Bucs look like a real team against Philly

by Gary Shelton on November 22, 2015 · 2 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Jameis Winston threw four interceptions in his worst game./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Jameis Winston seems to be having a ball as he leads the Bucs./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Sunday, 6:55 p.m.

Those of you who are interested in charting a turnaround can remember this: when they started, the new kid and the old team didn't add up to much.

They were a rookie quarterback whose No. 1 status was still being debated. They were a woeful team that had won twice a year ago. And in their first game together, they were absolutely worn out by another awful team.

Funny. That opening game by the Tampa Bay Bucs, and by quarterback Jameis Winston, seems so long ago. In terms of distance. In terms of progress.

They are 5-5 now, but for the first time, they seem closer to a bright future than that embarrassing beginning. Suddenly, you can see their growth. You can feel their progress. For the first time, it is possible to think the Bucs may get there after all.

Such are the thoughts that a 45-17 victory over Philadelphia allows. On a day the quarterback was fantastic, and on a day the

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Bill Myers November 23, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Gary, when we lost the Giants game because of that useless penalty, I watched as our young rookie quarterback spoke to the rookie lineman that was called for the penalty that took us out of field goal range and most likely cost his team that game. The TV screen showed Winston calmly speaking and not yelling to him. I felt sure he was encouraging him as well as letting him know how much they needed him to be better than that. Our new young franchise quarterback showed me and whoever was viewing that short scene true leadership qualities. And in that instance I felt a huge feeling of hope for the future of the Bucs and us fans! GO BUCS


Howard Powders November 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Great victory at maximum sweetness because it came against soon to be out of a job, Chip Kelly. Sorry Chip. The Bucs coaching job is taken.


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