Basement Has Been Bucs’ HomeJune 24th, 2014
Oh, Joe longs for the days of the old Bucs, when a playoff appearance was all but assured year in and year out. Getting to the playoffs was not a goal, but getting to the Super Bowl very much was.
Lately, just making the playoffs feels like a miracle while landing in the NFC South cellar feels routine. It’s been a brutal 12-year run.
How brutal? Let the “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune explain the ugly facts.
Job 1 for the Bucs is to escape the NFC South basement. They’ve been last 6 times in 12 yrs. Every other division club has been there twice
— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) June 22, 2014
That’s just pathetic. The Bucs officially have been last in six of 12 seasons, which means they had awful records, which means they’ve had plenty of opportunities to build through the draft and, essentially, all they can hang their draft hats on is Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David and Mason Foster and Doug Martin and Mark Barron (who currently is an OK safety drafted way too high).
Yes, Joe agrees, Job 1 is to get out of the basement. To help aid that cause, this year’s draft picks, especially the three guys drafted during the first two days, must make a positive impact.