“I’m Upset At My Performance”

September 12th, 2023

Retired Bucs Pro Bowl guard Ali Marpet weighs in on Rachaad White.

Bucs running back Rachaad White talks a lot. And that’s a beautiful thing in a professional athlete.

White impresses Joe by how real he keeps things for a guy who seeks the spotlight so often.

Last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network, White opened up about his disappointment in his opening-day peformance on Sunday.

Yes, White’s a team-first guy, but like all players who care, he scrutinizes himself.

“I’m glad we got the Dub, but I’m upset at my performance,” White said.

The Bucs’ RB1 suggested he was overeager and it negatively affected him.

“I whiffed two blocks in the game,” White said, noting he was trying to take dudes heads off.

How much does White care about his peformance? He asked veteran running back Patrick Laird to grade his film following the win against the Vikings.

“Patrick gave me a B-. “I said, man, I think that’s just ’cause you like me,” White said.

New Buccaneers Radio Network co-host Ali Marpet (yes, that Ali Marpet) thought White asking a  teammate to grade his film after a rough game is “wild.” Marpet was blown away.

“Like who does that, dude?” Marpet said to White. … I think that’s going to take you a long way. That’s unbelievable.”

Marpet praised White for his “self-awareness” and “curiosity,” two traits Marpet said truly great players have.

Joe just wants to see White be a little less patient with his running style and a little mor sudden and the rock hits his belly. That should raise White’s yards-per-carry, Joe believes, and keep White employed. At some point, three yards a carry will get you replaced.

74 Responses to ““I’m Upset At My Performance””

  1. Boss Says:

    I don’t see him asking for a grade as a good thing. I did that early in my career….looking back I think I just lacked confidence and was looking for validation that I was doing things right………when I just needed to work harder, do it my way and F evryone else. At least thats what worked for me after a few years. White has the tools. Hope he gets his head right and saves the wiggling until he is in the open. Only dude that ever ran around the backfield successfully was barry sanders

  2. pewter941 Says:

    -38 rushing yards over expectation per next gen stats

  3. MadMax Says:

    Just bust through the hole….no time to be dancing waiting on something.

  4. Winny Testaverde Says:

    White seems more like a complimentary piece. Very few “workhorses” @ rb in the NFL these days. Makes a fella miss the Alstott/Dunn Days/Daze.

  5. Irishmist Says:

    NFL defensive players are too fast, if you hesitate as a runner, you’re done. Make a decision, make 1 cut and hit the hole. (If there is one)

  6. Eckwood Says:

    D- or f plus

  7. zzbucs Says:

    self-criticism is always a positive sign……Kudos to him!!!

  8. Tbbucs3 Says:

    White’s frame looks more like a wide receivers than a running backs….theres a reason all the good running backs in the NFL have a stocky build to them (Barley, Mcaffrey, Henry, Chubb) because it makes them hard to tackle and able to take hits throughout a season.

    Rachaad White is simply not built to be a workhorse RB (maybe an RB2) and he didnt show anything last year to prove that he ready.

    Licht is god awful with running backs and once again botched this situation. This is going to be Ronald Jones all over again…..

  9. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Self-awareness and curiosity don’t make you a good running back. I find it hard to believe that the Bucs new RB coach, Skip Peete? from Dallas is not coaching him up.

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

    White seems like more of a 3rd-down RB, not a workhorse RB.

    Make Sean Tucker RB1 and our workhorse back, and have White come in on 3rd down once in awhile.

    And he can dance on the sidelines instead of behind the line of scrimmage.

  11. Will Says:

    Hey Joe will you let White know that it’s perfectly within the rules of the game for him to break a tackle and fight for extra yards. This kid gets knocked down by a slight breeze. I’m hoping he gets better and glad to see that he’s talking with a veteran to help elevate his game. His effort on that critical 3rd and 1 was downright pitiful. Thank goodness we got the yard with the QB sneak.

  12. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    44 will be the lead back coming out of the bye week.

  13. Fire Bowles Says:

    Man, if the BUCS still has Lenny, there’s no telling how deep of a playoff run they’d make.

    Whites time as RB 1 is limited. He just hasn’t shown it on the field. Running backs need to come in and make an immediate impact if they are in the game. It can be different for other positions where you need some time to learn the game and get the schemes down. But RB, find the damn hole and explode. This is Whites second season…not encouraging.

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

    On another note,

    WTH would they have R White doing the radio show this week in the first place?

    It’s supposed to be a player or coach who has a significant impact/role in the previous game….

    In which, White had neither.

    There were so many good candidates that should’ve been on the Bucs official radio show Monday instead of R White.

    Stupid decision by the Bucs to have White do it and now we will guaranteed win less games this year bcuz of this.

    Advantage gone. We’ll have to play it even steven the rest of the way now…

  15. Marine Buc Says:

    No worries. If White doesn’t get it in gear ASAP he will be the RB3 soon and Sean Tucker will be our RB1 and Edmonds will become the RB2.

  16. Kgh4life Says:

    If White keeps dancing behind the line of scrimmage Tucker will take his job pretty soon. The NFL isn’t college. NFL players are faster and the holes close pretty quickly. Sean Tucker is more decisive and explosive.

  17. DS Says:

    No burst

  18. ElioT Says:

    Dude should have kept #29

    Not a fan of unproven guys wearing the #1 jersey.

    Really hopeful he turns in the RB we all need him to.

    Love the way Tucker runs and looking forward to see more of him as well.

    Go Bucs!

  19. Durango 95 Says:

    How you react to your mistakes Is what defines you. Having said that, I can’t help thinking that the leash just got a little tighter.

  20. unbelievable Says:

    “There were so many good candidates that should’ve been on the Bucs official radio show Monday instead of R White. Stupid decision by the Bucs to have White do it and now we will guaranteed win less games this year bcuz of this.”

    Lol what?

    Bucs are going to lose games because White talked on a radio show? Where do you guys come up with some of this nonsense?

  21. SlyPirate Says:

    R White sucked. Glad he knows it.

    He also knows Tucker played better.

  22. Joshua porter Says:

    He damn sure isn’t getting 1500 yards this year if this is how he’s going to play…. don’t stop your feet and hit the hole you’re not Barry sanders you can’t stop and go your big so be physical.

  23. CChead Says:

    A lot of people talking about hitting the holes, plural. Did I not watch the same game ya’ll watched. Because it did not matter what back was in the game, there were not many holes to run thru. O line needs work. Hopefully the more they play together, it will result in increased rushing yards.

  24. Jeff Says:

    Just step aside and let the rookie take over! This dude doesn’t have it.

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Boy…no patience here, lol.

    The running game is directly tied to the offensive line. If they played poorly, the RBs would not produce.

    Give it time.

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    CChead nailed it.

  27. Hunter Says:

    Yeah. D- from me. Was a walking back, not a running back. Was upsetting

  28. Tucker Says:

    I did watch the game and white did miss some holes that were there. That stutter step is wasted movement can’t cut or accelerate when he needs to when he is doing that.

  29. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    BUST – huge bust

  30. Jeff Says:

    Dude is so slow and plodding. But also has no power. Light has to grab a factor back in the off-season. Enough is enough.

  31. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    And please break a couple tackles for once

  32. Professional Pirate Says:

    Bend it, Break It, Bounce it.

    Ya got 2-3 steps and that decision needs to be quick. I don’t think anyone blames white for some of the subpar interior Oline push, but we just want him to stop the backfield stutter step. If there is no hole and no opportunity outside/cutback, smash into the back of an Olineman and try to push forward as hard as you can.

  33. Allbuccedup Says:

    This guy is the only weak spot on the team is Lenny still available?

  34. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Bonzai, you have to actually watch the film instead of just lazily blaming the Oline.

    White dances the second he gets the ball and doesn’t even break arm tackles. Ronald Jones has the same “bad oline” excuses until ppl finally started to relize he just sucks.

  35. Bucsfanman Says:

    STOP DANCING and you will have more success.

  36. Woodenman Says:

    It’s one game sheesh. They played alot of 8 men in the box.

  37. Bucsnation Says:

    Calm down people, typical Bucs fan is ready to call someone a bust on its second year in the league. I’m not sure if you guys are watching the same game but that Oline is bad. You can put the best running back behind our Oline and I guarantee they will have the same problem. Why do you think we were passing more often than running the ball and doing roll-out play action that didn’t make sense at times when we couldn’t run the ball? Yes white may dance in the backfield but maybe because there are no holes to hit or he has to find one. We probably going to have the worst running game this season unless they fix it sooner or later. We haven’t had a solid running game for some years now, it’s nothing new. Relax yall.

  38. Defense Rules Says:

    White got 17 carries (for 39 rushing yards) plus went 2-for-2 receiving for 10 yards. Quite unimpressive for our primary back. Here’s what his rushing resulted in by qtr:

    o 1st qtr: 4 yds (LG), 4 yds (LG), 3 yds (LG), 6 yds (LG)
    o 2nd qtr: 1 yd (L end), 5 yds (RT), -1 yd (L end), 4 yds (Middle), 2 yds (RG)
    o 3rd qtr: 2 yds (LT), 2 yds (RG), 1 yd (RT)
    o 4th qtr: 3 yds (Middle), 0 yd (Middle), 5 yds (Middle), 1 yd (LG), 0 yds (RT)

    So on his 17 carries, White’s carries were: -1 yd (1 rush), 0 yds (2 rushes), 1 yd (3 rushes), 2 yds (3 rushes), 3 yds (2 rushes), 4 yds (3 rushes), 5 yds (2 rushes), 6 yds (1 rush). So on over half (9) of his rushes (17) White got 2 yards or less. Could almost live with that IF he had 1 or 2 explosive runs that added sufficient yardage to result in a 4.0 YPC average or greater. But he didn’t. And that’s pretty much the same thing I can remember about his rushing from last year.

    Question becomes ‘Is White an explosive runner or not?’ If the answer comes back NO, give Edmonds more carries (he’s got a CAREER 4.5 YPC average). And if he can’t git-er-done, try Tucker.

  39. fred Says:

    He was too patient I was like hit the whole Rachaad!

  40. mixxx31 Says:

    Rachaad looks like he was trying to imitate Le”Veon Bell. It didn’t look natural. I understand pressing the hole, but I would like to see a commitment and get to the second level where you do damage. Also more catches out of the backfield.

  41. DJB Says:

    What, he didn’t have KeShawn Vaughn evaluate him? White might be okay, but def not an RB1, kind of gangly and not very fluid.

  42. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    Licht couldn’t draft a RB if his life depended on it.

    Licht is way overrated on here.

  43. Buc4evr Says:

    Sneak is better than White. Lol.

  44. Infomeplease Says:

    My suggestion to RW… work hard and get better every game!! Look forward not back! That breath you feel on your neck is a rookie coming for your snaps!

  45. adam from ny Says:

    if this doesn’t work out, you slim him back down all the way to 205 pounds and he’s your 3rd down back for a year or so…

    he might be a little too giddy and smiley and enjoying the experience of being an nfl player, rather than thinking like a human bowling ball and trying to knock dudes back on their azz

  46. Bucsnation Says:

    Typical Bucs fan overrating on something that is obvious. The OLine is BAD, It doesn’t matter who’s back there, the best running will have the same problem running behind Buc’s Oline. Why do you think we were passing more often and rolling out play-action which didn’t make sense when we couldn’t run the ball? white and Tucker were both struggling to run the ball plain and simple.

  47. adam from ny Says:

    i was pretty upset when we passed on breece hall..he was there to grab and we scooted right past him…i watched him in college and was sold on him…

    you have to draft rbs with a some juke and who have a bowling ball body that bounces off people and knocks others down…

    nick chubb and breece hall have that…sean tucker looks like a smaller version of nick chubb…but he only weighs like 205 while chubb is pounding the rock at 230…

    can tucker bump his weight to 220 by next season ?

  48. First Name Greatest Says:

    Bucs poor run blocking and a guy who can’t break a tackle is not a good combination

  49. Duane in Sanford Says:

    I wish he would spend more time on his craft and less time on his brand in interviews. This guy was given a lot of responsibility, and I dont think he earned it. If he is over-aggressive on his blitz pickup, and underagressive on his field vision, I think we have a problem. Just one game, but im not a big fan of a 6’2″ dancing bear in the backfield.

  50. MelvinJunior Says:

    Exactly what I was saying yesterday, “Defense Rules!” If things don’t change QUICK (that stutter step and dancing, Etc.), then they need to promote the Rookie and give Edmonds some chances (before he gets hurt), cause dye has like a 5yd per carry average… It might be 4.5 but it sure seemed like 6.0 in Arizona. And, look… I really like the kid and I think he’s just a real good/top of the line dude, but it would drive me absolutely, CRAZY to read on here and listen to the guys on the radio talking him up every single day (all day long), like he’s going to be a first ballot HOF’er. Absolutely. Crazy. Cause, I just never saw it. It was unbelievable to me… Are/were these people all just the typical homer fanboys, drooling over EVERY Bucs Rookie, or WHAT!? Mind-boggling to me what they were seeing.

  51. MelvinJunior Says:

    Dances too much with that little ‘stutter-step’ and lacks the burst of a top level NFL Running Back. Every NFL running back can run the damn ball at this point… He’s Pedestrian. And, that’s fine, but it that’s exactly, what drove me CRAZY listening to the guys on the radio and reading these comments on here for the last two years!!!! He’s a GREAT Dude 💯, but people were already, punching his ticket to Canton around here. It’s soooo unfair to the player too, because of that… It just rubs people wrong (like me), & then the next thing you know, he’s in danger of becoming the next BLOWE and the team punching bag.

  52. Rod Munch Says:

    “Joe just wants to see White be a little less patient ”


    I could not disagree more. Running into the back of the offensive lineman doesn’t fix anything, they need to actually create some holes. The Vikings were playing up on the line most of the game, daring Mayfield to beat them – that takes away the running game.

    White needs to do what he does, say patient, and if Baker can play a full game as well as he played in the 2nd half, then that will open up the run game.

    Also on the offensive line you have, what, one guy, Hainsey, playing the same position he did last year? Give them a few games to start to gel and lets see where we are then.

  53. doolnutts Says:

    i didn’t love our run game but honestly speaking the Vikings were a very good defense last year and they added to it. I think we our entire group in time will improve.

  54. Defense Rules Says:

    Rod … ‘if Baker can play a full game as well as he played in the 2nd half, then that will open up the run game.’

    That 1st half was ugly, like coyote ugly. Typically if you’re that bad for half a game, you’ll lose. When the opposing team enters halftime with a 2-1 TOP advantage, the score will usually reflect that. Instead we went in tied 10-10 at halftime. The only thing that kept us in it were those turnovers in the 1st half & our stifling run defense.

    It’s critical that we be able to start faster & score early (and often). Makes it soooo much easier on the defense. I’m hoping that our offense just had the 1st game jitters in that 1st half and that our confidence is on the upswing. Bring on the Bears …

  55. Pete Says:

    Gross over reaction. It’s game one. The best backs can’t run through holes that aren’t there. Give the O line time to gel. We’ll get there…or we won’t. In the meantime, relax and enjoy the win.

  56. Pewter Power Says:

    Just one game young fella, everyone will know who you are by mid season.

  57. ChrisBuc23 Says:

    I though Tucker looked better honestly let’s see how this progresses

  58. ChrisBuc23 Says:


  59. Brandon Says:


    This is going to be Ronald Jones all over again

    Tell me you don’t know squat about RBs without telling me.

    Ronald Jones all over again. Not even sure I should engage with a person with so much buffoonery. Ronald Jones? That same Ronald Jones that was robbed of a 1000 yard season in our Super Bowl year on top of averaging 5.1 YPC. A yards per carry that is most in team history for a leading rusher for a season? Just mentioning Jones as a possible mistake lables any and all future posts as mired in stupidity for eternity. Ronald Jones was the best offensive weapon for the Bucs in 2020… you know, the last year we won the Super Bowl.

  60. MelvinJunior Says:

    Let’s Go Brandon… Saying that Ronald Jones was “The Bucs BEST Offensive Weapon” the Super Bowl Season OVER let’s see… Antonio Brown, GRONK, Mike Evans, Godwin, & even Lenny, is an even ANOTHER Level of “stupidity for eternity,” LoL. GTFO

  61. Citrus County Says:

    It’s all about accountability It appears this year we have it. That’s good coaching.

  62. Kidfloflo Says:

    Speaking of WD-40, can u imagine if this team had those two in their prime in the back field! With our D like back in the day we would be super bowl contenders every year!

  63. gotbbucs Says:

    There’s quite a few runs where he’s picking up more yards than I think he should be able to by worming through the pile, and then there’s other runs when the hole is so obvious and he just doesn’t put his foot in the ground and go. That 3rd down that Bowles had to challenge the spot comes to mind. The gap to run through was perfect and he’s stuttering around in the backfield when he should be blasting through and he gets needlessly tripped up.

  64. Larrd Says:

    It sounds like they may be training Laird to be a coach, or Laird is 🚂 ng himself. Maybe that’s why they keep him around.

  65. Rod Munch Says:

    Defense Rules – yeah, I agree completely. I liked the calls by Canales, but Baker was just awful. Then, second half begins, and it’s a completely different QB. History tells us that the first half QB is who Baker is, but hopefully he can it around. It’s not like the Bucs were asking him to do much, but in the 2nd half he did a good job of avoiding pressure and getting the ball out quick – and again, Canales called a really strong game (minus the dumb WR run before the 2 min warning in the 4th).

    If Baker can just come out and make those quick passes, it will absolutely open up the run game, and White will have some really big games. Also White is an excellent receiver, so they need to get him more involved in the passing game.

    It’s really just up to Baker, if he’s at least competent, the offense should be good enough to win some games if the defense can hold up.

  66. Rod Munch Says:

    You want to fix the running game. SIGN RONNIE BROWN.

    He was the only guy in the preseason that had any sort of pop, that got yards when there weren’t any yards there.

    How is he not even on the practice squad while some awful scrub like Liard is? What is this hatred that Bowles has for Brown? It must be personal.

  67. TampabayDJ Says:

    What a bunch of crybaby fake bandwagon fans ! It was 1 game , a game that all of you said we would lose ! Stop complaining about the dumbest things.

  68. G8tRH8r Says:

    He’s got a long way to go before we mistake his pass blocking for Leonard Fournette’s….

  69. Destinjohnny Says:

    Dude your line sucks, we see it . We know u can play

  70. David Says:

    Every time he got the ball he took one step and then had to come to a standstill because the hole wasn’t there. He then had to restart, not a good formula.
    It’s not him, it’s not Tucker, it’s the O line.

  71. Esteban85 Says:

    Barring injury, Tucker will be RB1 by the end of the season.

  72. Buc king Says:

    The oline played like trash
    Its was ugly due to them..
    Baker had pressure in his face all game..
    Lets hope the viking just have a good def front and ut wasn’t the oline being pure garbage

  73. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    I’m with DR. Edmonds then Tucker just seem to be a better choice from the outside looking in. Maybe the coaches are seeing something in practice that we aren’t (fumbles, etc from these other RBs?).

    I loved his “Angry Run” in Munich but aside from that, he didn’t really do anything to make me think Lenny’s job was in jeopardy. The cap was Lenny’s undoing, not White.

    Some knee-jerk reactions from fans last year after that Munich game would lead you to think we had our own version of Derrick Henry. White ain’t that by a long shot. We don’t need him to be Henry, but we definitely need a little more “dawg” in him and just “git it and hit it”.

    As for team-first kind of guy? The jury is out with me on that. Some Me-First things (as I see it):

    Craves the spotlight

    “I want to be the first Buc in a long time to get 1000 yds” That would be great but how about just moving the chains?

    Gets #1 sewn on his jersey like he deserves it before doing squat. Guys like Henry, Barkley, Chubb, etc who are proven “1s” and none changed their number.

    That said, he’s a likeable kid and if he’s truly trying to improve his game, that’s all anyone can ask. Talent will or will not win out. Maybe a little humble pie is in order. Let some.other RBs take more snaps away from him if he continues to struggle. (Yes, the o-line still needs work and time to gel but if another back CAN and White CAN’T produce, it’s not the line).

  74. Ed McSherry Says:

    Rachaad White”s draft -benefit was for Brady to have that play action threat Brady does so well.

    Brady didn’t “have that” with Lenny and needed “a James White.” Rachaad White was successful it that role throughout the the second half of last season; see tapes of the two game-winning, red zone touchdowns provided by Brady to White for example.

    Fast forward to this year’s off-season where Bowles declared that Rachad White will be the savior of the Buccaneers’ running-game in 2023; and, by the way, Lenny’s gone.

    Hold on, Skippy.

    What running-game?

    You need the infrastructure for one, before you can HAVE one.

    The reason there was no running-game last year, is because there was no o-line, and there still won’t be one in 2023 because you haven’t done anything about the problem; except pretend you have, and then “set-up” Rachaad White for failure so you can hide behind it.

    Either improve the “no-hole o-line,” or change the plays.

    Put Rachaad in the slot-receiver position if not play action from Baker.