Tampa Bay Vipers Performance Looked Familiar

February 10th, 2020

The inaugural Vipers game looked familiar

Joe was fired up over the weekend to consume mass quantities of XFL Football.

First, it’s new professional football in February. What could be better? Second, XFL games are the perfect complement to Joe’s stockpiles of Big Storm Beer.

Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Vipers got pounded 23-3 on the road to the New York Guardians.

Let’s see, the Vipers had 18 first downs to the Guardians’ 11, but Tampa Bay missed a kick, QB Aaron Murray threw two costly first-half interceptions and the Vipers’ secondary looked a lot like the garbage the Buccaneers trotted on the field through the entire 2018 season and the first half of 2019.

Man, that Vipers’ performance felt a little too familiar.

Murray threw for 231 yards, which appears to be the second-highest total in the league’s opening weekend, and the Vipers ran the ball pretty well. But the Tampa Bay offense looked like it might be more dangerous with ex-USF star Quinton Flowers running an RPO-style set.

Flowers won the job in training camp and Flowers entered the game as the No. 3 QB/specialist.

Vipers defensive back Robert Priester, who came to the team via the CFL, the University of Wyoming and Robinson High School in Tampa, did his share of good things and is a player to watch going forward.

Joe hopes to be uplifted by the Vipers next week. No, Joe’s not throwing in the towel after one game. The home opener is Saturday, February 22 at Raymond James Stadium. 

45 Responses to “Tampa Bay Vipers Performance Looked Familiar”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Vipers still have more credibility than a glazer ran franchise

  2. Dewey Selmon Says:

    At least they scored, Bucs lost their first game 20-0 vs the Oilers. Not sure about the Bandits.

  3. adam from ny Says:

    i was about to leave a comment yesterday midway through the game that the vipers are kind of reminding me of the bucs…

    then i saw no thread here for it, so i abstained from leaving a rando vipers comment on a bucs thread…

    but yes…the vipers issues are similar to the bucs…go figure

  4. kyle Hoge Says:

    Tampa football is so funny. Vipers Oline looked awful, Murray is not very good and Flowers should of started the 2nd half. NY receivers were wide open all day..

    LOL, You cant make this stuff up!! Go Bucs and their new green uniforms!

  5. adam from ny Says:

    the bandits were a fun team with reeves, truvillion, etc…

  6. Bradinator Says:

    No kidding! They 400+ yards of offense, costly turnovers, and bumbling in the red zone. It was like deja vu. Will it never end? Enjoyed the games over the weekend for the XFL. Loved the conversion thing. Many teams came away with nothing but it made it competitive even late in the game you were doing calculations with 3 pt conversions. Play was occasionally sloppy with Defenses mostly ahead of their Offensive counterparts unless you were PJ Walker or Cardale Jones. Both those guys looked pretty good, Jones, in particular, looked pretty smooth.

  7. adam from ny Says:

    murray needs to be pulled with those noodle arm tosses…

    very weak arm or at least many very weak throws

  8. adam from ny Says:

    also the current bucs unis fit in well with all these new style crazy xfl unis…

    but the bucs unis are not cutting it in the nfl…

    the vipers unis and helmets are definitely decent after scouring through all the xfl teams unis and logos

  9. Buc believer Says:

    Man what is it with TAMPA Bay and football? MUST be all the strip clubs!

  10. Troy Says:

    Aaron Murray = Jameis Winston

  11. Troy Says:

    I could see Winston playing in the XFL

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    adam from ny Says:
    February 10th, 2020 at 8:53 am

    murray needs to be pulled with those noodle arm tosses…

    very weak arm or at least many very weak throws

    Bucfan loves a weak armed game manager that can’t make all the throws. Talented qb’s that can make all throws are too complicated and risky for conservative scared bucfan to handle… bucfan prefers their players to lose quietly and join a local cult.

  13. Johnny Says:

    The Bandits were Tampa’s best football team ever. On June 3, 1984, the Bandits beat Donald Trump’s New Jersey Generals, 40-14. Trump was so embarrassed! He had to get revenge! So he shut down the whole league, because he could never win the championship, and Tampa Bay kicked his ass. Trump may know more than the generals, the scientists, the economists, the diplomats, and Jesus, but he does not know more about football than Steve Spurrier.

  14. D-Rome Says:

    Well, at least the Vipers QB didn’t throw a pick six on his first pass to start his professional football career.

    As for the XFL I really enjoyed it! I liked all of the differences. I liked the way kickoffs were handled and I really like the elimination of extra point kicks after the TD. I also like that they *fully* endorse sports betting and put the odds on the screen.

    The only thing I didn’t like about the XFL happened in the off season when all teams named their starting QB. They announced the starting QBs before they had an opportunity to compete for the job in camp. Quintin Flowers should probably be the starter based on what I saw.

  15. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    LMAO, that one time Murray threw into triple coverage, and was of course picked. I thought to myself,,, what the hell is it with TB football??!!!

  16. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Dewey Selmon Says:
    “At least they scored, Bucs lost their first game 20-0 vs the Oilers.”

    The difference, of course, is that the BUCS were 1 of only 2 expansion teams.
    The entire XFL is expansion teams. What is the Vipers excuse?

  17. lowercaseg Says:

    Both teams are very similar.

  18. martinii Says:

    Just a few off the wall comments. Changing name to “Tampa Bay Clones,” I miss Eric Travillion and the “Bandits,” and I admit I found myself glued to the TV in an effort to satisfy my addiction to Football. “Sad, but true.” Only highlight was I found a Uniform uglier than Buc’s.

  19. footballjunkie Says:

    Aaron Murray is horrible. So much for Plant High generating VHIII and Murray for the NFL. What a hoot that is.

    EVERYONE..should check out the interesting piece Bill Barnwell has up at ESPN on the off-season FA movement (guessing) tool. Interesting. Under Melvin Gordon’s section, and Washington, Barnwell theorized that the Bucs trade a late round pick to NYJ for LeVeon…because the NYJ would eat day $4 million of his 2020 salary, decreasing Bell’s contract to $9.5 million for 2020. There is ZERO GUARANTEED cash for Bell after this year!! Makes a ton of sense behind our OLine with WE weapons here NOT NYJ and Barnwell though that Bell also would be ideal to BA’s system.

  20. DBS Says:

    Nothing with Murray. The receivers ran the wrong routes. Tipped the ball in the air in the end zone to get picked. Receivers did not come back for the ball….. He was Perfect.

    Sound familiar too?

  21. Mr. Reality Says:

    Aaron Murray looked awful…as bad as Winston but costs a lot less. Yup, very familiar. The respite from Winston’s failures did not turn up yesterday. Hopefully it comes this weekend.

  22. NPRSageBoy. Says:

    The Vipers need a QB.

    That JayMiss for example….


    Peace, out

  23. Kyle Says:

    ^DBS. That’s funny brother!

  24. Robert Says:

    where can we watch this……

    S FL here..

  25. Robert Says:

    xfl i mean…are the games televised and where, specifically the tampa team.


    This entire league stinks…..inferior speed to NFL players; inferior skill sets; Pathetic….watched a few out of curiosity, couldn’t stay tuned for more than 10 minutes…..

  27. D-Rome Says:

    This entire league stinks…..inferior speed to NFL players; inferior skill sets; Pathetic….watched a few out of curiosity, couldn’t stay tuned for more than 10 minutes

    You could say the same for college football.

  28. Wesley Says:

    Tampa Bay of course is the worst team in the league. It’s a shame they were soooo bad, a lot of people won’t be tuning back in.

  29. ManzielMadness Says:


    VHIII went to Wharton I believe… Plant did have Murray and James Wilder Jr at HB/DE. Pretty sure WR Mike Williams (of the Seahawks not Bucs) also played for Plant.

  30. Tye Says:

    What is up with Tampa teams…
    After Saturdays games. I was hoping that the Vipers would play as well as those teams and of course, the Vipers turn the ball over a couple of times and only scored 3 points..
    If things don’t change soon, it looks like one would have to leave the state in order to attend any quality pro games!

  31. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Nah, stay with us, Tye.
    The Super Bowl is in TB next year. 😉

  32. Blackmagic00 Says:

    A little off topic; anyone notice the LA uniforms? Made me think of the Bucs and what could’ve been.

  33. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^ No doubt, Blackmagic. Especially the black ones. They are wicked cool looking. Really similar to a uniform concept I had for a Madden Team called the Tampa Bay Demons.

    The only problem would be wearing black in the Tampa sun.

  34. Bucsfanman Says:

    I couldn’t help but think of the parallels in turnovers. I’m pretty sure that the WR ran the wrong route, the OL gave up on the play, the wind was in his face, and oh yeah it WAS a full moon.
    It was entertaining. Not NFL level, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

  35. tmaxcon Says:

    D-Rome Says:
    February 10th, 2020 at 10:43 am
    This entire league stinks…..inferior speed to NFL players; inferior skill sets; Pathetic….watched a few out of curiosity, couldn’t stay tuned for more than 10 minutes

    You could say the same for college football.

    The rest of the NFL says that about the bucs

  36. tmaxcon Says:

    D rome

    Rumor has it Vanderbilt has been making moves to get the bucs to join sec so they are not the only non football organization in conference

  37. Allbuccedup Says:

    Trade for Justin Herbert Dolphins 5th pick would probably do it. Grab him before the chargers do. With the QB whispered he would ready to go in September. Tua would likely still be available at 14.

  38. DBS Says:

    I forgot about the wind. Let’s see how it goes this week.

  39. Old School Athlete Says:

    Actually liked most of what I saw from the XFL this weekend. Hopefully they will get enough corporate backing to stick around this time.

  40. Jean Lafitte Says:

    turnovers lose games …plain and simple

  41. tmaxcon Says:

    Jean Lafitte Says:
    February 10th, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    turnovers lose games …plain and simple

    so does having a 1-dimensional team with a highly ranked defense that can’t score points.

  42. Bucsfanman Says:

    tmax- Remember Alstott’s rookie year? What would you give for that kind of production out of the backfield?
    This team needs to find that “special” player to augment what is already a potent offensive attack. “Balance” is the key here. We have to be able to at least threaten a run-game.

  43. Craig Says:

    The Vipers looked as snake-bit as our other semi-pro team.

    They should have started training camp earlier and come up with an, at least, well oiled product. The effort looked like a sandlot game, rusty.

  44. tmaxcon Says:


    Ive been saying guve jameis a CONSISTENTLY PRODUCTIVE rb and put down Dotson and Jameis wins super bowl

  45. LongSeason Says:

    Something in the Bay water. Might wanna check to see if we need a hazmat team as the quality may be infected with losing and poor performance viruses.