Tony Dungy And A Panel Of Noted Experts Rank The Bucs As The 11th Best 2-2 Team

October 3rd, 2019

Father Dungy

And the disrespect flows.

So what if the Buccaneers just embarrassed the defending NFC champions on their home turf. They are a bottom third NFL team, per a pile of collaborting big names that includes Father Dungy.

Joe is a little steamed. What disrespect.

The weekly Associated Press power rankings are out and the Bucs are ranked 22nd in the NFL, and 10 other teams at 2-2 are ranked higher. The Stinkin’ Panthers (2-2) are at No. 19, despite the Bucs beating them with Cam Newton.

Joe just wants to call out all the names on this esteemed panel, which votes weekly and the AP tabulates their ballots to come up with the rankings that are published in newspapers nationwide. (Yes, those things still exist.)

You all know Ira, but here is the rest of the panel that collectively thinks our beloved Bucs suck. And yes, when you’re ranked 22nd, the group that puts you there thinks you suck.

Rick Gosselin
Ex-Dallas Morning News writer

Tony Dungy
NBC Sports

Alex Marvez
Sirius XM

Bob Glauber

Charean Williams
Pro Football Talk

Jeff Legwold

Jenny Vrentas
Sports Illustrated

Jim Miller
SiriusXM NFL Radio

John Clayton
710 ESPN Seattle

John Czarnecki
Fox Sports

Pat Kirwan
SiriusXM NFL Radio/

45 Responses to “Tony Dungy And A Panel Of Noted Experts Rank The Bucs As The 11th Best 2-2 Team”

  1. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    There are no “experts” in predicting games in any sport. Just opinions some wellthought out some just outright stupid

  2. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Et tu, Ira? Et tu?

  3. 1sparkybuc Says:

    It’s real simple. Prove them wrong. Winning the next three games would be a great start

  4. DB Says:

    Joe – not sure why you think this is disrespectful. Simple, they are ranked 11th out of 13 teams that are 2-2. –Joe Just because of one game we think we should be ranked higher and quickly forget we lost to a bad Giants team last week.

    Perhaps once we’re able to win multiple games in a row we can make this argument.

  5. VA Tom Says:

    I can’t remeber, who picked the Bucs to win over the Rams on the last JBF Podcast? Oh, no one. Actually, Rock Riley picked the Bucs to beat the Rams. –Joe Not one of you. Nor did I think they’d beat LA. So I think it’s fair to hold the Bucs in a suspicious light until they start winning the games they should and pulling out a few they shouldn’t. It’s not disrespect, its reality. Who on the JBF Podcast picked the Bucs to beat NO this Sunday? Just Roc? You’ll have to listen. –Joe

  6. BlogTalkFootball Says:

    Stack ’em up and they will change their tunes…

  7. DBS Says:

    They are 2-2 not 3-1 and the defense is giving up a boat load of points. Maybe other people don’t think they can score 40 points a game to keep winning.

  8. Tye Says:

    A win against the Rams was a pleasant surprise… A surprise none the less..
    The defense getting turnovers giving the offense short field is not likely to happen in every game..
    No matter how much people argue, Winston int for pick 6 to keep the Rams in the game at the end and a chance to lose that game is also against them…

    Prove it wasn’t a fluke against the Saints and people take notice.. return to turnovers and lose and the Bucs prove everyone right about them!

  9. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    DB – if not for a kick that is made 99% of the time the Bucs would and should be 3-1. They lost on a fluke. However, if you break it down they should have won and should be 3-1.

  10. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    Let ’em think that. It’s better to fly under the radar. Let’s see if the Bucs can change some minds. Nothing said here or anywhere else will be able to do that.

  11. FanO’Bucs Says:

    Dungy wants this young team to be hungry, not basking in praise.

    Thanks Tony!

  12. 813bucboi Says:


    lets keep stackin them W’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    FanO’Bucs Says:
    October 3rd, 2019 at 3:59 pm
    Dungy wants this young team to be hungry, not basking in praise.

    Thanks Tony!


    BA might have told TD not to praise us like he did after we beat philly last year…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  14. Bucnjim Says:

    There is teams that are consistently good, teams that are consistently bad, and teams that are consistently inconsistent. At least I feel we have gone from bad to at least inconsistent. Next move is to consistently good!

  15. JimmyJack Says:

    Never quite understood Buccaneer fans obsession with getting national respect.

    Do agree that technically we should be ahead of the Panthers since we beat them in their home but then we should be behind the Giants who are ranked 23.

    Got no problems with us still being behind the Panthers. We are talking about a team that has finished in the cellar for what feels like 2 full decades. Earn it the old fashioned way Bucs!!

  16. ancientasbuc Says:

    Notorious Buc haters in Kirwan, Legwold, and Vrentas. Go figure.

  17. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Before the Rams, I had the Bucs sitting around 25. Can’t blame a panel who are does not spend everyday analyzing the Bucs picking them at 19. I am sure they want to make sure the Ram’s game was not a fluke. If we beat two good teams in row (Saints), then yeah, I think this panel will consider the Bucs at around 10.

  18. Jeff Says:

    Dungy, the man who cost the Bucs multiple chances at a Super Bowl. Don’t really trust his opinion. 55 points Dungy, more than you scored in two months with your pathetic offenses.

  19. ATLBucs Says:

    That’s nothing a few wins won’t take care of

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    A missed chip shot FG away from being 3-1.

    These peeps are clowns!

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Literally, who cares? It’s not college football, the games are decided on the field. Just win and we’re good.

  22. Buc believer Says:

    This coming from the coach who could only muster ONE Super Bowl win having the Leagues best offense and defense for almost eleven straight years??? Dude does NOT belong in the hall of fame!

  23. Siege the Bay Says:

    We haven’t done anything yet. Can’t expect them to crown us when we have consistently been bad. That being said I think we should be ranked 18th in the power rankings. We have to stay hungry and humble, and our time will come.

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    Buc believer – Do the world a favor and throw yourself into traffic.

    God bless.

  25. Jean Lafitte Says:

    manufactured drama ..LoL

  26. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “These next 2 games are huge

    if we get 2 wins going into our bye week

    hopefully we get the green light to get a player thru a trade

    My Dad thinks we are only a shutdown corner (Patrick Peterson) away

    from making the playoffs”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  27. Joseph Mamma Says:

    You wanna talk about disrespected? Imagine how the 10 teams feel being ranked below us in this power ranking.

  28. stpetebucsfan Says:

    To those who say if Gay makes that FG we’re 3-1. Yeah true dat.

    However if Cam was healthy we would have lost that Carolina game…we wouldn’t have the opportunity for VHG to make that game saving stop…a healthy Cam would have trucked him or anybody else for that matter. I do not like Cam but the truth is the truth. Actually I’m starting to mellow about Cam. I think I disliked him because he is a bitter rival and plays a style that peoes his rivals. Got to give it to him though. In his prime which seems to be past…he was a top QB in this league.

    Yeah we could have easily won the SF game and we could have lost the LA game after that pick six. Give the D and the O credit for winning that game.

    The truth is simple. It’s the NFL and we could easily be anything from 4-0 to 0-4 and that’s not hyperbole. 2-2 actually seems about right to me considering our play.

    Again though…it’s not where we are right now…it’s the direction we’re heading. Who among us sees improvement and a lot of potential to get a lot better as the season progresses?

    I do…I do…I do.

  29. BigMacAttack Says:

    I also said the Bucs would beat the Rams. They’re going to beat the Saints too. Bridgewater will be on his back a lot.

  30. orlbucfan Says:

    Jeff Says:
    October 3rd, 2019 at 5:11 pm
    Dungy, the man who cost the Bucs multiple chances at a Super Bowl. Don’t really trust his opinion. 55 points Dungy, more than you scored in two months with your pathetic offenses.
    I notice you aren’t in the NFL HOF either. Your stupidity shows it.

  31. Dapostman Says:

    Is this the same panel that had them in the top 10 at the beginning of 2017 after the 9-7 2016? Yawn………………You can probably figure out the top and bottom 5 teams. The other 22 are pretty much interchangeable.

  32. Buc believer Says:

    Truth hurts Rod??

  33. passthebuc Says:

    Joe. why does it bother you so. At the end of the day, either they are right or wrong. You play the game and let the chips fall where they may.

  34. Pittbucfan Says:

    Opinions are like assholes.

  35. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Kobe, we all know you are never right so please stop talking about a PP trade or it can never happen. Will you leave JBF for the 9th time if we get him?

  36. Buczilla Says:

    Considering how we lost to the Giants and our inability to stop a rookie qb, we deserve the disrespect. The win against the rams kinda evened things out. If we beat the saints (good chance) and they still disrespect us, then I will be pi$$ed.

  37. Buc_The_World Says:

    Buc fans don’t crave national attention, we already get that from pundits beating up on us and kicking us when we are down. All we ask if you are going to give us national attention when we play bad do the same when we play good. People in here talking about we deserve disrespect is BS, when other teams play bad the don’t get treated like us. Cleveland played bad for 2 games has the same record as us, considered a better team. The Ravens considered a better team, though the games they one were against lesser opponents. I would be alright without getting national attention, but be fair, don’t just give it to us when we screw up. P

  38. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    “Buc believer – Do the world a favor and throw yourself into traffic. God bless.”

    Just a reminder, Brother. God knows your heart. You don’t get free passes for adding a couple kind words to your curses.

  39. Upthegut Says:

    Dingy is so overrated himself. Credit him for a positive culture change on the Buc’s. But he failed to deliver multiple championships when he had an excess of talent. His biggest crime and one that can never be forgiven was pushing his
    Chum the assclown known as Lovie Smith on the Glazers. That act set this franchise back several years and was so blatantly disrespectful to this fan base that his name should be removed from the Ring of Honor.

  40. Bruce's Biscuit Says:

    Who cares? Just win games….

  41. Hodad Says:

    Phil Simms actually gave us props on inside the NFL this past week as a 2-2 team that could make the playoffs. Want to shut the experts TFU, beat the two top NFC teams back, to back in their house. No one picks us because we usually follow up something good, with something bad. If we want to be taken seriously, we have to beat N.O., seriously.

  42. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “Jenny Vrentas – Sports Illustrated”

    Wasn’t he the ex-governor of Minnesota and pro wrestler??

  43. "Ice Man" Bobby Gilbert Says:

    Not sure what you are expecting Joe. We have proven time and time again that one big win for the Bucs means nothing for the season. I agree that i felt disrespected when the rankings came out but we haven’t earned anything yet. Hopefully Sunday we earn some trust back from people who thought we were going to be something last year.

  44. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:
    “Jenny Vrentas – Sports Illustrated”
    Wasn’t he the ex-governor of Minnesota and pro wrestler??

    Jesse Ventura!

  45. Brandon Says:

    If the Crypt Keeper is on that list then it has to be official.