THE OPTIMIST: Upon Further Review, Not So BadSeptember 15th, 2011
THE OPTIMIST is Nick Houllis, a Bucs fan and an accomplished writer whose steadfast allegiance to the team goes back to the 1970s. Houllis is the founder, creator and guru of BucStop.com, a place Joe goes to get lost in time via Houllis’ stunning video collection.
THE OPTIMIST will shine that positive light in your eyes. Some will love it. Some won’t.
The haters are out in full force. The memory of a seven-game turnaround and a 10-6 season is a long forgotten memory in their minds. But Bucs fans do have a few things left in life to continue living.
After watching the game the second time, I saw an offensive line that did not perform all that bad. Detroit’s main weapon is their defensive line. All world Ndamukong Suh had two tackles and no sacks. Josh Freeman threw over 40 passes yet was sacked twice. Suh was basically shut down, although the O-line could have run blocked better. It’s not like the Bucs have a short-yardage or game-changing flash back either.
The Bucs defense made the adjustments early stopping Detroit on their first two drives from scoring two TDs and instead forcing them into two field goals. But when you consider three of the Bucs defenders are rookies, playing their first game, you can see there are brighter days ahead.
Detroit did not gash the Bucs run defense like they did last year.
And it wasn’t just the Bucs, almost every poor performing team in the preseason fell on Sunday; Atlanta, Kansas City, and Cleveland for example. Yet as bad as the Bucs played, they were only a good minute away from tying the game. Wasn’t that the recipe for last season to being with?
Last year Barrett Ruud led the team in tackles, but he just wasn’t physical enough. His replacement is physical, but is young and green and will make mistakes. Later on in the year, just like Gerald McCoy started to come on around mid-season, Foster and Clayborn and Bowers will get it.
Then again, you can always bail on your team, but if you’re like me, you”ll stick around and watch the young talent develop.
Remember; take away a Ronde Barber interception and runback, the Bucs probably get blown out by Cleveland last year in the opener. Week 2 the Bucs looked great on the road.
Lets tune in, after all it will be on TV! And we should enjoy that, because the blackout will be back faster than Mathew Stafford can release the ball.