“Big, Big Emotional Leader On Our Team”

May 17th, 2019

How should one measure the loss of Jason Pierre-Paul?

Today a Buccaneer weighed in as he gave back today at One Buc Palace, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation & Glazer Family Foundation as they welcomed roughly 600 kids for a “Field Day.”

JoeBucsFan.com intern Zach Seifter asked safety Jordan Whitehead about how the locker room is feeling about the loss of JPP, who broke his neck during a car wreck early this month.

Whitehead went to the off-the-field impact.

“JPP like [was] the big, big emotional leader on our team,” Whitehead said. “That was a big part of that takeaway. That just means somebody has to step in his role physically and emotionally. But I think we got enough guys in the locker room, great guys on the team, we’re going to find that role and somebody’s going to step up.”

Interesting to hear Whitehead reference JPPs leadership and he sort of called JPP the top dog in that department. Joe has heard mixed reviews of JPP in that role, but perhaps he had the attention of the younger guys for his warrior ways.

Regardless, Joe’s not too concerned about lost defensive leadership. Why? Because Joe watched the Bucs defense last year.

22 Responses to ““Big, Big Emotional Leader On Our Team””

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    i agree with whitehead….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    The Buc Realist Says:
    June 21st, 2018 at 6:48 pm
    Huge pass to the coaching staff issued by the “real” Buc fans!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!

  3. GetOverIt Says:

    Take out all the stat analysis and rhetoric about leadership… That defense was so putrid, it can only get better. New head coach, new scheme, more aggressive play calling, more speed — it would be hard not to improve. Leaders will emerge, like Devin White and one of the young DBs.

  4. Hope for the bucs Says:

    Release Paul and Mccoy take the money and run. Proceed to sign the rest of your draft picks and sign two adequate replacements. Or if you have the urge to dumpster five in September so be it. At the very least you have the money.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Regardless, Joe’s not too concerned about lost defensive leadership. Why? Because Joe watched the Bucs defense last year.” I get it now Joe. You just can’t help yourself. Very good article right until that last paragraph. Then WHAMMO … you just couldn’t resist the chance to shoot down the Bucs’ defense.

    What I find particularly humorous about your daily diatribes about the Bucs’ defensive incompetence is how you in the past bragged on Kwon for his ‘leadership abilities’ yet you were so much against drafting his replacement, Devin White who already shows promise of being a superior player AND leader. I’d be willing to bet that John Lynch figured out something that neither you nor Jason Licht will ever understand: Kwon is a pretty good LB, but he’s not a Middle LB. In contrast, Devin White is the perfect MLB because of his size, speed, aggressiveness AND leadership abilities. How do you want that crow cooked BTW? Lots of JBFers will serve him up any way you’d like when Devin White kicks butt this year.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Regardless, Joe’s not too concerned about lost defensive leadership. Why? Because Joe knows we have a savior in Devin White.

  7. RawDog Says:

    I’d bet that Joe meant he’s not too concerned about last year’s leadership, because whoever you want to say “led” the D, they were leading one of the worst D’s in NFL history

  8. Steven007 Says:

    ∆ This.

  9. Joe Says:

    you just couldn’t resist the chance to shoot down the Bucs’ defense

    How can you “shoot down” one of the worst defenses mankind has ever seen?

  10. The Buc Realist Says:

    These coaches and front office got exactly the roster they wanted to get!!!!!!!! Is anyone trying to suggest that ole stale biscuit did not know the D-line was old and overpriced??????? They could have done any number of moves in free-agency or the draft, and they did exactly what they wanted!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it does not matter how they were the most injured defense last year, or how JPP slapped around she-mc for the crown!!!!!!!!!! They can pick thru all the garbage and dumpster dive through all the cut-down days and call those rejects the heart and soul of toilet Bolwes’s defense!!!!!!!!!

    How long????? Not Long!!!!!!!!! Because what you reap!!!!! Is what you SOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

  11. tmaxcon Says:

    D r

    Let go of the one year wonder has beens its sad….. john lynch is the next matt Millen 49ers are not contenders and lynch is not a gm.

  12. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Agree with your last paragraph Joe.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    Last yrs Buc Defense was the worst we’ve had for a while. So its got no place to go but up..I hope. Better find us a pass rush though.

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    The mind is s very powerful instrument and si think JPP will come back soon and stronger than ever. He loves the game whereas GMC just loves the money and fame. And the sound of his own voice b

  15. Jfat Says:

    Pass rush wasn’t the prob last year. RBs in the passing game and quick routes, especially to TE are what seemed to eat them up, teams took advantage of all that off coverage that we won’t be seeing this year.

  16. GhostofSchiano Says:

    JOE says – Regardless, Joe’s not too concerned about lost defensive leadership. Why? Because Joe watched the Bucs defense last year

    I saw an improved defense under Duffner, I lay a lot of the blame at Mike Smiths schemes and play calling as well as Dirk’s soft approach.

    Arians = Accountability.

    Not a Sheep

  17. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Tough to come back from a neck injury, no matter what type. I agree with the sentiment to release the Ice Cream Man and JPP. Sorry to see JPP go though. Not sorry to see the Ice Cream Man leave, even if his flavors are “guaranteed to satisfy.”

  18. JimmyJack Says:

    I don’t see a great leader with JPP.

    Not participating in OTAs is not something you hear from great leaders. And someway somehow great leaders find a way to not wreck their cars at 2am……..I don’t see everything and maybe way off base but it is true that Pierre Paul don’t fit the mold of a typical leader.

  19. BucEmUp Says:

    Im betting this neck fracture is less severe than anyone is telling and come september joo us given he clear to play.

  20. #1bucsfan Says:

    Tmaxipad nobody cares what you say. So why waste your time? Do you not have anything better to do? You are the EXAMPLE quote misery likes company your so miserable that you try to make everyone else around you miserable but that’s the thing you have no one around you so you have to post miserable untrue comments i start to feel bad for you then I realize you did it to your self haha

  21. tmaxcon Says:


    Your just but hurt because my coments are dead on you live in some delusional fantasy land with selective memory…. let go of the 1 year wonder underachieving has beens and raise your standards hanging on to a failed past is sad and pathetic…. dungy the one dimensional clown coached a horrible team with a highly ranked defense that underachieved snd choked in post season. you can rewrite history to make you feel better. He was fired because he failed simple as that

  22. '79 Defense Says:

    What is that hideous outfit those two are wearing? Did they come in peace? They seem ecstatic to be on Earth, yet one is pointing to the Motherland, perhaps the Red Planet. –Of all places, they land on the epicenter of the Den of Depression.