Old Fashioned Arse-Kicking

January 17th, 2023

Explains why Bucs defense was soft.

So Joe knew few Bucs would be in the talking mood after such a disgraceful display of football in front of a national television audience.

So Joe hustled over to the Cowboys locker room. That was sure an experience, seeing Stephen Jones (Jerry’s son) bro-hugging Zeke Elliott and marching his kids around showing them what they will inherit someday.

So Joe had a chance to talk to Cowboys running back Tony Pollard. What did Dallas do that made them so lethal compared to the last few weeks when they looked like trash?

The Bucs defense forced two three-and-outs to begin the game. After that, it was a blowout.

Pollard told Joe it was simple. He talked about how the Cowboys offensive line “dominated” the Bucs’ front seven. And that was so true. At times, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott looked like he had time to wait for a table at Berns to open before throwing the ball.

Joe has no idea if and/or when Shaq Barrett can return. The Bucs’ sack king blew out his Achilles against Baltimore and that’s a very bad thing for a guy who is 30.

So just like the good ol’ days of the Lost Decade, the Bucs once again have to find a pass rush.

25 Responses to “Old Fashioned Arse-Kicking”

  1. Tucker Says:

    Bucs are going to have to find alot of things next season.

  2. AmauryGuzman Says:

    This team didn’t even stick to the run. Difference in the first game they ran it. This time they didn’t. Very one dimensional. No screen passes to stop the cowboys aggressive defense. No double moves etc.

  3. Fire the Gannons! Says:

    #1. Officiating shaped this season. Bucs had to overcome huge momentum shifting ref jobs all year. It gets lost in the shuffle because the calls usually come early, shape the game and get forgotten. Wrolstadt’s roughing the passer early on when game was scoreless, failure to call offensive and defensive holding in moments that mattered were just further evidence. NFL cannot have Brady create any more separation from the future of the NFL they needed tuned it. Only game I watched in 3 years with Tampa that got a fair whistle was Super Bowl 55. Carl Cheffers gave a middle finger to the NFL and thus wasn’t allowed back much to ref games. Shawn Hochuli, on the hand, officiated both Bucs-Rams game by design.

    #2. Bowles and Leftwich were atrocious. Absolutely atrocious. Too many times and moments but not going for it on 4th & 3, down 12-0 from the 50 said it all. Leftwich even ran the ball on the first play of the game, showing just how ignorant and selfish he is. Special Teams decisions were mind numbing going from incompetent Darden to slightly less incompetent Devin Thompkins. We were lucky to start at the 20. Succup also couldn’t hit from beyond 50.

    #3. Brady didn’t want to be in Tampa this year. He signed the 3rd year contract extension when it still looked like they had a chance to 3-peat and they needed contract space to bring in some hired guns to make #2 possible. There was a wink and nodded that if #2 didn’t happen, Glazers would allow him to pursue elsewhere. They didn’t keep their word. He was stuck with a subpar roster and then Arians’ ego gave him another eff you by sticking him with Bowles and Leftwich. This year was pure pain on top of personal struggles.

    #4. Evans is a Bucs Legend. AND he is overrated. Too many drops and misses in key moments. The last meaningless TD pass that hit his hands and fell to the ground was a microcosm of the entire year. As was Cade Otton unsuccessfully trying to recover the Godwin fumble, non-fumble. Or the last two Gage drops before he was carted off on a stretcher. Godwin was the most reliable and even even he fumbled and dropped 3rd down converting catches. Brady had no one on the offensive side of the ball to play with. Running game was historically bad.

    #5. Brady didn’t play well this year for all of the reasons noted above and maybe because of age. We’ll find out if the latter is true next year when he plays for either the Saints, Panthers, Titans, Dolphins or Raiders. My guess is the Raiders just because they might be the only team that take him. Unless Payton risks his legacy to coach the Panthers and Brady will follow.

  4. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Bowles defensive soft scheme is a joke. Corners giving them all the space in the world.

  5. AmauryGuzman Says:

    Brady is not going to the raiders. It would be the same thing as being in the bucs this year. Lousy coach. Lousy defense etc.

  6. LastDance Says:

    Where the GOAT goes I go… because I dont care to find a new favorite player. Good luck next year… and If you hate TB12… I hope Bowels and Leftwurst are your coaches… otherwise I wish you well.

  7. Goatfarmer Says:

    Need to shed some cap.

    And Suh>>>Hicks.

    Terrible, embarrassing performance.

  8. AmauryGuzman Says:

    BL doesn’t know how to scheme offensively.

  9. CoryC Says:

    Dink and dunk works against bad teams, but is unsustainable against teams that are 12/5. Cowboys D is legit + their O-line is elite. This team will give the 49ers a run

  10. BrianBucs Says:

    Bucs got outcoached and outplayed on both sides of the ball.
    Sh&tty end to a sh&tty season

  11. AmauryGuzman Says:

    CoryC I doubt it. 49ers are gonna make them look silly next week. Watch. Bucs made them look all world. Still not sold on dak. Bucs defense gave him everything.

  12. Mark Says:

    Why would you think that a coach who failed at 2 other HC jobs would be different now? And just wanted to thank Bowles from making sure the players were well rested from not taking risks this year. TB needs new coaching and OC. Maybe Kellen Moore is interested or even go after Sean Payton.

  13. bucs4life Says:

    Still wanna give Licht a free pass after this? Our lines are very, very badly put together.

  14. kyle Says:

    listen.. time to take our medicine for buying the superbowl.. its time to rebuild and get young.. its going to be a couple years of being a punching bag again. we have to find a young qb.. id love to get carr, why would he want to come to a rebuild? this team is old and slow, id love to see the coaches gone for a young offensive minded coach.

  15. Bosch Says:

    1-16 next season. Just accept it, fix the salary cap and see what you can build for 2024. Only true keepers are Godwin and Wirfs.

  16. Bosch Says:

    If Brady doesn’t retire, he will really regret it. He is done.

  17. DungyDance Says:

    So has Leftwich been fired yet?

  18. Darin Says:

    You hadn’t watched the bucs all year if you didn’t see that coming. Fire the staff today so you can get a jump on this thing. Well since we didn’t do it months ago. Bowles is not gona cut it. Leftwich isn’t worth the effort. Feels bad beating the dead horse. C’mon Glazers step up

  19. alton green Says:

    Last Dance; you nailed it!!!!!!!! If there was ever a bait and switch, it’s Todd being promoted to HC. A Natural loser. 29-45 with the Jets and 8-10 with a team puking with talent

  20. alton green Says:

    I watched some of the pre-game hooplah yesterday morning and they were talking about people wanting Bowles fired. Stephan A from ESPN started listing white coaches that had losing records their first year and weren’t fired. Now that is 100% true. You knew this was coming; All those coaches weren’t handed their favorite cake on a silver platter. Todd took that beautiful cake and scraped all the icing off and replaced it with motor oil and expected us to eat it. BTW, i love analogies

  21. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    If the Cowboys O Line plays like they did against us, then Dallas has a real chance against the 49ers.
    It is a real shame that Brady’s last game in Tampa was such a blowout.

  22. Locked In Says:

    Much of this loss on the offensive side of the ball was poor play by Brady. Lot’s of chuck and duck. Obviously didn’t trust the o line and didn’t want to get hit. Jensen’s injury and Marpet retiring destroyed the guts of the line.

  23. Billy Says:

    Unfortunately it looks like we will be reverting back to the old Buccaneers we know all too well.
    Dismal season after dismal season here we come, again.

  24. unbelievable Says:

    Outcoached in every way.

    Only 9 rushing attempts all night. Meanwhile Brady threw over 60 times.

    But the 2 biggest moments that really took away all momentum from the Bucs:

    1. The BS roughing the passer call that led to the first Dallas touchdown.

    2. Brady throwing that pathetic, college freshman interception in the red zone that led to the 2nd Dallas touchdown.

    The team was done after that. Completely incapable of playing offense or defense for the next 2 quarters leading to 3 more Dallas scores.

  25. DEEEMO Says:

    Totally agree with unbelievable Says: Outcoached in every way! The BS roughing penalty was a terrible call and Brady’s interception in the end zone killed the whole momentum of the team. After that play you could just sense the fire in the team was gone and looked pathetic. The bucs need a NEW coaching staff. Those guys are pathetic at motivation and play calling. Remember who let Cooper Cupp get wide open in the Rams play off game last year!