep in mind Arians and his staff want players to be themselves and they love guys to have swag and energy.

Joe was very surprised Randle El didn’t mention America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Perhaps the guys with the critical energy just aren’t with the team yet. Jason Pierre-Paul and Devin White come to mind. And perhaps a few here now will step forward, as Randle El suggested.

54 Responses to “Antwaan Randle El Says He’s Not Seeing Critical Energy From Bucs”

  1. Happy Camper Says:

    “Joe was very surprised Randle-El didn’t mention America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.”


  2. SCBucsFan Says:

    Joe was surprised? Why, was he discussing sex offenders?

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    JPP and kwon comes to mind after those comments…..are both in cali right now?….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. D-Rome Says:

    Joe was very surprised Randle-El didn’t mention America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

    This may be one of the most important articles that you have written over the past several years and I am not exaggerating. This team has been full of fake leaders and fake high-energy guys for a very long time. I’m not sure why you are “very surprised” he didn’t mention Jay-Miss. The guy is a fake leader and a fake franchise QB. The team had to downgrade at backup QB in order to protect his fee-fees. In the few months he’s been at One Buc, Antwaan Randle-El has identified one of the biggest problems with this team that has plagued it for over a decate.

  5. Bruce Blahak Says:

    @D-Rome …spot on, they’re going to regret not having a post-Jameis plan. Trying to be positive here but looking at the roster “the future’s so bright, i need a telescope to find the light”…

  6. BiscuitOrBrisket Says:

    Joe was very surprised Randle-El didn’t mention America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

    Dammed if he does, dammed if he doesn’t. I love how most of the commenters probably loved the reserved Jameis from last year. Now it’s an issue! lol- Some people are just miserable. Sad!

  7. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    @ Bruce Blahak

    …more like the Hubble Telescope set to “Deep Field” viewing.

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    No energy and a kicker who is on anti depressants. I think the fans need anti-depressants.

  9. Thegregwitul Says:

    I’m pretty sure the Bucs have a Post Winston plan; assuming that Winston fails to live up to his potential, the Bucs likely will be picking in the top 5 again next season and will draft a QB.

    And that is fine by me. Either Winston does well and is extended or he flops and the Bucs can draft a QB in what should be a strong draft class.

    I’m hoping Winston succeeds and the Bucs can start winning more games and contend for the postseason.

  10. D1 Says:

    Oh boy!

    If Randal doesn’t see high energy .. just wait until mid August .

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    I am really enjoying how all these coaches aren’t just spitting out BS about how great these players are like Koetter and crew constantly did.

    Sounds like some good, hard a$$ coaches that aren’t gonna be babying these guys. Hoping for a Marine-Corp training camp to get these guys in line.

  12. jjbucfan Says:

    It is hilarious how many fake Buc fans waste their time to comment here. We have literally had the worst coaching staff in the NFL for the last 6 years and you idiots think the players can overcome their ineptness. Once one of the usual morons comments, the rest of the ret*rds follow, article after article.

  13. jjbucfan Says:

    Not talking about you SOE

  14. Siege the Bay Says:

    Jameis cant be the energy guy anymore, and thats fine. I’d rather him play mistake free than to get over hyped. Maybe vh3 or others on the defensive side can be the energy guys.

  15. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I forgot he was on the staff honestly lol. So many coaches

  16. DB55 Says:

    Is it possible that after years of being told to be more docile like captain 93 that the players are more reserved as to not offend the fan base?

  17. Sport Says:

    ACCOUNTABILITY on a new level. Buckle up Fellas. You are out to be coached up or shipped out. The past, size of your contract etc doesn’t matter anymore.

    In BA I Trust!

  18. Chris Simms 2020 GM Says:

    Don’t worry, Gump’s high energy leader 5th round draft pick, Happy Gilmour, is on his way. The Greyhound just makes a lot of stops throughout the South.

    He doesn’t do airplanes, but once he gets here, he’ll be all right.

  19. danr Says:

    lack of music is part of that impression as well. an eerie silence would serve to make everyone less energetic.

    but that is because instruction is going on. I imagine training camp is much more of an ‘amped’ affair.

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    It just amazes me how much people read into things that coaches say. These players, only PART of the TEAM, just got back to a few days of tossing the ball around in their gym shorts after months off.

    JPP – not here. Devin White – not here. LVD – missed the first part of camp. Jameis – walking on egg shells, right now at least. And ya, no GMC yet (that was for you tmaxcon). LOTS of new faces, especially on defense, with more to come on BOTH sides of the ball more than likely.

    Randle-El is a brand-new coach with us … odds are he doesn’t know any of these players, or at best only a few. His most important words? Two sentences … “But that one guy, those two or three [or] five guys that just have this energy and it just filters throughout everybody else. I haven’t seen that yet but I’m sure it’s going to come.”

    Duh, “I’M SURE IT’S GOING TO COME”. Ask Randle-El the same question at the END OF PRESEASON and let’s see if he gives a different answer. Until then, everyone needs to just chill a bit and let this thing play out. The cream will rise to the top.

  21. K2 Says:

    We don’t need the team to peak before training camp. Hopefully, we see the energy during the games. We need that energy to build throughout the year. We have had way to many punch bowls in the spring…only to have them run dry during the season. I want to see energy increasing all year…and peaking when it counts the most.

  22. 813bucboi Says:


    i hear ya….

    we disagree slightly regarding winston but for the most part your comment was spot on….

    i honestly think winston under estimated how hard it would be to turn this franchise….i think winston mightve thought all he had to do is be vocal and work hard in practice and players will follow….

    i think last year really showed him all folks care about is wins….not a pregame speeches….not smiling at the media….not being everyones friend and buddy… and folks will follow….

    imo, its an indictment on all the vets that have been on the team like LVD, gholston, dotson, as well as a few others…..they have been here long enough…you would think they would get sick and tired of losing…..

    but i guess not….

    glad to see the coaches with a different attitude….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  23. Totally Exonerated Says:

    Welcome to the GMC era. When was the last time they had energy? That’s right, it was GMCs rookie year before the taint and one game that had something to do with a big stick.

  24. Frank Pillow Says:

    This team desperately needs to IMPORT Hardy Nickerson 2.0…a strong-willed, no-nonsense, take-no-spit, example-setter to rule the locker room with an iron fist. You can’t ask a rookie to do that, or a QB or veteran LB with losing records on their resumes. It can’t just come from the coaches either. Instead, we’re playing games with Geraldini and signing bottom dollar FAs, as one year rentals. I want to believe. I really do. I just can’t anymore.

  25. Slugglife Says:

    The fans care about wins more than the players do. It’s sad, but true.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Yep….we are missing Kwon & his “energy” drink.

    Perhaps Joe Dirt was the energy……

    I’d rather have speed, ability, passion, smarts, quickness & a killer instinct than energy…..

  27. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Devin White will bring the energy of two Kwons. I loved Kwon but let’s face it he never fired up the defense…of course neither did LVD or even JPP. I won’t mention GMC and bring out the trolls.

    It’s not just Devin White…Bunting seems to be a guy with an edge and Mike Edwards the safety from Kentucky might also surprise. He’s a player known for playing tough and all of his teammates vouched for him as someone they’d love to play with.

    A lot to place on rookies but we need more than just a simple talent and SPEED infusion…although those are nice..we need an infusion of WINNERS….guys who “get it”. Seems like some of this must come from several of our rookies and especially White who is already famous. I’ve read rumors that White was unhappy with Greedy once he started phoning it in. We’ll see what these guys bring to the program not just talentwise…not just effortwise…but culture change as well.

  28. Bucnjim Says:

    Culture change coming Soon to our Tampa Bay Buccaneers! When your previous team leaders and vets spent more time and energy looking good for games and sideline dancing then this is the product you have leftover. Can it be changed in time for the 2019 season? Yes I think it can!

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    Agreed with Joe and St Pete about Devin White being that guy for us.

    And I do believe that this is why he was so high on the Bucs draft board. To find a player who can create momentum is rare to find. Without guys like that it becomes the biggest need.

    And forget about Kwon and comparing him to D.White is totally unfair. Kwon did nothing in coverage and missed way too many plays. That does the opposite of creating momentum.

    It’s fair to compare their energy but that’s as far as it goes. If White can be a consistent impact playmaker he will be 5× the player & leader Kwon was.

  30. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    When the annointed leader GMC did not care too much about final score that goes to the entire building as how the bucs are & its happy losers

  31. LakeLand Says:

    The last time the Bucs made the playoffs
    A Bush was President

    Losers don’t have much energy
    It don’t take much energy to lose

  32. Bucnjim Says:

    No it’s the mindset that losing is acceptable that has been the problem the last ten years. This can only come from the players themselves! Unfortunately the team has been stocked with Hollywood actors playing a part in a horror film called Buccaneers the last decade. Or should we say the LOST decade!

  33. 813bucboi Says:

    white cant do it by himself…..he needs at least 5 other players to bring that “juice”…..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  34. J Says:

    I like JW’s WANT TO, but lately he seems like he’s getting over emotional in interviews and his body language tells THAT tale.

  35. D1 Says:


    Of course winston underestimated the difficulty of turning a franchise around. I mean, He’s won at every level so He wouldn’t have a clue about losing. The kid has been a winner his entire playing career. He doesn’t know losing.

    As far as what players, teammates expect from him, it’s not wins. It’s his individual performance and how he goes about his business from week to week. There’s been several comments that all indicate the same issue , jameis, it would seem has a trust issue with some teammates. 3 seperate times the comment was alluding to He will say something and not follow thru or something in the ball park. Not being named capitan by his teammates isn’t a small thing, especially when you consider the position. Huge huge red flag…not the red zone ones either.

    I don’t know, won’t pretend to either but somewhere something has happened and we fans get glimpses from time to time and apparently a number of hard core winston crazies are too busy blaming , we’ll everyone, and can’t balance they’re loyal fandom with a bit of skepticism or a serious hard look at certain situations. It doesn’t diminish the support or the loyalty. It’s about investing everything in this kid to get this team successful because we are all counting on winston and we ride and die together. So it wouldn’t hurt to ask questions and listen to the answers before rolling out the blame train and putting on everyone but the franchise guy.

    I want jameis to win and take the franchise to the superbowl. But there’s no need to be blind or become a member of the Moschino mob. Besides red fingers is a giveaway. ..

  36. Buc1987 Says:

    The whole damn team is lacking….

    A lot of things… is just one thing.

  37. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    Wow! Never thought about that…. U R correct!!

  38. D1 Says:


    Have you noticed how candid all the assistant coaches are will the media? Across the board these are some confident and cool cats. They’re bringing in experience from the players side and coaching side. and they’re first impressions of the team, culture, video whatever shouldn’t be so easily dismissed because they said something you or others don’t agree with. These guys are seeing things for the first time and sometimes that initial observation is the most precise unbiased account they’ll ever make.

    If Randal el, says the juice is lacking, He’s been around shorts workouts before and knows first hand what the vibe should be. He didn’t fall off the keyboard and walk in to his first rodeo.
    This week.

    Guys clamored for experienced proven better coaches, here they are and quite a few people are doing everything to not listen or discount their opinions. Buc fans are the abused spouses of an unsuccessful franchise.

  39. ElioT Says:

    This will be Devin White’s Team! Wait till that dude suits up.

    We don’t want Jameis to lead with “energy” we want him to lead by becoming a cerebral, smart, and crafty QB who leads his offense down the field to score touchdowns and get real Ws! – Not the kind you eat like a nutcase.

    Devin White WILL SET THE TONE!

    Devin White WILL LEAD THIS TEAM with his play and mentality.

    Anyone who doesn’t fall in line can get the f**k out!!!

  40. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Vernon Hargreaves is high energy. Remember him mic’d up. Hahaha

  41. pick6 Says:

    we can moan about the players all day, but those who can actually get picked up by a team after crashing and burning here tend to go on to better results individually and on a team level.

    the bucs have been drafting “winners” and “leaders” for YEARS from programs that consider 2 losses to be a wasted season. then they are exposed to the coaching down here and – surprise surprise – most can’t win to save their careers. at some point you have to be open to the premise that the prior FOUR coaching staffs were not as good as their counterparts at getting their players ready for an NFL game

  42. ElioT Says:


    Every comment I’ve made is under moderation, and now they are getting deleted. Really don’t understand why fans have an issue with moderation/waiting for their post to appear. It’s even more strange when those comments insult Joe. Nobody should want, especially Joe, a wild west open forum here.–Joe
    You can only disagree with the Joes when they can dispute it in some way. The archives here would say otherwise. –Joe

    That’s really dissaponting.

  43. AtlBuc Says:

    “Joe was very surprised Randle-El didn’t mention America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.”

    Jameis lost some respect of the players last year as a result of his suspension. Instead of coming back in as a rah-rah guy, he realizes that he has to earn the respect of his teammates before he assumes that role again.

  44. Ndog Says:

    My goodness you people are negative!!

  45. Defense Rules Says:

    D1 … Didn’t say I don’t agree with Randle-El, just that he was only giving an INITIAL impression after a couple of days of players tossing the football around and with some (actually many) players missing.

    My team got a new ice hockey coach prior to the start of my senior year. Certainly not the same as what these professional players go through, but most of us were somewhat apprehensive about how we’d each fit in to the new coach’s plans. I think that once the players get ‘acclimated’ to the new coaching staff, the TEAM LEADERS will become obvious very quickly.

  46. Bucnjim Says:

    What the Bucs need is a large infusion of Blue collar MEN! Not players whose wives do their talking, not players who get stoned BEFORE games, not players who dance on the sideline while down by 21, not players who worry where the camera is, Not players who are trying to decide what color they are doing their hair this week, not players who RUN from contact, not players who fold like a tent after the opponent scores, not players who help help the opposition up and pat hem on the A$$, not players who take plays off, not players who get stupid penalties in the red zone, not players who play for paychecks, not players who talk a good game, not players who believe stats come first, not players who believe they come first. This sounds like a Dr. Suess book but please someone show me where I am wrong. Really I wish I was wrong!

  47. TampaTown Says:

    Omg I signed in here thinking this was a site for Buc fans. The comments here make me want to climb up on my roof and jump off.

  48. Bucnjim Says:

    ^^^^^New Bucs fan welcome ^^^^^ Sorry the frustration from us 40 year fans is pouring over

  49. ElioT Says:


    I personally have an issue when every comment I take my time to craft, gets moderated ever since I asked why Lee hasn’t turned in his credentials.

    How about a JBF fundraiser event?

    Fans can contribute/donate money, to a charity for abused youths, to debate you guys (mostly one) on some of the more rediculous and nonsensical arguments we’re blasted with on daily posts and normally enjoyable podcasts.

    I will say this…

    When is the Monday Morning Joe Podcast coming back? I honestly really enjoyed the common sense approach of that one.

    I’m a fan of JBF, have been since 2009.

  50. BucEmUp Says:

    Hard to play with that energy when the men who coach you are clueless and you know your playing for nothing. They are probably in shock and are not acclimated to being part of a real well coached nfl team. Once it sinks in they will fire it up.


  51. TampaTown Says:

    Sorry I was being a wise guy. I’m a long time Buc fan and season ticket holder. Also a long JBF fan and poster. I even own a house across the street from the Stadium that I use for tailgating with a bunch of other long time suffering Buc fans. We’re all in the same boat but I do try to remain positive and non-combative with the Joe’s because they put up with a lot of ¢rap.

  52. chargedcbh Says:

    Interesting and a little concerning take from a guy with a Super Bowl ring who spent nine years in the NFL, most of them with excellent teams.

    As usual, your blowing things up for no reason, just like Ira. WHY is it concerning in MAY Joe? The entire team is not together, they don’t have on pads, WHATEVER! Your right, you are Joe the fan

  53. TOM Says:

    When is the Bucs next mini camp?

  54. rrsrq Says:

    It will be OJ, he will be that guy this year, his confidence will take off under the new staff