Top 10 Bucs Fan Freakout Takes 

October 17th, 2022

It’s a Meltdown Monday and Joe is soaking in all the madness. Thankfully, Joe hasn’t seen this kind of crazy in a long time.

Some themes are developing … in no particular order:

*Byron Leftwich should be fired.

*Leonard Fournette is overrated.

*Luke Goedeke is swiss cheese.

*Bucs’ punt and kick coverage has been crap for four years.

*Todd Bowles isn’t in Bruce Arians’ league.

*Jason Licht built a shaky roster and didn’t fill holes.

*Tom Brady is overrated and isn’t all-in.

*Devin White shouldn’t get a big contract.

*Players have quit on coaches.

*The Bucs have no chance at a Super Bowl run.

Did Joe omit anything from the top-10?

Thankfully, Joe doesn’t subscribe to any of these freakouts. Well, maybe a couple.

80 Responses to “Top 10 Bucs Fan Freakout Takes ”

  1. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Bucs has no chance of beating the Panthers !

  2. Panhandle Buc Says:

    *Players appear to show up and think they can live off their SB victory from 2 years ago.

    *Pigeons of Pittsburg appear to have more heart and determination than our Bucs.

    *BA needs to bring his red pen back.

  3. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Griff should start at QB

  4. Citruscountybuc Says:

    Maybe the Bucs just aren’t as good as we thought?

  5. Idk Says:

    Even Joe has to agree with Goedeke being Swiss cheese so far.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bucs always lose a game they shouldn’t lose…….Chicago, Washington & now the Steelers….

    So, Joe…you missed one…..Bucs finally have a kicker.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Still early in season, also I said when we played the cowboys it didn’t look right

  8. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I don’t think anyone’s saying Tom Brady is overrated….the correct conversation is if age has finally caught up to Brady?….it’s a legitimate question to ask for a 45 year old QB who’s playing at a subpar level

  9. D-Rok Says:


    That is EXACTLY why most Bucs fans are freaking out right now: Expectations were so much higher at start of season. At 3-3, our record is decent. What worries me isn’t our record, but the lack of fire and passion in this team. Where is the killer instinct we saw the last 2 years?

    Even in 2020 when we were at the 7-5 mark, we were playing much better than these first 6 games. Well, we played pretty good as a group against the Cowboys, but it feels like the team isn’t improving; in fact, it feels like each week the team is playing worse collectively, and that’s what concerns this fan.

  10. Howard Cosell Says:

    You forgot “The entire league is fixed by gamblers now”

  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Our rookie kicker isn’t getting as many touchbacks as Pinion. And Keith Armstrong needs a pink slip.

  12. Howard Cosell Says:

    Citruscountybuc Says:
    October 17th, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Maybe the Bucs just aren’t as good as we thought?

    Both lines are mediocre at best. Not good at all.
    Teams that are weak in the trenches always equals losing.

  13. Joseph C Simmons Says:

    If the season doesn’t improve soon, I can see Coach Bowles getting Richie Petitbon’d.

  14. Jason Says:

    A few of those are spot on !!!

  15. chris l Says:

    I hear the evans take and yes we should have thrown it more. i cant speak to what the defenses were allowing in the red zone but i have said it before and will say it again. the two most important football stats: turnovers and red zone efficiency. no teams had a turnover yesterday but lo and behold we went 1/4 in the red zone and couldnt convert a 2-pt conversion. that is the reason we lost. whereas pittsburgh when they got down there somehow did it. i dont care if our defense starts out slow but holds to field goals. that is how you win. all facets lost us this game but i know we dont want them running all the time but if we cant run we wont win. every gd time we run on first down it is at most like 2 yards and then missed throw, and all of a sudden were in third and long. i dont care who you trot out there, that is unsustainable because defense knows what is coming (unless its the buccaneers giving up third and long on multiple possessions….in a row).

  16. Lovie Bowles Says:

    Todd Bowles is Lovie Smith

  17. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Looks like 6 out of 10 are true.

  18. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Pre-season they sold us a High Performarnce BMW M5 and what we got is a Lemon.

  19. PassingThru Says:

    Fans should not be concerned. Losing 3 of the last 4 games is fine and dandy. Pittsburgh is a real powerhouse. The Bucs should be proud to he tied with a perpetual winner like Atlanta.

  20. adam from ny Says:

    definitely a couple…definitely a couple joe…

    but you forgot one — gisele is destroying tommy b & the bucs

  21. Dooley Says:

    *Using our imaginations will fix the functional issues that we’re having on offense

  22. Blake Says:

    It all starts with the interior line on both sides of the ball. The O line is awful this year. Completely outmanned every single week so far. They look like they don’t even belong on NFL rosters. When you can’t run or give your pocket QB time to throw then everything suffers. Doesn’t matter what play the OC calls if there’s no blocking. Our D line clearly misses Suh and JPP too.

  23. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Somebody save that list, it will be much more interesting at the end of the season

  24. SlyPirate Says:

    Accurate assessment of the Bucs ’22

    No one has said TB12 is overrated.

  25. Roc Says:

    Bowles = Raheem

    Vita=MCCoY AKA McSoftie

  26. Buccos Says:

    It would be huge if Jensen can come back. We miss him a lot. Other than that I’m not too worried. Although it is a bad look for TB12 to skip practice for a wedding and then to not fly back to travel with the team. And then to lose and look completely out of sync. I’m going to pin that loss on Brady

  27. adam from ny Says:


    reality is we really could have lost the last 4 games…


    the last time this showed any real spunk and fight was around the time BA was flipping out on the sidelines and Evans got kicked out of the saints game for protecting Tom…those were the last real signs of life from an otherwise very sleepy team…the final 15 to 18 minutes of that game, BA might have possibly lit a fire under their azzes…but since then zilch…something to think about,,,


  28. AMI_Chris Says:

    Perspective didn’t help me yesterday while I was stewing in a dreadful sports bar in western NY watching the awful Bucs offense. But it is a long season, they do have the talent to change their fortunes and the 2020 Steelers went 11-0 — and didn’t even win one playoff game.

  29. Nwbucfan Says:

    Joe should look at our stats running screen plays this year. I believe 100% have gone into the dirt haha

  30. Cody Powers Says:

    O-Line is simply not playing at level required in this offense – Not surprised here, the issue is how to resolve it.

    Brady is the GOAT, read that again.

    Bowles needs to be much more engaged with players during the game – coaching. Let Brady do what he does best – manage the field of play.

  31. ClwJB Says:

    Sad part is several are pretty accurate – especially the joke we have at OC

    This teams plays with the same emotion Bowles exhibits at the microphone

  32. View from 132 Says:

    Brady isn’t overrated, but he is – and always has been – a QB that needs timing and blocking. He doesn’t create or make the school hard plays. Last of that type of QB.

  33. beano Says:

    Maybe Brady was made great by playing with great players and under great coaches at the Patriots and a couple years with the Bucs. Maybe he’s just mediocre otherwise.

  34. Beeej Says:

    Can’t run block, can’t pass block (for the most part) Prevents our down field passing, leaves little else offensively. Defensively, our basic pass rush is average at best. I think we win 10 games at best….bummed

  35. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Sounds just like 2020 when Brady got here-
    Fire Arians,
    Brady is washed up

    The team that wins the Super Bowl peaks during the playoff run

  36. Bucswin Says:

    Bowells = Dungy 2.0

  37. D-Rome Says:

    1. No.

    2. No

    3. No

    4. No.

    5. Yes. That’s not hate on Bowles. Arians will be in the Hall of Fame. Can’t say the same for Bowles yet.

    6. Yes. Most free agent signings are under performing.

    7. No.

    8. No.

    9. No.

    10. No, it’s too early.

  38. Bucamania Says:

    You forgot Vita Vea looks like a shell of his former self.

  39. BucFanSouthTampa Says:

    Yeah, I was saying one of them yesterday. “Players quit on the coaches”. It looked like after the London game during the Raheem Morris era. The team really quit on the coaches that time. We didn’t get bad overnight. They need to have one of these “All Hands” team meetings and get right.

  40. HC Grover Says:

    Tampa Bay Jets

  41. WillieG Says:

    We need BA. We need someone on the sidelines with FIRE like our two Super Bowl winning coaches had.

  42. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Bowles is NOT in the same league as Arians.

    But also, stars are there to be stars and none of our stars are playing like stars.

  43. Tom in Madtown Says:

    Two plays stuck out to me during the game yesterday. The first was the roughing the passer penalty on Devin White on the opening drive. He didn’t blow him up Pickett like he would later in the game. But he did shove him late. And after every team received notice from the league that they were going to place more emphsis on roughing hte passer. This was a huge mental mistake. Your leaders should not be making mental mistakes. The end result was that the drive was kept alive and eventually ended in a touchdown.

    The second was in the second half. I don’t remember what down it was, but Vita Vea was trying to get off the field. Instead of making a beeline to the sideline, he took an odd angle causing him to have to travel further and also be offsides. And why didn’t Bowles call a timeout when it was very clear Vita was never going to come close to making it to the sideline before the snap? Pittsburgh knew they had a free play, took a deep shot, and connected. End result, another touchdown for the Steelers.

    Coaching and leadershi0p failed the Bucs in Pittsburgh. They both need to get corrected fast.

  44. Buczilla Says:

    Byron should not be fired yet. Luke is playing ok for a rookie. Licht is the best gm in the league so the freakout about him is dumb AF. Brady looks human, but he’s part of the solution to our putrid offense, not the problem. Of course we can still make a super bowl run. I agree with the rest.

  45. Uncle Urk Says:


  46. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Licht is the best gm in the league so the freakout about him is dumb AF.”

    Same guy who signed the free agent flops Gage, Aikem Hicks and Kyle Rudolph. But yeah “Best GM in the leauge”

  47. HC Grover Says:

    fan freakout…..i hope we can beat carolina

  48. LakelandSteve Says:

    I wonder if the defense was just bored again?

  49. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If Brady is the problem it’s by deferring the coaching responsibilities to the coaches. Isn’t he 1st in passing yards and TD’s in the NFC and 3rd in the league? If so it’s not his play. It seems like he’s doing his best with what Licht has given him. BL is horrible and it is showing more and more each game.

  50. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Gage is not a flop……he may be a bit overpaid…..but he’s made some nice catches……that TD “drop” wasn’t an easy catch at all……
    Let’s let him get healthy before we render final judgement.

    I agree on the 12 men on the field….a TO needed to be called….

    One other play I questioned is when they had a 12 men & an offsides on the same play……Bowles took 2nd and 1 instead of 1st & 5…….2nd & 1 with our offense is not worth the 4 yards…..take the 1st & 5….

  51. gotbbucs Says:

    Unless something changes and suddenly this offense performs much better than it has these first 6 games, this team has the look of maybe an 8-9 record when all is said and done.
    I don’t think some of you realize how truly bad our offense is right now, and they’re relatively healthy.

  52. Anthony Says:

    I think someone should have a talk with Brady. He’s not as committed this year. No matter what he says. If he can’t commit and can’t get his own house in order then he needs to retire. I believe the team should have a talk with him and they should tell him what and how they feel Nd see from him. And they should be honest. After all no one screams at him for anything. He should not have missed Saturdays walk-through. He would never have done that 5 years ago. And by the way Bellucheck didn’t attend. So Brady to me is not committed

  53. Anthony Says:

    Ya and one more thing he has always said family’s first. Bit I guess he meant after himself.

  54. macajubav Says:

    Have to get Brady a new Victoria Secret model to rejuvenate him !
    He needs one in her 20s.

  55. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    With Arians gone and Bowles promoted, HC and DC are inferior quality to what we had the last few years, and you could argue OC is also inferior quality to what we’ve had with Arians gone. Oh, and our QB is going through a divorce.

  56. Bojim Says:

    TB12 is not spending as much time with the team as he needs to. I feel bad for his personal life but the Bradys should have addressed that way before the season started or maybe after the season. Sometime during the season I think running up the middle may work. Throw Evans the ball. Godwin is still playing catchup but should be fine. I hope sooner than later.

  57. ModHairKen Says:

    So then explain the loss.

  58. Kord Says:

    Being an almost lifelong Bucs fan sitting at 3-3 is ok with me considering what I’ve watched in the span of 2004-2019

  59. JimmyJack Says:

    I wanted to say something yesterday but figured its OK for fans to vent and calling for coaches heads. Plus people love mixing drinking and football so thats a factor to consider…………Hopefully fans sobered up or came to their senses. The goal still very much is a SuperBowl. The ride to get that ring isnt always pretty along the way(our first 2 werent).

    The one item i struggle with on that list is Devin White. Outside of blitzing I would not say he is an elite player.

  60. Brian B Turner Says:

    My concern has been play calling and situational football. Brady is fine IMO. Their play selection and route concepts seem vanilla. Not sire how much Brady has 2 n 1s and is choosing these himself. I think they will get things working and make a run. Hoping at least.

  61. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    In other words; Bucs will continue to do what they want.

    The armchair QB’s are not a consideration.

  62. unbelievable Says:

    IMO, 3 of those are somewhat valid, albeit with some disclaimers:

    *Byron Leftwich should be fired – 1

    *Bucs’ punt and kick coverage has been crap for four years – 2

    *Tom Brady is overrated and isn’t all-in – 3

    1. Not during the season, but we could do better. He’s benefitted from having an insane lineup of talent during his time year. Now that a few of those pieces are gone, he’s been exposed (despite still having multiple pro-bowlers / all-pros, along with the GOAT QB).

    His scheme and playcalling feature: No creativity, no misdirection, no deception, and almost no taking advantage of opponents weaknesses. I’m sorry but that’s inexcusable.

    2. I mean this is just true. Keith Armstrong has overseen a sub par special teams every year he’s been here.

    3. Not overrated at all. But he is definitely not all-in this year. And the team knows it. Which is why they’re all playing like arse.

  63. Buccos Says:

    Our schedule is very easy the rest of the way. They will get this thing figured out and win our division and be peaking come playoffs. Just like Brady alwaYS DOES. i’M DEFINITELY NOT WORRIED. Some of these injured players would be playing if we were in the playoffs. They will be nice and fresh.

  64. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I’m loving the couch potatoe warrior spirit.

    Can’t change a flat tire, but can run a football team.

  65. EEK Says:

    Receivers can’t consistently separate

  66. Rich S Says:

    No pass rush when needed it on 3rd downs….Mitch T had all day to pass in the 4th quarter.

  67. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    Brady injured his rotator cuff in the Chiefs game. Is it possible the rotator cuff injury isn’t as minor as we have been led to believe? Brady has been checking down a lot. Leftwich has made an effort to run the ball more. Maybe Brady saw a doctor with his time off this week?

  68. firethecannons Says:

    Until this team gets their colective heads out of their asses we are not going to a superbowl we are not going to the playoffs and we will lose against the Panthers time for leftwich to face our music!!!!!!!!!!!!he lost us this game and others take for granted that we have some talent–ready to send leftwich off the plank!

  69. Irishmist Says:

    Brady is shot and we need to start Gabbert. Top that.

  70. Show Me the TDs Says:

    *Darden plays like he is scared to death.
    *Gage is overrated.
    *Darden, Hicks, Jones, Rudolph are all wasted roster spots and money down the drain.
    *Vea is a lazy slob.

  71. Buccos Says:

    Fair weather fans

  72. mg Says:

    The owners should have hired Sean Payton.

  73. Tony1775 Says:

    We got no marbles!!!

  74. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    What is Todd Bowles’s career record?

  75. Izod Says:

    Most of those problems are fixable except for one: the coaching.

    Bowles is a better DC than a HC–and even as a DC, I would not say he’s superior but merely GOOD at least with the talent and system he is in.

    We just have to accept that not all people can do all jobs… given the talent that is on the roster and his shaky record as a HC in the past, he should be on the hot seat starting YESTERDAY.

  76. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete - Founder of Says:

    I personally disagree with only 2.5 of the freakouts listed in the original article:

    *Tom Brady is overrated and isn’t all-in.

    *Devin White shouldn’t get a big contract.

    *Players have quit on coaches.

  77. DG060 Says:

    We’ll see how much of these “fan freakouts” are valid in December when we’re

  78. Bucfan Says:

    Another issue is when the Bucs occasionally have 2nd & 1 to go THAT is the time to take a shot down field. EVERY team is looking for them to run it up the gut and then stop the play for a loss of several yards. Then guess what – the Bucs are forced into a passing play and Brady gets too much pressure. MIX up the damn play calling.

  79. Mike C Says:

    Too all freak out fans, would you bet 100 bucks that the panthers will win Sunday? If so let me know.

  80. Bucsfan13 Says:

    People have been killing Brady for what they see as him leaving his family to play football. If you accept that as fact, how can you question if he’s all-in?

    We are dead LAST in rushing. it all starts with OL. It’s the main reason this offense has not been productive. It’s difficult to constantly be in third and long situations, especially with a mediocre OL. It’s been this way since Brady got here. The difference is he can longer cover the incompetence.

    Brady played with all stars in NE? Brady was throwing to the likes of Austin Collie, Kendrick Thomkins, and Chad Jackson. He had two great years with Randy Moss, and people think he was surrounded by all stars. He’s played for 23 damn years. You have to look at the total scope if his career. He went to the AFC championship with Reche Caldwell as his number 1 receiver.

    Unfortunately, with Brady advanced age he needs better parts surrounding him. He doesn’t need an al star OL. I think he could do better with just a good OL. Right now, this OL is below average. It’s not only affecting him. It’s affecting the run game. You see it with Aaron Rodgers, too. He needs help from his OL.

    Once again, this team is DEAD last in rushing. It’s embarrassing.