Bucs Offense Makes Ian Beckles Very Depressed

December 31st, 2022

Bad vibes from the Bucs.

The problem with the Bucs is very simple, says a man who used to be a starter when creamsicles were the official colors.

That man is none other than former Bucs guard and popular sports personality Ian Beckles. And what is the problem with the Bucs? Tom Brady is finally getting old, so Beckles said on his podcast “In the Trenches.”

“Tom Brady is aging in front of us,” Beckles said. “He hasn’t thrown a ball over 30 yards in a minute, I’m just telling you that.

“You are down 10 points on the road against a bad football team [Arizona] facing Marty McSorly’s son playing quarterback. And he’s like a bootleg Taysom Hill, OK? He’s a lesser Taysom Hill. And you were down 10 points to that guy?

“When has Brady last put [a pass] in the right place? We are watching him get old right in front of us. The ol’ Brady, you have a chance with anyone. This is not ol’ Brady. This is old Brady.”

Beckles believes Sunday is Brady’s final home regular season game with Tampa Bay.

“I say right now, there is a zero chance of Tom Brady coming back next year,” Beckles said. “Zero. Tom is playing as bad as everyone else. Sometimes that ball is getting out too early.”

In particular, Beckles is galled by how a two-bit third-stringer had the Bucs defense tied in knots. He said such a thing would never, ever happen with Monte Kiffin.

“McSorly is starting for the first time since his bowl game,” Beckles hollered. “You’ve got to beat that team, bad. You let that snotty-nosed kid throw that many times and you didn’t touch him? Don’t applaud that victory!”

Beckles then teed off on the flaccid Bucs offense led by failing offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

“I wanted the Bucs not to win the coin toss,” Beckles said. “Their offense isn’t good.

“I hear people on sports radio saying they want Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Stop wasting your breath. You only have so many breaths. Stop it. Blaine Gabbert won’t be seen until the end of this year. Stop it. Let’s stop talking about that, period.

“You can say [Brady] is pulling them out of it. But you know how you can win games and not need to pull games out [late]? Score more points. We don’t score any points offensively. They can’t do it.”

Fans are crazy if they want more no-huddle offense, Beckles says, because the Bucs don’t have enough weapons to run it more. He is no fan of rookie tight ends Cade Otton and Ko Kieft and remarked, “The Bucs don’t have any tight ends.”

“No huddle?” Beckles yelped. “With who? We don’t have that much talent. You expect that makeshift offensive line to block all game long? Then you don’t know much football.

“If you think they should run no-huddle all the time, you don’t know anything about football.”

One-liners then were fired at specific Bucs, beginning with Beckles’ favorite punching bag, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka.

“You are allowed to make plays, JTS. You are allowed to.”

On Akiem Hicks:

“The effort is not good. It’s just not good.”

On Julio Jones, who Beckles believes is washed.

“Julio Jones, he had two catches maybe?”

35 Responses to “Bucs Offense Makes Ian Beckles Very Depressed”

  1. HC Grover Says:

    Brady wanted to play til 45. He is 45.

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Beckles … “No huddle?” Beckles yelped. “With who? We don’t have that much talent. You expect that makeshift offensive line to block all game long? Then you don’t know much football.”

    Sounds like Ian is going straight after all those who keep harping on how much talent this Bucs’ offense has.

  3. Buc4evr Says:

    The Bucs have gone no huddle with a worse OLine. Look at the years Jameis was here. They ran no huddle all the time. Brady has a faster release than Jameis and reads defenses much better. I’d rather take chances with the no huddle then not score any points for three quarters and have a defense that is totally gassed by the second half. This may be a no win situation for the offense, but the Bucs need to do something different this week. Not hearing any constructive ideas from Beckles as usual.

  4. Sailing away Says:

    Ian Beckles? Never heard of him. Sounds bitter.

  5. Tim Says:

    Beckles is galled by how a two-bit third-stringer had the Bucs defense tied in knots. He said such a thing would never, ever happen with Monte Kiffin.

    Actually I may be wrong but I seem to remember Tony Dingus Bucs losing to Gruden’s Raiders 45-0. So it does happen to this team occasionally as bad as it hurts to say.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Beckles as a whining malcontent…….but he’s simply joining the crowd.

  7. Hodad Says:

    Bucs are at a crossroads. This game will determine a lot of peoples futures. Joe will be happy, because there will be a lot to hash out in the offseason, coaching, players, some big question marks, not a lot of answers.

  8. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I really like Ian Beckles, and agree with him much of the time.
    I agree that Brady is aging, but lets hope he has enough left to get us a win against the Panthers tomorrow.

  9. alton d green Says:

    Iab Ian Ian. Now I know why i’ve barely heard of you. Somewhere I missed the 10 SBs you played in. Let me ask you something, why aren’t you putting blame where it belongs??????? That’s a rhetorical question. In my 6 decades as an NFL fan and a career Brady fan, I can see what’s right in front of me. Ian Beckles? Stay on the radio where you can’t actually see someones head explode. I guess I would be more familiar with you if i lived within 10 miles of RJS. I’ve seen Tom perform miracles in his 23 year career, but I can testify Todd Bowles is the biggest challenge for tom in his career. Lefty is the OC but MUMMY Todd is the HEAD COACH. And he reminds us of it everytime he makes stupid decisions.

  10. alton d green Says:

    I gotta wonder if you was in the meeting when the Bucs looked at Todd’s 29-45 record at NY and said DAMN we gotta hire this guy before another team is looking for a loser. Ian how in hell does a team go from a SB to losing in the Champ game, (thank you DC Todd, to one loss from his 5th consecutive. TompaBay hasn’t had a losing season since 2002, (that’s 22 years). Yes i’ll admit Tom has lost a little MOJO but he has forgotten more than the Bucs will ever know. Before today when someone asked if i liked Ian I say I love Ian. Especially “Locomotive Breath” That’s Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull.

    COME ON BUCS, Tie Todd up in the locker room if you want to win tomorrow. And BTW i haven’t read that ANYONE said that we should play no huddle ALL THE TIME!!!! use some discretion

  11. Gamblers Anonymous Says:

    How many Super Bowls have you won Alton? He played in the big leagues so has a good amount of credibility and you have none so stfu.

  12. Buddha Says:

    Fans refuse to admit that this offense is not particularly talented The defense is good enough to be a 10 win team. Not the offense. TB reminds me of Drew Brees in his final year. He couldn’t throw more than 20 yards and defenses knew it. He had too much pride to continue. I have no fear at all about losing TB after this season Nobody can defeat TIME.

  13. FrontFour Says:

    Beckles is pretty much right on and I’ve called out the hype about “all this talent” throughout the season. It’s just not there and I’ve gone up and down both offense and defense and called it out. I’m not down on the rookie class and like most of those guys, they’re just young. Our only chance vs Panthers is enough guys are healthy and pissed off enough to play 60 minutes of good ball. That includes Brady. How great would it be if he actually hit Mike, Miller or even Julio on a long ball. That by itself could change things. And Hicks and Vita stoned the Panthers run game. Or JTS actually got a sack. It’s there for us if guys step up. Go Bucs!

  14. Scooter Says:

    Mason is as good as Cappa. The downgrade is the use of rookies and backups for Marpet, Jensen, and Gronk( who was a very good run/pass blocker ). CB’s can only stay so long with a WR, so a WR has a better chance to separate with a mobile QB who can extend plays with his legs. Brady is a Pocket passer and needs a clean pocket. Defenses have been cheating, shrinking the field on Brady knowing he doesn’t have time to throw deep. When he does throw deep , usually He HAS TO RELEASE EARLY AND THE BALL IS OFF TARGET. This numnuts OC has to do something for tomorrow’s game he hasn’t done all season, figure out a blocking scheme to allow Brady to get chunk completions downfield. If U make Carolina’s defense play the whole field, the short/ intermediate passing and running game will benefit. Also the Buc’s defense will be on the field less. The Arizona’s defense in the 2nd half sometimes had 6 defenders at the 1st down marker. Brady is good at reading defenses and finding the open target and He still has the accuracy and arm strength to throw deep. Lenny is a good blocker and so is #41. Is the answer to have them both in the backfield at the same time? Carolina has only won one road game all year and they’re not the Bear’s 1985 defense. Earn ur Paycheck Leftwich and solve this.

  15. JD Says:

    It’s obvious that something is affecting Brady. Maybe it’s age and maybe it’s injury. Maybe it’s a little of both. One thing I trust is Brady’s knowledge and experience when it comes to winning with certain weaknesses on your team,

    Thanks Tommy for everything you’ve given us. I’ve had more enjoyment the last 3 years with this team than I’ve had for long time!

    Let’s hope the old man has one last ride in him.

  16. Dew Says:

    No huddle works because idiot Leftwich is no longer calling the plays.

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    It’s hard to figure out what Brady’s physical status is with this abysmal coaching.

  18. Duane Says:

    The identity of this team is that it holds opponents to 20 points while the offense struggles to score 16 in regulation. Its sloppy, and not at all entertaining to watch. Beckles has always been a Negative Nancy, and he likely isnt wrong in this case. You let Carolina run all over you, fail to score points, and get beat on Sunday, and Bowles, Brady, and Lefty will pay the price. A more interesting question is “Do any of these three have a job on an NFL team next season?”

  19. NEfan Says:

    Name me a combination of FOUR better wide outs than the Bucs have. Beckles opinion means the same as ours. How about you can’t score if your coach handcuffs you. The Raven told you all you need to know about this offense yet many seem to ignore their words.

    This O CANNOT run the ball therefore they CANNOT win. KC’s rookie RB has run for 80 or more yards in the last 7 games. Singletary on Buffalo is lighting it up. What don’t you people get, including Heckles?

  20. Jack Clark Says:

    Didn’t people say Tom Brady was showing signs of aging before he won the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay? 🤔

    Tom Brady is the best at identifying defenses and calling the right pass blocking protections–which is a highly underrated skill. Plus Tom Brady already knows who to throw to before the ball is snapped because he correctly identifies defenses. Our offensive line is not healthy and not at full strength to block long enough for Tom Brady to throw the ball 30 years down the field.

    The only other Quarterback in the league who makes better decisions than Tom Brady is Patrick Maholmes, and that’s only because Patrick Maholmes is more talented than Tom Brady, so Maholmes has a larger set of options he can choose from like scrambling or throwing on the run

  21. Jack Clark Says:

    NEfan Says:
    December 31st, 2022 at 11:27 am
    This O CANNOT run the ball therefore they CANNOT win.

    We can win if we can pass the football 🙂. We should be passing the football to make it easier to run the football instead of running the football to make it easier to pass the football–in my opinion. But of course Todd Bowels is TOO STUBBORN to change his ways 😩.

  22. Marine Buc Says:

    If the Bucs hold Carolina to zero points and score a safety they can win!

    Bucs – 02
    Carolina – 00…

    Go Bucs!

  23. Ace Says:

    yeah, what he said!

  24. Cobraboy Says:

    Who is more stubborn: Bowles or Dungy?

  25. PassingThru Says:

    Welcome to senility, Ian. You proclaimed the O Line as being fine and dandy, despite their ineptitude. Now you label them as makeshift, which again makes me question your eyesight or lucidity.

    Yes Brady has aged, but the coaching and the talent on the field have a lot more to do with the performance. I bemoaned this during the summer, Licht did a piss poor job by overpaying aged or mediocre talent. Licht also sat on his hands when the O Line played poorly during the preseason. And handing the HC reigns to the man whose stupid playcall led to the Bucs collapsing against the Rams last year? Insane.

    I don’t if Brady will play next season, but if he does it won’t be in Tampa Bay. Too many personnel issues, an unresponsive GM, and the continued employment of fools at HC and OC are the reasons why.

  26. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Ian is only depressed because Shawn “Burger” King got to Golden Corral before he did and annihilated the chocolate fountain.

  27. NEfan Says:

    Jack, this is no different for what the Bucs did to teams the last two seasons. They would score so many points the opponent went one dimentional. This isn’t college, you need somewhat of a balanced O to win. What is the excuse these nitwits give for not using more play action and motion? That seems to work well. It’s uncanny how obvious what can make the O gel.

  28. unbelievable Says:

    Ugh, why do people act so idiotic about no huddle? Bowles, Leftwich, Beckles, everyone….

    No one is saying we should go hurry up / no huddle 100% of the time. We’re just saying to use it more than at the very end of games in desperate situations. Mix it in for a drive here or there, not all the time.

    The point is to keep opposing defenses off balance, tired, and guessing. You do that with:

    – play action
    – pre snap motion
    – changing tempo

    All of which we are EXCELLENT AT, even this year. Yet… we barely ever do them.


  29. Redeemer Says:

    Unbelievable, agreed. When Brady ran no huddle with the Patriots, it was never the whole game. If they tried it, the offense would be just as tired as the opposing defense. No reason they can’t run it first and second series, and see what happens. It does take superior conditioning, and recognizing when pass rushers are gassed. It also puts the entire offense under Brady’s control. They’ve proven they can do it, especially against a worn out defense.

    Id bet money Brady is playing hurt. You don’t fall off a cliff in less than a calendar year, without significant injury. Yes the talent here is vastly overrated, but they’re not 7-8 bad. Manning could hardly grip a ball anymore, Brees had wet Noodle arm due to his shoulder. Montana’s elbow was gone. Mario had taken to wear braces on both his feet. As diligent as Brady is with his body, I can’t accept it’s just age. I’ve said this many many times, he’s no longer capable of carrying a team anymore. No run game and poor pass blocking doesn’t help either.

  30. unbelievable Says:

    @Redeemer – I posted about this yesterday, but I think the only age related decline we’re seeing from Brady is processing time. And it’s very slight, barely a drop off… but a tenth of a second or two is the difference between him hitting Evans when he’s open between 2 defenders vs the throw being late and it getting intercepted.

    Combine that with him also rushing throws / not trusting o-line and, well, we see the results.

    I think the inaccuracy on some of the deeper throws has been from an injury he sustained the fist couple of weeks (and also rushing some throws).

  31. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    I like Ian, but his analysis is often superficial and incorrect. Brady is injured. The OL is 2nd strong. Gronk is gone. AB gone. BA gone. And Brady has had stretches of bad passes- partly or mostly because of injury and rushing the ball Because OL.

  32. orlbucfan Says:

    Ian Beckles is right. Offense is putrid cos of the old fart called a QB.

  33. BucU Says:

    Once again this is an organizational wide implosion.
    EVERYBODY has a hand in our demise. Biggest error was hiring Bowles and retaining u know who.
    As for the players there’s not a position group on this team that escapes blame (maybe kicking group excluded). A collective failure.

  34. Crickett Baker Says:

    eh, people have been saying this same crap about Brady for almost 10 years. He has always had a bad game here and there and it never meant that he was “done”. I sure liked Scooter’s post. The Panthers are a better team. They rushed over 500 yards in their last game. I don’t know if we can beat them but if so, BA and our fans will be in great moods!

  35. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Like @HomerSimpson said, Brady is hurt, and o-line is second rate.
    That’s a bad combo for the Bucs offense.