Perhaps Joe has figured out where a former Bucs starting guard is coming from.
Joe learned long ago to fully understand someone you must look at the road the man has traveled. So let’s briefly look at the path of former Bucs guard and popular local sports radio personality Ian Beckles.
Beckles played for Bill Mallory at Indiana back when the Big Ten was still a ground-and-pound league and folks looked at the forward pass with a wary eye.
So Beckles believes a good football player and a good football team is one that doesn’t rely on finesse but instead overpowers teams with physical brute strength. Good, properly played football is where a team imposes its will on defenses by slamming the ball down a defense’s throat.
Stunts and blitzing are trickery and black magic that cover for lesser football players. Passing too much is only for effete teams that cannot run the ball.
So keep this in mind when Beckles takes the Bucs and specific players to task as Beckles did on his recent podcast “In the Trenches.” Beckles was loaded for bear after the Bucs got slapped around by the Chiefs on Sunday night.
“You know what you hang your hat on? Consistency,” Beckles said. “What do the Bucs do consistently? I don’t think they do anything consistently, personally.”
Beckles referred to the awakened Bucs passing attack as “fluffy yards.” Beckles was outraged the Bucs only ran for three yards.
“At no time did I feel the Buccaneers were going to win that game,” Beckles said. “Never.
“I don’t know the statistic on this but I bet whenever you fumble the opening kickoff and [the recovering] team scores a touchdown, that team wins 95 percent of the time.”
Beckles gave the Bucs’ offensive line a compliment but grumbled about run blocking.
“Believe it or not our offensive line held up pretty well considering how many times Tom Brady threw the ball,” Beckles said. “And we’re pretty good up front pass blocking-wise. I’m still not really sure as far as the run game goes.”
Beckles also harped on the pass rush saying if you stop Shaq Barrett you basically shut it down, and that if an inside linebacker (Devin White) is your second-best pass rusher, “That ain’t good.”
Beckles believes Vita Vea needs to step up.
“And let me tell you something about Vita Vea, OK?” Beckles began. “And I like Vita Vea. But Vita Vea isn’t playing well. He looks lazy.
“There is no electricity in his game. There is no ‘mean’ in his game. I don’t see anything. I don’t see any hunger in his game. I think him not having JPP in there, that’s a big deal.
“Akiem Hicks is supposed to be this guy. Where is Ndamukong Suh? Where is JPP? Where is the leadership? Where is it? I just don’t see it. I don’t.”
Beckles was so upset with the defensive effort Sunday night that even one of his his favorite defenders, Devin White, was not spared a scolding.
“I see Devin White — he’s a great athlete,” Beckles said. “He’s not a great linebacker. He is an amazing athlete. He does not play with discipline. At all. I don’t think he ever has.
“But he is an amazing athlete. Big, strong, fast. The whole nine yards. But instinctively, he’s just not that great. … He does some wonderful stuff. He needs to smarten up a little bit.”
Julio Jones’ talk? That upsets Beckles.
“Julio Jones to me is just a name,” Beckles said. “He’s just a big ol’ name. He played OK in the first game and we haven’t seen him since. Now everybody gets excited about Julio Jones.
“Julio Jones is not Julio Jones anymore. He’s just not. … Julio Jones’ name is going be on the injury report every week. Let’s just get that straight.”
Everything was not Sunshine Skyway material for Beckles, though. He raved about Mike Evans.
“Mike Evans is a bad SOB,” Beckles said. “And for him to be at this point in his career and playing the way he is, and still be the mismatch that he is — Mike Evans is one of the biggest mismatches of the last 10 years in the NFL. Nobody can cover this cat.
“If it is one-on-one in the red zone against Mike Evans, good luck. Don’t you put no scrub out there. Outside of [Marshon] Lattimore, Evans eats up a lot of cats.”
On Kyle Rudolph:
“Kyle Rudolph, who? I barely know who that is. I barely know his number.
On Joe Tryon-Shoyinka:
“Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, I’m calling you out! [The Bucs] brought you here as a pass rusher and they are taking you out in pass-rushing situations. Shame on you!”
On the State of the Bucs after four games:
“I don’t like the way it looks, people.”
All is not lost, Beckles added. The Bucs are 2-2 and Beckles said, “If you would have told me before the season the Bucs would be 3-1 after the first four games I would have laughed at you.”
Beckles made sure to point out to listeners that honest critique is not hate.
“I’m not down on my football team, I’m just being real.”
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