Not Shady In Tampa

September 1st, 2019

Forget it.

LeSean “Shady” McCoy, as one could expect, quickly found a new home.

The former stud running back of the Buffalo Bills did not make the final-53 cutdown Saturday. A few hours later, his former coach in Philadelphia embraced him with open arms.

Late last night, it was learned the Kansas City Chiefs signed McCoy, by way of Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

They are also many reports on social media that the Chargers were heavy-panting over McCoy (what does that tell you about Melvin Gordon’s status with Los Angeles?). Joe figured since Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians brought in aging Adrian Peterson a couple of years ago to run wild on the Bucs, that perhaps Arians would take a flyer on McCoy. Sadly, Joe tricked himself into believing this might happen.

As Joe responded to a couple of frustrated Bucs fans on Twitter last night after the McCoy deal was announced, the Bucs simply do not value the running back position.

Oh, they may give lip service to wanting to run the ball. But outside of burning a second-round pick on a bust, when have the Bucs been serious about upgrading the position?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Bucs drafted Ronald Jones in the second round and he had one of the worst seasons in recent memory for a rookie running back drafted in the second round. So bad that few running backs with an awful rookie start like that ever turned things around.

So with ample chances to beef up the running attack, the Bucs just looked away and crossed their fingers hoping Jones somehow snaps out of it.

Heck, when the Bucs brought Arians in, he openly scoffed at using a high draft pick on a running back.

Unless Team Glazer orders its employees otherwise, or the braintrust of the Bucs has a sudden and unexpected change of heart, Joe does not expect the Bucs to upgrade the running back position any time soon.

In recent years, this franchise will not upgrade at running back and pretends that a pass rush is a back burner issue — why else would a team bank on a guy with a broken neck to fall from the sky in late October (at best) and try to chase quarterbacks?

Teams serious about a pass rush don’t sit back and bank on such far-flung hope.

And maybe not so coincidentally with the rejection of running backs and shoulder-shrugging at a pass rush, the Bucs have lost 53 games the past five seasons.

53 Responses to “Not Shady In Tampa”

  1. Glazers are idiots Says:

    Well said Joe!

  2. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    and Josh Allen in Jax looks like he is going to be a stud… Its a Bucs life!

  3. Buc'n Enough Says:

    Two words for ya…
    Jason Licht

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Probably all true…..and concerning…..but, the negativism makes me think this Joe should go to Church this AM…..get some positive vibes from somewhere.

  5. Buc believer Says:

    Joe asks why else would a team bank on a guy with a broken neck and at the same time ignore the running back position?? That is an easy question to answer. BECAUSE ITS THE BUCS! Let’s call a moron a moron. The front office is run by a completely clueless buffoon who looks like he knows more about when the next all you can eat buffet opens more than how to draft and develop good players. And if you give me the line that BA wouldn’t be here without him I say FINE!! This golf cart driving beanie wearing (all be it good coach) one heart issue away from leaving our sorry arse coach is NOT a worth having if it means keeping Jason Gump.

  6. WyomingDude Says:

    Yeah…that was well said. With the right conviction added in too. These jokers in the front office think they know better, as if they know better than the collective other 31 other front offices over the past 50 years in the recipe of winning formulas for playoff teams. These fat hacks don’t miss a meal, or a round of drinks, but they sure miss what the rest of us do.

  7. TDTB Says:

    Perhaps the Bucs have a claim for Samaje Perine to replace Ronald Jones. I think they should also be looking at Bo Scarborough to replace Peyton Barber. In the case of Scarborough it would reduce salary if they view him being equivalent to Barber.

  8. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    McCoy is washed up, I’m not happy with the Bucs RB’s either but signing a disgruntled over 30 dude is not the answer, if you are just looking at names OJ Simpson is available as well.

  9. Snook Says:

    Like he was going anywhere but back to Andy Reid.

  10. Dan Says:

    Let’s be honest. We will know all we need to know about this team on Sunday. Anything short of a 2 td win over a terrible 49ers team is just sad. And if we loose you can prepare for another bad season.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Bucs have done a good job with UDFAs…..

    2 of the 3 RBs, Barber & Dare are UDFAs

    3 of the 4 TE’s..Brate, Auclair & Hudson

    LB Demone Harris & Fan Favorite WR Bobo Wilson also an UDFA

    As of this point, we added Bailey & Oconnor

    LS Zach Triner is an UDFA

    Even our oldest Buc….Demar Dotson is an UDFA

    So, by my count, 11 of our 53 are UDFAs…..

  12. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Josh Allen and Greedy Williams were passed by licht in the draft, laremy tunsil was available but Cappa is better in lichts eyes… 5-11

  13. Lou. Says:

    @Joe has been desperate to get a pass rusher.

    Sadly, a running back does not punch that ticket.

  14. D-Rome Says:

    Teams serious about a pass rush don’t sit back and bank on such far-flung hope.

    This team is not serious about winning.

  15. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Take a pill Joe. McCoy is the answer to the question “name a washed up RB who can’t even make the Bills” not “what RB will return to his former glory”.

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    So passing on a 31 y.o. RB coming off injuries and a bad year is the sign of incompetence?

    What is wrong with you people? I thought y’all were tired of that kind of nonsense…

    The dude couldn’t make the Bills!

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Poor Joe lol.

    I didn’t even take the suggestion seriously, to be honest.

    I don’t believe we even NEED to get a better RB. We have some good ones already. And I refuse to judge the offensive line off one bad performance. That’s just silly. It might take 1-3 weeks for it to truly gel, but it will get there.

    I like our current roster. It’s time to see if all the hype on these coaches can be earned.

    I suspect we’re trending up big time. Nothing is impossible!

  18. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “The Bucs have done a good job with UDFAs…..”

    “So, by my count, 11 of our 53 are UDFAs…..”

    That’s like a hospital that brags about it’s surgical team, “None of our doctors have been to medical school or have any practical experience. We are an equal opportunity employer.”

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Ghost

    Not bragging…..but every team needs a healthy dose of UDFAs to make their team to ease the cap problems and compliment their FAs & Draft picks…..

    Just looking for something positive in this highly negative environment…

  20. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Ghost right on, the bucs are 5-11 so how good are they really doing on UDFAs, about as well as drafting rookies & signing FAs…. 5-11

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Dan Says:
    September 1st, 2019 at 8:43 am
    “Let’s be honest. We will know all we need to know about this team on Sunday. Anything short of a 2 td win over a terrible 49ers team is just sad. And if we loose you can prepare for another bad season. ”

    That’s hogwash. First, you don’t know how good or bad the 49ers will be. Even the experts get it wrong every year.

    Second, you ignore the concept of development and improvement. The bandwagon Tampa fans (which is most of them) always expect rookies to play !ike pro bowlers out of the gates. They always expect the first game to show them what the season will be like.

    I remember one year we lost by six points to the Saints in the first game of the season. Fans were all doom and gloom saying our team sucked. We ended up winning the Superbowl that year.

  22. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    The perfect laugher on this whole issue is that BA did sign Peterson in Arizona, but not interested in McCoy. Because McCoy isn’t even better than Dare at this stage of his career. If BA wasn’t interested, it’s because he shouldn’t be. Washed up and oft-injured, he is in KC because Andy Reid drafted him. Formerly a great RB, I wish him well in KC. We don’t need him. Next Sunday can’t get here soon enough.

  23. BFFL Says:

    Joe do you know it on good authority the Bucs passed? I seriously doubt McCoy would choose the Bucs over KC so it is entirely possible the Bucs had an offer on the table.

  24. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    Nice take Bonzai.

  25. Darin Says:

    Just what the Bucs need. A washed up RB who has run ins with the law. No thanks. KCs prob now.

  26. Richard Dickson Says:

    Hey, look, the Bucs didn’t sign someone I recognize. IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD.

  27. Greg Says:

    As Ive mentioned before this is the prove Jason Light right campaign this year. Winston is in his last year and we made sure to get rid of any competition. No running backs to compete with Barber or Jones who are both Lights guys. No help on O-line or D-line because he already threw money at it and failed. Overpaid for Smith, Jensen, Beau Allen, Mitch Unrein, Chris Baker, Gholston and he needs Arians to shine a turd. McCoy is over 30 and was terrible last year and no one other than Joe wanted him here. He is now a Chief and every running back looks good there. Here he would look like our other running backs because there is no blocking.

  28. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I understand how having a big name RB seems smart and sexy on paper. I wager however that no RB would find success with The Bucs due to the extreme lack of talent and depth on the OL. What good is a race car if there is no pavement to run it on. In fact, I would bet Barber would be much higher regarded if he were on a team with a good OL.

  29. BucsFan727 Says:

    Joe you think McCoy or Gordon wants to play here?

  30. Pick6 Says:

    Thank goodness. McCoy has a handful of good games/carries bumping up that stat line, the rest of the time he was Doug Martin

  31. Durango 95 Says:

    Guessing they may have had more interest after the first week of the season when they wouldn’t have been on the hook for his current salary. That nasty old cap restriction thingy again.

  32. webster Says:

    So a report came out four teams were interested in mccoy. It was also known mccoy wanted to play for a contender. Those four teams were kc, philly, the pats, and chargers. Yet this idiot fan base thought the bucs had the inside track to sign mccoy? Hey IDIOTS…..even if licht did make a call to mccoy, guess what? Mccoy did not answer. The dumbest fan base by far

  33. DalvinCookRules Says:

    This organization really does not deserve to be playing in the NFL.

  34. Bucfan33 Says:

    Hey at least we aren’t the dolphins!!!! Anyone notice how they waited to the last minute to unload every good player they have so they could sell as many tickets as possible. Who would have bought season tickets in March if they knew the team was going to be gutted for draft picks and a rebuild. NFL owners are in this game for one thing $$$$$$

  35. mark2001 Says:

    He wanted to play for a SB competitor with a top five QB. At this point in his career, can you blame him? We had a long shot to no chance of picking him up…if we really wanted him.

  36. mark2001 Says:

    Pie in the sky dreamers and realists… real fans. The chance and boo hoo crowd. Better you pick up some overtime hours on Sunday, and watch mother nature. You are better off somewhere else than at the stadium, or more likely, parked in front of the TV with a six pack, watching reruns of some ’80’s sitcom.

  37. Bobby M. Says:

    Nobody is coming here unless we grossly overpay and we don’t have the cap space nor do we have the potential. We got no selling points, which means its scrap heap time and hoping Licht finds another gem to offset his usual 2nd rd misses.

  38. BigHog Says:

    Don’t need him…he’s on the decline!!

  39. webster Says:

    Hahahah. I see my comment didnt make it through moderation. I will try to clean it up. Reports were 4 teams were interested. Chargers, eagles, kc and the pats. Anybody who thought he would chose the bucs over those teams when he wanted to go to a contender does not understand football. Dumbest fan base in sports

  40. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Greg Says:
    September 1st, 2019 at 9:56 am
    As I’ve mentioned before this is the prove Jason Light right campaign this year.


    Right, Licht was clever enough to pull it off. He brought in Bruce Allen, who being rated generally as a top NFL coach by his peers, is actually vastly overrated. He has brought in a mediocre staff. He does not have a prayer of turning things around here. There will be no winning records for many more years to come.

    Licht is brilliant with the smoke and mirrors. Merly a con man. Wish he was at least an average competent general manager.

  41. 813bucboi Says:

    Carlos Hyde was available too….

  42. Ben real Says:

    There is no back that will run 1000 on this offensive line … you can bring him brown even Erik Dickerson … in their prime …. they won’t rush 1000 on this line

  43. Ben real Says:

    Bucs might as well pass every down because no buc back is gonna produce with these guys period

  44. DooshLaRue Says:

    I’ll take Dare for the win Alex.

  45. Buc1987 Says:




  46. BetterBucFan Says:

    Why would McCoy, at the end of his career, come to the Bucs, when he could go to a team that has a shot of winning the super bowl?

    This was a no-brainer decision. You’re an old runningback, and the coach which you had the most success under wants to bring you back in. You’ve made millions upon millions in your career, but no super bowl ring. It also happens to be that your old coach is coaching one of the best teams in the league.

    Go to Tampa? With a pass-first offense and no chance at a super bowl? Please. It was never going to happen. He doesn’t care about money at this point, he wants a ring. Same reason why the Patriots always attract old veterans who are in the twilight of their career but can still contribute.

  47. Kevv Says:

    So shady had the Chiefs and Chargers drooling over him yet you think he would’ve chose Tampa if we had offered him a contract… You do know that free agents and their choice right?

  48. FireJasonLicht Says:

    My handle says it all

  49. Buczilla Says:

    Being a Buc’s fan takes a special kind of patience.

  50. Lee Says:

    Wouldn’t matter who they brought in. You could bring Barry Sanders in. Even he wouldn’t do jack behind the Bucs O-line. Who you kidding Joe?

  51. Get a clue Says:

    Will be on patriots

  52. Marvin G Alston Says:

    And yall wonder why we suck!! I am half a season away from leaving th bucs man no lie. We have owners that are just plain stupid and coaches that are worse. Last time i checked we won th trophy with a superb running game @ tailback & fullback. Our entire division has a running game but we dont
    see the need for one. Go figure. Go bucs.

  53. Marvin G Alston Says:

    You not gonna win without a decent running game.