What Was Learned From Bucs’ Week 1 Win?

September 17th, 2022

Former Bucs G Ian Beckles.

Former Bucs guard Ian Beckles reviewed Tampa Bay’s win over the Cowboys last week.

Beckles, who bet on the Cowboys, was happy the Bucs won, but as one can expect, he had a variety of things to say about the Bucs on his podcast “In the Trenches.”

Below are a handful:

* “I don’t know what I got out of the game because this is what I got out of the game: The Dallas Cowboys are not that damn good.”

* “The Buccaneer defense may be really good at the end of the year, we just don’t know.”

* “I saw a couple of things we did that I liked and some other things I didn’t like so much. … Nineteen points is not going to beat some of the upper echelon teams out there.”

* “The gameplan was pretty darn good. Byron Leftwich needs to be applauded.”

* “You know who you don’t want to see out there too long? That’s Mr. [Josh] Wells. An OK backup, but you can’t win that way.”

* “If we were playing a team that could score, and we will, we’d be in trouble. I just want to let people know that. … If you score only 19 points against Kansas City you are going to get blowed out.”

* “Offensive line-wise, I would give them a ‘B.'”

* “You have to make a big deal out of making the red zone five straight times and only getting 12 points. That’s a bad — don’t do that. You may think it is not a big deal that Rob Gronkowski is not here, but that’s where Gronk excelled, in the red zone.”

* “On defense, I don’t have a whole lot to complain about. I really don’t. I thought the scheme was great.”

* “If you ask me who should the Bucs build around defensively, I’m not sure what the answer is going to be. And I think this is what the answer should be: The answer should be Devin White. That should be the answer.”

Beckles later compared White to three-time Pro Bowler Bryan Cox from “back in the day.”

40 Responses to “What Was Learned From Bucs’ Week 1 Win?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    He bet on the Cowgirls. You know what that tells me ? He don’t know Jack.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, every time I see Ian Beckles I get Hungry!
    I know he played for the Bucs, but he has a real love affair with Food!
    I miss Smith too, but remember we won 4 out of 4 playoff games in 2020 on our super bowl run, with Wells playing Tackle.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I only say this to Mr Beckles …Good teams find a way to win even when ….!

  4. Hodad Says:

    K.C. didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard Thursday either. Matter of fact, most offenses didn’t look that good last weekend. Month of September is the real preseason for the starters. We won’t know who’s really got what for another three weeks.

  5. Joe Says:

    miss Smith too, but remember we won 4 out of 4 playoff games in 2020 on our super bowl run, with Wells playing Tackle.

    Pretty sure you are thinking of right guard Alex Cappa (who missed last three games). Aaron Stinnie filled in for him. Donovan Smith didn’t miss a game in the playoffs

  6. SOEbuc be Says:

    I’m very excited to see a more hybrid offense this year. They draw up good schemes.

  7. adam from ny Says:

    he’s def right about the cowboys not looking like a good team…

    i think they looked like more of a bad team than the bucs looked like a good team…

    but that’s week 1 for you…

    in fact the first quarter of the season can often be a mirage (weeks 1-4)…

    the cowboys looked like a 7-10 type team in the game before dak went down…now they’re like a 3-13 club…

    they’re gassing the fans in dallas…dak is coming back like december 1st…and by then they could be 2-11…so then they just sit him out the rest of the year…

    tomorrow is the real measuring stick for the bucs because they know the saint basically own them – and now is the time to change it…

  8. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Then Wikipedia is wrong, as usual!
    My Information I posted about Wells starting 4 games for us in 2020 on our super bowl playoff run comes from Wikipedia

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    On September 10, 2019, Wells was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[13] Wells played in 13 games, of which he started two, in the 2019 season.[14]

    He was re-signed on May 5, 2020.[15] Wells played in all four games in the Buccaneers’ playoff run that resulted in the team winning Super Bowl LV.[16][17][18]

    Wells re-signed with the Buccaneers again on March 30, 2021.[19] He played in all 17 games as the primary swing tackle.

    On March 28, 2022, Wells re-signed with the Buccaneers.[20]

    Personal life

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I share his concern that we caught a crappy team on opening day.

    I like most here worry about injuries but that’s true for EVERY NFL team every week.

    I’m not at all concerned about the red zone failures and 19 points. It let us see we have a good kicker and an incredible punter. It’s also I believe as Cris Collingsworth suggested during the broadcast that a lot of teams (not the Chiefs obviously lol) struggled on Offense opening day because the NFL and the coaches have virtually eliminated pre season game participation.

    I forget…did TB and the starting offense run just ONE series in the preseason.
    They will get their spit together when they knock off the rust.

    On one hand you could say it’s amazing that the starting QB left camp for an 11day attempt to patch up his marriage and still even get 19 on the ‘Boys. OTOH you could say that even the GOAT or at minimum the players around him need all that “normal” preseason work and even the GOAT can use more than one series to prepare.

    Brady didn’t suck…one really bad int but the rest of the game he made just enough great throws…2 and enough mediocre passes to get us the W.

  10. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Horse slugger needs to realize preseason is not what it used to be. teams are going to be rusty the 1st couple weeks. I also don’t think Wells will be left alone, the help he had last week caused yet another nickname for Pancake Lenny.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Beckles … ‘“You know who you don’t want to see out there too long? That’s Mr. [Josh] Wells. An OK backup, but you can’t win that way.”

    You can’t win that way? Hmmm, someone needs to tell Ian what the final score of the Bucs-Dallas game was.

    Wells isn’t starter-caliber, but with help he can do fine. Can probably say that about most backups though. If we had to help every OLineman, our QB would be running the ball himself on every play.

  12. NCBucfan Says:

    Come on Ian! It’s week 1. Good teams find a way to adapt to the kind of game they are in, it’s called game-flow. Would liked to have scored more points, sure, but we didn’t need to score 30 in that kind of game. I really don’t think the Saints game will be a high scoring affair either. We are breaking in the new interior guys, and have a “third stringer at LT”, as some analysts like to say. Plus I think with the TEs we have, we can play more smash mouth ball! Once our receivers get healthier, and we play the better teams, the fireworks will come. Settle down, and go eat some more Ian!

  13. Emo Says:

    What we seen to be forgetting is that the Bucs faced a top defense in the league and that we won’t meet many other teams that have defenses as talented as the cowboys’ or players as talented as Micah Parsons

  14. Mr. Editor Says:

    It is concerning that the Bucs scored only 12 points in five trips to the red zone. TB misfired on a few passes. However, the offense should improve with time and reps. This is how not having a full pre-season and missing reps in training camp hurt. In addition, not having Gronk available is bad, but AB, although a serious headcase, also gave TB an extra option in the red zone.

  15. NCBucfan Says:

    Otton will get a TD tomorrow, book it! I think in general he will turn be a big threat in the red zone anyway. His blocking has been real good so far, okay action, have him chip and then he will take it in for the score. Go Bucs!

  16. NCBucfan Says:

    play action, not okay action, Lol.

  17. CrackWise Says:

    19 points would have won us the super bowl against the Chiefs… Just saying. Heck 10 points would have won us the game.

    CLOWN… I love Ian though for real, he is a great listen every afternoon. ALTHOUGH, I still miss the Big Dog

  18. CrackWise Says:

    @Mr. Editor

    Why is that concerning? Most teams dont get to the Red Area that often. Just ask Dallas!!!

    AND the Chiefs. LMFAO

  19. CrackWise Says:


    That was true UNTIL we found out the Dallas was running A GIRL out there at LB and calling her their best player!!!

    JUST SAYING…. GMC 2.0???????????????

  20. CrackWise Says:

    EVERYONE will be saying the same thing after this game that they are saying after the CowGIRLs game.

    Going into it, OH they are facing a top rated O and D

    After the game, OH they faced a team that is in shambles and has a FEMALE linebacker.

    The Saints will be the real test because???

    They have a Top Rated D and O….

    The theme of next week. Green Bay will be the real test BECAUSE they have a real D and O….

    Wake me up after we are 4-0

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Easy Cracky. One at a time.

  22. Mr. Editor Says:

    I am not the only one concerned. Byron Leftwich said: “I think we did some really good things in some areas that I think we needed to get better at, but I’m more concerned about the things we didn’t do so well. Third down down, red zone, so that’s our focus to make sure we lock in and make sure we do a better job of executing.” You can’t count on the Bucs defense to hold teams to three points every game, although as a fan I would love that. Byron Leftwich, Tom Brady, and the rest of the offense want to score touchdowns and not field goals. That’s the mentality of a champion, not someone who just wants to get by. I am also confident that the red zone efficiency will improve to where they were last year when they were second in the NFL.

  23. Joe Says:

    Then Wikipedia is wrong, as usual!

    Neh-VUH use Wikipedia. Always use Pro Football Reference or NBC Sports Edge (nee: Rotoworld).

  24. CrackWise Says:


    LOL, fair enough

  25. CrackWise Says:

    19 HOURS till the WORLD Bowles to the king!!!

  26. Buc4evr Says:

    I think the play calling in the red zone was pretty bad. Leftwich needs to realize that the o-line is a little weak right now and we are in trouble as far as WR’s. Hopefully, Leftwich can come up with plays that develop fast in the red zone against the Saints. And Brady can’t hold on to the ball like he did in Dallas.

  27. CrackWise Says:

    That was a double PUN to the SAVIOR QB and our current head coach BTW. Just in case EVERYONE missed it.

    Being CrackWise aint easy.

  28. CrackWise Says:

    My bad, it was a TRIPLE PUN….. “what is a triple pun called”. <— Do your own research CLOWNS!!!

    I Love all of you who understand LANGUAGE!!! <– DOPE is that another PUN???

  29. CrackWise Says:

    Forgot to give ya the proper word search, its call a “double entendre”.

  30. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wells played but he didn’t play Tackle…..he was an extra blocker in our “heavy” packages…..

  31. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So Wiki wasn’t wrong…..Wells played……but he didn’t start at Tackle…..

    I’m not quite sure why they like him so much….but he’s stuck around…..

  32. Posey99 Says:

    Big Nick Leverett is significantly better than Josh Wells imo. Would of matched up better at LT against a speed rusher. He did well against Von Miller in the playoffs last year too.

  33. Vern Says:

    That’s what happen when you do not play during the preseason as a team. They know they have to play better against the Saints due to they own us. Sunday we will see what the BUCS are made of.

  34. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The Bucs D played well, but the Cowboys had a terrible offensive game plan- the only thing they had working they went away from ( Elliott runs).
    Bucs had a good Defensive game plan and Cowboys were wasting time with gadget plays and forcing the ball to Lamb. Cowboys coaching gets an F along with their owner/GM.

  35. CrackWise Says:

    Is Mark2001 ok??? After all the offseason talk of how great the JAB is for everyone. I am worried he is no longer with us.

    Prayers to his family.

  36. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Wells was not starting any “Super Bowl run.” If Wells is starting, you are not a contender. Witness his play in the Rams playoff loss if you want to see why. He is straight trash. An absolute liability.

  37. Emo Says:

    Very true crackwise
    What player cries when getting double teamed?
    But still a good player

  38. unbelievable Says:

    Wells played in all 4 of those games as a swing tackle / extra offensive lineman. Not a starting tackle.

    And mark2001 is around these parts almost everyday.

    “Crack”wise seems accurate tho lol

  39. Goatfarmer Says:

    All the talk about Anthony Richardson can end. He’s horrible. Looks like Tarzan. Plays like Jane. Single handedly losing the game to USF.

  40. cmurda Says:

    He tried GGoatfarmer but USF’s QB is even more laughable trying to throw a football. Wow. If only USF had a quarterback that could throw a football. TD, game over. Instead, he throws it out of bounds. Then wide open guy in space and overthrows him for the pick and hands the game to the Gators. Just awful, awful awful passing skills. This is the best USF can find for a quarterback? A one dimensional , bad read no skill throwing quarterback. Frustrating. Because it took a really bad quarterback to grasp defeat out of the jaws of victory. Get a quarterback Bulls. It’s been like 15 years. One that actually can throw a football. LOL. Only USF ‘s Center with the tar tar snap and the QB not good enough to at least get a hand on it. Awful football team from top to bottom ever since wrongly firing Followed by another muffed snap. Fire everybody in your University and quit playing football. It’s an embarrassment to real schools and to anyone that calls it their Alma Mater. Cursed ever since wrongly firing Jim Leavitt. Judy sank the football program but it’s at embarrassing epic proportions of futility. I will not watch this team nut all over itself again. What a joke USF Football is.