The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no business being 0-2.
In both games this season, the Buccaneers have held the lead with less than a minute to go. In both games, their opponents were able to make miraculous plays to set up a winning score, and the Buccaneers were left wondering what happened.
The team is extremely talented. Doug Martin is one of the most exciting running backs in the league, and Vincent Jackson one of the most dynamic receivers. The defense is stacked on all three levels. They led the NFL in run defense last season, and stiffened their secondary during the offseason with the addition of Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis. Yet, two weeks in a row, the Bucs have watched a field goal sail through the uprights and cost them the game.
It is hard for anyone to understand, and it is hard for the fans to accept, but it is the harsh reality facing the Buccaneers, and all they can do is make adjustments, and keep pushing forward.
Next week, Tampa Bay travels to take on the New England Patriots, and when they do, they need to be focused on the task at hand. They cannot afford to have distractions like the Gregg Schiano/Josh Freeman drama that led up to this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The coach and the quarterback need to put their differences aside and focus on what is best for the team.
We have heard about the friction between Schiano and Freeman. We have heard about the quarterback losing his captaincy, and how he missed the team photo. We have heard all of this, but we are not hearing about the talent this team possesses, or the chance they have within the NFC South.
The Bucs stand a better than average chance of beating the Patriots next week, but they are going to have to put the differences behind them and learn from the heartbreaking losses of the last two weeks. The team has to have a common goal, and they all need to buy into it. If they don’t Tampa Bay will be looking at on 0-3 start with little chance of changing their fate for the season.