There are times where we as fans can over hype individual games. This is not one of those times. If the Buccaneers lose to the Saints on Sunday, they will receive the 1st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and be able to select any player in that draft. That player could end up being the player that changes their franchise forever.
Before people hurry to say that the 1st overall pick could be a bust just as much as it could be a homerun, the fact in this piece is that if the Bucs lose to the Saints, they will not have to wait for another team to make a selection before they pick in April. They will not have to take the player who is left over and hope that player pans out. The Bucs would have the first overall pick and be able to choose any player available. The Bucs would also be relevant throughout the entire months of March and April, and depending on the player they select, for months after the draft as well.
I'm not wasting time or space here writing about the actual players they could select. We'll have 6 months for that. I'm also well aware that any player they select could be a bust. I'd just rather them select a potential bust from the full set of players than select a potential bust because he was all that was left when they were on the clock.
The Bucs have played in only a few important games since they won the Super Bowl at the beginning of 2003. The Bucs have played in just a couple of playoff games since their Super Bowl win. They lost to the Redskins in the Wildcard round of the 2005 season and to the Giants in the same round of the 2007 season. The Bucs would also play an important game in Carolina on December 8, 2008. Then 9-3, the Bucs would get run over by the Panthers on their way to losing their final 4 games, leading to the firing of Jon Gruden.
It is very safe to say the Bucs have not had the true hope of having a Super Bowl caliber team since they won the Super Bowl in 2003. Even in those playoff games, there couldn't have been a soul that truly believed the Bucs were poised to go on and win the Super Bowl.
Sunday's meaningless game against the Saints is the most important game the Bucs as an organization have played since winning their one and only Super Bowl in 2003. The lack of hope for this lackluster franchise has been crushing for a fan base that doesn't ask for much.
The only thing this fan is asking for now is one more loss. The Bucs have done their fair share of losing over the past decade. We just need one more loss, and I have never been more nervous.
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