Forget The PastApril 14th, 2014
Just thinking of last season, Joe’s stomach turns a little and generates acid reflux. Or maybe that was the Crown and Coke Zero Joe was drinking last night?
The 2013 season for the Bucs was enough to turn anyone’s stomach. Losing the first eight games, watching leaky, sleepy Rip Van Freeman go mental and try to tear apart the locker room, the MRSA, the list goes on. It was so bad it shouldn’t be forgotten.
But, per Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune, that’s not the way new Bucs coach Lovie Smith works. He wants the Bucs to wipe their hard drives clean of any and all information saved from last season.
He can’t erase it from the record books, but Smith has officially put the Bucs’ 2013 season behind him and wants his players to do the same.
“To me, it doesn’t really matter what happened last year,” Smith said recently. “For me, it’s all about going forward and creating the best situation and the best group of men we can for our needs going forward. It’s really as simple as that.”
For a history guy like Joe, this is troubling. You know the old cliche, “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it?” Joe takes that to heart.
But Joe does get where Lovie Smith is coming from. The 2014 season is (hopefully) the dawn of a new Bucs era, an era that includes wins. An era that includes a playoff win, for the first time in 12 too-long years. And, hopefully, an era that includes Johnny Football.
Bucs players should learn from the past. Joe understands why Lovie wants them, however, to look forward, not backwards.