“I Don’t Think He Will Ever Lose Any Confidence”

December 1st, 2020

One could say cornerback Carlton Davis already recovered from the beating he took early in the game against the Chiefs. But it didn’t happen immediately.

Those watching the game saw Davis hanging his head on the sidelines and also not playing to the whistle on a short sideline throw after Tyreek Hill burned him and the Bucs for more than 200 yards receiving in the first quarter. And that was totally out of character for Davis.

It was as if the Hill torchings had gotten to him.

Thankfully, Davis had a very late and important pass breakup on a Chiefs’ 3rd-and-long, one that Joe hopes/believes will give Davis some piece entering the bye week.

Yesterday, Joe asked Arians about Davis seemingly losing some confidence and about coming back from that.

Arians didn’t go along with the premise.

“I don’t think he will ever lose any confidence,” said Arians. “He is one of those guys who goes to the next play.”

Well, perhaps Davis just had a confidence hiccup. Kind of like if Mike Tyson belts you in the face twice, it might take a round or two before you fight the same way. Joe will hope the effects of the beatings Davis endured Sunday don’t linger.

18 Responses to ““I Don’t Think He Will Ever Lose Any Confidence””

  1. Gman Says:

    Davis was put in a position to fail by this lousy coaching staff.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I agree…..Carlton Davis does not lack confidence……He seems to have cleaned up his pass interference…..although it would have helped Sunday…..keeping Hill from YAC…..

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I like BA but sometimes he does try and gaslight us. Of course it HAD to effect Davis confidence and it’s all on Bowles for leaving him an impossible matchup.

    Michael Jordan was perhaps the greatest but you would expect him to check Kareem or Shaq.

    Again Davis is a physical corner. Why didn’t we use that physicality at the line to at minimum reroute Hill and at maximum get in his head and take him off his game. Davis has the physical skill to do that but not to run with one of the fastest guys in the league.

    You have a safety spying Hill wherever he lines up to protect Davis who would surely get beat sometimes. He will also get called for defensive holding. Big deal…I’ll take five yards and a first down over two hundred yards in the first quarter!

  4. TOM Says:

    Lousy coaching staff, indeed. What the hell is wrong with Bowles & his coaches?

  5. D1 Says:


    They did line him up in press and he got torched

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Can’t blame him they put him in a terrible spot with one of the fastest ppl alive and didn’t even give him safety help

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:


    You know how much I respect your opinion so I’m curious as to your solution.

    Clearly a 4.44 guy cannot run with a 4.24 guy. Why did we play to Hill’s strength instead of Davis. I’ve always liked Davis toughness…IMO we should or at least could have tried letting Davis mug Hill in the first five yards…back him up with a safety spying Hill because surely there would be times when Hill will juke and get around Davis.

    In the meantime Davis gets very PHYSICAL with Hill. He has a temper like ME13 bait him…throw him off his game. Davis could do that. Say he got 3 or 4 def holding calls in the process…5 yards and a 1st down…big deal…meanwhile he would also get away with stuff and agitate the hell out of Hill.

    There is NO way IMO to beat Hill in touch football or in a track meet with any or our DBs.

    What was your solution D1? I figure Mahomes will always get his but we at least could have made he and Hill work a little harder for it.

  8. Perimeter Blocker Says:

    Aren’t coaches supposed to put players in positions to be successful? Davis 1 on 1 with no help with Hill. REALLY?

  9. pewter941 Says:

    I dont care who you are, you dont put your corner one on one with Cheetah. Did Bowles not watch tape of the Chiefs or something before the game?

  10. D1 Says:

    St pete,

    I agree with you on getting Davis help over the top. To do that you must roll the safety to the side. Bowles was trying to be neutral because of kelse on the opposite side. So if you roll the safety over hill then kelse is running up field.

    The problem is that Davis can’t match up well with Hill and there’s an upfield threat on each side of the ball. So the best way, imo, is to play 2 high at safety
    so there’s help on both sides over the top. Then matchup Davis with someone who he can blanket, kelse, Cockrell then matches up with Hill in Man press and controls his release and plays in a trail position. Basically combo coverage both kelse and the cheetah.

    Also, I’d get white out unless he’s blitzing, replacing him with Edwards.

  11. Frankinthe813 Says:

    If Mike Tyson belts you in the face once or twice, it’s over

  12. lowercaseg Says:

    His failures is all on the coaching. Who the hell singles up T. Hill?

  13. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    The reason he got torched is because though they lined him up in so called ” press” coverage Davis didn’t lay a finger on him just watched him run by him. They shoulda treated Hill like a punt gunner and put TWO guys on him at the line and keep him there. We have 2 coach my schemes on this team and they think their schemes are the win all when they’re not. They wait for the house is half way burned down before they call 911. Idiotic is what it is.

  14. Mike Says:

    Well, it was a learning experience for him, no doubt. Him and the whole secondary really. They’ve got to get better safety help and not get looked off by the QB. If you know Hill is single covered and you’re middle of the field, you have already lost. You have to cheat over to that side no matter what.

  15. Sumosam Says:

    To be talking trash about Davis is crazy. He is a great corner but covering a guy like Hill is a very tall order. I bet there aren’t 3 guys in the league able to do it. The thought process was clear. If we can match up one on one with Hill, we’ll be able to cover the rest of the receivers and hold them down. Well, it didn’t work but it was a good thought. By the time we adjusted, it was too late. Next time we play them, we’ll know better. (think about that optimism)

  16. Craig Says:

    I don’t care how good or confident you are; sometimes you need help. The safeties should have been told that job one was following Hill.

    It is things like this, along with Bowles debacle at the Jets that make me question him.

    Davis will be great when his coach learns how to coach.

  17. Jmarkbuc Says:


    So pressing a WR at the line and holding him up for 1 second, or even half of a second, doesn’t give the pass rush another second or half a second to get to the QB?


  18. teacherman777 Says:


    piece or peace?