TAMPA — After last Saturday’s rout at the hands of the potentially playoff bound Dallas Cowboys, Deion Sanders blasted the Bucs claiming they were quitting and he knew quit when he saw it. The Buccaneers came out of the scoreless first half and ended the game with 15 points in the losing effort. But now some players are fighting back at Sanders’ words and one of those guys is offensive lineman Jeremy Trueblood.
“Basically, he doesn’t play for us. He’s an outsider looking in,” Trueblood said to the St. Petersburg Time’s Rick Stroud. “Great player, but that doesn’t mean he knows exactly what’s happening in our locker room and on our field. You know, you respect what people have to say, but you don’t always have to agree with them.”
The Buccaneers have been criticized in the Tampa media for quitting and Sanders saying it on semi-National TV was really the first loud mouth outside of Tampa to call the Bucs out.
“I respect Raheem Morris with the utmost respect. But a lot of these guys has quit, man. They’ve shut this thing down. I know quit when I see quit. And quit is not disguised tonight. It’s evident they’re not mentally, physically, emotionally in this thing tonight.” said Sanders on the NFL Network, a nationally televised channel that is seen in select homes.
Trueblood may not be one to talk given the play of the offensive line in the recent weeks, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t defend himself. I understand that Sanders needs to say sound bite material to stay relevant on television and keep his actual primetime job alive, but the Bucs are easy targets and the fact that they are defending themselves is very telling in both sad and positive ways.