This time, the Bucs and Rams are disappointments

by Gary Shelton on December 17, 2015 · 0 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Thursday, 6 a.m.

For the longest time, they were the X's and the O's of the NFL.

The Bucs were about defense, about bloody knuckles and hard tackles. The Rams were about offense, about touchdowns and highlights. It was Derrick Brooks against Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp against Kurt Warner, Ronde Barber against Isaac Bruce, John Lynch against Torrey Holt.

No one played defense like the Bucs, who had a decade of dominance like the league has rarely seen. No one played offense like the Rams, the greatest show on turf. They were the yin and the yang of the NFL, teams built on opposite sides of a coin. It is amazing that the Bucs won only one Super Bowl. It is incredible that the Rams won only one.

And now, there is underachievement. Going into tonight's game, the Bucs are a 6-7 team with an

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