What Did We Learn About The Bucs?

November 15th, 2020

It’s always fun when you drop 46 points on a crappy division opponent and your head coach says after the game that the offense left at least 20 points on the field.

That’s what Joe calls a good day.

So the Bucs are 7-3 and amazingly it seems they have so much room to improve. What a great sign!

Improvement is always a postgame theme for Tom Brady, but today he took a postgame moment to praise “a lot of mental toughness from the guys this week.”

That’s understandable from Brady after an awful loss, a hurricane and a screwed up Saturday plane ride to face Carolina. But Joe asked Brady after the win if he had to channel extra mental toughness himself after a rough week.

“Any time you lose it sucks for you, for your coaches, for your families, for your friends, for everyone that follows you … and when you lose you gotta figure out how to get on track. No excuses. This team hasn’t made any excuses all year,” Brady replied.

Joe likes that Brady believes the team hasn’t made excuses; it’s an important mentality for the players to have — even though they have made excuses about still getting to know each other. And Bucco Bruce Arians says there’s some sort of night-game discomfort among the roster, which smells like an excuse.

Joe really is not sure what to make of the Bucs. They are damn good and dangerous. Their record speaks for itself.

But there are holes and inexperience on defense and question marks overall. Joe’s still not sure what happened last Sunday. Today, Tampa Bay crushed a team that doesn’t match up well against them and has lost five straight games. At 3-7, the Panthers are bad.

The Bucs have only two very strong teams remaining on their schedule, and they’re up next in Tampa. The Rams are followed by the Chiefs.

If the Bucs can win just one of those games, Joe believes they will have answered every last critic, sitting at 8-4 at their bye week with four nothing-special teams remaining for the stretch run.

These next two games likely will be critical to the franchise’s direction. Joe can’t wait.

39 Responses to “What Did We Learn About The Bucs?”

  1. Frankinthe813 Says:

    We found out that number 10 won’t play much anymore now that AB is on the team

  2. Simeon Says:

    Does it really matter if the Saints own us?

  3. Bucfanforever Says:

    Brady needs to trust Evans more to make the catch. He is forcing Evans to play a different game, and it isn’t what makes Evans great.

  4. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Jay miss in the game for Saints… come on niners

  5. ArmchairGM Says:

    It does if we meet them again in the playoffs. As it stands, Bucs would play the NFC east division winner in the first round. If all the other division leaders won, it would be Bucs v Saints in round 2. Would have to hope the Saints have their yearly playoff choke that game.

  6. Roy T. Buford Says:

    This team is not consistent is what to think o fthem. And, in several games so far, it would be good to forget the first half existed. They managed to get big in the seond halfs against GB, LV, SD, and CAR X 2, but they are going to have to have to do better in the first half if they want to have any post-season future.

  7. Mike C Says:

    Simon, the year we won the Super Bowl…… the saints owned us.

  8. Brad Says:

    Winston is in!

  9. jcscycles Says:

    Remember 2002? Bucs were beat by the Saints twwce, and the Eagles beat us in the regular season for the fourth straight time. But then came January 19th, the last game in Veterans Stadium in Philly, and we all know what happened. Give us momentum going into the playoffs, and I can see history repeating. Saints aren’t a perfect team, they have flaws, and we are a team that is still learning how to win every week. I can see us taking the Saints in NOLA in the playoffs.

  10. ModHairKen Says:

    What did we learn? We learned that today they could beat the Carolina Panthers. That is it.

    Move on. Get ready for next week.

  11. RiodeJaneiroBucsFan Says:

    I’ll tell you what happened last Sunday: the Saints cheated. Plain and simple. They have Bucs’ playbook.
    There were other problems, of course, but I don’t believe in coincidences and the Saints were playing just ok and all of a sudden, they looked like the best team ever. And today, they return back to their nothing special level.
    They bought Bucs’ 2019 playbook by paying U$ 1M to JW. And it seems very possible that maybe, somehow, they got their hands on the 2020 playbook too.
    That’s the most plausible explanation.

  12. Bucfanforever Says:

    Weird, the Saints put in Hill in obvious passing situations.

  13. Jmarkbuc Says:

    So they let Winston throw one tunnel screen, and one swing pass to a running back.

    Somewhere Ndog is wiping away tears of joy with one hand, and you know with the other…😂

  14. Still love my Bucs Says:

    We are going to learn a lot about Jameis now that he is playing for Breese

  15. SOEbuc Says:

    FEED ROJO!!!

  16. Oneilbuc Says:

    Jamies is 5 for 5 and the saints is about to score . Lol 😆😅🤣

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … “sitting at 8-4 at their bye week with four nothing-special teams remaining for the stretch run.”

    Oh no, now you’ve jinxed us Joe. Vikings, Lions, Falcons twice … “four nothing-special teams”? Vikings & Falcons have both won 2 in a row, and Detroit has won 2 out of their last 4. No such thing as a ‘nothing-special team’ in the NFL. On any given Sunday … yada yada.

  18. Tbbucs3 Says:

    America’s Quarterback looking sharp for the Saints

  19. Tampabay Allday Says:


  20. Jersey buc Says:

    Jimmy ward just dropped a sure pick from jaymiss. Hit him dead in both hands. Stop with the Winston talk. He’s had 2 short fields. Saints are in trouble without Brees long term

  21. BuccoDav Says:


    I would be surprised if JW could remember the Bucs playbook…

  22. Colonel Angus Says:

    F the Saints. It’s mental with the Bucs when they play the Saints, Bucs have plenty of talent to match up. If we meet them come playoff time, they’ll have their chance to slay that dragon. And if they don’t, I’ll be chasing the dragon to ease my pain. 7-1 vs teams not from Nawlins’.

  23. Show Me the TDs Says:

    *Bucfanforever. I agree. I couldn’t see the game up here in VA, but listened on the Bucs radio. Brady is precise. Evans can catch anything close, but doesn’t get a lot of separation. Instead of risking it, Brady overthrew him a few times. Brady needs to trust and just throw it.

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We learned that when Rojo runs for almost 200 yards…..we win.

  25. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Come on. Jay Miss started 6-6 and ended up 6-10 and threw at least one pic that was dropped. Jay Miss is Jay Miss and that ain’t gonna change.

  26. SB Says:

    Today, Tampa Bay crushed a team that doesn’t match up well against them and has lost five straight games. At 3-7, the Panthers are bad.


    Were you saying that last week when they almost beat the SB Champs in their own house?

  27. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Winston: A near fumble, a bunch of underneath stuff (that’s okay), overthrown receiver, two sacks, and threw the ball right to a defender who was so shocked at how easy it was, he dropped it. The game was there for SF in the second half, and they refused to take it. They were their own “Bucs of old.”

  28. Will Says:

    I guess Joe thinks our last 4 games of the year we’re not playing professional football teams. Smh any given Sunday Joe. Stop over looking teams you’ve followed the Bucs long enough to know that they’ll hurt your feelings when they shouldn’t. Every game on our schedule we need to bring our A- game from the opening kickoff till the final whistle. On to the Rams.
    Lets go Bucs!

  29. PSL Bob Says:

    If we only win one of the next two games, it would be to our benefit to beat the Rams. They’re an NFC team and it will help our position in the playoffs if tie breakers come into play.

  30. true biucfan Says:

    Buc fans are weighing out these 3 options for this 2020 team.

    Are the Bucs in the top 50 teams of all time in the NFL?
    Are the Bucs in the top 20 teams of all time in the NFL?
    Are the Bucs in the top 10 teams of all time in the NFL?

  31. SOEbuc Says:

    “NO MORE VET!”-Keyshawn Johnson

    That was the happiest game for me in Bucs history Key. Still crying over the Barber pick.

    This receiving corp being healthy down the stretch is what I’ve been looking forward to all year. Throw in AB. RoJo is top five rushing yards. We’ll see what this teams really about Monday night.

    “The playoffs start today.”- Bruce Arians

    #GO BUCS!!!

  32. Buc1987 Says:

    Oneilbuc Says :

    “Jamies is 5 for 5 and the saints is about to score .Lol 😆😅🤣”

    Are you even a Bucs fan?

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    true biucfan…none of the above.

    Where do you peeps come from?

  34. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Winston knows their playbook by heart!! Probably the only reason they picked him up!!! The saints know what the bucs are doing every time they line up!! If they see them in the playoffs they’re going to bed a totally different playbook!!!

  35. Bucsfanman Says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, this team has to focus on one game at a time. We simply cannot overlook ANY opponent.
    I mean yea, it’s fun to win. But, this team hasn’t earned the right to look down on other teams.
    “Who” are the Bucs? They are an improved football team STILL searching for it’s first playoff berth in 10+ years.
    THAT is who we are!
    13-3 Baby!

    Sad that we’ve still got fans of other teams’ QBs here.

  36. TB55 Says:

    I learned that we should keep Rojo on the field, even if he caught the ball up a couple times.

  37. TB55 Says:

    Cough *

  38. stpetebucsfan Says:

    What ’87 said!

  39. unbelievable Says:

    All our remaining games will be tough.

    Falcons can score a ton of points at any given time. Same with the Lions. And saw with the Vikings. We have a tough road ahead for sure.