Rita Moreno: Bucs Defense Didn’t Help Tom Brady

January 24th, 2023

Perhaps the greatest disappointment for Bucs fans last week was the Tampa Bay defense allowing four touchdowns on consecutive drives as Dallas put the game away early.

Todd Bowles is a defense-first head coach in his fourth year leading the Bucs defense. Akiem Hicks and Vita Vea were on the field in front of Lavonte David and Devin White, and the defense overall was rather healthy.

Joe expected the Bucs offense to struggling mightily, but the defense? Their showing really let the air out of Joe’s balloon.

With all the Tom Brady-Byron Leftwich drama of the past week, it’s been easy to forget that the Bucs defense whimpered in January. That includes falling behind to the Panthers and allowing them 400 yards of offense, and the defensive backups getting hammered by the Falcons in a loss.

One fan who could see this was legendary 91-year-old actress Rita Moreno. She’s among the stars of the 80 For Brady movie to be released in early February. She, Jane Fonda, Sally Field and Lily Tomlin have been doing the promotional circuit and sharing stories of working with the other star of the film, Tom Brady.

Joe has watched the interviews, which are rather boring, but at least a little football was discussed on their visit to TODAY on NBC. Moreno seemed stunned at the suggestion of Brady retiring following the loss to Dallas.

Interestingly, Moreno, per other interviews, seems to be the greatest football fan among the group and admitted to befriending retired running back Marshawn Lynch during shooting of the film. She said she and Lynch have stayed in contact via text since the movie was shot last summer.

Moreno barked at the TODAY interviewer that “the defense did not help [Brady]” against Dallas and, well, Joe can’t argue that point.

Joe is not defending Brady. He was bad against Dallas and the defense probably helped him perception-wise because they were awful, too.

Brady would be under more of a football microscope now, Joe believes, if he had failed in a tight game that resulted in more of the blame falling on his shoulders.

73 Responses to “Rita Moreno: Bucs Defense Didn’t Help Tom Brady”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The red zone pick was a game-changer for a team with a weak mentality & poor coaching……we have had several early game turnovers, dropped TD passes & penalties that have affected us more than they should.
    The Keano Neal roughing the passer instead of a sack on the first play at SF.
    The dropped TD pass by Evans early in the Carolina game are examples.

  2. Larry Says:

    Brady is Gone!!! Get over it. Bowles is said to be hiring many of the same coaches he had with the Jets. Didn’t someone once say that” insanity if doing the same thing and expecting a different result” Face it. Bowles is grasping at straws. One more season and he will be joining Leftwich. Brady is leaving. Who wouldn’t??? If he plays next year it WILL NOT BE IN TAMPA!!!

  3. Jack Clark Says:

    Bruce Arians was a real head coach because he fixed the offense i.e. Byron Leftwich and the defense i.e. Todd Bowels. Todd Bowels is not a real head coach because he can’t fix offenses so he should stick to being a defensive coordinator

  4. WillieG Says:

    Bowles will probably use that as an excuse to run more next season….”The defense was tired and it showed against Dallas”.

  5. sasquatch Says:

    So glad we’re now getting posts about the opinions of aging, irrelevant celebrities.

  6. D-Rok Says:

    Yep, Jack. Yep, WillieG.

  7. PSL Bob Says:

    The Bucs played a game last week?

  8. Fire the Gannons! Says:

    Sasquatch, instead of bemoaning every post Joe puts up concerning anything related to Brady — and I mean, EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. — how about just not open the thread? But if you cannot help yourself, maybe, maybe, maybe, just not post a complaint?

    The Joe’s aren’t stupid. Most of the clicks and eyeballs they get are on stories involving the GOAT. They also know that wave is ending soon. Why wouldn’t they try to give their readers what they want? (which also pays their bills btw)

  9. gotbbucs Says:

    Sweet Jesus. Now we’re getting football talk from a 91 year old actress? I know Joe writes about what interests him, but why on earth would this interest anybody?
    I had no idea who Rita Moreno was so I opened the thread. Shame on me I guess.

  10. SB~LV Says:

    Has Bowles been fired?

  11. NEfan Says:

    So if the RB’s can’t get out if the backfield and line basically patted Parsons on the arse when he dashed by them, that’s on Brady? How about the only receiver getting open was Godwin who got knocked around like a pinball? I see LB’s, Db’s, nevermind other WR’s catching balls over their heads, Brady throws a high ball to Hage, hits him in the finger tips and it’s on Brady. When I played we were told if you can touch it, you can catch it. Now it has to be between the numbers.

  12. Allbuccedup Says:

    We should one offense tackle in the nfl draft and a low price free agent tackle and dump Smith. Then draft the rest defense and start dumping or trading our dead weight. Then the new head coach in 2024 can concentrate on offense.

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    Todd Blowes. He is a fraud. His defense can’t play zone without blowing a coverage like a hooker with a trick. But at least they get beaten like rented mules in man coverage. Tight Ends especially abuse the Bucs. Should be the other way around.

    Start drinkin.

  14. Dooley Says:

    Yes its on the defense that we scored 0 points in 30 minutes. It’s also on the defense for playing the majority of both halves of that game even our offense had a total of 11 offensive drives, 6 of which didn’t last longer than 2 minutes and only scoring TDs/FGs on 2 of 11 offensive drives. Bucs got the ball coming out of the half with 15 minutes of play in the 3rd qtr and the first drive ended at the 14:18 mark LOL but yes lets blame the defensive unit that ranked top 5 the first 13 weeks of the season in terms of yardage and scoring to the unit with a QB who was praised for leading the league in passing yards and averaging 1.5 TDs a game. Minus the 30 picks, franchise records & occasional hint of potency on offense, this was 2019 all over again, but with Tom Brady lol

  15. unbelievable Says:

    tbbf nailed it – that red zone interception changed everything.

    Literally, the entire team never recovered on offense OR on defense after that.

    Brady and the offense did start to pick their play up a little towards the very end of the 3rd quarter and into the 4th, but it was way too little way too late.

  16. SlyPirate Says:

    Record: 8-9
    Points Scored/Allowed: 313/358

    Look at it a hundred different ways and you’ll also come to the same conclusion:
    The Bucs were not a good football team.

  17. NEfan Says:

    So throwing a int allows a D to let up 4 consecutive scoring drives, 80, 90, 96 yds no less and 27 first downs. How weak minded is this team?

  18. NEfan Says:

    Dooley this D let up an avg of 33+ points to the teams over 500. If that’s not sad I don’t know what is. An offense in the NFL cannot function without a running game. If I am wrong tell me one that has? They sure as hell are not in the playoffs.

  19. SB~LV Says:

    lol… it could be possible that the two Super Bowl QB’s
    Are the first pick in the draft vs the last pick in the draft

  20. Will Says:

    @Joe
    Totally off topic here but as we all saw the kicker fir Dallas has had major troubles recently. Of course everyone wants to blame him BUT his holder is Bryan Anger the same holder we had during a lot of our recent kicking struggles. Maybe the problem wasn’t the kickers.

  21. YucsBall Says:

    This is proof that when it comes to coverage, Bowles has no clue how to adapt. He can blitz 5 all day and yet the defense is still dookie.

  22. HC Grover Says:

    It is going to be horrible.

  23. ClwJB Says:

    When you take the guy that runs the tape machine really well and you over promote him to be the manager, the business immediately suffers

    Same thing goes in the NFL, over promote a coordinator or college coach and your team implodes almost immediately

    Bowles twice, Hackett, Klingsbury, MYER – just some recent examples

    Or go back to Koetter or Raheem, or Schiano perhaps

  24. Defense Rules Says:

    Rita Moreno … “the defense did not help [Brady]” against Dallas.’

    Seriously? JBF is now quoting 91-year-old actresses about football? Smart move in not arguing her point though Joe.

    BTW, the same could be said of the offense … it didn’t help the defense any either. By the time we scored late in the 3rd qtr, we were behind 24-0, we’d turned the ball over once, had 2 other fumbles that we recovered (but still cost us), and had punted FIVE times. My guess is that we scored 2 TDs after that because ‘Dallas was bored’ (might be a Devin White quote?).

    Yes the defense stunk on the day, but the offense was nothing to write home to mama about. Grand total of 52 yards rushing? (we ran for 152 yds against them in Game 1 … 100 MORE yards). Tom Brady completed just 53% of his passes, a mere 12 percentage points behind Brock Purdy’s supposedly miserable performance against those same Dallas Cowboys this past weekend.

    The only consolation I managed to find in our offensive-defensive performances against the Cowboys is that if the Bucs’ defense had been playing the Bucs’ offense, we probably could’ve won that game.

  25. Hodad Says:

    Bucs only got it half right firing Lefty, and some offensive coaches. The whole sh#t show needed to go. No way Bowles survives after next season. Might not make it past the bye week. The guy can’t coach.

  26. Redeemer Says:

    Jack. BA didn’t fix anything, they won with a massive talent advantage in the pass game. No HC wins without a great QB, but a bad one can certainly screw things up. I think that’s what we saw this year, combined with the loss of talent.

    This defense was and had been overrated for some time. People will say the players are mostly the same. That doesn’t matter. Every year is different. The defense was hungry during the superbowl run. You had multiple guys in contact years and they hadn’t won squat. You can blame last year on injuries, but the fact is Bowles never adjusted to the secondary getting picked on. This season, whenever they faced a bonafide offense, they got whipped like cream cheese.

  27. zzbuc Says:

    By the way somebody should tell this lady that the main problem was on the other side of the ball, The Bucs defense is top 10 on stats!!!

    And also TB12 didn’t have a great year either….

    Joe , with all due respect….Who cares what this lady has to say about the Bucs?

  28. SB~LV Says:

    I don’t think Bruce Arians deserved his name in the ROH for such a short time with the franchise, don’t forget he went with Jamyth his first season .
    JAMES WILDER!

  29. NEfan Says:

    DR, once again skewed to make your boy friend Bowles look better than he is. The D let up 27 first downs, 3 drives alone went 80,96 & 90 yds. Kinda hard to score points from the bench. Not sure if you caught Brady’s presser, he had to wear his hat backwards to cover up the number 11 that was tattooed on his forehead. Brady pitches the ball the Godwin for a 1st down at the 6, BL doesn’t call one run. The int was Brady falling back from pressure and literally 5 defenders around Gage, Evan’s & Godwin all within 2 yds of each other. I wonder who schemed those routes. Bowles sucks, he team on both sides of the ball were not prepared and you know it. Of all the Bucs fans, how can YOU support a coach that discounts stats? FYI, very sexist statement, Rita probably watch more football than you did and her opinion is valued the same as yours and mine.

  30. Dooley Says:

    LMAO @ NEFAN

    I know you can’t help but ask stupid rhetorical questions, but if your offense spends the 1st half of football trying to find the gas pedal AND turns the ball over, then guess what? You’re not playing complimentary football at all, in fact your inability to do anything positive whether it be moving the ball or putting points on the board its actually reductive to your defense. Our longest drive, on an RPO, on 2nd & GL, Tom tried to play hero, read the coverage wrong and still forced the ball to God knows who for an INT putting our defense right back on the field. The Green Bay game from 2022 is a perfect example of how our defense helped ALOT getting our offense the ball back and the offense doing jack sh*t in return.

    That theme played out in just about every game in 2022. Before you give me some stupid rebuttal and ask another stupid question, yes the defense allowed 2 early scores in that game, but from midway point of the 2nd quarter to the later 3rd quarter our offense got the ball back from the defense & times in a row without addition to that lead and the offense did NOTHING. Like Rex Ryan has been saying since October, our offense looked old & slow at times, because our field general and co-playcaller WAS geriatric.

  31. Bradyfan Says:

    Licht, it’s time to get rid of Todd Bowles and Keith Armstrong. Interview Dan Quinn, demeco ryans, Sean payton or another talented coach for hc. If you keep Toilet Bowles, he is going to bring the Bucs back into the dark ages. Losing is contagious and he’s a losing coach. He felt comfortable losing at the post game press conferences. Do you remember how BA was pissed after losses and was calling out players including Brady? The time to act is now. Once losing becomes acceptable, it sticks with the team for a long time.

  32. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Betty Whites ghost said Todd sucks. Watch it Betty. They’ll cancel your double white ghosty azz.

  33. Dooley Says:

    I knew NE would mention that pick and try to put it off on everybody else, the WRs on the backside of that play didn’t have routes to run because they were supposed to be run blocking. It was a glance RPO and Brady read it wrong, so instead of giving the ball to Chaad White, Brady liked what he saw, took it out of Whites and fired away with :10 on the playclock on 2nd & GL when he couldve give his RB a chance to turn the corner and had it failed, you got 3rd Down & GL instead of another Dallas possession. OL was fine, Brady had time to pump, second guess his decision and STILL threw the football into a mass of bodies.

  34. Bradyfan Says:

    @Dooley
    Brady last year threw for around 5300 yards 43 tds and 12 ints. I feel like people have amnesia or something. He’s not a player that relies on athleticism and he threw for 4600 yards this year so I don’t believe he fell off a cliff. Again I have written in a previous post that he has declined but he declined back in 2018 and his decline is two fold 1. His pocket mobility declined (he used to be able to dodge lineman and avoid sacks) 2. He’s not willing to take hits (if you watch him in 2015 afc championship game he was completing passes while getting hit every play). 2015 brady probably would’ve carried this team to an NFC championship. But there def is a problem with how the offense was built and with the playcalling. I felt Byron was calling random plays like an amateur madden player, not based on the scheme, weaknesses of the opposing defense. Even fans predicted the plays, on 1st down a run up the middle was coming. They were throwing 15 screens a game as their “run game” because the run game was dead last and historically bad. He was calling runs behind hainsey and goedeke against Cameron heyward and kenny clark which are pro bowl dls. Most of the runs shouldve been behind wirfs. I also saw him call runs against jj watt. Scheming guys open, finding and attacking the weaknesses of the defense are part of the OC’s job.

  35. Dooley Says:

    LMAO @BradyFan

    Your stating the obvious, unlike you I’m a fan of this Bucs TEAM, not just the QB so excuse me for being combative with you idiots that go out your way to do backflips to make Brady seem as if he’s infallible. I know why they were throwing screens, you’re missing the obvious point that not only did Brady help make our offense what it was, he also wasn’t the solution to what our offense needed to be, not by himself. Before you start going into the comebacks, every game we won last minute, they weren’t shootouts, they were our defense playing better over the course of 60 minutes long enough for our PEDESTRIAN offense with a 45 yr old QB to get their heads out of their butts and in the fnckin game! Can’t exploit the scheme across from you when you can’t operate your own with any effectivity. 1.8 passing TDs a game, that was the average over the season how many points is eight tenths of a score worth?

  36. Dooley Says:

    YARDAGE DONT MEAN SQUAT if y’aint scoring! Stop the stupid talk. lemme guess We SHoulD GeT MOnkEn back too?

  37. Redeemer Says:

    Dooley, on that int, you’re right about the RPO part. Go look at the angle from the end zone though. It’s on utube, from a fan with a cell phone. Brady was looking for Godwin to run the end line I think. Godwin got hooked and it was an obvious hold. I think Godwin was running an option route. Instead of breaking back outside, if he runs the end line, I think he breaks it up. at least, it would’ve forces the back judge to throw the flag. He may have run the wrong route. Just my opinion, but go take a look.

  38. NEfan Says:

    Dooley, the D made two initial stops, the others were near the end of the game. You must have had too many libations by that time. 1st two series started the same as every other game. 2nd & 11, 2nd & 13.

  39. Redeemer Says:

    Also I think Brady’s vantage point was compromised. He was throwing to a spot because of the pressure. He may have been trying to throw it away too. WTF knows. Anyway, look at it then tell me what u think

  40. Dooley Says:

    @Redeemer

    2nd & GL, could’ve just handed it off to one of the more elusive players on the team and let him try for the endzone. In the end, it was a judgement call on what our QB saw, it’s just reading fans try to say “what play call was that” kind of proves the point that most fans don’t know what they’re watching live until somebody with actual football acumen tells them. Even then, I’ve seen people on twitter arguing X’s & O’s with HOF QB and active film digester in Kurt Warner about that exact play in defense of Brady and to scape everybody else involved out. I wish the Brady fans, to leave with Tom Brady

  41. Bradyfan Says:

    I genuinely want the bucs to succeed even after brady leaves. I mean no player is perfect and brady isn’t perfect but my point is he wasn’t put in a situation to succeed. I believe Lamar jackson would’ve had a better season this year than brady did just the way this team was built. I did write a post about the air coryell system and how brady was in the Erhardt Perkins system. Brady is the most immobile qb in the game and he needs a run game. Every qb does but he moreso. Also see what happened to Stafford and the rams this year when they didn’t have a run game and had a poor ol. The air coryell system states that pass protection is critical because the system is a vertical offense and routes need time to develop. The personnel wasnt a good fit for how the air coryell system is run. Defensive lineman were in his lap as soon as they snap the ball. Add onto this an incompetent playcaller and injuries and you get the results you see now.

  42. sasquatch Says:

    Fire the Gannons! Says:
    January 24th, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Sasquatch, instead of bemoaning every post Joe puts up concerning anything related to Brady — and I mean, EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. — how about just not open the thread? But if you cannot help yourself, maybe, maybe, maybe, just not post a complaint?

    Or I could continue to do exactly as I’ve been doing. But thanks for your opinion.

    The Joe’s aren’t stupid.

    Mmmmm, yeeeaahhh.

  43. NEfan Says:

    Wow Dooley is a mind reader now. The second play was screen play to Jones, WIDE OPEN except when Brady turned his head Parsons was in his face and knocked it down. Go back and watch the int NO ONE was open and Brady tried.to throw it out of the end zone while going down. Josh Allen is a turnover machine, I don’t think arse wipe Bill’s fans are calling for his head.

  44. Defense Rules Says:

    Redeemer … If memory serves, Brady said in his comments after the game that he was trying to throw it away, but didn’t get enough on it.

  45. Bradyfan Says:

    @Dooley
    I’ve never seen a run game where it couldn’t freaking convert 3rd and 1s like this team this year tbh.

  46. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Brady threw for over 250 yards in the 2nd half of Dallas game, and if Evans catches the 50 yarder off his fingertips, he would’ve had 300+ yards in one half.
    Brady made some mistakes, but the Defense was terrible and outmatched- especially on the line.

  47. Crickett Baker Says:

    I think Rita has as much right to her opinion as anyone on this site and she has probably been watching football for at LEAST 20 years longer than anyone here.

  48. Bradyfan Says:

    Brady played poorly this year but my point is he wasn’t put in a position to succeed. It’s like asking someone to win a nascar race with a bicycle. I mean with an oc like kellen moore or Bill Obrien and brady played this poorly then you got me. But you give him one of the worst olines in the league with donovan smith leading the league in penalties, a historically bad rushing game (dead last) with Byron calling plays and Toilet Bowles as hc. Even the Goat can’t overcome it.

  49. BucsfanFred Says:

    I suppose Rita Moremos opinion is as good as any other.
    A great defensive play might have inspired the offence, but the opposite is true too.
    The whole team blew chunks. That’s on the coaching.

  50. BucsfanFred Says:

    That int was also a deflating mistake.

  51. Buc4evr Says:

    Rita Moreno for HC. She knows more than Bowles.

  52. David Says:

    Overall, the defense played very well, considering the injuries they had but they really really really need some pass rushers. 10 sacks a year by two guys. Bowles is good, but can only do so much without a four-man pass rush.

  53. D-Rok Says:

    Look, every player has a retarded play/moment in each season. One, at the least. Evans dropping that TD against Carolina, remember that?

    Brady had a “I’m so freakin’ stupid, why did I just do that?” moment in his INT non-overthrow in the red zone. You could see his reaction after the play, and it was genuine – “I’m an idiot!”

    That was about 1 of 3-4 bone-headed plays Brady has made this year. Inexplicable, inexcusable, no reason.

    My point? Brady made a few. Evans made a few. Lots of players, in their 1,000 snaps per year, make a loser play, resulting in roughly a %0.001 Retard Play Index rating. Compare others around the league, and get back to me if that singular play, that rare INT, is evidence that he is no longer good enough to be an NFL QB, or our QB for next year.

  54. NEfan Says:

    BucsfanFred@ No doubt that’s a mojo killer but it was so early in the game it shouldn’t have caused the D to completely tank.

  55. Redeemer Says:

    Defense, I get it. But could Brady have been trying to cover for someone? I’ve watched the play over and over. Of course he could’ve been trying to throw it away, but if so, why not wind it through the uprights. The more I watch it, he was trying to make chicken salad out of chicken poop . Not defending Brady, but trying to find out what really happened. If indeed he was trying to throw it away, then it’s 100% on the qb. I could be wrong, unlike some experts here who apparently know more football than the combined 32 coaches in the league.

  56. Redeemer Says:

    Regardless, it wouldn’t have changed the complexion of the game. Dallas was basically scoring at will. That can’t be argued

  57. Defense Rules Says:

    Redeemer … ‘I could be wrong, unlike some experts here who apparently know more football than the combined 32 coaches in the league.’

    I usually feel the same way Redeemer. There are some on this site who remind me of a quote that was attributed to Tommy Lasorda when he was manager of the LA Dodgers …

    “I found out that it’s not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty
    percent of the people who hear them don’t care and the other twenty percent are glad you’re having them.”

    I assume that NEfan & Goatfarmer are in that latter 20% when it comes to attacking others.

  58. NEfan Says:

    Sorry DR, for now on we will all adhere to your point of view. Bowles is a defensive genius, his players all suck that is why they gave up 60+ points in their last two playoff games. Everything wrong with the 2022 Bucs was all on BL & Brady. Todd is BFF to every player on the team, they all love him and respect him. That is why when the won the division no player did the celebratory Gatorade dump they didn’t want to soil his jacket. He never lost in NY, it was all due to bad management. Hey 27 fist downs against Dallas isn’t bad, could have been 30.

    Goat, you, me and Rita will have to keep out opinions to ourselves cause COACH DR knows all and will provide the stats to back it up
    Even though his idol couldn’t care less about stats. SORRY COACH. One question DR, did you ever play the game?

  59. Defense Rules Says:

    Alanbucsfan … ‘the Defense was terrible and outmatched- especially on the line.’

    Couldn’t agree more, and a lot of it had to do with the gameplan AND how the game unfolded IMO. When we beat Dallas in the 1st game of the season, Bucs ran the ball 33 times for 152 yards (4.6 YPC) and passed only 27 times for 212 yards (with 2 sacks). Dallas ran the ball only 18 times for 71 yards (3.9 YPC) and passed it 42 times for 198 yards (with 4 sacks). Reason? Bucs got ahead & stayed ahead (12-3 at the half … 2 drives ahead).

    In our playoff game against them, the gameplan was reversed. Bucs only ran the ball 12 times for 52 yards (4.3 YPC) and passed it a whopping 66 times for 351 yards (with 2 sacks). Dallas however ran it 35 times for 128 yards (3.7 YPC) and passed it only 33 times for 305 yards (with 1 sack). Reason? Dallas got ahead & stayed ahead (18-0 at the half … 3 drives ahead).

    Bucs won the TOP handily in the 1st game 32:42 to 27:18. Dallas won the TOP handily in the 2nd game 34:34 to 25:26.

    When you really look at the drives, our defense stopped them cold on the Cowboys 1st 2 drives (6 plays total for MINUS 5 yards). But then Dallas marched 80 yards in 7 plays for a TD. Bucs responded with an excellent 14-play drive covering 70 yards … culminating in the INT. It’s what happened right after that that broke our defense’s back.

    Dallas drove 80 yards in 15 plays (taking 8:38 off the clock) for a TD. Bucs responded with a 5-play drive then a punt. Dallas then drove 91 yards in 11 plays (using 3:05 of the clock) for a TD. They had the ball for 11:43 of the 2nd qtr, scored 2 TDs, and went into the half up 18-0. Bucs effectively lost the game in the 1st half. They had 39 plays (17:55 TOP) to our 30 plays (12:02 TOP). And they were largely successful because we had no real pass rush, and that allowed Dak to pick us apart (especially with SMB playing for Dean). IMO the lack of a pass rush ate us alive on defense.

  60. Defense Rules Says:

    NEfan … Aw, did I hurt your feelings. I’m sorry. And I do apologize for trying to stay objective and keep an open mind. I do appreciate your diversionary tactics though.

  61. NEfan Says:

    DR if you recall Dak checked down and expoited the middle of the field approx. 8 yds deep on back to back series. Bowles never adjusted they ran it all night to various receivers. Easy game when your second & 2 or 3rd & 2 all game. 27 first downs, that’s hard to do and their kicker missed 4 extra points. P.U. The O didn’t surprise me, I knew if they come out with the same O shat we could expect the same results. Once again they moved the ball going no huddle but too little to late the D was spent.

  62. orlbucfan Says:

    Whole team wilted when wrinkle12 threw the pick right to the Cowpukes DB on Cowpukes 5 yard line. Wrinkle12 never took his losing butt off the field. He didn’t give a hoot about the team. I sure hope he is GONE soon.

  63. steele Says:

    The real tragedy here is that “80 for Brady” was actually scripted, produced and made. Everyone knows EXACTLY what the story is, and how it ends. With the Golden Girls cheering Brady winning the Super Bowl, actual game footage interspersed with fake Brady-on-sidelines shots winking up at his Golden Girls fans in the stands. Barf.

    And if Brady’s mysterious absence from training camp was to finish filming this travesty, costing the team valuable reps to develop chemistry, add that to the long list of things that helped ruin the season just ended.

    On the other hand, Rita is right. Brady got no favors.

  64. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Will Says:
    January 24th, 2023 at 3:55 pm
    @Joe
    Totally off topic here but as we all saw the kicker fir Dallas has had major troubles recently. Of course everyone wants to blame him BUT his holder is Bryan Anger the same holder we had during a lot of our recent kicking struggles. Maybe the problem wasn’t the kickers.
    _______

    I’ve been touting this theory for several years.

    Anger Issues.

    Maybe he farts or right before the kicker kicks?
    Maybe he says ” that’s how your mom likes it?”
    Maybe he takes them to strip clubs on Saturday night?

    At any rate, it’s very odd that he is the common link with good kickers going bad.

  65. BelleGladeBuc Says:

    Bucs First Half drives:

    3 and out punt
    3 and out punt
    14 play drive that ended on an INT
    5 plays punt
    5 plays end of half

    Time of Possession: 12:05

    The Bucs offense failed on all 5 of their drives in the first half.

    This Bucs defense succeeded on 2 out of the 5 of the Cowboys offensive possessions.

    Seems foolish to blame the defense, who had some success in the first half against the Cowboys, for the offense complete lack of success to score on any of their drives.

    The game was over at halftime. The Bucs defense knew it. Us fans knew it. TB12 and his offense knew it.

  66. Defense Rules Says:

    BelleGladeBuc … I think the game was effectively over in the 2nd qtr when the Cowboys ran that 15-play drive that took 8:38 off the clock & put them up 12-0. Our defense was reeling after that, gave up another TD on that 11-play Dallas drive that made it 18-0.

    I was impressed with the Dallas defense & credit them for handling our offense very effectively. They kept pretty good pressure on Brady, knowing that the Bucs would turn to the pass to try to get back in the ballgame. Of course, it’s hard for any team to come back from being 3 drives behind (18 points) at halftime, especially in the playoffs.

  67. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Bunch of losers on here. Blame this blame that . That’s what losers do. I guess you guys don’t know anything else.

  68. ChiBuc Says:

    Mariota 87 vs Brady 91
    Trubisky 142/Pickett 87 vs Brady 88
    PJ Walker 127 vs Brady 81
    Jackson 105 vs Brady 90
    Stafford 80 vs Brady 80
    Geno Smith 115 vs Brady 111
    Dalton 108 vs Brady 84
    Purdy 134 vs Brady 64
    Burrow 105 vs Brady 92
    Ridden 108 vs Brady 106
    Prescott 143 vs Brady 72

    The proverbial chicken and the egg. Who let who down? Bad field position, TOP, and having to watch your QB get outplayed 11 out of 18 games could be considered a let down. As can watching your defense get shredded by 1st time starters, rookies, and TRUBISKY. Brady and the defense let the fans down all year.

    Fire Bowles and stop begging Brady back for another mediocre year.

  69. Defense Rules Says:

    BTW, the story of the game was as much ‘big plays’ as anything else. Cowboys had 11 plays that gained 10-19 yards and 6 plays that gained 20 or more yards. Of those, 4 were runs & 13 were passes, so we got skewered both ways. Dallas ran 69 plays all together & 17 of those (24.6%) were for 10 or more yards. Those 17 ‘big plays’ accounted for 278 yards on the night of their total 425 yards (thus one-quarter of Dallas’ plays accounted for two-thirds (65.4%) of their total yards. Yuck.

    Bucs on the other hand had 15 plays that gained 10-19 yards but only 1 play that gained 20 yards or more. Of those, 1 was a run & 15 were passes. Bucs ran 80 plays all together & 16 of those (20%) were for 10 or more yards. Those 16 plays gained 225 yards (representing a little over 58% of our total 386 yards on the night). That’s actually better than we seemed to do in most games this season when it came to ‘big plays’ but they came in clumps in the Dallas game.

  70. Goatfarmer Says:

    Rita is 91 and would make a better head coach than the Blowes Toad.

  71. firethecannons Says:

    yeah Todd Bowles lost that game with a very bad defensive performance, this year was a debacle and next year with Bowles will likely be worse–top 3 pick in 2024 my guess we are solidly back in Buccaneer Cove.

  72. Redeemer Says:

    Well, y’all have driven me to day and night drink. Mrs Redeemer is so pissed she got me on the coach. Know what she said? Get over it, it’s a freaking football game. I don’t care which of your little post-it friends you agree with or not. You really think Tom Brady or Todd Bowles gives a damn? No they live in mansions. Sometimes I think Mrs Redeemer is right. Why do we all care so much. Peace and love from the Redeemer household. Love you all..

  73. JD Says:

    i still cant believe they kept Bowles

 

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