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Derrick Ward says the Bucs don't actually want to win

Texans running back Derrick Ward blames his ex-employers the Buccaneers for a lot of things.  He says the organization spread the word he was overweight and not motivated.  Oh, and they weren’t very good either.

The Texans, on the other hand, are “a team that actually wants to block for their running backs, actually
wants to win and doesn’t set their goals to a [lower] standard,” Ward said, via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Ward faces his other ex-team the Giants this week, and wants to improve on the five-carry, two-yard performance he had against Big Blue last season.

“I didn’t play against them the way I wanted to. This year, I’m on a
better team, a team that actually wants to win, compete and get to that
next level,” Ward said. “So to play the Giants is going to be better for
me this year.”

Playing in place of a temporarily benched Arian Foster, Ward racked up 80 yards on 12 carries last week against the Raiders.  (Proving once again how blocking matters more than the running back.)   Texans coach Gary Kubiak says Ward will become a bigger part of the Houston offense.

The way Ward sees it, his time in Tampa is no longer even a memory.

“I feel like I went straight from New York to Houston,” Ward said.

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35 Responses to “Derrick Ward says the Bucs don't actually want to win”
  1. Alex says: Oct 7, 2010 9:52 AM

    I’m sure he didn’t mind cashing those checks he got while in Tampa.

  2. Resolution says: Oct 7, 2010 9:59 AM

    nice… thats embarassing for the bucs, and totally correct. Bucs fans should be pissed at their team for this type of thing.

  3. Alex says: Oct 7, 2010 10:00 AM

    I’m sure he didn’t mind cashing those checks while in Tampa.

  4. Gruber74 says: Oct 7, 2010 10:05 AM

    Derrick Ward stole six million dollars from Tampa Bay and is still bitching.
    What a douche.

  5. heyitsadam says: Oct 7, 2010 10:05 AM

    “I feel like I went straight from New York to Houston,” Ward said.
    AND YOU HAVE THE STATS TO PROVE IT, DERRICK!!

  6. Gator-Buc says: Oct 7, 2010 10:06 AM

    Guess he doesnt remember making those pre-game promises to us in Tampa.

  7. TheDPR says: Oct 7, 2010 10:09 AM

    I have Foster on my fantasy team and if Kubiak screws that up by thrusting Ward into a time-share I’m not going to be happy about it.

  8. paulnoga says: Oct 7, 2010 10:12 AM

    “(Proving once again how blocking matters more than the running back.)”
    That is why Jets RB Tomlinson can look young again. When a D player touches him, he goes down instantly for no gain. But untouched, he can move as he used to.

  9. Woe is Mets says: Oct 7, 2010 10:12 AM

    the Bucs gave Ward a lot of money and he didn’t do a f—–g thing for them. He didn’t even stay in shape the off-season after he received his at least $6M guaranteed.
    he also said this after the signing: “I think my style of running, my style of play will fit in perfect. We have all the key components for a great offense,” Ward said. “With the transactions they made this offseason, it only bolstered the offense, so I’m looking forward to great things.”
    too bad he didn’t follow through with his end of the bargain. at all. and now he has the audacity to try and s–t on them? what a third-rate clown.

  10. TampaNik says: Oct 7, 2010 10:13 AM

    Don’t worry Derrick we don’t remember much of you either. And you got dumped by the nastiest Kardashian. You fail all around

  11. Xpensive Wino says: Oct 7, 2010 10:17 AM

    Most failures always blame others…..

  12. Saintsarebest says: Oct 7, 2010 10:23 AM

    why would the bucs bother trying? everyone know the saints own the division and the rest of them are just there to get slapped around on our way to the big dance! who dat!

  13. swashbuccaler says: Oct 7, 2010 10:25 AM

    Derrick Ward was shit when he was in Tampa.. He had one okay game with the Texans and he goes and runs his mouth(that alone proves he is an idiot)..
    He was overweight, and unmotivated here. Thats a fact. And I am betting he eventually proves he really isnt very special, again..
    BTW, when Lagarrette Blount and Kareem Huggins prove how much more skill they have than Ward he will look even more foolish.

  14. Steeler Ed says: Oct 7, 2010 10:26 AM

    Wow, the Bucs are 3-1 and they don’t even want to win. Wait until they buckle down!

  15. lalalalala says: Oct 7, 2010 10:33 AM

    Boy, that thing called “reality” is tough to hear, isn’t it Bucs fans. You should do some research on your ownership group. The Glazers need a suckhole money-loser and they’ve created it. They are so far in debt, they don’t have a clue. Don’t be surprised if they maneuver to be the Florida team that relocates to L.A.

  16. Caldon says: Oct 7, 2010 10:36 AM

    Playing in place of a temporarily benched Arian Foster, Ward racked up 80 yards on 12 carries last week against the Raiders. (Proving once again how blocking matters more than the running back.)
    ————-
    While Foster got 74 yards on 1 carry, proving once again the running back does matter since it took Ward 12 carries to get the same yards with the same offensive line.

  17. Slow Joe says: Oct 7, 2010 10:45 AM

    “I feel like I went straight from New York to Houston,” Ward said.
    As a Buc fan, believe me, we feel the same way.

  18. Dapollock says: Oct 7, 2010 10:50 AM

    Which element was he again? Oh yeah, mud.

  19. favrecansuckit says: Oct 7, 2010 10:53 AM

    TheDPR says:
    October 7, 2010 10:09 AM
    I have Foster on my fantasy team and if Kubiak screws that up by thrusting Ward into a time-share I’m not going to be happy about it.
    ——————————————————-
    Will people ever realize no one gives a shit about anyone elses fantasy football team….

  20. waterboy says: Oct 7, 2010 11:00 AM

    Ward was garbage in Tampa he had one good game against Oakland and all of a sudden he’s great. Truth is he’s not good enough to play in Tampa he was beat out in camp by Kareem Huggins. And now that Blount is also there he wouldn’t even be able to suit up each week.
    I watched him run behind the same O-line as Cadillac last season and I remember thinking numerous times why do they even continue to give him the ball. Cadillac was clearly a much better back. Ward is a good backup and nothing more.

  21. Kryptonite says: Oct 7, 2010 11:18 AM

    My MOTHER could have scored that TD he had last week. He is a fat Ron Dayne

  22. Floridacock says: Oct 7, 2010 11:22 AM

    Ward was lazy last year and got a wake up call when he was beaten out and cut. You better believe he is running hard now. But the Bucs fans should still stay away from the games until ownership makes an effort to win. Only weapon we have. And don’t worry about L.A. They did not support 2 NFL teams already and they already have one highly paid pro team in L.A., THE TROJANS!

  23. hardhitter47 says: Oct 7, 2010 11:35 AM

    @saints are best,,,,,give me a break who dey is exactly what people were saying about a n.o. team.you had no fans and blackouts up till a few years ago.

  24. Yash says: Oct 7, 2010 11:52 AM

    “(Proving once again how blocking matters more than the running back.)”
    That is why Jets RB Tomlinson can look young again. When a D player touches him, he goes down instantly for no gain. But untouched, he can move as he used to.
    ————————————————-
    apparently you havent been watching LT run. His stiff arm is as powerful as ever and his burst throught the hole is explosive again. I dont even like the Jets but he has been running with a purpose whereas Shonn Greene has been anything but productive. and one of his biggest improvements is his ability to gain yards after first contact again.

  25. majorlots says: Oct 7, 2010 12:11 PM

    really, derrick ward? if tampa doesn’t want to win then why are they winning? and why are they winning without you? riddle me that!

  26. zam says: Oct 7, 2010 12:12 PM

    and the award for Best Excuses from an Underachiever goes to:
    Derrick Ward for “Tampa Bay Buccaneers Don’t Actually Want To Win”

  27. Kool Herc says: Oct 7, 2010 12:13 PM

    PewterReport says it the best:
    PewterReport.com’s Take: Ward comes across as a petulant, whining, front-runner looking to blame others for his shortcomings. If the Bucs’ front office spread the word that he was overweight, it’s because he was. Although he was listed at 225 pounds, Ward was closer to 240 pounds. Despite the excess weight, he never displayed the traits of being a power runner in Tampa Bay. Last year, Ward was disappointing as he rushed for just 409 yards and scored three touchdowns. He was released during the preseason after averaging less than 2.5 yards per carry. During his time in Tampa, Ward pouted like a spoiled brat and shunned the media. Yes, the Bucs only won three games last year, and Ward played a big part in the team losing 13 of those games. He was a terrible free agent signing by the Bucs, and his selfishness, which manifested itself in him skipping the majority of OTAs (organized team activities) over the past two seasons instead of trying to make himself and his teammates better. Ward says the Bucs don’t want to win, yet they won three out of 16 games with him last year and have already won two of three without him, which speaks volumes. Ward said the Bucs offensive line doesn’t want to run block, yet Kareem Huggins averaged over 5.5 yards per carry and was the leading rusher in preseason and took Ward’s job. Cadillac Williams averaged twice what Ward did and had a good preseason as well. Ward lacks accountability and thankfully he is no longer the Bucs’ problem.

  28. Manbearpig says: Oct 7, 2010 12:26 PM

    Anybody remember this?
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/09/01/rams-dont-appear-interested-in-derrick-ward/
    Hey Rosenthal, thought nobody would want him if the Rams didnt’? Note Manbearpig’s comment at the time. Now you are trying to hide your completely asinine prediction behind this logic:
    (Proving once again how blocking matters more than the running back.)
    LOL.

  29. Joe says: Oct 7, 2010 12:45 PM

    HAHA
    yall dudes are funny… stop whining because the Bucs overpaid for a very good back up RB. which is what Ward is and always has been.
    he needs excellent blocking and space to be effective…. he is not Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams or any other elite back in ths league. hell he aint even Arian Foster…
    the Bucs cant run block and dumped him like they expected him to be a superstar when it is so obvious he is not.
    but stick em in our system behind a top 10 QB and whats emerging to be an elite offensive line and he can contribute.
    Foster/Slayton/Ward
    everybody needs to take notice of our 3 headed RB monster… producing way more than that over hyped one that was talked about all off season in Dallas.
    not to mention we our 2nd rd pick Tate is on IR. with Foster in his 2nd year and Slayton in his 3rd we should be set at RB for some years. plus our offensive line is young as well!
    you boys are in trouble!!!!!!!!!

  30. Art Vanderlay says: Oct 7, 2010 12:52 PM

    Derrick, you’re partially right – no one wanted to block for you in Tampa because you are a whiny, selfish POS that put forth no effort whatsoever. Wishing you a long career of running directly into the backs of the lineman in front of you….

  31. Northstar says: Oct 7, 2010 12:59 PM

    Saintsarebest;
    You suck and so do the Saints. The Katrina Bowl is over so you won’t get all that help from the officials allowing your team to win.

  32. KillerWillow says: Oct 7, 2010 1:01 PM

    Don’t feel bad Buc Fans, y’all learned faster then we did. The Texans had Ahman Green aka Mr. Glass who was great in Green Bay and did nothing but cash our checks and suck balls…

  33. Saintsarebest says: Oct 7, 2010 1:30 PM

    Northstar;
    you are correct, there were questionable calls, but you relly cant say i suck, you have never met me. and how can you say the siants suck when they are the champons? who dat? we win! consider yourself owned!

  34. King Buccaneer says: Oct 7, 2010 4:07 PM

    the Bucs gave Ward a lot of money and he didn’t do a f—–g thing for them. He didn’t even stay in shape the off-season after he received his at least $6M guaranteed.
    too bad he didn’t follow through with his end of the bargain. at all. and now he has the audacity to try and s–t on them? what a third-rate clown.
    ————————————————
    Couldn’t have been said any better. This guy is a fat turd that got dumped by the FAT kardashian sister and probably runs the slowest 40 time for ANY rb in the entire NFL or UFL for that matter.

  35. waterboy says: Oct 7, 2010 4:13 PM

    Saintsarebest, one of the Bucs 3 wins last season was over the Saints. The young guys on the Bucs are a year older and they are better team. Are the Saints a better team?

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