Evaporating Excuses

October 9th, 2020

Nothing drives Joe to scream at the TV quite like when announcers in the last two Bucs games talked about how the Bucs have really just completed ___ preseason games, so they’ve not yet jelled because the starters haven’t — or have barely — completed the equivalent of their August snaps.

Stop it!

Stop. Stop. Stop.

How many quarters of preseason football would Tom Brady have played? Maybe five at maximum, if any team had been granted a normal preseason.

Nearly every starting NFL player will tell you they are good (really good) with only having two preseason games, and some quality head coaches even keep a hearty handful of their starters out of preseason games completely. So stop insulting innocent NFL fans with the nonsense.

The Bucs returned a ton of starters on both sides of the ball and the entire coaching staff. Other teams didn’t have the luxury, and experience is supposed to overcome rust, especially in Week 4 or Week 5.

Joe’s glad that excuse will finally evaporate by the Bucs-Packers game in nine days. Or will it?

Perhaps the only Bucs players with legitimate adjustment excuses are the rookies and Rob Gronkowski, who retired for a year and seems to be figuring out what his body still can accomplish on a football field in 2020.

For everyone else on the Bucs, Joe doesn’t want to hear it. Brett Favre marched into a very ho-hum Jets team back in 2008 and got them out to an 8-3 start. The playing field is level across the league.

Nick Foles is on a new team and didn’t take a lot of first-team reps in an abbreviated training camp. Lots of teams have injuries. It’s the same thing every year.

Joe desperately hopes the Bucs can bounce back not just from a loss, but from terribly sloppy and messy play in consecutive weeks. They haven’t played a complete game, 60 minutes of consistency, yet this season.

29 Responses to “Evaporating Excuses”

  1. August 1976 Buc Says:

    I totally agree. Excuses just do not cut it. They are payed millions to play a GAME. All that matters, is wins and losses. 3-3 is staring them in face unless they actually play a decent game. GO BUCS!!!!

  2. UKBuccaneer Says:

    No team plays consistently all year. The only thing that matters is wins, and there are 11 more of them still up for grabs.

    This bucs team isn’t championship calibre yet. It’s also not the dross that some around here want to pretend it is.

    2020 is a hot-mess and the whole season is going to throw up surprises and miss-steps. The one left standing at the end will be the one who deals with it all best, not necessarily the best football team.

  3. Etzel Says:

    I for one, expect this team to get worse as the season progresses.

  4. Etzel Says:

    Tom’s body will fall apart, as it did last year.

  5. BD Says:

    I dont think it is the games themselves,more practice time in camp. the games are more for on the edge players.but training camp time is what they did not get enough of.

  6. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    We suck on the national stage! Almost always embarrassed! I’m so disappointed today

  7. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    Joe- I get what you’re saying but I remember several teams that took time to click. Brad Johnson in our super bowl yea. I remember a 49ers team that start d slow but by the end of the season would have won the super bowl but missed the playoffs because of the slow start. I think Brady is starting to look comfortable and I think they are running more of Belliceks offense than Arians. Thank Eve got to get rid of the penalties but I think the offense is really close. I’m more worried about the defense. They haven’t shut anyone down the last two weeks and losing Vea is huge.

  8. Bird Says:

    So the park violating moniker was right

    Yah. You are who we know you are

    Oh but you are fair. Haha. Dude. You look terrible

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    If you’re such a miserable fan Etzel, why bother?!

    There are NO excuses. EVERYBODY is dealing with the same, or similar issues. We had a BAD game.
    Like my UK brother up there, I remain optimistic that this team will improve.

  10. DBS Says:

    Open your mouth and complain joe maybe they will care because it pisses you off. But They won’t.

  11. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    The Sky is falling til Green Bay……..

    The Sky will absolutely be destroyed by a dwarf supernova after the Bucs gets embarrassed by a another crushing loss by Green Bay.

    …………….it’s coming people!!!!!

  12. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Keep Toms jersey clean and do not turn over the ball. That will win at least 10 games. The defense will be ok, even without the Rhino V Vea. The sky is not falling, the Bucs will continue to get better over the course of the season. GO BUCS!!!!

  13. zzbuc Says:

    Bad game, bad coaching very bad performances by most players and very very bad referees, not an excuse , just reality also you have to add that Evans, Godwin, Fournette Shady and now Vea al injured, and this are KEY players, that being said…..Some times is hard to undesrtand this kind of bi-polar analysis , we werent great last week and we still arent this one… Makes all the sense of the world ……Was yesterday play was bad? YES, very bad…..What’s happening is just common sense…..this team will and should be more consistent as the games go by…….

  14. Youngbucs Says:

    And as bad and sloppy as it was the refs still decided the outcome completely flipped the field on tht roughing the passer I’m pissed.

  15. DILLIGAF Says:

    Yea, that was disheartening. Donovan Smith should be the cart guy at Publix, if Leftwich wasn’t snuggled up under BAs butt cheeks he’d be bagging groceries. I’m horse this morning. Greenbay is going to skull-f us next week. Just sucks being a Bucs fan.

  16. Snook Says:

    Not sure why I got my hopes up yet again after the 3-1 start. Same Bucs, different year.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There is a very thin line between winning and losing……we made many mistakes that cost us the game…..but……that roughing the passer call against Shaq was beyond our control and it cost us dearly….possibly the game.
    This isn’t an excuse but it’a a reason…..
    This should be a message to the entire team……play mistake free football because even when you do that, you are going to be called for one.

  18. Casual Observer Says:

    TB fan. Good summary.

  19. DBS Says:

    Vea has a fractured ankle.

  20. Youngbucs Says:

    They would’ve punted from their own end zone with around 2 and some change left we would’ve got the ball atleast around our own 45 the refs gave the beats field position I don’t give a f$ck.

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    BA needs to look in the mirror and put this L on himself….


    GO BUCS!!!!!

  22. Bobby M. Says:

    We had some bad calls but we benefitted from a few as well. I think the series that killed that game was when we were 3rd and 34. We had a FG within range and end up punting from self inflicted mistakes. I thought the 2nd to last series we should have ran the clock down more…..Leftwich being a former QB seems to love to find a reason to pass. I thought that series was mismanaged. It is what it is, hopefully we come back healthy and ready to play. I know Vea is a force but Suh or Gholston will do fine in that role. I dont envision us missing much up front….the issues will continue to be on the back end. I think we have a few young CBs that have started drinking from the same kool aid that Hargreaves was having.

  23. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree…

    that series was horrible….selfish bush league football….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  24. Colonel Angus Says:

    It’s a long season. We weren’t gonna go 16-0, some bipolar fans these days. Bucs are 3-2, at the worst we come out of the weekend tied for division lead. Bucs control their own destiny and Green Bay is the only game that matters right now. We will be the home underdog, hopefully that will light a fire under their collective asses and they beat the Packers. Then our bipolar fans will be back on top, talking about running the table (until the next loss, then it’ll be back to blowing the whole thing up, etc). Gotta love it baby!

  25. RICHARD weeks Says:

    I agree with you colonel..especially about the bipolar fans..

  26. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Jumping ship already? The Bucs have the best fans around. Even if GB wins next week, they are still 3-3. The season is not over. You guys must be a blast to be around.

  27. Eric Says:

    The leader is a glorified used car salesmen, point blank period!

  28. unbelievable Says:

    The last sentence sums it up perfectly.

    Both the offense and defense have not played more than 2 quarters of good football in any games yet this season.

    And now we’re supposed to “bounce back” against Green Bay? Yea good luck with that.

    Maybe that blonde numbers chick was right with her spreadsheets.

  29. tvan101 Says:

    Our offensive coaching is terrible, Bruce is overrated. The team is great, the offensive coaching is awful. Cherry on top is Licht not signing a veteran corner for depth. A Bucs Life.