“Help Wanted” Plea Won’t Be Answered

January 8th, 2021

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It’s not going to happen again for the Washington Football Team.

They were known as the Redskins on Jan. 7, 2006 when Joe Gibbs led a 10-6 wild-card club into Raymond James Stadium for an opening-round playoff matchup.

The NFC South champion Bucs were 11-5 and favored by 2 1-2 points to advance into the divisional round.

Despite limiting Washington to 120 total yards, Tampa Bay fell 17-10 in a grim, self-destructive display that marked the final game for Rod Marinelli and Mike Tomlin as Jon Gruden’s assistant coaches with the Bucs.

Chris Simms was sacked three times and picked off twice as Washington proved opportunistic. LaVar Arrington intercepted the first pass Simms threw and his return to the Tampa Bay 6-yard line set up a Clinton Portis TD dash on the next snap.

This time the Bucs have a Rolls-Royce at QB.

Later in the first quarter, Sean Taylor returned a Cadillac Williams fumble 51 yards for another score. The Bucs couldn’t overcome that early deficit, despite limiting Washington to nine first downs and only 25 yards passing.

“Right now, it’s really tough,” Derrick Brooks said after the bitter setback. “I just never thought we’d be ending our season here.”

Fifteen years later, Washington is still looking for another playoff win. Once again, a Dan Snyder team faces the Bucs armed with a popgun attack, hoping for substantial help from the opposition.

Not this time.

Tom Brady isn’t Chris Simms and this Buc team has excelled in protecting the football during this 4-game winning streak. The only giveaway in the past month came when the ball went in and out of the arms of Scotty Miller last week.

Brady is 30-11 in the postseason because he knows each possession is precious. If the Bucs don’t give Washington’s offense short fields Saturday night, the Bucs will be moving on.

Ominous, Ridiculous Prediction

NFL Network analyst DeAngelo Hall predicts Washington will sack Brady 10 times at FedEx Field. Poor DeAngelo. He feels he is being paid to be outrageous, but he doesn’t really believe what he’s saying.

Who does?

“What is Hall thinking?”

Tampa Bay’s offensive line has been very sturdy down the stretch and Brady is difficult to drop. Chase Young and Montez Sweat will register a few hits, but Brady will land the bigger blows throughout the evening.

With Shaq Barrett returning, Tampa Bay’s pass rush will be more disruptive than Washington’s. Alex Smith may be the Comeback Player of the Year, but he’s not mobile anymore and he threw more interceptions than TD passes in 2020. Taylor Heinicke, who may take most of the snaps under center, was signed to Washington’s practice squad a month ago.

He boasts all of one NFL start.

To pull off a major upset, Washington will need the Bucs to play sloppy football.

It’s difficult to envision Washington marching 80 yards down the field against a pretty solid Buc defense. If the Bucs don’t turn the ball over, they’ll roll over the home team and post their first playoff win since shredding the Raiders in the Super Bowl.

You can bet Ron Rivera has been raising the bar for Washington’s defense this week. Rivera wants an ugly game marked by Tampa Bay turnovers and penalties. That’s the winning formula for the home team, but this is a bad matchup for Washington in that regard.

You’d much prefer facing Mitch Trubisky or Jared Goff rather than Brady, who has been picked off only 35 times in 41 playoff starts.

While Brady is peaking, Chase Young is freaking. He says he wants to tangle with the GOAT, so have at it. Rumble, young man, rumble.

But remember one thing: All those years ago, it was the Bucs beating the Bucs. Washington still has those “Help Wanted” stickers pasted on helmets.

Not this time.


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16 Responses to ““Help Wanted” Plea Won’t Be Answered”

  1. herbiebuc Says:

    I remember that game I was 15 years old edell sherpard game tying td was called back on a iffy incomplete challenge call. At the moment I would have never thought it would be 16 years later and my bucs are still looking for a playoff victory. NO WORRIES WE GETTING ONE SATURDAY IMA BE AT THE TAILGATE WATCH PARTY

  2. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Hey, if we can’t beat a 7-9 team from a terrible division we don’t deserve to go forward

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Tristan Wirfs won every matchup with Chase Young, when they were both in College, so no reason to think it will not continue.
    We are not going to lose this game, despite Ron Rivera being a good coach.
    We are a much more talented team.

  4. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Jmark. Right on brotha! We’re not gonna lose though. Bucs win by at least 14!

  5. Godlovesbucs Says:

    It will be donovan smith blocking chase young right? Has me a little more concerned, bit if you cant beat a 7-9 team, you dont deserve to be in the playoffs.

  6. Bird Says:

    Teistan wirfs gave up one sack all season to Mack who is best in nfl and yes sweat is going up against wirfs

    Smith has young

    Go bucs baby

  7. Bird Says:

    I too will be farting in the coach cushions watching nfl all weekend
    Just got some taco bell so i have warned my coach it could get ugly for it

    Go bucs!

  8. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Nice Article Ira

    I think Deangelo Hall is smoking crack!
    Doesn’t he realize that Brady has only been sacked 22 times in 17 games!?!?
    Redskins left the regular season as losers and that is how they will exit the Playoffs.

  9. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    The skins will blitz early and often. We should also score early and often.

  10. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Ira is the best of the Joe’s. You guys keep working hard.

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I bet Durable Donnie is scared sh!tless right now.
    He can’t hide this time because it’s been too hyped up.
    Everyone will be watching the back-peddling, low energy loafer.

    I think he sucks….. no secret there… but prove me wrong Donnie…..prove me wrong.

  12. Cannon Says:

    Bird is gonna fart on the coach. Not sure if we’re talking BA or BL tho…

  13. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Don’t forget someone told or fans help was in the way!

  14. Robert James Says:

    that fig 2005game. Where do you start???? Caddy din’tfumble, but if he did recovery player was down. Sheparard made a catch so they changed the rule and damn simms w all those batted ball. That d was so good
    we should have made a run that year

  15. Drunkinybor Says:

    Here here good sir!!!

  16. Bird Says:


    So you missed earlier thread