Anthony Becht Is OutragedDecember 29th, 2013
Anthony Becht, a former Bucs tight end, is a full-blown football analyst. He works college football games for BSPN and talks football regularly on NBC Sports Network. Locally, Becht is a member of the Buccaneers Radio Network where he co-hosts a postgame show with smooth-voiced Ronnie “Night Train” Lane.
While working for the Bucs, Becht is allowed to be critical but always has to be mindful of not crossing the line. It’s part of the minefield of working for a team-product.
After the dreadful showing by the Bucs today at New Orleans, Becht walked out on that tight rope and had a rant dripping with passion and emotion. His disgust at the current state of the Bucs was clear for all to hear.
Joe documented some of Becht’s comments.
“Decisions have to be made,” Becht said. “It will start with coaches and it will then be with players. It will be a while before it all shakes out.
“It is hard to hang your hat on something positive for next year. Individual players, yeah. But when Coach says they will fix it, what is there? What are those pieces? We are not supposed to be rebuilding this year. This is not a rebuilding situation. We are supposed to be in the mix. Everyone is getting better in our division and we are taking a step back. The Falcons will bounce back to where they need to be and where will we be at?
“It’s scary and dangerous. You have had a whole season to evaluate it. That’s why the Glazers and the GM make the money. It should not come down to today’s performance. Either you think you have it or you don’t.
“A quick decision must be made so you can move forward.
“It’s about wins and losses. That’s cut and dried. It’s not how you win or play. If you don’t have that, what other criteria is there of ownership? What are they looking at? Why will they bring back a staff or not? I am not sure where the Glazers are at. Do they not want to say they failed? Who knows? They don’t want to look bad in a situation either. But they want to appease the fanbase. There was a time after Gruden we lost the fans. We brought free agents in. There was excitement in the air. The culture was changed. That was [Schiano’s] No. 1 goal and he did that. Year Two was about winning football games.
“There are teams in playoff situations who didn’t have their starting quarterback. Green Bay didn’t have Aaron Rodgers for seven weeks and they hung on. That is part of football. That is part of coaching. That is getting your team to believe to win games. Thought we had a rookie that would supply those wins.”
Yes, the Bucs are certainly in a pickle. No matter which way Team Glazer decides to point the Bucs toward during this offseason, it is wraught with minefields. If you unload the coaching staff, that means the team is starting over. The roster is not built to start over. If Schiano is retained, does Team Glazer confident Schiano can turn things around quickly?
It’s not a pretty picture.