Don’t Be Stupid!

August 1st, 2022

Bucs coach Todd Bowles explains.

Longtime Howard Stern fans know where Joe is coming from here.

Before Stern turned PC in recent years, he always used to play soundbytes of his dad hollering at him when he was a kid. Stern’s dad was a radio engineer and took his son into his Manhattan studio. He let young Howard play around and his dad would interview him like it was a real radio interview.

Howard must have been misbehaving because at one point, his dad yelled, “Don’t be stupid, you moron!”

That’s what went through Joe’s head when head coach Todd Bowles was discussing the Bucs being smart today, the first day in pads, and through the rest of camp.

Yes, the pads come on today! No more underwear football temporarily. Finally Joe will get to hear the pop of shoulder pads and the grunts and groans of real football.

Bowles confessed there is no need for Bucs players to go full-blown Ray Lewis on their teammates. No need to be a hero. In other words, don’t be stupid.

“Well, a lot of supposed sacks may not get there, and a lot of supposed runs may not get there,” Bowles said of the transition from underwear football to real football. “We’ll see what comes of what.

“We’re trying to make each other better and get ready for the season. We understand we’re on the same team. We want heavy competition, but we want to play smart and figure things out.”

While Joe craves physicality, now is not the time to be a hero or to try to break dudes in half. That comes in September.

Joe hopes Bowles has the defense wrap guys up without a call to drive dudes into the ground or to splash them into next week. More hard hits now means less stamina in January or February.

Don’t be stupid.

18 Responses to “Don’t Be Stupid!”

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    Stupid would be not working on tackling skills. That would be real stupid.

  2. Bucschamp Says:

    Don’t be stupid means don’t get injured .
    It’s still just training camp

  3. Dean Giusti Says:

    Little late for the Don’t Be Stupid article after Jensen gets his knee blown out playing flag football.

  4. SB~LV Says:

    NFL is trying to have it both ways
    Longer season
    and less contact

  5. Goatfarmer Says:

    Stupid is not covering Cooper Kupp.

  6. PSL Bob Says:

    Fingers crossed. We can’t have another Ryan Jensen incident!

  7. Oddball Says:

    Joe, was that the Golden Knights jumping into the practice facility this AM? I fly for Bayflite across the street and saw 3 guys parachute into the field.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Not crippling your own team members is surely pretty obvious. In the heat of the moment though, ‘stuff happens’. Pity the poor bubble player who’s giving it his all, but in the process of busting his butt to make the team damages one our starters or key rotational guys.

  9. geno711 Says:

    How many guys did the Ravens lose last year during practice?

    Stuff happens sometimes.

  10. Oddball Says:

    Only 6 games for DW? WTF!

    So 1 accusation gets JW 3 games and 25 accusations gets you 6.

  11. kyle Says:

    stinnie should be traded to the jags immediately, what a knucklehead. I hope the kid from floriday atalntic or wherever beats him out.

  12. Elita Vita Says:

    Looks like the Bucs and the Saints will face Deshaun Jackson this year while the Falcons and Panthers will not. First 6 games Deshaun is out include games with Atlanta & Carolina. Bucs play the Browns later on in the season. Go Bucs!

  13. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Deshaun Jackson? Michael’s brother?

  14. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Howard Stern! I will always remember Howard Stern as the Man who got Carmine Electra on a Sybian Machine. on the air!

  15. Elita Vita Says:

    Sorry about that Dewey
    Watson, Watson, Watson …. Lol ppl

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    No worries Vita. it’s preseason. We’re not in midseason form yet lol

  17. D-Rok Says:


    On the Ira podcast Ira referenced no music at practice so far, and called for Lawrence Welk to be blasted through the speakers. Given the title this article, why don’t they blast out Shania Twain instead of Welk or CCR? Twain would be a little more hip for the youngsters on the team, ha ha.

  18. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Goatfarmer Says:
    August 1st, 2022 at 7:42 am
    Stupid is not covering Cooper Kupp.
    You have to be the worst commenter since Realisto. Get a life and get over it.