Ian Beckles Describes What A “Huge Win” Is For Bucs

December 16th, 2023

Win saved jobs said Ian Beckles.

Was the win over the Dixie Chicks and dismal Desmond Ridder a “huge win?” Depends how you look at it.

Not sure how you can get a “huge win” over a lousy team. But former Bucs guard Ian Beckles absolutely thinks Sunday was a huge win. Because it put the Bucs in the driver’s seat for a division title.

Beckles, a popular local sports radio personality and podcaster, also admitted Atlanta is not good.

There were other factors stated on the latest In The Trenches why Beckles thought the win was big.

Beckles said had the Bucs lost “things were going to change drastically” around One Buc Palace. “It saved our season and it saved a lot of jobs.”

Despite being a huge win, that doesn’t mean Beckles is happy with the way the team is playing or the atmosphere at One Buc Palace.

“That stuff with Mariah Godwin? It doesn’t happen with Tony Dungy,” Beckles said. “It doesn’t happen with Bruce Arians. It doesn’t happen with Mike Tomlin. … You have to not let it happen to you Todd Bowles.

“You can’t just let people’s wives interject what you are trying to teach in your organization. Can’t let that happen, I’m sorry.”

(Beckles, however, did not explain how Bowles could prevent that.)

“If you watch that game the Bucs played just like they have been playing all year,” Beckles said. In that respect, he said the Bucs are consistent.

Beckles suggested the Bucs’ defense hasn’t closed out a win all year. He added the Bucs’ improved record doesn’t mean they are playing better or worse because they are so consistent. He said when the Bucs play a good team they lose, when they play a bad team they win and when they play an OK team it’s a coin flip.

Other Beckles thoughts:

On Joe Tryon Shoyinka: “Boy, he’s terrible.” Then Beckles shocked Joe saying he’s not going to pile on JTS like folks on sports radio whom he scolded as being “late.”

On Devin White: “Has anybody missed Devin White the past couple of weeks? You think they are going to re-sign Devin White? Not a chance!”

On Lavonte David: “He is our spiritual leader.”

On Vita Vea: “I had Warren Sapp tell me Vita Vea would not last in Florida. You know what? He’s not.”

Beckles seems to think the Bucs’ season will come down to New Orleans. Beckles is already penciling in two straight losses the next two weeks to the Packers and the Jags but “New Orleans is a coin flip and the Panthers suck … everybody beats the Panthers.”

Beckles had sharp words for Bowles praising the Bucs defense as resilient. Beckles said he’d much rather Bowles say, “We won but that isn’t good enough.”

“It’s getting hard for me to defend Todd Bowles because every week his defense gives up 400 yards. Every week.”

On Carlton Davis: “Carlton Davis is not a great corner. He was at one time. I don’t know if it is physical. I don’t know if it is mental. I don’t know if it’s because he doesn’t have a pass rush. Carlton Davis doesn’t make great plays anymore. He just doesn’t.” But Beckles did give Davis a shoutout for his pick in the first half that set up a Bucs touchdown. “That play he made was fantastic.”

On pass plays: “I don’t know if you noticed that there were a couple of plays where Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were next to each other. I don’t know what play was called but I do know this: Someone was in the wrong place. Hundred percent. I saw that a couple of times. I don’t know if this team is poorly coached. I don’t know if they are not listening. I don’t really know what’s happening anymore.”

On Atlanta quarterback Desmond Ridder: “If we had to face anybody else out there we’d be in trouble.”

On play-calling: Beckles said he wants to give Dave Canales the benefit of the doubt since he’s in his first year calling plays. But Beckles was fully triggered that Canales on fourth-and-one called for a pitch to the short side of the field. “You wouldn’t do that in Madden!”

On Cade Otton: “He shows up once in a while. Is he a No. 1 guy? Eh. He’d be a great No. 2 guy, if you can find a No. 1 guy.”

Beckles is very concerned with the amount of return yardage the Bucs cough up on special teams. Beckles said you might get away with that against bad teams. Against good teams, “That will cost you.”

18 Responses to “Ian Beckles Describes What A “Huge Win” Is For Bucs”

  1. Joe DiMisa Says:

    Right on all points!

  2. Couch Fan Says:

    I dont know how you can realize that at one point our players were playing great, now they arent but you cant figure out what the problem is? I mean this isnt rocket science. Theres only 1 guy responcible for that. News flash to the ones who keep saying we dont have any talent. YES we do. They just arent playing up to it anymore because of a certain terrible coach. Ill let you figure out who.

  3. HC Grover Says:

    They were desperate.

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Ian Beckles has become a master of stating the obvious in the past few weeks.

  5. Beeej Says:

    I’m not sure we re-sign CD3 NOR Dean, I’m not seeing the monetary return, and they BOTH are always hurt. Ronde played 13 years, never missed a game, unreal

  6. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    He said so much, I don’t even know where to start. So I’ll state the obvious.
    Mr. Beckles that’s a beauty of a grade rojo! Where did you get that red, and I promise I won’t tell anyone.😂

  7. Capt2fish Says:

    Spot on on all accounts. I made the same comments on routes last week after two recievers almost ran into each other going for the pass. Todd Bowles kind of reminds me of Art Shell when he was coaching the LA Raiders. EVERY time the camera panned to Art on the sideline during a game, he would be standing three expressionist, gazing out to the field. Almost like he was listening to his fav podcast on the hisnheadphones. Would like to see Todd get a little more engaged on the sidelines. And Canales could be a little less polyannaish. His guys are running the wrong routes for God sakes!

  8. unbelievable Says:

    Spot. On. Ian.

    We’re consistently average and lackluster, with small flashes of being good (when playing bad teams).

  9. unbelievable Says:

    I’ve noticed our receivers being too close to each other multiple times per game every game this year.

    Someone early in the season talked about our “muddy” play design, and I think that describes it perfectly. It’s not like they’re running pick plays either. Doesn’t make any sense.

  10. realistic-optimistic Says:

    6-7 would be at least 2 games behind the leader in every division except the NFCS. The QB struggles to get 200 YPG, and the HC blunders every in-game decision. And people want to pop champagne around here. They strut around like good things are happening. Strange times.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Not listening & angry wife call-out = poorly coached and players tuning out.

    Symptoms of severe dysfunctional team chemistry.

  12. Proudbucsfan Says:

    Beckles tells it like it is, he is a straight shooter. Hey Joe now that Beckles is doing his own thing have you thought about bringing him on at JBF ?

  13. Let ‘em bake Says:

    The huddle dynamic has me wondering. How fast does baker speak? Does he know who has a tendency to run wrong route? As a teacher, I learned how slow and clear you give a direction is just as important as the directive. I know the huddle gives the qb only seconds.. but my guess is there is a sub skill to making sure your guys( especially skill guys) know their place in the play. Secondly, if one guy is the habitual culprit, does baker have the status to call this guy out, or does he just roll with it? He called obj out for regularly breaking off routes in Cleveland . Now I know why Stanford and cupp( and now puka) meet at 6 am regularly and burn routes into memory..Stanford KNOWS these guys will be where there supposed to be.

  14. Let ‘em bake Says:


  15. Bbro Says:

    Nice Redfish in that photo

  16. Stanglassman Says:

    I like Ian and he makes some good points. But this made me laugh.

    “Carlton Davis doesn’t make great plays anymore. He just doesn’t.” But Beckles did give Davis a shoutout for his pick in the first half that set up a Bucs touchdown. “That play he made was fantastic.”

    Not great but fantastic? I think what he means is CD isn’t making great plays consistently enough to be considered a great player. I’d add he can’t stay healthy. None of our CBs seem to be able to.

  17. Larrd Says:

    Vea is lasting in Florida better than Davis or Dean. I don’t recall Sapp getting all svelte for the heat, either.

  18. garro Says:

    Please find another never was to hand out morsels of Internet stardom too Joe. This dude is pathetic!

    Go Bucs!