“Content To Punt The Ball”

October 31st, 2021

The quote above comes from Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman as he watched the Bucs throw well behind the sticks on 2nd-and-13 and 3rd-and-14 early in the fourth quarter today.

Joe’s typing this up because it marked one of three times Joe fired a Big Storm beer can at the television.

Trailing 23-21 at their 31 yard line, Tampa Bay went for the wide receiver screen to Jaelon Darden, a very difficult play to execute if you’re not Chris Godwin against a quick defense on turf. Joe hated the call. So what was next on 3rd-and-14? A one-yard throw to Godwin in hopes he could break a run.

With all those weapons, with that no-risk-it-no-biscuit mentality, the Bucs made Brady look like Mike Glennon for two plays.

Aikman said the Bucs looked “content to punt the ball” — to one of the best special teams units in the game.

This absolutely is not what cost the Bucs the game. It’s just a little thing sticking in Joe’s craw when you’ve got a legend at quarterback who — at the time  — was getting time to throw.

25 Responses to ““Content To Punt The Ball””

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Darden needs to go back to college

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    I enjoy bashing Leftwich because I don’t think he’s all that good, but on 3rd and 14 there aren’t many plays that work there, and surprisingly the WR screen to Godwin has gotten good results. The only real issue I had was with 29 seconds in the half and two TO’s, they take a knee. They haven’t done that all year. That I hated. But they also came out in the 2nd, on fire, and got the lead, only to watch the defense not be able to hold a 4th string QB in check.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    I was pissed about that too Joe….I too chalked it up to they didn’t think they could get the first down so they were just gaining more yards to punt the ball away.

  4. Go Bucs! Says:

    What is AB’s status

  5. Ed Says:

    I picked the offense of the Bucs to score 28 today. I thought for sure they would hold a mediocre Saints offense to under 20.

    That was tough to watch all the stupid defensive penalties keep the Saints alive. They did a good job on Kamara but let guyss that hadn’t scored in years beat them. I dislike Sean Peyton tremendously, give him credit, he deserves coach of the year if he gets the Saints into the playoffs.

  6. Listnfrmafar Says:

    250 in the air, 150 on the ground and 120 in penalties = the trifecta of shat. Joe, how’d you like the throw back from Lenny and the two point conversion play? Brilliant, NOT!

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    Bucs had -89 net penalty yards.

  8. Will Says:

    Both the throw back and 2pt try were terrible high-school type plays.
    Can anyone tell me why this defense is never prepared for a trick play?

  9. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    With all the talent on the offensive side of the ball, this team sorely misses Gronk and AB, it’s 2 best players on offense. The play calling at the end was not good. There was plenty of time to mix the run and short passes.

  10. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Basically, we beat ourselves with all the penalties.

  11. BucsFan90 Says:

    Jameis dancing on crutches in the locker room LMAO

  12. Francisco Guzman Says:

    That game was winnable and Brady knows it. They had the ball in the end with 1 timeout. All they needed was a fg. It still doesn’t change the fact this defense is terrible and they need to be more disciplined.

  13. Listnfrmafar Says:

    The coaching staff panicked and it showed

  14. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Still feel we are the most talented team in the nfc but none of that will matter if the passing defense doesn’t get better along with the coaching.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Defense was Pathetic .

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  17. JimmyJack Says:

    It was 2nd & 15. And our screen game has been good this year. I didnt mind the call. Throwing into the teeth of coverage thats sitting back is a tough call.

  18. Steve Says:

    Brady did not have a great game. However. Being a patriots fan for over twenty years Belechick would not put up with the penalties that the Bucs defense is making on being offsides all the time.

  19. Ben green Says:

    Ben knows one thing, they’ll be no empty dome road playoff wins. Whoever has home field will win the NFC.

  20. Ben green Says:

    Peyton is a good coach, with many tools in his shed. Brady doesn’t play well in that dome. He likes playing inside in general, but something about this one, he hates.

  21. godlovesbucs Says:

    Rough game by all. Brady missed a deep ball to evans. Evans shorted a route. Fournette dropped a td. D had way too many penalties (some bogus). D lost contain on reverse and td by Kamara. Even with all that, game was within reach at the end and frankly, saints played a near perfect game, minus the one play to Grayson.

    It reminded me of the Dallas game and the patriots game. The opposing team did everything right AND Tampa played average. Really hard to beat a division rival in their home like that.

  22. Im not tired anymore we Super Bowl Champs!! Says:

    Refs called this game. Simple as that. Go Bucs!

  23. HC Grover Says:

    1 Biased refs
    2 Gluefoot Cockrell
    3 VooDoo

  24. Bob in valrico Says:

    I hated the choice of Darden on the screen. Get him moving on an end around
    at a less critical time of the game. What happened to the tight end screen to OJ.
    With Gronk , OJ was barely in the gameplan.

  25. Bob in valrico Says:

    Gronk out