“This Team Isn’t Ready To Go Over The Top”August 1st, 2011
Strip away all the chatter about the 2011 season to the core and you’re left with the the ultimate question for fans of the young Buccaneers, especially as they look up at the Saints and Falcons in the NFC South:
Are the Bucs ready to make a Super Bowl run?
In Joe’s mind, the Bucs absoloutely have to be ready because when you come off a 10-win season, what the hell is left?
Especially when you have a stud quarterback and enough pieces in place at skill positions. Call Joe cynical, but banking on Freeman and others staying healthy more than one year at a time is a dangerous path. Hell, the odds of Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib being out of the league in 2012 are pretty good.
Plus, the Bucs’ stated goal is to win the division. And, of course, if you can win the nasty NFC South, then you’re certainly good enough to get to the Super Bowl.
All that written, Joe understands why the organization is acting like it’s at least a year away. Maybe that’s smart, since they probably help themselves more in the long run by sticking with young, emerging players over free agents. And Joe gets that a lot of fans agree.
Steve Duemig, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, weighed in on the ultimate question today on WDAE-AM 620. Speaking about the Bucs’ disinterest in signing a big-name free agent from outside the organization this offseason, Duemig emphatically said the Bucs will do it when they are ready for a Super Bowl run.
“This team isn’t ready to go over the top,” Duemig pleaded.
Now Joe’s hardly saying the Bucs should have signed a big name free agent in the past week, but don’t put Joe in the camp that says the Bucs aren’t ready to win now.
Joe keeps coming back to finishing 10-6 with Josh Freeman and plenty of talent, and the jilted Coach of the Year candidate.
Win now, fellas. No excuses.