“Caught Us Kind Of Lacking”

September 25th, 2023

Joe already knows that if fans watch the game film of tonight’s Bucs-Eagles mess, they’ll find at least a few quality loafs by Tampa Bay players.

That’s a bad look at home — in September … on Monday Night Football.

Joe sadly looks forward to calling out those loafs later in the week.

Joe doesn’t get it. The Bucs had an extra day of rest and back-to-back home games to prepare for the Eagles. At the very least they could have looked hungrier than the defending NFC champs. It’s one thing to lose, it’s another thing to get outmuscled and out-hustled.

“They caught us kind of lacking,” Bucs cornerback Zyon McCollum told the Buccaneers Radio Network.

McCollum then went on to say “no fight.” It was unclear if he was referring to his teammates having “no fight” or the game overall not being a fight. Either way, it sucks.

Joe is not in freakout mode because the Bucs are 2-1 and there are only three undefeated teams in the NFL, including the Eagles. Tampa Bay sits tied atop the NFC South, which is a great place to be.

Still, it’s always troubling when the Bucs don’t play with their hair on fire. Effort doesn’t require talent. Just look at Dee Delaney’s sick interception tonight of Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. That was 100 percent hustle and fire.

The Bucs could have used a lot more of that.

37 Responses to ““Caught Us Kind Of Lacking””

  1. SteelStudBuc Says:

    The looks on their faces… like their dog just died…
    Every time they honor a player or coach they lose… saw this coming.

  2. StretchOMatic Says:

    McCollum might not want to be the one talking about “no fight”…I saw that dude lift up off of the gas pedal a few times tonight!

  3. CAbucsfan Says:

    #45 didn’t have any intensity or fire to his game tonight other than the int
    You would think you would shoe up like a mad man on National TV Monday Night Football in a contract test to show all the Gm’s why you want a big day but dude didn’t seem to give two sheets tonight.

  4. Colonel Angus Says:

    Sometimes a loss is good, if they learn from it. Time to forget this one and focus on beating the filthy Saints. Win that one and all is right.

  5. Mike S Says:

    Baker was 10-19 with 87 yards with 1 INT through 3 quarters and then the game was essentially over.

    White dances in the hole – he’s timid trying to wait on a crease.

    I don’t know what happened on the D-line – they got blown off the ball pretty consistently and I have no idea why LBs were drifting back into coverage on run plays. Its like they didn’t watch any tape on Philly’s RPO.

    The O-line stood up decently until the 3rd quarter in pass pro then the wheels came off. Apparently nobody knows how to coach up a run game. If the Bucs get a top 10 pick next year they need to draft a blue chip lineman. They have a problem at center especially.

    Now we have the highest paid CB tandem not playing.

    Tonight was a bad loss.

  6. Jaybuc Says:

    It’s funny McCollum is saying this out of all the players. Dude is the reincarnation of burnt toast

    It’s really alarming how the Bucs had no urgency or juice for that matter considering this game would’ve extended our nfc south lead or BETTER YET gave the Super Bowl front runners a run for their money!

    Seriously, “no fight”?? These guys make millions of dollars and that doesn’t motivate them… smh

  7. Kansas95Bucs Says:

    I think we should run a no huddle a little more often. I don’t think we’re a run 1st team and we need to have quick slant routes. We’re 2-1, season ain’t over yall

  8. DirtyBucs Says:

    It’s as simple as they got pushed around by bullies. The eagles have one of the best combinations of offensive line and defensive line and the trenches in the entire NFL. Tampa has a terrible offensive line. I don’t care what anybody says, it’s terrible. Go have white run behind that eagles line, and see the difference.

    They got beat. That’s all there is to it.

  9. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Bucs were pushed around all night long. The score should have been much more lopsided. Bucs Oline, Dline and RBs were hit garbage and Canales went full blown Leftwich with the play cal at their one yard line resulting in a safety.

  10. DBS Says:

    It was typical Buccaneers History. They have always sucked on night games no matter what night it is. That is why I always hate to see the schedule with night games.

  11. ElioT Says:

    When you want the two highest paid lowest producing CBs in the NFL…

    Look no further than Davis & Dean, LLC.

  12. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Devin White and LVD were not the issue tonight.

    The issues were
    – Entire Dline. (Greg Gaines/JTS and Vita)
    – Jamel Dean
    – Jason Lichts lack of DB depth.

  13. Bigbucfan90 Says:

    Man at the end of the day it’s the eagles, there is a reason why they were representing the NFC last year. Though we wanted Tampa to win tonight it was an uphill battle beginning with injuries. Davis being out killed us, white playing hurt I mean the list goes on but the good news out of all of this is that we are 2-1 and we play the saints without carr then a bye week, we better get our crap together and start acting like we belong in the top tier conversations

  14. Ricki Says:

    I would say bench Dean and Davis.
    Oh wait White too.

  15. Bucschamp Says:

    Bucs not on eagles level yet. That’s it. Be happy they didn’t drop 70 on us

  16. DBS Says:

    Only thing I believe is stop this we are a run first team nonsense. It will not work now or ever with what we have.

  17. Just Saying Says:

    Bowels pregame saying “it’s not the end of the world if we lose this game “ isn’t really firing up the team or instilling a belief in their ability to succeed.

  18. NE Fan Says:

    Can you all stop whining? Dallas got beat up by AZ, Indy beat Baltimore and Houston biache slapped Jacksonville. At least it wasn’t a game Bucs were supposed to win. Team unity, toughness and motivation comes from coaching and Bowles just doesn’t have it. Shat on the Belichick all you want and yes he’s stumbled since Brady left but at least win or lose at least when you play them he gives you a game. I don’t believe it Canalas holding the O back, just like last season it appears to be Bowles. Are we supposed to believe he is going to give compete offensive control to a rookie OC?

  19. I’m tired and 87 is right Says:

    Where was M Davis backing up his statement prior to the season? Just saying. Get with it boys!

  20. I’m tired and 87 is right Says:

    C Davis.

  21. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist and Founder of UniqueModernArt.com Says:

    Sign Rojo off the street.

    R White sucks as Rb1.

    Time to give Tucker more touches and see if he can do any better.

    Canales needs to learn from this and call plays better. Atrocious night for him as a playcaller.

    Might need to start throwing it 40 times/game to have a chance at scoring enough points to win.

  22. adam from ny Says:

    outclassed, and many people didn’t play well…

    the touchdown was almost allotted at prevent defense time…almost…

    and you just knew they were gonna swallow up white on that safety…

    OC should have also called a better play…and a better game…

    when a team is getting overwhelmed, it’s hard to stay creative, loosie goosie, or swagalicious…

    they got outclassed by one of the top 3-5 football teams in the league…

    hopefully we can prove to be in that next tier of teams below that group of great football teams…

    next game will be telling…

    a bounce back win into the bye week would be huge and goes a long way

  23. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Definitely outmuscled. Cap kept them from bringing in better quality beef. And JTS doesn’t have the muscle to be up front, he was projected as more LB material out of college in scouting reports

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    Nobody feels sorry for us. We ran into a far superior O and D line tonight. And if we do not get our Defense healthy? We will lose to the Saints..even with jay-miss.
    2-0 can turn into 2-2 very quickly. Rest and heal up Bucs. Saints will be ready for us.

  25. 1#bucsfan Says:

    It was the whole team. From ST, defense being Swiss cheese and offense looked a lot like last years offense punchless. This loss is on the whole team except the punter. Dude bombed punts about the only thing we did well.

  26. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    next week is a must win

  27. Proudbucsfan Says:

    This team was built for in the air passing football not a run first team that’s why we didn’t succeed last year and that’s why we won’t this year. Jason licht’s scouts don’t know run game, hasn’t since his first year hear

  28. unbelievable Says:

    I don’t know why anyone is surprised that their lines dominated ours. They are better, it’s as simple as that.

    The plays that frustrated me were:

    – Philly kick returns (all of them)

    – Izien spinning backwards away from Hurts when he had Hurts in his reach

    – all the cornerbacks playing way too far off on short yardage situations

    – Baker missing Godwin and Evans on consecutive touchdown passes

    – too many wasted run calls up the middle when Philly was living in our backfield. ESPECIALLY on our own 2 yard line when the safety was OBVIOUS.

    And the Baker INT of course. Threw it way too late (same as the 2 touchdown misses), and he had Evans open in front of him on a shallower route

  29. Oneilbuc Says:

    Devin White is hurt he shouldn’t have been out there if he was injured!!

  30. Bosch Says:

    Let’s put this into perspective. The Bucs
    Played a far superior opponent. They were soundly beat in the trenches. The yardage stat tells the story. Opponent nearly 500 yatrds, Bucs less than 200. Serious domiation. But they lost by two scores. Now somebody tell me How is this NOT fighting your ass off against a superior opponent. The Bucs are paying the price for their Super Bowl which most people posting on this site say is worth it. So wtf do you expect against an elite team. Plus, this roster has NO margin for injuries. Yet the injuries are mounting. AND their sorry ass 8-9 division record earned the privilege of playing a first schedule. But you know what the real problem is here? Evan thought that are a bottom ten team, they may still win the NFC south. In an odd kind of way,this is good time to e a Bucs fan.

  31. I’m tired and 87 is right Says:

    Bosch but didn’t the Eagles just win a Superbowl fairly recently? Time to play for the draft or be mediocre for the next decade. The choice is yours…. Go Bucs!

  32. Craig Says:

    I will blame the entire organization.

    The coaches didn’t have the players ready for the game.

    No player stood up to be counted until it was over.

    I will not necessarily blame Baker. He wasn’t great but he was never going to be, he would have been better if the receivers caught the ball and ran the routes in the plan.

    The big question is if the coaches have it in them to make it better. It is not like they are unfamiliar with Monday Night games, they stunk up several last season.

  33. Pewter Power Says:

    As long as this list doesn’t start a Raheem morris like losing spiral into the abyss.

  34. BucU Says:

    This was a complete failure by every coach and 95% of the players. Embarrassing to say the least. Bowles is back to being the stooge that he really is

  35. Ed Says:

    The Eagles are a a very physical team that has offensive and defensive line’s that the Bucs can’t match up with. They don’t win their one on one matchups in last night’s game. Eagles don’t need to blitz to get pressure, Bucs have to. Buc’s blitzes were telegraphed, multiple times Izien came up to the line, Hurts saw he was blitzing and audibled. Hurts is mobile, big and fast. Its ok to blitz him but get him up the middle, don’t try to send the blitz from the edge, if he sees where it’s coming from he escapes.

    One other thing, until the Bucs offensive linemen get bigger and stronger, this running game is nothing and no matter how many times Bowles says they need to run the ball, they can’t run the ball. Rashad White is a backup RB clear as a bell. He doesn’t have the speed or power to run behind a weak line.

  36. Aaron Says:

    Caught y’all talking BS was down 17 with QB still in couldn’t get nothing going lol

  37. Eckwood Says:

    What is it with D White ,,,, the Guy Can Not get off a block ………. He got swallowed at least 8 times last night !! If the lineman gets to him it’s over fully engulfed until the whistle ………. I don’t think people realize how much this d is predicated on keeping o lineman off of D White because I’d a good highschool TE gets his hands on him he will stay engaged until the whistle ……… he is prob the worst I have ever seen on just being taken out of plays …… now he does run to the ball well but if he gets blocked he remains blocked .