Don’t Bank On JPP

May 21st, 2019

Panic move?

One follically-challenged NFL analyst over at the four-letter is of the mind it’s time for the Bucs to freak out.

With Jason Pierre-Paul likely to miss a large chunk of games due to his neck injury earlier this month, and stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy gone for good, Billy Barnwell of BSPN thinks the Bucs need to hit the panic button.

How much of a panic? Barnwell believes the Bucs might have to settle on free agent Nick Perry, formerly of the Packers.

Plan for a season without Jason Pierre-Paul. Regardless of whether JPP ends up getting neck surgery or not, it’s clear that the former Giants star is going to be out for a long time while he recovers from a serious car accident. Coach Bruce Arians suggested that the best-case scenario for Pierre-Paul would involve a five-month recuperation period, which would bring him back during mid-October. Even if that were to happen, JPP would need to get into playing shape, which would mean a part-time role at best for several weeks.

The Bucs can’t count on getting anything close to the JPP who racked up 12.5 sacks and 20 knockdowns a year ago. They’ll have to adapt. For one, it should encourage Tampa to bring back Gerald McCoy, who immediately returns to his prior spot as the Bucs’ most imposing pass-rusher. I get that Tampa has Carl Nassib and saw the Browns castoff impress last season, but McCoy is simply a different caliber of player. Without McCoy, the Bucs would be rotating through guys such as Nassib, William Gholston, Noah Spence and fourth-round pick Anthony Harris on the edge. They need more. (Editor’s note: The Bucs are releasing McCoy on Monday, according to ESPN sources.)

This would have been an ideal landing spot for Ziggy Ansah before the former Lions standout signed a deal with the Seahawks. As is, the Bucs are likely stuck going after someone like Nick Perry and hoping for the best. Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles were able to coax successful late-career seasons from pass-rushers John Abraham and Dwight Freeney in Arizona, so it wouldn’t be shocking if the Bucs generated a useful campaign from a veteran edge rusher.

The last sentence in Barnwell’s Bucs analysis hits home with Joe. Perry looks to be washed up. But then again, so did Dwight Freeney, and Todd Bowles somehow found gas left in the tank before Freeney — and 35-year-old John Abraham — wound up in a salvage yard.

On the surface, Joe would rather bank on Noah Spence than Nick Perry. However, Bowles always finds a way to get the last drop out of aging veterans.

It’s not an ideal situation of course, but Joe would rather the Bucs take a chance on Leonard Williams who is in a contract year.

37 Responses to “Don’t Bank On JPP”

  1. DB55 Says:

    I think you guys are underestimating what a little goats blood, some egg shells and your favorite cologne can do for your mind, spirit and body.

    JPP with a broken neck >>>>>GMC on his best day

  2. Bruce Blahak Says:

    L.Williams for a low round pick would be an absolute steal…

  3. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Wow this might be a record setting bucs defense this year

  4. Gary B Schwartz, MD Says:

    I work at the spine institute in FLL. He will never play again. Case closed move on! Please stop calling my office!!

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    shouldve drafted ed oliver R1 and j.polite round 3…..

    shouldve signed shane ray…..

    damn….bucs always a day late and a dollar short…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  6. SOEbuc Says:

    Drop JPP. Add Williams. Best thing that could help our very scary situation at dline.

  7. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I’m wit ya 813….not so much on #3

  8. rrsrq Says:

    How can the Bucs afford Big Cat, cut Gholston? Cut a kicker? Cut who without seeing how they can perform in a different defense? Solomon Thomas trade may be better financially.

  9. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    In Licht We Bust

  10. Todd Says:


    “Drop JPP. Add Williams.”

    I second that suggestion.

  11. Race to 10 Says:

    Yea uh people are seriously over reacting. Replacing jpp that is the scary situation but give it a rest with the McCoy thing and take his name out of it and say can the bucs replace 6 sacks and 38 tackles lol yes they can, vea almost did that as a rookie so they ain’t worried about replacing him as much as they are jpp. There’s no production to replace people are just wanting the name recognition to be replaced because it worked so well with Baker and vinny curry and others. Bucs are fine and they will add a veteran and not miss McCoy limited production at all

  12. Bucsneedhelp Says:

    Nick Perry too many injuries, Suh old and slow, Ziggy Ahsah would have been perfect but J. L. drug his feet. Leonard Williams I think is only viable option. Send disgruntled Vernon H. and a 4th rounder to the jets for williams.

  13. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I don’t think it’s a panic button, it’s more like a reset button.

  14. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Jean Lafitte Says:
    May 21st, 2019 at 10:23 am
    I don’t think it’s a panic button, it’s more like a reset button.
    reset…that would take us to 5-11

  15. Sport Says:

    813, hanging on to second guessing is waste of time, which is what most of the off season is… Heres my time waster, with optimism, what if White is the next Brian Urlacher? He was a true athletic game wrecker.

    EO could turn out to be solid, but Aaron Donald, he is not. Plus in this new scheme, the emphasis is athletes from other positions.

    Polite was an even bigger risk.

    The new coaching staff has a plan, we needed better athletes on the field in other positions they feel are more important, LB and Secondary.

    If we get the front line to play average in this scheme White will be freed up to be a beast and opposing offenses won’t know how or where to deal with him.

  16. EvolvingBucsFan Says:

    I wonder if coach Buckner was the factor in getting the last few drops out of Abraham and Freeney? Our was it Bowels who put them in the right position/scheme?

    Very curious as to why this very large coaching staff felt they didn’t have a place for coach Buck?

  17. SenileSenior Says:

    No need to panic right now. No need for the gloom and doom of the past 10+ years to prevail.

    National pundits, some local pundits and Bucs fans in general need to break out of the 4-3 mindset.

    There is a new sheriff in town named Bruce Allen and he has a new undersheriff named Todd Bowles. There is a new attitude now and a new look coming soon. The good citizens of Tampa Bay are befuddled and don’t know what to expect. They don’t see what the changes mean yet.
    Go Bucs!!!

  18. down in the dirt doug Says:

    Those that want JPP replaced are very wrong.He has been one of our hardest working players.To let him go would send a bad message to all other quality players in the nfl.We have to let this play out.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Chris Jones, KC

  20. BamaRich Says:

    Chris Jones, KC

  21. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Bruce Allen is back? Senile indeed 😉

  22. SenileSenior Says:

    Bruce Allen/Bruce Arians … senior moment, Freudian slip or typo? At my age it is hard to tell the difference at times. //_^ :$

    My bad! :>)
    Go Bucs!!!

  23. 813bucboi Says:


    how can you say EO is not the next AD but turn around and say DW could be the next BU….lol….their both rookies…..we havent seen them play in the nfl yet….to suggest he’ll be that great without him going thru TC is crazy talk….

    i wasnt trying to compare EO to AD….im stating that imo, it wouldve been a wise move to draft a DT and DE early because of the uncertainty surrounding GMC and JPP being long in the tooth…..

    bucs had the opportunity the fill a hole before it was created and at the worst create quality depth….now we’re scrambling trying to fill a hole(s) that we already knew exist….for the 3rd year in a row….those better athletes will still get beat if the QB has time…..

    regarding polite being a “bigger” risk, i disagree with that….kid had first round talent went in the 3rd round…..never had an issue in college or HS….never been in trouble with the law….kid had a bad interview…he learned from it and moved on…..

    no doubt i want white to succeed and be a beast but he has to have a solid dline to be productive….he cant do it all by himself…..

    GO BUCS!!!

  24. Says:

    Pick up Danny Shelton he manned the middle of the Pat’s defense last year and move Vea to end…..

  25. firethecannons Says:

    DB55 LOL! :
    a little goats blood, some egg shells and your favorite cologne

    thats all JPP needs and certainly he will be good as new

  26. TOM Says:

    How about Corey Liuget?

  27. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    WHen the inevitable preseason/Season injuries happen we are so Screwed!!! Thanks Gump!!

  28. BetterBucFan Says:

    You’re wrong about Todd Bowles and Dwight Freeney. Todd Bowles was not the defensive coordinator when the cardinals signed Dwight Freeney.

  29. #1bucsfan Says:

    I was a huge advocater to get white but now with jpp an GMC not suiting up for us i think we should of went Dline I honestly didn’t think we would lose both those guys I don’t think GMC is worth the 13m but he’s deff better than what we have now on the Dline vea deff has the potential to make GMC a after thought but he’s still got to prove it

  30. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This guy Barnwell lacks credibility or is just plain sloppy…..”4th round pick Anthony Harris”……….it’s Anthony Nelson…..

  31. Stonedbuc Says:

    The Shane ray thing baffles me… we signed his backup in Barret?

  32. unbelievable Says:

    LOL Nick Perry.

    That would be so Bucs-like, I’m sure they’ll do it.

    What a garbage franchise this is.

  33. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m inclined to believe the doctor comment up the page that JPP is finished with the Bucs.

  34. BucsBall80 Says:

    Cut JPP. Its for his own good. He will try and play and he shouldn’t risk it. Williams would be a nice pick up. Bowels loves the guy. And the Jets are a mess. They could trade Bell also. Soloman Thomas might be another guy to kick the tires on. There not done making moves. But will they make the right ones? Its not the ideal way to build a team. Picking up players from other teams roster triming. But its still better than over paying in free agency. How many times has that worked for us? Licht and the last coaching staff was average at best in building through the Draft. But we have new coaches. Will have to wait and see what players dont play well under this SuperBowl preaching staff. It wont look good on there resume.Sink or swim player. Guys are fighting for there careers here. Plus all these prove it deals. Guys will be playing there axxes off this year. Will it be enough? Schedule is brutally unfair. Can they over come the staggering odds against them? There is a fan base hidding. Alof of them are embarrassed to rout for there team. You want Bucs fans to fill the stands. Win.. They ant getting off the fence yet BA. Bucs fans have been burnt to many times. Where here. The players have to meet us half way. HashTag# waitandsee

  35. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Everyone is freaking out over JPP for no reason. Properly set bone fractures heal stronger than original, and his fracture didn’t even need to be set. He can work out just like anybody else. The only things he can’t do are contact drills and neck flexor exercises–and who ever really uses that machine, anyway. LOL

  36. admin Says:

    Everyone is freaking out over JPP for no reason. Properly set bone fractures heal stronger than original, and his fracture didn’t even need to be set. He can work out just like anybody else.

    Yeah, for good reason. It’s a neck, as in fractured necks can lead to paralysis. We’re not talking about an accountant or a graphic design artist with a fractured neck, we’re talking about a lineman.

    And we don’t even know for sure if he has a fractured neck. Could be worse. Have you seen the medical reports or the MRI results?

  37. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    admin Says:
    “Could be worse. Have you seen the medical reports or the MRI results?”
    OK I’ll cede this point; and the Buc’s medical staff has a history of glossing over the truth in public. By all accounts, though, Jason was in no distress and under his own power upon his speedy release from the hospital.

    If the Bucs release him, I’ll guess I was wrong. I’m just going off of what they’ve told us.