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Young Bucs have a chip on their shoulder

Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during their NFL football game in New Orleans Reuters

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quietly and quickly have developed a quality team.  And they’re a little bit pissed that folks generally haven’t noticed that yet.

Scott Reynold of PewterReport.com makes that point while laying out the reasons for the team’s decision to give up another home game in order to return to London.  Reynolds writes that the franchise became “extremely frustrated” last year that none of its late-season games were not moved to Sunday night on NBC.  “With potential playoff implications, even Tampa Bay’s season-ending contest at New Orleans was not flexed to primetime,” Reynolds says.

Right, but there was only one game in Week 17 that had actual playoff implications regardless of what happened earlier in the day:  Rams at Seahawks.  Though Bucs-Saints had potential playoff implications as the day began, there’s no guarantee that, by 8:20 p.m. ET, the game would have had any relevance.

Still, we like the fact that the Bucs are getting feisty.  They want to be on Hard Knocks.  They crave to be noticed.  In some respects, they’re a watered-down version of the Jets, especially since they have a brash but likable head coach who generates great sound bites and who at one point last season declared his team to be the best in the NFC.

All that said, we don’t believe that playing in London equates to becoming one of the short-list glamor teams in the NFL.  The London game, given the time differences, gets lumped into the 1:00 p.m. ET contests on a Sunday in late October.  While it may be a big deal in England, there’s really nothing special about the game in the eyes of the average NFL fans.

If the Bucs want attention, the best thing they can do is to keep winning games.  And to get to the playoffs.  And to advance in the playoffs.  And to get to the Super Bowl.  And to win it.

Until that happens, they’ll receive precisely the attention they deserve — that of a good team that wasn’t good enough to make it to the postseason.

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23 Responses to “Young Bucs have a chip on their shoulder”
  1. cover2blitz0 says: Apr 15, 2011 7:40 AM

    the man is always trying to keep the bucs down. and please dont compare us to a watered down jets team the jets and rex ryan are a joke. were a young team with a bright young coach and gm and are craving success not trying to be a sideshow like the jets

  2. steelerer says: Apr 15, 2011 7:42 AM

    The problem was that tampa beat the teams they were suppose to, and lost to teams better than them. It will be interesting to see if they can play against the better teams in the NFL. Once the glazers sell Man U. some of that money will go back into the Bucs and they should be a better team for it.

  3. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 15, 2011 7:49 AM

    A chip as in Fish n chips?

  4. formula42 says: Apr 15, 2011 7:50 AM

    They were good enough to make the playoffs if not for the bad call against the Detroit game. If they would have given K2 the TD he caught the Bucs would have been in and the Pack stays home.

  5. fin72 says: Apr 15, 2011 7:56 AM

    If the Bucs want attention, the best thing they can do is to keep winning games. And to get to the playoffs. And to advance in the playoffs. And to get to the Super Bowl. And to win it.

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    They already did that within the last decade and even then nobody cared.

  6. armchairgm9 says: Apr 15, 2011 7:56 AM

    They aren’t craving attention. They want respect. They want prime time games, not just 4pm games. Rah doesn’t say what he says for the attention. He says it because he believes it.

  7. raiderinpa says: Apr 15, 2011 8:06 AM

    Waa, waa!… Sounds like their becoming a better team and better whiners at the same rate…

  8. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 15, 2011 8:08 AM

    Josh Freeman played really well, unfortunately for him he had almost no praise.

  9. Patriot42 says: Apr 15, 2011 8:12 AM

    I would assume every team wants to win. It always amuses me to read a team is upset. Hopefully every team feels the same.

  10. dewalt2990 says: Apr 15, 2011 8:23 AM

    Didn’t all their wins come against teams with losing records?

  11. backinblack67 says: Apr 15, 2011 8:42 AM

    Tampa Bay Jets

  12. formula42 says: Apr 15, 2011 9:14 AM

    dewalt, we did beat the Saints.

  13. detroitfootsketball says: Apr 15, 2011 9:18 AM

    dewalt2990 says:
    Apr 15, 2011 8:23 AM Didn’ t all their wins come against teams with losing records?

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    i dont know if all there wins came against teams with losing records but the part thats funny to me is some ppl gave the thumbs up and some thumbs down its true or its not true opinions are one thing like or dont like any team or player you want but numbers are numbers

  14. schmitty2 says: Apr 15, 2011 9:51 AM

    Why should the league respect them when their own fans dont even turn out to watch them?? The good ol “Blackout Bucs”

  15. paulnoga says: Apr 15, 2011 10:13 AM

    They beat the teams with losing records with the exception of the Saints the last week of the season. the Saints had the WildCard locked up in the Playoffs and the game against the Bucs was not important. Earlier in the season when games mattered, the Saints killed them.
    Also they lost to the Lions near the end of the season.
    The Bucs have a descent, young team.
    However; CB Ronde Barber is old and needs to retire. the other starting CB, Talib, has been arrested multiple times and may not be available.

  16. SpartaChris says: Apr 15, 2011 10:26 AM

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quietly and quickly have developed a quality team. And they’re a little bit pissed that folks generally haven’t noticed that yet.
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    No disrespect to the Bucs, but as a few people accurately pointed out, in all but one game, the only teams they beat last season were teams with losing records. They lost to everyone else.

    Anyway, have patience. You’re on the cusp of sustained greatness. It doesn’t happen over night and last.

  17. buccaboo says: Apr 15, 2011 10:51 AM

    If the Bucs want attention, the best thing they can do is to keep winning games. And to get to the playoffs. And to advance in the playoffs. And to get to the Super Bowl. And to win it.

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    That doesn’t seem to apply to the Cowboys.

  18. arbiterflick says: Apr 15, 2011 10:56 AM

    From the article:

    “Freeman completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions and compiled a QB rating of 95.9, yet is not regularly talked about or promoted as one of the league’s rising star quarterbacks.”

    Uhh, EVERYBODY is talking about Freeman as one of the league’s rising stars (and rightly so).

  19. Mike Tomlin says: Apr 15, 2011 11:07 AM

    Until they get more attractive uniforms it will be hard for them to attract more fans

  20. redstar504 says: Apr 15, 2011 12:35 PM

    am with you on that Tampa I was kinda miffed that the Saints vs. Tampa contest didn’t get flexed as well. Here you guys are playing to get in the playoffs and the Saints had a crack to get the 1 seed (needing an unlikely ATL loss vs. CAR).

    I think the NFC South is one of the better conferences in the NFL and we get no love when it comes to flex time, all of us Saints, Falcons, Bucs. It’s a pre-rec to get flexed that you need to play in the NFC/AFC East divisions. I am sure it has more to do with market size vs. football ramifications but it still stinks.

    I look forward to our games against one another next year and I will of course be making my yearly trip to Tampa (one of my fav. stadiums in the NFL, outside the Dome of course).

    Hopefully Drew Brees is not allowed to workout with/pass along pointers to Freeman this ofseason again.

  21. thefiesty1 says: Apr 15, 2011 1:51 PM

    They have such a history of losing seasons that a chip on their shoulders is appropriate. One trip to the SB in the history of the franchise is enough to give them a complex.

    But,, what about the teams that haven’t ever been to the SB? Of course a couple of them never will. Detroit and Houston come to mind.

  22. schmitty2 says: Apr 15, 2011 6:55 PM

    redstar504 says:
    Apr 15, 2011 12:35 PM
    am with you on that Tampa I was kinda miffed that the Saints vs. Tampa contest didn’t get flexed as well. Here you guys are playing to get in the playoffs and the Saints had a crack to get the 1 seed (needing an unlikely ATL loss vs. CAR).

    I think the NFC South is one of the better conferences in the NFL and we get no love when it comes to flex time, all of us Saints, Falcons, Bucs. It’s a pre-rec to get flexed that you need to play in the NFC/AFC East divisions. I am sure it has more to do with market size vs. football ramifications but it still stinks.

    I look forward to our games against one another next year and I will of course be making my yearly trip to Tampa (one of my fav. stadiums in the NFL, outside the Dome of course).

    Hopefully Drew Brees is not allowed to workout with/pass along pointers to Freeman this ofseason again.

    So the Saints didnt get flexed.. big deal! How about the 2 Thurs, 1 Sun night, and 2 Monday night games they had. To have a 1/3 of your season played on national TV isnt too bad

  23. SpartaChris says: Apr 15, 2011 8:55 PM

    redstar504 says:
    Apr 15, 2011 12:35 PM
    am with you on that Tampa I was kinda miffed that the Saints vs. Tampa contest didn’t get flexed as well. Here you guys are playing to get in the playoffs and the Saints had a crack to get the 1 seed (needing an unlikely ATL loss vs. CAR).
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    Sorry Bucs fan, not a hater, but if GB loses the final game against the Bears, it’s NY and not Tampa Bay who makes the playoffs.

    Anyway, by your same logic, the Green Bay/Chicago game should have been flexed. It’s the oldest rivalry in the game and had HUGE playoff implications, much more than your Bucs/Saints matchup. The Packers were in a must win situation where a loss to the Bears would not only have eliminated them, but it would have allowed the Giants in.

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