“Clunker” II

November 8th, 2023

Three weeks ago, Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles had a finite assessment of the team’s performance when they were drubbed at home by the Lions.

Bowles called it a “clunker.”

Every team seems to have at least one per season. Hopefully, it doesn’t come at home.

Fast forward to Sunday’s game against the Texans and the Bucs endured a groin-kick, 39-37 loss in Houston.

Bowles was talking today about resiliency of individual players and the team collectively. The 24-hour rule remains in effect and professionals examine what they did in detail (no burning of the film) and then adjust and correct, he said.

Then Bowles set off an alarm bell in Joe’s head. “It was our clunker game and we had one,” the head coach said, referring to Sunday’s loss.

Well, that’s two clunkers in four weeks, Coach. And it’s a major red flag for a team with veteran coaches, players and high aspirations.

That was sort of the scary thing to Joe. It was the veteran Bucs secondary stinking up the field. The 13 rookies can’t be blamed.

Joe sure hopes not to be typing “Clunker III” next week.

42 Responses to ““Clunker” II”

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    I’d say “4 clunkers in a row.”

  2. Bucsmarley Says:

    Our secondary will make will Levi’s look like stroud. Todd will play zone😂
    And Levi’s thinks we should have drafted him and will have a chip on his shoulder

  3. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    Stop hating on Urkel

  4. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Any Jamel Dean updates? This defense badly needs Dean back…can’t afford to trout Zyon McCollum out there again who looked clueless on Sunday….

    As far as Davis goes, Id expect somewhat of a bounce back game cause he’s typically better against taller/slower WRs like Deandre Hopkins….but if Davis struggles again Licht is going to have some explaining to do.

  5. Voice of Truth Says:

    We don’t play well at home under Todd, we don’t stop the run very well anymore, but we upstage that by not having any pass defense either.

    His words are just noise…annoying noise like nails across a chalk board

    I expect to lose, not by much in score but by a lot on the field

    The Todd Bowles experience

  6. Duane in Sanford Says:

    Its worth keeping Captain Clunker around for the rest of the season just to hear the nonsense he has to say next. We get to see that there is talent on the team, and that we just need to find a coach that can minimize the Clunkers.

  7. Dlavid Says:

    I know that the Glazer‘s do not change coaches in the middle of the season traditionally. However, what is the use and continuing this façade? Get an interim coach to see what kind of affect a different individual might have, and start evaluating players for next year! This season is gone.

  8. ModHairKen Says:

    Dean. Davis. White. Tryon. Neal. All disappointments. All less than mediocre. All losers.

  9. NE Fan Says:

    Which DB does the Bucs have on the roster that can cover Hopkins? It is going to be interesting to see how Bowles rebounds having to deal with Henry on the ground while witnessing a DB melt down last Sunday. My gut says it ain’t going to be pretty. Can’t wait to see White try to high tackle Henry and get a piggy back ride all the way to the end zone.

  10. adam from ny Says:

    can you imagine if our bucs lose this weekend to drop 5 in a row and are heading out to san fran next, on a west coast trip…

    it could be the longest week of coaches life…

    this roast-athon is off the chain!

  11. adam from ny Says:

    maybe coach is keeping clunker #3 in his back pocket like a challenge flag 🙂

  12. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    We are witnessing “head coaching malpractice”

    Given enough time, he is ruining his own defense. He ruined the offense early last year, by re-inventing the wheel.

  13. SlyPirate Says:

    What happens if the Bucs lose to TENN?

    Home Record: 1 – 4 (I wish I could bold this)
    Losing Streak: 5
    Record: 3-6
    Next: @49ers

    If the Bucs lose this week, it will be time to play for the draft. After the 49ers game, they should start Trask and all the rookies for the last 7 games. See what they have and get the youngsters some experience.

  14. orlbucfan Says:

    Hey NE Fan, Bucs beat the Titans and refs Sunday, will you stay off this blog for a week? I know your team stinks but so what?! Go bug the Miami Dolphin fan blogs.

  15. Jeff Says:

    Maybe he was too high during the game? Dude looks like a stoner.

  16. Jeff Says:

    Get ready for another Rookie domination! Bowles can’t stop rookie QB. He’s far too clueless. Clueless Todd!

  17. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Definition of Bucs halftime adjustment: Todd Bowles relocates where he stands on the sideline.

  18. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Which DB does the Bucs have on the roster that can cover Hopkins?”

    At least the Bucs have DBs that can make the team hotel curfew on time….can’t say the same for the Pats and a washed Bill Belichick.

  19. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    The Titans are a bad team.
    The Bucs: Hold my beer.

  20. Hodad Says:

    The sad part is two of the clunkers came with extra time to prepare. Although the Glazers will wait till season’s end, another loss to a rookie QB, at home after being humiliated the week before by a rookie QB, would have to be the final nail in Bowles coffin. We’ll see who has coaches back Sunday with their play. Good luck coach, your jobs on the line.

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    The next clunk will be Derrick Henry (a local boy, BTW) clunking big chunk yards for the Titans.

  22. BucsFanSince1996 Says:

    ModHairKen Says:
    November 8th, 2023 at 2:18 pm
    Dean. Davis. White. Tryon. Neal. All disappointments. All less than mediocre. All losers.
    All losers?

    Dean, Davis, & White were part of a defense that held Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to zero touchdowns in the Super Bowl.

    Our defense had one absolutely horrific game last Sunday but up until then our scoring defense was tied for #6 in the NFL. That’s quite a bit better than “mediocre”.

  23. Cobraboy Says:

    @BFS1996: The problem is that the defense is regressing.

    It has been figured out. And yet, I am not aware of any adjustments.

    This game is the “must-winniest” of must-win games in years.

    And I have very little faith in these coaches ability to win it.

  24. NE Fan Says:

    Orlbucs, I agree to your terms but if the Titans win you stop whining about the refs for 3 games, I know you can’t go the entire rest of the season.

    TTbucs@ What is the difference whether the Bucs DB’s are on the field or not, either way they’re invisible. Please do not compare Bucs DB’s to NE, that would only confirm your football ignorance.

    Bucsfan@ Sorry dude but it was the Bucs.front 7 that dominated KC’s skeleton oline, not the DB’s. LVD was in Kelce’s shirt all game.

  25. confido75 Says:

    Take Bowles out of the equation and this team instantly gets better. We were winning games until he took over. Want to fix a problem look at what changed from when you were successful. Biggest change was Bowles becoming HC. As soon as Arians retired we started losing. My guess is Arians kept Todd in check and was the voice of reason. He also didn’t put up with player and coach BS.

  26. unbelievable Says:

    Uh, that’s 4 clunkers in 4 weeks Joe…

    unless you think the Bucs have actually played well at all since the bye? Because I sure haven’t see that. I’ve seen a soft and sloppy team that shows no heart nor desire to win, or even be physical.

  27. gotbbucs Says:

    Wonder if Bowles did much pre-draft study on Will Levis? Hopefully he studied him harder than he did Stroud.

  28. BucsFanSince1996 Says:

    Cobraboy Says:
    November 8th, 2023 at 4:39 pm
    @BFS1996: The problem is that the defense is regressing.

    It has been figured out. And yet, I am not aware of any adjustments.

    This game is the “must-winniest” of must-win games in years.

    And I have very little faith in these coaches ability to win it.
    Up until last week it the Buc’s were losing mostly due to an impotent offense while the defense was keep most of the games close.

    I think we need to see another game at least to say the defense is regressing.

    Like you, I also am lacking faith at this point. If I am the HC I would start packing my bags if my defense plays another game like last Sunday

    NE Fan Says:
    Bucsfan@ Sorry dude but it was the Bucs.front 7 that dominated KC’s skeleton oline, not the DB’s. LVD was in Kelce’s shirt all game.
    No doubt that the front 7 was dominant but Mahomes would have exploited weaknesses in the secondary if we had any. (Plus, the secondary did chip in with 18 solo tackles)

  29. It's Corn Says:

    that’s the kind of complacency that makes you a losing head coach.

  30. Wild Bill Says:

    BOWELS after game comments are frustrating to listen to. Put him back to Defense only. And the boy genius offensive coordinator is a massive flop. There is enough talent on mm the team to be a 500+ record. The problem starts with coaching and game plan.

  31. Kidfloflo Says:

    Joes, with Bowels a dead man walking, what coaches, college or NFL would u like to see Bucs get? Just to give me something else to think about before Sundays loss

  32. NE Fan Says:

    BucsFan@ didn’t say they couldn’t tackle, coverage is the challenge. Mahomes threw 3 TD’s that his receivers dropped, one hit Hill directly on the face mask. Not sure how you can defend this secondary, I’ve followed the Bucs for 3.5 seasons and giving up 3rd downs is commonplace.

  33. BucsFanSince1996 Says:

    Kidfloflo Says:
    November 8th, 2023 at 6:31 pm
    Joes, with Bowels a dead man walking, what coaches, college or NFL would u like to see Bucs get?

    Tony Dungy would be on my short list of coaches I’d like the Bucs to get.
    The Bucs were a laughing stock in the NFL until he took over. If he could turn around that team he came into he could turn around the present Bucs team.

  34. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Dlavid is absolutely correct. The Giazers need to realize the season is toast. Bowles and staff are clueless and the team plays lifeless and quite stupid under his leadership, or lack thereof. Bench JTS, Davis, Dean,Neal, white and play Trask just to see what he has. Ever since Bowles took over the team lacks energy, smarts and execution. Time for a total reset.

  35. Since76 Says:

    I count six offensive clunkers and two defensive clunkers. Three games we won was because the defense played very well. One game offense and defense clunked together. If your counting clunks.

  36. Chris Stewart Says:

    Bowels is a Clunker of a coach

  37. garro Says:

    I would say that the defense had hlaf a clunker Sunday Joe.

    Fine in the first half. Awful in the second. 325 yards passing in the second half to a rookie QB! Clunk!

    Go Bucs!

  38. Long time ago Says:

    Believe it or not football teams reflect the basic presence of their coaches, particularly their head coach. Look at the Statue and physical presence of Todd Bulls. Look at his content of conversation. He may be a defensive genius, but because of his frustration and disbelief in his own capabilities, it is pouring over into his team. If he could ever generate confidence and fire within himself, football believe within himself, you would see it reflected in his team. There are some really really great players on this buccaneer team. They have yet to be reached, inspired or even programmed or triggered to come out ready to annihilate an opponent. They have been in every game that they have played. I’m afraid I must agree as of right now coaching at every level is the problem.

  39. BakerBucs Says:

    can I say that this defense did some extraordinary things this year izien plucking the viking ball at the goal line that was a TD,Atlanta knock the ball out at the 1 yd line when was a sure TD several times that game this happened since game 1 this is not the 1st time I have said this game is rigged the Texan game was like here just. toss me the ball & no defenders it made no sense to me except rigged. what’s u r opinions on that seems blatant to me.

  40. BakerBucs Says:

    & oh what about the refs this year another case of rigged.how bout the end zone mugging no calls just an example it’s been like that thru out the league this year & always seems like the ref squad with women refs just saying?6

  41. BakerBucs Says:

    Equality even in football

  42. Monty Says:

    Todd just isn’t cutout for head coach ,lacks leadership skills for that position.being dormant on the sidelines sends a negative vibe to entire sideline.46 sec.left in game and Todd calls for more prevent defense,db’s play prevent all game15 yds off line of scrimmage. Safety is at the back of end zone every game,linebackers can’t read pass play or drop back seeing tightends or rb’s come out of backfield.d-line has no fire off ball being snap.the line backers have no killer instincts, the whole defense needs revamp.offense constantly sputters ,offensive play caller constantly calling behind line or 1 yard sidelin pass plays(run instead or pass down field.special teams run the ball east west,instead of north south. And the broken record keeps spinning.clunker is putting it mildly.at least the qb helped getting last t.d for us.qb needs to run instead of playing hot potato.he looks scared on the field. We need tom brady as head coach.