Opportunity In Looming NFC South Firings

December 1st, 2019

Can you use me in Illinois, Lovie?

Officially, the Buccaneers are in second place in the NFC South.

Yes, the Panthers lost at home to the bumbling Redskins today. Gerald McCoy’s fifth sack of the season was not enough.

The Bucs are ahead of them in the standings on a tiebreaker, and the Panthers have dropped four in a row on the heels of closing last season losing seven of eight games. Head coach Ron Rivera is toast barring an incredible finish.

In Atlanta, head coach Dan Quinn is certainly getting fired.

Joe brings this up because there’s no question a huge opportunity is approaching next season for the Bucs. They’ll have an experienced coaching staff and continuity, assuming Jameis Winston returns, in addition to a load of salary cap flexibility to fix issues on the roster. But two of their three division counterparts will be starting fresh in many respects.

Since the Bucs organization obviously has decided it’s disinterested in playing for draft position, then Joe will have to abandon that twisted fantasy and hope even harder that the Bucs can keep everyone extra healthy through the rest of this season so they can best evaluate what they have — as their rivals prepare to blow up their staffs and rosters.

Firings in Atlanta and Carolina, along with an seven- or eight-win Bucs season, would restore a lot of hope from Brooksville to the shores of Bradenton Beach.

37 Responses to “Opportunity In Looming NFC South Firings”

  1. Kalind Says:

    8-8 football purgatory

  2. Danr Says:


  3. Little Bo Peep 🤡❗️ Says:

    In the words of The Rev. Jessie Jackson “KEEP HOPE ALIVE 🤡❗️“ GO BUCS 🤡❗️

  4. BigHog Says:

    Lovie says: stand tall and take it like a man …can you see me now!!! BOWLING!! Ha h a ha ha !

  5. BrianBucs Says:

    This is very interesting.
    However, the division still belongs to the Saints

  6. Alanbucsfan Says:

    What’s wrong with 9 wins?
    Sent Koetter to Atlanta
    Sent McCoy to Panthers
    Shoulda sent Hargreaves to Saints

  7. JimmyJack Says:

    Dang this makes my day……Sure 2nd place means little in this year but for any honest Buc fan the last month showcases a real step of progression for Our team!!!!

    I may not be proud of our total body of work but right now on December 1st I am danged proud of this team and where we are headed!!

    GO BUCS BABY!!!!

    Let the Bucs get good and then we can be great!!!

  8. JimmyJack Says:

    Alan……We also broke Cam Newton and likely end his career in Tampa…..We also threw a ton of shade on Quinn in Atlanta and can get him fired with a stomping on the 29th……That will be two franchise foes we can send into spiral mode while we try and take over the division.

    Next year’s task will be breaking the Saints which probably means we gotta get to Bress. For this reason we must retain Suh. He is our key. Did you see how ha d he hit Matt Ryan?

  9. JimmyJack Says:


  10. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Bucs have about $55 mill in cap space next year- I’d spend it all on D and draft more trench talent

  11. Doctor Stroud Says:

    As a result of this game, the Jags will also go through a house cleaning. Losing at home to the Bucs means that your team is in a really bad place.

  12. Buc_U Says:

    This whole draft pick whining is ridiculous. Answer this question. How many times have we picked in the top 10 in the last 10 years? Where has it gotten us? How many winning seasons? How many playoff appearances? Why is that? Because this organization since Bruce Allen was here has been wasting draft picks. This team learning how to win is better than any draft picks we might potentially waste.

  13. Little Bo Peep 🤡❗️ Says:

    LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL 🤡💰❗️GO BUCS 😀❗️And have a BEER 🍺 ON ME 🤡 ❗️IRA Kaufman ❗️Just Now 🤡❗️Derrick Brooks just said 🤡❓”Who was that masked man Ira 🤡❓” That’s Shaq Barrett❗️The New King 👀👑💰❗️Of Edge Rushers 🤡❗️Joe been saying to the masses for years that the Bucs been lacking A Pass Rush since the Glazers let Michael Bennett go bye-bye 🤡❓But now we have JPP and Shaq Berrett 🤡💰❗️And remember this❗️A strong pass rush helps a young defensive backfield 🤡❗️GO BUCS❗️

  14. SammyRebel Says:

    Bucs have $93 million next year

  15. Son of Kobe Faker Says:


    Instead of out playing them

    Send our ex coaches and ex players to destroy within”

    Kobe Faker

    The ultimate fade

  16. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    This is what Bucs strive for, to not finish in last place. And somehow they still think JW will turn it around. That’s why we suck each and every year.

  17. BridleOaks Buc Says:

    Colts, Lions, Texans, Falcons…All winnable games. 9-7 to build momentum and confidence and carrying through to next season. That’s building a program. Playing for draft picks is a loser’s mentality.

  18. unbelievable Says:


    Exactly! Unless you’re in the running for a top 2 pick, tanking is for losers!

    We’ve seen a lot of teams over the years finish a season with a strong 6-8 game stretch and then go on a playoff run the following season. Why not the Bucs finally?

  19. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    BigHog, are you really bowling????

  20. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    BigHog, I guess you meant a bowl game for Lovie

  21. ocala Says:

    Isn’t this the same Joe that did not want the Bucs to draft Devin White?

    The Bucs need to establish a winning culture. If the Bucs defense truly has turned the corner then the Bucs have a great shot at finishing 8-8 with a lot of momentum heading into next year with the 3rd most cap room in the NFL.

  22. AMI_Chris Says:

    I am no longer confident in my preseason prediction of 5-11. It would be so like the Bucs to go 2-6, put the season in the toilet, then go 6-2 in a meaningless 2nd half to ruin the draft position.

  23. bojim Says:

    At this point it looks like we’ll draft 10-15. Don’t think we’ll find a game changer there. I’d rather win anyway. Makes me feel good for some strange reason…

  24. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    I can possibly see an 8-8. I’m somewhat excited for the future. I just don’t want Jay Miss to be part of it.

  25. Jcscycles Says:

    Plenty of talent drafting 10-15.

    Patrick Mahommes. Drafted 10th

    Deshaun Watson. Drafted 12th.

    Heck, how about Lamar Jackson at 32nd? You can find future Hall of Famers anywhere in the first round. Or any round for that matter. Licht is not as bad as you think. And remember, he drafts along with the Coaching staff input based on what they want. This years class is starting to look pretty darn good. So I don’t think we have to worry if we are even around 20th. Rather see 8-8 or 9-7. That means we learned how to win.

  26. Stevebobucsfan Says:

    As I’ve said several times I would like to see Jameis franchised for the one year so we are not stuck long term with a big contract with him and as I’ve said many times this year, I want to see what this team and also Winston look like next year under Arians

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Danr Says
    “Hire raheem. THAT IS THE OPPORTUNITY.”

    That will never happen in Tampa again…as well it shouldn’t.

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I say re-sign Jameis with a lot of incentives and only a 1-2 year guarantee. Drafting a rookie to start would mean 2-4 years of development anyway. Stick with Jameis, who regardless of turnovers, still has us in the top 10 of offenses each year.

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Alvin Scissors Harper Says
    “I can possibly see an 8-8. I’m somewhat excited for the future. I just don’t want Jay Miss to be part of it.”

    Why? If he gets us to 8-8 this year, that means he is playing better. Or is it more personal for you?

  30. Buczilla Says:

    Great article and some hope would be much appreciated.

  31. Blogtalkfootball.com Says:

    Maybe Carolina will hire Dirk, Atlanta will hire Leftwich and we can finally have BA calling plays!

  32. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Why root for draft position when your team sucks at drafting?

  33. Buccernutter Says:

    I have 0 respect for anyone supporting playing for the draft.

    Pathetic loser mentality. I will not accept that anymore.

  34. Evo2706 Says:

    I say we as fan get together and just surround jpp at the end of the year. Surround him everywhere he goes. Hell even when hes home. Let’s wrap him in bubble wrap to keep him healthy. When this man is healthy and plays, hes a monster. Nassib has quietly been a huge difference as well. Now barrett has help

  35. Canine7 Says:

    Jameis would make for a good backup. The defense has done more than there part to compete. What good is limiting even the best running backs in the league if you’re QB can’t make them pay. 6 TOs against Carolina. 4 against Tennessee. 4 against the Saints. At some point his decision making has to be questioned

  36. TOM Says:

    I have no doubt that the Bucs will resign JW one way or another. More important they need to sign Barrett. Sooner rather than later. Also need to sign Nassib & JPP.

  37. Xdptodx Says:

    It’s really frustrating to hear/read you repeatedly talk about playing for draft position. You’re either playing for the draft or trying to establish a wining culture- you can’t do both. What if Dungy threw in the towel after 6 games of his first season- would they have had the success that came afterwards? If you’re going to thrown in the towel when the season is half over what message does that send? Your quinten Nelson example is also silly. The Colts aren’t lighting it up with him and the most impressive teams right now drafted after he was off the board. Good teams can evaluate talent and find value regardless of the spot they are picking.

    As for the 2020 draft- this may sound pessimistic but is it really going to matter as long as they are incapable of drafting the right players or developing them?