The First Week (Bad) OmenOctober 10th, 2013
Joe was up at the New Jersey Swamplands and saw the Bucs play with his own eyes. When Lavonte David, with his head elsewhere, shoved Jets quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds, Joe knew, the way the NFL protects and coddles quarterbacks the way Joe does cold beer, this was trouble. Very big trouble.
And it was. Instead of the Jets needing a Hail Mary pass, David’s personal foul set the Jets up… aw, you know the rest. It almost seems like the team, the Bucs, have been snakebitten all season, as the year has turned into a nightmare for all involved.
Robert Weintraub of SportsOnEarth.com believes that David’s play was an omen for the 2013 Bucs campaign.
Hide the banana peels when the Bucs are around
How things would be different in Tampa if only Lavonte David hadn’t gone all XFL at the end of the Jets game in Week 1. David’s moment of madness started an epic spiral that has seen a Kramer vs. Kramer-level divorce between the team and quarterback Josh Freeman, the Sword of Damocles dropping to within an inch of coach Greg Schiano’s job and Tampa fans ignoring the team in favor of the Rays, of all teams. The Bucs are already 4 ½ games behind New Orleans. They have a better chance of beating the Red Sox in five than they do catching the Saints.
It has been such an awful season Joe has already begun looking at the 2014 draft. There isn’t enough beers for Joe to drink to somehow come to the conclusion that the Bucs can make the playoffs starting 0-4 and now turning to a rookie third round pick of a quarterback.
As Joe said when he sat in yesterday with his good friend, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig, there aren’t many plays that can work offensively when a team isn’t blocking well, isn’t catching the ball well, isn’t running the ball well, isn’t throwing the ball well and has no tight end to speak of.
Unless, of course, the defense does the scoring for you.