Looking In The Mirror

October 2nd, 2020

For Bucs fans who watched the weirdly entertaining game last night between the beaten-down Broncos and the circling-the-drain Jets, it was too much of a real flashback.

How many times throughout the Lost Decade did Bucs fans endure a Thursday night Bucs game (or a Monday night) beamed from coast-to-coast only to watch the Bucs shat in their pants before the nation?

How many rotten games did the Bucs play in these night games since Chucky left? Seemingly once a year — until last year when the Bucs beat the Stinking Panthers; the Bucs have Christian McCaffrey’s number so well that defensive coordinator Todd Bowles even found a way for Vernon Hargreaves to make a play.

The Jets bungled their way through last night game and the Broncos were not a whole lot better, throwing two picks in the fourth quarter.

But this wasn’t the Bucs that Broncos QB Brett Rypien was playing. It was the Jets. Backup running back Melvin Gordon housed a run from 43-yards out (imagine that, one of the lowest teams in the NFL has a backup running back able to run one in from beyond the three-yard line).

It seems the Bucs are on the cusp of putting these garish werewolf-like primetime nightmares behind them. The Bucs are in first place. And now the Bucs are actually expected to beat bad teams, not to play down or lower than bad teams.

Right, Lovie?

Joe couldn’t help thinking while watching last night’s game that as early as last year, the Jets were the Bucs.

(Question: If the Jets wind up with the No. 1 overall pick, will Trevor Lawrence stay at Clemson?)

23 Responses to “Looking In The Mirror”

  1. Clean House Says:

    I’m feeling like they may lose to the Chargers,
    Perhaps that’s my Bucs PTSD speaking, but I’m comcermed about our injuries and this feels like a trap game. It’s too unbuc like for them to just “handle” LA. Feel like the other shoe has to drop.

  2. Clean House Says:


  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    Clean- I’m with you on the “PTSD”.
    We have a host of injuries and we have yet to prove anything other than we are an improved football team.
    Focus on beating the Chargers first and string a few wins together.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Our defense will carry us to a victory…..

  5. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    We Bucs fans all have PTSD… back up QBs, first starts for a QB, being ahead near the end of a game only to throw a pick 6, shanked FGs at the end…

    How does a Bucs fan not feel that voice of trepidation when playing a team you should beat?

    NO! We must be brave. We must believe! Bucs will win over Chargers!! Go BUCS!

  6. Danny C Says:

    As long as we stick to trying to run the ball we’ll keep them honest. We have enough to beat this team coming across the country. Our defense will definitely keep this game close enough for us to win by at least 10 points.

  7. ocala Says:

    I agree with you guys. As Buc fans we are programmed to be jaded, but with Tom Brady and what appears to be an elite defense I think we should feel good about playing the Chargers on Sunday.

  8. Steven007 Says:

    What Harry said. It’s going to take a long, long time before the frustration of rookie quarterbacks or backup quarterbacks having their way with the Bucs becomes a distant memory. Let’s hope the remedy starts on Sunday.

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    we’re not the same ole bucs anymore….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  10. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Two games against really bad teams does not inspire a lot of confidence. Also how many more games will be canceled because of the virus, and what’s the plan to make those games up? We definitely have some great talent on this team. It’s just hard to be rational and optimistic at the same time. The virus complicates things.

  11. mike Says:

    @ joe I think Trevor is leaving no matter who has the 1st pick. They have a 5 star kid who is playing back up now and another 5 star kid on the way. Trevor is getting married in June and I think he leaves no matter what. The Jets will hire a young offensive guy like the Bengals did last year and the cards the year before. Hell, the Jets will probably offer the job to Dabo 1st, which he will turn down.
    @1sparkyI bet you are real fun at parties

  12. Dapostman Says:

    There was a game last night? Missed it. Watching reruns of Rescue Me.

  13. Bradinator Says:

    Yeah, had some flashbacks during that game. Sam Darnold had a 43 yard TD run. One of the most ridiculous plays of the season. Both sad and pathetic. That said, Melvin Gordon is not a back up. He would start for most teams in the league. I told the folks here in Denver I believed they would beat the hapless Jets. The thought I was drinking too much.

  14. #1bucfan Says:

    813. Id like to agree with you but I need to see it before I can believe it. Hopefully this is the year we turn the corner and don’t look back. I’m deff encouraged by what I have seen so far.

  15. Cobraboy Says:

    One game at a time.

    Respect every opponent, and take nothing for granted.

    “On any given Sunday.”

    The hardest, most challenging game on the schedule is the next one.

    Pride goeth before the fall. Recall Chucky’s 9-3 start before getting fired.

  16. BucDan Says:

    Joe Says:
    October 2nd, 2020 at 8:30 am
    What exactly does Antifa mean to you joe? It’s always meant anti fascist to me.

    Crime including, but not limited to, police assault, arson, vandalism if not looting. Tactics that sure seem to mirror a certain group in Germany that rose in the 1920s.


    You guys post this and then close the comments?

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Trevor Lawrence will view the Jets like this…

    Am I as good as the great Joe Willie Namath. Can I get the largest NFL market in the world to learn MY middle name? How good am I? Would I like to find out?

    NYC = FAME + FORTUNE and a major athletic challenge. The 2nd of those two will win out and Trevor ??? Lawrence will be happy to become a gazallionaire!!

    How much money awaits him outside of football if he goes to NYC? What happens if he actually wins in NYC? He would be da man!

  18. rrsrq Says:

    I would like to see LVD pre-Lovie causing turnovers v. Lovie + years, did he perfect the strip u dear Lovie

  19. Buc4ever Says:

    One game at a time. The idea of first place is pure nonsense at this point. This team needs to learn how to win on a consistent basis and can’t take any team for granted. Especially ones with backup and rookie QB’s….

  20. Guinness8 Says:

    I couldn’t help but think either the Jets O-line is really, really bad or our O-line is pretty darn good.

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Chargers hanging with the Chiefs when they last played makes this upcoming game more interesting. I expect a Bucs win and write that first game jitters from the Chiefs off as toying with the Chargers.

  22. Cobraboy Says:

    @Buccfan37: I fully discount every NFL team’s first game as having anything to do with the overall quality & projection of team potential.

  23. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Ndog looks back fondly on those games.