Lots Of Work For The New Guy

October 26th, 2020

Very cool stuff happened yesterday that many fans gave little attention.

The Bucs’ new guy stepped in and looked like he’s been around all summer.

At 34 years old, nose tackle Steve McClendon played for the Jets one week ago. The Bucs swapped late-round draft picks for him and poof, he landed in Tampa, got in some practice time and played 38 percent of the defensive snaps in Vegas.

The Bucs’ suffocating run defense didn’t skip a beat and he racked up four solo tackles and an assist. For perspective, the last time Vita Vea had four solo tackles in a game was in the 2018 season finale.

Of course, tackles don’t mean a ton at the position and Joe’s not comparing the players, only noting how smooth everyone was for McClendon.

What a pickup!

Joe loves that the Bucs’ depth and big leads have afforded key players more rest. For the second consecutive game, Ndamukong Suh played two-thirds of the snaps. That’s a significant drop for him and should help keep him fresh for the big games upcoming.

26 Responses to “Lots Of Work For The New Guy”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    McLendon looked great…..and looked like he really enjoyed being there…..

    Gholston continues to be a stud…

    Where is our Devin White (savior) article?

  2. zzbuc Says:

    I was absolutely speechless with this guy….. extraordinary addition…….

  3. DBS Says:

    Looked like he has been here the entire season . Unbelievable how they are filling in and not missing a beat.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I like the additions of both McClendon and Antonio Brown.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    licht is actually looking like a decent GM….gotta give him credit….lol…

    he ask the coaches what and who they want, and he gets it…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  6. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    That was a good pickup. I thought he played very well yesterday.

  7. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Shipley, McLendon, AB, pieces to a championship puzzle. BTW Brady is an awesome GM lol – Brady, Gronk, Shady, Fournette, AB all a direct affect of Brady, oh yea and Suh and JPP and Shaq also. Brady is an awesome GM so far!!! The Total Brady affect is on so many levels. GO BUCS!!!!!

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The thought of AB being a depth addition makes me salivate……

    We are getting great players at good prices…..McClendon, Shipley, McCoy, Fournette, AB…..
    Brady is much of the answer.

  9. Coburn Says:

    Yeah McLendon was solid.

    Gonna hijack this again to say how much I absolutely loved that White hit on Carr on his scramble. Everyone was fired up on the team and I sure was as well. Love seeing that when QBs get too greedy with the scramble. Makes them less eager to do so

  10. TOM Says:

    Loved the McClendon signing. Not thrilled with the Brown signing. Who does he replace? I can hear him now. Not getting enough passes thrown his way. WAWAWA.

  11. Allbuccedup Says:

    I know hes up in age but next year he would a great addition also to complement Vea and Suh.

  12. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    813bucboi Says, “licht is actually looking like a decent GM….gotta give him credit….lo”

    Right on – I was going to say the same thing.

  13. Buczilla Says:

    McClendon going from the Jets to the Bucs is like breaking up with Rosanne Barr and dating Halle Berry. Of course he’s happy!

  14. TampaTown Says:

    I was expecting a big game from Devin White. On last week’s edition of Tampa 2 with Ira and Derrick Brooks, Devin said he was pi$$ed off that the Raiders didn’t draft him at #4 when he had sort of been led to believe they would. I knew that was huge motivation.

  15. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Wether people like J Licht or not, the bottom line it all started to change when BA decided to come to Tampa. And that was in some part based on BA trusting J Litcht. So in spite of the mistakes made, and there have been some. But J Litcht’s finger prints are all over this team.The NFC Championship goes through Tampa Baby!!! GO BUCS!!!! SUPER BOWL EXPRESS IS ROLLIN NOW!!!

  16. Boston Boy Says:

    Bucs are assuming a championship mentality from manage to the players.

  17. james west Says:

    luv this dude, what a steal, great addition, seamless transition, right on stevie mac, way to go my brother, keep up the good work!!!!!!!

  18. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “licht is actually looking like a decent GM….gotta give him credit….lo”

    All right, enough of this nonsense!

    Licht was known as the “Gumpster Fire” before BA got here.

    He is the one that paid “Geraldini the Soft” a hundred plus million for nothing. McClendon gets picked up for nothing and out performs McCoy 1st time out.

  19. William Walls Says:

    Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    ” … McClendon gets picked up for nothing and out performs McCoy 1st time out.”

    So that’s doing a good job, right?

  20. 813bucboi Says:


    i give him more credit for dumping dirk, smitty, gmc, vhg, jw and mj stewart…

    seems like he’s learning from his mistakes…hiring coaches who cant develop and dumping players who dont produce….

    he’s drafted well the past 3 drafts and hired the right coaches…give the man credit….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  21. Nick Says:

    +++++ JOE +++++++

    I am not sure if you are seeing what I am, but DEVON WHITE is AWFUL in coverage. Why is NO one talking about this??????

    A 5th overall pick that runs 4.3 and can’t cover is a BUST. I don’t even think he is a solid tackler.

    Why are we overlooking this? I think he is a big part of why our pass D is terrible.

    Am I the only person witnessing this???

  22. JustBucNwin Says:

    He is suspect in coverage, but your tackling assessment is way off base! He had 3 sacks yesterday, made several plays yesterday alone and is far from a bust! He’s getting a lot of media attention for a reason…so yes you may be the only one with that complete take!

  23. orlbucfan Says:

    The Boston Boy troll is back. Seriously, who is paying this clown? He can barely write a coherent sentence. So, now, Brown is a real positive addition. Really? Give me a (family blog) break! He may not even get on the field with all his legal problems.

  24. BuucccNASTY Says:

    For all you who think Tom Brady is going to let Antonio Brown cry like a baby and mess up his team, yall havn’t watched this season (off-season)… Or Brady for his career for that matter. Brady will throw you the ball one time in a game and you better like it or Brady will throw you no balls in a game… That’s assuming he don’t get you fired first. Brady runs this locker room, and no cancer can overcome the effect he has had on this team and its locker room. All who disagree have not watched Bucs football long enough to understand what is happening in Tampa Bay. Let me tell you what, there is Magic in the air, and it’s coming from Tom Brady.

  25. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    THIS!!! This was a Patriots type of move!!! A perfect trade and TOTALLY fits what’s asked of his job!!! Great great great job Licht!!!! This is the best late season trade I’ve seen from anyone in a long time!! No he’s not a superstar but this guy fits like a glove and played exceptional football yesterday!! Good job Licht, good job bucs, good job Brady!! Time to drop the stupid monicker that NOBODY likes about Brady and others on this team…. Nobody likes it and aside from your voice and speech impediment makes you look small and childish!! …. I don’t think it’s too insulting it daring or anything cool looking that…. It’s just stupid!! And I’ll bet EVERYONE skips right past it every time anyway

  26. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Nick, dude…. People including myself and Joe have pointed this out many many times!! But for you to say he’s not a sure tackler is ridiculous!! Dude is a monster tackler and why he leads the team in tackles!!! …. Yes he’s horrible in DEEP coverage!! Going backwards!!… He’s fine right at the line covering running backs for the most part… But he’s no cover 2 type of backer!!…. He’s going to be a really good linebacker very soon… He’ll get it fixed…. But yes right now his pass defense is a liability and his team is calling him out in it during games all the time!! …. He’ll get it straitened out!! You must have watched one missed tackle and made up your mind!!