Todd Bowles Responds To Pouty Lenny Report

November 7th, 2022

The massive TV audience for yesterday’s Bucs-Rams game heard a live report of Leonard Fournette being a me-first guy on the Tampa Bay sidelines in the second quarter.

CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said the following: “Fournette was extremely frustrated during that last drive because he didn’t see the field. Rachaad White came off the field, went over to him and said, ‘We need you.’ Such respect between these two guys.”

It was disturbing to hear in real-time. It was early in a close game and Fournette hasn’t looked like a stud player in weeks. Was he really having a loud pity party because White got playing time and Ke’Shawn “Sneak” Vaughn got his first snaps of the season?

That’s a disturbing sign for Fournette, who was a volatile teammate in 2020 when it came to his attitude.

Head coach Todd Bowles was asked today about the report and said he knew nothing about it in any way.

Joe hopes it was a heat-of-the-moment reaction from Playoff Lenny strictly because he wants to win so badly and believes in himself — that it had nothing to do with putting himself before the team.

55 Responses to “Todd Bowles Responds To Pouty Lenny Report”

  1. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Gotta find that negativity

  2. Buccos Says:

    Lenny needs to ride the pine. White looks better and Vaughn may be better too. I was very worried about Lenny this off-season when I heard he came to camp overweight. That’s not a good sign. All I know is that if I was the coach of the team that was last in rushing I would try another running back

  3. macajubav Says:

    Terd Bowels , knows nothing about it ? This guy is clueless. If we heard a comment on the national show, pouting lenny, pathetic ! How can Terd Bowels not learn about it. That is something Terd has to nip in the bud. T is clueless, doesn’t have his finger on the pulse of the team.

  4. Dooley Says:

    Player frustration is a real thing, which Lenny obviously isn’t immune to

  5. Youngbucs Says:

    Lenny did the same thing when rojo was balling. We should have let him walk!!!
    Rojo is the better runner rojo white and sneak should’ve been the backs. When white gets the ball he hits the hole just like rojo with some juice. Lenny has poor vision and stop his own momentum for no reason. Tony romo highlighted a play last night where Lenny completely missed the hole and bounced it. We should not have paid him. I hope KC releases rojo like he’s asking come home rojo.

  6. Ash Says:

    Sure player frustration is a thing but his performance hasn’t been that great either from his drops to his bad vision the hesitation on short down attempts shouldn’t be happening when you are trying to get a yard take the ball put your foot in the ground and move forward.

  7. sasquatch Says:

    I still think giving him 7 million guaranteed for 3 years was idiotic, a poor judgment driven by all-in hysteria. I’m pretty sure we’d get more production from Ra White if he were the starter. It’s just a matter of time before he’s the starter anyway. Why wait? If Lenny pouts, then we unload him and take the cap hit.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    White was more productive and had more juice

  9. Daryl Green Says:

    Good old Tip toe showing his true colors
    He still hasn’t got a first down since I coin him
    Tip toe Lenny after week 2🤣😂.

    Let’s not forget about “Devin Ice skates White”
    He can’t diagnose a play if they told him ahead of time.

  10. Adrnagy Says:

    There’s something for sure. R. White fits better With our current oline. Perhaps coaches want more of him imo but Licht dropped a nice extension to Lenny. And Lenny signed with us for cheap first year. Lefty needs to be more creative with runs and balance both guys and stay with the hot hand.

  11. fred Says:

    Lenny is a beast yall are Hating lol

  12. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Lenny should have a new nickname, “0-yard” Lenny. ENough of the “playoff Lenny”. He is slow, does not see the openings and most especially, overrated.

  13. Buccos Says:

    I named him Lasagna Lenny in the preseason. I think it suits him

  14. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    He’s definitely lost a step. Should be our third down back at this point. We need more burst and elusiveness from our backs and Lenny doesn’t have it.

  15. Gofortheface30 Says:

    A tiger never changes his stripes. He is who he is. Bench him and see what happens again. He will cause dissension in a hurry. Lenny is good as long as things go his way. And he won’t accept that he’s playing like ass

  16. Rich S Says:

    Our O line us not a good at run blocking… .nobody on earth would be a stud runner with that run blocking.

  17. Onetrickpony Says:

    Call up the A Train

  18. BucsBro Says:

    This is very simple and it’s real — because the offensive line isn’t run-blocking well, Lenny (a big back) can’t find holes.

    White is a smaller, more elusive guy and he can find holes better than Lenny can. And he is finding them.

    Everyone knows this, including the coaches and both backs.

    The reality is that with the current lack of good blocking, White is the guy you must use more. And the coaches are realizing that, and Lenny doesn’t like it.

    Lenny just got paid. He needs to relax and take one for the team.

    Rachaad is a real talent. He’s going to be good for a long time. Lenny is better than Rachaad right now, but Lenny is not better than Rachaad given the struggles of our offense.

    Lenny has to calm down and step back. If Jensen comes back, that might make the holes bigger for Lenny to run through. Until and unless that happens, then Rachaad needs to be used more. Particularly on run plays (rather than screens).

  19. Dreday Says:

    If rachaad White gets 15-20 carries/game we’ll be a different team. I’ll put a case of big storm on it.

  20. captivajim Says:

    with our current O-Line , Rashad is the better back

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bowles needs to jerk a knot in some players…….

    These problems are coaching problems

  22. Gofortheface30 Says:

    It’s not just the line. I like Lenny, but to suggest that we wouldn’t be a different running team with a true elite talent like a Nick Chubb is curious at best. Blocking isn’t always going to be perfect, elite talent at the RB position would get the job done. Other than strength, Lenny’s attributes such as vision, quickness, elusiveness, etc etc are painfully average. On top of that, he will always be a guy that gets a little c^nty the second something doesn’t go his way. It seriously takes some nerve to get mad about getting another guy reps when you’re averaging like 1.1 ypc. This guy.

  23. Redeemer Says:

    Sasquatch, agree about giving Lenny that deal. Licht should’ve let the Patriots sign him. White sure looks more explosive and allusive. Let him pout. It’ll either motivate him, or white and Vaughn take the workload. Win win.

  24. Deeez NATZ Says:

    Mr butthole toilet bowl

  25. Will Says:

    Lenny needs to remember how big he is and on short yardage hit the Damn los hard and stop with the tip toe or studder stepping that he constantly does.
    I wanted us to go after Kareem Hunt years back and he’s not happy in Cleveland. That’s the type of back we’re missing. He’s a danger to take it to the house from anywhere on the field. Maybe we’ve got that in White but he’s just getting started. He definitely deserves more touches just wish BL could get better and more creative with his play calling.

  26. Pewter Power Says:

    Lots of issues with this team that BA covered up and handled well. Bowles didn’t really learn much apparently

  27. Bobby M. Says:

    Fournettee needs to feel “threatened” to perform….if there’s no perceived competition, he’s doesn’t play as hard. This isn’t new to the Bucs….Arians almost sent him home in 2020. He lacks the necessary motivation to operate like a professional. That’s why I would start White and then supplement Fournettee in 2nd half

  28. unbelievable Says:

    Run with White on 1st down.

    Use Fournette to run on 2nd downs, when the opposing defense actually isn’t expecting it, due to Leftwich’s clockwork predictability.

    Either is good on 3rd down, as both can catch passes well. But Lenny seems to find the ‘spots’ for Brady a little better due to his experience.

    I honestly think Lenny has been injured all season as well. He got hurt week 1 but has played through it.

  29. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Tony Romo said last night, there was a big hole right in front of Lenny ( they even have a still camera shot) but he went the wrong way. ANd as usual, he got a negative yards again for “zero Yard” Lenny.

  30. AB Says:

    i dont disagree with everyone saying White needs to be on the field more and Lenny less..

    but if you really think the ‘solution’ is simply that, you are delusional. The actual scheme and plays suck! White is no McCaffrey or Kamara…he isn’t THAT athletic and dynamic. If the scheme and plays don’t change maybe we get 3.5 yds/carry with White…but it still would suck!

    Get creative in the backfield, get White more touches in that revised scheme, and play action off of that – and then we are cooking with heat!!

  31. gotbbucs Says:

    He came to workouts after summer reportedly weighing close to 260 lbs. Of course he’s a “me first” player. What “superstar” player does that? He is “Self-Preservation” Lenny.

    Brady and the coaching staff need to embrace the youth at the skill positions on this team or they may as well have gone ahead and lost yesterday to improve draft position. Lenny, Julio, Perriman, Brate,….they all need to have limited snaps. Julio and Perriman shouldn’t even be active on game day. Lenny is a 3rd down back, and that’s being generous.

  32. c-spann Says:

    I think it is a bit if Lenny missing holes and tip toeing. Mostly the play design project where the play is going. Definitely need more creativity in the run game. BL is running an offense from early 2000s.

  33. Oddball Says:

    Playa wanna play.

  34. D-Rok Says:

    It would be awesome to have 3 healthy backs, with experience, for our supposed play-off run later this year.

    Lenny obviously has the experience so we need to get White and Vaughn more reps. It’s for the good of the team in the long run.

  35. Darin Says:

    Macajina. Exactly. Hoping he was just saying that to keep it in house. If not wow start learning your team coach. Guys reminding me of Lovie about now. Afraid to speak his mind and fire someone. Grab your bag coach!

  36. JimmyJack Says:

    Alls i know is went gone all year without a single run of 20+ yards. The running backs on this team so far have been completely ineffective. If Lenny should be pouting about anything should be how lousy he is at running the football.

  37. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Let White be the primary back he’s the better runner right now

  38. Bucanero Says:

    Remember that Lenny can catch as opposed to RoJo and yeah Tom trusts Lenny. Whatever went on it must stop and resume BAU

  39. dbbuc711 Says:

    And I’m frustrated with watching Lenny tiptoe up to where there is no hole, stop for a moment, and then go ahead into the back of his own line.
    If you want the damn ball, play like you want the damn ball.

  40. mg Says:

    Running game is a laughingstock, might as well let TB-12 toss it 85 times.

  41. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Ryan Jensen could transform the entire offense’s attitude.

  42. ClwJB Says:

    He looks like he did in Jax right before he got cut – slow, lack of vision, me first attitude – no BA to keep him in line

    The inmates are running Todd’s asylum

  43. Browsing from DC Says:

    I think Lenny knows he’s under-performing. Add being told to stay on the bench to let another back get snaps just adds to the damage to his ego. Problem comes when you can’t handle it and take it as a personal affront.

    Look at Dallas. Zeke (big star back, the MAN for the past few.seasons) is taking a back seat to Pollard who is the more effective every down back. Zeke comes in on short yardage or to spell Pollard. No whining and they support each other. Lenny should show the same maturity and teamwork.

    I’d still LOVE to see Vita Vea be our short yardage/goal line running back ala the Fridge. Hell, let a big ol’ o-lineman line up with him as a lead the backfield. 600+ pounds coming at you. Stop that

  44. Statguy Says:

    Remember, he is called play off Lenny cause he didn’t do much till the playoffs. He came in the end of the year splitting carries with fresh legs in the playoffs

  45. JimmyfromNY Says:

    Of course he knows nothing about it this is the same guy who handles players by motivating them with sarcasm. A complete moron.

  46. Leda Says:

    The OL don’t help the running game.

  47. steele Says:

    Sit Lenny. Lose him at the next opportunity. Play everyone else. Good chance the running game improves just from that.

    There is still no feature back on this team. There is no power back on this team. Vaughn is a backup with potential. White is a glorified gadget. Gio is useless and should be gotten rid of.

    A big offseason priority.

  48. Erik Hesson | Fine Artist | Founder of Says:

    Playoff Lenny WANTS to be Great, and I respect him for that.

    He’s just not at this point in time.

    What happened to modern NFL adages like ‘Every team needs a good 1-2 punch at RB’ and a good RB rotation etc

    I’m totally cool with keeping a guy in there the entire time, as long as it’s ‘Feeding the Hot Hand’….

    Who the h*ll wants to continuously feed the slumping guy/cold hand?!??

    Lenny hasn’t done anything since Week 1.

    Ooooh, put me in there coach, so I can get stuffed on 3rd on short 99 out of 100 times qt 240+ lbs and the ability to run 20+ mph.

    Wtf, Lenny.

    I like you, bro, but WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR US LATELY.

  49. Erik Hesson | Fine Artist | Founder of Says:


  50. richbucsfan Says:

    And, the emotional ticking time bomb is getting ready to explode. The locker room is irreparably divided in multiple ways. You wonder why they can’t play effectively? You’ll get ALL the info at season’s end. This has been festering since the end of last season, now it’s eating the team like a cancer. Joe is getting close with his investigating. Hopefully, he’ll be able to report on it at some point before it collapses.

  51. Erik Hesson | Fine Artist | Founder of Says:


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  52. Brandon Says:

    Here’s a surprise…. a RB that has six years in the league and a whopping grand total of two 1000 yard seasons and two seasons were he averaged 4.0 YPC or more, is struggling. Maybe it has to do with the fact that he is an average at best runner and has never been anything more than that. Considering Fournette was replaced the year after he ran for a career best 1152 yards an his second best YPC of 4.3 by an undrafted rookie who ran for over 1000 yards and posted an even better 4.5 YPC tells you everything you need to know. he isn’t that good… never was.

    The dude is a straight line runner. Ask him to move his feet laterally and he stops and can’t get restarted. His legs usually go dead on contact and he simply dives into tacklers. He can’t run laterally and stick his foot on the ground and get upfield… ever. And this isn’t new… this is who he is and has always been. That being said, he is a dependable, but far from spectacular receiver, and a pretty good blocker. There are two better runners on the roster… and we let another guy go that was a far better runner. Ronald Jones was 100x better runner than Fournette. The team let the wrong guy go.

  53. gotbbucs Says:

    @ Brandon
    Preach, brother. You’re exactly right.

  54. My Momma Says:

    “we let another guy go that was a far better runner. Ronald Jones was 100x better runner than Fournette. The team let the wrong guy go.”

    At least someone recognizes My Momma’s greatness. She told you, long ago, Joe.

  55. Carl L Says:

    Lenny used to bounce outside, shoot through a slant, now he chooses to run up the backs of our lineman most of the time. That’s why there are others at his position. Duh!. White did run around more, but still managed to avoid a lot of contact the whole game. He also avoided coverages. Our defense plays with 1 less player most of the time.