No Happiness Without A ChampionshipJune 6th, 2010
Good-guy St. Pete Times columnist Gary Shelton has been studying and hounding Raheem The Dream at One Buc Palace of late, and Shelton shared his observations in a column today.
… The Bucs played better, and there were hints that he had finally left his imprint on his team. Still, a bit of improvement doesn’t offset a bad season. Morris knows that.
“We have one ultimate goal, and that’s to win a championship,” Morris said. “I’m not going to tell you that if we went 13-3 and lost in the first round that I’d be happy. I would be a liar if I said that.”
Yeah, but wouldn’t you be happier?
“You guys would be. The town would be. But I don’t think my team would be. If you don’t win some form of championship, I don’t know that you can be truly happy.”
At 3-13, however, who is searching for true happiness? At 3-13, a winning season would look pretty good.
“What we’re trying to do is build a lasting contender,” Morris said. “To do that, you have to have young players play together.”
Raheem The Dream had much more to say, and Joe is all good with his infectious optimism. But, frankly, Joe misses all the offseason talk last year about being “violent,” running downhill and play-action passing.
These young Bucs, Joe believes, need to get back a real nasty edge on their defense and establish a smashmouth culture on the offense, not just from the blocking icon.
That, and Josh Freeman progressing, will go a long way toward pulling the team out of the NFL crapper.