It wasn’t that long ago the good ship Buccaneer appeared to be on the verge of mutiny.
But apparently, Bucs coach Greg Schiano has won over a few converts.
Amazing what two wins in a row will do for someone’s perception.
“It was tough here for a while, what with the whole Josh Freeman thing and guys getting hurt, but through all of that Coach Schiano was like, “Forget that, get your pads on and keep working,’ ” Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph said, via Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. “And now we’re finally getting a sense to where the guys in this locker room really do believe him and believe in him. And I can say now that this is first time I can say that we’re a family now.
“He’s been preaching that since he walked in the door and sometimes you don’t know where they’re coming from with that. . . . It was family, family, family and it makes sense now. I can say we really are like a family now because guys really trust him, guys really believe in him because all that stuff he’s been saying about just keep your head down and keep working, it’s all coming true now.”
Apparently, all it took was getting through 24 games with a 7-17 record, with a little MRSA scattered in to get everyone believing. Either that, or the Bucs have been in the dark so long that the first ray of light is a welcome one.