No Late Bye

May 12th, 2021

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

Last year the bye week came at the perfect time.

While Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians thought at the time it came a little late, it’s hard to argue with the timing in retrospect.

The Bucs, after the late bye — one of two teams who had the latest bye in the NFL — came out like gangbusters, as if they were a new team. They were on fire, rattling off eight straight wins ending in a Super Bowl victory.

Joe is convinced the Bucs played so well because they had fresher legs, especially the defense, due largely to the late bye.

The Bucs have no such benefit this year.

While the Bucs’ bye comes after Week 8, Joe was hoping for a later bye, especially in the inaugural 17-game season with older players like Lavonte David that played so many snaps last season (David logged 99 percent of the defensive snaps in 2020).

Four of the Bucs’ final nine games after the bye come against 2020 playoff teams (Washington, Indianapolis, Buffalo and New Orleans).

Like last year, the Bucs end the season with cupcake teams — two against the Stinking Panthers sandwiched around the Jets with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.

In a little over a month (Nov. 14-Dec. 19) the Bucs will face four 2020 playoff teams in a six-game stretch, WTF, Colts, Bills and the slimy Saints).

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23 Responses to “No Late Bye”

  1. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Have the same concern Joe. Hope we have enough fuel in the tank to drive it all the way home. The good news is the we have enough weapons and depth to rest a few studs against the panthers (twice) and jets.

    Pile drive ordered up!

  2. Jerry Says:

    Get the first round bye.

  3. Medicated Pete Says:

    Lavonte went on NFL Network (which is killing ESPN’S coverage tonight) & Winfield Jr went on NFL Radio. I’m pumped!

  4. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    However, look at that October 4th, 10th, and 14th stretch. I’m sure the Bucs will appreciate their by over the first week of November!

  5. Winny Testaverde Says:

    A mid season bye may be just fine. Last season they were coughing & wheezing ( like the time Ira played Billie Jean King in a tennis match ) as they approached the bye. Not too early…could be ideal actually.

  6. Itzok Says:

    17-0, how do we only have 1 Monday night game.

  7. Bucfanforever Says:

    They don’t play a 2020 playoff team until week 7

  8. Bucfanforever Says:

    Ignore my last comment, who approved the Rams and Charger’s logos looking almost identical?

  9. Old School Nole Says:

    The last three games can be a bye for certain players. Give a couple of them a game off. We can win all three games without a player or two on defense and any one or two players not name Brady on offense. Except the Jets. Don’t need Brady for the Jets. Add in the first round bye and we are in good shape. Even better than the late bye last year, because we had to win every game down the stretch and play the wild card.

  10. Beej Says:

    Fewer MNF and Thursday games the better

  11. Sport Says:

    Washington does not count as a traditional playoff team. That division shat the bed and the tallest weed in the bin won.

    Giants, Jets, Panthers, Panthers, plus I think it’s fair to say losing a HOF QB and unloading players for salary cap makes the Aints vulnerable and would not be surprised to see them struggle to get to .500.

    In BA I Trust!

  12. Buczilla Says:

    It could have been week 4, so I’ll gladly it.

  13. Cainishere Says:

    Cake schedule

  14. adam from ny Says:

    you guys aren’t going to like what i have to say about the new orleans game…

    i see 2 rest periods in the season…

    it’s like this…

    go hard until the new orleans game…then go light and rest if necessary during that game and thru the bye week…then we have an extended rest period from like the 25th to the 14th of the next month…

    then go hard again starting in washington, until carolina…

    then have an extended makeshift type rest period the last 3 weeks of the season…

    if we have the luxury to do that…

    forget the first new orleans game…let jameis and crew sorta toot their horns if they win…but literally thump them in the second meeting in december – when it counts…

    so go hard…rest a bit…

    go hard again…rest a bit…

    then hopefully enter the playoffs refreshed and somewhat healthy…

    i see us at 13-4 or 14-3 on the season…

    we are going to lose to a bad team in a wtf just happened type game…

    we are going to lose to a really good team…

    we are going to lose to a divisional opponent…

    and let’s maybe throw in one more loss for good measure to an average team…

    don’t forget we are the superbowl champs – everyone is gunning for us…we are their superbowl game…we wear the target…

    13-4 is just fine…but i’ll take 14-3

    if we go 15-2 that would be amazing…and any of you thinking higher that that is simply not thinking at all…

    stay focused buc fans…stay focused

  15. idiot with keyboard Says:

    This year our late bye will be wild card weekend Joe…

  16. Buczilla Says:

    @idiot with keyboard

    Hell yes!

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    adam from ny…you’re always a trip to read. Thanks for that..

    14-3 and a repeat is in store for us long suffering Bucs fans.

    Go Bucs!!!

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  19. adam from ny Says:


    anytime my bucs brotha, anytime…



  20. westernbuc Says:

    I’m not going to complain about a week 9 bye. We used to get week 5, and not to mention the week one nonsense. Anything after week 8 is a win in my book

  21. Hodad Says:

    Nit picking Joe. Mid season is pretty good for the bye. Certainly better then the hurricane bye a couple of years ago.

  22. Duane Says:

    Bye is in a good spot. If we had it a few weeks earlier last year, maybe we are better than 7-5 at the bye. I like it here because I think this team will have to push really hard at that time for the #1 seed. Those final 3 games seem like great opportunities to let veterans rest. Perhaps we even witness the offensive stylings of Gabbert in a couple of games. Odd feeling this optimistic about our Tampa team, and i havent even cracked open a Big Storm yet.

  23. Ash Says:

    Week 9 bye seems pretty good late bye seems like a really good spot