“Rotation” Kept YaYa Diaby Off The Field

November 19th, 2023

Unwise decision.

It seems Bucs coach Todd Bowles might be too worried about his defensive players’ stamina.

Per Bowles, he partly wanted to get away from the no-risk-it-no-biscuit offense of Bucco Bruce Arians because his defensive players were too gassed late in the season. Yet those gassed players helped the team rack up 29 wins in two years, including a Super Bowl and an NFC South division title.

We should all be so drained.

Today, Joe was floored that rookie outside linebacker YaYa Diaby, who is better defending the run than Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, and is proving to be better as a pass rusher, was yanked off the field against the 49ers.

Diaby had a first-half sack and when the Bucs pulled within 10-7 late in the second quarter, everyone knew 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wasn’t going to kneel out the 1:48 left in the half. He was going for points.

So who was on the field for this critical defensive stand that could have turned the game? It wasn’t Diaby. Instead, it was JTS who has turned into little more than a warm body.

To the best of Joe’s knowledge, Diaby didn’t get back in the game until the fourth quarter when — surprise! — he got another sack on 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy.

So Joe asked Bowles after the game why when it appeared Diaby was hot, did he have him on the sidelines for over a quarter when the game was still in doubt.

Bowles answered that Diaby is in a rotation. Joe interpreted that as guys have a predetermined, specific number of drives/snaps assigned each game to keep guys rested.

There really was no excuse not to put Diaby back in the game. Joe asked Diaby if he wanted more snaps or thought he deserved more snaps, he said, “I can only control what I can control.”

This is just bad coaching. Or naivete. Bowles or someone on his staff should have smelled blood in the water and never took Diaby off the field.

Alas, the Bucs lost, in part because they have a subpar pass rush. Again.

43 Responses to ““Rotation” Kept YaYa Diaby Off The Field”

  1. Hodad Says:

    Bad coaching? Ya think Joe?

  2. HC Grover Says:

    Bowzo is a football moron. Just get him out. I don’t care anymore with him as HC/DC. I am glad we have a team in Tampa but he is just….irritating.

  3. Bee Says:

    Is Todd’s nickname “Rotation”?

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Very poor coaching on both sides of the ball

  5. Tye Says:

    That caption under the pic should read:
    One the NFL’s WORST HC!

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    How come Evans always comes out of the game after making any kind of catch?

    Why is he not always in there?

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    When you’re trying to defend 97 yards, you need guys to be fresh!

  8. SBucs Says:

    Todd is not a head coach and lately showing he’s not a defensive coordinator.

  9. McBucky Says:

    Bad coaching. There it is. That is THE problem with this team. Come Glazers don’t throw away the year.

  10. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Deff puzzling on so many levels. Got 2 stud receivers who should be used more and I mean way more. Wide open players running all over the field mostly in zone. Why are we still playing zone when we often get burned. Baker deff got lucky this game only coming away with 1 int. That defenses dropped 2 or 3.

  11. HC Grover Says:

    Evans comes out when Canales is going up the gut. You Know, I know, they know.

  12. HC Grover Says:

    Heaven forbid you come off your stupid game plan when it is flopping. Get him out

  13. Beeej Says:

    Bowles simply won’t acknowledge that a player is a bust, no different from last year (maybe it’s misguided loyalty? dunno)

  14. Hodad Says:

    We threw the ball 46 times. Doesn’t matter if we run it, or throw it, the results are usually the same. Loss.

  15. Earl S Says:

    I like the no-risk-it-no-biscuit! Yes I think this loss is on the HC also. DAM. Bring back BA!

  16. Pewter Power Says:

    Never heard of a player rotation taking a good player off the field for almost a whole quarter. Man that sounds stupid, this “defense” bowlers runs thankfully won’t be able to save his job. He hand picked the OC so he has zero excuses. He’s been here too long to blame players

  17. ModHairKen Says:


  18. matthew a veal Says:

    a couple of endzone drops changes the post game narrative, but lets admit that the bucs have added 2 good defensive front 7 players this year, a high priority area for every team. bowles does get some credit for that imo.

  19. realistic-optimistic Says:

    I can’t decide if he’s so stubborn because he’s already been told he’ll be back next year, or because he’ll still collect that fat paycheck even after he’s fired. He obviously gives zero sh** about the criticism.

  20. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    What a shock! More proof of his incompetent coaching.

  21. DS Says:

    They attacked JTS on the edges

  22. Nprbuc Says:

    Am I blind? Can’t remember seeing Kancey or Watts today. What’s up with that Joe? All the hype on both of them and neither played? Maybe I AM blind.

  23. TonySoprano Says:

    Todd Bowles is simply not a relatable human being. His stoic, aloof, introverted personality, coupled with his asinine, goes-against-all-common-sense decision making, makes it nearly impossible to understand what’s going on in his mind.

    So when he makes so many baffling decisions and refuses to explain them in a coherent manner, it makes it easy to root against the guy. He’s not a people person, he’s not a motivator, and he’s regressing in Xs and Os. He has no redeeming qualities at this point.

  24. ChrisBuc23 Says:

    #FireToiletBowles and yaya diaby should have been out there more and for the love of god cut the JTS experiment. Our offense always whiffs on opportunities and Baker is not the long term answer and can’t connect on a deep ball to save his life. Out coached, out his self outdawged. This Bucs team has been SOFT all season. We need more dawgs and on this roster!!

  25. Nprbuc Says:

    Oh yeah. Fire the Defensive Guru also!

  26. ChrisBuc23 Says:


  27. Bobby M. Says:

    It’s either playoffs or Bowles gets laid off. I’m good with either.

  28. WillieG Says:

    Does anyone think a good coach wouldn’t use Evens and Godwin much on offense AND wouldn’t use YaYa instead of JTS?

  29. Buc booote Says:

    Fire the money then fire the man handing out the money!!

  30. Nprbuc Says:

    Agreed Willie! How do you NOT use Evans ad Godwin more.? Wait until the game is nearly out of reach? How do you NOT use your hottest pass rusher more when you are a “Defensive Guru?” You are right on. A bad coach will do those things, not a coach who is really looking for wins.

  31. Dan Naughton Says:

    Driving next Sunday to colt vs Bucs. I wish I could get my money back. Driving 1 1/2 from crown Point in to Indy too see a moron hc and a OC that sucks as well. No real pass rush. The rushes seam to split away as purdy went in the pocket and threw passes left and right. They can’t stop any teams running game. So for the owners to keep paying this hc is a joke. He hurt three years now as a hc. I have been a buc fan since day one. I have seen my share of crappy games. But the Bowles style of def really stinks. He has to go. Hire a coach who knows de wins games. And also get another OC he is just as bad. 🤬

  32. firethecannons Says:

    Thanks joe for asking Bowles about this and asking Diaby–sometimes media spotlight pressure has a way of shining a light on an asinine problem like this. YaYa Diaby needs more snaps! Diaby has potential meanwhile JTS has accomplished minimal results.

  33. unbelievable Says:

    This is what I’ve been saying for weeks

  34. Cchead Says:

    JTS had a great week of practice.

  35. Drunkinybor Says:

    I was in Vacaville ca. About 45 min. Away from San Francisco. I was listening to the iners broadcast. 1. They were 🤡 ng on JTS. Many times I heard he got plowed. He got destroyed. The te crushed him. They sounded like they thought he was a biotch. 2. They had a lot of respect for the Bucs and Mayfield’s heart. They called David and Mike Evans future hall of gamers. Gushed over trey palmer then gushed over akeem jarrets speed. They were very very worried th Bucs would make a comeback. They questioned so many things the Bucs did and pointed out how many little things Bucs did wrong. Very respectful overall.

  36. Deadwood South Dakota Says:

    Terrible coaching..

  37. Joe Says:

    Am I blind? Can’t remember seeing Kancey or Watts today. What’s up with that Joe?

    Kancey was out there — but did nothing.

    Watts? Joe doesn’t think he took a snap on defense. Waiting for snap counts to come in to confirm.

  38. Rod Munch Says:

    Joe Says:
    Kancey was out there — but did nothing.


    Kancey didn’t show up on the stat sheet, but according to the X pros, they were saying he was getting a ton of penetration all day. Will have to go back and watch the tape and see…

    Or not, I don’t think I’ll be rewatching this tape.

    But I’m sure someone will — and of course, we’ll get the all important PFF grade, because that is the gold standard.

  39. Wild Bill Says:

    JTS is virtually a non factor on the Bucs defense. Why he plays at all is a mystery! The new guys may be rookies but they make plays!!!! And the more they play the better they will be. JTS has had minimum results in his Bucs career. Who in the Bucs organization is mandating that he plays?

  40. D-Rok Says:

    I would fully applaud the Bucs trading JTS to a division rival; say, the Saints.

  41. MelvinJunior Says:

    Not using a timeout there ended up costing the Bucs an ENTIRE 35-Seconds… They allowed the ‘Niners to run it down from about 1:30 down to under a MINUTE, before Purdy snapped-it with only like 4-5 seconds left on the play clock!!!! I can’t remember exactly, but after the FG (then ensuing KO), the Bucs would’ve had like an ENTIRE 58-SECONDS Left, & WITH 2-TIMEOUTS, instead of only about 23-SECONDS, ALL THREE Timeouts, & A KNEE. It’s entirely unacceptable. You HAVE TO take advantage of using EVERY opportunity you GET. The ‘Niners were already in FG-range… YOU HAVE TO assume that you’re going to hold them there, AND that they’re going to be contempt with just the 3 there, which they obviously were, considering THEY TOO allowed the clock to wind down. AND, even IF they weren’t aggressively for the TD… It’s NOT like THEY didn’t have PLENTY of time left with their own time-out remaining, Etc. It’s not like the time was going to run out on them… they weren’t worried. They KNEW they had enough time!!!! It’s SO ridiculous how Bowles ‘thinking’ I’d that the TIME is going to run out on these teams AND that he doesn’t want to give them even more TIME… It is NOT Happening. It’s unbelievable. You HAVE TO Be Aggressive THERE, & Put Points On The Fricking BOARD. You HAVE TO Win The “Middle-8’ of ballgames… You have to DOMINATE it. ALL Good Coaches DO, and they know it’s importance. The Bucs even had FIRST Ball to open the 2nd Half, & I’m SURE that was also Bowles thinking… (in his voice) Well, We Have First Ball Anyway, So Let’s Just Get To The Half First, & Maybe Time Runs Out On Em. Just Straight-Up LOSER Mentality!!!!

  42. I remember 21 Says:

    I totally agree. His decision making and submissive tendencies at the ends of first halves are infuriating. When you have such a bad offense, you need to use every possession at your disposal. bowles doesn’t think so. I figure it goes like this: we’ve got the ball at our 20, two timeouts, 45 secs, and a strong legged kicker? Better kneel it out to avoid throwing a pick or turning over on downs cause lord knows his highly paid D can’t stop anybody 🙄. I read somewhere that we’ve gone into halftime with all our timeouts the last 5 games? If true that is INSANE.


  43. garro Says:

    This is the stuff from Bowles that insults me. Does he really think that everyone else in the world is that freaking stupid? I have no clue what the real reason is because it makes absolutely no sense. But it most certainly is not a rotation to keep him fresh! Hey Todd if you are gonna lie to me at least come up with better more believable material!

    Go Bucs!