Playoffs show Bucs how far away they are

by Gary Shelton on January 18, 2016 · 3 comments

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Winston must become one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks.

Monday, 6 a.m.

You imagine them sitting there, awed.

This is not the game they play, not really. This is not the level they reach. This is another level, another league.

These are the Tampa Bay Bucs, and you can imagine them as they watch the Final Four of the NFL.

Were these the same playoffs the Bucs were talking about in November? Are these the same playoffs that general manager Jason Licht says he expects his team to reach next year? Are these the same playoffs that the older fans — getting grayer every day — can still recall from long ago?

This is how it is to watch from outside the window. The

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Howard Powders January 19, 2016 at 8:06 am

The playoff games should have been blacked out in the Tampa Bay area.
Now, after watching, how are the Bucs ever going to sell a season ticket?
“You can fool all of the people some of the time….”


Cecil DeBald January 18, 2016 at 7:59 am

Agreed, I watched the games and just shook my head – why can’t the Bucs play ball like that? They draft from the same pool of players; they spend the same amount of money; they have coaches and GMs and others around that come from the same pool of talent available to these playoff teams; they can design schemes and call plays that are identical if they want – and yet, my dear Bucs are a double-A team playing in the major leagues, a Division II school playing in the SEC. And the worst part for me is I don’t know why – why some teams can be great for decades, and some can’t be even good for decades. No clue.



Nick Houllis January 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Its easy Cecil..Green Bay’s Coach Mike McCarthey is second in tenure only to Bill Belichick, who’s been on the job 15 years now. The Packers only have 3 players on their roster who EVER played for anyone else. Carolina’s Ron Rivera has faced Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, and Lovie Smith, and beaten them all in every game save one. Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh? He’s the middle man with 8th seasons, but then again, Pittsburgh has had as many coaches since 1969 as the Bucs have had since 2011: Three. So if Lovie wasn’t the answer, the Glazers need to leave the coach hiring to someone else. The guy they just gave the job to hired Arizona’s coach Arians in the final 4…so theres hope.
Because the Bucs were bad for 14 years before, and a new, often overlooked coordinator changed things with a new GM before here in Tampa Bay!


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