The Key To WinningJuly 11th, 2014
Joe believes it is safe to type that Bucs coach Lovie Smith knows how to win. No, Lovie has never won a Super Bowl — the ultimate goal — but he has won in the NFL.
Right now, Bucs fans are so beaten down from years of losing, from Raheem Morris chest-bumping players despite being down by three scores, to the MRSA and losing the first eight games out of the chute last year.
Bucs fans right now will take anything they can get, though Joe’s one and only goal is to see the Bucs win a Super Bowl. Joe uses Wild Card and division title T-shirts to wash his truck. They are virtually meaningless.
ESPN’s Bucs blogger Pat Yasinskas believes he knows the key for Lovie and the Bucs to win.
This defense will be the key factor in determining if Smith’s regime will succeed. The offense can be average, but the defense has to be special.
Joe thinks just the opposite. While he agrees with Yasinskas the defense could be special, despite what some Woody Hayes types will have you believe, you cannot win on defense alone unless you have one of the top three defenses in NFL history (Baltimore Crows).
This was proven right here in Tampa Bay, no less. How many seasons did the Bucs have the best defense in the NFL, and yet the offense shat themselves time and again in the playoffs? You cannot win games if you don’t score. Even Warren Sapp has said this in the “Myths” segment of “Top Ten” on the NFL Network.
He knows from personal experience.
Always remember and never forget the lone Super Bowl in Bucs history was won with an offensive head coach and a Pro Bowl quarterback.
Joe is confident writing the defense will be just fine. There’s a reason the Bucs drafted only offensive players this spring.
There is no need to lose sleep over the defense. It is in fine hands. But if the Bucs are to celebrate a Super Bowl with the Vince Lombardi Trophy held aloft in victory, it is the offense that is the key. It is the offense that must be, at worst, capable of marching downfield late in a tight game.