Its bad enough we have fans who called for Dirk Koetter’s job because of a failed 4th and 1 running play, the second in a row. These same fans pounded their fists later when the Bucs dominated the line of scrimmage and enacted their will two weeks in a row in the run game.
For years, Bucs fans called Gerald McCoy a bust, and even several years of probowl honors have done little to persuade them McCoy is one of the elite Defensive Tackles in the game, not just “Good”. McCoy has squandered his career on a team that has not had a double digit sacker in a decade, these fans do not understand the nature of the 3 technique D Lineman, or why its even called a 3 technique to begin with (See Below).
Its a perceived lack of Football IQ down here that has gotten us the name “Gooberville” by many outside callers into sports radio. What can you expect…the fans in the stadium yell and scream….when the offense has the ball. remember watching Peyton Manning QB the Colts, you could hear every word he said to his team, because the fans are Football Smart, they are silent when the offense is on the field, and boisterous when the other offense is up.
Now its Jameis Winston, the QB who cannot complete a 20 yard pass to a WR if you were to believe some Bucs fans lately. Never mind Winston is now 7th on the ALL TIME Bucs QB lists for Touchdowns, all at the ripe young age of 22! Winston by the way is suffering from one thing, accuracy, something that is completely fixable with training and practice. Intagables like heart, will to win, ability to forget a bad play, those things you can’t teach. You either have it or you dont.
Lets forget Doug Williams for a bit, because he was hands down the greatest franchise QB Tampa Bay has ever drafted. He started as a rookie, took the Bucs to the NFC Championship game in year 2, playoffs 3 of 4 years, and then when the cheap ownership wouldn’t pay to keep him, the franchise spent the last 32 years trying to replace him. He doesnt have flashy numbers, neither did Terry Bradshaw; but Will his team to victory, that was No. 12. The closest thing was Josh Freeman; he came in a youngster too, 21 and throwing footballs around with the best of them. In year two he had one of the greatest passing seasons ever in Bucs history, and no one knows where he would be now if the Bucs had put Free Agents on the team around him. Freeman had the bad luck to be an introvert in an extrovert QB league, and Greg Schiano saw it as a weakness. It wasn’t. No one will mistake Winston for the same, he has pizzaz, mojo, all the things that made Bucs fan love him while he was a rookie. But now due to over inflated expectations, also a result of low football IQ, Bucs fans are feeling the pressure of a playoff push where none exists.
Do you think New Orleans is a playoff team this year? Cleveland? How about Miami? Saints and Dolphins have the same record as the Bucs. Saints and Cleveland has as bad of a defense. In the playoffs teams take it to a new level; I dont want to see Bucs clips in the future of some team putting a 50 burger on us in the playoffs. Get to 8-8, that is a big deal, you would have ended the losing streak of seasons, finish out of the cellar, thats how teams make the move from pretenders to becoming great.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not out to blame everyone at RayJay or in Tampa Bay; quite the contrary. Bucs fans are some of the most loyal and best fans ever. When the team was in the middle of a 14 year double digit losing streak, the Bucs still put 30,000 in the stands. When the Colts were in Baltimore, they were pulling single digits with crowds of 8,000. The Arizona Cardinals came from St. Louis where fans put 4500 to 7000 fans in Busch Stadium before both of the franchises moved. Faced with losing the Bucs in 1994/1995, the Bucs fans and residents pulled together, passed local ordinances, and raised the money to support the Glazers. In return the Glazers brought in one of the best coaches in Tampa Sports history, Tony Dungy, and combined with Jon Gruden; left us with Malcolm Glazers’ greatest possible sports legacy for us fans; a Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Championship in 2002.
From Pro Football focus: Definition of the 3 Technique :
The 3-technique is the most glamorous of all the interior alignments. By definition a 3-tech (or under tackle) is any player aligned on the outside shoulder of a guard. What makes it such a coveted position? He generally has free rein to get upfield and create disruption. Unlike a 0- or 1-, the 3-tech is tougher to double team simply by alignment and therefore can make more plays on ball carriers in the running game and get to the quarterback faster on pass plays.
The reason they face fewer double teams is that in a typical under front, the 3-technique aligns to the weak side with a defensive end outside of the weakside tackle. This means the tackle can’t double down and the center has a long way to go to try and execute a double team.
The one quality most associated with the 3-technique position is quickness. Defensive coordinators want their 3-techniques playing in the offensive backfield and there is no better way to do this than with a swift first step.
EDITORS NOTES: Unlike this ideal format, McCoy DOES in fact get double teamed, because no one else on the D Line is considered “double team worthy” to quote a Seinfeldism. McCoy is one of only a handful of these guys who can get off the ball lightning quick, appearing in the backfield. Wonder why the Bucs have been good against the run for so many years in a row? Just for fun, go national with your rants and see what fans in other areas think of Gerald McCoy.
Current Jameis Winston Stats:
16th Yards Passing 1776 in 7 games, on pace for another 4k yard season, and thats with no higher than 20th in 20Yard completions, and 26th in 40 yarders. He’s getting the yardage per pass.
T9th with 14 TDs w/ Mariota
11th is Sacks, Tied with Case Keenum, Osweiler, and Cam Newton