15 November 2015: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel (16) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end George Johnson (94) during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
Signed as a free agent from Detroit in April of 2015, the Lions disputed the contact offer he signed with Tampa Bay, and the Bucs eventually made a trade that cost them a fifth-round pick, but netted them an additional seventh rounder. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, as of now the Lions appear to have come out on the better end of the deal. Johnson is aware of that, and is aiming to change the eventual outcome.
“Yeah, its really big for me. Me and my family, we call this our revenge year,” Johnson told PewterReport.com on Wednesday afternoon. “You know last year did really, like you said, it didn’t go as planned with injuries, not playing as well as I wanted to. So this is basically big for us, just to really come back and show that you know we’re not a bust.”
The former Vikings and Lions player didn’t register a single sack in 2015 after recording six with the Lions in 2014. Johnson knows that isn’t acceptable.
While Johnson didn’t have the season he and the Bucs expected, he does like the style of Mike Smith’s new Buccaneers defense and thinks the team will thrive in the new scheme.
“It’s more in the face, more of attacking you know getting after people, not letting people dictate us or sitting back and just waiting. We’re more just going after you now.”
“Coaches don’t even talk about it,” Johnson said. “We just, we try not to let that affect us because when you start chasing records and things like that, you get away from what the ultimate goal is, and the ultimate goal is basically to win the Super Bowl. So what we want to do is, if we can get there we want to get there, but we’re going to chase our Super Bowl dream first.”
“Yeah definitely, you could see its a different identity from last year,” Johnson said. “You know guys are more relaxed, the guys are more in tune, basically talking more. We’re starting to become more of a unit instead of just individuals.”
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When I first read the title of this post I laughed, then I was mad because I actually forgot he was still on the team and have no clue why he is still on this fricken team, but then I think of guys like Stocker, A Verner, EDS etc and then I remember mediocrity is excepted in Tampa for some reason, until they fix the culture of the team these guys will find employment in Tampa for multiple yrs ask Maurice Stovall
jongruden I “accept” your misuse of words, but I do not “accept” your failure to remember that Stovall was actaully a dynamite special teams player for a time. Which teams like to have.
As far as George Johnson, the pick they traded away could have been used on Bears starting safety Adrian Amos, which means that unless Johnson turns into the next Michael Bennett it will have been a horrible trade for Licht and the Bucs.
Yes, I misused the word “accepted” but what the hell are you talking about Stovall was a “dynamic” special teams player? I remember he would refuse to tackle guys along the sideline which was caught on instant replay several times, he was a joke but he kept getting another yr on the team cause he would have a good training camp
jongurden, you should really heed the words of Mark Twain who said, “It’s better to be silent and let people think you are a fool than to speak out and prove it.”
Every team has their Luke Stocker, Russell Shepered’s and EDS’s.
Not every player is going to be a “Gronk” Jeff Saturday or Clay Mathews.
You seem to have this obsessive problem with Stocker because he isn’t Tony Gonzalez.
Dude, the guy was a fourth round draft choice and was never selected to be a pass catching threat.
He certainly isn’t over paid and three head coaches from varying backgrounds all believe he fills a need here.
Seriously, after a while your rants about the guy border on the absurd. I’m almost sure if you lived in Tampa you would be parked outside his house and following him around town in sunglasses and a scowl on your face.
Thank god for everyone concerned you live in Phoenix I believe.
As for EDS and Verner, I believe both of those players will be on the bubble this season. A good deal of the decision making will be based on how much guaranteed money they will receive, if any.
Both players have been disappointments, but I wouldn’t fay they have been total busts, more like C- players or as I would agree with your, mediocre.
I don’t believe anyone in the organization thinks this is acceptable, but until someone else better comes along, do you suggest they cut them and just put a player in their slot no matter if they play even worse.
As for George Johnson. I think the new regime is going to give him a fair chance and a clean slate to start over and why not.
It certainly isn’t going to cost them any money and he may get himself straightened out.
What puzzles me about his statement is he says Mike Smith’s defense is more attacking, but under Lovie’s defense, the primary focus of the front four was to put pressure on the QB. How much more attacking is there than that.
Who can forget Warren Sapp’s famous line while playing this defense when he said, “We tackle the running back on the way to the QB.”
I’m so glad I get under your skin Drdneast, lol Yes, every team has players like the ones you mentioned know what the difference is they don’t genrally last longer than a few yrs on team second local publications don’t give “Player of the week” awards to TE’s who had 22 yds receiving and 3rd fans don’t get into a hissy fit trying to protect their honor like our very own Luke Stocker Fan Club Team President Mr. drdNeast Don’t have a heart attack if I start saying we need to replace the long snapper
LOL – year for revenge…dude, step aside…like the Safeties, you had your chance and you were horrible…fool me once…
He could register 1 sack this year and call it a “revenge” year. Nice try though.
This just in Larry English says a “storm is coming”
I believe bad schemes and poor coaching killed the defense last year. Mike Smith will salvage the players who are worth keeping. Johnson might not even be here when the season starts. We’ll see. It would be a great story if his revenge was 10+ sacks. I know we need to upgrade the talent, but the biggest upgrade has already been made…..in the coaching staff. It is possible for the first time ever, that the Bucs could be top10 in both offense and defense in the very near future. Go Bucs.
I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed drdneast and jonnyg this morning. Got me laughing. I admire both of you for your loyalty to the Bucs and your football knowledge. But my friend, you are a bit over the top with your bringing up the name of a certain TE in virtually every post. I have now given you the name, “The Stocker Stalker”. I think without realizing it, you are developing a reversed attitude like the old transplanted Bears and Packer fans who look down their noses at their local team and find themselves too good to change loyalty. You know the type, there are plenty out in the desert who fancy themselves too good to be Cardinals fans. Many wear Cowboy hats. What makes you different is that you seem to look down your nose at your former team, its fans and homer media.
Scu- What bothers me is guys who do nothing but block and play TE and get 5 or more yrs as a career in Tampa when it doesn’t happen anywhere else just like a Maurice Stovall a piece of garbage player who did nothing who had a 5 yr career, Drdneast is right everyone has these players but not for 5 or more yrs maybe two to try and develop them and they certainty don’t have fans that love and support their mediocre play and defend it like its a big triumph. Drdneast is the only guy or poster in here who has held a torch for Stocker I mean if he knows him personally than I would understand but if he doesn’t and just likes having a blocking TE who has 60 yds receiving for the season than I have an issue with that, because I for one demand better players for this team instead of being happy with mediocrity and being ok with such a low standard for our players like hey our wr doesn’t catch but man what a blocker is asinine and ridiculous
Your rants are killing me jongruden.
This is better comedy than listening to President Bush pronounce strategery and nocular.
Keep it coming.
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