Tag:Davin Joseph
Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: December 25, 2011 11:10 am

Buccaneers have run amok (not in a good way)


By Josh Katzowitz

Although I said in this week’s For the Gambler in You that I thought Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris would survive into next year, I also didn’t foresee the absolute pummeling the Panthers put on Tampa Bay, 48-16, on Saturday.

During their current nine-game losing streak, the Buccaneers have allowed an average of 33.8 points per contest, and that’s simply not a recipe a coach needs to follow in order to save his job.

If I could take back that pick on my latest Gambler post, I think I would.

We mentioned a few weeks ago, it wasn’t a great sign when Morris sent defensive tackle Brian Price home in the third quarter for a personal foul penalty and then said afterward, “You know, they're not listening. They've got to listen and we've got to do a better job of coaching. That's all."

After Saturday’s game, cornerback Ronde Barber confirmed the team’s acrimony and the suggestion that Morris -- who benched LaGarrette Blount for most of the first half after he fumbled early in the first quarter -- doesn’t have control of his squad (another key ingredient for a coach about to be axed).

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"It looks like guys want to do their own thing,” Barber said, via the Tampa Tribune. “You've got to believe the guy next to you is going to do his job.”

Not even the fact the Buccaneers held top-notch receiver Steve Smith to one catch for nine yards could salvage the wounds torn open by the Panthers offense. That’s probably because Tampa Bay’s run defense was atrocious, giving up 270 yards, and allowing Brandon LaFell to catch three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.

"They didn't even need him (Smith) today,” Barber said. “That just shows how far they've come and how far we've gotten away from what we used to be.”

But Tampa Bay guard Davin Joseph took exception to the thought that the team isn’t playing hard for its coach.

"It can't be that simple,” Joseph said. "You can't say this looks like a team that doesn't want Coach Morris to come back. The way we're going, I'd say this is a team where I'm wondering whether our players are going to come back.”

At this point, the team should be wondering if anybody is going to be coming back from what has turned out to be a disaster of a season.

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:42 am

Bucs fire successful OL coach

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Buccaneers have made an interesting – and if by interesting, I mean strange – decision to fire OL coach Pete Mangurian.

Considering, as the Tampa Tribune writes, he “took a young, patchwork group last season and molded a unit that ranked eighth in the league in rushing while protecting quarterback Josh Freeman effectively,” it doesn’t make much sense, on the surface, to pink-slip Mangurian.

Plus, Mangurian had to deal with injuries to C Jeff Faine, G Davin Joseph and T Jeremy Youngblood, and still, the Buccaneers averaged 4.6 yards per carry this year – a club record.

“I am pretty surprised,'' Faine told the paper. "It definitely caught me off guard.''

But according to the St. Petersburg Times' Stephen Holder, the decision might have been made because of a disconnect between Mangurian and offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:07 pm

Another Buc lost for the season

Posted by Andy BenoitD. Joseph

The Cody Grimm injury is something the Buccaneers can overcome. The Davin Joseph injury? A much tougher deal. Raheem Morris announced Monday that the Bucs thundering guard (and best offensive linemen) is out for the season with a broken bone in his foot.

Rookie Ted Larsen has already been filling in at the shallow guard position on the left side for Tampa Bay. It is presumed that former starting left guard Jeremy Zuttah will now handle Joseph’s duties on the right side (Zuttah stepped in for Joseph Sunday). Zuttah offers mobility comparable to Joseph’s, but he doesn’t bring nearly as much power.

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