Attitude Sells TicketsSeptember 2nd, 2014
New Bucs nose tackle Clinton McDonald, the man with the Barry White pipes and a shiny new Super Bowl ring, doesn’t like to compare anything about his time with the champion Seahawks and his new team.
He doesn’t like to go there. But Joe got McDonald to dip his toe into those waters in the happy postgame locker room in Buffalo.
McDonald was pleased with the Bucs’ first team defense and explained that it has an opportunity — and the personnel — to inspire fans to take action.
“Like in Seattle, an entire community can get excited when they see a team that plays with attitude on every play, playing together as one with an identity that is about team but with individuals giving everything all the time,” McDonald said. “That kind of play sells a lot of tickets because that’s what people want to see. And we can do that here with this defense.”
Joe couldn’t agree more. Yes, there are many factors as to why the Bucs don’t sell out games (fyi, cheap seats available for Sunday’s home opener) and don’t have raucous crowds like in Seattle, but an elite throwback defense would do wonders for ticket sales in Tampa.
Derrick Brooks used to talk about how the Father Dungy-Monte Kiffin defenses fought for “every blade of grass.” Bucs fans haven’t seen that in a long, long time, or a collection of talent that could pull it off.
That’s in place now, along with a defensive coaching staff that’s among the best in the NFL.
If the Bucs can bring the attitude McDonald references, and Lovie Smith can translate it into a top-5 defense, then Joe suspects the glory days crowds and energy will return.