Mike Edwards Hopes Experience Will Help

December 25th, 2022

Once faced Trace McSorely.

The Bucs are facing their demons square in the face tonight.

Backup quarterbacks are a hex against the Bucs’ defense for some weird reason, which for Joe suggests lack of preparation. And today, again, is a backup awaiting the Bucs.

Third-string quarterbacks seem to throw a wrench into Todd Bowles’ defense.

Trace McSoreley is making his first NFL start in his fourth NFL season. When he was at Penn State he was little more than a runaround quarterback who had a big arm. And he used that big arm to launch footballs and hope Chris Godwin ran under them.

One guy who knows McSorely better than most is Mike Edwards.

Four years ago, Kentucky made it to the Citrus Bowl and Bucs safety Mike Edwards was a starting defensive back for the Wildcats. And who did Edwards face? McSoreley.

Edwards admitted he can be a dangerous quarterback.

“He’s in the NFL for a reason,” Edwards said. “He’s a good player.”

So why is that?

“He uses his legs a lot,” Edwards said remembering that 2019 Citrus Bowl. “He extends plays. [Arizona] had Kyler Murray so they do the same things with him. They do that a lot.”

So in other words, the offense is the same with the Cardinals, just not the quarterback.

In that same Citrus Bowl, Edwards and the Wildcats held McSorely to under 50 percent completion percentage in a 27-24 Kentucky win.

Most defenses salivate over facing a third-string quarterback. But Joe cannot shake how the Bucs seemingly crumble against them.

The last time the Bucs faced a third-string quarterback was just two weeks ago when Brock Purdy lit up the Bucs for a pair of touchdowns. He was so effective, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan pulled Purdy in the fourth quarter to give snaps to former Bucs quarterback and journeyman Josh Johnson.

A third-string quarterback being pulled in the fourth quarter in a blowout so he doesn’t get injured. That’s all you need to know about the Bucs struggling with backup quarterbacks.

16 Responses to “Mike Edwards Hopes Experience Will Help”

  1. Bojim Says:

    Make my Christmas!!!

  2. HC Grover Says:

    No worries Plan 9 will run him down. LOL

  3. NEfan Says:

    Mike McDaniels just pulled a Nowles. Onside kick after Miami took the lead 7-3, GB short field goes right down and scores.

  4. Ufcguy32 Says:

    Bc as Marcus spears said. They’re dumb as Buffalo. They are. Todd and Byron are a couple baboons who are going out there destroying a super bowl offensive team and castrating it

  5. NEfan Says:

    Don’t ALL top knotch DC’s let 2nd & 3rd string QB’s rip their defenses apart???

  6. Dave Says:

    “A third-string quarterback being pulled in the fourth quarter in a blowout so he doesn’t get injured. That’s all you need to know about the Bucs struggling with backup quarterbacks.”

    It’s also telling when a team is being blown out and DOESN’T pull their starting QB like tampa.

  7. Will Says:

    Come Joe Bucs fans know it’s not just the Bowels defense that has this problem. It was happening before he got here. It’ll just probably continue today but to be fair Purdy hasn’t lost a game. 9ers may have found their QB.

  8. Jack Clark Says:

    I don’t see anything special about our opponents third string quarterbacks other than that they can run the same offense that their starting quarterback can e.g. Lamar Jackson’s backup QB’s–which they are literally payed millions of dollars to do. Todd Bowels just needs defensive backs who don’t get torched in one-on-one coverage.

  9. McBucky Says:

    The Bucs actually showing up to play might stimy the Cards tonight.

  10. SB~LV Says:

    Ain’t no hope in football!

  11. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Yeah, backup QB’s are a McSore spot for the BUCS defense.

  12. ClwJB Says:

    It is so sad. Regardless of tonight’s outcome we have to beat the Panthers to get in – it ain’t happening

    Enjoy tonight’s 17-15 win and then Get ready to watch the season fade away as Carolina runs us out of Ray Jay

  13. D-Rok Says:

    My Christmas football wish:

    Bucs score 40. Brady 400 yards, 4 TD’s. 150+ rushing, at least 1 INT.

    Notice I said “wish.” LOL.

    Merry Christmas my friends!! May your day be filled with peace and love. And should it be topped off with great football, awesome!!! 🙂

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    Bowles is an idiot when it comes to a lot of things, but he’s in full special ed mode when it comes to facing 3rd and 4th stringers. What you want to do when facing these losers is speed up the game as much as possible, force them to make fast decisions, which generally means they’re going to make mistakes since they lack experience. So what you should be doing is blitzing 90% of the time, and send 6 or 7, not just one, and force them to make a play or force them into sacks and turnovers.

    Instead, the genius that is Bowles, when he faces these backups, he goes into super soft zones 90% of the time and lets them get easy completions and get into a rhythm. Bowles is literally as incompetent in these situations as Leftwich is all the time, and that’s about as big of an insult as I can say here.

    Of course the two morons running this team don’t learn from anything and don’t make adjustments, so just like in SF, they’re going to come out and play soft and let the Cards move the ball right down the field and control the clock. Meanwhile, on offense, the Bucs will be super predictable and the Cards will just sit on the plays, knowing what is coming, and Leftwich will stand there with the same stupid look on his face as he always has, baffled as to why they knew he would run it up the middle on 1st down for the 7th time in a row.

  15. D-Rok Says:

    Merry Christmas, Rod. Don’t be so negative (although you may be right) UNTIL they lay another egg.

    Have some egg-nog minus the Salmonella, and root for the Bucs to win!

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Merry Christmas brother Bucs fans! Hope you are all doing well! Now let’s do this thing!