“Whipped” In The TrenchesDecember 2nd, 2013
The old football axiom is true today as it may have been 100 years ago. Football games are won and lost in the trenches, on the line of scrimmage.
That clear yesterday when the Stinking Panthers curb-stomped the Bucs’ offensive and defensive lines, stole their lunch money and took their glasses. It seems Stinking Panthers coach Ron Rivera emphasized his team dominated up front, so types eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
“Yes, they were on a roll,’’ said Panthers coach Ron Rivera, referring to Tampa Bay’s three-game winning streak that followed a dynamic losing effort at Seattle. “They had a little bit of swagger and a lot of confidence. I wanted to make sure we understood that.’’
Following up on their 31-13 triumph at Raymond James Stadium, the Panthers on Sunday more than doubled Tampa Bay’s production in total yardage (426-206) and doubled the Bucs in first downs (20-10).
“It was tough to get in any kind of a rhythm,’’ Bucs guard Davin Joseph said. “We’ve got to go back to work and do a better job on third down and in the red zone. I felt like we weren’t ourselves today. We have four tough games coming up and we have to get ready.’’
The Stinking Panthers, on offense, played it smart. The only consistent, effective pass rusher the Bucs have is Gerald McCoy. So the Stinking Panthers game-planned to make sure he was a non-factor.
It troubled Joe to learn on the Buccaneers Radio Network last night that running back Bobby Rainey say the Stinking Panthers defensive line was doing things they didn’t expect and had never seen before. Joe hopes that is just a young, inexperienced player talking.
If the offensive line of the Bucs, full of veteran players, were surprised and flummoxed by what the Stinking Panthers did up front, that says more about the Bucs than it does the Stinking Panthers in Joe’s eyes.