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Now It’s A Party

December 06, 2012 at 12:54am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

I swear I got this image from a collection called the '50 Most Punchable Faces in Sports'.
Two more names have been added to the attendee list of the 2002 Super Bowl reunion: Monte Kiffin and Keyshawn Johnson. And these additions really beg the question, what the hell is Ken Dilger doing that’s so important?

Kiffin suddenly has a lot of free time since he “resigned” from the University of Southern California. Apparently they figured out the Tampa 2 in the PAC-12 and rather than wait around for his own son to fire him, he bailed to “pursue NFL opportunities”. Now, I haven’t heard anyone clamoring for Monte this season, but there will be a couple top-down housecleanings in the NFL, so it’s not unreasonable that he gets some play as a DC or even a position coach in the offseason. But let’s not pretend this is a career move at 72. ANYWAY, he’s coming to Tampa for the reunion and I would pay to see if he and Warren Sapp ever get within 15 feet of each other after Sapp buried Kiffin in his book. If you’re attending the game this Sunday, PLEASE pay attention to those two and post something here about how it went down.

Speaking of people that Sapp hung out to dry in his book, Keyshawn was finally able to finagle some time in his busy busy schedule to make the trip.

Johnson, a wide receiver who now works for ESPN, was not on the original list of alumni but was later able to arrange with his bosses to make the trip.

Oh no! What will ESPN do without Keyshawn’s keen takes on the NFL like when he said Peyton Manning was a dome quarterback and couldn’t play outside or when he blamed the Bengals for when Chad Johnson got arrested this year? Yes, I’m sure the ESPN bosses were really torn on this decision. Jon Gruden is the host of Monday Night Football (for ESPN no less) and has a game to call the next day and he was still the first one to RSVP that he’d be in Tampa for the anniversary, so don’t tell me Keyshawn had some major scheduling conflict with the Monday Night Countdown bosses. I’m pretty sure Steve Young just runs Keyshawn’s mouth by remote with an iPad anyway.


September 23, 2010 at 10:57pm by Slow Joe   •  3 Comments »

My instincts can't possibly be any WORSE than Sabby's, can they?Head coach Raheem Morris today announced that rookie 7th round pick Cody Grimm will start at free safety against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. To hear Morris tell it, it didn’t seem the decision was all that hard:

“You watch the kid go out there and perform and then you put him in different situations that you didn’t see him in college, and he performs the way he has so far,” Morris said. “He’s been a student of the game. The limited amount of errors that he has made as a rookie, it gives you a great feel about him. I want to see him go out and play.”

I can’t say I’m shocked.  Though I’ve hardly seen Grimm at all, I’ve heard nothing but positives about his play.  Football is in his blood, so I’m sure instincts and football IQ won’t be a problem for him.  His lack of experience scares me, but the alternative is Sabby Piscitelli.  If I’m afraid of Grimm making a dumb mistake because he’s inexperienced, I’d be just as afraid of Piscitelli making a dumb mistake because he’s Sabby Piscitelli.

“There was definitely thought about Sabby. Sabby’s played over there a little bit. He’s the backup strong safety, and he definitely would have went in if anything would have happened to (Jones). … He’ll still be a significant part.”

I believe Morris when he says this.  First off, the two safety positions are similar, but not interchangeable.  When Dexter Jackson and John Lynch were the starting safeties in Tampa Bay, then-defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin made the two spots so similar they were basically the same position.  Back then, Lynch still had enough giddyup to cover the pass and Jackson was surprisingly strong in run support.  But throughout most of the rest of the history of the “Tampa Two” defense, the two different safeties had two different sets of responsibilities.

So, with a rookie who’s learned nearly nothing but the free safety position, you’d probably not start him at strong safety if Sean Jones went down.  Conversely, with a 2nd-string strong safety who you’re trying to for-Christ’s-sake-and-all-that-is-holy get his head out of his ass when he’s on the field so he can take advantage of his physical gifts, it probably isn’t a good idea to start him now that Tanard Jackson is suspended.

Et Tu, Monte?

January 13, 2010 at 10:11am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Monte prepares to shit himself.  DON'T PULL HIS FINGER, ERIC!
I think one of the most disappointing aspects of Lane Kiffin‘s desertion of Tennessee is Monte Kiffin‘s silence. The guy’s just so energetic and in every interview he seemed genuinely excited to be a part of the University and the program and would proclaim how he wasn’t going anywhere. Remember this?

“I didn’t coach in the NFL 25 years to come to Tennessee and get experience to go back to the NFL. I’m not here because of my kid and grandkids — that may be a little bit of the reason — but I’m going to tell you right here, I’m not going. I’m going to stay right here, I love it here and I’m going to coach here as long as I can coach.”

I remember reading that a couple months ago and swelling with pride as the godfather of my favorite pro team went to bat for my college team and gave us his word that he wasn’t going anywhere. At the time, “anywhere” meant retirement or the NFL. I guess Los Angeles doesn’t count as a place.

Of course I’m not surprised that he’s leaving with Lane. I’m just immensely disappointed. I’m not sure what he could have done, but I know “nothing” isn’t the answer. Warren Sapp always seemed to be hesitant to give Monte credit for his success, choosing instead to talk up Rod Marinelli. Anytime I hear Sapp speak about Monte now, there’s always a touch of disdain in his voice. I guess now we know why. You fucked us, Monte.

Ha! As I typed this, this came over Twitter:

Monte Kiffin on air in Knoxville this morning, just committed secondary violation by mentioning recruit by name. Exit as you enter.

How does the PAC-10 handle these kinds of violations? Do they send bitchy hairdressers to slap you and call you mean? Everyone in California is gay, right?

I’ll see if I can find what he said on the air.

Be Afraid

July 12, 2009 at 11:50am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Xavier Mitchell returns the favor Tebow did for all those kids in the Philippines.

During the current downtime when college coaches can’t so much as glance at a player, Monte Kiffin is spending his time in Tampa with only one thing on his mind: Gator stompin’.

In particular, Kiffin continues to explore ways to counter some of the unique offenses Tennessee’s Vols will face this season. Foremost among them is Florida’s lethal spread, with Tim Tebow pulling the trigger.

Those who know Kiffin say he has spent considerable time analyzing ways to deal with the divide-and-conquer formation as well as the Gators’ across-the-board speed. At UT, it’s Job 1.

So the defensive coaching legend whose name is synonymous with the preeminate scheme used in the NFL has devoted his undivided attention to stopping the 21-year old serial circumciser? And they’re predicting a four-touchdown spread? Vol fans, place your bets and prepare to retire early.

REAR ENTRIES: Money, Monte & Mexicans

May 15, 2009 at 11:31am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

HOW TO BE A SPORTS FRANCHISE OWNER: Here’s a little article from the Wall Street Journal on how various sports franchise owners acquired their wealth and teams, including Malcolm Glazer. So if you were always wanting to know how Glazer got rich and don’t know what Wikipedia is, there you go.

MONTE TEACHING VOLS WITH BUCS GAME FILM: It’s not a surprise since all the tape Monte Kiffin has made for the last 13 years has been with the Bucs, but he’s using his Tampa game film to instruct his current crop of Tennessee defensive players. For example, this safety

Branum talked to defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin “every two days” and even sat with him to break down film of Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Sabbi Piscitelli and former Tampa Bay safety John Lynch.

“(Monte) really wants me to play like them,” said Branum, who had 35 tackles, eight pass break-ups and three interceptions this past season. “They want to use me inside the box and cover all the way out into the flats.

Time to change your shorts, Urban.

ARE THEY SURE THEY KNOW WHAT HISPANIC MEANS?: Jeff Garcia is a nominee for Best Football Player in a Tecate-sponsored award ceremony to honor Hispanic athletes. Seriously.

Nominees for the second edition of “Tecate Premios Deportes” (Tecate Sports Awards) were announced today. Nearly 60 Hispanic athletes from six sports categories are being considered for their sportsmanship, talent and character exemplified during 2008.

Okay, I get that his name is Garcia and that his Wikipedia page says he is technically of Mexican heritage, but come on. That’s like checking “American Indian” on the census just because you tan easily. Is there anybody on earth less Hispanic than this?

For old time's sake -- the only reason for this entry.

Why, yes there is.

Football Player of the Year:
1. Robert Garza, Chicago Bears
2. Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
4. Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5. Luis Castillo, San Diego Chargers

Tony Romo. Tony fucking Romo up for an award honoring Hispanics. BOOO!

Garza just attended his mother’s American citizenship ceremony. He qualifies as Hispanic. Castillo actually lived in the Dominican Republic as a child and he returns there every offseason. He qualifies. Gonzalez is on the edge. He is part African-American, Jamaican, Native American and Cape Verdean. The Cape Verde part is what Tecate is clinging to, but at least there’s no white in there. Plus he speaks Spanish, so he gets a pass. But Romo? Romo is from Wisconsin with his mother’s side being German and Polish, the mathematical opposite of Hispanic. Plus he looks like this:

What? No sombrero?

There he is, folks. Tony Romo, all swarthy and just dripping with Latin sex appeal. Is that Gloria Trevi I hear in the background? Come on, Tecate, pick someone more worthy. I know albinos that aren’t as white as Romo. When you have the award for the pastiest quarterback to choke away a playoff game, give Romo a call. Although I guess that wouldn’t be a Tecate thing. That’s more of a Blatz award.

Redskins Don’t Have Too Much In The Pants

May 15, 2009 at 10:01am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Sapp tries to make a Moon Pie.
I hate continuing to cater to a media whore, but with OTAs done for the week and a former Buccaneer willing to say whatever fool thing comes to his mind, these entries kind of write themselves, and I’m all about phoning it in. And so we have Warren Sapp‘s latest live chat on

Bill, St Louis
BIG DAWG!!!! You are the man. How does Tampa get back to the big dance? Do you think they are heading in the right direction?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
I like their offense, but you can tell me that an offensive-driven team in Tampa wins a championship. They have a championship caliber offense, now they got to get their defense back on that level.

Mark, Minnesota
Did you really just say that Tampa has a championship caliber offense? Luke McCown? Michael Clayton? Did I miss something?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
Antonio Bryant, Kellen Winslow Jr., Cadillac Williams, Derrick Ward in the backfield. Who just won the Super Bowl? Name one offensive lineman on the Pittsburgh Steelers. It isn’t the names, it’s the cameraderie. Stop being a fan, might want to learn something. I actually went to the facility. I don’t read the newspapers.

Rhodri Jones, Tredegar, Wales
Hi Warren. What do you think is the biggest quality Monte Kiffen has and how do you think he will be as a college coordinator ?. Thanks bud.

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
Happy trails Monte Kiffin, enjoy Rocky Top.

Sapp really doesn’t like Monte, does he?

Joe, San Marcos
Can I get an invite to one those wild pool parties that I saw on your commercial for Fantasy Football?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
The next one is yours my friend. Check my twitter QB Killa. I’ll have a date and a place my man.

I started following Sapp on Twitter, but I expect his interest in it to last about a week. He just doesn’t have the attention span to stick with something like th– hey, look, a penny!

cody, winnipeg.canada
best o-linemen you went up against?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
Randall McDaniel and Larry Allen.

Tad , St. Louis, Missouri
In your opinion, who is the best D-linemen in the league right now?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
From inside, you take Haynesworth. If I’m looking for an end, I love Mario Williams’ game.

ryan, laurel maryland
whats your take on the redskins?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
All flash and ain’t too much in the pants.

Wait, didn’t you just say Haynesworth was the best defensive tackle in the league? That’s all flash?

[… and then Scott realized he was calling out Warren Sapp for not making sense, so he quietly moved on.]

Brendan, Toronto
Who was the most annoying player you ever played with?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
Richie Incognito from the Rams.

There’s a story I want to hear. How do you get under the skin of one of the all-time trash talkers?

I have to put you on the spot. Who is the best coach Tony Dungy or Jon Gruden?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
I wouldn’t mind lining up for either one of them ever again. Did I just wuss out?

Yes, but it was to a guy who calls himself Cool Breeze, so it’s okay.

Allen, Tampa
Who was your favorite teammate to play with?

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
My favorite teammate was John Lynch. Derrick Brooks was the best player I ever played with.

He couldn’t pick a coach, but he picked a favorite teammate?!? Wow, that’s bold. I’ve always heard Lynch was a great teammate, but I wouldn’t have thought Sapp would pick him. It’s not a racial thing — they just seem so different.

Scotty, Tampa
You look like you are in great shape after dancing with the Stars show. Any chance you can come back to Tampa and play? We need a DT!

Warren Sapp, NFL Network
I’m still waiting on that call back from Gruden. Oh, wait, he isn’t the coach anymore, sorry. QB Killa OUT!

At least Dungy always returned his calls. Wherever Gruden is coaching next year, let’s hope he learned that lesson. Players don’t forget shit like that. And it’s not like there’s still heat between them. Gruden and Sapp have been together on many occasions over the last several years and gotten along great. Sapp says he loves Gruden. But there will always be that mark against Gruden for not delivering on promises.

There’s a whole bunch of stuff in there that I skipped, and with it being Friday and you only pretending to work today, it’s a decent diversion for you guys who work behind proxy filters and can’t get porn.

Gaines Adams = “Intern”

January 28, 2009 at 11:18am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Shanahan's stomach is getting upset because he knows Rice isn't good enough to stay on the team, but he's still strong enough to beat his ass.
This is kind of the second part of the Simeon Rice post from last night. Evidently, the interview kept going after PFT’s excerpt. Rice went on to say nice things about all the other defensive coaches on the Buccaneer staff. And then he shilled for a job.

Monte was the truth, man,” Rice said. “Monte’s a great, classy coach. Rod Marinelli, he’s my favorite guy of all time. Mike Tomlin, great coach. Now they’ve got Raheem [Morris] who is a great person. I already called Raheem [and said], ‘Listen, I’m ready to come back and let’s do this.’ You’ve got a lot of interns at my spot right now. They had some interns a couple of years. Now they need to come back and upgrade that spot, get the real deal, put him in the game and let him go! That’s how I feel!”

Three sacks over his last two seasons in the league, and then he was out this year. You knew there was another angle to this. No one is buying his shit clothes, no one wanted to do a shit reality show on his feeble attempt at a comeback and now no one is going to his shit party for his shit label. So he’s trying to get back into the only thing that was ever successful for him.

Look, Rice was great at getting to the quarterback. No doubt about it. I was actually one of the ones who didn’t like the move to cut him (back when I didn’t know his shoulder would never heal.) And Gaines Adams may not yet be up his level. But do you think Adams would ever get on the radio and call out the guy who eventually replaces him and call him an intern? And then send out a public plea to the head coach to get his old job back? Some things are more important than talent, and Rice doesn’t have any of them.

Bill Muir Blames The Defense

January 27, 2009 at 10:32am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

Next we're going to work on how to get false starts at the most devastatingly critical times.
With Super Bowl week happening in Tampa now, a lot of Buccaneer people are going to get extra exposure just by proximity. One of those guys is Bill Muir, who Mike Francesa interviewed for 34 minutes yesterday. the interview covered Jon Gruden‘s firing, the reasons behind it, his conversation with Gruden about it, and a bunch of other stuff. The WFAN website has the entire interview uncut and without commercial interruption streaming here. There is also a link to download the whole thing at once if that’s how you roll. I listened to it and basically just typed up notes, which I have barely edited and leave for you to go over if you don’t feel like listening to Muir for a half-hour of your life. My thoughts after the notes.

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This Is Less Than Encouraging

January 20, 2009 at 08:36am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

I... I really don't know what the fuck to do next.
I know it’s just a couple quotes from an unnamed source, but this PFW article is a little disconcerting. Here are the good bits, and by good I mean pretty much the opposite of good:

“I saw how Morris coached at Kansas State,” said a veteran coach of Morris’ one year (2006) as the team’s D-coordinator. “It was not good. There was little leadership by him. The defense was bad. He basically got fired. … He was not ready to take over for a Hall of Fame defensive coordinator (Kiffin), let alone become the head coach.

“It’s baffling to me.”

“This may be another one-year experiment gone bad,” said one league executive. “I’ll tell you this: I can’t wait to play them. Everyone who knew what they were doing in that building is gone.”

Huh. Well, there’s an angle we didn’t hear over the weekend. The Wildcats defense improved during the year Morris was at Kansas State, so the source must mean there were other problems or he is just being a hater. And we all trust the opinions of Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks, don’t we? I mean, there’s no way those guys would be blinded by their friendship with Morris and would give him their ringing endorsements if he wasn’t completely qualified, right? Even though Brooks’s contract ends in 2009 and Barber’s in 2010 and neither of them will likely be around if the whole house of cards comes crashing down?

Fuck me.

Bruce Allen’s State Of The Fail Address

January 09, 2009 at 12:33pm by Scott   •  5 Comments »

Stuff is coming out slowly about what Bruce Allen had to say about the state of the franchise this morning. A media contact I know that was there told me the following:

  • The Glazers encourage Bruce to spend to the cap limit. He didn’t this year because no one was available that would have been worth spending money on. He said if the trade deadline was later, he would have traded for someone, but he didn’t say if it was anyone specific or if he was just making a general statement.
  • He said blaming Monte Kiffin‘s announcement for the collapse of the defense would be “shallow”.
  • He took personal responsibility for drafting Dexter Jackson. Of course, it is his responsibility, but his having to accept it means that he agrees that Jackson was not worth a second round pick. It’s rare to hear something like that from a GM after one year.
  • It was always the plan to “redshirt” Dre Moore.

He said those were the best bits and then had to go, so I don’t have any more yet. Someone is bound to have asked about Jeff Garcia, but I imagine Allen was non-committal about him either way. I’ll update this when I hear more.