“Mindset” Is The Next StepJanuary 11th, 2017
So where do the Bucs stand mentally?
Veteran defensive end Robert Ayers, the bully on the block, thinks Tampa Bay is getting there.
Ayers played in a Super Bowl with the Broncos and was a favorite of whip-cracker Tom Coughlin with the Giants. He knows what greatness should look like.
Recently on the Buccaneers Radio Network, Ayers explained that former Patriots stud linebacker Jerod Mayo (2008-2015) is a close friend of his. And through that relationship, Ayers shared he knows there’s a total focus in New England on winning every day, every single moment. Competition is part of the everyday Patriots life.
Ayers says that massive level of accountability and seriousness is what the Bucs have to achieve. And it starts and ends with the players.
“Not just the coaches, it has to be the players, too. We have to hold each other [to that winning standard]. More so than the coaches holding us to that standard,” Ayers said. “We have to have that respect for one another [to call each other out]. You gotta be able to challenge your brothers. You gotta be able to push each other.
“I think we’re taking huge steps in getting things in the right direction.”
Ayers added a long rant about how he’s obsessed with winning.
“I think every time I do a rep I’m going to win,” Ayers said. “Teamss that are successful, they have that same mindset.”
Remember last week when general manager Jason Licht revealed to JoeBucsFan.com columnist Ira Kaufman that “a lot of our guys” treated the finale against Carolina as a playoff game? That’s what the Bucs need just a little bit more of — that relentless-fight mindset.
Joe’s glad to hear that Ayers thinks they’re close. He’s not one to sling a bunch of BS.