Its well Documented how Ryan Fitzpatrick can have some MAGIC days, and
some TRAGIC ones mixed in too. Rarely do you see the two converge like they did Monday Night at Raymond James Stadium.
Under throwing receivers, holding onto the ball too long, poor decision making in the first half, all cleaned up in the second half with long balls to Evans and CO., a MAJOR tuck and run from the Bucs 40 to the Steeler 40 which helped set up a TD and a return to the game for the Bucs.
Remember though, fighting for the win, never giving up, it wasn’t enough to save a coach according to Bucs fans last year (or past years), so don’t use it now. Instead, concentrate on what the Bucs actually DID do good in the game Monday night; something to hang our hats on.
MATT BRYANT WHO?
Maybe its not enough to excercize the curse of Matt Bryant, but Chandler Catanzaro was dead on perfect on all of his kicks. While Steelers kicker clanged two off the right upright, Catanzaro’s kicks were a contest to see if they would fall down DIRECTLY behind the middle post, thats how straight and true they were. Would have liked one more kick though!
On a night when Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Booger, Ronde Barber, were on the sideline, Bucs D linemen gave Big Ben enough hassle to make him uncomfortable most times. And Steeler RB Collins, although no L. Bell, was held to nothing 95% of the game. …..this is WITHOUT no.1 draft pick Vita Vea. Can you say FUNNEL defense? Jean Pierre Paul has gotten over his ailment and put serious pressure on Ben last night. This will only get better as the year goes on barring injury.
“TOUCHDOWN TAMPA BAY.. VERITAS to VERITAS!!”
Cameron Brate got back into the act Monday night and the Ivy League connection IS BACK.
GLASS 2/3 FULL or EMPTY?
Forget the debate, there is no debate. Ryan Fitzpatrick has no future with the Buccaneers other than retirement. And I have news for you, the offense is not ALL Fitz; its a combination of great pass blocking, 4 dominant Wide Receivers, 2 likewise Tight Ends, and players most of which are in the third year of the same offense. Thats what happens when you stop firing head coaches.
Jameis Winston is the future of this team, just get over it. What he did was over 2 and half years ago, by all accounts he’s a humble pie model citizen in the community. If your not looking up what he’s done with that work, put down the keyboard and stop criticizing a man for what he did when he was 20 and 21. If he does it again, he’s gone. IN the meantime, see you NFL week 6 after the Bye week Jameis.
Fitzpatrick should continue to QB the team as the Bucs are one day short of a practice week heading up to Chicago which is suddenly a defensive powerhouse. Winston has been practicing and doing his best, but he’s rusty, so a Bye Week gives him 3 weeks to practice to get ready to take over the Bucs Offense, which shouldn’t miss a beat. Remember, this is a QB that is setting records too, just like Fitz.
ITS HIGH TIME TO TAKE THIS IN CONTEXT- BE THANKFUL WE HAD A QB GOOD ENOUGH TO PILOT OUR OFFENSE TO A 2-1 START, WHEN ALMOST EVERYONE READING THIS THOUGHT WE WOULD BE 0-3.
And.. the loss last night was to an AFC team so it hurts the least. Bucs are still 1-0 in the division and 2-0 in the conference. This is a team that is in the Playoff hunt again. Hats off the Ryan Fitzpatrick who should get a Don Strock award for this season, if there is such a thing!