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Laser Rocket Arm Shoots Down Bucs

December 04, 2012 at 12:53pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »


This isn’t going to be a long write-up because we all had a feeling that the league’s worst pass defense against the cyborg that aliens replaced Peyton Manning with in 1993 would be a mismatch. And while the secondary did get burned a few times, I’m probably blaming this loss on the Bucs’ offensive line.

Josh Freeman had what was probably his worst game of the season. He looked hurried and indecisive and inconsistent, and a lot of that had to do with his not having any time. Both run-blocking and pass-blocking were subpar and for the first time this season, the line looked squarely outmatched. It’s hard to be too critical of them because we expected Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks to be holding the line together and really, these replacements haven’t been too bad. But the Denver defensive line whipped them several times, forced them into penalties, and kept Doug Martin from getting into any kind of rhythm which also led to Freeman not having a good game.

I’d also like to find out what halftime adjustments were made and slap the man responsible for making them. The Bucs went into halftime with a three point lead and then proceeded to give up 21 points in the third quarter. You can’t allow Peyton Manning to study you for 30 minutes and then not expect him to have figured you out at halftime. It seemed at times the Bucs were determined to stop the run (which they mostly did — Denver only had 91 yards rushing) and said, “We’ll make the quarterback beat us.” That works nicely with inexperienced quarterbacks. But making one of the best ever beat you isn’t a sound strategy. Of course, the Bucs were in nickel for a lot of the time, so I may be wrong about that strategy. That’s just what it looked like.

Not getting any QB hits, let alone any sacks, didn’t help, either. When I was watching, I was thinking the defensive line looked pretty good with the way they were stopping the run, but that came at the expense of quarterback pressure. Statistically, Manning was never touched.

Lavonte David came up with his first interception and another ten tackles, three for loss, along with two more passes defensed. Unfortunately, he got beat for two touchdowns, one of them to a defensive tackle playing fullback. I’ll give him the Demaryius Thomas touchdown — that’s a mismatch that Manning just exploited when he saw it. But who the hell is Mitch Unrein and how is he beating David for a score?

LeQuan Lewis looks like he was hurt toward the end of the game and may be out for the rest of the season. And that’s actually a pretty big blow for the team since Leonard Johnson looked like hell for most of the game. E.J. Biggers had a decent day and was probably the best cornerback on the field for the Bucs. Ahmad Black was on the field quite a bit, which means that Ronde Barber was playing cornerback for those snaps. I didn’t notice Barber much yesterday except for his pass interference call. It was the right call, though. He go there early.

I was really hoping for a win but I was being realistic about it. And the Bucs kept it a one-score game with some late-game action and picked up the pace at the end. So, again, they can’t beat the best teams in the league yet. But the Bucs took the best shot the Broncos had and held their own. If the Bucs had Adrian Clayborn, Joseph, Nicks, a full-speed Da’Quan Bowers and ANY cornerbacks, I think this could have easily been a Bucs win. Keep positive, everyone.

Brandon Marshall Traded To The Dolphins

April 14, 2010 at 09:15am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

T.O. wishes he thought of practicing in pajamas.
Once again a premium wide receiver is traded and once again the Bucs are not part of it. No one has been better at doing nothing than the Bucs this year. I challenge you to find any team that has remained impotent and motionless better than the Bucs.

For the second straight year, the Broncos will pull off a blockbuster deal, this time trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to Miami for a second-round pick next Friday and what is thought to be an additional second-round pick in 2011, according to league sources.

Well, that’s probably too much. Next year’s second-rounder isn’t such a big deal by itself. Next year’s draft is going to be unusually shallow because of all the juniors that came out this year. But it’s definitely possible to get first-round talent in the second round this year and both those picks together is too much for Marshall. So, good job sitting on your hands this time, boys.

Miami was hot after Marshall, as was Seattle. Tampa Bay showed some interest and even the Jets considered making a play for Marshall before their deal for Holmes.

I’m seriously doubting all this “Tampa Bay had interest” shit I keep hearing. Tampa Bay had interest in Albert Haynesworth, Tampa Bay was looking into Nathan Vasher, Tampa Bay still wants to sign Jimmy Wilkerson, blah blah blah. I think the Bucs just get roped into this speculation because there are so many holes on the team that they couldn’t possibly be ignoring all these players, so analysts say that they Bucs were considering them when in fact they probably weren’t. Like every time a chick tells me she is considering sleeping with me, I know it’s bullshit. They just know I have the best meth in town.

Simms To Start, Lose On Sunday

November 20, 2009 at 09:34am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Simms is a die-hard supporter of our former president.
Chris Simms will finally start a game for the first time since the Spleen Bowl in 2006. Kyle Orton was injured during Denver’s loss to Washington last week and Simms played in relief of him, completing 3 of 13 for 13 yards and 1 pick while taking 3 sacks all for a stellar passer rating of 7.5. But apparently the Broncos have more faith in that than they do Tom Brandstater, their third string, 25-year old rookie out of Fresno, because Simms is taking first team snaps.

Josh McDaniels talks him up in this AP story.

“I have a great deal of respect for what he’s overcome now to come back to do this. And I can also see every day why he’s overcome it,” McDaniels said Thursday. “He works as hard or harder than anybody we have on our team. His attitude is phenomenal. He’s got a great work ethic. He lives in the weight room. He runs after practice when nobody’s looking — when he doesn’t think anybody’s looking.

“And those are the kinds of things that make you believe in a kid like this, that went through an injury the way he did. And now he’s brought himself back, he’s gained all the weight back, he’s strong, he’s healthy, he’s got a great attitude and approach as a backup quarterback.”

All that stuff is why I supported him for so long. And I still do, in the same way the parent of a retarded child would support their kid’s desire to go to the regular school. He’s got all the drive and desire in the world and he’s always been a very hard worker, but I’m pretty well convinced now that he is just lacking some necessary quality to be a successful NFL quarterback. I don’t know what it is. Mechanics, maybe? The ability to quickly scan and analyze a defense? He doesn’t have… something.

The rest of the story is pretty much the same stuff you’ve been reading about his injury and recovery for the last three years, so if you feel like revisiting that for the hundredth time, enjoy. I’ll wish him good luck against the Chargers on Sunday, but it’s probably not going to help. San Diego is on a hot streak and finally clicking while Denver has lost three in a row, and none of them with much dignity. And now with Simms under center, I’m not sure how many points someone would have to give me to take the Broncos, but it’s a lot.

Josh McDaniels Is Young

July 27, 2009 at 01:30pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Pop Warner tries to claify a point that his mentor, Josh McDaniels, is making.
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels made what at first appears to be a bold statement, then on further review makes him look painfully naive.

“There are things we will do (offensively) that other teams have never done.”

American football was first played in an organized fashion in 1869. The American Professional Football Association (later the National Football League) was formed in 1920. In that time we have seen the likes of Pop Warner, Curly Lambeau, George Halas, Paul Brown, Vince Lomardi, Tom Landry, Don Shula, Don Coryell, Bill Walsh, Buddy Ryan, Bill Parcells, Tony Dungy, Bill Belichick and several others that I’m not including add something substantial to the strategy of the game. And none of those guys have ever conceived of what little 33-year old Josh McDaniel is going to unleash on the league this year? Child, please.

The rules haven’t changed. You can still have a maximum of six eligible receivers, seven men must be on the line, only one man in motion at a time… there are a finite number of permutations that can arise from these rules. And McDaniels knows of some that haven’t been used yet? I’m guessing he also thinks that the Wildcat offense was invented in Miami last year. What an arrogant little fucker this guy is.

The only really weird shit I can think of is to split the offensive line up in some weird way. Gruden did it for one play a couple years ago, but I think a time out was called before the play was run. I don’t remember the exact time, but I remember thinking how screwed up it looked, and then he never took it out again. Turns out that was a formation from the old Emory & Henry playbook of the 1950s. Steve Spurrier dusted it off 40 years later and used it now and again. And the “new” A-11 offense is now claiming it as its own. Just like McDaniels will do something a little unconventional and proclaim that he is reinventing football. It’s hard to blame Jay Cutler for holding his breath until he was traded. He probably saw ahead of time what a douche his new coach was.

I’d also like to congratulate the author of the article, Woody Paige, for shoehorning a Gottfried von Leibniz reference into the piece. I’d also like to congratulate him for being a University of Tennessee alumnus. That is all I will ever congratulate Woody Paige for.

Simms Loses Denver QB Battle To Neckbeard

June 15, 2009 at 09:07am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

Texas fail.
Chris Simms, the guy who could never get a fair shake in Tampa because Jon Gruden hated him so much, has to add Josh McDaniels to the list of coaches out to get him now because McDaniels just named Kyle Orton the starter in Denver.

“There’s a lot of difficult aspects about what we ask our quarterback to do in our offense and Kyle has really grasped some of them more quickly than Chris did,” McDaniels said in explaining the move after the second day of a three-day minicamp at the team’s Dove Valley headquarters.

Note that McDaniels isn’t saying it’s a physical thing. It’s intellectual. Simms can’t fall back on his spleen anymore. Jesus, he’s gotten ten times more use out of that spleen after it was removed than he ever did when was inside him. But at least he’s being gracious.

“Kyle’s extremely underrated,” Simms said. “I’ve always felt that way. He was underrated in college and with the Bears. He throws the ball very well. He’s a smart guy. He’s a big guy. There’s a lot of plusses with Kyle.”

It’s not like he can say much else. Simms is going to have to work with the guy for at least the next seven months. No sense making it weird.

Orton said that it’s been difficult trying to find a comfort level in McDaniels’ offense and that he’s had good and bad plays along the way. That was evident Saturday, when Orton had interceptions run back for scores by cornerback Jack Williams and outside linebacker Robert Ayers.

Sorry, just had to get that bit in about Ayers.

So, yeah, maybe Gruden wasn’t just being a douche and he knew what he was doing with Simms all along. Come to think of it, Gruden also sold all his Chrysler, GM and AIG stock last year. Jon Gruden is the second coming of Nostradamus!

Don’t Sleep On This Jarvis Moss Rumor

May 05, 2009 at 12:55pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

My brain basically exploded during this game.
There’s been a rumor going on since the draft that the Bucs were going to try to swing a trade for Jarvis Moss. The Broncos were said to be ready to trade him for a seventh round pick on the second day of the draft but there were no takers. Considering Moss was the #17 overall pick just two years ago (and Denver traded up to get him), that’s a hell of a statement. Say, didn’t the Bucs trade up to take the #17 overall pick this year? What a coinkidink!

Jim Bates worked with Moss in his rookie season when he got one sack in six games played before breaking his leg and landing on injured reserve. Of course, that was the year the Broncos’ defense tanked and dropped from the top ten in 2006 to #28 in 2007. It wasn’t all Moss’s fault, right? On the other hand, he is a Gator, so it probably was.

But for a seventh round pick, they could have a 24-year old first round defensive end whose salary is only $660,000 for 2009. I’m sure the pick would be conditional, meaning that if Moss performed well, the value of the pick would increase, but then they wouldn’t mind spending it if he was doing well.

It kind of sounds like a no brainer to me. If Raheem‘s energy and Bates’s experience in a new environment just two hours from where he was a college All-American could rejuvenate his career, it would make up for not taking a defensive player first in this year’s draft. Hell, they just signed seven guys who are going to be working at Wal-Mart come October. Certainly they can roll the dice on someone with this kind of potential.

I now have to go take a shower after lobbying for a Florida player.

Oh Thank God This Is Over

April 03, 2009 at 09:43am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

Jay Cutler: The NFL's only goth.
When I was getting texted about the Jay Cutler trade last night, I was working up in my head how I was going to skewer Pat Bowlen for letting his quarterback complain his way out of town and how Bowlen’s wife might as well consider herself a lesbian now.

But holy shit, did you see the package he got for Cutler? In exchange for Cutler and their own 2009 fifth rounder, Denver received Chicago’s 2009 first rounder (#18 overall) and third rounders (#84 overall), their 2010 first rounder and Kyle Orton. That’s a haul. Plus keep in mind that Denver gave St. Louis a third rounder in 2006 to move up four spaces to get Cutler in the first place. How many draft picks is this one diabetic worth?

There’s a lot of speculation now about what Denver will do about their quarterback position. Not many people consider Orton or Chris Simms as true starting-caliber quarterbacks, so the popular theory is that Denver will package together their two first rounders to get Mark Sanchez (Southern Cal) because he won’t make it to #12. And after seeing a lot of Sanchez’s pro day, I have to admit I’m liking him more than I did a month ago. Matthew Stafford (Georgia) should have gotten some advice from Sanchez on how to conduct a pro day before he had his. After Sanchez completed his script, he actually took requests for throws from observing NFL coaches who wanted to see him throw under duress (into the wind, rolling in different directions, etc.) Sanchez made every single throw.

The only reason this affects the Buccaneers is that there is one more quarterback-needy team that has a pick before the Bucs now, so if anyone out there was hoping for Sanchez, forget it. His value just shot up because of this Cutler thing and even a team that doesn’t need a quarterback could leverage their slot to scare someone like Denver or San Francisco into trading up to get him, maybe even as high as #2. That would put a premium on Josh Freeman (Kansas State) who is the only other quarterback to get a first round grade (which wouldn’t be the case in any other year) and very likely put Freeman out of reach for the Bucs as well. That would be great news because then all this bullshit talk about drafting a first round quarterback could end and we could concentrate on getting the defensive lineman we so desperately need.

Jay Cutler Is Your Annoying Girlfriend

April 02, 2009 at 09:21am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

The pouty, bitchy, pussy face of a franchise.
Did your girlfriend or wife ever tell you she wanted to go out, but you didn’t want to so you politely tried to make her understand that maybe tonight wasn’t the best night? But she asked a couple more times and you said, “Really, please, no. Not tonight.” And after that her voice changed to a screech that falls somewhere between nails on a chalkboard and the sound a rhesus monkey makes when it’s on fire as she caterwauls, “But Iiiiiiiiiiii wanna go ouuuuuuuuuuuut.” And then that fuse in your brain blows and you snap Ralph Kramden-style. “FINE! YOU WANNA GO OUT SO FUCKIN’ BAD? LET’S GO.” And you stomp to the car without bothering to change into anything appropriate and wait for her with the engine running. Then she comes shuffling out with her head down and teeth slightly clinched, somewhere between angry and hurt. And when she gets into the car, what’s the first thing she says? “Well, we don’t have to go out tonight.” Has that ever happened to you? Because it just happened to the Broncos.

“I was surprised they decided to trade me this soon,” Cutler told [Jay] Glazer in his first comments since the statement was released. “I didn’t want to get traded. This wasn’t me. (The Broncos) had been going back and forth saying things, wanting me to be their quarterback and then they didn’t.”

“I really didn’t want this. I love Denver. I really like my teammates. I didn’t want it to get this far.”

Fuck. You. Cutler. Can Jay not afford a computer? Because mine is telling me that he said this just a couple weeks ago.

“I certainly went back there, expecting I’d be there [Monday] but not now,” Cutler said. “It’s not mandatory. I’ll attend every mandatory minicamp and training camp but that’s it. Really, it’s best for me to move on.

Oh, and this.

“The Denver Broncos confirm that Jay Cutler has requested a trade,” team spokesman Jim Saccomano told The Associated Press on Monday.

Congratulations, Jay Cutler is now your annoying, high-maintenance girlfriend. You want to bring that shit to Tampa? Have I not posted enough of Luke McCown‘s humble-yet-confident team-oriented quotes yet? Here’s one from yesterday.

“I don’t buy into the whole, ‘This is my team. This is that guy’s team’,” McCown said. “This is our team.”

McCown is that cool girlfriend that is fine either way. He won’t let you walk all over him, but if you don’t want to go out, he’s fine staying in tonight. You know that Star Trek marathon that’s on tonight? He’ll even watch that with you! And get all your geeky references! And make snacks!

All of my reasons for not wanting to trade for Cutler from last week are still valid, only now he’s even more of a bitch for pulling this “I didn’t want to be traded” shit. None of you still want Cutler, do you? Not my readers. Not my intelligent, well-reasoned, sexy, sexy readers. Tell me none of you can possibly still want to give up draft picks for Cutler.

He’ll Be Pouting In A Different Uniform This Year

April 01, 2009 at 10:43am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

You know the closing theme to the Incredible Hulk when David Banner was hitchhiking to his next town?  That's the song I hear when I see Jay Cutler.
Christ, this again? Anytime you think that the Buccaneers are in bad shape because of the regime change, just take a look at Denver and feel better instantly. The first thing their new doughfaced coach does is try to trade the franchise quarterback — the one stable piece of that team. And then when the trade doesn’t go through and said quarterback is pissed, Josh McDaniels didn’t force Jay Cutler‘s hand by telling him to play ball or stay home. He pussyfooted around the whole situation, letting Cutler’s sulking and trade demands become national news. And now, when the team needed for its owner to be the balls of the franchise and force both men into a room to work this shit out, he caves.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen released a statement saying both he and McDaniels had been unable to get Cutler to call them back over the last 10 days. Bowlen said he spoke with Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, on Tuesday and came away convinced “that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos.”

Therefore, Bowlen said, “We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded.”

And with those words, Pat Bowlen grew a vagina.

This concerns us because the talk will immediately start back up about the Buccaneers being one of the potential landing places for Cutler. It’s already started on TBO where Roy Cummings tells us in the headline to expect the Bucs to be involved, but then hedges his bet at the end and says it will be hard to do.

The Bucs are sure to look at all the possibilities this news creates in the coming days, and it’s likely they’ll make another play for Cutler. Their chances of getting him this time, though, seem slimmer than before.

The only reason it was even possible before was because no one else knew Cutler was on the block and the Bucs still had a second round pick to work with. Neither of those things are true now and there are teams with more desperate needs at quarterback who have more capital to work with.

Yahoo! Sports is citing a “league source” that says that the Glazers are the ones who are pushing to get Cutler.

The source said ownership is fixated on the fact that quarterback has developed into a long-term problem for the franchise, particularly after the juggling of former coach Jon Gruden. Knowing that the pursuit is backed by ownership should make the Buccaneers a formidable team to bid against.

But that doesn’t change the fact that they don’t have the picks or quarterback to get him. A three-way trade is possible with a team like Cleveland who has two quarterbacks, but what to do the Bucs have that Cleveland wants for one of them? Denver isn’t giving up Cutler for less than a first rounder plus a starter or an equivalent pick. Is Cleveland going to deal Derek Anderson for a third round pick? Would the Bucs’ first rounder plus Anderson even be enough to get Cutler with Detroit and Philadelphia both having two first rounders this year? It just can’t happen unless the Bucs are willing to deal a superstar — Antonio Bryant, Gaines Adams, Barrett Ruud… one of those guys would get Denver’s attention. And I would completely lose my shit if it even became legitimate speculation.

I can’t even deal with this anymore right now. I need to calm down. Here’s something to help you do the same. Maybe there’s even a surprise underneath it.

Today of all days, I can't believe you clicked it.

Are We Still Talking About Cutler?

March 25, 2009 at 09:30am by Scott   •  No Comments »

Jay Cutler: The Sulk of the Franchise
Why isn’t this over yet? The Tribune is still leading their day with a Jay Cutler story and the Times isn’t too far behind. Guys, that ship has sailed. The Bucs might have had a chance to swing the trade when no one else knew that Josh McDaniels wanted to boot Cutler. But as soon as word leaked about the possibility of his availability, it was over.

The Bucs don’t have nearly the same trade capital as other teams who need a quarterback. The Broncos would need a comparable quarterback to replace Cutler, which the Bucs don’t have on their roster. So they would have to make up for it with draft picks. The assumption is that Matthew Stafford (Georgia) will be taken very high and that Mark Sanchez (Southern Cal) will be gone in the top 20, possibly going as high as ten to San Francisco. The Bucs have number nineteen and then don’t pick again until the third round. Meanwhile, both Detroit and Philadelphia have two first round picks and Cleveland has two starting-caliber quarterbacks under contract. The Bucs can’t play at this table.

Joel Glazer put an exclamation point on it when he gave his address yesterday.

We’re going to be disciplined and we’re going to be patient. We’re going to stick to it and do what we think is in the best interest of long-term, sustainable success. I come back to the draft. You’ve got to succeed in the draft. Free agency is not going to solve all our problems. You have to always be in the position that once we’ve identified good players, that we’re in a position not to lose those good players and that’s the key. Winning in March in free agency, very rarely do you see those teams in the headlines in January. You have to be disciplined to resist what can lead you down a dark path.

People love to keep banging away at this kind of thing, especially now when there’s not much else going on to write about. But this is a dead issue and it’s time to stop giving it CPR.

By the way, read the whole conference with Glazer. He says some pretty good stuff in there about the financial stability of the franchise, the end of the 2008 season and the veteran dismissals.

But one thing that drives us day in and day out is we have one Super Bowl ring but we’ve got many more fingers.

Not a bad line, right? It makes up for that thing Raheem Morris did on Monday. Not that Glazer is this generation’s Winston Churchill or Martin Luther King, but at least I didn’t feel personally insulted after he spoke. (I’ll stop harping on this when Morris improves his speaking abilities or I just get used to it.)