Leftwich Denies Tipping Pitches

November 1st, 2019

There is a new drinking game sweeping the Tampa Bay region. Joe just hopes folks use a rideshare service after playing.

It could get dicey on gamedays.

What is this new drinking game, you ask? Why it’s the Peyton Barber-Up-The-Middle-On-First-Down Game. Every time Barber runs up the middle on first down — drink!

In the past two games, Barber’s number has been called 18 times, all for runs between the tackles. Of those 18 carries, 10 came on first down.

Sense a pattern?

Well, apparently Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich does not. Or chooses not to.

Yesterday when Leftwich met the fourth estate for his weekly presser, Joe asked Leftwich about all of Barber’s runs coming between the tackles and over half coming on first down in the past two games. Are perhaps the Bucs indirectly and Barber directly telegraphing to the defense what is coming just by his mere presence on the field.

Leftwich had a short, direct one-word answer to Joe’s question.


Well, Leftwich may not think he is tipping pitches with Barber, but don’t you think defensive coaches have picked up on how Barber rarely runs outside and mostly runs on first down?

Does Leftwich really believe Pete Carroll just fell off the Starbucks truck? If dudes in bars can predict what is coming with Barber on the field, you don’t think folks making six- and seven-figures a year who have access to all sorts of video won’t figure this out?

And it is not like Barber has suddenly turned into Mike Alstott, dragging half the defense with him when he blows through its teeth. Barber’s current yards-per-carry average (3.3) is the worst of his ho-hum career.

Why is it the Bucs embrace if not celebrate subpar talent and production?

Barber runs up the middle on first down so often it is like Leftwich is sending defenses a Candygram.

26 Responses to “Leftwich Denies Tipping Pitches”

  1. lambchop Says:

    Leftwich was a bum player and now a coach. His one word answer explains how he literally doesn’t have an answer for the obvious.

    Yea, I’m sure opposing defenses are scratching their heads with Barber on 1st down.

    What a clown. I just hope Leftwich’s public denail translates to a quiet change. That will be the only admission of guilt I care about.

  2. adam from ny Says:


  3. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    “Yesterday when Leftwich met the fourth estate for his weekly presser…”

    “Fourth Estate”
    If only there were still such a thing. They don’t even bother to fake it any more. (speaking generally, not about you locally)

  4. adam from ny Says:

    #CanAnOcBeAyeBustToo ???

  5. adam from ny Says:

    what if…

    what if left-twitch is the soupy sales of OC’s ?


  6. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Sounds like Leftfoot took that kinda personal, what with his short answer. LOL

    It’s not like Byron’s personnel moves are nearly as subtle as Glasnow’s glove position, and it only took 2 at-bats to figure that out.

  7. MadMax Says:

    When the season is over, if lefty is still OC IM FKN DONE until he’s canned!!! And BA and LICHT too for sticking with this loser, WTF man?!

    And can most of this bloated coaching staff thats obviously also not getting the job done!

    3 losses coming up….6 in a row for BA and i think he’ll just say fk it and retire.

    We’re in rebuild mode anyway (ive been saying it) Cant afford jw, vh3, brate and a few others not contributing much….and they’re def not worth it, well brate at times is, but sorry need the cap room buddy and you cant block!

    Blow this whole fkn thing up…keep about 15-20 players INCLUDING JPP and BARRETT!!! REAL DOGS!!!!!!!! Keep Matt (finally might have a kicker thats consistent, time will tell) then get our new QB with our top 5 pick….probablt Eason or Herbert unless Burrow somehow falls to us.


  8. MadMax Says:

    Btw, that Rams game was a fluke….they wrote us off when we were firing on all cylinders! And yes, some BS calls from refs have hurt us, but guess what, its happened across the league and the good teams have still found a way to win! Until we move on from this jw3 character, we’re gonna be stuck in loser mode!

  9. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    adam from ny Says:
    “what if left-twitch is the soupy sales of OC’s ?”

    I’m baking a pumpkin pie right now that will serve it’s purpose!

  10. Pete I Says:

    Saw a great sign at a local grocery that read ” St.Louis Ribs – our ribs perform on game day unlike the Buccaneers”

    Got a chuckle, even local businesses mock!

    Leftwich wasn’t anything special as a QB and he isn’t turning out to be any thing special at coaching. Or so it seems!

  11. FortMyersDave Says:

    If Barber carries behind the center on first down on Sunday the Glazers need to tell Bruce to take over play calling or go the way of Mike Smith and Dirk….. I know it will not happen but why does Leftwich not see what every hammered Buc fan in the bar sees and why does not BA use his veto power. Such is life in Cleveland South….

  12. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Geez…with that attitude and no clue what’s happening with Barber, is it any wonder why we suck?

  13. Mord Says:

    Maybe there’s something in the water.

    I think every Bucs coach back to Dungy has been guilty of this same first down run up the middle predictability. I distinctly remember losing my mind about it with ‘genius’ Chucky.

  14. Demetrios Says:

    Want an obvious tip? Whenever Godwin comes in motion between the tackles and the ball is snapped, it’s ALWAYS a run. Something to think about, though, is that deception is not important on every play. Most coaches and players know what is coming on the majority of the plays, especially running plays. You just have to execute. OMG….was that Tony Dungy talking??

  15. CChead Says:

    Leftnut is the worst playcaller In the NFL. No imagination. Ugh. It’s a Bucs life.

  16. Allbuccedup Says:

    Hes just there so BA has someone to blame. BA the 👑 of BS.

  17. Buc believer Says:

    It is just negligence for little Brucie to leave the play calling to Mr. I suck wich. I know he is probably to busy picking out his latest golf cart but dude get off your ride and do your freeking job!

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    barber doesnt have the speed for runs outside….lol…

    have folks seen him try to hit the edge?….lol…it looks like he’s running in mud when he’s trying to turn the corner….

    BL is putting PB in position to do what he does best…ground and pound between the tackles….

    its no different than the way dirk used doug….doug never went on wheel routes because he couldnt catch….that was sims job….

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  19. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “Running continuously on 1st down, it gives JW3 harder time to convert 3rd down when the defense knows it has to pass at 2nd/3rd and long

    Kobe Faker returns 3 days 18 hours”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  20. Hodad Says:

    How much better would Lefty’s run plays look if Licht hadn’t drafted Justin Evans over Dalvin Cook? What if Licht would’ve drafted a better left tackle then Smith, or replaced Dotson years ago with a stud right tackle? When you take a Justin Evans over a talent like Cook, there should be no wonder why you can’t run the ball well. Our back field has a two undrafted FA’s, and one questionable 2nd round pick. We don’t have Zeke, Barkley, or Cook, we have a who, what, and why.

  21. The Last Current Call !! Says:

    you are who your record say you ARE!!!

    time to clean house 5 year of jw was enough …… time for LICKED to go as well …. leftwich doesnt have a clue……

  22. Licht Headed Says:

    Hey diddle diddle, Barber up the middle.

  23. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    So much for the coaching being greatly improved from Koetter

  24. Bosch Says:

    Loyalty hit the nail on the head. How much better would the bucs be this season if the Glazers fired Licht and promoted Monken to HC?

  25. Delawest Says:

    Barack’s Crack Pipe Says:

    “ Hey do me a favor though “

  26. Joe Says:

    How much better would Lefty’s run plays look if Licht hadn’t drafted Justin Evans over Dalvin Cook?

    Cook was off the board by the time Evans was drafted. BUT Alvin Kamara was still on the board. 🤦‍♂️