“Sleepness Nights” Ahead

March 31st, 2020

A former Pro Bowl quarterback, Super Bowl QB and a hated rival of Bucs fans chimed in recently on what Tom Brady will mean to the Buccaneers.

This should got any Tampa Bay fan jacked up.

Jake Delhomme spent seven years under center for the Stinkin’ Panthers (2003-2009) and now works as an underrated analyst on Panthers’ radio broadcasts.

Asked about the Bucs’ prospects with Tom Brady on CBS Sports Radio, Delhomme got excited.

“Tampa’s a sneaky talented football team. I called their games this year against the Panthers,” Delhomme said. “They were fantastic [in] run defense. They have some young guys in the secondary, some longer guys. They improved as the year went on, and big-time weapons to throw the football to, some very big weapons. They were a decent football team with all these turnovers. And we all know the statistics with turnovers and winning in the National Football League.

“[Brady is] going to make this team have a different level of focus and energy when he walks into that building, wherever it may be. Because the first thing I know as a player [Bucs players] are all going to say, ‘I better be ready to go from the beginning, from the first walk-through. I can’t let Tom Brady down. Because I know through past history that he’s not going to let us down.’ And that’s going to raise the level of intensity and focus and preparation for this Tampa Bay team.”

Delhomme added that he thinks the Saints are absolutely loaded with talent and are heavy favorites in the NFC South, but he can see the Bucs in the playoffs and scaring the crap out of opposing coaches

“You know each and every defensive coordinator is going to have sleepless nights preparing to play a Tom Brady-led team,” Delhomme said. “And that Tampa Bay team will have confidence like they’ve never had before knowing, ‘We’re going to the playoffs with the greatest quarterback of all-time.’ And that, I’m telling you; when you get on a roll and confidence in the playoffs, that’s all it takes.”

Fire the cannons!

Joe is fired up to beat down the stinkin’ Coronavirus and start football season.

24 Responses to ““Sleepness Nights” Ahead”

  1. sincethebeginning Says:

    Just me and the crickets in these here comments….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  2. View from 132 Says:

    Hahaha. A hated rival? Yeah, I’ll tell the grandkids someday about the Bucs epic battles with Jack Del-however you spell it.

  3. Buccan8 Says:

    Aww, I don’t hate Delhomme—he denied McNabb too!

  4. MadMax Says:

    1k on us going to the SB….if i lose, oh well, i hardly gamble anyway…so going in on a surefire bet like this looks good to me.

  5. DayOnePaul Says:

    Wouldn’t it just be so damned ironic if the Bucs bring in Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles to turn this ship around. And now Jason Licht finally starts making the right decisions on a couple of consecutive draft days. Then they sign Suh and Shaq Barrett and JPP to shiny new, big money contracts. They’ve got the best Wide Receiver duo in the league. The defense played like a top five “D” the back half of last year. And now they’ve signed the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, at the age of 42 as a free agent. And wouldn’t it just be so dog gone ironic if this damned virus causes the NFL to cancel the entire season?

    Just sayin’

    It’s a Bucs life.

  6. Lamarcus Says:

    Browns 2019= Bucs 2020

  7. teacherman777 Says:

    Cappa is gonna get Brady killed!

    1st round: RT
    2nd round OG/C (Jensen has 1-2 years left)
    3rd round: RB
    4th round: trade 4th and 5th: get another 3rd: draft another RB

    2 3rd round RB’s. One bruiser and one scat back.

    6th and 7th round: NT, safety

    Cappa becomes 5 position career backup.

  8. Tye Says:

    The Bucs now have a QB worth giving their all out on the field and they can be confident he won’t nullify all their efforts giving the ball right back to their opponents…. This is going to be a fun season!

  9. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Definitely pumped up on Brady and the front 7. HOWEVA as a realistic bucs fan…this stinkin virus is going to linger. Just because the bucs have stuff going in the right direction the NFL will delay or stop the season. Tell everyone protect their family and be safe but #2, CMON man its football season it has to happen.

  10. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Which Joe is this? The other Joe was saying no way will Brady impact the psyche of the football team without OTAs, which was as weirdly defeatist as saying before last year the defense was gonna suck even with a new coordinator and half the talent turned over.

  11. SteelStudBuc Says:


    That is ridiculous… go to bed

  12. I Bleed Pewter Says:

    At least I feel positive about this upcoming season compared to the dread I felt every season behind Winston.

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    SteelStudBuc … Teacherman’s draft proposal may not be as ridiculous as you seem to think. He’s going heavy offense, and doubling up on OLinemen & RBs, 2 areas where we NEED help.

    RT in Rnd 1 should be our priority in any scenario IMO (we don’t have a starting RT so we kinda NEED one). Going for a OG/C in Rnd 2 to compete with Cappa isn’t a bad idea at all (I’m not very high on Cappa either). But I wouldn’t do that in Rnd 2 … we NEED a quality RB there (still don’t consider RoJo to be a starting RB, although he’s a good complementary back). And in Rnd 3 we NEED a DLineman to replace either Nassib or Allen (we’re still short two IMO; Nelson has yet to show me anything, but I’m hopeful).

    We could then use one of our Rnd 4 picks on a WR#3 (we still NEED a slot WR) then the other on picking a 2nd OLineman (to compete with Cappa). Using our Rnd 5 pick for another RB like Teacherman proposed covers our bets (especially if he’s a beast like AJ Dillon who can play fullback for us too). And with our Rnd 6 pick just take the BPA (maybe we’ll find a diamond in the rough).

    Draft focus this year should be OFFENSE since free agency focus was DEFENSE. The key is to BUILD THE TRENCHES. We did that by re-signing Suh, JPP & Shaq on the defensive side, but we still need to do the same on the offensive side. And after that, FIX THE RUNNING GAME. Right now we’ve got RoJo plus Ware & Dare (plus TJ who’s really a return man). Sorry but that’s not gonna cut it.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    teacherman777 Says
    “Cappa is gonna get Brady killed!”

    Maybe he will, but there is a much bigger chance that he won’t. Second year starting, he should be improved.

    I don’t see the season being cancelled. Delayed? Maybe. Training camps might get extended.

    We’re talking August for training camp. At the rate we’re going, we may have no OTAs or Mini Camps, so I can see having an extended Training Camp this year.

    By the time July rolls around, there is no way businesses can continue to remain closed. It would bankrupt most businesses, and the government cannot keep with the bailouts.

    By then, a vaccine should be available.

  15. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Jake “Daylight come and me wanna” Delhomme

  16. Buczilla Says:

    Cool article Joe’s and when to your last sentence.

  17. Buczilla Says:

    *Dumb spell checker. Amen to your last sentence.

  18. Eric Says:

    Bonzai, a covid-19 vaccine won’t be available until 2021

  19. Sport Says:

    Rona testing will be widely available by June. Vaccine at earliest for non emergency needs likely 2022.

    If we have to, let’s start the games with no spectators. Just line’em up and get the TV broadcast rolling.

    In BA I Trust!

  20. Sport Says:

    Jake said this well. The Brady Effect has already started. It will permeate throughout the organization. So Cool!

    In BA I Trust!

  21. chris L Says:

    i am pumped joe! worried about this virus and the impact it could have on football but hopeful this will all be significantly better by june and we can get going again. they should just extend the football season later into february if things are delayed. training camp is still necessary for teams to gel.

    hasnt showed up in recent years on the field but the bucs dont have anymore selfish players so guys like evans, godwin and our defense we dont have any divas but that should help. unlike the cleveland browns last year who were all over themselves.

  22. Chesapeake Bucco Says:

    I think Teacherman is spot on. BA does not like taking a RB before 3rd round unless the first round options present a true game changer, once in a blue moon obvious star. Why? Because you can get a VG RB in the 3rd and 4th rounds, so why reach?

  23. Old School Athlete Says:

    Thanks for this article, Joe. Delhomme’s words are music to my ears, even if he was a stinkin Panther. This is the kind of culture change I have been crying out for for years.
    It’s a funny thing about leadership. You can have a screaming coach who gets in guys’ faces, but there is something about that kind of motivation coming from a fellow player that’s just different. People who have played team sports will understand.
    The negativity on here is ridiculous. I support everyone’s right to express their thoughts, but let’s be fair. We wanted the management to bring in an experienced, proven coach. We wanted them to lock up some of our better players/free agents. We wanted them to bring in a QB that could protect the ball. They’ve done all those things.
    If the Glazers gave some of you guys a hundred dollar bill, you would complain about the serial number.

  24. WestChap Says:

    If Brady on board affects the players even a fraction as much as it has affected the fans… Super Bowl baby! And yes, this team is sneaky talented as so much of last year’s misery was self inflicted and concentrated in a few positions. Still takes a lot of luck to avoid the injury bug but at least we have a chance.