Signature Silliness

October 2nd, 2015

LovieJoe remembers all the Raheem Morris haters blubbering on and on back in 2010, because the Bucs didn’t have a “signature win” under their belt.

These lunatics claimed the Bucs had five, six, seven, eventually 10 wins without beating a good or a full-strength team.

Jiminy Christmas, if the Bucs managed seven wins this season — regardless of opponent — legions of fans would be ready to parade naked down Dale Mabry Highway. Heck, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht is jumping in pools already — for real.

The mere idea of Team Glazer firing Chucky after back-to-back 9-7 seasons almost feels like an impossibility nowadays, given the state of the franchise.

This just illustrates that being a fan of an NFL team is one big perception game.

Joe mentions this today because Joe hears some fans talking about how the undefeated Panthers haven’t beaten anyone and aren’t that good. Carolina has wins against the Texans, Jaguars and the winless Saints. Joe has a message for skeptical Bucs fans: The Panthers are an excellent football team, a team that knows how to win, versus a Bucs team shaking in nervousness on the sidelines, as Chris Conte advised.

The Bucs are a big underdog Sunday because they just haven’t figured out winning, and continue to make critical errors in all phases of the game.

A victory, however, changes everything in a big way. Yes, it’ll will be the biggest win for the franchise since Josh Freeman torched the Vikings on Thursday Night Football three years ago. For today, Joe’s just grateful it’s October and Bucs fans aren’t forced to talk draft.

As for that 2010 Raheem team, rest assured Joe will publish a huge five-year anniversary celebration series of features this summer, assuming the Bucs can’t become winners this season. Joe thinks it could be worth looking back at that clue to see what went right in the face of starting 10 rookies that season.

21 Responses to “Signature Silliness”

  1. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    The mere idea of Team Glazer firing Chucky after back-to-back 9-7 seasons almost feels like an impossibility nowadays, given the state of the franchise.

    And now some of the same people trying to run Gruden out of town because he didn’t always tell the truth or because he wasn’t nice enough to players that he cut, are preaching patience with Lovie

    It’s absolutely unfathomable. Damn we had it good with Gruden


  2. Tampa Tony Says:

    Since the Super Bowl the Bucs have 4 winning seasons and zero playoff wins!!! That is a organizational failure, from the owners to the scouts to the various GMs and coaches, this franchise reeks of failure.

    So for fans to try to pick apart Raheem’s 10 wins is just moronic. You beat who is on the schedule. This isn’t Ohio State where you make your own schedule. I just want wins I don’t care who it is against.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    The teams the Bucs have played against have only beaten the Bucs for their wins.

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    Food for thought. The Oakland Raiders were garbage before Chucky became HC.

  5. FortMyersDave Says:

    Rah’s team was simply the following: the 2014 Rams playing the L&L Bucs, the 2014 Vikings playing the L&L bucs, the 2014 Browns playing the L&L Bucs, the 2014 Bungles playing the L&L Bucs, the 2014 Panthers and saints playing the L&L Bucs twice along with the Texans this last Sunday playing the Bucs….. They played better than the team they lined up against 10 times out of 16 in 2010. Can L&L ever do that in Tampa: I think everyone would have to say no….. Rah actually had a team that found ways to win against other bad teams and beat them. L&L can not do that except for a fluke win in Pitt, a beat down of the Washington Snyders (possibly the only more mishandled team in the NFC besides our Bucs) and New Orleans this season despite Lovie’s mismanagement of the game in the 4th quarter which almost replicated the Bucs’ OT loss in 2014 to NO and probably would have been an L if Brees was healthy. Yuk; memo to the baby Glazers: the fans of Tampa Bay deserve better than this slop; and if the Bucs are 1-4 at the bye week (lets face it, we all think this is more likely than unlikely due to the way the Bucs can lose so many winnable games under Lovie by repeating mistake ad nauseum); please cut Lovie loose and let Koetter take a stab at interim HC…. The ineptitude of Lovie is astounding and what is even more amazing is that the glazers have tolerated it and actually expect the fans to sit back and enjoy watching this club lose continually without even winning a ****ing home game in almost 2 damn years!

  6. DB55 Says:

    I miss Malcolm Glazier. #RIP

  7. FortMyersDave Says:

    DB55: the franchise really fell apart after Malcolm had the stroke and the lads took over….. sad but true….

  8. J Says:

    On this I agree with you Joe, all NFL teams are made of elite talent. If one team has an off day the other usually wins.

  9. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Don’t get the hate on the NO gameplan. We fumbled twice in our own territory lol wtf does that have to do with coaching?

    We actually are less underdogs in this game (3) than we were at Houston (6). Go Bucs!

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    LC…Take the Panthers -3 all day long. Wow that’s got to be the biggest lock of the week.

  11. ARGH_M8E Says:

    2nd posting kinda… Let’s right the ship and fire dem cannons, w a WIN… We’re one game outta 1st, yeah!!!!! Let’s go!!!

    It’s Friday and I’m over last week…. Wasn’t easy to get over either… See u diehards at the game, my 1st at Rjay… Seen em live twice, both at the Georgia dome, 1&1… #40 is the reason I became a fan in 97 (I’m from CT), if we can’t get inspired by the choo choo train and win one finally at home… I might go thru the atmosphere since there’s no roof at home, LETS GO BUCS!!!!!!

    Btw:Where’s the best tailgate my fellow swashbucklers?!?!?!

    Gonna cry like a baby when I see mike out there!!! Yes a grown a$$ man will b all teared up;))) the people’s champ for sure!!!!!

  12. FortMyersDave Says:

    Buc1987; seems like the 2 locks are the Bucs and the skins both to lose at home for similar reasons; bad coaching and poor discipline….

  13. NewTampaChris Says:

    I would LOVE to be crowing about a 2-1 Bucs team today that beat crappy Saints and Texans teams. I wouldn’t care how crappy any team was, as long as we win. I would LOVE to have ten crappy wins and make the playoffs. But as it stands, we lost to an obviously crappy Houston team because we’re crappier than they are.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs +3 you say. I’d have to get at least 10 to even consider taking the Bucs.

  15. Buccfan37 Says:

    Go ahead Bucs, make me look stupid. Win the game outright. I dare you.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    ARGH_M8E…lots go to Al Lopez field next to RJS. $15 parking vs $25 at the stadium and a pretty damn good time if you get there early enough. There’s this dude in an RV that’s there for every game that cranks music out loud enough to hear it a mile away. Pretty good atmosphere.

  17. GerbilsGoneWild Says:

    buccfan37… I love the reverse psychology!

  18. GerbilsGoneWild Says:

    What do ya’ll think the liklihood of L&L with the team after the season. I know it’ll take wins but the thought of a change and a new staff to toss the old and bring in the new sounds like another 3 years of garbage to me. The only way I’d support that is a scheme change. Get away from tampa 2 to a more aggressive 4-3 or one that let’s the corners out of the flats more than the tampa 2 allows. Shoot, I’d almost dare to say that I’d welcome a 3-4 D

  19. D-Rome Says:

    >the franchise really fell apart after Malcolm had the stroke and the lads took over….. sad but true…

    This is common for many businesses owned by a person who passes it down to their heirs. The Bucs were 96-80 when Malcolm was running things prior to his unfortunate stroke. Since then the franchise has been 53 – 94 including this season. Yet, Manchester United during that time has won at least 5 Championships if I recall correctly.

    Bryan and Joel Glazer have a said desire to win Tampa Bay but over the past 9 seasons but what has been produced year after year has been a disappointment.

  20. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Supposedly NO beating us in the home opener was the biggest lock of this year basically. Any given Sunday man. This team should be 2-1 right now if we cut the drops and missed FGs in half and weren’t screwed about 4 times on crucial bs penalties . 8 team drops to maybe 1 (if that?) for the Texans; many of which were for potential 1st downs. 10 points in missed FGs, 7 being relative chip shots. Should have won the game. Don’t personally blame Lovie for people dropping balls and kickers missing kicks and horrible calls (PI on Evans) and non calls (no PI when Evans arm held in freaking end zone). The team forced a lot of punts by Houston.

    Go Bucs!

  21. bucsbedabest Says:

    The problem with this team is they have to learn how to win. Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time. You never win a game unless the player can beat the guy in front of him. Players need to be where they are assigned, be in your gap. The coach needs to hold players accountable. Penalties should be unacceptable. Missed field goals should be an anomaly. Lovie is Lovie and he is not going to change but he needs to start showing some emotion. Creating turmoil can get the attention where you need to get it. The mentality of this team needs to change.