“Expectations Tend To Be Low Here”July 17th, 2013
In some NFL cities excellence is not a hope; it’s demanded by the local fanbase.
Though Joe thinks the NFC East is annually the most overrated, overhyped division, Joe has heard the saying that teams in those divisions cannot undergo rebuilding phases because an outraged fanbase would not tolerate such a move. And it was tried, that team’s front office types would not be able to walk the streets without being ringed by armed bodyguards.
The great eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune seemed to imply that because Bucs fans are more laid back than those in other cities that have had NFL teams for nearly a century, a sense of urgency to win in Tampa is not as heightened, so he said Tuesday while appearing on “The Opening Drive” co-hosted by Bob Papa and Amani Toomer and heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“I think they can win 10 games and not make the playoffs. They play in such a tough division. And you know what? There’s not a Bucs fan in the world that’s going to complain,” Kaufman said. “Expectations tend to be low here. They haven’t won a playoff game since they won the Super Bowl. I mean, that’s a long time. They haven’t been in a playoff game in five years, so, you know, most people would say, ‘Eh, 8-8 is a good season.’
“This is not New York with the Giants or in New England where you go 9-7 and it’s a horrible season. So, you know, Bucs fans are cautiously optimistic.”
Good, bad or indifferent, it does seem as if Bucs fans don’t have that burning anger in them that some fanbases have. In other words, they are more civilized.
Years ago Joe watched a Steelers game at the old Three Rivers Stadium and witnessed two Pittsburgh fans getting into a fistfight over Jerome Bettis (the fracas was partially ignited when Steelers fan-A inadvertently whipped Steelers fan-B in the face with a swinging Terrible Towel).
Can you imagine two Bucs fans getting into a fistfight over Mike Alstott? Of course not.
Does Kaufman have a point that the Bucs may have double-digit wins and not make the playoffs? Joe has written that countless times. Is the Bucs fanbase so passive they don’t pressure the Bucs to change their ways? Joe’s not ready to go there.
Team Glazer fired Chucky after back-to-back winning seasons citing fans not feeling good about the team. And just looking at how Bucs fans wanted Raheem Morris incarcerated showed Joe the impatience Bucs fans have for ineptitude.