“There Is A Bigger Picture”August 21st, 2014
Joe delivered the ugly words yesterday about how the Bucs are on the verge of repeating a franchise watermark set by the notorious sourpuss Ray Perkins, one of three Bucs coaches who personified losing and helped lead the Bucs into a 13-year period of frustration, desperation and despair.
That would be losing the first three preseason games of a year. That feat was made in 1988, when Perkins (mis)guided the Bucs and the team finished 5-11.
Today, Bucs coach Lovie Smith was asked about how important winning Saturday’s game at Buffalo is to the team.
“Any time you keep score, you want to win,” Lovie said. “If we are playing a pickup basketball game, you want to win.”
Yet Lovie knows the preseason is all about preparing for the regular season. Sure, a win is nice in the preseason, but it’s not the main objective.
“There is a bigger picture, too,” Lovie said. “We would like to win, but we want to see certain guys [play]. If we were just interested in winning, we would play our best players every down. We are not doing that. We have other things we need to do.”
Lovie wants to win Saturday. He wants to win even more when the Stinking Panthers come to town. If the Bucs are not prepared for that game, which is why they play preseason games, then Lovie is not doing his job.
Ray Perkins be damned.