To win, the Bucs need to be in a rush

by Gary Shelton on November 17, 2014 · 4 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Bucs

TAMPA

The distance between success and failure isn’t that far, really.

You can measure it in the length of your driveway. In the width of a small bedroom. Less
than the distance of swimming pool.

From here to there. It’s that tantalizingly close. Most weeks, you can almost reach out
and touch it.

It’s the distance from the defensive end to the quarterback. And if a team con cover it
quickly enough, this game called football becomes easy.

Take the Tampa Bay Bucs and there now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t pass rush. On the days
it clicks, the Bucs are a decent team with a chance of getting better. On the days it does not,
it is time to watch cornerbacks burn. You can only hold your head in both hands.

Consider the two afternoons this year when the Bucs were successful. One was a narrow
win in Pittsburgh, the other easy stroll in Washington. One starred Mike Glennon at quarterback, the other Josh McCown. In one, the opposing coach probably thinks “What in the world happened?’’ In the other, the coach asks “Where did that team come from?’’

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Chris G Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning November 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm

After the way McCown played against Washington,. I am not so convinced we can’t win with him.
I want to see us get a real left tackle and a pass rusher, in this next draft, and perhaps pick up a “sleeper” of a QB we can groom, in the later rounds.

If we can just give McCoy a real threat as a pass rusher, then the double and triple teams come off of him, and we will wreak havoc with other teams.

As much as some here want to take a QB with our top pick, they must remember that even Peyton Manning would have a hard time in Tampa, with our weak offensive line.
We so much need a stud left tackle and a pass rusher IMHO, more then we need a QB.

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Gary Shelton November 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I don’t know what the scouts’ final grades will be on Mariota and Winston. But I think the great quarterbacks usually come from the top of the first round. All things being equal, that’s where I would draft. Then again, I could be wrong.

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Rick Martin November 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Good luck with your new venture and thank you for your years of service to the Tampa Bay area sports fan.

As for the Bucs, I have a feeling that they’re going to have a “do-over” this off season and unload a lot of these new free agents (Johnson, Verner, Goldson, Collins). I wouldn’t jump for joy just yet after beating a bad ‘Skins team. The Bucs have a long, long way to go.

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richard wade November 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

it was good to see, not a lot has gone our way so far.i have a question if I may, in lovies time as a head coach what is the highest round he has ever drafted a quaterback?
if he ever has drafted one. he does not seam to place a high value on the elite quarterback if that is the case why would anyone expect him to take one with the first pick, let alone trade up if we do not have a top 3 pick?

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