“Compete Now”July 2nd, 2014
Joe remembers all to well what would happen when someone would tell Lovie Smith in the offsesaon that (name a Bucs player) did a good job, and Lovie would agree with whoever offered their two cents. Then Lovie would always add, “But we were 4-12 last year.”
Just the thought of winning but four games made Lovie cringe. No, Lovie isn’t just worried about being relevant or competing. It’s as if he won’t accept anything less than double-digit wins.
We’re not talking about the future. Joe is referring to this season.
So too does Bucs general manager Jason Licht believe this win-now mentality. The proof is in how busy Licht was when the free agent dinner bell rang, notes Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com.
This isn’t a rebuilding process. This is a compete-now process, as the anointing of McCown as the starter over Mike Glennon announced. Licht said he’s convinced McCown’s 1,829 yards and 13 touchdowns to only one interception in eight games with the Bears last year wasn’t a fluke, in part because of a conversation with McCown before signing him. McCown told Licht the “light just came on” for him a few years ago.
The Bucs’ entire free-agent class will have to click like that, starting in training camp, because many times, the team that’s most active in March isn’t playing the following January. But Licht believes the Bucs kept chemistry in mind while making their moves.
“Everybody’s on the same page, everybody’s having fun,” he said. “Throughout the whole building, there’s a new energy here.”
Of course, talking about winning and actually winning are two wholly different things.
Believing Josh McCown can repeat his magic in Chicago is all well and good. McCown actually getting results on the field is another matter, and no, Joe saw nothing from underwear football to conclude McCown is a bad signing. But it’s a big, big, big difference from underwear football to when the bullets are flying on Sunday afternoons in the fall.