Brace For The “Signature Win” BaloneyOctober 19th, 2012
Joe’s not jumping the gun and declaring a Bucs victory against the Saints on Sunday. But Joe can guarantee two things will come if the Bucs do win and move to 3-3.
First, the national media magically will rediscover that the Bucs actually play in the NFL. Second, much of their chatter will focus on the Bucs not having beaten a good team and therefore are lacking the proverbial “signature win” to be considered a contender. Carolina, Kansas City and New Orleans are a combined 3-13 right now and the Chiefs have a bye this weekend.
Joe endured all the “signature-win” baloney in 2010, when media and legions of Bucs fans were convinced the Bucs got to 10-6 with smoke and mirrors and lots of luck because they didn’t beat good teams. Even the Saints (11-4) waving the white flag in Week 17 trailing the Bucs in the fourth quarter at the SuperDome was not good enough for these critics.
Joe was never one to buy the “signature-win” mentality. You beat who’s in front of you and every team is dangerous. Chucky’s 9-7 Bucs teams had their share of signature Ws and it didn’t mean much at the end of the day.
This is just a warning from Joe. Prepare yourself for very loud doubters if the Bucs pull off a victory Sunday.