“We Played Some Sh**y Football Around Him”

February 12th, 2023

Did the Bucs play miserable football around Tom Brady this season? Or was it the other way around?

Of course, there is plenty of blame to go around after Tampa Bay followed up its 2-0 start by winning six of the next 16 games. But Buccaneers legend Warren Sapp seems to be absolving Brady for any blame for the Bucs’ demise.

Sapp sat down with legendary VladTV on YouTube recently and addressed the fall of his beloved Bucs.

Sapp is not hanging it on The Goat. And yes, Sapp believes Brady is the greatest of all time. He compares him to Jim Brown as a transformative figure in the game.

“For three years we had a saying in Tampa Bay, ‘In Brady we trust, because we played some shi**y football around him and he bailed us out of some sh*t,” Sapp said. “I mean, he even got us to the playoffs, but boy, that was ugly.'”

Joe sure hopes Sapp is wrong, because that would mean a lot of the sh*t crafters are still in place while Brady has left the building.

Joe thinks Sapp is being far too simplistic. The Bucs had all kinds of problems this season, including the quarterback taking a giant step back from where he was in 2021. Heck, Bucco Bruce Arians said last week that head coach Todd Bowles’ philosophy “didn’t match” this season. How is a team supposed to overcome that?

32 Responses to ““We Played Some Sh**y Football Around Him””

  1. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    I wish Brady would come clean about the injuries that he was playing with last season, if anything just for closure…for me.

    Personally I think he injured his hand early in the season and then is shoulder shortly after which coincided with the disappearance of the deep ball accuracy.

  2. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    Vlad is rooting for the Eagles (lesser of 2 evils)….
    this is very very sad day indeed.

  3. BrianBucs Says:

    Sapp is right. PERIOD.

  4. Proudbucsfan Says:

    I also blame Blows philosophy and imo I think Leftwitch was upset he didn’t get handed the head Coaching position and sabotaged the season. Change my mind ?

  5. sasquatch Says:

    Proudbucsfan Says:
    February 12th, 2023 at 2:06 am

    Leftwitch was upset he didn’t get handed the head Coaching position and sabotaged the season.

    Riiiiggghhhttt… because coaches can afford to sabotage a season and expect to find future employment.

    Change my mind

    Well that’s a colossal waste time. If you actually believe that crap, only heavy doses of counseling and medication will help.

    Most likely Leftwich is just incompetent.

  6. Vancouver Buc Says:

    NA and now Sapp have confirmed…Bowels sucked

  7. Vancouver Buc Says:


  8. Brian Says:

    Some folks were not meant to be leaders! Blows and leftnut fall into that category

  9. HC Grover Says:

    The first step in the right direction would be Dump Bowles. Lefty was his fall guy this year and now the hunt is on for the 2023 fall guy/OC. Hope not a fall gal. The Brady Bat Signal is now a Buc Virtue Signal. Prepare for losing with grace and the post game Bowles Clown Show. We will need double rations of Grog for the coming calamity.

  10. Bucfan Says:

    Bowles & Lefty (without BA). THAT was the reason for the lousy season.

  11. mg Says:

    Tampa had no running game because they couldn’t block. No fullback, no tight end. A pathetic effort by the gm and owners prior to the season. Mentally unstable comes to mind. And then you have a head coach who seems clueless. Blame TB-12.

  12. mg Says:

    Can you people put a price on what TB-012 has brought to your area?

  13. Christos Says:

    One thing that played a part (in my opinion at least) was that after the Supebowl win many of our players got the idea in their head that they have arrived, they are the best and things will be like that for a while. I cant say they lost their humger because i dont think one ring is enough for that but the level of play and effort was down for many of the players. The win got into their heads. But in NFL every season is different and you have to prove yourself. Thats one thing Brady didnt manage to pass to other players.
    An example of what i m saying is everyone remembers the after the Superbowl when D.White was saying he was upset that he didnt make the Probowl and Brady told him that F@@k the Probowl we are playing for bigger things for Superbowls. And next year White was still talking about Probowls, like he learnt nothing.
    Many players got into their heads that this will be easy and never played in the same level and give their best effort. It was evident last year and this year.

  14. Hodad Says:

    Tom Brady was at times 15 lbs lighter then he was the year before. Whatever the reason stress from divorce, who cares, that’s like being not in shape to play at your peak for football. Tom was not the same on the field this year, anyone who doesn’t admit it is kidding themselves. Tom knows it too, that’s why he’s done.

  15. mg Says:

    Another problem with the Bucs this year is they dropped a lot of passes for first downs. Pathetic.

  16. Go Bucs Go Says:

    No kidding!!!
    If any teammate held grudge against Brady for unretiring and getting special treatment (11 day hiatus and Kraft wedding), I can only reply “WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE!?!”
    But, on the other hand, Brady brought this upon himself… he should’ve known better what he was getting into when he decided to come back.
    His team’s lack of positive responses effort-wise really showed on the field except few games and eventually drove him away from the field by announcing 2nd retirement… for good.

    Go Bucs!

  17. FlBoy84 Says:

    BA’s “didn’t match” line rings like a guy covering for his boy. They go back a long way, so not expecting him to say Bowles $#!% the bed, but a little more realistic take would be welcome. Between BA and SR over at PR, you’d think Bowles was the only positive out of the entire season (sad). BA didn’t stack his staff with any strong successors to prepare for when it was his time to walk, so he chose the turd with the least amount of mold on it in order to keep the rest of his staff employed for another year, and timed his departure as such. It’s def the truth, though he’ll never admit it. Any new coach brought in from outside the organization likely cleans house.

  18. stpetebucfan Says:

    That is INDEED a simplistic response! But when did Warren, certainly one of the greatest Bucs to ever play the game, match his athletic prowess with his mental acuity. Let’s be honest. Sapp was never known for his “critical thinking” skills.

    There is NO “either or” about the past season. It’s not particularly complicated but it is VERY complex. There are plenty of reasons the team failed this year INCLUDING Brady’s distracting divorce and all the practice missed. I can easily accept poor TB12’s mental funk over his marriage, his decision to miss so much time to address it. Taking any time off for the marriage of his buddy Robert Kraft who was such a thoughtless creep he got married during the freaking season!!
    Perhaps TB12 attended for the complimentary passes to S. Florida massage parlors.

    Of course it wasn’t only Brady…or coaching…or soft play..or…well you get the drift. This blog has been full of threads that elucidated the MANY reasons for failure in 2023.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We definitely played some $hitty ball around Brady…..and he played some $hitty ball also.

  20. Beej Says:

    Bowles isn’t going to get fired, pointless to pine away hoping for it. If we’re like 2 and 6 at the halfway point….MAYBE

  21. NEfan Says:

    The entire team both sides of the ball played shatty. Did TB12 have his best season, obviously not. I can’t stress this enough if you can’t run you can’t win. The games the Bucs did run they won. There are three phases to the game and Bucs failed in ALL three, that’s on your HC!!! Your MVP shouldn’t be your punter.

  22. Go Bucs Go Says:

    Let’s see how we fare with less expectation in Ybor city where everyone comes for relaxation. No work, just fun.
    Now that TB12 is gone, we will see what they are made of or how fraud they are.

    Go Bucs!

  23. SED14 Says:

    We definitely coached some sh**ty ball all season too. I’m almost tired of saying it, but Low Energy No Leadership Bowles led a coaching staff that developed some sh**ty almost nonexistent game plans (@Pittsburgh & @Carolina come directly to mind). Not to mention sh**ty down and distance decisions (@ Cleveland & @ SF) to just name a few.

    But most of all, most weeks our team just seemed to completely take on the personality of their fearless leader no fight, no fire, no passion, no urgency Todd Bowles. Now I agree that grown men making millions of dollars shouldn’t need extra motivation, but jeez, Mr Low Energy couldn’t motivate a hungry bear in a river full of salmon. Our guy is a lifeless, emotionless, deer in the headlight blob on the sideline.

    Also while I’m at it….did anyone EVER see Mr. Low Energy interacting in ANY meaningful way with TB12 during a game? Call me crazy, but aside from a couple lazy high fives or butt slaps after a TD, I barely saw them talk to each other. I’d be curious to hear what Joe has to say about that?

  24. Anonymous Says:

    I’m with you Proudbucfan

    I’m convinced that Leftwich INDEED sabatoged the season. SAMSQUISH and her WEAK NOTHING WORDS has NOTHING TO OFFER. Samsquish you and your Jane Fonda support can go SUCK A ROTTEN EGG!

    Samsquish, since you’re so brilliant, why don’t you TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE THAT Proudbucfan threw out there honey. Prove him wrong girl!

    You know you can’t and to be honest, I didn’t realize that you were SUCH A LEFTWICH AKA BENEDICT ARNOLD SUPPORTER!

    If All you do is talk crap and not only is That WEAK, it MEANS YOU OFFER NOTHING!

    WHAT’S CLEAR IS THAT LEFTWICH DEFINITELY SABOTAGED THE SEASON! And since you missed it Samsquish, the question was WHY? I and others believe that he cut his own throat and took us all with him. PROVE US WRONG IF YOU CAN!

    You’re with the wrong crowd if you think the SLOP YOU OFFERED UP was worth the read! Your so BORING! Go back to sleep 💤😴

  25. Bigbucfan90 Says:

    Our season was over before it started due to Jensen being hurt had he been playing I think we would’ve made a better push but we were still no match for San Fran or philly this year our defense took a step back when shaq went out. Joe isn’t the answer for the end position and hall is a disappointment for when we drafted him. Could’ve had the safety from Georgia and been good for a while

  26. FlBoy84 Says:


    think you mean “fearful leader”… Bowles is definitely NOT fearless.

  27. sasquatch Says:

    @Anonymous M0ron,

    You’re a mentally deficient adolescent boob.

    I’m not a Leftwich supporter. I think he’s awful and I’m happy he’s gone. Realistically though, you have to be a complete assclown to think any coach would deliberately sabotage a team. He’s incompetent, predictable, and lacks creativity — that’s why the offense was terrible.

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    Sapp is 100% correct.

    But those surrounding players didn’t play well because of one thing, and one thing alone, God awful, terrible coaching.

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    Before this season Brady never lost to Dallas, never lost to Atlanta, never had a losing season. Thanks to Bowles and Leftwich, that all changed.

  30. bucs4life Says:

    Do you? Do you hope he’s wrong? Watch what happens if we show up in September with the current offensive and defensive lines. Watch what happens. At least we’ll get the number one pick in the next draft.

  31. Goatfarmer Says:

    Sapp nailed it. Always nails it.

  32. garro Says:

    “the quarterback taking a giant step back from where he was in 2021”
    And this is not “simplistic”?
    Come on Joes! Brady realized quite early on this season that he wasn’t going to have adequate time to scan the field and also remain in one piece. To his credit (the only one I will give Byron) So did Lefty. Byron’s solution and Brady’s was the short pass game and get the ball out quick because we couldn’t block. Pass or run. O line and tight ends failed all the way around.
    We also failed to give enough help to the weaker linemen. I wonder someimes why you can’t watch games and see these obvious situations. I know the opposing DC’s did!