Protecting The Home Team?

December 11th, 2022

Joe doesn’t like to rag on referees unless there is a galling call so bad blind people are offended.

If you block and tackle and catch and execute, ten you can overcome bad calls. Joe has always believed that.

And it is not like the Bucs haven’t taken advantage of a blown call. You know, like when the Bucs hosted the Dixie Chicks earlier this year and Atlanta was flagged for a phantom roughing-the-passer penalty that killed their comeback hopes?

Talking to players tonight in the locker room, officiating came up more than once. Yeah, there was a lot of chatter about the roughing-the-passer call on Keanu Neal to begin the game. Neal thought he had a textbook hit on Mr. Irrelevent, Brock Purdy. So did Joe.

“We had a lot of calls and they didn’t,” Carlton Davis told Joe. “I’d like to know why.”

San Francisco had two penalties for 15 yards. The Bucs were hit with eight flags for 62 yards. The two killers were Neal blasting Purdy and Donovan Smith’s holding call that wiped out Mike Evans’ 68-yard touchdown.

Brad Allen and his outfit worked the game. History shows that Allen and his gang are notorious home-cooking refs. Wise gamblers know this and have made money off Allen.

Did the calls paint the Bucs into a corner? Sure. But hey, eight penalties were eight plays flagged. What about the rest of the plays? The Bucs stunk the rest of the game.

So this is a reason Joe rarely blast referees. Teams have the power to overcome bad calls with solid play. Today, the Bucs played like trash so “this Joe” cannot rip the officials if they had a trash call here or there, although the other Joe already did.

30 Responses to “Protecting The Home Team?”

  1. LVMYBUCS Says:

    I’m sorry to say this again and again but these players don’t want to play for Bowles and Leftwitch u can see it.

  2. CrackWise Says:

    NFL is setting Brady up to be the first QB to win a superbowl with a losing record.



  3. Pewter Power Says:

    Come on man. Every team in the league gets blindsided by refs at some point in their season. It’s a bad look to call out the refs on a day you just got smashed

  4. Frank Pillow Says:

    Look in the mirror 24! When was the last time you played like a DOG? You got paid and like Vita, decided to dial things back. You’re soft. You’re part of the problem. Don’t blame the zebras. Blame your lack of hustle. Your ongoing ‘communication struggles’. Your unwillingness to own it. The excuses reek of exactly what this team is—lousy in all phases.

  5. Oxycondoms Says:

    Letting succop kick a 55yd fg was the beginning of the end

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    The refs did not lost that game. A crappy tam effort did.

    That was a bad hit on Purdy, he should have just wrapped him up instead of using the helmet as first contact, and Smith was holding.

    Lame excuses.

    Complaints about refs should like Falcon fans on the Brady non-roughing call.

  7. Miller5252 Says:

    Defensive coaches shouldn’t be head coaches anymore in this league. They’re too old school and the game keeps passing them by. Penalties played a role, but when you can’t even average 17 points in a game that pushes for points, you’re never gonna win anything. The old school D coaches are gonna keep getting passed by for head coaches because they all coach the same way.

  8. Rayjay1122 Says:

    As if any team needs any additional help in destroying the worst coached, worst prepared, most undisciplined joke of a football team in the entire league. No, no additional help needed at all.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Blaming the refs is an excuse.

  10. Goatfarmer Says:

    Don’t forget the bogus D Holding call on CD when Nelson intercepted.

  11. Goatfarmer Says:

    Why, Todd?

    Keep doing nothing about it.

  12. BrianBucs Says:

    The officiating was very shaky but it did not determine the outcome of the game.
    The 49ers were just the much better team today, and much better coached

  13. BucsFanSince 1996 Says:

    While it is true the BUCS were overmatched today against the 49ers, the officiating was horrendous.

    Officials have no right to favor the home team.

  14. ModHairKen Says:

    This team has no fight. They are a bunch of soft victims.

  15. Bucfan1988 Says:

    It’s funny that I keep seeing “reminders” of the phantom roughing call in the Falcons game…

    But yet you KEEP FORGETTING the BLATENT OBVIOUS NON-CALL DPI on Scotty Miller’s defender on the play RIGHT BEFORE…

    Don’t wanna hear any crying about Bucs getting calls cuz we very seldom do EVERRRRRRR!!

  16. Ts1212tz Says:

    Letting succop kick a 55yd fg was the beginning of the end

    100% agree with this comment. Terrible decision especially considering the just prior kickoff came down around the 8-10 yard line. Normally that kick ends up in the end zone. Perhaps Bowls did not see the kickoff??

  17. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Some of those refs calls were like turn overs. The 3 or 4 timelier ones seeemed like it to me. All of them went against the Bucs at deciding times, and all of them resulted in points. The Bucs aren’t good enough to overcome such a wide display of one sidedness. Few teams are. It is what it is.

  18. catcard202 Says:

    Good teams overcome a few bad to questionable calls…And still find a way to win.

  19. Clint Says:

    We would have lost anyhow but the Refs were worse than normal this game.

  20. Kentucky Buc Says:

    The NFL is actively trying to get rid of their older star QBs. Do you really think both Brady and Rogers suddenly fell off a cliff only one year after going #1-#2 in the MVP race. They’re ushering in their new younger stars. Many of whom are, let’s say athletic. It’s obvious and very easy to do. Call a hold on one team. Ignore a hold on the other. Allow one team to mug receivers while nitpicking the other. Easily done. As I rewatched the White game winning TD catch. In the background Evans is being flat out mugged by the defender. He’s been grabbed and held all year throwing him off his routes. Yes I’m going full blown conspiracy theory. Of course having a totally incompetent head coach makes this easy to do. The NFL controls all narratives.

  21. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Yes but let’s talk about two of those flags. The Neal sack could have set the tone for the game but gave the 49ers 15 and momentum. The hold call on Davis was on a play that was an interception while the game was still in some question. I won’t defend DS76 hold on Evans td.

  22. VATom Says:

    Neal led with his head. If he didnt want a penalty, or possible penalty all he has to do is put a shoulder into the qb’s shoulder. If Brady had taken that shot I would’a been hollering for a flag.

    Donnie has been holding to compensate. I dunno how many games? Since he returned from the elbow maybe? So the Refs know. And Id bet ya a buck they tell him a few times a game…hey, we see ya holdin, stop or we are going to flag it. Well, they arent throwing flags every play sonthey just wait for plays that can change the outcome and throw the flag on him so his hold doesnt unfairly penalize the other team. He knows its coming, coaches know its coming. Its just indicative that a holding Donnie is better than anyone the Bucs can Coach up from the bench. And THAT”S frustrating.

  23. rrsrq Says:

    CD24 gets a lot of calls against him but the holding on him was ridiculous and kept another drive alive for the niners

  24. gp Says:

    John Lynch learned from his time with the Bucs…
    It’s worth it!

  25. unbelievable Says:

    Both things can be true:

    The Bucs stunk AND the officiating was insanely biased for SF.

    Game would have been 14 – 7 in 1st half instead of 21 – 0 if not for some lopsided calls. Who knows what would have happened then…

    Oh well, this team stinks either way.

  26. orlbucfan Says:

    I’ve followed this team for 43 years. The refs didn’t lose this game.

  27. gp Says:

    If you have been following this team for 43 years, then you can’t have missed the pattern of bad officiating that started DAY ONE.
    There have been a few good seasons where we figured out a way to play past that bad officiating, but NEVER a season where the officiating even came close to being balanced.

  28. gp Says:

    unbelievable Says:
    December 12th, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Game would have been 14 – 7 in 1st half instead of 21 – 0 if not for some lopsided calls. Who knows what would have happened then…

    The score might actually been in our favor if not for that “insanely biased” officiating.

  29. bob Says:

    why a flag whenever the bucs score

  30. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Refs have been against the Bucs ALL season ! And I also NEED to point out that the Bucs have been decimated by injuries all season too ! The Oline has been in shambles since week 1 and everything else that can go wrong is going wrong for our Bucs. Refs blowing call’s on top of everything else is doing more harm than you think. I seen the 49ers hold on almost every play and not get called. Face mask tackle on Lenny and so on . I still believe in the players. Go Bucs