Exploring Winning & Leadership

June 24th, 2016

Two ex-Bucs explore the winning of 2010.

The 2011 Bucs season ended with an epic 10-game losing streak. It was a five-game meltdown in 2012.

The national 2013 horror was an 0-8 start. The 2-14 shame of 2014, the Chase For Jameis, closed with six straight losses. Right now, the Bucs are riding a four-game losing streak.

Tampa Bay hasn’t been a winner since the glorious 10-6 season of 2010. The drumbeat of losing ever since has overwhelmed Bucs fans.

Lately, Joe has spent time exploring what made that excellent 2010 team tick. Yes, Joe yearns to revive feelings of Bucs happiness.

Last week in Jacksonville, Joe had extended discussion with former Bucs defensive tackle Roy Miller, a starting nose tackle on that 2010 team and a current starter for the Jaguars, and 2010 Bucs rookie receiver Arrelious Benn.

Joe asked those guys to name the Bucs’ locker room leaders of 2010. They didn’t hesitate.

Ronde Barber was that team’s top leader, per Miller, and Miller named four others: Davin Joseph, Donald Penn, Jeremy Zuttah and Kellen Winslow. According to Benn, Joseph, Penn, Quincy Black and Barber were the leaders. “Gerald McCoy was becoming a leader, too,” Benn added. He also cited Winslow for being an inspirational figure because of his work ethic.

Miller and Benn, however, first lauded head coach Raheem Morris for creating an environment allowing players to play loose.

So was the leadership important? Miller said Raheem created such a confident environment that “the veteran leadership pretty much took over the coaching.”

Joe will share more on the winning 2010 Bucs throughout the summer.

12 Responses to “Exploring Winning & Leadership”

  1. LovieBall Says:

    Penn and Zuttah huh? Cut ’em. We don’t need them.

  2. OAR Says:

    Kellan “rub one out naked on synthetic high” Winslow….Aka known as Mr Happy the leader of Funky Monkey patrol.

  3. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Chuckys team glazers flubbed that firing

  4. unbelievable Says:

    Kellen Winslow huh? Very interesting to hear.

  5. James Walker Says:

    In 2010 opponents had an uncanny ability to drop the INTs that Freeman was throwing.

  6. GhostofTedford Says:

    I always thought Raheem was in over his head but he just so darn likeable that players played hard for him. Koetter and Smith will right this ship. I predict 9-7 this season.

  7. pick6 Says:

    so, what happened the following year? all the same leaders were around, ditto the coaching staff.

  8. BigMacAttack Says:

    How many were there? Which way did they go?
    I must find them, for I’m their leader.

  9. BFFL Says:

    Defense had rudd in the middle so the back 7 was pretty good. After that year foster took over and the rest is history. Plus Blount was a beast and the competition was pathetic.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Raheem outright sucked. His hands off approach may have worked at first, but as soon as it sank in that players could do pretty much anything, they started acting up.

    Talib was the most obvious example. Winslow, one of the “team leaders” even screwed the pooch.

    People here claim Lovie was the worst, but in truth the worst was Raheem. He set the team so far back that it took years to even start climbing out of hte mire it was in.

    Schiano said when he left that he left the team in better condition than what it was when he go here. He was right. It may not have been much better, but it was at least better than Raheem’s team. Lovie Smith, hated by most around here, is the guy who started this turn around. In his hands, we got the offensive unit of our dreams…even though his first OC bailed. Man was a miracle worker if you think about it without bias.

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    And I’m talking about long term improvement of the players and team, not the wins vs losses.

  12. BucTrooper Says:

    I just remember he couldn’t spell Glazer.