It was the first game of the season for the Buccaneers which resulted in their first loss of 2015. For many, it has already defined their season.
The game was out of reach for the Bucs halfway through the first quarter. The way they played could very well sum up the rest of their season given how they played in 2014 so yes it can most certainly be a continuation of their 2-14 from a year ago.
But head coach Lovie Smith reminds us all that this was just Week 1 of a new season.
“One disappointing game does not define our season. We won’t let it,” Smith said. “This isn’t an old Buc team of the past. Our 2015 version of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we are very disappointed in how we played for one game.”
As they should be. From top to bottom, this team performed as if it had no business playing in the National Football League.
Luckily for them, they can try again in under a week. However, the pressure is being felt already.
“There’s a lot of football left to go so you need to keep that in perspective,” Smith said. “If everything was fine right now, maybe we’re feeling better right now, but I think it’s not all bad to have more of a sense of urgency early on in the football season. There are some things we need to get corrected.”
It’s often said, but this team needs to go back to the drawing board and that starts with practice. They clearly were not prepared for Tennessee. So this week, they better be ready for New Orleans.
"It starts with practice,” said defensive end George Johnson. “When we get back on the field on Wednesday, it starts with our individual drills and then carries over to team. If we continue to take care of that, it's going to carry over into Sunday."
They better hope it carries into Sunday. If not, the downward spiral begins.