Season On The Brink

October 30th, 2015
Sunday isn't just another game for many Bucs fans

Sunday isn’t just another game for many Bucs fans

Believe it or not, there are fans that only care about wins and losses and whether their beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the playoff hunt.

These folks just want to see competitive football and get pumped up for meaningful games.

For this sect, Tampa Bay’s season is on the brink; lose Sunday in Atlanta, and the Bucs season is toast. This group would look at the monster won-loss records of Atlanta (7-1 in this scenario) and Carolina (at worst 7-1) and write the Bucs off with their 2-5 record.

Joe feels for these fans. They’re on the brink of their third straight lost season before the halfway mark.

Joe met one of those guys last night. He was hammering Joe that Sunday is the Bucs’ Super Bowl, a must-win, he said, if the team was going to find its way back to a 6-6 record and a shot at the playoffs.

Joe hopes the Bucs themselves view this game — and attack this game — with the same urgency that fan possesses. An inspired, mistake-free performance is likely their only shot to win without Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy.

30 Responses to “Season On The Brink”

  1. Soggy Says:

    We will never match atlanta or even the saints this year our season is already over…

  2. bucrightoff Says:

    It’s funny but it doesn’t have to be a must win game. Any average coach would already have us at 4-2. Unfortunately we have the extremely below average Lovie Smith, and are lucky to not be 1-5.

  3. Soggy Says:

    Or the panthers..

  4. Nose Tackle Says:

    Top 5 draft pick is the best we can look forward to. The rest of the games for me will be to watch the growth of our rookies. I thought we would only win 3-4 games. Of course I hoped I’d be wrong but my gut instinct’s usually aren’t far off. Go Bucs !

  5. Tom Edrington Says:

    Sorry to say that I’ve simply become a fan of good football games, pro and college, even some of the HS games on ESPN.

    This team has made it virtually impossible to live on their every contest…….hope they can hang close on Sunday and Jameis can show what he can do with a game on the line…..

  6. LargoSamIM Says:

    I don’t know where I fall on this issue… on one hand, I am disappointed about the Bucs records recently and don’t expect much… but I watch and root for them every week… hoping for improvement and some hope for the future. So far, I only see brightness on the offensive side– Koetter, Jameis (so far), and the OL…… but I am still hoping to see more good signs elsewhere

  7. tmaxcon Says:

    Season was over midway through the first game against Titans when Lovie and his clowns crapped all over themselves and set the tone. If you can’t be Tennessee ready and scheme to disrupt a first year QB in 6 months there really is no hope. The titans only win is against Lovie and his sorry excuse for a defense. I’d love to see Winston’s numbers against Lovie that would help the rookie of the year campaign a boost.

  8. scott fitzgerald Says:

    Its going to be a test to see how far we truly have come.

  9. Howard Cosell Says:

    The state of the Bucs is 100% a result of the Glazers style of ‘ownership’.
    Amazing how few media types have the cajones to tell the truth. Not
    surprising though, since the Glazers use their clout to intimidate anyone
    who dares criticize their scam here in Tampa.

    The Glazers set an absentee ownership, shoe-string budget type of
    vibe around one Buc. Every person that works for the Bucs knows
    that the Glazers are disinterested at best.
    Every business that I’ve ever worked for, or heard about, or read
    about that has absentee owners is ALWAYS, 100% of the time,
    a crappy, pi*s-poor, lame-ass business with high turnover and
    very poor efficiency.

    Really no NFL team would be better than the sh*t-fest the Glazers
    boys have been ladling out to fans since Malcolm took ill. If we
    didn’t have the Glazer parasites here in Tampa I think, in the long
    run, the city would be better off.

    Very silly stuff. Absentee owners is just the wrong characterization. –Joe

  10. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Joey Bosa, come on down!

  11. The Buc Realist Says:

    Its funny how some are still talking that Lovie is now “out of excuses, especially when that is what they said before the first game and each game afterward. Some of the sheep ( lovie loyalish) saw a good team after the Jags victory, Most saw 2 bad team go toe to toe and the Bucs squeaked out a victory at the closing seconds… Other words not a good team!!!!

  12. RCH Says:

    The season was over last week. Too bad the team itself doesn’t realize that this game should be viewed as there “superbowl”. As you eluded to in your previous article this team has a loser mentality and as much as it hurts to say that’s what they are.

  13. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Ya know, I was watching that game last night and I couldn’t help but notice the mentality of the Patriots

    Up 29-7 with 8 minutes left. Did they “go turtle?” Did they just try to run out the clock?

    No. They did what champions did. They put their boot on the Phins throats and twisted. Up 29-7 with 8 minutes left the Pats went no huddle, throwing the ball and aggressively going for 7. It was an absolute clinic in how great teams put games away.

    The mentality is completely night and day from the Buccaneers and Lovie Smith’s mentality.

  14. Howard Cosell Says:

    Comparing the Bucs to the Pats is ridiculous.
    Robert Craft is the #1 Pats fan and running the Pats is
    an obsession for him. I seriously doubt that the Glazers
    even know who all the starters are on the Bucs.

    Basically we’re ****ed, we’ve been ****ed and we’ll continue
    to be ****ed for as long as it’s profitable for the boys.

  15. Ed Kerber Says:

    The problem with firing Lovie is who will replace him ? Will the gmen bring in a coach out of retirement Gruden, cowher, Parcells, etc. or a name college coach (other than Urban who is good enough). Are they any hot coordinators whi didn’t already flame out? We missed out on Quinn, Bowles, and Del Rio. Don’t know there is anyone who won’t be as bad as Lovie.

  16. R.O Says:

    OMG.. Does it matter if they were 8-8, 6-10, 4-12. We had no foundation to build on. Just keep laying the bricks. Holy Moses.. If your not good enough to win a super bowl this year just build the foundation. We have (fingers crossed) a QB for the next 15 yrs.

  17. Aristotle Says:

    2012 season was over- Cheered for Lavonte
    2013 season was over- Cheered For Banks
    2014 season was over- Cheered for Evans
    2015 season is over- Cheering for Winston

    Who will I cheer for next year #DisappointingTeam

  18. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Why does it matter how much a fan the owner is or how involved?

    Honestly kind of rediculous argument considering it’s been a national consensus that the jerry jones / Dan snyder / al Davis overly involved owner style is not good for the franchises best interest typically

    The Pats are good because they have a great HC who knows how to get the best out of each years roster (along with how to build that roster) and they also have a HOF QB. Robert Kraft isn’t calling plays or running the draft lol.

    Pats secondary was more questionable than ours going into this year and they’ve made it work / BB has identified / developed talent in some unknowns

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  20. WyldKat Says:

    The line is playing better than I imagined it would. Jameis is looking better and better. Dougernaut woo! The offense has exceeded my expectations and should be a great foundation for the future.

    Problem is, I thought the defense was going to be our foundation for the present. That has not been the case. I thought they were showing improvement at the end of last year, but have totally fallen flat this season after Lovie decided to run it directly.

    So, uh, offense better, but defense worse, than expected. And if we can Lovie now, they’ll bring someone else in and that might be a season or three to sort out the transition wreckage. But I’m worried that leaving Lovie in will be a season or three to sort out the simple as that wreckage.

    It helps me to imagine Lovie Smith running around on the sideline a la Talladega Nights – “Help me Jesus! Help me Jewish God! Help me Allah! AAAAAHHH! Help me, Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise, use your witchcraft on me to get the fire off me!”

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    Forget Urban, he only moves to high talent winning organizations, he would not sully his self important reputation. Besides he’s a shmuck.

  22. mac Says:


    Season on the brink?

    There is ño brink… This team is going nowhere… Soft ass players and a soft ass dud of a head coach…


  23. 911bucs Says:

    I just hope we win so 87 will come back, I just enjoy reading his posts.

  24. Howard Cosell Says:

    OK. Lets assume I’m completely off-base and spewing about
    things that I really have no knowledge of.
    Would you hold the owners responsible for the state of their team?
    Remember there we’re on our 4th HC under the bros and not a single
    player or assistant coach is still here from 2007.

    Maybe I have some of the details wrong, but something is definitely rotten
    in the state of Denmark. There’s absolutely no doubt about that.

  25. Michael Johnson Says:

    IF..we lose this game. And its a high probability.. Our scouting Dept needs to buckle down and figure out who will will pick with our 1st thru 3rd draft pick. Its gonna be us, Tenn or J-ville in the top 3. The Glazers are in a fix. If they fire Lovie they will be paying 2 ex coaches huge salaries. So my quess is Lovie gets one more year. Look, I’ve made some ugly comments about our Bucs in the past. But I’m a real Bucs fan. Have been since my pops took me to the ole stadium to see Leroy Selmon play (now there was a beast). Just pains me to see us bringing up the rear yr after yr . Its gotta change.

  26. Marlow1976 Says:

    Hmmm… Every game is a “must win” until you seal-up a playoff bid. If every game is not played as, or treated as a “must win,” then your team, coach, and organization is a representative of, or a symbol of losing. You play this game, any game, to win only. Maybe we don’t have that mentality in this organization, and if this indeed is the case, we new leadership NOW. We need to have a kill or be killed mentality. We have to be full throttle until the whistle, and until the end of of each quarter. We, at this point, need to take big risks, and pray for big rewards. We have nothing to lose, and the world to gain! GO, FIGHT, WIN, LIVE & DIE A BUCS FAN!

  27. BangkokBuc Says:

    I agree with alot of the sentiment on this post. This season is already down the tubes so we might as well start looking towards next year’s draft. A top 5 pick could go along way to shoring up the OL, DL or even a corner. Trade any vets worth their salt now and try to re-stock next year. The circle of depression continues

  28. pelbuc Says:

    Season’s over. Get rid of players before trade deadline and hire a guru to find the next coach. Glazers suck!

  29. Brent Says:

    Why get rid of good vets? Makes no sense. Unless they’re unproductive or always injured. Bucks should have a ton of money next year. Just continue to draft well. I don’t get this mentality of dumping productive veteran players. Just keep productive vets, resign good young players, and most importantly draft well. If you can add an occasional fa at a good price ok. Forget this lets dump everybody and just go totally young. Doesn’t work..

  30. Jason McLaurin Says:

    Yes indeed joe you got this one from me. Im saying it now we need to get over the last game. Nfl is a short term memory type of sport for all players. Ee need to be focused on November ball for Winston. I would love to see Winston get off to a nice start for his career in these games. I think we can go undefeated in this month and get over .500 this month for good. Winston needs to develop that killer instinct in his mind in these next couple games that hes fighting to extend the season and begin to culminate all the pieces in one game. Dial up 15 runs apiece for Martin and Sims s nd let him throw 25 times a game at max. Work the tight end then Vjax and then kill em wiyh Evans and ASJ on big plays as well as Martin.###play4WINStonfight44LOViE