The franchise became a big winner after the loss to the Saints Sunday afternoon. Hard to believe, right? How does a team become winners after losing a game? Well, by locking up the No. 1 pick in the draft that's how!
There is excitement among the fan base again. Debates on who you will draft first overall on April 30 are alive and well. (Which reminds me to ask, think you can share who you are at least leaning towards?) Heck, even the Bucs are the talk of the nation.
But I think what was most impressive was how you guys went about it. I mean, the team got out to a 20-7 lead against the Saints and it's almost as if you said, "Let's slow this down a bit." For that, many are thankful for preventing a potential victory.
Lovie, you took Mike Evans out of the game after he was having his way with New Orleans secondary. You removed linebacker Lavonte David from the game after he was making stops all over the field. Which really upset him by the way. But that's besides the point because you know who was really upset? Some of the fans in the stands. I have faith that they will eventually warm up to your decisions though. Probably in four months. Maybe sooner.
But do you remember all those articles written about how bad Josh McCown is and how he should not have been given the opportunity to be the Bucs' signal caller? Well, when you took out some of the main pieces of the team but left him in under center, you truly gave the team the best chance to win. McCown proved that.
The interception that eventually set the Saints up for the game-winning drive wasn't all on him, but the fact that the ball wasn't put perfectly in the hands or chest of wide receiver Tavarres King was an amazing job.
No, and how about that safety? That wasn't even from his blind side and he still couldn't see/sense the pressure coming. Remarkable work. Just a great job by him to single-handedly sure-up the first overall pick. No wonder he was elected captain. He knew what was on the line. I'm sure he is carrying that title proudly right now.
The morning after will feel rough. I know a 2-14 record isn't something to be proud of. But gosh darn it, you have the first overall selection with two potential stars in Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota awaiting to hear who you select to be the team's face of the franchise. How cool is that?!
You'll pull through, sir. I believe you will. Those that have been upset with you all season long may now be so excited you left your best coaching performance for the last half of the 2014 season.
However, a couple questions remain. Were you the "lamest for Jameis" or did you "suck for the duck"?
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