YaYa Diaby Has A Strong Game, So Why Wasn’t He On The Field More?

November 19th, 2023

This had Joe stewing since the final minute of the first quarter today.

Bucs rookie edge rusher YaYa Diaby had a sack in the first half. Throughout the past six weeks or so, Diaby has shown more upside and production than Joe Tryon-Shoyinka.

JTS is little more than a warm body at this point.

So Diaby gets the sack and not long after that, the Bucs pull within 10-7 with just under two minutes left on a Mike Evans touchdown catch, the 88th of his career.

Unlike Bucs coach Todd Bowles, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan had no interest in kneeling out the half. So with a guy who has shown promise in the past, and already has a sack, you’d think Diaby would be right back on the field since it was obvious the 49ers would be throwing.

Nope, JTS was back out there. In fact, Diaby didn’t get back on the field until the fourth quarter. And guess what happened? He got another sack.

Now unless the Bucs are trying to tank, then why this insistence on playing JTS? He is just slightly better than a lawn chair, and not a guy who has demonstrated he was hot against a hot team.

Joe can’t answer that. On face value, it sure appears terribly irresponsible.

36 Responses to “YaYa Diaby Has A Strong Game, So Why Wasn’t He On The Field More?”

  1. Steven007 Says:

    JTS had exactly zero stats. That is pathetic. Yaya should be stealing his reps yesterday. Solid game from the rookie.

  2. rrsrq Says:

    Did Watts even play today?

  3. SBucs Says:

    Doofus is still hoping JTS proves everyone wrong

  4. DS Says:

    Bowels lost his fastball were was the aggressive defense ?

  5. Pewter Power Says:

    Why??? Todd Bowles has trouble making basic decisions. It’s like they’re worried about hurting his feelings. I’ve seen enough of JTS and Bowles. The light still hasn’t turned on

  6. mg Says:

    tanks so much for the laugh, Joe.

  7. Bucfan1988 Says:

    RRSQR, no Watts never got on the field,,,.

    STUPIDITY AT ITS FINESTif they keep JTS as the starter now….

    YAYA HAS 4 sacks in last 3 games!!!!!!

    Wake the hell up Bowles and sit JTS!!!!
    Have Watts rotate in now as the backup!!!

    It’s freaken time!!!!

  8. Aaron Says:

    Just another reason to move on from bowles

  9. ElioT Says:

    Toad Bowels can eat a d*** if he ever plays JTS again.

  10. stpetebucfan Says:

    “then why this insistence on playing JTS?”

    I don’t really know but I must confess I’m always suspicious when a 1st round draft pick stays on the field when a 3rd rounder is clearly outplaying him.

    In the beginning I understood because of the experience differential but that has proved inconsequential and in fact the ROOKIE is clearly outplaying JTS.

    Still it’s confounding unless Bowles is more stubborn than ambitious.

  11. HC Grover Says:

    Becuz Bowzo loves Plan 9 From Outer Space. Why? Ask Bowzo.

  12. sasquatch Says:

    This line of inquiry is always dumb. For one thing, he’s a rookie and it may have been taking some time for him to get the defense down and not be a liability in certain situations. There’s always reasons. Joe’s default assumption that it’s some sort of coaching malpractice is predictable and tired. It’s not necessarily wrong, but it’s not a reliable assumption without deeper information, which the coaching staff is unlikely to share.

  13. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Because Todd Bowles is an imbecile.

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    YaYa had a remarkbly good day indeed – impossibly good!

    ESPN has him with 4 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 TFL!

    Some quick math here… 2 + 3 = 4!


    Anywho, if you’re going to get that sort of production, he should probably be in there for every snap.

  15. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    He is playing well…for sure

  16. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I like YaYa, and did when the Bucs got him.

  17. Bobby Says:

    Remember in the offseason, joe posted a piece on this platform saying some source out there claims the Bucs are going to quietly tank 2023 season. Maybe that’s what we are seeing currently and have been seeing. Because there have been some baffling play calls and coaching decisions nearly every game this season. Bowles can’t have forgotten how to coach defense like it seems this season. Putting more zone coverage out there Bucs D strong suit is man.Maybe tanking is what happened today and has been happening.I don’t know though.

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    JOE – Unlike Bucs coach Todd Bowles, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan had no interest in kneeling out the half.


    But Joe, you don’t understand, something could go wrong, and you just can’t risk that when you’re leading at the half.

    I mean down by a touchdown at the half.

  19. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Maddening. It’s one thing to lose, it’s something else entirely to mismanage and get outcoached every single game.

  20. HC Grover Says:

    HC Bowzo should talk to DC Bowzo and tell hime to send Plan 9 to Mars. IOW get rid of the Bum.

  21. Voice of Truth Says:

    Bowles will be looking for work soon enough

    What a horrible gameplan on O he okayed – yeah, let’s focus on Palmer for an entire half…wow

    Then the lack of understanding of when player just suck out loud – this years examples JTS, Hall, Neal, Feiler,

    He had us sign Davis and Dean!!!! Hahahahahahaha – oh my they are so bad

    Diaby, WillG, Delaney are all better options and everyone can see it but him and his staff

  22. I remember 21 Says:

    bowles will NOT be swayed to do the right thing. If Brady, or Licht, or the Glazers, or our terrible performances since he took over could do it, it already would’ve happened. This guys is LEGENDARILY stubborn (truth be told I don’t think he’s that smart either). Played Geodonkey last year until he was forced by injury to put in the better player (did the same thing at LG this year too as a matter of fact). This year he refuses to go away from the biggest liability on a pretty sorry D in Ryan Neal. Said he wanted to bring back lazy, old, overpaid, oft injured Hicks this year 🙄🤯. And YaYa v JTS is just another example. He will not adjust, change plans, try something new to save his life, or more realistically his job. Won’t go away from a HISTORICALLY bad run game, won’t force the ball to our two $20M receivers, won’t take advantage of the last five minutes of the half to try and score, won’t stop playing charmin soft zone with our two $15M press man corners…. FIRE HIS ASS NOW!!! Trust me we can choke away the rest of the season for draft position without him. FIRE HIM IMMEDIATELY!!!


  23. sasquatch Says:

    Bowles isn’t getting fired now. It’s just not happening. We were expected to lose this game, so acting like it’s some atrocity against one of the best teams in the league is a little childish. Bowles will be gone at the end of the year unless they magically win the division and look competent doing so. Firing Bowles accomplishes nothing. Who on the staff is going to do any better? Anyone? Crickets….

  24. TonySoprano Says:

    It’s almost like Bowles is a sadomasochist. Anytime something goes well, he does the opposite. Any time there’s a noticeable weakness, he leans into it. It seems like Bowles enjoys the pain and embarrassment of losing.

    He should take the George Constanza route and just do the compete opposite of what he thinks he should do.

  25. Knucknbuc Says:

    Jts may be the worst player ive ever seen pound for pound it’s kinda …. Amazing he sucks so bad he’s turned it into a skill

  26. Jsmalls Says:

    Patience, grasshoppers!

    This season will hinge on the remaining division games, don’t sweat the small stuff. Everyone now knows this kid can be special. We have an all pro tackle with another rookie tackle on the rise accompanied by a great safety, we have pieces. Maybe we limp into the playoffs with first round exit, it’s a Bucs life. Let’s look at it as glass half full, one less need heading into next year with a new regime.

  27. Bucs2023 Says:

    Let this sink in. If Bowles was just the d-coordinator, he’d still be holding back Diaby and Watts since he decides who plays at any given moment. Not only a bad HC, but terrible at utilizing what talent he has. Yes, the Jets quit on him and the papers here in the tri state area had a field day with pathetic state of the Jets.

    I believe I missed it…does anyone know why Kancey never saw the field in the 1st quarter? Wasn’t able to see game, entirely. Bowles learned nothing from last year, is a poor quote machine and is from the George Allen school of thinking rookies can’t help him. Purdy had a perfect passer rating and you hold out your best edge rusher for nearly 1 and a half quarters…is he trying to get fired tonight???

  28. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Why? Very simple and 2 words…

    Todd Bowles

  29. Brandon Says:

    Rod Munch… 2 sacks + 3 TFL only equals 3 total tackles. A sack is a TFL… Why do I need to explain this to you?

  30. HC Grover Says:

    Fire Bowzo tonight on the plane home….get him out.

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    Brandon – So that is what I thought, but when I googled it, the top response was,

    “Sharing an update around the question of whether or not a sack is considered a tackle for a loss: We get our stats directly from the NFL, and based upon what we are see in their stats, the answer is no.”

    But, based off what you said, I skipped the fake news internet and went straight to the AI, and it agrees with what I originally thought;

    “Yes, in the NFL, a sack is also counted as a tackle for loss. A sack occurs when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage while attempting to pass. This results in a loss of yards, thus it is recorded as both a sack and a tackle for loss. ”

    So there you go, a definitive set of answers.

  32. Jeff Says:

    Why? Clueless Todd! Duh-yup!

  33. Crickett Baker Says:

    I was on the radio and can’t see the game until tomorrow, but Kancy went out with an injury pretty early, IDK if he came back.

  34. unbelievable Says:

    Can not understand it at all.

    And where was Watts? It’s not like we didn’t need help.

    But then again, this is the hallmark of Todd Bowles: stubborn and inept.

    Gotta give the Bucs plates credit though, the majority of the team did not give up. Defense and offense were making plays, but just couldn’t make quite enough. 3rd quarter really F’d us

  35. unbelievable Says:

    *the Bucs players

  36. unbelievable Says:

    Rod you should do a little more research on AI

    It makes plenty of mistakes.

    You and Brandon seem confused.

    A TFL is also counted under tackles, but not sacks.

    Technically speaking, a TFL against a QB is a sack. But it’s then counted as a sack, not a TFL. TFLs are on non-QB positions.