“This Is More Of A Mirage”October 15th, 2010
Rick Stroud of the St. Pete Times just can’t believe what he’s seeing from these Buccaneers.
Stroud thinks their 3-1 record is largely an illusion because statistically the Bucs are so poor that the wins don’t add up, so Stroud told J.P. Peterson on 1010 AM this afternoon. (Yes, that’s the same Peterson who is shunned by the Rays).
Stroud bellowed on about how the Bucs have a poor pass rush, can’t stop the run, have a poor running game, etc, while explaining why the Ws don’t add up.
“Everything I know about the game tells me this is more of a mirage,” Stroud said.
The St. Pete Times beat writer went on to say the Bucs are surviving on winning the turnover battles with nine interceptions and protecting the ball.
But then Stroud tossed an ice cold bag of cold water on those nine interceptions, “some of them, let’s face it, they’re sort of the jump-the-route variety,” he said. “And they did it with Josh Freeman making some unbelievable throws and Micheal Spurlock and Mike Williams coming up with unworldly catches.”
Uhh, that’s football, Rick. You make plays and you win. And since when does jumping a route devalue an interception? This is news to Joe.
Initially, Joe was surprised by Stroud being so negative. But Stroud is the same guy who called the Bucs a house of cards during a TV interview before the season started. So maybe it all makes sense.