July 14th, 2020

No, this is not a cheap shot at how, at times, the Den of Depression hosted so many fans of visiting teams during the Lost Decade that it sounded like a Bucs road game.

Shoot, Joe remembers former-Bucs coach Dirk Koetter explaining how he had to have Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, use a silent snap because the offense couldn’t hear the snap counts.

At home!

Now we all know that there has been no offseason this year thanks to “The Sickness.” And the Bucs could be breaking in as many as five new starters (Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Tristan Wirfs, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Tyler Johnson). That leaves scant time for all of these offensive players to get on the same page and the same timing when training camp opens, currently scheduled for July 28.

(Two weeks!)

Now because of “The Sickness,” the NFL is going to have social distancing in many stadiums. Perhaps all. And former starting quarterback David Carr thinks this is a quarterback’s dream.

“You are going to hear the defensive calls, you are literally going to hear everything,” Carr said last night on NFL Network’s “Total Access. “Your coach can yell a play in from the side or an audible or an adjustment. So for me, this eliminates all the issues that you have. Silent count. Guys getting off on the snap and hitting you before your left tackle is even able to get out of a stance.

“That happened to me when I was in Indianapolis. Dwight Freeney got off the ball and hit me before my left tackle got off of the line of scrimmage. That’s a real life thing that you don’t have to worry about anymore. This can be incredible for offenses.”

As a result, Carr believes offenses are going to blow up this year if a full season of games will be played in partially-filled stadiums.

Notice in the video below when Carr started to explain how this will be a quarterback’s dream, Super Bowl-winning coach Brian Billick was nodding his head up and down in agreement.

Why is Joe bringing all of this up? If players can hear each other better and coaches can be heard barking orders and making adjustments from the sidelines, will that make things easier for Brady and the rest of the Bucs offense as they try to cram a full offseason into a few weeks of training camp?

It sure cannot hurt.

4 Responses to “Silence!”

  1. Clean House Says:

    Too bad JW is gone. Would have loved to see him continue on with his offense players whom all knew each other
    Hopefully Brady will crush it.

  2. BA4President Says:

    @clean house, JW had nine lives and wasn’t able to capitalize on any of them.

    We kept doubling down on him for far too long.

    -3 head coaches (Including the “QB Whisperer” who had never had more than 8 losses in each of his 6 seasons as an NFL head coach)
    -multiple pro-bowl WR’s
    -a season with competition from another QB
    -a season with zero competition from another QB
    -Built an indoor practice field
    -Used significant draft picks on OL and traded for 5-time all-pro Guard

    -0 playoff appearances over 5 seasons
    -in his final “prove it” season he (1) threw more INTs than ANYONE over the past 30 years in the NFL and (2) broke the all-time NFL season record for pick sixes

    There is a reason that no one was willing to pay him $2 million for the 2020 season.

    I say this with love from one Bucs fan to another: Let him go… He wasn’t good for you

  3. gp Says:

    When JW was our QB, I supported him, and my past posts will confirm that.
    He’s NOT our QB anymore, No longer concerned one way or the other. Save his name for the next time he starts against us. Then I’ll be happy to talk about him again. No hate, he’s just not on my team anymore. Done.

  4. BucsFanForever Says:

    Yesterday, JW fired his agent for signing him to a below-market deal with the Saints: $1.1 million one year deal with a $148,000 signing bonus. That is WAY below market but…wouldn’t JW have had to okay the deal for it to be signed?