“Do Your Job”

November 20th, 2020

Solving the night games hex.

Yesterday Joe brought word that Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles sure didn’t buy into the notion that the Bucs can’t get their body clocks right when they play under the lights.

Bucco Bruce Arians is so miffed at the lousy night performances that in an effort to help the Bucs be ready when the ball is kicked off in prime time, he is holding a night practice at the Den of Depression tonight (closed to the public) and again tomorrow inside the Glazer Shed.

Today in his weekly press conference (conducted via Zoom), Tom Brady seemed to share the same mindset as Bowles. In fact, he borrowed a famous line from his old coach Bill Belicheat.

“As an NFL player you are prepared to play whenever you are scheduled,” Brady explained. “There’s one o’clock [games], four o’clock, eight o’clock, Thursday night, Sunday night, Monday night, whatever. If it is three in the morning, it is three in the morning. If you have to go to London or Mexico, it’s about what you do for those three hours.

“Everything should build up for those three hours. We get one day a week to perform. Three hours for one day a week you’ve got to put yourself in a mental, emotional, physical frame of mind to be at your peak for that moment.

“The game doesn’t take place on Wednesday afternoon. It doesn’t take place on Friday afternoon. In this case, it is Monday night. Everything should be geared for that time. You just got to get your body to the place where you can go out and perform. Get your mind right, mentally, so you know what to do and then emotionally be in a good place to focus and do your job.”

When pressed if the night practices will help, the always-guarded Brady replied, “Hope so.” He later joked that he’s not in the prediction business.

Joe is starting to sense this is more overblown than Antonio Brown’s ability to wing a bicycle like a discus. Other NFL teams deal with the exact same timing issues.

How about coming up with a better gameplan than you had against the Saints? How about blocking better? Tackling better? Hold onto the ball better?

As Brady said today in taking a page from Belicheat, “Do your job.”

17 Responses to ““Do Your Job””

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    “How about coming up with a better gameplan than you had against the Saints? How about blocking better? Tackling better? Hold onto the ball better?”

    Now you’re talking my language Joe. Everything else is just excuses.

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    The Bucs have had one good game in a row. (So – maybe not too much optimism is called for.). Let’s make it two good games in a row.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think taking the team bowling Monday afternoon might help.

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Also – Last week’s game (the best of the season) was really due to improvements in the second half. The teams played even in the first half. The Panthers QB competed his first 13 passes. Mostly (again) the short quick passes. This is how the Saints killed us for whole game. Last week we must have made an adjustment at halftime. Although I am not an astute enough (just a casual) observer to know that for sure. But if that is true, let’s not wait for halftime to make such an adjustment this Monday. How about after one quarter, if that is what is called for. Just an observation/suggestion.

  5. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Give any NFL quarterback a 10 yard cushion on the receivers and they will succeed

  6. Will Says:

    Better game plan both offensively and defensively will do the trick. Establish and maintain a run game and confuse Goff on defense. If we’re going to play zone how bout lining up at least giving a man look. Lining up 10yds off the receiver my arm isn’t what it is use to be but I’m sure I’d have decent stats with that look.

    But for those that are saying this night thing is over blown can anyone remember the last time we won a Prime time game? I’m actually curious to know that answer. Guess I’ve got some research to do.

  7. John5 Says:

    Speaking of jobs, is Joe going to write about famous Jameis taking the bench to Hill for the Saints? Sure seems like he’s eating an ‘L’ right about now.

  8. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Rams D is for real.

  9. Buczilla Says:

    Agreed Joes.what a breathe of fresh air Brady is. Gonna enjoy this while he’s here.

  10. Karma Says:

    I’m gonna sound like a broken record…RUN THE BALL RUN THE BALL RUN THE BALL!

    This is the key to almost all of our victories…Rojo took the the fight out of the Panthers with that long run.

  11. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Brady needs to look in the mirror when he’s giving advice. GOAT or no GOAT, he hasn’t played up to par this season during night games.

  12. gp Says:

    Karma Says:
    November 20th, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I’m gonna sound like a broken record…RUN THE BALL RUN THE BALL RUN THE BALL!

    This is the key to almost all of our victories…Rojo took the the fight out of the Panthers with that long run.

    ************************************************************

    What he said!!!
    In Spades!

  13. Joe Says:

    Speaking of jobs, is Joe going to write about famous Jameis taking the bench to Hill for the Saints?

    Don’t own a Saints site, sorry.

  14. Gihren Says:

    Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Third-stringer, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston.

  15. Augsut 1976 Buc Says:

    …How about coming up with a better gameplan than you had against the Saints? How about blocking better? Tackling better? Hold onto the ball better? DITTO!! GO BUCS!!!!!

  16. orlbucfan Says:

    Aints game was one of the very RARE times I saw Sean Payton standing on the sidelines with his obnoxious mouth gaped in disbelief. He could barely believe the Bucs were playing that bad. The whole franchise never came out of the locker room. I’ve recalled watching some whoppers back in the 1980s, but the whole organization sucked back then. This team better play up to its talent level Monday night. And the two Methuselahs better call an A game.

  17. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Don’t mean to come off subject, but seeing the comments on Winston above, I went to a Saints blog and read a good article. One line in the article said it all:

    “If you’re looking for a stable option under center, Winston certainly isn’t your guy.”

    This sums up Winston’s career. The Saints plan will be to win with strong D and minimize mistakes on offense. Winston’s not the guy for that.

 

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