“Panic” If…

October 20th, 2019

The Bucs are still in the hunt for a wild card spot. The Bucs have demonstrated they can play high-quality football. They have also shown they can play XFL-like football.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report is of the correct mind that if the Bucs don’t go out and get help in the secondary by the time the trade deadline hits a week from Tuesday, then it is time for Bucs fans to freak out and hit the panic button.

[The Bucs have] a dreadful pass defense that is virtually invisible when the front cannot generate pressure. No team has given more passing yards per game, with the Buccaneers allowing 304.5 on average.

The only logical reason the Bucs would have for not upgrading the secondary in the next week — it doesn’t have to be Pro Bowl players, just someone competent at cornerback, for example — is a decision to play for the draft.

And if that is the case — Joe has zero problem with that — then the Bucs better be shopping players to load up on draft picks.

Inaction is not an option here. In fact, inactivity is very likely the worst decision.

27 Responses to ““Panic” If…”

  1. Pete I Says:

    Why insult the XFL?

    More drum beating to fix the alreasy fixed secondary?

    BA and golf cart have said so.

    You need to do some articles on QB’S coming out in the draft, those will be more useful articles.

  2. Pete I Says:

    Bucs fans freak out and hit the panic button?


    Bleacher Report clearly has no idea how numb and apathetic Bucs fans are these days errr years.

    If the Bucs have a panic button and it was installed under Licht, then it won’t work when pushed in any event.

  3. SteveK Says:

    I will panic if the secondary becomes the scapegoat, and is used as an excuse for inconsistent play from our #1 overall pick in year 5.

    I get the secondary sucks, but so does the *consistency* of our QB’s play.

    I just don’t get why Licht got an extension. All those swings and misses. It’s like Dominik, only worse because he record says so+ he’s slowed to spend money where Dominik could not.

  4. Don_RyJo(e) Says:

    I’m 100% on board with a tear-down-rebuild. I know at least half the Joe(s) have a soft spot for Jameis and a perpetually rose-tinted view of his upside, but I don’t see this team being respectable with Jameis’ mediocrity (punctuated, of course, by his alternating sporadic brilliance and idiocy). I just don’t see it.

  5. Onetrickpony Says:

    Burn it down,get a competent G.M. and light the fire.
    5 yrs of this b.$. is beyond enough.

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    You’re getting more delusional by the day Joe … “The Bucs are still in the hunt for a wild card spot”? REALLY? With only 2 wildcard slots, have you noticed that, in the NFC, we’d have to beat out ALL BUT ONE better-performing teams like the Seahawks, Vikings, Eagles, Bears, Rams & yes Panthers? But oh ya, if it helps you get through the night, we’re a wildcard contender. On second thought, better make that wildcard PREtender.

    Vegas & most others knew that the Bucs didn’t have the horses this year to make a playoff run. It MIGHT happen, but that’s unlikely, which I think is what odds are based on? Despite what BA SAYS, this is an EVALUATION YEAR to see what we have to move forward with IMO. Get some of these youngsters playing time, see IF they can hack it in the NFL, keep those who show promise but replace those who don’t and go for the brass ring next year and/or the year after.

    Bottom lines like “Inaction is not an option here” and “Inactivity is very likely the worst decision” aren’t relevant, simply because WE HAVE NO CHOICE. Our illustrious GM painted this coaching staff into a corner. The time for ACTION was 6 months ago. Flailing around now adding ‘someone, anyone’ to our Secondary with us sitting at 2-4 and only half a season to go isn’t a solution. It’s DESPERATION, and that’s the worst solution of all. Our only viable tact right now is to stay the course, get these youngsters the playing time they NEED so we can evaluate them properly, and ya HOPE that they can gel as a unit. And in the meantime, get our OFFENSE untracked so that it racks up a LOT of points & dictates the game to our opponents.

  7. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Joe, there is definitely no need to pull the trigger on a big trade. This team as of now is terrible. They will not be anywhere near the playoffs and to even think that is possible is just delusional. Unlike most on this site, I am hoping Jameis plays very well down the stretch and warrants an extension. There are two options for this team IMO. If Jameis plays well and comes back the team can try to keep filling holes via the draft and maybe a couple of free agency moves. If they cut bait with Jameis they need to gut the team, do a complete rebuild and definitely not draft a QB to come in to such a horrible situation. Bring in a scrub QB to play while the team is being rebuilt again. I wouldn’t draft a QB for at least two years as this team is horrible. QBs cant succeed on team constructed like this and we unfortunately see that play out if Jameis leaves and goes to a good franchise.

  8. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    XFL? How about High school!!!! Your sick in the head to think this team will win more than 3 more games period.

  9. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:


    The seasons already over.

    The only panic that will happen is if the beer runs out.

  10. Hodad Says:

    If the Bucs lose next week at Tenn it’s all over. If they win, they will surely get their butts handed to them the following week at Seattle. That’s their problem, they can’t string nothing but losses together, not wins. We’ll be talking about the draft, before we ever talk about the playoffs.

  11. Rayjay1122 Says:

    This season was over several seasons ago.

  12. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Burn it down

  13. Buccfan37 Says:

    The panic button has been smashed flat into smithereens.

  14. BucsBandit Says:

    Trading now for a cornerback would be DUMB.

    Bucs need to deal either O.J. Howard or Brate for a draft pick. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know that having tons of salary tied up in TWO TEs probably wasn’t the smartest move in the first place.

    Bucs might even consider trading Mike Evans while he’s at the peak of his career. Let Godwin become our true #1, and draft some WR talent to become our new #2.

    1. Cut Winston loose after this season.

    2. Stockpile draft picks and Cap Space for next year.

    3. Use the picks to maneuver up in the draft to get a solid QB in the 1st round.

    4. Sign the best cornerback(s) and O-Linemen free agents available.

    5. Draft OL and DL to develop.

    Get back to the Playoffs.

  15. bucs4ya Says:

    I’m not truly convinced that we don’t have the right QB if he plays well in these last 10 games give him a 2 year extension and build the trenches and the running game. If he doesn’t bench him go with Ryan Griffin the last 4 games build the trenches during the draft and get Trevor Lawrence when he comes out IF Griffin doesn’t turn out to be good enough. Cutting Jameis and drafting a rookie and putting them behind this line would be a huge mistake.

  16. Proudbucsfan Says:

    I’m screaming for Trent Williams. Trade Brate or Howard, it looks like we aren’t going to use them much anyway. Package together a tight end and some pics to the Redskins. Winston is going to be our quarterback for at least the rest of the season, so it would be in our best interest that he wasn’t running for his life on every play. Move Smith to the right side give Dotson an injury settlement and our O line can be one of the best in the NFL. Our season can still be salvaged.
    We also need a savvy veteran corner. Cut or move Vh3 to nickel. These kind of moves need to be made now…..

  17. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    Yor head is in the sand bucs4ya! You been drinking Winston koolaid for to long! Get your self some help….

  18. NOLES Says:

    It is REALLY hard to believe Licht got an extension much less 5yrs. The Glazer boys are just flat out incompetent.
    The Man U fans don’t like them & are trying to force them to sell. I just don’t see them caring about anything but making money & their dereliction in winning will eventually cost them money. I know I won’t be attending a game any time soon unless their is a product to watch & this team has been spinning in the same circle for 17 years. Sooooooooo hard to watch

  19. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    We need a new GM, a new QB and we should trade many of the players with value so we have some cap space in the offseason. Licht and his lackey, Jay Miss, are joined at the hip and both need to be jettisoned from this crappy organization. I sure wish the Glaziers would sell this cash cow, but that’s not gonna happen.

  20. bucs4ya Says:

    @Buccaneerscotty not drinking the koolaid at all. If he doesn’t perform well the last 10 games I’m pretty sure I said get rid of him. However what many seem to think is throwing a rookie behind our line and we’ll be fine. Watch all the top QBs in college and tell me what they have in common. From what I’ve seen it’s a clean pocket lots of time to survey the field and guys running wide open. That isn’t happening here. Then you look in the Pros and the young guys having success have a RB to turn and hand the ball to 20+ times a game or quick players. I’m simply saying we have bigger problems then the QB position. We don’t even know if Griffin is actually better yet people are ready to start over without even knowing what he can do. Give Winston 6 games if he $h.ts the bed go with Griffin the last 4 and make an informed decision.

  21. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Defense Rules

    Ahhh, the voice of reason.

  22. Bucs911 Says:

    If they haven’t pulled the trigger by now then doubtful it will happen at all. Wouldn’t it be more advantageous to get someone during the bye week to learn the playbook?

  23. Bucodan01 Says:

    I have been a a Bucs fan for many years and buy alot of Buc’s apparel but as of now they have given me no reason for hope. I will no longer spend my hard earned money who won’t spend the money to give their fans something worth supporting.

  24. Wesley Says:

    Tank mode, unload and get some pics.

  25. TonyC Says:

    I’m sitting here watching the Aints win again with a back up QB and this stupid team I’ve been following since 76 is near the cellar 2 games under 500. “Something’s got to give” I say “something’s got to give.” It’s been 11 years since a playoff appearance why does this crap show continue. I honestly don’t remember feeling this frustrated in 1995-96.

  26. Howard Cosell Says:

    So you’re saying there’s a chance!!!

  27. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    What’s the term describing “beyond panic”?