“Belief” In RoJo

September 8th, 2019

Solid season-opener

There was a strange sight seen at the Den of Depression today.

And no, it wasn’t just a male cheerleader.

It was a productive running back. You may have heard his name before. He’s known as “Ronald Jones.”

Some refer to him as “RoJo.”

Last year RoJo was horrible. Very few second-round-pick running backs that had such an awful season ever survived and realized a strong career in the NFL. But Sunday RoJo ran for 75 yards, many tough-running yards, on 13 carries. Not bad at all.

Last year Joe heard through the grapevine that former Bucs coach Dirk Koetter wasn’t overly excited to have RoJo and when RoJo struggled early, Koetter threw in the towel on him.

Of course, without hearing that from Koetter it is hard to confirm, but RoJo seemed to back that story up in his postgame remarks.

“Definitely coaches showing more belief in me and just allowing me to get into gameflow,” RoJo said of his performance. “Things like that, I just got to make the most of it.”

And the way RoJo was running, it is likely he would have not only gotten the rock more than he did later in the game had the Bucs taken the lead, but Joe senses RoJo would have closed the game out by pounding the rock.

34 Responses to ““Belief” In RoJo”

  1. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    An off-season hyping Jameis and doubting RoJo just goes to show the Bucs will always find a way to surprise and disappoint.

  2. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    New starting running back!!! Give it to him 25+ times a game !

  3. Bird Says:

    One highlight

    He looked like a donkey in a joe fight
    It means nothing happened
    Subjective grab

  4. BucsBandit Says:

    It didn’t take a rocket scientist to see his massive production at USC and know he had great potential.

    The majority of his carries in his rookie year were being tackled behind the line, often immediately upon getting the ball. That’s not his fault.

    I think RoJo’s confidence will only grow from here and we’ll be seeing more productivity from him. No back runs for 4 yards every single carry. He needs to get the ball enough times to get things going and pull off some long runs.

  5. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    What more can you want for a Rookie QB to take over next year?

    Promising running game and solid Defense. Time to start thinking of trading fan favorites who aren’t going to win here in the near future for draft picks and bolster the trenches, with emphasis on the Offensive line.

    Dotson is a liability at his age, D-Smith is lazy, Jensen is average at best, and Cappa is unproven at best.

    Or do you want money tied up in franchising JW or , heaven forbid, a long term contract?

  6. Jean Lafitte Says:

    maybe he was reading into all the local bad press on him and thought there really were Buc suits behind these anonymous sources the press likes to use to collaborate their fake news. Just a thought

  7. BucsBandit Says:


    Jameis Winston is now 4-12 as a starter since his infamous “Eat a W” speech.

  8. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Factoid: Freeman has a better lifetime record than Winston

  9. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    Winston scored more points for the 49ers than he did for the Bucs today.


  10. 1sparkybuc Says:

    It would appear that our OL run blocks better than they pass block, and our C is great at recovering fumbles. We have a ground attack and a decent defense. Run more and reduce the turnovers, and we will win some games. At least we can see progress where we sucked in recent years. Winston and the OL will get better. Defenses won’t be this tough every week.

  11. Broy34 Says:

    Thought he was a bust and the added weight was bad? Thought the o line wasn’t the problem last season? Good grief

  12. DB55 Says:

    At least Rojo showed up, so did Suh and LVD. Can’t believe Nassib is a captain.

    Brate is still better than OJ and so is dalvin cook for that matter but if there could be an mvp of this game it would be Jordan Whitehead, what a monster that kid is.

    As for the Stewart twins you can cut them both right now.

  13. DB55 Says:

    On the bright side everyone in the division lost today.

    Fun fact:

    Matt Ryan Cam Newton Mitch trubinsky all sacked at least 3 times. All lost. But wtfdik

  14. Jason S. Mclaurin Says:

    I think RoJo is our new man after today and we may be moving on from Dare soon. I think he should be held accountable for his many bad plays by being benched for Barber. He’s still worthy of carries but only if Barber is hurt. I think Dare could be released if B. Anderson is ready to come up from the practice squad although he still needs more reps in practice to make up for missed time from training camp. Soon though I see our backfield being RoJo, TJ Logan, and B. Anderson. I think Barber will hang around here for the transition but Dare hurt hisself with his play. Oj Howard, D. Dotson, P. Barber, and Dare are the most disappointing not Winston

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    DB55, I saw Nassib get close a few times. Also saw Vea break free once and could have gotten a sack, but he slipped and fell. Got right back up, but was too late.

    I’m not worried about Nassib. He’ll start making plays. If nothing else, this defense told the rest of the NFL that things have changed. The defense made the game fun to watch. The penalties did not.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jason S. Mclaurin, TJ Logan will be released first. They brought him in for returns and he is horrible at it.

    Bruce Anderson is nowhere near ready.

  17. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Anderson was released again to bring back a lineman.

  18. dmatt Says:

    I am so glad I’m not the only person that said DSmith is lazy. He’s soft as as tissue n nothing but a big teddy bear. There’s nothing agressive about him when he’s bull rushed and his QB is being attacked. He will stand and watch his QB get attacked, and yes he gives up on plays. I’ve seen defenders fall down while the QB is in motion, get up and DSmith passively watch n doesn’t try to put him back down on his butt.

  19. DB55 Says:


    I like Nassib don’t get me wrong, he made plays today simply by being in the right position. Love that! I just think it’s funny that he’s a captain bc he’s truly just a great role player (nothing wrong with that). I think it speaks to the lack of talent we have on this team.

    Like why was stewart playing safety if Edwards could play? And don’t get me started on the #5 overall pick. Got out played by Kwon and Kwon only played 5 mins.

    Dline is certainly the strength on the team even Nunez is ballin. But Stewart at safety reminded me way too much of Cotton Candy Conte and that’s no bueno.

    Jameis just has to continue to eat chit until he can get out of this hell hole. They can’t run the ball for a TD on 3rd n short, can’t execute a screen play and can’t protect him so what is the point?


  20. unbelievable Says:

    DB you honestly think Jameis played well today?

  21. Jason S. Mclaurin Says:

    DB55 didn’t see any returns just the highlights. I agree with your take if he was horrible I do think he may be gone tomorrow but I know you guys feel me on Dotson though.

  22. lambchop Says:

    Almost everything that sucked about the Bucs last year improved except your 5th year QB who’s still a QB quack. Winston, get in touch with Freeman, he’ll help you in your transition away from football.

  23. DB55 Says:


    I think that TD pass to Godwin, not too many QBs in the league can make that pass. I also think that when you’re getting beat up everytime you drop back you start messing up. I think he just throws the ball to the player the play is designed to go to without reading his route tree Bc he feels like he ain’t got time for all that.

    I think I watched almost all the games today, definitely all the 1pm games, at times simultaneously and other than Fitzpatrick I didn’t see any QBs under such constant pressure. Simply put I blame the right side of the oline and have been screaming from the roof tops to cut Dotson.

    Would you agree or disagree that completing that TD pass to Brate changes not only the outcome (potentially) but also his mindset? I mean even when he makes a great play someone on the team f’s it up. Dude can’t win no matter what. But wtfdik? He hits dudes in the hands and it goes for an int or they fumble it. He gets hit an fumbles. Can’t even get the snap right and the refs have (for years) worked against this team as if the Glazers pissed in Goodell’s cereal. Idk man, it’s only one game but I could have sworn Koetter was coaching this team today.

  24. BucsBandit Says:



    Under constant pressure. Really? You’re trying to make excuses for Winston’s terrible play today by saying it was because he was under constant pressure?

    It’s football. As soon as you snap the ball the other team’s defense is charging at you to take your head off. That’s how the game works.

    Winston had solid pass protection for most of the game. He just held the ball too long as usual and ended up making terrible decisions.

    Dropped or deflected passes are part of the game just like penalties.

    Man… you truly are a WINSTON HOMER if you’re on here tonight actually making excuses for the guy.

  25. DB55 Says:


    The dude has no help. If he did we wouldn’t have to throw the ball from the 3 yard line in our own red zone. If jameis can’t make it happen no one else will.

    Dalvin Cook > OJ Howard but wtfdik

  26. BucsBandit Says:


    Oh c’mon, man. RoJo had a great game averaging 5.8 yards a carry and even Barber averaged 4 yards.

    How come you never talk about Winston’s 1st season when Doug Martin ran for 1,400+ yards and Jameis still had just as many turnovers and only managed 6 wins that year?

    Jameis has plenty of help and some of the best WRs in the game. He’s just not a great QB, period.

    You don’t see how UNCOMFORTABLE he always looks? Happy feet, awkward movements, etc. It’s like that INT he threw right to Kwon that he dropped, he fell over his own feet. He has terrible footwork AND holds the ball too long.

    “If Jameis can’t make it happen no one else will.” ROFLMAO!


    Almost any other QB would have won that game today with any sort of decent play.

  27. BucsBandit Says:

    Oh and Dalvin Cook was passed on for 40 PICKS in the draft for a reason, he’s had a bad history of injuries.

  28. Bobby C Says:

    Really, I saw Dalvin Cook and Marlin Mack running all over the field, you let me know when Ronald Jones has a game where he makes a difference, if your happy with anything from that game, it really shows where we are as a fan base,

  29. Dp813 Says:

    I’ve been on this site since it started. And unfortunately i’ve been a Winston apologist for too long. Our Defense has improved (gave up 17pts) we had a solid run game (RB’s had 108 yrds w/ a 5.1 yrd avg) and our 5TH YEAR QB SHAT THE BED!!! I can’t do it anymore. Time to tank to Tua or Herbert. Free up 20-30 mil, fix the right side of the Oline and get a proven pass rusher. Look what DJax did with a solid QB in Philly!!! It’s time to move on.

  30. #1bucsfan Says:

    All I know is Jamie’s, Dotson , O.J. an Carlton have got to play way better O.J. not blocking well an not securing the ball on both plays Dotson an his flags an non blocking an Carlton on his flags like come on dude let’s not keep the play alive for the other team Davis an then our QB STOP THROWING THE DAM BALL TO THE OTHER TEAM DAMMIT LOL

  31. orlbucfan Says:

    DB55 Says:
    September 8th, 2019 at 11:21 pm
    On the bright side everyone in the division lost today.

    Fun fact:

    Matt Ryan Cam Newton Mitch trubinsky all sacked at least 3 times. All lost. But wtfdik
    Well, so much for the almighty NFC South. Dixie Birds got trammeled, BTW.

  32. Brandon Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    September 8th, 2019 at 11:39 pm
    DB55, I saw Nassib get close a few times. Also saw Vea break free once and could have gotten a sack, but he slipped and fell. Got right back up, but was too late.

    I’m not worried about Nassib. He’ll start making plays. If nothing else, this defense told the rest of the NFL that things have changed. The defense made the game fun to watch. The penalties did not.

    People that don’t know football look at a stat sheet to determine a player’s worth. I watched the game. There was a screen play that Devin White got the tackle for a loss that looks great for White on the stat sheet, but Nassib gets most of the credit. He read the screen, took on the block from the offensive lineman and forced the play back inside to White who was waiting. If Nassib had given up ground or allowed the RB outside of him it would have been a big play, instead he not only forced the play back inside but gave the olineman a big enough jolt that it also disrupted the play. This play didn’t show up in the stat sheet, this is also what makes Nassib an excellent player.

  33. 74 Bucs fan Says:

    Rojo runs over over 100 yards if Jameis doesn’t throw 2 picks (and had 2 other picks dropped). I know Jameis threw 3 picks, but 1 is on Howard.

  34. Dubcity6 Says:

    Lol so am I the only one that knows football? Yall didnt see the 49ers playing the pass? That’s why the run lanes were more open. He made zero people miss. No moves, goes down easy. The man had his best game ever and didnt even get 100 yards. My goodness the bar is so low for a running back around the Bucs. Yall just excited because he wasn’t awful as always.

    Situational football!!!!! On situations where the Bucs needed a run, they could get a yard. But some of yall say they ran the ball well. I just cant even understand what yall saw. They were down and needed to throw, 49ers played the pass, so there were open run lanes. Come on some of yall act like you know football, I cant be the only whose played football before in here.