Unfair Boring Label Slapped On Bucs

July 6th, 2023

So the Bucs blitz a lot, sack the quarterback a lot and have two big-name, big-time receivers, plus a fun 360-pound beast in the middle of their defensive line and a likely starting QB with an A-list arm and an unpredictable game.

That sounds like a reasonably fun to team to watch, Joe believes.

However, Joe keeps hearing over and over from national media types how the Bucs are a boring AF team now that Tom Brady is gone. It’s really getting under Joe’s skin.

Joe gets that head coaches are looked to for personality, and Todd Bowles’ public persona is about as entertaining as a live C-Span showing of a House Committee on Agriculture meeting. But still, the Bucs are a rather engaging team this season. (At least Shaun King knows it.)

The official Around The NFL podcast had no problem calling the Bucs a snoozer this week. Chief NFL.com editor Greg Rosenthal noted that he used to do a “watchability” ranking for the league website every year. He noted that if he were doing that this season, the Bucs would be ranked last, or maybe No. 30 or No. 31.

“That’s a tough sell,” co-host Dan Hanzus added.

Joe gives the middle finger salute to this take and hopes these national media types enjoy watching the Cardinals against the Commanders and the Packers-Bears matchup in Week 1 as they keep tabs on the Colts-Jaguars game.

31 Responses to “Unfair Boring Label Slapped On Bucs”

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    The sports media “look at me!” attention hors still think Flat Brim is the OC, so I get their skepticism.

  2. sasquatch Says:

    Ignore all external opinionating. It’s all hot air whether it’s favorable or unfavorable. It doesn’t matter.

  3. Pryda…sec147 Says:

    it’s comical the disrespect we get, can’t wait for training camp to start

  4. Craig Says:

    After last season I still have some bored brains cells about the Bucs.

    A new OC, an unknown QB, a maybe washed out QB, and a questionable running game(after being dead last) can make the team look boring still.

    I have higher hopes for the team, but they are going to have to find a spark of life before I can label them fun to watch.

  5. stpetebucfan Says:

    “Exciting” may be meaningful for fans watching teams other than their own.

    For me “Winning” is what is exciting no matter how you do it. The first SB team would hardly be called “exciting” by today’s metrics, but it was fun watching them stifle other offenses on their way to the Bucs first SB.

  6. Buc4evr Says:

    Bring Jameis back if you want entertainment vs. winning. I will take boring and winning over entertaining every time.

  7. APiratesLife Says:

    Reasonably fun team to watch, eh? Let’s revisit this post mid-season and we can all talk about how reasonably fun we’ve been so far.

    That should be reasonably fun.

  8. Boss Says:

    it’s not about brady. they were boring last year with him under center. its about not playing to their strengths and horrible game management. i.e. bowles

    i would rather spend the time fishing even w/o catching any fish. at least you know you’ll get some satisfaction.

  9. RustyRhinos Says:

    Thanks Joe.

    All of these “expert pundits” should be bulletin board material everyday from training camp to the start of our last game of our season whenever that is.
    It “Should” become personal to this team.

    Very Personal.

    We have several members of our team playing in a contract year. We have many veteran players and a solid core of just drafted players who should take these many disrespectful expert predictions of their team to heart.


  10. Lt. Dan Says:

    Nice post Joe’s. The point that you made is a big part of the reason I’m betting the over on the 6.5 win total this year.

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Right where I want us to be…… under the radar.
    The added upside for me is that I don’t have to listen to all the pre game TB greatest of all time bs week in and week out.
    No disrespect to Tom, I just got sick of it.

    Go Bucs!

  12. Pickgrin Says:

    “Joe gives the middle finger salute to this take”


    Seems like 95% of all these talking heads are “prognosticating” the Bucs to be a terrible, 3-5 win type team in 2023.

    And the “reasoning” is always the same.
    “Brady’s gone and the 2022 Buccaneers offense was pretty bad WITH Brady – soooo…”

    Lazy analysis. Plain and simple.

    Regardless of who is at QB – the 2023 Buccaneers are a 7-8 win team at minimum and could easily find their way to 9 or more wins.

  13. WillieG Says:

    Last season was boring AF. Bowles wants more boring. Running = boring unless the backs break out a couple of 40+ yard runs each game. This run, run, dink pass, punt crap will crater TV ratings and attendance.

  14. catcard202 Says:

    Devil’s advocate here…I can see the prevailing media take & I kinda agree with it.

    Bucs have Mr. Motivation himself – Todd Bowles at the helm, a new OC without play-calling experience, a QB competition between a journeyman former #1 pick QB on his 3rd 2nd chance coming off a 24.6QBR season & a empty Traskcan…added to a shuffled OL, questionable depth at RB / TE and little to no proven WR depth outside ME & CG…(the oft-injured Gage does not strike fear into any DEF).

    And on the DEF side… a shuffled DL, disgruntled ILB next to old ILB next to old OLB coming off an Achilles + LACKLUSTER AF JTS = Front 7 that has a ton to prove to themselves, fans & the league….The only thing truly going for the D is a potentially overpaid back field – that better stay healthy & alert for a full season.

    Perception may not be reality…But in the 2023 Bucs case, it just might be.
    At this point, it’s hard to see Bucs = the less than ideal results they put up last yr w/ a guy that used to be the GOAT.

  15. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    You know what’s boring? July is boring. No football. August cannot get here soon enough.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Talk is cheap. Winning cures all.

  17. Fred McNeil Says:

    Joe, may I offer you a proper salute.
    We will make mother lovers pay this year.

  18. Fred McNeil Says:

    I’m with Carlton Davis and Tristin Wirfs. We will win our division. From there, it’s game on.

  19. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    DR said it. Winning charges everything. In my years traveling around the country during the season in the pre-Brady years, I was amazed by how few “football fans” in the local taverns had heard of Mike Evans. Unless they were a fantasy nerd I got a lot of blank stares. Tampa isn’t exactly a small market but not being in contention year in and year out nobody cares outside of the limited televised area it seemed. Even the national media.

    As for Bowles not being a “colorful personality”, that grump in NE has to be worse but winning on the regular makes a difference. Our guys like ME, CG Wirfs, etc are all great talents and are class on and off the field. As a football fan, I find them exciting to watch because of their talent not because of the “look at me” nonsense. Leave that to Beckham and other hot dogs.

  20. stpetebucfan Says:

    Glass half fult that is a great point about Bill Belichek…one of the most boring coaches in the NFL.

    Lt. Dan…I’m with you but I don’t plan any out of town trips. How are you going to lay that bet? Not trying to get you busted..lol..I’m genuinely curious about “electronic” gaming possibilies and I’m on the Bucs all day long at 6.5.

  21. Crickett Baker Says:

    I found the Bucs extremely boring to watch last year. One game I even stopped watching before it was over (I think that was a first for me). I am excited (as usual) going into the season and I don’t see how it could possibly be worse than last.

  22. unbelievable Says:

    To be fair they were a pretty boring / frustrating team to watch last year outside of maybe the Dallas and Carolina games…

  23. unbelievable Says:

    lol crickett, exactly.

  24. 1#bucsfan Says:


  25. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Just win, baby.

  26. Saskbucs Says:

    As I said in a previous post. Bucs offense was unwatchable last year. anyone thinking it will be more boring this year without Tom didn’t watch last year. Yes we were privileged to have him and it makes it must watch every week… but must watch turned into cover your eyes almost every game.

  27. Voice of Truth Says:

    The issue is simply everyone with eyes saw how uninspired this team was as soon as BA left the sideline…

    Hmmmmm, wonder why everyone thinks we are going to suck out loud – it’s only 2 reasons

    1 – weakest qb room in the nfl currently
    2 – weakest HC in the nfl currently

    Name a HC with 4 straight losing seasons in the league outside of Todd….

    It’s a joke really – we are stuck with him thru cap correction season

  28. Mike in LOL Says:

    The reality is that nobody will believe in us until they see what we have at QB. While it’s possible to win with an average QB like brad Johnson, that’s the exception not the rule. I am a lifelong Bucs fan of more than 20 years but even I am doubtful about this year. I mean do we really think that baker mayfield is going to compete against the young guns in the NFL these days? I have m doubts but I’d be moooore then happy to eat crow!

  29. garro Says:

    I hope our guys are posting all this rubbish on the bulletin boards at One Buc!

    Go Bucs!

  30. Lt. Dan Says:


    Sorry for the delay. I am from Tampa but now reside in VA…it’s legal here.

  31. Joker's Paradigm Says:

    Here here, Joe. Every talking head outside of this area can suck it. Go Bucs!