“I’m Not A Loser”

August 1st, 2019

Time is right.

If there is a player on the Bucs defense that seems to be flashing, it is fourth-year corner Vernon Hargreaves.

The oldest player in the projected Bucs starting secondary, Hargreaves, after three rough years toiling under the soft defense that disgraced former Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith will be remembered for, seems to have finally found his spot.

New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, under the direct instructions of Bucco Bruce Arians, likes to use aggressive, flying, blitzing defensive backs. “Attack” is a word Joe hears a lot.

It appears this fits Hargreaves, who is easily having his best training camp. And in this WTVT-TV Channel 13 interview by Kevin O’Donnell, Hargreaves opens up about how he tried to keep his head above water in what thus far has been a frustrating career.

“This is why I was drafted here,” Hargreaves said of his play in Bowles’ defense.

You can see the full interview below.

16 Responses to ““I’m Not A Loser””

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Julio jones can’t wait face the little fella

  2. Sumosam Says:

    Contract year

  3. Sport Says:

    Imagine that. Coaching + talent + effort + health = a respectable NFL Team

    In BA I Trust!

  4. BucsFan727 Says:

    Heard MJ Stewart has enough speed for corner. I said before it was his decision making that made him slow. Looked pretty good catching Rojo from behind on that long run. And he was the one who popped the ball out the play before. Stewart is a supreme tackler too. But its early these guys have alot to learn. Atleast there getting some real coaching.

  5. DooshLaRue Says:

    Sounds great.

    …… until he gets hurt again.

    Can’t blame that on coaching.

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Competition is a wonderful thing. Right now the Bucs are carrying 7 CBs & 7 Safeties (plus LB/S Bucannon). Right now it sounds like they’re ALL flying around & making plays against some top NFL receivers … playing with confidence as they say. VHIII looks to be ‘reborn’ in Todd Bowles hybrid defense. Hopefully he stays healthy this year & plays a key role in resurrecting this defense to its former glory.

    Getting more & more excited with each practice about our defensive improvements, not just in the Secondary but just as much in our LB corps & DLine. Bucs seem to have a very good combination of size, speed & skill in each of those position groups. They’re young & haven’t played together as much as many of the teams we’ll be playing, but it’s not hard to see a cultural change occurring right before our eyes. No guarantees obviously for what this portends, but I for one think it bodes well for the next several years at least. THAT’S EXCITING!

  7. Magadude Says:

    “The oldest player in the projected Bucs starting secondary…”

    Already knew this but never actually wrote it or have seen it in print. Interesting, a little daunting perhaps. If Bowles can make something of these guys as a squad they could certainly be the most inexpensive yet very tightly knit secondary in the NFL. And of course, if not…VHIII is probably on his way out, maybe even of the NFL. At the very least would no longer be a starting CB anywhere. Here’s to hoping he gets it together this year.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Nothing like a contract year…..a ton of competition and competent coaching to bring out the best in a player.

  9. Bird Says:

    Everyone should get a fair chance under real coaching with arians.
    Let’s have this conversation at end of year

    There are new systems on both sides of ball so some may start slow at beginning of year. However , the cream should rise to the top
    Hard to judge since only practice but these young guys already have some serious swag. I love to see it.

    Can’t wait for next Friday against Steelers

  10. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Not many corners look good playing 10-12 yards off in the modern nfl

    Defensive scheme is the #1 reason for all the losing

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    VHG is our best CB on the roster……this scheme fits him perfectly…..

    been saying for 3 years…the problem has been coaching & scheme not talent and players…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    @tmaxon: one of the tall, long DB’s will be shadowing JJ, not VHIII.

  13. Ptwalk Says:

    @813, I couldn’t agree more on both points.

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    Bucsfan727…MJ Stewart does have the speed and strength to be a CB. All these early round DBs the past two years and VH3 that were projected to go early played man in college. Bowles definitely picked three rounds of the draft this year.

  15. SOEbuc Says:


    “one of the tall, long DB’s will be shadowing JJ, not VHIII.”

    Like to see VH3 in the nickel and beast 6’2″ ballhawk Jamel Dean across from Davis his second round teammate at Auburn. Even though Hargreaves is the oldest DB and only four years in, this secondary is stacked with hopefully good depth and Bowles could make a million plays in his book with all the rotation.

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    ^^Or Murphy-Bunting 6’0″ blowing up on the outside. Be sweet.^^