“I Didn’t Do As Good A Job As I Could Have With That”

August 10th, 2022

A lot of Bucs have said they’re still sour about how last season ended against the Rams.

Today Tristan Wirfs sounded like he blamed himself for the loss.

The Bucs’ All-Pro right tackle was chilling on the NFL Network set at One Buc Palace alongside former hated Panthers Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith, and there he was asked about that Rams game.

Wirfs said what he’s said previously, that it was the first game he had missed of his entire career: high school, college, NFL, etc. But then Wirfs reflected on the ankle he messed up the week prior in the first quarter against the Eagles.

It was a turning point in his career from a personal care standpoint, he said.

“I think my first two years I didn’t do as good a job as I could have with [taking care of my body],” Wirfs said. “So I really started trying [this offseason] to build a routine of rehabbing, just preventative stuff and trying to take care of my body a little bit better. It’s a long season. You kind of break down a little bit.”

Do the Bucs beat the Rams last January if Wirfs was healthy? Joe would take that bet. You don’t remove an All-Pro from an offensive line and not have a dropoff.

But Joe does think it’s rough that Wirfs seems to think he had a hand in his injury. That’s just not fair, though Joe appreciates the mindset.

16 Responses to ““I Didn’t Do As Good A Job As I Could Have With That””

  1. PassingThru Says:

    I concur with Joe. The Rams won by a bare margin of error. Wirfs would have eliminated that margin of error.

    That’s why I obsess over the offensive line.

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    Every time the Bucs have lost to the Rams in the playoffs (all three of them without a win), they’ve been missing their best OT. And every time it’s been one score, except the 79 game when the whole OL was decimated and Doug got killed, leaving it to the legendary Mike Rae. <>

  3. Bucschamp Says:

    Dear Tristan,

    Stop lifting trees!!!

  4. Beej Says:

    Josh Wells was utterly owned in that game

  5. T REX Says:

    Bowels helped out for sure

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bowels is a genius. He singlehandedly won a SB in 2020. And he’s not to blame for the end of game collapse against the Rams. Not in the least.

  7. NeverGIVEup Says:

    It was his fault. Although he is not to blame.

    Mind Fuk

  8. SB Says:

    I am with Ya on this one Joe!

  9. steele Says:

    With a few obvious exceptions (GOAT), everyone on offense and defense should have been better, coaching should have been much better, and they woulda shoulda beaten the Rams.

    But there was no excuse for the first 3 1/2 quarters of being completely outplayed and outcoached, and the final minutes of defensive collapse.

    A lot to be bitter about. Motivation: revenge.

  10. captivajim Says:

    bowles gets ALL the credit for rams loss .

  11. Scubog Says:

    Goatfarmer: I still blame OG Greg Roberts for that 1979 loss to the Rams. Plus Jack Youngblood lining up with a broken leg to inspire his teammates. You may recall the game was 0-6 when the great Jimmie Giles scored a TD that would have put the Bucs ahead 7-6. But nooooooooooo! Greg Roberts flinched and drew a penalty flag. I remember Mike Rae claiming to be the best QB on the Bucs roster.

  12. DG060 Says:

    F the Rams. If they go 10-7 it’ll be a miracle. It’s more likely to be 9-8.
    They’re going nowhere.

  13. Bird Says:

    All the other tackles that went before Wirfs in that draft. Whew. I guess the knock was “oh its to high for a right tackle?” Not sure you saw but tackle Bectin who had trouble with weight for jets …is done already for season with knee again.

    Wirfs will probably go down as our best olineman ever. He may already have that title. And what a great kid on top of it. The dude has two tree stumps for legs. And can carry entire trees on his shoulders. And will get better. And apparently is taking diet more serious. Look out folks as the term legend may be used with his name very soon. He is that special.

  14. allen Lofton Says:

    Health is essential and it starts with you – you treat your job professionally – so treating your health properly is even more important.

    There’s a product that boasts your body’s glutathione naturally – Does many things buts cuts healing in HALF THE TIME – Love to get info to the Bucs players –

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I was just about over that game…..

    I do recall that Tristan came back into the Eagles game for a play or two after his injury. That may have exacerbated the injury.

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    Scubog — right on! I was at that game in the end zone when Giles caught the pass. I think Roberts was the only limeman playing that started the year, everyone else was a scrub. The Rams DL was sick, Youngblood was legendary.

    Just once I’d like to get the Rams in the playoffs with a healthy offensive line.