8 Off-The-Radar Things To Watch In Denver

September 27th, 2020

In no particular order:

*Chris Godwin typically is a very active blocker in the Bucs’ run game, including taking on defensive linemen and linebackers. Will the Bucs limit Godwin in that area following missing a game with a concussion?

That could lead to running more out of four-wide sets.

*Vita Vea had his snaps cut to 56 percent last Sunday for no apparent reason. Is it because of his hand that was covered in a club until late in training camp? If it’s conditioning, then Joe surely expects a similar snap total in the altitude and lots of work for Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

*Bucs fans were told that Tom Brady’s leadership was off the charts and would affect the entire roster. Ok, then why did the team collectively disappear after jumping out to a 21-point lead last Sunday? Joe is looking to see Brady lead the team to a complete-game effort.

*In 2019, Shaq Barrett was held sackless in just four games, twice to New Orleans and once to Carolina. Those teams were the Bucs’ last two opponents. Shaq has been active and playing pretty well, but he can’t go through this year as an 8-sack guy with two forced fumbles and call it a successful season. The bar was set too high. Today’s a day for Shaq to eat.

*Like Shaq, Devin White has played well, elite against the run and decent in coverage. Joe is so glad he’s patrolling the middle with Lavonte David. But the No. 5 overall pick has much greater goals and the Bucs have higher expectations. Get to the quarterback today, Devin, or be a part of your first turnover of the season.

*Let’s make it 2-for-2 on good games, Donovan Smith. Otherwise a long day – and a long week – is ahead.

*Receiver Scotty Miller should get a lot of action today with Justin Watson out with a shoulder injury. But Miller is nursing a new hip and groin issue. Bucco Bruce Arians has talked a lot about it being critical that Brady has lifted Miller’s confidence. So Joe hopes Miller doesn’t show a loss of confidence after dropping a touchdown last Sunday and ending up injured. The Bucs need the new Scotty Miller, not the guy in the first half of last season.

*Ryan Succop has had just one field goal attempt this season beyond 38 yards. It was blocked, courtesy of Alex Cappa. Joe hopes to become a true Succop believer today if he makes one from 45-plus.


TAMPA TWO with Derrick Brooks and Ira Kaufman delivers Episode 2 of this week with a look at the Bucs-Broncos game.

Brooks always has Sage wisdom to share (that’s right, Brooks). All the fun is presented by The Identity Tampa Bay and Joe.

19 Responses to “8 Off-The-Radar Things To Watch In Denver”

  1. Rico 210 Says:

    We can do this. Stats are for sh!t-talking at work with coworkers. Just win the game. At the end, dealing with the Lost Decade, We the fans NEED this W today. I’m in Dallas giving em hell right now. Bucs gear clean and plenty of stats. Interestingly you can find Bucs gear, Rays gear but No Lightning.
    They hate the Lightning 🤣🤣
    Go Bucs

  2. Buc Bro Says:

    Brady can’t led the defense or change every one of Byron’s 1st down run calls. Blame this ineffective 8-10 coaching staff for blowing leads and not utilizing all this talent in creative ways.

    Don’t forget BA and his bloated staff are 8-10 here!!! Expecting them to win is like expecting Rachel Watson to show up at Stalker Joe’s crib for an all night Netflix and Chill session.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Turnovers, Penalties & Special Teams

    Watch those…..especially the turnovers….

    Our keys to victory……when you look at our loss in New Orleans, we failed on all three. Vs Carolina….we were much better & won.

  4. EA Says:

    Shaq gets 2 today against his former team, mark it down.

  5. Ndog Says:

    Buc Bro Says:
    September 27th, 2020 at 8:54 am
    Brady can’t led the defense or change every one of Byron’s 1st down run calls. Blame this ineffective 8-10 coaching staff for blowing leads and not utilizing all this talent in creative ways.

    Don’t forget BA and his bloated staff are 8-10 here!!! Expecting them to win is like expecting Rachel Watson to show up at Stalker Joe’s crib for an all night Netflix and Chill session.

    Buc Bro you forget we always blame the QB here in Tampa, so yes Brady is 100% accountable for everything that goes wrong as that was the problem last year after all. That’s what this entire organization has been telling us all off season and the peeps on this site have been lapping it up like milk.

  6. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    I’m interested to see Wrifs continue to develop. So far he has been pretty dang good.

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    What Tampabaybucfan said!
    Teams that win the TO battle, win ~70% of the time.
    We beat ourselves with penalties way too often and our special teams have been anything but “special”!

  8. tickrdr Says:

    Excellent post, Joe!
    Lots to watch for.

    TBBF and Bucsfanman: Exackalackally!
    Up 21- 0 at the half.
    3rd qtr INT returned 44 yards to set up 1st Panther TD.
    Still Brady and the offense scored 31 points DESPITE TWO dropped TD passes, and another long pass that hit Grayson in the friggin’ helmet. LOL

    tickrdr

  9. Swampbuc Says:

    Personally I’d be happy if Succup was 6 for 6 on extra points with no FG attempts.

  10. ocala Says:

    Im with Swampbuc

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Ah, the Queen Nuthugger is up defending his lost love early today.

  12. Brandon Says:

    Win the game. I couldn’t give two turds how many sacks Shaq has. Stats are for losers. Win the game.

    Via played 56% of the snaps because we had a big lead and were rushing the passer. I thought this was basic football knowledge.

  13. Bird Says:

    Doosh

    No question she is the queen
    Remember “coming to america“? Instant classic

    The song for his wedding (eddie murphy) at the beginning?
    “She’s your queen to be….a vision of perfection…an object of affection.” Or something like that.

    Google if you don’t remember. Its halarious
    That Ndogs theme music when she walks in a room.

  14. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Teams have tons of film on Shaq, and have made adjustments for him.
    Ian Beckles hit the nail on the head when he said Shaq needs to develop a power move

  15. Bucsfan951 Says:

    It feels good to have a true leader of men behind center. I look forward to seeing this offense take another step forward today.

    The defense has been playing great but I would love to see them take another step forward. We have to see a sack from shaq today. It’s his time to shine!!!

    THANK GOD THE CANCER IS GONE AND WE CAN FINALLY BREATHE AGAIN!!!

    Pastrami sandwiches and crown! Perfect game day lunch!!!

    We don’t dine on the swine and drink that nasty henny… ain’t nobody got time foe dat!

  16. Buccystle Says:

    🤣🤣 @ bird good one

  17. Bird Says:

    Bucfan951

    I am not far off
    Burgers and crown

  18. Bucsfan951 Says:

    @Bird

    My man!!! When should I swing by? Haha

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    Looks like both Vea & Suh took fewer snaps (as a percentage) in the Panthers game than they did in the Saints game. Gholston stayed almost exactly the same, but Nunez-Roches got quite a bit more work in the trenches in the Panthers game.

    Also looks like Bucs used Suh/Vea/Gholston/N-R more (as a group percentage of snaps) in the Saints game than in the Panthers game. Apparently Todd Bowles felt we needed the ‘heavies’ in the trenches more in the Saints game than against the Panthers. Understandable IMO.