It’s Only PreseasonAugust 9th, 2013
Yeah, it was tough to watch that game last night (you can watch it tonight on WFLA-TV, Channel 8 at 7:30 p.m.) and look at the final score and not come away with flu-like symptoms.
But really, the Bucs’ first teams did pretty well against the Super Bowl champs. Don’t try to tell Bucs safety Dashon Goldson the Bucs were not getting the job done early.
“We have talked about communication being vital out here, especially in the secondary and on the defense,” Goldson said. “We’re doing a good job of lining up and playing a sound defense and swarming to the ball.”
Preseason, especially the first game of preseason, is more about what you did or didn’t do, Goldson noted, than who your opponent was.
“The significance I feel is that you get to go out there and put everything you learned during the offseason and during training camp into practice against another team,” Goldson said. “In training camp you go against each other so much, it’s good to go against another team and another mindset of football players. It’s a chance to showcase what you’ve gained so far. But we’re still in training camp, so there’s still a lot of work to do.”
There is still a lot to do. The team the Bucs put on the field last night won’t be near the same team the Bucs have when the final 53-man roster is set in a month. Then there’s the three Pro Bowlers who never suited up last night: Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks and Darrelle Revis (who nonetheless was wearing a sharp suit in the Bucs locker room after the game).
No, the Bucs aren’t bent out of shape over what happened last night, and neither is Joe.