“People Playing With A Different Level Of Passion And Momentum”

January 6th, 2023

Nacho has a theory.

The Bucs are riding a two-game winning streak, albeit comeback wins against bad teams, and there’s been a common denominator in the Ws.

No, Joe is not referring to late-game Tom Brady magic. Joe is talking about the Bucs forcing six turnovers in those two games. In the previous 10 games, the Bucs defense only registered four.

Todd Bowles said he has no reason for the big uptick in takeaways. Obviously, a little luck is involved. But veteran defense tackle Rakeem “Nacho” Nuñez-Roches has a distinct theory on why the Bucs are registering more takeaways — more effort.

He cited “guys playing with their heads on fire” and being around the ball.

“Just people playing with a different level of passion and momentum right now. It’s just showing,” Nacho said before he offered a reason for the jacked up level of play.

“I think it’s ’cause our goal is right there, and we can achieve it. So why not got get it.”

Joe is happy to hear this, but it’s a little disturbing at the same time. The “different level” of fire defensive players are delivering needed to show up in Cleveland after the bye week.

Regardless, if it’s really here now, Joe is all good.

33 Responses to ““People Playing With A Different Level Of Passion And Momentum””

  1. Todd Bowles resume Says:

    Thanks for trying Bucs lol. WTAF. Cmon coaches.

  2. Lamarcus Says:

    “I think” our goal is right there. Where?

  3. George Says:

    Good to see Nacho pumped up. He will get a lot of reps this week and we will need his fire .

  4. sasquatch Says:

    The defense probably lost some faith because of the a$$-sucking offense. Can’t really blame them. No matter how much you preach “team”, if one side of the ball isn’t upholding its end, the other side is going to suffer too.

  5. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I hate hearing this sh!t.
    More effort?
    You all are highly paid athletes.
    Do your effing job every game.


  6. D-Rok Says:

    This attitude is ALL on coaching.

  7. Goatfarmer Says:

    And the case against Blowes rests. He is uninspiring, flattening. The players must do it themselves, but against a good team I don’t see it happening.

  8. SufferingSince76 Says:

    It will do more for the team going into the playoffs if they open up the offense again and kick the ever loving crap out of Atlanta.

  9. NEfan Says:

    Sassquash, when the D can play good against good teams and stop giving up the lead and points to shat teams then you can spout how good they are. Dallas was the first game and both sides of the ball played well. KC, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Balt, Panters twice, Cincy, SF, Seattle so who is their claim to fame? Rams, AZ, Saints and GB? You may want to rethink your post.

  10. bucs4life Says:

    In Deion Sanders words, great things happen when the multitude [of defensive players] get to the ball. That is, if you play with enough hustle as a unit, turnovers will happen. Bowles is one of the great defensive minds of the league, I hope he can woo our defense, even though he had his fair share of problems as a head coach.

  11. sasquatch Says:

    I didn’t spout how good the defense is. Just stating the obvious— the offense is what dragged this team down most. And part B is that human nature is such that it’s discouraging when the other side isn’t upholding its part of the deal. Them’s the facts.

  12. AmauryGuzman Says:

    This team will have to overcome crappy coaching. Very hard to do. We shall see.

  13. WillieG Says:

    Back when I was a paramedic, I always saved more lives after 3-5 days off because I had a different level of passion and commitment. Or maybe I had the same level of passion and commitment every day because it was my freaking job and lots of people counted on me to show up and do my best? It was one of those two…….

  14. D-Rok Says:

    @ WillieG, bro, as an ex-Army Medic, I thank you for your service. I mean that sincerely.

    And I know people, and the media, are mad glad for Hamlin and his recovery, and so am I. I prayed for him. He got hurt playing a game. But what about the REAL heroes? Our military, our EMS, our police, our social workers – those who give of themselves every day, and some actually DIE trying to help/protect their fellow man.

    Where is the GoFundMe page for a slain police officer who only makes 50K a year? Where are the candle-light vigils for a firefighter trying to save someone? What about the social worker who works countless hours helping to save addicts or people who don’t want to live?

    Where is the media coverage for real-life heroes?

    I applaud these people, and the media should too.

  15. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Sasquatch: What have you heard or seen to think there’s a rift between the Bucs offense and defense?

  16. sasquatch Says:

    Joe in Michigan Says:
    January 6th, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    Sasquatch: What have you heard or seen to think there’s a rift between the Bucs offense and defense?

    I didn’t use the word rift. I have no reason to believe it’s gone that far. Just stating a fact about human nature, as the players are human even though some fans expect them not to be. It would not be surprising if the defense experienced some frustration and/or discouragement over the offense’s failures. They’ve still played pretty well most of the year though.

  17. 941bucsfan Says:

    Crazy how ever post here is a slick way to take a shot at the coaches like the glazers are reading the post or something lol…. newsflash, Todd Bowles isnt going anywhere, and todd bowles isnt going to jason lichts office with bruce arians sitting next to licht, and convince them to fire leftwich, REGARDLESS of what happens in the playoffs… give it up already

  18. sasquatch Says:

    I would put money on Leftwich getting canned the morning after the last game (which will be the wild card playoff round). The front office can see it, the Glazers can see it, and Todd Bowles has not offered one word of support for the job Leftwich has done. Mark it down. Leftwich is toast. Bowles already has his short list of candidates.

  19. Nextyeqrtomdumpscheapazzglazers Says:

    Ober the last 3 yeqrs i hqve noticed that tampqs coqxhes are terr

  20. DoooshLaRue Says:


    You sound like a real pu$$y.

  21. Nextyeqrtomdumpscheapazzglazers Says:

    Over the last 3 years i have notived that tampas coaches almost never make halftime adjustments.i dont think they are smart enough…i noticed that last year and especially this year tampa never adds a player when someone gets hurt…i think the glazers are cheap and have already pocketed next years season ticket money. Ps…was it really worth keeping julio and i guess they were stuck with the Gage guy from atlanta…no one ever commented on how itbwas odd he missed the entire preseason

  22. adam from ny Says:

    come on man, the nfc isn’t that good…

    the nfc east teams are just ok…

    vikes record is super inflated…

    hopefully sf gets knocked out early…

    for all you know, we could be hosting detroit or green bay in the nfc championship game if the cards fall our way…

    and if we score some freakin’ point (attn: bowles)

  23. adam from ny Says:


    so does thast mean lefto will be in a cushy office upstairs like king BA 🙂

  24. CrackWise Says:


    For the record, I worked for the Bucs and inside of NFL stadiums for half a decade as a GAME DAY OPORATIONS SUPERVISOR.

    NEVER, has an ambulance been allowed to be in the stadium UNMARKED like the ambulance that went onto the field in Buffalo.

    In FACT, when has the last time ANY OF YOU have seen an OFFICIAL UNMARKED ambulance in your city?

    STOP with the “everyone has heart attacks and can die at any random time, even people that are among the healthiest on EARTH” narrative.


  25. Jack Clark Says:

    “Just people playing with a different level of passion and momentum right now. It’s just showing,”

    Joe, if you built your whole “blame Byron Leftwich” platform around the above statement of how player pick and choose who and when they perform well for then I would blindly agree with you that we should get rid of him and hire another white guy

  26. Joe Says:

    hire another white guy

    What does race have to do with this???

    Or are you bothered by a non-white having a degree of responsibility or authority with the team?

  27. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Let’s not forget that the special teams has been a clusterf#@k all season long.

  28. unbelievable Says:

    ^ all season long?

    I think you mean for 4 seasons long.

    Keith Armstrong is complete garbage. The only thing our special teams have done well is have good kickers / punters (and you can’t even say that this year because Succop can’t hit a FG over 48 yards anymore).

    Special teams, led by Keith Armstrong, have been garbage the entire time he’s been here.

    And @NEFan- stop being such a homer. The offense has sucked out loud for the majority of the season. The defense can only be on the field for so long before they wear down.

  29. 941bucsfan Says:

    Lol doosh with the keyboard gangbanging smh

  30. Bobby M. Says:

    I think this team mentally penciled themselves in as division champs and have been fixated on making their run vs focusing on the task at hand. Bowles has cited concerns of burnout by end of season/playoffs. It worked out but they have to scramble to put together a collective effort for every win. It’s not a polished product but it wasn’t great looking when we got in the SB year either.

  31. NEfan Says:

    Crackhead@ I find that hard to believe. I’m not sure in college I never paid attention but I remember there always being a ambulance parked by the consession stand

  32. Craig Says:

    It will be about time to see the Bucs, as a team, playing with passion and momentum.

    It might be a first for this season.

  33. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Maybe the Bucs hanging 30 points on the Putty Tats after getting only 3 the 1st time they played will give the offense confidence they are the little engine that can and hopefully the defense will start having confidence in the offense. People forget that these players are regular people who have to grind and work hard for their $$$millions. They get tired of watching others not holding up their end of the bargain.