Buccaneers Pick Six: Bucs are a joke
By James Yarcho
Six Best (Or Worst) Quotes, Depending On Your Point Of View
1.) “Defense played amazing. They definitely gave us a chance, and it goes back to what I said: I’ve got to play better. Pat Murray did that – if you’re not scoring any points for your defense it’s going to be hard to win and I definitely didn’t come out and do that today. I’m happy that I feel good [physically]. Now we’ve got to go to New Orleans and make some noise.” – Jameis Winston
Well, how about, for once, you guys take advantage when the defense gives you a chance? You didn’t against New England. You didn’t against Carolina. It’s getting a little ridiculous.
2.) “It’s tough because as a defensive lineman you pride yourself in getting sacks. We’ve just got to keep working together – the ends turning the corner there, the tackles getting the push, and they’ll come. It’s frustrating because we’ve been through six, seven games where we haven’t gotten the production that we’re normally accustomed to but we’ve just got to keep working.” – Chris Baker
This defensive line is pretty pathetic if they pride themselves on getting sacks. Julius Peppers has more on the season than the Bucs do as a team. If that’s what you’re taking pride in, you must not be a very proud bunch.
3.) “I wish I knew why we weren’t starting fast and finishing fast. I don’t know what it is. Like I said before the season, on paper we are an amazing team, but we’re just not as good as we thought we were, so we’ve just got to pick it up. The good thing about it is we have nine games left.” – Mike Evans
Well you all need to figure it out and FAST. Time is running out and these slow starts are compounding other problems. There’s plenty of blame for these issues to go around, but I don’t believe Evans is one of those reasons.
4.) “There is nobody more frustrated than us right now. It’s tough. We are not doing our jobs, so that’s a problem.” – Ali Marpet
Then there needs to be some accountability. If you guys aren’t doing your jobs, someone (Dirk Koetter, as the head coach) needs to find a way to get you guys to wake the heck up and do your jobs. Teamwork makes the dream work and right now, we’re living a nightmare.
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5.) “Yeah, absolutely. I think 11-5 is a pretty good record. Of course, that [means] us having to win every game from now, but it’s still possible. We still have the potential to be great, but potential is only what you do with it.” – T.J. Ward
After running off at the mouth about lack of playing time, Ward did nothing with his opportunities today. He believes they can be a great football team. If they’re going to turn it around, it’s on him and his teammates to start making plays and living up to their potential. Otherwise, they’ll be lucky to go 5-11.
6.) “Defense did a good job and playing short-handed at corner, I thought the defense did a nice job. Offensively, that first half, three penalties and an interception hurt us. We’re playing against a good defense and we just couldn’t overcome first-and-20 or second-and-20, whatever the case may have been. It seemed like every time we did get a drive going, something happened, whether it be a penalty or eventually three turnovers by the end of the game, that took us out of it.” – Dirk Koetter
Well, coach, that’s on you. We’re talking about disciplined, basic football. Stop with the stupid penalties and shooting yourselves in the foot repeatedly. It’s the same players making the same mistakes week in and week out. If you want to overcome 1st-and-20 or 2nd-and-20 get your players prepared properly and cut the stupidity out.