“Let’s Not Put This Out Of Proportion”

November 30th, 2023

“I think I will take the hashbrowns smothered, covered and chunked.”

As one expects when the Bucs have lost six of its last seven games and are only clinging to playoffs hope because the NFC South division is horrid beyond words, most questions Bucs coach Todd Bowles fielded yesterday were about how to stop the losing.

And in roundabout way, some questions asked if Bucs players have their heads in Tulum already.

Bowles took all the questions in stride but one seemed to slightly get under his skin. Bowles was asked if the younger Bucs who weren’t on the 2020 Super Bowl team needed someone not currently on the roster (Tom Brady?) to walk around One Buc Palace and put a football cleat between their buttcheeks for screwing up so much in games.

Bowles responded a lot like the way famed Chicago sports radio personality Mike North would when callers were cheerleading too hard or killing a jock too much.

Take it easy!

“They’re accountable – let’s not put this out of proportion,” Bowles said, half-irked and half-ready to bust out laughing. “These guys play hard, they work hard. They’re immature in some ways because they haven’t played in a bunch of ballgames. We have enough guys to make plays – we’ve just got to make a play here or there.

“It has nothing to do completely with accountability or holding each other accountable. Certain guys are shy and won’t speak as much, but they play just as hard.

“It’s not a thing of nobody is holding anybody accountable – certain guys are, certain guys have got to become leaders. That’s just how football is when you’re young.”

If the Bucs lose to the Stinking Panthers Sunday — egad — that means for the Bucs (4-7) to win the division they’d likely have to run the table to close the season at 9-8.

Does anyone really believe now that the Bucs can win five straight games, which includes a trip to Green Bay and hosting Jacksonville?

31 Responses to ““Let’s Not Put This Out Of Proportion””

  1. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Bowles fear of losing is greater than his desire for winning-this cripples his decision making and tilts it toward passive , which in football is a losing mindset.

  2. BucsFanSince76 Says:


  3. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Wah, wah, wah.

  4. Mike C Says:

    California, the worst part of the team is pass defense (not even the run game is as bad anymore) and that is Toddie boies Specialty lol

  5. Pewter power Says:

    The saints and falcons remaining games are just as easy as ours regardless of if we had beat the colts there’s no chance to overtake them. Stop the winning the division talk

  6. WisconsinBucsFan Says:

    win the division….. might not win another game

  7. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Bowles took all the questions in stride

    Bowles has a LOT of experience fielding questions about his losing teams.

  8. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    “certain guys have got to become leaders.”

    He’s just sittin around waiting for someone to lead. The team leaders still need to be lead by someone. Preferably the guy that has his pulse on the entire team.

  9. Beeej Says:

    If the Bucs D stats were only getting the last 5 or 6 games those averages would be very different

  10. Bobby M. Says:

    There’s no accountability…..Neal missed assignments for 4-5 weeks in a row, yet still found the starting lineup each week. JTS has been a ghost for 3 yrs? Just now gets replaced. I can promise you there’s players on that defense that have checked out on Bowles knowing there’s nothing that he’ll do. White, Davis, Dean….have all been neutered with zone assignments, they’ve got no chance of achieving performance bonuses which if we were winning they probably wouldn’t mind….but we’re not winning. There’s simply too much lackadaisical effort being put on tape week after week to believe there’s any type of accountability being enforced. Unfortunately for Bowles, he’s created a situation that is in a death spiral. Players know he won’t bench them because he’s try to save his own rear.

  11. D Cone Says:

    From time kids can tie their shoes they are playing football. Curb to the outside of the side walk are but of bounds and from Billy’s house to Joe’s are the goal lines. Dawn to Dusk and later if there is a street light. All through High School and College they play football. Each step they play against competition where only a few are really good on each team.

    After college a very small percentage move into the NFL where everybody is good. Now these players that look like Football Gods beating Stanford 56-10,
    Get picked #1, and go on to play like a steaming pile of dung.

    After training camp they get one day of contact practice and that is far from playing football. Only time they are playing football is on Sunday and the one’s that need to learn the Pro Game against the Best of the Best sit and watch.
    Millions watch the games each week and are no better at playing football.

    Coaches would be better served having the Captains pick sides into two teams with an even mix of reserves and tell them to go out and play football. Let them call their own penalties and correct mistakes amongst themselves.
    Sure there will be some fights but maybe sne of that fight will carry over until Sunday.

    Play nice. I’ll be over there updating my Facebook Page or Playing Madden.

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bowles needs a win like a hamburger needs a bun. Really hope he gets one against the Panthers. Lose to them and the Glazers must put him out of his misery immediately following the game.

  13. #99 the big fella Says:

    We need a young offensive minded coach who will bring energy and score points.
    So tired of these defensive coaches. I really hope the glazers do not screw up the next search..we will be set behind the next 10 yrs

  14. Beejezus-belt Says:

    I know it’s not the Glazer’s style but being one game out, a big shake up might not have been a bad idea. I think Bowles put too much on his plate. He needs a defensive coordinator that can call plays and run a defense so Bowles can be the head couch. I get Year one there may not have been time to get the personnel he wanted, but this last offseason there was a lot of really good defensive coordinators available to bring in and run the defense.

  15. Craig Says:

    How do you not blow a 1-6 mid season record out of proportion?

    Even Jameis didn’t make things look this bad.

    Hot Toddie is digging his hole deeper every time he opens his mouth.

  16. Bucnjim Says:

    California dreaming, Now look up yards given up per game. If we played 12 games we’d be dead last. Can’t score points when the offense isn’t on the field. So we can’t stop anyone and we can’t score when we do have the ball. Sounds about right. Problem is we were never expected to light up the scoreboard but we were expected to have a pretty good defense.

  17. Bucnjim Says:

    Passing Defense last team defense 27th. Really hard to get much worse than this to be honest.

  18. BucU Says:

    This is 2 yrs in a row that Todd Bowles teams have gotten worse as the season progresses where most other teams get better as a season progresses.
    He’s dead man walking as far as being a HC in this league. He and his staff can’t get fired soon enough for me.

  19. infomeplease Says:

    Someone forgot to mention toTB that he’s the guy who is supposed to lead the team. So sad he has not figured this out by now!

  20. Fred McNeil Says:

    Don’t blow this out of proportion??? Fine! We won’t burn you at the stake. This game against the Panthers is looking more like a disaster in the making every time Bowlzo opens his trap. Don’t you guys still advertise Good Greek movers? Would you be so kind as to offer Todd one of their cards? Make it two. He’ll probably lose that too.

  21. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    That was the press conference that took me from Little to No confidence. I think Bowles is in the Denial stage of grief right now.
    Who’s the next head coach, which quarterback are we drafting?

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  23. TonySoprano Says:

    Just saw a video breakdown of Devin White. Per PFF, he is currently the lowest graded LB in the league. The lowest, not a single LB graded below him. He’s the 2nd lowest graded vs the run and 7th lowest vs the pass.

  24. Not Says:

    Who really cares anymore this year

  25. Lefty Says:

    Devin White still wears the Captain’s C on defense…where is the accountability?

  26. stpetebucfan Says:

    I agree with Lefty and would go on farther to point out that it’s not rookie mistakes killing the Bucs!

    Palmer has made a few but also has a few good catches.

    It’s the Vets who make uncharteristic mistakes you might expect from rookies.
    As Lefty pointed out DW45 is giving it up like girls at the Mons.

    WHEN Davis and Dean are healthy enough to get on the field they too have been inconsistent. The best player on the D..Winfield even dropped a certain easy int.

    Something is clearly wrong with the D and since Bowles is the DC he needs to go since he’s also the HC who picked that DC. Like D.R. has suggested Todd probably needed to delegate and let a DC take some load from him.

    I’m with Pete Townshend and the WHO for those old enough to remember a great rock group. “The Kids are alright”. In fact who is playing on the D right now any better than raw meat rookie Kancey?

  27. Cobraboy Says:

    Clearly, Bowles’s approach is failing.

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    I wasn’t on the Bowles hatewagon until the Cleveland game last year when this loser coach literally took the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands and lost the game because of his own stupidity. I wasn’t high on Bowles, but all he had to do, was not screw things up, and not make momental terrible decisions like taking the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands in a clutch situation.

    But after that disgraceful 13-point loss in San Fran, for this team to talk about moral victories … that has pushed my hate for this loser to a different level. And now Bowles is talking about how they’re in every game, as if that means anything.

    How does the morons Leftwich and Bowles coach under Arians for all those years, and yet none of his traits wears off. There’s ‘no riskit, no biscuit’ in either one of them, they both have the personality of a dish towel, neither has an ounce of fire, and both are perfectly fine with doing the bare minimum to get buy, as opposed to Arians who would stomp an opponent if he had the chance.

  29. QBKilla Says:

    Bowles claims that his guys play hard but the film says otherwise. His team is not hungry.

  30. Popcorn Mike Says:

    If the Bucs lose to the panthers, Bowles hot seat should be so hot he’s not able to sit on it. I mean the panthers are in chaos and the Bucs should be good and seasoned after 11 games with the same players and HC.

  31. Crickett Baker Says:

    There were so many entertaining posts here tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed. GO BUCS!