Paranoia Running RampantAugust 22nd, 2012
In a perverse way, Joe is enjoying how many Bucs fans are still reacting to a preseason loss. Why, Joe even had a fan Twitter him last night adamant that the preseason game Friday against the Patriots is a “must-win game.”
A preseason game, no less!
Joe vividly recalls the first team defense having three three-and-outs to start the game against Tennessee. How much better could they play?
And the first team offense left with a touchdown on the board. Not so bad, right?
Apparently, wrong. It seems after the second- and third-teamers got worked over, Bucs fans were racing to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and re-upping their memberships with the Hemlock Society.
In fact, new Bucs coach Greg Schiano is already having some fingers pointed at him, and he has yet to coach his first regular season game with the Bucs. Alan Dell of the Bradenton Herald has yet to be won over by Schiano.
It proves something we already knew: Discipline is like fool’s good, and talent and heart are a lot more important.
Schiano’s Napoleonic method of coaching still has his players’ attention, but if the team doesn’t show an improvement in victories they will tune him out.
We don’t want to panic. This is only the second preseason game, but the Bucs’ psyche is extremely fragile. It won’t take much to send them back into the abyss.
Hold up! Yes, we are just halfway through Schiano’s first preseason and just one week after training camp broke. Time to ease up.
From many of the veterans Joe has spoken to, it appears all have welcomed Schiano’s attention to detail. Shoot, Aqib Talib and he are buds now.
Let’s see what happens come November before diving into the mouth of Tampa Bay.