Don’t Give Up The Big Play

January 30th, 2020


You hear coaches talk about it often. If a defender is going to give up a pass play, don’t let it be a big play.

It seems this season Carlton Davis took that philosophy to heart.

One great thing about the 2019 season is that for one of the rare times in the Lost Decade, the Bucs had good cornerback play. At least in the final stages of the season.

Yes, Bucs coaches seemed to have developed both Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting. But the coaching seemed to rub off on second-year corner Carlton Davis as well.

NextGen stats recently put out data connected to the Super Bowl, naming defensive backs who have given up the fewest yards-per-catch. Tyrann Mathieu led the NFL, giving up 5.3 yards per catch.

Davis wasn’t far behind. He was fourth-best in the NFL in yards allowed per pass (6.3 yards).

If somehow the Bucs can keep their free agent defenders, the only soft spot on the defensive side of the ball would be the safties. Yeah, Jordan Whitehead is a punishing tackler, but he cannot be a one-man band at safety.

52 Responses to “Don’t Give Up The Big Play”

  1. Jonny Says:

    Davis definitely improved over the course of the season, but it is very hard to call it a good year for him even with that stat. Our pass d was horrendous for a good half of the year and Davis was a culprit along with Stewart and Hargreaves.

  2. Soort Says:

    Well looky looky… the Bucs have a secondary. These coaches are legit.

    Buckle up Negative Nancy’s! Change is here!

    Steady continued improvement will put us in prime position for the post season next year!

    In BA I Trust!

  3. Swampbuc Says:

    I wonder what if anything Eric Berry might have left in the tank? He recently expressed an interest in returning to the gridiron. If he’s healthy, what a great roster addition for the young DB corp to learn from.

  4. mark2001 Says:

    If we can add that premiere safety and keep the D together, that side of the ball is getting so bright, I might have to buy a pair of sunglasses.

    But seriously, this is pretty much what I expected when Bruce said the secondary was “fixed”. Since we didn’t draft Deion Sanders, I expected it would take time. But that it would gel at some point last year. And I expect continued improvement.

    That being said, Licht and Allen have their work cut out for them to keep the band together.

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    Yeah you could see it in his rookie season. Carlton can flat out cover. He only got better this year. He just has an innate ability to stick right on a receiver……Even the passes that do get completed on him he is right on his man and always seems to be in great position.

    He got even better last year. Kudos to coaching. If he can develope even further that would be amazing. He is turning out to be a very very solid draft pick.

  6. JimmyJack Says:

    Yes mark and Bowles has a history with getting and making great use of a dynamic safety.

    I’d love to know what Todd thinks. Having an elite safety may be a pivitol piese to make his defense go at full capacity…….For that reason I would be super excited if we took that position at #14. Could you imagine restoring the defense we ended the season with and adding a new dimension with a playmaking safety? I could legitimately see us being one of the top defense in all of football if the cards fell right.

    I don’t know much about these first round safety’s but two of them played in the Championship Game. The Clemson guy looked awesome. He was right on the ball on every play!! I would trade up for that guy if Bowles loves him…..That Delpit guy that everybody here hypes looked like a lost boy. Only game I saw him in but I don’t wanna see no more. He glat out sucked……..But if Todd sees something I don’t I’ll be on board.

  7. Big Stinky Says:

    Gonna let you ALL in on a little secret I heard. We may NEVER need money AGAIN in life after 2019? Why you ask? Because of Jaboo and what he has really done in Tampa now. Proved to Me for a FACT that ANYONE on God’s green Earth could become as rich as they wanted to.

  8. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Soft schedule and teams trending downward at the end of the season!!!!!!!!!! The truth will be exposed next season!!!!!!!!!!!

    How long does it take for the “win now” coach to start winning??????????

    The lack of fans in the stands will show what the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. topdoggie Says:

    @ Big stinky I have tin foil hats for sale. How many do you want. they are how I’m getting rich now a days.

  10. Big Stinky Says:

    Who’s a racist that I knew after watching “All in the Family”? People like my Grandfather but I do know the reason for it. He was a Jersey cop during the riots back then I guess. What did they do that for in the FIRST place? Who knows? Wish I could go back and change things too.

  11. Big Stinky Says:


    Let me in on that business if you are making money. How much is YOUR franchise worth may I ask. I started a franchise once Myself called “Sonar Subs”. Ever heard of that one Brother?

  12. Big Stinky Says:

    I called you Brother for a reason too. To save your ass from ANY dumb crap that would split us apart now. After hearing the tin foil thing I thought of you and “Conspiracy Theory”.

  13. Big Stinky Says:

    Why would there be a conspiracy about anything if it actually happened TOO. Either way some things happen or they don’t. It all depends on how you SPIN it or SELL something to anyone.

  14. JimmyJack Says:

    Big Stinky…..Step away from the ledge bro. There are people in this world that love you and they do need you.

  15. Joe Says:

    Joe didn’t see God this morning but saw proof there is a God. Did you see what Kay Adams was wearing this morning? 😳

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    The sun will rise tomorrow and it will be beautiful. Try to reflect on the better times better place better life. It’s all right there in front of you. Remember reflection happens in the present.

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    The answer to your question is in the Good Book bro.

  18. Big Stinky Says:

    JimmyJack and Joe

    Thanks guys. What does Kate Adams look like Joe? Is she the one on that football show they have on NFL Network? I love all of you too and thanks Jimmy. I guess I needed that too. Not enough LOVE in the World these days too I might add. Why are people doing nothing too?

  19. Big Stinky Says:


    I guess you REALLY do believe in Him don’t you Brother. I can tell by the way you talked to Me just then. Wish there were more people in the world like you I might add. Then I’d have hope.

  20. Big Stinky Says:

    I want to change some things if I can and wish I could become President of the United States of America and make this country what it use to be. GREAT!!!! Not so proud of us anymore.

  21. Big Stinky Says:

    Has ANY of you except JimmyJack heard of those 2 guys during the Tribulation? The ones he kills in the streets that have to lay there 3 days to be Resurrected. Did it happen or will it be a different way than that entirely? Because the Antichrist is on Earth as we speak I am sure.

  22. Matthew Fifer Says:

    @Big Stinky

    What is wrong with you? Seriously? You’re making less sense than the “Yayvideogames” poster on Reddit from a few years ago.

    That guy was nuts, and you’re clearly bananas.

  23. Big Stinky Says:

    Yeah, I have COMPLETELY lost it at this point too. I use to watch TOO much TV and I guess it messed me up sometime. Cause I don’t believe a word I hear on TV anymore, it’s ALL over I bet. What is a TV show in the first place? A way to inform and entertain all of us I guess.

  24. 813bucboi Says:


    2018 we faced 5 teams that made the playoffs:
    saints, pittsburg, bears, cowboys, ravens

    2019 we faced 5 teams that made the playoffs:
    9ers, saints, texans, titans, seahawks

    2018 we faced 7 teams with a losing record…..

    2019 we faced 7 teams with a losing record…..

    stop the fake news!!!!!!!….schedule was the same….

    we played the titans, saints, texans and falcons in the second half of the season…..all of those teams were hot down the stretch…..

    once again…’re wrong….as usual…

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  25. 813bucboi Says:

    big stinky is actually smitty…….

    this is what getting banned from flag football can do to you…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  26. Big Stinky Says:


    That was pretty funny RIGHT there what you said. You are ALSO right though BTW! I could be Smitty but I am not because he was a SCAPEGOAT. Know what that WORD really means huh? Mike Smith was what he was but he was NEVER Smitty I am sure. That was a nickname too.

  27. Big Stinky Says:

    That’s my point EXACTLY! People don’t really KNOW anything at all. What do we nickname all of them for anyway? Things people say or do. Because you can ALWAYS just make crap up if you want to. I could make someone BELIEVE anything. All I have to do is PROVE it to them.

  28. Big Stinky Says:

    Once I prove something to someone it is ALMOST a FACT at some point. I already PROVE it to them and the more they see to CONFIRM what I said was true PRESTO. They are a believer in my eyes because it ALWAYS was a fact to Me in the first place. Reality is a funny thing too.

  29. Big Stinky Says:

    Reality is something EVERYONE truly believe I guess. The reality of it is that Aliens exist and I know that for a FACT! Why? Because they do I said. You probably thought I really MEANT it. It depends on what that Alien was I saw. Because we have too many Aliens around my house.

  30. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Big Stinky….bless you bro but you’re wearing out my scroll wheel.

    Back OT.

    Yeah it would be great to get a world class safety but it’s not a huge need. Delpit looks great but we need one of those big OT’s far worse…then a bruising big RB.

    Our defensive backfield looks GREAT. SMB is the little guy at 6-0 195…and he’s our ball hawk. Our other two have size for CB’s…a matched set with both 6-1 205. No more tiny guys like Hargreaves getting abused.

  31. Big Stinky Says:

    My house was built back then in 2001 because I think that I heard that ONCE upon a TIME in SOME way. Not sure but I purchased it in 2013 before my Mother passed away. She is NOT dead yet though because I just saw her with My Sister last night at the nursing home

  32. Big Stinky Says:


    Sorry Brother! Just ignore me I guess because I am rambling on like some people at JBF. You are another one of those smart people on here too I think. Seems like any TIME that I read one of your posts I agree with what you say too. Wish everyone was like you and that other guy. He didn’t bless me though. We all NEED to be blessed at some POINT in our lives don’t we.

  33. Big Stinky Says:

    I want God to really bless me too. From the day I was born, to the day I was BAPTIZED, until the day I was CONFIRMED, until the end of DAYS. Because by the time that comes around I am going to be figuring STUFF out like why am I even here at ALL in the FIRST place.

  34. Big Stinky Says:

    Does ANYONE think I really want to be here TALKING crap all day or WHAT? Hell no, I am in a different STATE of mind but you believe WHATEVER you want to because I have to go to work in a little bit. Actually, I can go when I want but people NEED money to SURVIVE I guess. No one EVER had to work though at SOME point. Like it was back then too if I heard right.

  35. Big Stinky Says:

    How many SOULS did God bless Himself with and that is the only question I asked anyone. I thought He only needs 3 but I could be totally WRONG in that case. Does He need more than that? Nope, just Him and Mary and Jesus. That was ALL that He ever NEEDED to create.

  36. Big Stinky Says:

    No one believes what I say about things ANYWAY. Why would they? They don’t KNOW a DAMN thing. You definitely don’t want to talk to Me anymore after all THIS crap though because you might die because of it. People die when I say the right thing too. Or I guess the wrong thing.

  37. Big Stinky Says:

    People will die someday. We all have our MOMENTS of time. The MOMENT you REMEMBER you are ALREADY dead it’s too late because you may have never EXISTED. Did I ever get that rich though because I never THOUGHT that I could. Why would I be rich in the first place?

  38. Big Stinky Says:

    Now I want to be rich for a reason too. Everyone else is so why not right. Warren Buffet was a smart mofo for what he did too. Bill Gates not so much though. Really not sure how he got so rich with that computer thing. What’s that guy’s name that owns Tesla? Now that is a smart mofo too I think. Anyway, this is not happening anymore if I can help it. No more richest again.

  39. Big Stinky Says:

    A billion dollars is too much to have in my opinion. Will someone get to a trillion NEXT. Thanks for giving that just to me I guess because I WILL become the FIRST to accumulate that much. God will make Me that guy too. He made us ALL after all. When did our family accumulate it?

  40. Big Stinky Says:

    It’s ALL about family these days TOO. Never forget that ONE thing. Love your FAMILY most of all but not BEFORE God. That’s not HOW it works in my opinion. Who was WILLING to accept the TRUTH and obey God? I can’t think of anything but he would sacrifice his son too I bet.

  41. Big Stinky Says:

    Anyway, I am almost DONE on Earth at this point. My Uncle is on the dark side of the MOON AND BACK at this point. He told me he would go there when he built that ship He needs. That was some CRAZY stuff he use to say but I always LOVED him anyway. I would NEVER judge!!!

  42. Big Stinky Says:

    Guess NO one is talking on here now. Unless they really have something to say because I did it I told you and you can have the Bible. Just ask me anything you want. I will give you anything I can to help you get through this. The Buccaneers are finished though if you ask me. Simple!!!

  43. Big Stinky Says:

    It’s “Judgement Day”: in Tampa Bay though. Must be something in the water for that because you never should have drank that Kool aid. I don’t want to see a Winstonite in my house. That’s a holy place too. Believe Him if you want to but not sure I believe ANYTHING Jaboo said once.

  44. Big Stinky Says:

    Why did I have to hear him speak at all because I never knew of him before Tampa? What did he say the FIRST time I heard his voice. Oh yeah, “I got to play better” is what he was talking about because after that I tuned out. Of course you do. Now keep reminding me why as well.

  45. Big Stinky Says:

    How many times is enough for me? After that first NFL pass was a pick 6 it should have been the last pass too. Glennon would be in the very next play if I could help it because I could see what we had in him all along, a decent QB! Not going to argue with ANYTHING that I just said for a reason too. I am not a fan boy of college football because it doesn’t EXIST to me.

  46. Big Stinky Says:

    I went to college TOO but we didn’t have a football team. That has to be hard to be a football fan of say Florida State too How many National Championships again? Who gives a crap? Did I go there to learn ANYTHING at all. I learned a different guy won the first 2 with a different QB.

  47. Big Stinky Says:

    I protect my friends and FAMILY most. They never needed to worry about anything else but I am glad I saw her that time. The time my Yia Yia went 25 years praying for ALL of it to END. I think she wanted to be with Him again too. I think we all wanted that at the time.

  48. Big Stinky Says:

    Next time this happens though it might change. It could be on a different TIMELINE because of my Grandparents on both sides. They’re all that MATTER anyway. They would ALL be able to watch that SHOW too. The “Big Show” is the LAST one you ever want them to SEE too.

  49. Big Stinky Says:

    That would be great if you could UNCREATE things you didn’t like that other people die for. It would be awesome to SAVE this Planet from all of us. We are killing the Planet if you really are serious about stopping what you are ALL doing to it. I heard 50% of ALL species that were on the Earth in 1973 are dead now. Wish I could be there to SAVE them from you too.

  50. Big Stinky Says:

    I think there is a Demon on Earth now. He could be Satan but I think he was Lucifer’s bitch at some POINT to agree to do that to me. That Demon messed with my head too. I started doing things I had never done. Even changed my favorite color wanting to be just like him too.

  51. Brandon Says:

    Don’t anybody here dare criticize Davis. He gave up less than 50% completions. Shut down Hopkins. Absolutely has the makings of a shutdown CB. Look for Davis, SMB, and Dean to be the best trio of CBs in the NFL next season.

  52. Buczilla Says:

    I’m already excited to see this defense play.