SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, Pewter Report publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place:
FAB 1. UPON HIS RETURN, SIMS COULD OVERTAKE MARTIN AS BUCS’ RB
The Buccaneers have not been pleased with the production of running back Doug Martin. The third-year rusher has rushed for just 139 yards and one touchdown on 48 carries (2.9 avg.). Martin, a former first-round pick, is averaging a paltry 27.8 yards per game on the ground, which in unacceptable.
To put that production in perspective, Dallas’ DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher, is averaging 130.4 yards per game. With 139 yards receiving and a touchdown, Bobby Rainey, Martin’s backup, has been as productive as a receiver as Martin has been as a runner.
Unless Martin has a breakout game against Minnesota this Sunday, the Bucs will begin to give more carries to backup Rainey, who has 54 carries for 262 yards and a touchdown, or to rookie Charles Sims returned to practice for the first time on Wednesday since tearing a tendon in his ankle that required surgery in August.
Sims only played in one preseason game before sustaining his injury in practice on August 15, but he showed an impressive burst, nice hands and great speed in the preseason opener at Jacksonville. In that game, Sims had 13 yards on six runs (2.2 avg.), but had runs of nine and 13 yards called back due to holding penalties. Factor in those runs and Sims rushed for 35 yards on eight carries, an average of 4.4 yards per carry. The West Virginia product also had three catches for 32 yards, including an impressive 27-yarder against the Jaguars.
Look for the Bucs to activate Sims from the team’s injured reserve list next week and try to get him some carries against Cleveland if he continues to progress in practice and doesn’t suffer any setbacks with his ankle in practice. The team hopes he can provide a spark to the team’s lackluster running game. But will Sims’ return come at the expense of Martin or Rainey?
Sims, team’s third-round draft selection this year, wasn’t a luxury pick as some surmised in May. Tampa Bay felt Sims was the best running back in the draft and was too good to pass up in the third round, where he was the best player available.
Perhaps anticipating a disappointing year for Martin, who had a sophomore slump in 2013 prior to suffering a shoulder surgery in Week 7, the Bucs chose to spend a high draft pick on Sims because the team felt that he had the ability to quickly develop into a well-rounded starter in the NFL that could run and catch, which is something that Martin has been inconsistent in doing. In fact, Martin is not in the Bucs’ two-minute offense package, which is often featured at the end of the first half and at the end of the game. Rainey, who has better hands, replaces Martin in the clutch part of football games, and that speaks volumes.
Sims’ ability to catch the ball is key for the Buccaneers, and his first during his rookie season look could be replacing Rainey in those key situations before unseating Martin as the team’s primary running back. In his freshman season at Houston, Sims caught 70 passes for 759 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 698 yards and nine scores on 132 carries (5.3 avg.). He would catch 133 more passes for 1,349 yards and 10 touchdowns over the next two seasons with the Cougars before transferring to West Virginia for his senior year.
Sims rushed for 3,465 yards and 40 touchdowns on 592 carries (5.9 avg.) in four years, including a career-high 1,095 yards and 11 TDs on 208 carries (5.3 avg.) in his lone season as a Mountaineer in 2013. The Bucs believe the 6-foot, 213-pound rookie has the ability to become a franchise back, and the fact that he has drawn comparisons to Chicago’s Matt Forte is worth noting as that was Lovie Smith’s hand-picked guy with the Bears.
Sims has been handpicked by Smith and general manager Jason Licht in Tampa Bay. The team’s scouts love him, too, and are anxious to see him play down the stretch.
Despite clocking a 4.46 prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, Martin seems to have lost a step over the past two years and doesn’t have the acceleration he displayed when he rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards and four touchdowns against Oakland during his rookie campaign. If Martin has a breakout game against the Vikings, he can maintain his standing as the team’s feature back right now and keep Sims on the bench for a few more weeks.
If Martin continues his plodding ways, look for Sims to be rushed into the lineup for the opportunity for more plays where he and Rainey could take over the Bucs’ running game. With Martin’s inconsistency catching the ball, he could slip to third on the depth chart this year with Sims’ emergence and eventually slide out of Tampa Bay in 2015.
Ironically, Martin’s first 100-yard rushing game came against Minnesota in 2012 when he rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries (4.7 avg.), while catching three passes for 70 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown on a screen. Martin is in desperate need of that type of game against the Vikings on Sunday.
FAB 2. THE BUCCANEERS NEED TO GET SOME NASTY PLAYERS IN 2015
During Tampa Bay’s bye week the coaches and the front office came to a conclusion that Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy succinctly spelled out in his press conference on Thursday.
The Buccaneers are soft. That’s the feeling within One Buccaneer Place following a 48-17 dismantling by Baltimore, including a 28-0 deficit in the first quarter, than no one saw coming.
“I mean if you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft?” McCoy said. “Guys get so sensitive around the league, but we have to be men. This is a man’s league. This is a man’s league and we’re professionals. Guys have issues with criticism. I’ve been getting criticized since I’ve been in the NFL and I don’t even feel it anymore. It is what it is.”
McCoy isn’t going to call out any individual other than himself – but I will.
Left tackle Anthony Collins doesn’t get his hands up fast enough in pass protection and let’s the defensive end get into him too often and he gets driven back as a result. He plays soft.
Running back Doug Martin doesn’t hit the hole with authority and doesn’t always run with his head up like he needs to. He runs soft.
Defensive end Michael Johnson has been a gamer through his ankle injury, but he needs to play with a nastier edge. Lately, he’s been rushing the quarterback soft.
Cornerbacks Alterraun Verner and Leonard Johnson have not done an effective job re-routing receivers in Cover 2 and being physical enough in contending for the ball in man coverage. They’ve had soft coverage.
Of course there are plenty of other Buccaneers that have been guilty of not playing as hard as they need to. That’s a big reason why this team is 1-5, has been blown out twice and has lost to opponents by an average of two touchdowns this season.
Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith didn’t necessarily use the word “soft” in his press conference after Thursday’s practice, but he backed up what McCoy said.
“I’m going to say we’re not as physical as we need to be, is how I would say it, in all areas,” Smith said.
Soft-spoken and polite defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier veered away from that message and defended his players.
“I don’t think physicality has been lacking,” Frazier said. “Playmaking – that’s been lacking. We need to make more plays in what we’re doing on defense – whether it’s against the run or against the pass – just making more plays and finding ways to make enough plays to help our team. That, to me, has been our biggest issue. Not the physicality. I don’t think we’re not tackling or not approaching the game the right way – we’re just not making enough plays on defense at this point.”
But McCoy is right, and he’s not pulling any punches.
“We just have to be tougher,” McCoy said. “I’m just going to say it; we have to be tougher – mentally and physically. A lot of times you look on tape where guys are just sitting on blocks.
“I think we’re making it too many excuses. There’s always a reason why this is happening or why that’s happening. It has to stop. We just have to say, ‘Okay, I did [something] wrong, I didn’t win that one, I have to win the next one and the one after that.’ If you win 70 percent of your battles, you have a shot to win, simple as that.”
Rest assured Buccaneers fans. The organization sees the same thing you see. There are a lot of boy scouts on this team, but not enough players with an edge to them. The Bucs aren’t feared by opponents and haven’t been for a long time.
It’s great to have God-fearing, community-pleasing, good guys like linebacker Derrick Brooks and running back Warrick Dunn in Tampa Bay. But the Buccaneers rose to prominence in the late 1990s only with those players mixed in with some bad-asses like middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson and defensive tackle Warren Sapp that were brutally tough and intimidated the opposition.
The Bucs don’t have enough edgy players and it’s up to general manager Jason Licht and the team’s scouting department to find some nasty players in the offseason. The offensive line is too finesse and doesn’t get enough push in the running game. The defensive line is too soft and doesn’t shed blocks and get enough tackles for loss or sacks.
Tampa Bay could use a mauling offensive lineman like Iowa’s Brandon Sherff, who reminds me of a more athletic Logan Mankins when he was a left tackle at Fresno State. He would look great at right guard during his rookie season in red and pewter.
The Bucs could use a defensive end full of nasty swagger coming off the edge like Nebraska’s Randy Gregory. He would be a fine addition as a speedy left end.
Tampa Bay could use a muscle-bound, hard-hitting, intimidator with range in pass coverage like Miami’s Denzel Perryman at middle linebacker. I wish he wasn’t 5-foot-10, but he’s an absolute beast.
The Buccaneers need some nasty fire-starters on both sides of the ball, not just to get the team fired up with speeches, but with their play. McCoy said there’s been too much talk in Tampa Bay and not enough action.
“I’ve been seeing talking for five years,” McCoy said. “We’ve done enough talking; it’s time to play, simple as that. Everyone’s given speeches. I’ve given speeches, Lavonte [David] has given speeches, Vincent Jackson has given speeches, Josh McCown has given speeches, but it’s enough talking. We have to start playing, simple as that. The talking is not going to get it anymore. I’ve been hearing talking and speeches for five years. It’s time to start seeing action, simple as that.”
McCoy is one of those players that must play with a nastier edge, too. He wants to be a gentleman like Lee Roy Selmon and help opponents off the field? That’s his prerogative. But McCoy needs to spend more time knocking them down first.
McCoy is in a contract year and it’s interesting to note that his agent, Ben Dogra, is a partner at CAA with Jimmy Sexton, the agent of Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who will be hitting free agency and cannot be franchised by the Lions. With both Suh and McCoy vying to be the highest-paid defensive tackles in the NFL (McCoy already is this year with a base salary of $12.7 million) CAA holds all the cards and will be the deciding force in determining where their clients land.
Licht, who is in his first year as the Bucs’ general manager, would get crucified for letting McCoy, the three technique defensive tackle that the Tampa 2 needs, get away in free agency, right? Not if he could land Suh, who has that nastiness that Tampa Bay’s defense lacks.
Suh, a three-time Pro Bowler, has three sacks this year, and 31 sacks in his career, which is 10.5 more than McCoy has posted since they both entered the league in 2010. A lot can happen between now and the start of free agency in 2015, and McCoy is a Buccaneer for at least 10 more games. He and his teammates have to play harder and more physical and not allow any more embarrassing blowouts happen this year due to soft play.
“We have to accept what happened,” McCoy continued. “Like I did last week, if you don’t have a good day at the office, just say that. Not everybody has great games. I believe Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player in history. A lot of people might not agree with me but I think so. And he’s had plenty of bad games, but so what? What he does is see what he did wrong, accepts what he did wrong and he fixes it. I don’t think we’re doing enough of that.”
FAB 3. THE BUCCANEERS HAVE TO BE TOUGHER ON THIRD DOWN
One of the ways that Tampa Bay could show improved toughness is on third down. The offense is averaging a paltry 37.3 percent, while the defense is surrendering an embarrassing 49.4 percent.
“[We need to be] mid-30s or in the 30s,” Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “We’re at 49? That’s half on third downs. We have to win that – seven out of 10. If we have 10 third downs we have to win seven of those. That’s where we have to be. It’s not where we want to be, it’s where we have to be to win games.”
Tampa Bay’s offense isn’t doing its part by controlling the ball and keeping the defensive off the field with sustained, time-killing scoring drives. The Bucs have lost the time of possession advantage in each of their six games this season as the offense has only run 349 plays – a startling low average of 58 plays per game.
As a result, the defense is averaging 69 plays per game, which is nine more plays than the desired goal of 60 for undersized defenses that run the Tampa 2.
“Our rush-coverage combo is not working right now,” McCoy said. “Sometimes you have a great rush and no coverage, and sometimes you have great coverage and no rush. They have to work together consistently. It hasn’t been consistent enough and it has to be.
“One thing that has to be consistent – even if they back end isn’t – is the rush. It has to be four guys rushing together. We’ve brought a couple blitzes, but for the most part we’ve just been sending four. We have to rush better as a unit. We can’t just have one guy winning or two guys winning. Everybody has to be in place in order to get off the field on third down.”
The Buccaneers didn’t record a sack against New Orleans or Baltimore and haven’t taken a quarterback down since sacking Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger five times a month ago.
“We’ve got to get him on the ground,” McCoy said. “One thing we didn’t do that we did at Pittsburgh is rush as a unit. There are a lot of times guys were out of place. You flush a guy to a certain spot and there’s supposed to be somebody waiting and he’s out of place. It’s the right side and the left side of the line – all across the board. We have to rush better as a unit. Pressures and hits on the quarterback are great, but we have to get him on the ground.”
Tampa Bay will have the chance to do just that on Sunday as it hosts Minnesota and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has been sacked 16 times in the past three games, including eight by Detroit two weeks ago. The Bucs hope that a week off has helped heal McCoy’s broken hand and defensive end Michael Johnson’s sprained ankle sufficiently so that the team can just rush four at Bridgewater and drop seven in coverage. The rookie quarterback has just one touchdown and five interceptions this season and is prone to throwing picks with all five coming in the past two games.
Getting Bridgewater and the Vikings into third-and-long situations will be key. And then McCoy and Co. have to seal the deal and get off the field with sacks, rushed throws and interceptions.
FAB 4. TRADE WINDS AREN’T BLOWING IN TAMPA BAY RIGHT NOW
NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport suggested the Buccaneers have been at the center of trade talks lately involving wide receiver and team captain Vincent Jackson and former Seattle wide receiver and return specialist Percy Harvin. But in this case there was only smoke and no fire.
Tampa Bay has no interest in trading Jackson. Those reports surfaced last week as other teams were acting like vultures, circling the 1-5 Buccaneers in hopes of taking Jackson off their hands for a late-round draft pick.
The Bucs fielded calls, but didn’t make any calls about Jackson, who is considered to be a big part of the team’s plans in 2014 and beyond. The team considers Jackson to be the best player on offense right now and Tampa Bay needs him to help the team properly evaluate Mike Glennon this year to determine if he’s the franchise quarterback going forward if the Bucs will have to spend a high draft pick on a QB.
If the Bucs traded away Jackson, they wouldn’t be able to get the best look at Glennon, who would be without a true number one wide receiver. Tampa Bay also appreciates Jackson’s professionalism and leadership ability. One of the big reasons why the Bucs drafted Mike Evans, who is similarly sized at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, is because Jackson would be the perfect role model for him to look at every day and learn from.
As for Harvin, the Bucs didn’t want the headache that comes with having him in the locker room. That’s the reason why he wore out his welcome in Minnesota and Seattle. Harvin is a playmaker with speed to burn, but he’s also missed a lot of games due to injury and he was too risky of a player to invest draft picks in. The Bucs fielded calls about Harvin, but didn’t call Seattle about him.
Instead of making some trades prior to the 2014 trade deadline, which is next Tuesday, look for Tampa Bay to consider moving some players in the offseason, or perhaps on draft day to help move up in rounds or pick up additional picks. Remember that the new regime of head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht has only seen six games of these players in new schemes on offense and defense. They don’t want to act too quickly and get rid of Bucs players that may become more productive once they settle in and get more comfortable down the stretch in 2014.
FAB 5. SR’s BUC SHOTS
• Only five teams – led by Pittsburgh’s 57 – have more penalties than the Buccaneers’ 48 infractions. Atop the list of most penalized Bucs are left tackle Anthony Collins and right tackle Demar Dotson. Each offensive lineman has had five flags thrown against him. Collins and Dotson have each been flagged for holding three times, illegal formation once and illegal use of hands once. That’s nearly a penalty per game. Bucs defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Will Gholston are tied for second with four penalties apiece – mostly for offsides and encroachment.
• Not to cut Bucs defensive end Michael Johnson any slack for his underwhelming production, but future Hall of Fame defensive end Jared Allen, who was the other prime pass rusher in free agency, has just 1.5 sacks – and none through the first four games – to go along with 24 tackles and one forced fumble. In five games (Johnson missed the Rams game with an ankle sprain), the free agent import has notched 13 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
Johnson considered signing with the Vikings due to his ties with Mike Zimmer, the former Cincinnati defensive coordinator who became Minnesota’s head coach during the offseason. The Vikings offered up a similar contract, but the Alabama native wanted to play in warmer weather than in Minnesota and liked the idea of playing next to defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald, who is his good friend.
• With the Buccaneers needing to upgrade their pass rush, one third-day defensive end the team needs to be scouting is Norfolk State’s Lynden Trail. At 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, Trail runs a blazing 4.67 in the 40-yard dash from his outside linebacker position, but could transition to defensive end in a 4-3 scheme in the NFL due to his ability to rush from the edge.
In his first year as a pass-rushing linebacker, the athletic freak had 94 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, eight pass breakups, five forced fumbles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Trail has gotten off to a great start in 2014 with 58 tackles, four sacks, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
• The Tampa 2 scheme is a haven for undersized defensive players that possess more speed than size. Although he stands just 5-foot-11, 227 pounds, Memphis weakside linebacker Tank Jakes is an incredible playmaker with instant acceleration that allows him to slip past blocks and knife through the backfield for big plays.
After recording 119 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in his first two seasons as a starter for the Tigers, Jakes has stepped up during his senior year and has 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, including two of UCLA QB Brett Hundley, four forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception. Against Middle Tennessee a few weeks ago, James proved to be a one-man-gang with a safety, an interception and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by another Tigers defender. James could be a steal in the seventh round for a team like Tampa Bay looking for linebacker depth.
• The Bucs cut practice squad middle linebacker Shayne Skov, who had a great career at Tampa Bay and brought a real edge to the linebacker room. But the problem with Skov is that he never recovered from a devastating knee injury during his junior year and lost his speed. Coming from a 3-4 scheme and running in the 5.0 range in the 40-yard dash, Skov didn’t have the skill set to drop in coverage.
The Bucs aren’t happy with the play of middle linebackers Mason Foster, who is in a contract year, and Dane Fletcher, and are continuing to seek competition for that spot, which is why they signed former Florida linebacker Mister Alexander to the practice squad to give him a look and help the team’s depth, which has been tested with injuries to Danny Lansanah, Jonathan Casillas and Brandon Magee. At 6-foot-2, 253 pounds, Alexander runs a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash and had a great workout for the Buccaneers.
• And finally, the Bucs made a wise move and rolled the dice with Trindon Holliday, who is a feast-or-famine-type of return specialist. Holliday has six career punt and kick returns for scores with two more in the playoffs in 2013, but he is also known as a fumbler due to his small, 5-foot-5, 177-pound stature.
While the Bucs are excited about signing Holliday, who will see his first action in Tampa Bay on Sunday against Minnesota, a league source tells me that he’s not as fast as he once was, which is why he was waived by the New York Giants after battling a hamstring injury. Holliday had recent tryouts in Chicago and Indianapolis, but the source said his hamstring injury is still an issue and he can’t reach top speed like he used to. We’ll see firsthand on Sunday.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
This whole thing is sad. We have so many holes that calling us Swiss Cheese would be an insult to the Swiss. It’s symptomatic of a series of GMs, present staff included (it’s early but so far so bad), who are poor talent evaluators, and an ownership that can’t discern the difference between good GMs or coaches. If L& L misfire again in next yr’s draft and free agency, that could set us back far enough that it will be new regime time in ’16/17. Flying home for the game again this weekend but all the years of uncompetitive teams in the post Gruden era is starting to wear thin.
You think this team misfired in the draft? With Evans, Simms, Seferian Jenkins!?
Good Fab 5 Scott,
Agree with everything said for the most part. We shouldn’t be surprised at Foster’s lack of success at MLB. Frazier said as much in his first introductory presser. But we shouldn’t write Foster off though. He is a good LB and is a natural at the SLB position because of his tackling ability.
I think Scott intended to tell us that the dynamite little LB from Memphis name is Tank Jakes. And We all know that Shayne Skov who did not work out in Tampa had a fantastic career at Stanford.
Also the LB from Norfolk State shouldn’t be written off as another D-II wonder. By the way, at 6-7, 260, he is no small kid either. He was also rated by Rivals.com out of Miami Booker T. Washington as one of the top 5 DEs in the country. He was recruited by all the major FBS schools and decided on Florida. I don’t know what happened at FL as a freshman that moved him to transfer to Norfolk State. Worth keeping an eye on because of his speed rush ability.
Fab 2. Wasn’t favouring “nasty” players what led the Bucs to draft Adrian Clayborn as opposed to Cameron Jordan? With the obvious lack of talent (in general) on this team do they really have the luxury to bias their talent evaluation to very specific traits? The front office needs to do a better job of evaluating talent, period.
So the BUCs need and want to become nastier. I agree, but not only on defense, how about on offense?
If Incognito is still available, why hasn’t he been picked up? He is probably the meanest player currently available. I guess he must really be a head-case for the BUCs to pass on him when they so desperately need someone with his level of talent.
Another great Fab 5 Scott. Keep up the good work man.
Ironic that they are the NSU spartans! I live down the street from NSU. It’s a 1AA HBCU
Talking about Sims taking over #1 RB is crazy. Our O-line is awful. Looking at what he did in college and preseason and comparing that to Martin is a huge stretch. Is Martin the problem or is it the O-line. Not a big advocate to Martin, but in this instance my money is its the O-line.
Fab 1: Doesn’t matter to me who plays at RB. Now that we’ve drafted him I hope Sims gets a legitimate shot to show what he can do running, pass blocking and catching the football.
Fab 2: I agree completely with getting nasty players. We’d be a lot further along in that process if we hadn’t been getting rid of nasty players we already had in house like Penn, Talib and Revis over the last 3 years. The last time we played Minnesota was indeed Martin’s breakout game as you pointed out, but I remember it as the game Penn fought with J. Allen. I could read Penn’s lips when Penn called Allen a b#!^h after they were pulled apart. Allen got a sack on the next play, but Penn had been punking Allen all game up to that point and Penn manhandled Allen every play after the sack and we won the game. Allen had one tackle and one sack in that game. I was so proud of Penn during the game only to come online and hear most folks condemning Penn, saying he shouldn’t have “poked the bear”. Many on PR felt the same way. I never understood why so many around here ignored Penn’s production and focused solely on his weight. At least Collins is in good shape for a LT, right guys? Talib played nasty, physical and is productive but all everyone focused on was the headlines. If you want nasty players they’re probably going to come with headlines, like Suh. BTW, bringing in Suh for McCoy is lunacy. McCoy and Jackson are the only leaders we’ve got. Suh doesn’t even attend offseason workouts. We need leaders and nasty players, so lets not trade one for the other. Revis was another nasty, physical guy. He became famous for shutting down Moss in bump-n-run coverage, which had never been done before up to that point. The scary thing is that this may go all the way to the top. The Glazers seem to have zero appetite for nastiness. Would they allow Licht and Lovie to bring in and pay those type of guys? I doubt it.
Fab 3: Agreed.
Fab 4: Thank goodness!
Fab 5: Great info. Keep it coming!
One more thing, during our bye week last week I heard the commentators announce during the Raiders game that the Raiders O-line/RB’s/TE’s had only given up 4 sacks on the year as a unit going in to that game. I’m sure Collins has given up that many by himself. Just wanted to throw some data in there.
As I recall, Aquib Talib was a “nasty” player. Wasn’t Lagerrett Blount “nasty” as well? The problem with nasty is that it tends to present itself off the football field too. Just an observation.
I wouldn’t take any of our next five games as if we should expect to win. Both Vikings and Browns are up and coming just like us. In other words we are creating who will be in the Top 5 spots in the draft.
Woah, woah, woah. Mister Alexander hails from the National Champion Florida STATE Seminoles. Not that bowl inelligble swamp school down south. That’s borderline blasphemy SR.
I think I’m getting soft. I’m almost afraid to watch the Bucs on Sundays. Scott, watched that MLB last night, Miami, V Tech. He plays with some nasty. If we lose at home coming off a bye, to a rookie Q.B.,we are the all time worst Buc team .
Lovie’s “God Squad” isn’t quite working out, is it SR? This is not a church choir, we need some intimidating players, who bring a bit of fear and unpredictability to the table.
Buccaneers are an NFL team?~coulda fooled me..another year of excuses and lowered expectations~the Glazers are doing a hell of a job…My Sundays are freed up and no more need to waste money on the NFL package~its a blessing in disguise…
My thoughts exactly BuccanAy. Many times I read comments from fans who were more interested in acquiring players they would find worthy of dating their daughters than who could actually play. Fact is, it takes a variety of personality types. But above all, each must be who they are. But as someone mentioned; we get rid of Talib and Blount. Somehow they are welcomed by storied, highly successful teams in Denver and Pittsburgh. None of us want to be embarrassed by players making headlines for the wrong reasons. But the headlines we have about our favorite team now are no laughing matter either.
Bottom line? I don’t trust Lovie/Licht to acquire “nasty” players, to even evaluate players well enough to make a difference. One of the worst, no THE worst offseasons EVER as far as FA is concerned. And now we’re supposed to be excited about a 170 lb kick returner with a lingering hamstring injury who fumbles? Honestly, how are fans expected to react to that? LOL
Really hoping for a turnaround tomorrow against the Vikings. A convincing victory would at least give some hope to those of us grasping at straws to feel good about this team.
I am a big fan of Sims and hope he gets the start tomorrow along with Josh. If they do we can turn around our offense. Hope the rest for two weeks helps too. Go Bucs! Hope the new LB from FSU can play MLB!
Owlykat: Sims isn’t eligible to return to the active roster until next week.
My bad Owlykat. Apparently Sims is eligible this week.
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