Five Things

November 18th, 2019

What a dreary day it was yesterday at the Den of Depression. And folks wonder why Joe has tagged the stadium with that moniker. Let’s get on with it.

No Better

The Bucs suffered their worst beatdown of the season. They couldn’t pass the ball. They couldn’t run the ball. They couldn’t block. They couldn’t defend the pass. They couldn’t rush the passer. They couldn’t stop the run.

Other than that, how was the car ride, Mrs. Kennedy?

In no uncertain terms, both Bucs coordinators were shamed by Sean Payton and his Saints assistants.

This wasn’t supposed to be. The Bucs went out, backed by massive checks from Team Glazer, to get the best, most experienced coaching staff available. It’s certainly the biggest staff in the NFL.

Does this team look well-coached to you?

A good coaching staff would have either identified long ago the Bucs needed help in the secondary or would have coached up the players enough to at least play respectably.

A good coaching staff would have found a way to get quarterback pressure from players other than two guys.

A good coaching staff wouldn’t constantly run Peyton Barber up the middle, often on first down.

A good coaching staff wouldn’t be forcing passes to two subpar receivers and sometimes ignore two NFL stars in the receiving corps.

A good coaching staff wouldn’t take two Pro Bowl-level tight ends and have both in the midst of their least effective NFL seasons.

What has this coaching staff done well? A few individuals have shined. Shaq Barrett blew up here in Tampa. America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, could finish the season as the NFL’s leading passer (in yards). Lavonte David is having an outstanding year (but is that really a stretch from coaching?). Vita Vea anchors what was an elite run defense. Ronald Jones’ career was saved.

But overall, has this coaching staff made this team better, this platoon of coaches? Joe thinks it is fair to suggest Team Glazer is not getting its money’s worth. An individual success story here or there doesn’t make up for a collective cow patty of a team’s rotten play.

The Bucs have six games left and have to win no less than half to finish with a better record than the last two seasons. Three of those teams the Bucs will face have losing records (Atlanta, the Bucs will play twice and is not playing like a losing team).

The way this team is playing, winning half of their remaining games seems like a big-time stretch. And Joe doesn’t think Team Glazer went through all the trouble (and cost) to pull Bucco Bruce Arians out of retirement just to win one more game.

Somewhere in the toney Atlanta northern suburbs, Dirk Koetter is snickering in his beer.


Look, Joe has nothing against Scotty Miller or Breshad Perriman. But Joe has a hangup about getting your best players the damn ball.

Yet week after week after week after week this Bucs offense, come hell or high water, is going to force balls to Lance Alworth and Michael Irvin Miller and Perriman.


Finally — finally! — Jameis completed a bomb to Miller. Cool, great! But how many first downs if not touchdowns this season were p!ssed away by Bucs offensive coordinator Leftwich having Jameis force passes to Miller and Perriman.

Yesterday was another frustrating day. The offense was going nowhere yet Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were barely targeted in the first half while the Saints jumped out to a three-score lead.


Do we see Drew Brees throwing to some scrub all the time instead of Michael Thomas? Do we see Deshaun Watson throwing to some stiff instead of DeAndre Hopkins? So we see Patrick Mahomes throwing to some glorified practice squad player from Benedictine College instead of Cheetah Hill? Hell no!

Mike Evans said after the game yesterday that the Saints were using the very same coverages on him as the last time they played. The only difference was, no Marshon Lattimore.

Yet for reasons unknown, Leftwich couldn’t adjust, much less have a decent gameplan against a defense he and his players have already faced.

And still Dare Ogunbowale had more targets in the first half than Evans or Godwin.

Who does this?

The Bucs.

More Leftwich Mania

Let’s see, you have a potential Hall of Fame receiver, a potential Pro Bowl slot receiver, two tight ends who, before this season were Pro Bowl-level talents, a second-round pick of a running back who has been reborn and America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston.

And Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had his offense outgained at one point in the first half 198-11.

Think about that: only 11 friggin’ yards. With that talent?

Did Marcus Arroyo sneak back into the building?

Joe remembers when the Bucs hired Leftwich, Joe had pause because Joe thought Leftwich did an awful job in building (ruining?) first-round pick quarterback Josh Rosen. And man, did Joe get flamed for writing that.

Now that we have had 10 games under our belts, doesn’t Leftwich look more like the guy who had a hand in melting down Rosen than the second coming of Bucco Bruce Arians?

Devin White Update

It seems the rookie is really coming around in the run game.

In the pass game, wwweeelll… 

White had a nice day against the run. On a day when it appeared the run defense is starting to get rundown from a long season, White stepped up. He had 13 tackles yesterday, 11 solo.

In the pass game, White got roasted over an open fire by Alvin Kamara. But White is coming around after an invisible start to the season combined with a minor knee injury.

What A Kick!

One of the few bright spots yesterday was the 55-yard field goal from rookie kicker Matt Gay. The pride of Utah pulled the Bucs within two scores at 20-10 in the third quarter when Demar Dotson got flagged for a false start, which blew up a promising possession.

The Bucs instead settled for a long field goal. Gay didn’t disappoint.

Aside from blowing the Giants game earlier this year, Gay has been solid.

Bonus nugget from Ira Kaufman: The Bucs the past five years are 0-13 when rushing 20 or fewer times. Yesterday, the Bucs ran the ball eight times, twice by Jameis.

Sad Notice

In closing, Joe wants to offer condolences to the family of MacArthur Boykins, quite possibly the smartest Bucs fan Joe knew of. Well, sort of knew.

You see, Boykins appeared on this site as commenter, “Macabee,” and on social media and other sites. Joe never met him; never spoke to him, but did communicate with him through email and Twitter. If there is another Bucs fan who read about the Bucs more than “Macabee,” Joe is not aware of the guy (or girl).

Joe honestly doesn’t think there was a story written about the Bucs that Macabee didn’t read. His thousands of comments on this site, which first appeared in February 2011, were always thoughtful and intelligent. He came across as a really, really cool guy who just couldn’t inhale enough information about the Bucs.

Macabee, 74, was a former marketing executive at GTE. You can read his obituary here. Per Greg Auman of The Athletic, who spoke with one of Macabee’s sons, the first thing Macabee did each morning was nurse his coffee while reading Bucs articles in the Tampa Bay Times and comments on

Yes, Joe is sad to have lost a top-shelf Bucs fan, and by all accounts a good, decent human being. And of course, a family lost a loved one. We, as a local community, are worse off. Joe only wishes he got a chance to meet Macabee. It’s guys like that (and other readers) who allow Joe to do what he does. Joe never loses sight that without loyal readers, this site simply would not exist.

Joe hopes if Macabee’s family reads this, it helps them in some way get through tough times. He will be missed in Bucs fandom.

63 Responses to “Five Things”

  1. BucsBandit Says:

    Rest In Peace, Macabee.

    As he, and every other Bucs fan wants or would have wanted, is to get back to being a winning team.

    And this all starts with saying goodbye to one Jameis Winston.

    The “Jameis Winston Experiment” has failed in Tampa. Many thought his high INT ratio at FSU was a red flag, and it has proven to be true.

    It’s time to move on. Joe. And we need you to help usher on this change. Enough of the America’s QB schtick. Enough of the “he may lead the league in passing yards” crap. The guy just isn’t a solid NFL QB. The only reason he ended up with over 300 yards in this recent game is because Arians left him when down by 3 scores with 5 minutes left. He went from a measly game of 230 yards or so to over 300 when he should have been yanked and Ryan Griffin should have been given some experience.

    It’s time for a new day in Tampa Bay without Jameis Winston.

  2. Allbuccedup Says:

    This team looks totally disorganized.

  3. Easy Says:

    This is squarely on Arians. You mean to tell me you have a “quarterback whisperer” as a head coach and he brings in an inexperienced rookie OC in Byron Leftwich (not saying he wont be good in time) to call plays in a make or break year for “Americas Turnover Machine Quarterback” Jameis Winston? This is all on his shoulders and should take 100% of the blame. And about Jamel Dean not even getting on the field…. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  4. buc up Says:

    This fiasco started when Bruce did NOT play the starters enough in the pre-season. Jameis playing ONE series? New coaching staff & system and NOT enough time to jell. What were the coaches thinking? Just flip the switch game one and the offense will shine! Byron needs to go!!

  5. Miller5252 Says:

    Great article Joe, I think you’re 100% correct.

    The 50 coaches on this team must just be on vaca and I really think Evens is about done in Tampa, think he’ll ask for a trade and I don’t blame him. Seeing Smith knock the ball out of Winston hand during the game makes me think everyone is done for the year and the coaches don’t really care either.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Leftwich deserves criticism but I hardly think he is totally responsible for Jameis’ WR targets. Surely, Jameis has a choice depending on coverage and who is the open receiver..

    Jameis was under extreme pressure yesterday and he has always seemed to be hesitant and have difficulty seeing the field.

    Miller & Perriman are 3rd WR options……and the key work here is “options”…..I don’t think Jameis is forced to throw to them….he chooses to throw to them.

  7. Steven007 Says:

    Mcabee was a great, thoughtful commenter. The complete opposite of someone like Trollmax. Measured, competent, and always respectful. and he wanted us to win as much as the trolls seem to want us to lose. I first read his comments on other sites and then here at jbf headquarters. He will be missed.

  8. Mister Negative Nancy Says:

    yeah same old Bucs

    Arizona game was the lowest Bucs attendance in Raymond James history.

    Dollars vote. An unlikeable quarterback, thugs like Suh, showboaters like Evans, pig for a coach and idiots underneath him… the silent majority out there isn’t going to waste their time/money following these turkeys.

    Meanwhile the Lightning sell out every game for years. With five times as many games.

  9. View from 132 Says:

    Love the memorial for a reader and commenter. Godspeed.

    As for the Bucs, any team playing with red pajamas is going to look sleepy.

  10. JP_09 Says:

    Hard to say OJ is a pro bowl talent. I was yelling for him to be more involved but apparently the dude can’t catch. That’s the second time he’s at fault for an INT.

    Time for the Glazers to grow a set and blow this whole operation up

  11. Ricordo Says:

    If it is true that history repeats itself, soon there will be stories of Bucs’ tickets found in windshields at the local shopping mall.

    RIP, Macabee.

  12. Bobby M. Says:

    Couple things….

    Rosen isn’t looking any better in Miami where they traded for him. Winston has been through 3 coaches, 3 offensive coordinators, 2 QB coaches…..and still looks the same. I dont blame Leftwich for that. Frankly with Winston, he’s damn near impossible to call plays for because you have to factor in so much concern for things going badly in a flash. FOUR ints….ONE pick six….the wheels come off and the cart goes over the cliff in a few possessions. Then the other team is sending the house at him on every snap which only compounds the bad decisions for Winston. Its a nightmare for a play caller. Add in Drew Brees keeps the pressure coming with every possession….score after score after score. Not much Leftwich can do…..his horse cant keep up.

    As for the “yards”…..Brees through for 228 yds. It doesn’t take statistical glory to dominate and be in complete control. Winston puts up yds every week and we rarely ever look like we are in the drivers seat. Its always chasing. At one point in the 1st half, Brees had 125 yds/2 TDs…..Winston had 7 yds/1 INT. It only took another 100 yds to finish us off…..while Winston threw for another 300 to never come close. The yds only matter in fantasy football. There’s a game within the game that we are constantly losing at with Winston….we rarely are in the drivers seat, constantly playing catch up but when we are, there’s this fear embedded in the play calling that if you keep dialing up plays with Winston, he’ll eventually give the game away. When you have 5 yrs of data….statistically you are what you are….and Winston is turnover prone. This team isnt structured properly to mask his inconsistencies.

  13. Bradinator Says:

    I can’t talk about the negatives any more. We know what they are. I will say I agree that the Bucs are not getting their money’s worth out of this coaching staff. Aside from a blown coverage, Edwards looked better covering the slot than he did at safety. Devin White has certainly looked much better the last two games. He was weirdly lined in coverage on the top WR in the game and a CB even O-layed him the guy once. No way can he cover the dude. Evans and Godwin are the same week in-week out. They are awesome. get them the ball. We have some foundation, but we have a couple of years to go in a re-build.

  14. Bradinator Says:

    Oh and RIP for Macabee. Thanks for hanging in with us on our Bucs journey. Tough to find dedicated fans. You’ll be missed.

  15. BigHog Says:

    You are going to look bad when your tight end bobbles a routine pass and it turned into a interception!! …when you can’t run the ball and your receivers can’t get open!!!….when your O/Line can’t block “air”!!!….All we can do is get this game out of our heads and go to work Tuesday morning and move on to the next game!! This was The BUCS at a low point…sign Colon K.

  16. 2020 What is the bucs future plan? Says:

    Well Good Morning JOE, very well written couldnt of said it better I AGREE …. with the whole article ….. its quite embarrassing watching when we play the Saints extemely well coached team ….. The Glazers have been Bamboozeled again ….. I am hoping The GLAZERS WAKE THE F*@%*CK UP ! CLEAN HOUSE TOP TO BOTTOM ……. STARTING WITH JASON LICKED 33%WINNING RECORD UNDER HIS TENURE ………. the sesaon is over we have 1% chance of making the playoffs we cant resign Jaymiss Winsnot….he is worth 8-10 million ayear period as a back up !!! We should bench Jaymiss develope all young talent and play for the draft.

  17. tmaxcon Says:

    RIP Macabee

    Littlie Stevie

    It’s not negativity when my predictions and comments come to fruition year in and year out… there truly is no hope. glazers have trained low standard fans like your self to accept losing with a smile…

  18. Sharthappens Says:

    Another point. What is our QB doing looking away from the ball when it is getting hiked to him….WHILE IN THE SHOTGUN!!! As I have always said “ignorant people can’t handle pressure”. The dude can’t even process a check down. Take a look at Drew Brees: his eyes are all over the field before pulling the trigger. JW always zeroes in on his first read

  19. Sharthappens Says:

    I also wonder if BA will get to keep his golf cart when he gets whacked.

  20. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    We need to let JayMiss finish out the season!!! Once again the Bucs will be part of an impossible record to break,( ala 76-77.. 26 straight losses)… JayMiss setting the interception/turnover record for a QB in 1 year will be another dubious record the Bucs will be part of….
    JayMiss ain’t the answer. Could never trust him in a big game!!
    However w this turnstile OL, the only QB that could make something happen with it is Lamar Jackson! But Jaylen Hurts will be continuing to move up draft boards and might have the ability to survive!

  21. 2020 What is the bucs future plan? Says:


  22. Robert Says:

    #6…JW still sucks lol

  23. Destinjohnny Says:

    Is anyone really suprised???
    I marvel at that if u are

  24. Frank Pillow Says:

    It doesn’t happen often, but there are enough examples of one-and-done coaches that ownership SHOULD be considering terminating Bruce and his staff after the season is over. I know they have a ton of dough tied up here and it has got to be downright humiliating to admit they’ve gotten it wrong- again, but what do they really hope to build with Bruce? A bridge to a Bowels or Leftwhich regime? Andy Dalton or Joe Flacco as our starting QBs next year? The fact of the matter is we’re on a road to nowhere. Just a few seasons ago so were the 49ers. They were smart enough to boot Chip Kelly and target lock-in a HC/GM pairing that could work well together and lay the foundation for sustained success. They were bold when they needed to be and pragmatic all the same. Look at them now. Has Bruce started to lay a foundation here? Is he really in this for the long haul? Has Licht proved that he can field anything other than a perpetual last place that drafts poorly and fails to maximize player potential/development? Nope. It’s time for a one and done. It’s time for a complete house cleaning.

  25. chris L Says:

    Joe agreed on leftwich but if you want to say jameis and the bucs lead the league or high up there in points and yards – doesnt leftwich get credit for that? i just think you give jameis too much of a pass. i get it this game wasnt all on him but he looks mentally shaken out there and just lost. i dont think he has the mental makeup too be a great QB we need given all that has happened to him in his career.

    this team in my opinion needs to move on because both need a fresh start. we need to draft a QB and then draft ONLY d-line and o-line. everything else we need we try and fill with free agency but the only way this team ever gets back to relevancy is when we have two physically dominant and tough lines. football is won in the trenches, no different than 100 years ago. the bucs fail to ever recognize this.

    someone needs to take the fall and jason licht needs to go as well.

  26. Defense Rules Says:

    I agree 100% with Steven007 … Macabee was a “great, thoughtful commenter. Measured, competent, and always respectful.” He’ll definitely be missed because fans like Macabee made a ‘go to’ football blog.

    Also think this is an excellent article, but it’s not just Byron Leftwich. BA deserves even more blame IMO because he’s the boss & the Bucs Stop Here. That game plan yesterday was a prescription for losing from the git-go against the Saints. Jameis was 2-for-7 on deep passes PLUS 2 more deep passes intercepted. 22% completion rate (unless you count the Saints picks) is pretty abysmal. Sad thing is that his short passes were almost as ineffective. That coupled with a non-existent running game (RoJo had 13 yards on 4 carries & Dare had 0 yards on 2 carries) made for a long day, for our defense. Saints controlled the clock beautifully & made very few mistakes. Defense started off decently with the 2 stops to hold Saints to FGs in the 1st quarter, but I think they became demoralized. I know I sure did. Once again, we beat ourselves.

  27. Troy Says:

    Rest in Peace Macabee. I read most of your posts on JBF. You’ll be missed.

    Joe, really great article. I’m more confused now than I was last year by the coaching of this team. At least you knew last year that the identity of the team was a vertical passing team in Koetter’s offense. This year, I have no clue what lefty is trying to do. On defense, there is zero improvement. Anyone who thinks our pass rush is better isn’t watching the games.

    I’m placing the blame with Licht. He is not qualified to be a GM and he’s proven it over and over again.

  28. miken Says:

    Nice tribute Joe. Rest in Peace Macabee.
    Joe,thanksfor calling out this entire staff. The team was pathetic from top to bottom (except for the kicker I bashed from April to October).This game and the Tenn game coming offabye. Both game, everyone looked slow and half asleep in the 1st half. No fire, dumb turnovers and stupid penalties. Just put them both on the incredibly large coaching staff

  29. CanadianBuc Says:

    Rest in Peace sir.

  30. WillieG Says:

    I bet part of the problem is too many coaches. They are still having “communication issues” after an entire offseason and over half of the season. That tells me players are either dumb, or they’re getting mixed messages. Maybe both. I bet mixed messages is the primary issue.

  31. Bosch Says:

    It is looking more and more like Arians is getting tuned out by the players.

  32. Defense Rules Says:

    BigHog … How do you know the Bucs couldn’t run the ball on the Saints? On the Saints 1st possession, Bucs’ defense held them to a FG. On our 1st possession RoJo ran on 1st down for 6 yards, then Jameis threw 2 incomplete passes … one short, 1 deep. PUNT. Saints got it on their 24 & our defense again held them to a FG. On our 2nd series (starting at 44 seconds left in the 1st quarter), RoJo ran for 0 yards, but Jameis followed that with the INT to OJ at the Tam-16 yard line. Only took 1 play for Brees to hit Thomas for a TD.

    So at the end of the 1st quarter, we’re behind 13-0 and we’d had the ball on offense for roughly 1 minute … 2 runs for 6 yards, 2 incomplete passes, 1 punt, 1 INT. Yup, perfect way to start off a game. Damned defense.

    But wait, there’s more. Bucs ran it ONCE in the 2nd quarter (Rojo for 4 yards). We ran it ONCE in the 3rd quarter (RoJo for 3 yards). Then we ran it TWICE in the 4th quarter (Dare for 0 yards). We gave up on the run game much too early, and that allowed the Saints’ DLine to tee-off on Jameis.

  33. Bird Says:


    Pretty sure the qb has a decision on where The ball can go

    Typical for this Joez though
    He just blammed pretty much everyone but the qb
    Gosh he wants his asz so bad

    The losing culture has something to do with jAmeis
    Arians said maybe 10 of 18 picks were jameis fault
    Yet arians will ream every guy not named jameis in media

    Im sure the players love untouchable jameis and have his back
    What a joke

    Time to move on

  34. 813bucboi Says:

    RIP macabee…

    dont see how folks can blame BL…..

    doesnt matter whos guarding mike when we play the saints….he’ll get locked down….MT is an elite WR….ME is very good and can be elite whe he wants to…..

    we’ve blamed Marcus Arroyo, Monken, Dirk and now BL…..

    hold JW accountable…..bill walsh’s play calling wouldnt stop JW from missing open WRs, throwing picks and ignoring his check downs….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  35. 813bucboi Says:

    how can folks blame BL when we have a top offense in yards and points…..

    hold JW accountable….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  36. AMI_Chris Says:

    I’d like to see Mike Evans stand up at the end of the season and demand a trade. Nothing would send a signal to ownership more than that. (As well as the precipitous increase which is surely coming in the opponents’-fans-to Bucs-fans ratio in RJS.)

  37. miken Says:

    One thing that made me cringe durring the telecast yesterday…
    Tom Breneman: I spoke with OC Byron Leftwich yesterday and asked him, Who does Jameis remind you of? And BL said “me”.

    Unfortunately he is right. The long wind up , inaccurate passes, big strong arm and body and heavy feet.

  38. BrianBucs Says:

    No Risk It No Biscuit?

    This team looks more like Seabiscuit.

    The team in general just looks very poorly coached.

  39. Sport Says:

    Joe – classy move helping the Macabee Family through a difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Bobby M – nailed it. Joe keeps stating you don’t run off a qback for scoring so many TD’s and racking up yards. But does fault the OC for being bad. Can’t have it both ways.

    As far as getting roasted for your Lefty Rosen take. For me it was because you pushed aside the fact that a new HC arrived and he had a once in a lifetime chance to get his QB of choice. Yet your story line is how a rookie qb was ruined by a coach.

    In BA I Trust!

  40. Bucsfanman Says:

    RIP Macabee.

    There’s no question that play-calling has been a little “suspect”. However, Leftwich does not throw the football, he only calls the plays. For instance:

    On play #3 of the game, JW rolls right away from pressure. OJ Howard is 5-10 yards deep and open. Another WR is 10-15 yards deep and open. Either throw goes for a 1st down. Where does Jameis throw? 20-25 yards deep to a covered WR. Is that on Leftwich? No.
    What about the pick-6? Evans is wide open. That looked like a good play to me. The execution, not so much!

    Lots of blame to go around but lets not act like Leftwich is the one throwing the football.

  41. Steven007 Says:

    Trollmax, did I use the word negativity? Didn’t think so, though it’s clear why that default word was in your miserable head. Macabee brought more useful insight with one comment than you did regurgitating your redundant garbage with no semblance of an original thought ever. You’re welcome.

    Love, Little Stevie

  42. tmaxcon Says:

    Steven007 Says:
    November 18th, 2019 at 10:17 am

    little stevie,

    I”ll stop regurgitating the same garbage when the bucs stop fielding garbage players embarrassing the sport of football. the cycle of 17 years of failure without a single positive is proof the glazers are not even trying…. I am consistently negative because the actual results and product the glazers field every year is consistently negative and down right embarrassing…

  43. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Now that we have had 10 games under our belts, doesn’t Leftwich look more like the guy who had a hand in melting down Rosen than the second coming of Bucco Bruce Arians?

    No, both Rosen and Jameis are Losers in the NFL
    Rosen proved it with 2 coaches
    Jameis proved it with 3

  44. Buccfan37 Says:

    So the Bucs were assassinated by the Saints.

  45. Steven007 Says:

    Trollmax, though I’m not sur I even want it, thanks for the free space in that dusty cranium filled with cobwebs and apparently a “repeat” function that works well in the absence of an original thought.

    Love, Little Stevie

  46. ElioT Says:

    Rest In Peace Macabee!

    Hopefully you’re up there cracking up with John McKay about the sorry state of this franchise.

    Condolences to the Boykins family.

  47. Ra'Shad Says:

    Rest in Peace Macabee

  48. AwShbucs Says:

    Remember when everyone was ridiculing Gruden for having such an awful first year with the Raiders? Well now hes got them 1 cheifs loss away from being 1st in the AFC West.

    It takes time to eradicate the stench of a losing culture.

  49. Tim Says:

    Jameis Winston, could finish the season as the NFL’s leading passer (in yards).

    Come on Joe, don’t sell him short. He has a lock on the most INTs too.
    But none of them are his fault….

  50. SmittyToiletBowles Says:

    Its a shame you only heard the stories and never got the tickets off the windshields. I went to plenty a game for free that way. Alot of the times they were found on the players windshields. I believe Ricky Reynolds left them quite a bit cuz he left me some of few times. I got there early and often. Great times as a kid. Still only $4 tho if you couldnt find a free one. Not quite the same now.

  51. Buczilla Says:

    Rest in peace Macabee.

  52. Paul Keyes Says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this article, it is so spot on. Now can someone in the media’s get the balls to ask some hard questions now? Like Bruce, have you given any thought in taking over play calling, there are obvious problems here, my wife who knows nothing about football asks “why do they run the same running play over and over, why are they forcing the passses to number 19 and 10 when the other guys are so much better, I thought you said they had the best tight end duo in football, why aren’t they blitzing drew brees when they clearly can’t cover anyone”. All questions that I have no answer for. Time for the softball questions to stop.

  53. unbelievable Says:

    Said it last night when neighbors shared the news but I’ll say it again:

    RIP Macabee.

    Def one of the most well informed posters on this site.

  54. Miller5252 Says:

    Being from Utah Joe I really like the pride of Utah comment! Haha

  55. Brandon Jeff Says:

    Rest In Peace Macabee!
    I’ve enjoyed your posts over the years!
    Well done Sir!

  56. #1bucfan Says:

    RIP MACABEE. Always sad to hear about someone passing great story joe. Sometimes I get caught up in all the madness as a Bucs fan an forget to think about more important things like people. WE ARE NOT PROMISED TOMORROW SO GIVE EVERYTHING YOU GOT TODAY AN MAKE IT COUNT. life is to short to fight with each other. Debating healthy is good but to tear each other apart cuz we don’t agree with someone’s opinion isn’t healthy. I’ll be the 1st to apologize especially to T M A X I P A D. even tho some of the things that guy or girl says is completely wrong it’s still his opinion lol sorry bro

  57. kyle Says:

    wow, so sorry to hear about macabee. i recognized his screen name immediately. 74 is too young to pass, I wish his family the best. whether you agreed or disagreed with macabbe’s posts, i always respected his knowledge.

  58. SFNJBucs Says:

    Not that it matters and excuses are for losers and all of that, but on the Evans’ OPI call not only did the contact happen within a yard but the Saints CB lined up offsides! One thing Arians has right is the officiating is just horrendous. The league has to do something because it feels like the team are playing against two opponents sometimes. Just a terrible missed call.

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  60. TOM Says:

    I’ve come to realize, its not just the GM or coach or players it the whole dam organization. What a waste of an NFL franchise Sell the team Glazers. RIP MAC.

  61. Bill Macy Says:

    Well the game was already over in the first quarter. One team knew what they were doing. The other looked totally out played and out coached. Went outside for fresh air and to get away from the stench. BA should have stayed retired. BL is mediocre at play calling. The few really good players on this team cannot do it by themselves. And no QB could be consistent with such a weak offensive line. Offensive line, defensive backs and poor coaching are killing this team.

  62. Warrenfb12 Says:

    I feel like we come to the same damn place every season. Here we are again. New staff…same questions. Why are things not getting through?

  63. Pickgrin Says:

    Sorry to hear about Macabee passing. He was a thoughtful commenter regarding all things Buccaneers. Condolences to his friends and family.