Josh Freeman

Awww, Did Someone Get Cheap-Shotted?

November 16, 2010 at 11:07am by Scott   •  20 Comments »

The Carolina Panthers were seething Monday over the play that may have caused rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen to sustain a concussion.

They claim a couple of Tampa Bay players recklessly dove into the pile as Clausen was stuffed shy of the goal line on fourth down on Carolina’s final offensive play Sunday in the Buccaneers’ 31-16 win.

Fuck you.

20 Comments to “Awww, Did Someone Get Cheap-Shotted?”

Slow Joe

Slow Joe (November 16, 2010 at 11:42am:

I just noticed you didn’t do an analysis of the game this week. You didn’t watch the game, did you? You were watching “Celebrity Rehab”, weren’t you?


Scott (November 16, 2010 at 11:48am:

I was bogged down with work and couldn’t devote the time to the 1,000+ words I write on the summaries. Wanna do game summaries?

Slow Joe

Slow Joe (November 16, 2010 at 12:28pm:

@Scott: No, I just wanted to bitch. :)

Actually, the reason I noticed there was no summary was because I did want to point out one huge glaring flaw in the Bucs game Sunday: special teams. They were awful. We were constantly losing the field position battle, constantly gave the offense the ball inside our own 20, and had that awful play where we touched the ball on a punt return and gave possession back to Carolina.

Oh, and did I mention Maurice Stovall trying to get Michael Spurlock to take a knee at the five yard line?

Thank God we were playing the Panthers, because a special teams performance like that would have lost us the game against most of the rest of the league.

As for game summaries themselves, it sounds like fun, but my schedule is getting pretty full too. But the bigger problem is I don’t have a DVR to re-analyze games, AND, a lot of the time I have to chase the game down to find it on TV (like someone with Direct Ticket), so beer gets involved. Actually, shit, I will make a post this evening about the game if I get time (with your permission of course). Not as in-depth as yours usually are, but there other things I want to point out.


Scott (November 16, 2010 at 12:37pm:

Sure, go for it.

I need to go back to taking better notes during the game. I end up on the chat with whoever’s on there and I make comments there on the plays rather than write actual stuff I noticed to use later for the summary. So then I have to go back and re-watch it and I didn’t get a chance to Sunday night.

Mark S

Mark S (November 16, 2010 at 12:51pm:

Yeah, fuck John Fox. Even if true, he is just getting some of his own medicine. @Scott, do you still have the footage of the hit that Clifton Smith suffered on a punt return in last year’s game at RJ?

Mark S

Mark S (November 16, 2010 at 12:53pm:

oops sorry, it is right there up above.


MIA_Dolphins (November 16, 2010 at 01:25pm:

When you run a qb sneak, you risk your qb getting fucked up. The Panthers are just being a bunch of whiny little bitches for complaining about it.


Sander (November 16, 2010 at 01:37pm:

It wasn’t even bad. As far as I can see Talib kept his head up and hit him with his shoulder. Besides, the QB is a ball carrier there, not in the pocket or a defenseless receiver.

Now Sean Jones launched helmet-to-helmet into him on the same play, and that’s bad. But Talib did nothing wrong in my view.

Wordy Sanchez

Wordy Sanchez (November 16, 2010 at 02:41pm:

Anyone got video of this?

Wordy Sanchez

Wordy Sanchez (November 16, 2010 at 02:43pm:

And has anyone mentioned Blount as ROTW candidate yet?

Does anyone know if we’ve had a Buc in every single week? Seems like it. Wonder if we’ve had a representative in the running more than anyone else at least?

Shame none of them win it, think that’s kind of a rip off…

Mark S

Mark S (November 16, 2010 at 03:08pm:

@Wordy, we have had 8 players nominated or win and award this year. Mike Williams 5 times for ROTW, LeGarette Blound, 1 time for ROTW, Cody Grim 1 time for ROTW and Josh Freeman was NFC Offensive player of the week once.

Mark S

Mark S (November 16, 2010 at 03:10pm:

Make that 9 nominations or wins, as LeGarret Blount has been nominated for ROTW again.


Meatmaster (November 16, 2010 at 04:07pm:

Shouldn’t even waste our time voting, Tebow is up too. You know all the Crusaders are gonna vote for Touchdown Jesus.

Wordy Sanchez

Wordy Sanchez (November 16, 2010 at 04:13pm:

Hey Mark thanks for that! While you were replying to my question, I was dorking around building up a spreadsheet (yeah, I’m that guy).

If you want to look at it here you go:

Tampa Rookies Nominated so far:
8 (Most in NFL, next best: 5)

Mike Williams (WR):
5 (Most of all rookies, next best: 3)

LeGarrette Blount (RB): 2

Cody Grimm (FS): 1

I’m so excited about our rookies (and other young guys) I think I might keep this up.

Sorry if this is tracked in a better format somewhere else. Let this tell you how unexcited I am to be at work today…

Wordy Sanchez

Wordy Sanchez (November 16, 2010 at 04:15pm:

*IF* one of our rooks actually manages to win (sadly MM is right) I’ll bother to track wins too.

Wordy Sanchez

Wordy Sanchez (November 16, 2010 at 05:12pm:

Ok another observation.

We had a candidate in the first two weeks, then missed two and then one in ever week since then.

Also I notice that no team has more than one rookie in any given week, I am guessing there’s probably some kind of criteria that they employ prevents this. I’m be interested to see what happens if Blount and Williams both went for over 150yds in a game if they would have the sack to nominate two from the same team.

Wordy Sanchez

Wordy Sanchez (November 16, 2010 at 05:56pm:

Since I’m babbling…
I only get to see highlights, but I thought I saw something that hasn’t been too successful for us in the past.

It was a blitz, and Freeman actually doesn’t freak out. He seemed to patiently wait for them to close in past the line of scrimmage and then arced it out into the deep flat for a big gain.

We haven’t been a good screen team in a long long time, and that kind of calm in the face of blitz was very impressive. I feel like if Freeman can make more teams pay for bringing extra rushers like that they’re going to have to back off the rush a bit or pay a price.

Feeling pretty happy to be a fan these days. We’re “this close” to a 500 season which was my only xmas wish.


Sander (November 16, 2010 at 06:30pm:

Talib also won NFC Defensive Player of the week two weeks ago against the Cards.

I didn’t think Freeman had his best games in terms of decision making, but that touchdown throw to Kellen Winslow was just stunning.

Wordy Sanchez

Wordy Sanchez (November 16, 2010 at 06:50pm:

Yeah, I wish there was a competition amongst second-year players. I’d seriously take Freeman over Sanchez or Standford when you look at everything altogether. Jesus. I can’t believe they were right, not that I’m complaining.

They always say things like “we got our guy, we didn’t even want those other two, ours was the best of the three” but I think they were right. And I think in another 1-2 years it will be obvious that we got it right.

Sanchez will probably be good for a long time, just not AS good. Stafford… well you can only be good while you’re on the field, and it seems like that’s not going to happen a lot for him.

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