“After That It’s All Tolerance, Pain Tolerance”

September 30th, 2021

Talk about a coach sending a message.

There may be no Buccaneer with more urgency to perform on Sunday than cornerback Jamel Dean, who left Sunday’s game in Los Angeles with a knee injury.

Dean had a long history in college of injuries, including major knee issues, and he’s yet to play a full NFL season, missing three as a rookie (2019) and two last year.

So far this week, Dean has been practicing on a limited basis, but defensive coordinator Todd Bowles sounded a public alarm today that seemed to say Dean better learn how to man up for Sunday in New England.

“I mean, you play 100 percent of your career; you play at 100 percent your first year, after that it’s all tolerance. Pain tolerance,” Bowles said. “But we’ll see how [Dean] looks in a couple of days.”

Damn, that’s not exactly a coach saying something like, “We hope he can heal in time. Dean’s giving it his best shot and working with trainers.”

Bowles echoed a mindset Joe has heard from Bucco Bruce Arians in various forms. Arians rode Scotty Miller publicly when he wasn’t playing while banged, and he talked about Carlton Davis maturing and playing through injuries.

Dean might want to get a shot in that knee, or find any way to push through on Sunday. Otherwise he might yield to the Richard Sherman show in a hurry.

**((And for the anonymous dude who keeps emailing Joe about “stealing photos,” the iconic JoeBucsFan photographer was at the Rams-Bucs game and will be on the ground in New England on Sunday. Call the Bucs if you don’t buy it.))**

28 Responses to ““After That It’s All Tolerance, Pain Tolerance””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s not just the pain, it’s the mobility….you need your knees!!!

    A gimpy Jamel Dean isn’t worth it……let’s go with healthy players even though they are future UPS drivers.

  2. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Dean’s feelings are sprained.. he’s been exposed… again.

  3. SteveK Says:

    Too Legit to quit, you rock Joe! Sorry for the nonsense trolls trying to find a reason to cancel you. You, Ira and the JBF nation will have none of it. #LFG

    **((And for the anonymous dude who keeps emailing Joe about “stealing photos,” the iconic JoeBucsFan photographer was at the Rams-Bucs game and will be on the ground in New England on Sunday. Call the Bucs if you don’t buy it.))**

  4. Buc4evr Says:

    Sherman better be ready to play if Dean goes down on Sunday and the D-line really has to turn up the heat this week.

  5. BucsCoolade Says:

    Well if it ends up helping mac Jones on Brady night.. good cuz a close game is better. We shall see..

  6. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Dee Delaney, let Dean sit, IMHO.

  7. PassingThru Says:

    I really don’t care if Joe did or did not “steal” that photo of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Posting it was a public service. She was smoking hot.

  8. Conte Piscateli Says:

    If Sherman has to play on Sunday I think you go straight man coverage and blitz. Sherman is a pro he doesn’t need communication and to understand playing with his teammates if it’s man coverage.

  9. buxszntkt Says:

    is that what this is all about , a pic of the cowboys chearleader ? geez, wtf, who cares.

  10. buxszntkt Says:

    although I will say, the Dallas chearleader is the only one that was hot of all the gameday pics this year Joe. Your collection is seriously hurting !!!!

  11. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Let’s go my man!
    3rd yr and with all that athletic ability
    Play smart
    Hold it down like u have for a good part of the time since Bucs drafted you
    Go Bucs

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Thats right you guys who never played the game. You do have to play with some pain IF..you want to keep your starting job. Sad but true. At the pro level though, plying with pain could be career ending in some cases. Now you knows why they get them big bucks.Screw playin with pain. Hell, I don’t even go to work if my hangover is too tense..LOL

  13. SB~LV Says:

    Some guys can and others can’t. It’s the ole you are not going to further damage the injury by playing with it. I am not, cannot make any judgment call on how this plays out for Dean.

  14. buxszntkt Says:

    Beware the Putinesque censorship on Joe Bucs Fan, LOL. Criticize one of the “connected” posters, e.g. Mike Johnson, and your post gets deleted, likely by MJ himself.

  15. mg Says:

    next man up

  16. Knoxville Bucs Fan Says:

    The Goat led the team to a Super Bowl Championship on one leg at 43 Suck it up! Let’s goooo Miller might wanna look into taking a shot for that big toe or just cut it off and get back out there

  17. mg Says:

    The G.M. needs to find a Malcom Butler. I think he was working at “Popeyes” prior to trying out with the Patriots. Go Bucs. Plenty of TB-12 fans here on Cape Cod have become wash ashore Tampa Bay Bucs fans. He made the New England area Billions of dollars in a 20 year run. Everyone benefited. Hope you all enjoy the ride.

  18. mark2001 Says:

    Don’t know how many of you have had strained MCL’s and such. I have. Almost impossible to sleep without some kind of pain meds, much less running on them. And of course, the added trauma just sets you back days in your progress. I don’t know how these guys do it… modern medicine I guess.

  19. Mark2001 Says:

    BTW… That is alot of wrap on that knee. Ouch.

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    There is a difference between hurt and injured.

    An old coach used to preach “A little pain never hurt anyone.”

    Structural damage is different.

    That said, I do not know Dean’s situation.

  21. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard can run fast. It will take Howard probably a week
    (like Sherman) to get fully game ready. Howard is thinking about jogging tonight. Probably 45 minutes straight. …….and doing some yoga and stretching first. Howard isn’t out to take anyone’s job he’s just throwing the option out there for Licht

  22. Howard Cosell Says:

    Also if Medicated Pete shows up for a tryout send him home. He’s delusional. Howard owned him in the seniors flag football two weeks ago. He’s really lost a step since the meds. Very sad to see

  23. unbelievable Says:

    Man up, or next man up.

  24. August 1976 Buc Says:

    It is time for put up or shut up for Dean.
    That scared super soft coverage crap by Dean is not going to cut it.

    R Sherman is going to show the Secondary how to (legally assault / tight coverage ) a receiver off the line of scrimmage.

    Time for this mamby pamby Mike Smith coverage to leave the field.
    R Sherman is the perfect person to model “the in your face coverage” off the line of scrimmage for this young Secondary.

    J Dean, time to step up, or get used to the bench. Check your feelings at the door, and play like a professional.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  25. Defense Rules Says:

    Cobraboy you nailed it; big difference between being hurt & being injured. Anyone who’s played sports at a competitive level understands the difference.

    Jamel Dean has persevered through injury after injury for years. Most of us probably would’ve given up by this point, but he didn’t. I have nothing but admiration for how he’s ‘manned up’ time & time again to get back onto the field.

    But that said, starters take a beating in the NFL. Personally I wouldn’t have drafted Dean in the 2nd Rnd with such a long injury history in college (Rnds 1-3 draft picks are precious IMO). Bucs have done that time & time again, and it seems that very few ‘stick’ long-term.

  26. August 1976 Buc Says:

    After watching this team since the beginning August 1976, and seeing all the losing, I have long been past caring about particulars with the players.

    They can either perform on the field or not. If they cannot, get someone else that can. It is nothing personal, I am concerned with the name on the front of the jersey.

    Have seen enough crappy play by players on the Bucs since they began.

    With that being said, I am very thankful for the team being an actual contender, that has a real chance to win it all again.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  27. BucsCoolade Says:

    Dynamic healing aka 80% performance..is good for some injuries.. but playing DB in the nfl requires max performance or they will get torched..

  28. Your Mom Says:

    And the world wonders why these poor guys can’t walk at age 45? These coaches ought to be ashamed of themselves.