“It’s A Different Place”December 3rd, 2010
Pat Kirwan, the former NFL personnel executive turned guru for CBS Sports, Sirius NFL Radio and NFL.com, doesn’t see the Bucs winning Sunday against Atlanta.
Nope. Kirwan doesn’t think they’ve evolved enough to beat elite teams.
Kirwan, a fan of Raheem Morris and the young Bucs, Kirwan delivered the following Bucs rant this week on Miller and Moulton on 770 AM in Fort Myers.
“Here’s the reality of Tampa: They haven’t beaten a team with a winning record. We know that. Everyone’s been talking about it. Now they’re up against their fifth team with a winning record.
“What happens to these guys, they’re young, they’re excitable, they’re going to be very good someday. But in the crunch of the last few minutes of a game when you’ve got to make that play, whether it’s “O” or “D,” they’re not really ready to do that as much as a team like Atlanta ,who learned and then suffered a little bit last year and built their resolve and cleared up what they are.
“If you look at last week’s game with Tampa, the coaches are still learning about these kids. They don’t have enough information. …You were in Baltimore. You were playing a very good football team poised for this playoff run, and your coach is trying to figure out how much you can handle. It’s a different place.”
Kirwan went on to say Atlanta is the best team in the league because it’s the most balanced.
Joe can’t argue with Kirwan’s slap of reality. The immature Bucs are a work in progress, nowhere near a finished product like New Orleans or Atlanta, for example. And that is why Raheem is coach of the year to this point — because simply beating every team at or below their level has been a near miraculous accomplishment with this roster.
However, all that written, Joe surely believes the Bucs have the playmakers in place to beat Atlanta at home.