Five Things

November 28th, 2022

If you are as depressed as Joe is this morning over yesterday’s events, you are going to want to have an extra cup of strong coffee nearby. It’s one of those mornings.

Too Scared To Coach?

Maybe the wildest and perhaps most asinine thing Joe has ever heard from a football coach was when former Bucs coach lousy Lovie Smith said after a close loss to the Rams in 2014 that he sat on the ball at midfield in the final minute of the first half in a three-point game because he didn’t want to score points.

He actually said that. And it was at that moment Joe knew the Bucs were toast as long as Lovie ran the show.

(Former Illinois coach Lou Tepper’s idiocy is a close second. He demanded that his team play ground-and-pound even though he inherited a passing offense — needless to say Tepper was a defensive meathead. That program hasn’t been the same since.)

Why did Lovie say that? Well, in his twisted, defensive-minded, play-it-safe, don’t-make-a-mistake logic, attempting to score by pushing the ball upfield likely would lead to a pick-six or a scoop-and-score fumble. You know, the Woody Hayes mentality: Only three things can happen with a pass and two are bad.

Hey, Lovie also was the guy who wanted quarterback Stewart McClown so badly when no one else did.

Joe really likes Todd Bowles but dang if Joe wasn’t reminded of that sad Lovie episode of Bucs ball yesterday when Joe watched Bowles twice pass on going for it on fourth-and-short inside Cleveland territory in the fourth quarter. Once from the Cleveland-37.

A first down likely would have been the kill shot. (It’s not like the Bucs have no weapons ). The Bucs go kick a field goal with one of the most reliable kickers in the game and win in regulation.

But no, Bowles froze in the moment.

Now Bowles wasn’t completely awful yesterday. He’s in charge of the defense, which mostly played solid ball. You go on the road and hold an NFL team to 17 points (in regulation), that’s a fine day’s work and your team should win with plenty of talent on offense.

Then with the Bucs and Brady moving the ball to get into field goal range in the final seconds of regulation, Bowles suddenly thought his timeouts were Powerball tickets and kept them in his wallet.

To be fair, Joe doesn’t think Bowles understood the question after the game about not calling timeouts in the final seconds as the Bucs were marching. Bowles at first was confused by the question then said something along the lines of, “The clock would run out anyway.”

“This Joe” isn’t going to kill Bowles over that because, again, Joe watched the video closely and doesn’t believe Bowles understood the question and that’s why his answer was total gibberish.

Still, Bowles putting the offense on ice and then not stopping the clock with his two timeouts added up to Bowles costing the Bucs a win. It was clearly his worst coaching blunder(s) since taking over the Bucs.

And this is why Joe is not a huge fan of defensive coaches becoming head coaches in a passing world. It’s in their DNA to be careful, to not risk anything, to be passive on offense. (Bowles is very aggressive on defense.)

It reminded Joe so much of Father Dungy games and Lovie games. Don’t you dare even think of taking a chance! Losing and playing it safe are better than taking a risk and winning. Don’t be aggressive. Be careful. It’s just the way these guys are wired, man. It’s frustrating to watch.

Oh, there are exceptions. Mike Tomlin and, of course, Bill Belicheat will take aggressive chances. But they are not the norm for head coaches with defensive backgrounds.

Brandon Staley, Bowles ain’t.

The Bucs offense is built for no-risk-it; no-biscuit. Bowles doesn’t want that, in part because he thought the Bucs were gassed at the end of last season.

If Bowles ain’t careful, he’s really, really close to making sure the Bucs will be very well-rested come January. You know, from napping on the beaches of Dominica.

Tristan Wirfs, Antoine Winfield Injuries On Coaches

This may be the first time Joe has ever blamed coaches for injuries, short of scolding coaches for keeping a hurt player needlessly on the field.

Because Byron Leftwich and Bowles so terribly botched that game yesterday in regulation, the game went to overtime thanks to a wild, crazy catch by the immortal Browns tight end David Njoku.

In overtime, Wirfs suffered a leg injury and Winfield had to leave as well with an undisclosed injury. Apparently, Wirfs may dodge a bullet. Various reports suggest his X-Rays were negative.

But because of inept, scared coaching, those two guys were still on the field when they didn’t need to be. Joe will have more on this later today.


Joe really gets angry thinking of Bucs coaches, specifically Bowles, who have recently preached about accountability. Folks, accountability is a two-way street.

Where is the accountability for one of the worst jobs a Bucs offensive coordinator has done in recent memory? Somewhere, ill-suited Marcus Arroyo is giggling at Byron Leftwich.

If one allows a coach to be inept repeatedly, that means the inept job is approved, condoned and accepted by those who call the shots. Otherwise, changes would have been made.

What is the team waiting for, Kyle Trask to take over?

Joe wants to know when Bucs coaches are going to apologize for the garbage job they have done with the offense all year and in the game yesterday, putting two of their best players at risk on top of it all. Please, Buccaneers multimedia people, slap that video on Twitter.

You know, accountability?

Until Joe sees or hears coaches admitting fault to their players, then Joe will assume there is no accountability. No more preaching unless you practice the sermon.

This Is A Bad Team

Todd Bowles is a Bill Parcells disciple. And perhaps Parcells’ most famous quote is “You are what your record says you are.” The Bucs are 5-6. That’s a losing team. That’s a bad team.

And Joe is thinking this is a soft team. Since opening day in Dallas, the Bucs have really won one game against a physical team and that was in Munich against Seattle.

The Seahawks tried to bully the Bucs right off the first snap and the Bucs punched them right back in the mouth. Other than that, whenever the Bucs play a physical team, they get pushed around.

Pittsburgh? Tomlin always has a physical team. Look what happened there (though Leftwich may have had the dumbest gameplan Joe has ever seen — but yeah, accountability!). Baltimore? They beat up the Bucs. Now Cleveland.

What’s the common denominator? All three of those teams play in the AFC North, which annually is the most physical division in football.

The Bucs also struggled with the Dixie Chicks. That’s a physical team.

Right now Joe is depressed about booking airline tickets on Friday for San Jose. The 49ers are going to steal the Bucs’ lunch money and make them prepare dessert unless something drastic changes. And based on the past eight weeks or so, Joe isn’t holding his breath.

Joe has heard this a lot over the past few months, but now Joe is starting to believe it: Damn if this team doesn’t miss a couple of glasseaters in the trenches like Ndamukong Suh and Ryan Jensen.

Fluke or Trend?

Joe didn’t know what to make of the way the Bucs played against Seattle in Munich. It was easily their best all-around game. Offense, defense, they got the job done. Physical. Smart. Aggressive.

Right now that sure looks like a fluke. The Bucs yesterday looked like the Bucs have played through most of the past two months. The offense taps out in the teens. The defense cannot come up with that one big play to seal the deal.

Right now that game in Munich sure seems like a traum. (Can the Bucs petition the NFL to play the rest of their home games in Munich? They need the wins.)

Does it sound like Joe is totally disgusted with how this team seems fully content to p!ss away Brady’s final year, like there is zero sense of urgency? Well, you’d be quite correct.

67 Responses to “Five Things”

  1. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Joe nails it once again. Joe gets called a “hater” if he dares criticize the coaches. Calling someone a hater is a way to dismiss valid criticism. I think one of the most egregious decision by Bowles was punting on 4th and 2 on the Browns 37. Brady looked pissed. He should be insulted that his coach didn’t trust him to convert on the play.

    Brady ate the loss in the press conference like he always does. Meanwhile, you have Kyler calling his coach an idiot and Rodgers rightfully blaming his receiver for running a lazy route on his second pick. I love Mike, but he didn’t go out on some plays. I can’t wait for his podcast because it’s more insightful than his press conferences. Sure, Gray is annoying as all hell, but Brady gets to steer the convo. Listen to what’s said and not said. He’s been waxing poetic about Belichick unprompted for weeks. That’s not a coincidence.

  2. Sketch813 Says:

    Don’t hold your breath on Bowles firing Leftwich. They do that now he will never get a HC job. Arians would be irate. But could definitely see Bowles moving on from him in off-season. Why do we continue to throw bombs when we only need 5 yards for first downs? This been one long a$$ season.

  3. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Sketch813. Because Evans is being force fed. No reason not to target Godwin. The bigger problem is always being in these third down situations in the first place. Evans caught two of his nine targets! Yeah, Tom was off one some throws, but Godwin caught all but one of his passes, and that pass wasn’t good. He was making the tough catches. I’m really sick of Evans being given a pass because he’s earned some goodwill. LV ran for over 200 yards against Seattle. The Seahawks game was a total aberration for this run game.

  4. ClwJB Says:

    It’s disgusting to watch…

    Funny how that mentalist they had on the pregame show – he let them see they have no chance this year with the idiots bestowed upon them as coaches

    For all the great things BA did, he hung us out to dry with these stupidly bad coaches – I will never forget how he bailed on us and TB12 when it mattered most

  5. ClwJB Says:

    Leftwich is so bad – he would have been great in 1977 at Nebraska or Oklahoma

    Think TB could master the wishbone?

    Seriously though our O got manhandled especially the OLine, they kicked our ass all day

    We suck up front – the raiders showed just how bad the fake Seahawks are…

    We are pretenders with thi staff as well

  6. Leopold Stotch Says:

    A while back, Joe, one of you mentioned that the Glazers would give Bowles another year, since he didn’t get “his people” for his coaching staff. One Joe made that suggestion. The other Joe doesn’t think the Glazers are in the business of perceived fairness and run the business based on the bottom line. –Joe This is a horrifying thought, on how much worse this team could be. Bowles basically got a Ferrari from his dad on offense for a night on the town and brought it back with scratches, a dent and an empty tank of gas. Who knows, maybe I’m wrong and he’ll do better, if he gets his guys. I highly doubt it.

  7. BucU Says:

    Bowles and Leftwich have destroyed this team. I’m so disgusted if I wrote what I really think of these 2 keystone cops coaches I’d be banned on here.
    I don’t wanna see or listen to another game this year.
    How this staff can show their faces in public is amazing. I wash my hands of this garbage.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Sketch813 … It’s not Bowles’ job to fire Leftwich; it’s Jason Licht’s job. He’s the GENERAL MANAGER responsible for hiring AND firing personnel. Bowles won’t fire BL in deference to Arians; he’s one of BA’s loyal minions. Besides, who’d take over for BL 11 games into the season? Some outsider? No way; it’d be someone on this staff … ANOTHER BA loyalist. Personally I’d go with Goodwin, but hey, I’m a defensive guy so my opinion lacks credibility.

  9. adam from ny Says:

    is there a way to get these coaches to simply step down ???


  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    It’s tough to get beyond the HORRIFIC coaching we saw yesterday. BAD, just bad. Lets not forget the play on the field either. As bad as the coaching was, this team is not playing well.
    Sure, the defense looked OK. They still got gashed by Chubb and continue to over-pursue and miss tackles. And we had the gratuitous bonehead moment by Devin, of course.
    Special teams? I mean, Darden fair catches a ball with the nearest defender 10 yards away and the tackling was non-existent.
    The offense? Other than Godwin, what is the deal?! Brady must’ve overthrown Mike like 3 times, Chris too.
    My point? Well, while the coaching decisions were pretty bad, this team did not PLAY well enough to win.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Leopold … Bowles didn’t get a Ferrari from his dad; he got a Studebaker. Flashy designs for their times (the Avanti & Golden Hawk?), but they didn’t keep up with the times, relied on outdated technology, and ended up going out of business.

  12. adam from ny Says:

    what if:

    the red pen was actually a blessing

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    Nice to see that you’re finally coming around Joe to the value of nasties like Ndamukong Suh. Players like Suh & JPP brought an ATTITUDE & provided LEADERSHIP that every team sorely needs. Sure would be nice if we had some right about now. Thank you Jason for saving the Bucs’ ownership that $2 mil. Love the forward thinking.

  14. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    I suspect the Bucs will put Goedeke back at his natural position in place of Wirfs , because even if Wirfs dodged a bullet as Joe suspects , Tristan will miss games. I suspect this due to Jason “The Statue” Lichts inability to make any significant moves to improve our trenches during this entire season. Licht seems perfectly willing to fall on his sword and live or die with our current roster instead of making obviously NECESSARY moves like signing SUH or TRETTER. If Bucs fail to win this miserable division-FIRE LICHT and EVERYONE ELSE.

  15. Beej Says:

    Munich went well because we consistently got good yardage on runs. That wasn’t happening yesterday, and we didn’t change anything about our approach

  16. Beej Says:

    (I should add, LAST year, our game plan wasn’t concerned with whether we could run the ball or not)

  17. mg Says:

    And I thought the Patriots offensive coordinator was pathetic, Give the Lichts the Gold medal for hiring nincompoops.

  18. richbucsfan Says:

    Enough emotional energy wasted on a team that simply won’t play to its strengths and continue to allow coaches to destroy a once proud team. I say to TB’s sermonic missive… Practice what you preach and hold yourself and your OC accountable for the horrific job you’ve done all season. The fan base deserves better.

  19. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Two weeks to prepare. Incompetent coaches.

  20. ModHairKen Says:

    Any compromising with one’s self, any, trying to explain it away, and anything that leads to a second gear with this clown would be an insult.

  21. ModHairKen Says:

    The players don’t wanna play for this guy. It’s that simple. The offense is a joke. The offensive coordinator is a joke. All the weapons if they have and they can’t get first downs? It’s not Brady. It’s not Evans. It’s not Godwin‘s knee. It’s not Fournette. It’s the play selection. Run first play of the game. Run first play the second half. It’s a joke, and as far as when the team falls in the hole, the wooden Indian Bowles just stands there with his arms crossed, looking like a statue. Is that coaching? And don’t give me “you don’t know behind the scenes”. No, I see front and center.

  22. Sean Says:

    What’s funny is that they didn’t lose any ground in the NFC South standings–a truly wretched division. I’ve been saying don’t sleep on Atlanta. I now think they will win the South.

  23. mg Says:

    “wooden indian Bowles”

  24. Jeffs Dad Says:

    Its over but the crying this team is done

  25. Irishmist Says:

    Since the year began, I haven’t seen us run one offensive play that I haven’t seen us run before. One advantage of a new offensive coordinator is supposed to be fresh ideas and new plays. Since our OC doesn’t seem capable of that, we need to steal some ideas from someone who can. Miami is putting up big numbers with Tua and their supernerd head coach. We need to start stealing from them.

  26. PassingThru Says:

    On a subjective level, the playcalls seem to get less aggressive whenever the Bucs have a lead. But make no mistake, this team is deeply flawed in terms of personnel, and the coaching stubborn and inept.

  27. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Clock management in the nfl is really basic stuff. It’s no rocket science, but it is a vital part on one’s job description as a team head coach. Failure to pay attention is no bueno.

  28. lunchmeat Says:

    I have finally joined the FireByronLeftwich brigade.
    Who leaves Donovan Smith all alone to deal with Myles Garrett with the game on the line?
    And next week we get a Bosa brother.

  29. Robert Says:

    I have yet to sit and watch an entire Bucs game and I have the nfl package. Until they start putting up 30 points a game they are still a garbage team.

    Does not look like I will be watching this year. Every week it’s the same thing… bad coaching. Fire tb and BL now.

  30. SB~LV Says:

    The Lost Season
    The most bizarre chapter in Buccaneers history

  31. I want out Says:

    At this point LFG needs replaced with JLB “just lose baby”!

  32. D-Rome Says:

    Brandon Staley, Bowles ain’t.

    If there’s one thing younger coaches have over Bowles is having thousands upon thousands of hours with end of game clock management experience because they grew up playing Madden. Sure it’s only a video game but if you screw up with clock management in Madden you’re going to lose. How many times has Todd Bowles been in a clock management situation in his career where his decisions in a tight game in the final minute can be the difference between a win and a loss? Probably far less than Brandon Staley.

  33. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Just like during the lost decade, whenever we had a good win we all celebrated and opined that we might have turned the corner but it was only a mirage. The Seattle game was that kind of a mirage.

  34. Mike C Says:

    D White with a stupid 15 yard penalty that cost the Bucs 3 points, Thanks for making a name for yourself as one of the dumbest linebackers in the league!

  35. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Browns didn’t give up any big plays – give them credit.
    After their 1st quarter td drive, Bucs went away from running the ball – became very predictable.
    Bucs D gave up big plays when it counted- end of 4th quarter and OT – you can blame that on momentum shift due to Bucs’ passive offensive approach.
    I don’t want to hear about JTS potential anymore.
    Overall, terrible coaching game management .
    And that’s the number 1 problem on this team – bad game management.

  36. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I am not at all convinced we make the playoffs…..we keep losing to teams we should beat…

    Coaching is the primary issue….and it’s very bad…

    Constantly failing on 1st down runs….then the check off pass for 5 yards…..and a risky pass downfield on 3rd down.

    Brady threw 9 times to White for 45 yards…..that says it all…

  37. mark2001 Says:

    Tbbf. at this point, I think it better we don’t. It might give Bowles another season. And as I remember, when it comes to the draft, all playoff teams draft last, the first team out falling behind all the non-playoff teams and so forth. And without that 4th round we traded away, as I remember, we won’t infuse the team with as much talent as we need. And with the loss of Brady and other FA’s? Ouch.

  38. DEEEMO Says:

    TERRIBLE PLAY CALLING YET AGAIN!!!! Why would you leave Donovan Smith all alone to block Myles Garrett in overtime? We had 2 weeks to prepare a game plan and this is what the coaches came up with??? This is the lost season and one of the most frustrating seasons I can remember being a BUCS fan. With the talent on this team I can’t believe they are blowing games like this. All fingers point to the coaching!!!!

  39. Aceofaerospace Says:

    No offense Joe’s but I keep checking this site looking for the headline: “(Name) Has Been Fired!”. Nothing else seems worth reading now. Losing Monday blues, way too common this season.

  40. #8's Ghost Says:

    This is what happens when you don’t sign Suh. Season is now cursed.

  41. Fansince76 Says:

    Unforgivable not to go for it on the 37 yard line!
    i hate to say it but Bowles needs to be fired along with Byron.
    with all the talent Bucs have and a down year for all the other
    NFC south teams and we are just 5-6 is disgusting!

  42. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    Joe- you hit it. This team is built for no risk it no biscuit. Bowles wants to run smash mouth football. We don’t have the dogs. A good coach adapts to what he has. Bowles is not a good coach. We are not practicing long

  43. CChead Says:

    Joe…can you please ask Bowles again today, about not using the timeouts at the end of regulation prior to the 4th down play.
    Also, has anybody asked Balless about punting from the Browns 37 on 4th and 2? That should have been the 1st question yesterday instead of the p*ssy ass questions he gets from some of the media.

  44. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    Passes. Our timing is off. This is a poorly coached team but a team with a ton of offensive talent.

  45. Ed Says:

    I’m an older guy and I know that experience is important. But if you have experience in losing, NFL owners will not tolerate that.

    Longtime Eagle fans wanted Andy Reid out but he left Philadelphia with a winning record.

    I believe the Bucs need a big glass of younger coaches that can be aggressive when it is neccessary and are not in the time machine of trying to win with defense only.

    The Bucs have first rate players in their offense with second rate offensive coordinator and are a low scoring offense.

    Whether its Bowles, Leftwich or the combination of the two, something is off with these guys. Their plays are reran over and over, their tendencies are obvious. The run on first down way too often and the coaches continue to force the ball to Cameron Brate when he isn’t open.

    Cade Otton played well when Brate was out. Did he have a single target yesterday? Mike Evans should have been benched yesterday. He was really bad. Slowed down on some deep balls, didn’t even see a perfectly thrown back shoulder pass and pushed off to get open. He was playing against a rookie and had him one-on-one the whole game and the rookie shut him down.

    Horrible game management and lack of enthusiasm is formula for losing. This offense has no juice, no swag. They are losing games they should be winning because of offense unable to put 24 points on the scoreboard all year against bad defenses.

  46. Don’t listen to what he Says:

    Bye Bye Bowles and Byron.

    We are the biggest underachievers in the league due to garbage coaching.

  47. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Bowles has yet to take any responsibility for what’s going. Communication, execution is all we hear.

  48. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    No team with a losing record has ever won the Super Bowl-We could be the first ever. 8-9 wins this lousy division and Bucs could manage 3-3 rest of the way.

  49. Mark Says:

    Dear Mr. Bowles,

    Accountability is coming. It is the first lesson of leadership: there is always a reckoning.


    Most likely it will happen next year, around the bye. Tom Brady will have bolted for a team with good coaching, and will be making the world forget about this this year’s farce. Your team will be 2 and 7, struggling with a journeyman or a rookie under center, playing in front of a half-empty stadium filled with hostile fans. The Glazers will see the writing on the wall and fire you. All the people who depend on you – coaches, players, staff – will eventually lose their jobs, and have their careers permanently stunted.

    Or it can happen now. Act. When you give a person a job they are incapable of doing, you are harming them. When you give an unqualified person a leadership position, you are harming every person who works for you. The losses to Pittsburgh, Carolina, and Cleveland are all the evidence you need that your offensive coordinator is incapable of doing his job. This is not merely a pattern, or a string of bad luck, it is his identity. It is your job as a leader to recognize your current situation and act in the best interest of the organization.

    If you don’t act now, just remember, you will be held accountable eventually.


    A loyal Bucs fan

  50. gotbbucs Says:

    I would call for the heads of Bowles and Leftwich, but those two are our best chance at getting a high enough draft pick to take a top QB next year.

  51. Bucschamp Says:

    Have we fired the 2 silly coaches yet?

  52. Marine Buc Says:

    The Bucs had two weeks to prepare for a 3-7 Cleveland Browns team and still pooped the bed…


    You are what your record says you are.

    This team is mediocre at best and that is sad because our salary cap is a mess and Tom Brady should be retiring after this season.

    If we are MEDIOCRE with maxing out our salary cap credit card and Tom Brady at QB – What is this team going to look like next season with Blaine Gabbert/Trask at QB and very few cap dollars to spend?


  53. Deeez NATZ Says:

    If the hooked nosed owners fired Mr butthole toilet bowl they would be called the R word..Brady deserves some of the heat too

  54. stpetebucfan Says:

    Joe has nailed it with one concept. Bowles and the Bucs are playing scared playing not to lose instead of playing to win. it’s infected the entire team.

  55. Defense Rules Says:

    Still see lots of folks musing that we’re a no-risk-it-no-biscuit’ football team. Bull. This OLine can’t protect Brady long enough for any slow-developing passes. Brady threw deep TEN times yesterday and completed THREE. Since he was 29-for-43 on the day (67.4%), that tells me that on the short-to-intermediate stuff he was 26-for 33 (78.8%). Not only did the excessive deep stuff play right into Cleveland’s strength, but it set us up for a number of 3rd-and-longs.

  56. Cobraboy Says:

    A bad team with really bad coaching.

    I’m ready to clean the house of coaches and overpriced players, and take the big cap hits.

  57. Marine Buc Says:

    @ DR

    Agreed. All Brady can do with this line is throw 3 yard check downs. Any attempt to throw deeper more long developing routes ended up being a sack or a throw away due to pressure.

    I wonder if we will see another post from the Joes telling us how great this offensive line is?

  58. Joe Says:

    Still see lots of folks musing that we’re a no-risk-it-no-biscuit’ football team. Bull.

    Don’t believe in facts, do you?

  59. Tommyb Says:

    Is it possible Brady did not overthrow Evans 3 times but that Evans lost a step 3 times… Each overthrow was a step or so in front. Cooper ending this game for us in blown coverage is reminiscent of Cupp ending our year last year on blown coverage. It’s amazing how people that watch the game many times a week for decades can seizeties things but coaches who get paid millions of dollars can ignore them. To “another great fan here we are pissing away what could well be Brady’s final year.Thanks BA.

  60. The Daily Coroner Says:

    I am AKA Bucs Since 72 ticket holder. I am supposed to be down on the turf at halftime of the last home game with all other charter ticket holders for 50 years!

    I am not going back to the days of Ugly football and even worse coaching again.
    Hey, Glazers. If you want to continue to get my thousands of dollars – you need to prove to me that you can make the hard decisions that other owners do AND start firing coaches RIGHT NOW!

  61. MelvinJunior Says:

    Bowles is just NOT a ‘head’ coach, PERIOD. I seriously, believe that he was so focused and zoned-in on (his) ‘defense’ preventing the Browns from scoring towards the end of regulation, that NOT EVEN ‘the thought’ of using ANY of his remaining timeouts there (for when his offense gets the ball back), EVER Crossed His MIND… YES, the time DOES and WILL “run-out” EVENTUALLY, (when/IF) YOU DON’T Friggin’ Use ANY Of Them… Like, WHAAAT!?!?!?! I mean, I can’t believe that “Lefty” wasn’t SPRINTING towards him & SCREAMING his lungs off… Like, WHAAAATTT!?!?!?! I think it obviously, HAD TO BE the overall “strategy” coming from THE TOP, bc you CANNOT tell me that between “Brady” & all the other 10 (veteran/all-pro/pro-bowlers/playoff experienced/super bowl WINNING) “PLAYERS” who were ‘on the field’ during that final drive (including the defense during the game-tying TD-Drive), that NOT A SINGLE-ONE Of ‘EM evaded the sense of urgency to call-it THEMSELVES, or at least TRY!!!!

    Also, I made it ‘a point’ to watch JTS during the 4th-Qtr after realizing that I hadn’t heard HIS name for all through the entire game… I watched a total of three-plays. HORRIBLE. JUST AWFUL. EMBARRASSING. He didn’t come back in for the next serious, & then I totally, forgot about him again, so don’t know if he ever went back in, or not… He!!, it doesn’t even really matter one way or the other. STRAIGHT. GARBAGE.

  62. MelvinJunior Says:

    All I’m saying is that I KNOW THAT if “I” were Offensive Coordinator during THAT situation, with the defense on the field, towards the end of regulation… It would’ve taken HALF The TEAM holding me back from ‘TACKLING’ Bowles for trying to get HIM to use those remaining timeouts for when “MY-Offense” gets the ball back!!!! Should’ve had OVER A ‘MINUTE-LEFT,’ when getting the ball back for a ‘potential’ game-WINNING FG-attempt!!!!

  63. mark2001 Says:

    Agree with Cobra. And we can’t wait until next year to can Bowles. We have to move on the end of this season. We have hugely important decisions to make on the Offensive and Defensive side of the ball. If we hold on to him another year, it will set this team back at least three or four years.

  64. mark2001 Says:

    Daily. When you go down to the field, let some Bucs execs. know that if they keep Bowles for another season, you won’t make it 51.

  65. Deano Says:

    All this reminds me of run Dunn, run Dunn, run Dunn, punt

  66. Chuck Stevens Says:

    Never thought I’d miss Ray Perkins and Richard Williamson!

  67. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    The problem with the Glazers is they own the team but they don’t run the team. Its Licht’s team & to a degree also BA’s if the truth be known. If this is the case, I don’t think Licht will fire Bowles or Lefty till after the season. If then. I feel BA has a lot more pull than people think. If thats the case Bowles & Lefty have a job for life. Jusr sayin. But me & probably most fans think Bowles & Lefty should be fired sooner rather than later.