Bucs Turned Corner By LearningDecember 12th, 2013
An NFL season, while all too short for fans, is a significantly long grind for players.
So long, that over the course of the season with newcomers and injuries and other roster transactions, a team can grow together or crumble apart.
Just looking at the Bucs’ results this year, it’s clear the team has grown. Given every chance to throw in the towel after starting the season 0-8, the Bucs have now won four of their last five games.
It’s simple, to hear Bucs safety “The Hawk,” Dashon Goldson tell the tale.
“This is a long season,” Goldson said, who has battled injuries and a one-game suspension for hitting too hard. “We have matured down the season. We got smarter. We [developed] an understanding of what teams are trying to do to us. We [developed] and understanding of how to play with one another and how to stay accountable and do our own job.”
Part of that growing and understanding is shown by the number of takeaways the Bucs have, now leading the NFL. Goldson said his fellow defensive backs take a lot of pride in their interceptions.
“A lot of pride in that [interception numbers],” Goldson said. “We all do. That’s the thing. You want to get turnovers. Doing that last year and coming here, that is big. Speaks volumes.”
Fans will just have to wait and see how much this team has grown facing a machine like the 49ers. Bucs commander Greg Schiano is almost breathless the way he talks up the 49ers. It’s as if the Bucs are facing the 1978 Steelers to hear Schiano.
For the Bucs to have a prayer of beating the 49ers, they will have to have several turnovers. Goldson and his fellow defensive backs will have to have a major impact for that to happen.