Sign Of The Times

November 4th, 2022

How quickly things change.

Joe isn’t sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports decided to cobble together a list of his 10 Bold Predictions for the second half of the NFL season. His No. 6 bold prediction hits home.

6. Tom Brady leads Bucs to playoffs

Despite still sitting as the betting favorite to win the NFC South, the Buccaneers have already been buried by some, which makes this prediction worthy of being bold in my eyes. So far, Tampa Bay hasn’t given you much belief that it’ll reach the postseason. Entering Week 9, the Bucs are two games under .500, rank 25th in the NFL in points per game and sit dead-last in rushing yards per game and yards per carry. It hasn’t been pretty.

All that said, we’ve come to learn that it’s never wise to count out Tom Brady. Throughout the first half of the year, Brady had to balance football with marital issues. With the former couple announcing the finalization of their divorce last week, you would think that a heavy weight has been lifted for all parties involved. Does that mean Brady is immediately going to start playing better? Who knows? But it can’t hurt, right?

It’s also worth pointing out that the Buccaneers’ wide receiver room was banged up through the first half and are now healthy. If Brady and the offense can get back to where they were a year ago and couple it with a defense that is still a top-five unit in the NFL, Tampa Bay will go on a run that has them in the playoffs when the dust settles on the regular season.

Joe wasn’t aware the Bucs are still the betting favorite to win the division. Joe pointed out yesterday that Football Outsiders, using their homegrown formula, says the Bucs are a coin flip (52 percent) to win the division.

Of course, no one has factored in Shaq Barrett’s injury. That will hurt. Shaq was the Bucs’ only established edge rusher. Without him, expect more completed passes. This will put additional pressure on failing Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich to kick-start his offense, and quickly.

Leftwich hasn’t demonstrated he has the magic elixir.

But boldly saying the Bucs will make the playoffs? Guess this franchise really has slipped that much in the eyes of the nation.

28 Responses to “Sign Of The Times”

  1. richbucsfan Says:

    Writers are paid to make stuff up.

  2. August 1976 Buc Says:

    BL has so far coached himself out of any shot of being a Head Coach for the forseeable fututre.
    Great thing is the NFL is a team game. The bad thing is the NFL is a team game. We know Brady will do his level best between the sidelines, but it is a team game, and this team has not won the line of scrimmage in a long time.. I have been saying that for so many times, and then we see Warren say the samething. The moment Jensen went down, the season went bye bye. Ali, and Capp were already gone. Again its about winning the Line of scrimmage. And we see on the D line that “big girl” Suh was not being resigned, terrible decision. Again its about winning the line of scrimmage, and Suh is very stout. Teams with Suh, just do not give up a lot of yards running the ball, and now life after Suh means getting gashed and giving up chunk runs and a lot of cleat marks on the Bucs D players.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  3. ClwJB Says:

    Wonder if Tyler has sat through any of our games or just plucked some stats off the highlight reels

    It will take a miracle of biblical proportions for this team to make the playoffs

    Is TB12 the messiah???

  4. DungyDance Says:

    Let’s see some more scripted plays on offense, more than 2 drives. That should help to keep BL out of the equation, which a big key to success.

  5. BucU Says:

    If we had just a little something to hang our hat’s on that would be one thing but we’re seeing season long screw upside and failures from this team.
    I don’t believe we’ve seen ANY indication things are gonna change. Bottom line is if they win Sunday they’re still in it. If they lose then we can put all this playoff talk to rest. And start planning for next year.

  6. alton green Says:

    yes and Todd is………well you know

  7. beano Says:

    Are these the same prognosticators who Joe touted not long ago making the Bucs Super Bowl favorites? Asking for a friend.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Let’s go Byron!!!

  9. Deeez NATZ Says:

    Toilet bowl butthole!

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    I’ll state the obvious. Much as it was last year, the Bucs have to beat the Rams if they want to remain relevant this season. This is a great opportunity for TB12. He can avenge last year’s loss and turn the season around and simultaneously sink the Rams’ chance of making the playoffs. LETS GO!!!!

  11. Larry Says:

    %0% seems about right!

  12. Listnfrmafar Says:

    TB12 has nothing to avenge, Bowels does, he’s the one that was loafing at the end of that game. No chance Donald and Joiner line up over center and left guard and torture Brady all game and the haters will blame him for not committing a TO, just whip downfield 50/50, right Tampabaysucsfan, Soebuc, beanbag and the worst hater of all Oneilsuckyall! Start Trask say Brady the beating. Lenny and White combined rush for 17yds, Leftnut tosses his coloring book and Bowels does what he always does NOTHING! We will ALL join Devin and be bored by 4th quarter.

  13. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Rams game is the key win start to turn season around lose you know the rest.

  14. beano Says:

    The Bucs defense is giving up an average of 18.9 points per game, but the Bucs offense is scoring an average of only 18.3 points per game. Brady has nothing to do with this offense, though, right, boys and girls?

  15. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I would not wager 1Cent on the BUCS to win anything. Total joke and shat show.

  16. Jack dos Santos Says:


  17. John Olmstead Says:

    This offensive roster is built for a Mike Leach type up tempo air raid type offense. Todd Bowles aka Coach Ground and Pond is simply the wrong coach for this roster. Up tempo covers up deficiencies in run blocking.

  18. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Beanbag, yes he does, he’s scoring the 18.3 points cause it AIN’T on the ground.

  19. ChiBuc Says:

    I may start believing Crackwise’s Vegas conspiracy theories if this team suddenly reels off a 9 game win streak. While every team must overcome injuries, we got a lot of stupid to overcome (BL, Todd, DW…did I mention BL) and that is a lifetime deficiency which is more difficult to address than concussion protocols.

  20. ChiBuc Says:

    @beano, I hear you. I agree that TB was too self absorbed in his personal life to whet nurse BL through another season. Agree that his ONE interception grossly ignores the passes that have bounced off of Defenders hands (and his fumbles). Agree that TB may not be as accurate as in yrs past, but man… you gotta pull another tool out of your kit, because you have hammered this nail as deep as it will go. Other than his significant drop-off in leadership this year, he is still performing above average. You are simply expecting too much out of him.

    With that said, I too am looking forward to him retiring so this team can go back to being the Buccaneers, instead of the Bradyneers

  21. Carl L Says:

    No know! Overload of money bet on Bucs to cover against Rams. If Bucs win, NFL loses. Bad news for Bucs again.

  22. Boodidley Says:

    Ungrateful D-bags. I will be happy when Brady retires or plays somewhere else so you can then experience another 20 years of irrelevance you losers

  23. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Chi@ so now a dropped ball by a defender is a should if been int? There are a lot of Qb’s in the league that would be throwing up Jamais like numbers including Allen & Mahomes. So a dropped pass by a wr even if it is between the numbers and now a ALMOST pick should go against him to? I guess there should be another stat if you retain a fumble it’s a almost fumble. C’mon, the IQ of Joe’s readers are tanking more than the Bucs.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    They need to pay Suh. Period.

  25. captivajim Says:

    wishing or writing will not make it happen…….

  26. teacherman777 Says:

    Losing Logan Ryan was the biggest loss of the year.

    After he went down, our defense started to have problems.

    Logan Ryan was our true defensive leader.

  27. Goatfarmer Says:

    Ha ha ha.

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  28. John Olmstead Says:

    Ground and pound ain’t working with two practice squad players on ol. How about up tempo? Ajust to the personnel you have.