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Going Buc Wild: Picking Up the Pieces

Posted By Justin Chechourka On Aug 27 2011 @ 3:45 pm In Tampa Bay Buccaneers | No Comments

Everything was in shambles. Devastation, and depression was all that was left. The people who witnessed it could only ask, “how could this happen? We were supposed to be prepared for this.” But we weren’t ready. We weren’t prepared.

I’m not talking about the aftermath of a weak east coast earthquake or even Hurricane Irene. I’m talking about the perfect storm beating the Buccaneers took at the hands of the New England Patriots.

It couldn’t have been worse (at one point I told my wife, the Patriots have 21 points, the Bucs have 6 yards). I’d say Josh Freeman was running for his life, but he didn’t even have time for that. LeGarrette Blount was getting hit nearly as fast as he was getting the ball. The defense couldn’t tackle, guard the pass or even make Tom Brady break out in a sweat. It was like watching the freshmen get beat down by the varsity, only if you really, really hate the varsity.

So why am I not the least bit worried?

I said last week, you can’t put too much into preseason football. Sure we were beaten in every aspect of the game. Sure our first-team offense has yet to put together a real scoring drive. Sure our defense looks like it can’t stop the run….

Wait…

Ok I am a little bit worried.

That’s why this week’s game against the Dolphins is so important. This is a chance for the Bucs to pick up the pieces. No excuses this week, no saying we didn’t game plan. The Bucs need to be taking this one seriously

The good news is, this should be the closest we’ve seen the Bucs to full strength. Kellen Winslow, Arrelious Benn, Brian Price are all supposed to play. Coach Morris says the team has game planned like it’s a regular season game. And if nothing else, the team is now using iPads instead of playbooks. That’s got to mean something, right?

So what am I going Buc Wild for this week?

- I like a lot of what I’m seeing from the rookies, but there’s clearly room to grow. Mason Foster and Adrian Clayborn have really shined at times. I would like to see more from Da’Quan Bowers, and Luke Stocker.

- Gerald McCoy showed a a little rust last week, but overall looked like he was going to pick up right where he left last year. He was one of the few defensive lineman that got to Brady. Let’s pray he stays healthy.

- Lastly, I want to see the game plan. We’ve seen a lot of vanilla on both sides of the ball. Time to give us nervous fans a dose of true Bucs Ball. Let’s let Freeman, Williams, and Blount do their thing. Complete some passes, run hard, and let’s put together a sustained drive or two.

This is the game to show the fans that their high expectations might be met. Anything less will leave the fans picking up the pieces for a second straight week.

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