Bucs Players Pulled Team From The Abyss

November 13th, 2023

Saved guys from jumping overboard?

Maybe Joe’s favorite one-liner from internationally famous JoeBucsFan.com columnist, the Sage of Tampa Bay sports, Ira Kaufman, came while Ira was recording an edition of the “Ira Kaufman Podcast” with Joe from Joe’s room at the posh Aria Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

It was the day after Tom Brady unretired. Ira said that in the 30-day period that Brady had retired, Team Glazer was “peering into the abyss” of not having a quarterback.

Perhaps the Bucs themselves were peering into the abyss of a lost season last week and maybe a coaching change come January.

Joe brings this up because of the curious comment from Todd Bowles in his postgame remarks yesterday — about what some of the players did that enabled the team to regroup.

Bowles admitted several Bucs players were “down” after the embarrassing loss to Houston.

“Keeping everybody together,” Bowles said. “The positivity, the focus, the understanding, the communication, talking to guys when they’re down and picking them up, and everybody being in the same boat.

“They do a real good job with that.”

From the way Bowles spoke, it almost sounded to Joe as if the team was on the verge of cracking apart at the seams. When that happens, it’s awfully hard to prevent a full collapse.

And the Houston game was about as close to a team collapse as Joe has seen of the Bucs since the Dirk Koetter regime.

Hey, one win to snap a four-game losing streak is fantastic, no matter who you beat. What this team is truly made of will seen Sunday in California? Can they pull off an upset against the 49ers?

That’s going to take a whole lot more than simple cheerful talk and bro’ hugs.

27 Responses to “Bucs Players Pulled Team From The Abyss”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    🤣……..his comments are comical

    Beating a rookie from crappy team isn’t doing something

    …..if they beat the 49ers this week…..ONLY then will we think there’s some kinda turnaround

    Otherwise……this is nothing more than lip service

  2. BucU Says:

    Yeah. We’ll all hold our breath for that one.

  3. orlbucfan Says:

    What abyss? You can bet the Bucs were depressed. They were robbed in the Buffalo game, and there were a ton of missed calls with Houston. But, this is the Tampa Bay Bucs, the clown princes of the NFL. They’re not darlings like the Dallas Cowboys or Kansas City Chiefs. I hope the team remembers to also prepare to outplay the refs as well as the 49ers in Santa Clara next weekend.

  4. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    The Bucs can beat the niners. They need one of those games where we actually get a call or two actually go our way which I haven’t seen since Brady retired; and a fumble recovery and heavens forebid another int. I’ve seen stranger things happen before in the nfl. Like our very first win!

  5. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Perhaps the Bucs can petition the nfl to give them the absolute worst officiating crew at frisco, because with the calls we’ve been getting lately can it really get any worse? My thinking here is we get the worst crew, perhaps in a twisted way 2 negatives will manifest into a positive😂
    Always looking for the bright side you know…

  6. D Cone Says:

    Might want to work on Max Protect because there are two members of the Buckeye Alumni that might want to plant the QB on the SF Logo at midfield.

    Last time Mayfield faced a Bosa led 49er defense he was 8 of 22 for 100 yards. Intercepted twice and Fumbled twice. Bosa sacked him two of the 4 times and hit him 5 of the 8 times.

    Add Chase Young to the mix and it’s going to be a rough day at the office.

    Good Luck you ya little man.

  7. Bojim Says:

    I’m not that confident but the Bucs are still my team!!!

  8. LVMYBUCS Says:

    Talk to me after the 49ers game

  9. Rick Says:

    Need a solid showing in SF. Who knows what the Texans are but I def feel better after they beat a Bengals team who I believe is solid.

  10. realistic-optimistic Says:

    The Houston game was pretty embarrassing (defensively). However, I still think the 9-0 loss to the saints in 2021 was worse. The saints were down three starting OL (Peat, Armstead, and Ramczyk), Lutz was out, Taysom Hill had a broken finger on his throwing hand, and Sean Payton missed the game with covid. All of that and a Bucs team lead by Tom Brady and Bruce Arians got shutout in a nationally televised Sunday Night game. Now that’s embarrassing. Sheesh

  11. Boss Says:

    lets be honest. this team is HORRIBLE. A nap is a better use of time. Yesterday I dozed off late in the 1st as the game was a joke. I awaken and in the background I hear “mike evans drops a td”

    I smirked as I awoke from my slumber.

    and no, I did not finish the game. burn it down.

  12. Beeej Says:

    We knew before the season began the Bucs couldn’t beat tier 1 teams like the Eagles, Bills or Niners. Nothing has really changed in that regard, so don’t be surprised

  13. Seattle Buc Says:

    Sorry, but 20 points at home against a team that is 0-5 in away games is not impressive.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    Eagles, Lions & Bills were flat-out better, more physical teams than us; we weren’t gonna win those games. But IF the Bucs … offense & defense … had played the Falcons & Texans like we played the Titans yesterday, we’d be 6-3 right now & everyone would be crowing. But we didn’t; we played like dogmeat & the result was 2 losses that were avoidable. THAT’S primarily on coaching IMO, although the players aren’t blameless by any means.

    Todd Bowles claims we need to play ‘mistake-free football’. In our 4 wins we weren’t perfect, but we only allowed those teams to score 49 TOTAL points (12.3 PPG average). Not too shabby. Neither was creating 9 takeaways in those games vs only 2 giveaways (nice PLUS 7 Turnover Differential for the offense to work with). Our offense scored a whopping 93 points (23.3 PPG average) and we controlled the TOP in all 4 games, largely by running 129 times versus passing the ball 130 times.

    None of our 4 wins were ‘mistake-free football’ but we played ‘good enough’ to beat the Vikings (6-4), Bears (3-7), Saints (5-5) & Titans (3-6). Our defense played significantly better than average in each of those wins (Top-10 quality), while our offense was close to average.

    But in our 5 losses, we played anything but ‘mistake-free football’. Our offense only scored 85 points in those 5 losses (17 PPG), and most of those (37 pts) in our loss to Houston. Meanwhile our defense allowed 124 points in those losses (24.8 PPG). Those aren’t winning numbers, especially when your opponents play much more physical football than you do.

    I still believe that the Bucs COULD end up 9-8 on the season (MAYBE even 10-7) and potentially make the playoffs by winning woeful the NFC South. HOPEFULLY yesterday’s game was a turning point, not just for players but even more-so for this coaching staff.

  15. Cobraboy Says:

    Save “pullled from the abyss” vs. the 9ers.

    Sunday may be a beatdown of epic proportions.

    Fact is yesterday the D played a rookie QB with a decimated OL. That will not be the case in SF.

  16. Deadwood South Dakota Says:

    Come on man as one former buc said..

  17. SlyPirate Says:

    Tennessee isn’t a huge victory. Beat a good team. Then talk.

  18. Duane in Sanford Says:

    Bowles is still clueless if he thinks its clear sailing. Black Monday still came to Tampa last week. I dont believe that Team Glazer gave him the all is good sign.
    No way, shape, or form that last week’s game slowed down their coaching search one bit. The better question to ask is Does Bowles keep his job if he wins every remaining game on the schedule? I think the team is playing for the team, and it may even be in spite of the pathetic coaching stylings of Todd Bowles.

  19. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Exhibit A #25 that Bowles is too far over his skis as a head coach. The win yesterday was good…but is delaying it he inevitable. It’s really hard to see which team will back into the NFC South Crown like The Bucs did last season. Only to watch a crushing first round playoff loss.

  20. Beeej Says:

    Such an upbeat crew here

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    orlbucfan Says
    “They were robbed in the Buffalo game…”

    I don’t think they were. Yes, there were bad calls, but they were on both sides of the ball.

    The Bucs lost the game fair and square.

  22. LA Si Says:

    I would love for it to be different but let’s face it. The bucks are not going anywhere this year. They might accidentally bump into the first round of the playoff but that is it. They need a better coaching staff for sure. Then things might turn around if the coaching staff will concentrate on drafting an offensive line that can block for the run.

  23. Allbuccedup Says:

    If the bucs win 7 or 8 games Bowles will be back to finish the job.

  24. TBfan Says:

    Let’s be negative about everything…when we do well chop it to pieces…when they lose chop them to pieces…it’s fn sports boys…some dudes are nothing more than an extension of their bitching wives…I hear the sky is falling too..just a heads up

  25. orlbucfan Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    November 13th, 2023 at 1:08 pm
    orlbucfan Says
    “They were robbed in the Buffalo game…”

    I don’t think they were. Yes, there were bad calls, but they were on both sides of the ball.

    The Bucs lost the game fair and square.
    Really? What dimension are you dialing in from? Were you a Bucs fan from the 1980s? Prove it!

  26. Stan says Says:

    Getting Bucs, great win is San-fran guys. Positive vibes in Tampa Guys. We real fans will be in your corner always. GO BUCS

  27. garro Says:

    Dirk Koetter was not that bad Joe. He had a nut job turnover machine QB a DC who was just as big a nut job, A drug addicted RB1, and a kicker bully tree humper DT.

    Can you say dysfunctional?

    Go Bucs!