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Bucs listened too much to post-Week One praise

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Fans wearing emoji masks wave during the second half of the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals won 40-7. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Getty Images

In the wake of an impressive Week One win at Atlanta, the Buccaneers sparked a belief by some (i.e., me) that they could win at Arizona.

They didn’t win at Arizona. Badly. So what happened?

I think we just put too much into a win,” tackle Demar Dotson said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “You know, we had a lot of people praising us over the Atlanta game, over one game. And I think that maybe we just had too much praise over one win. It’s just one game. That’s the highs and lows in the NFL. We can get too high over a win, or get too low. And I think we got too high over a win. And we got humbled real quick.”

After Sunday’s showing against the Cardinals, excessive praise isn’t a problem the Buccaneers will have any time soon. Now the question becomes whether they will be able to handle the adversity that flows from an ugly loss as they prepare to host the Rams in Tampa Bay’s home opener.

In order to beat the Rams, the Bucs will need to practice better. Both center Joe Hawley and receiver Cecil Shorts III said that the team did not have a stellar practice week.

Too many of those will lead to too many losses. And too many of those will result in ownership continuing the lather-rinse-repeat cycle of firing head coaches.

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26 Responses to “Bucs listened too much to post-Week One praise”
  1. bencoates57 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:32 PM

    If the Patriots could beat the Cardinals, why couldn’t anyone?

  2. alcore1 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:33 PM

    They still have ALOT of work to do if they wanna dethrone Carolina in the NFC South.

  3. junkmtb says: Sep 19, 2016 12:33 PM

    No they didn’t listen too much to week one’s praise. You guys GAVE them too much praise that’s all!!!!!

  4. mogogo1 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:40 PM

    What did Koetter say about all this? Odd to see an article where multiple players talk about poor preparation and a bad week of practice without any comment from the coach whatsoever.

    They were awful even considering they lost Martin early on. Winston had QB rating of 39 with 4 interceptions but played every down in a 40-7 loss. At what point you need to give the backup some snaps and avoid the risk of losing your starter in a game that was over by halftime?

  5. eagleswin says: Sep 19, 2016 12:41 PM

    It was Atlanta people. Not currently a measuring stick for greatness and people were popping champagne after Week 1.

  6. goraidersgospurs says: Sep 19, 2016 12:50 PM

    You could do the same arercle about the Raiders, why single out the BUCS?

  7. 12coltsfan12 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:00 PM

    AZ is exactly who we thought they were. Which makes the Patriots win there the week before without their 2 best players and 4 other starters all the more impressive. If NE is healthy at the end of the year then we are all playing for 2nd place😥

  8. laces out says: Sep 19, 2016 1:01 PM

    if you read the comment section after any team suffers a loss, you’d think nobody was going to make the playoffs

  9. azcardsfan3 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:04 PM

    goraidersgospurs says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:50 PM
    You could do the same arercle about the Raiders, why single out the BUCS?

    Maybe because the Raiders at least played a game against the Falcons. The Bucs didn’t show up after Winston’s first pick.

  10. scmems07 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:04 PM

    I think the real question is obvious…….what does Miko think about the play of Jameis in a blowout?

  11. kevpft says: Sep 19, 2016 1:06 PM

    Early-season road loss to a non-division opponent without falling behind any division rivals as a result is about the best vehicle for a learning opportunity there is.

  12. MostlyRight says: Sep 19, 2016 1:07 PM

    I felt AZ should have dismantled NE in week 1, but Garapolo and the NE defense showed in the first half against Miami that it was more NE’s strength than AZ’s weakness that kept that game close. NE AND AZ are for real, and may well meet again in Houston.

  13. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 1:33 PM

    Or maybe they beat the Falcons which is not that big of an accomplishment

  14. captainwhodat says: Sep 19, 2016 1:33 PM

    lose to tinseltown and you really have a problem going forward…

  15. scmems07 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:34 PM

    You could do the same arercle about the Raiders, why single out the BUCS?
    __________________________________

    Because the Raiders didn’t get embarrassed.

  16. vegaskid21 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:37 PM

    “They are, who we thought they are!”

    D. Green

    RIP

  17. goraidersgospurs says: Sep 19, 2016 1:40 PM

    azcardsfan3 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:04 PM
    goraidersgospurs says:
    Sep 19, 2016 12:50 PM
    You could do the same arercle about the Raiders, why single out the BUCS?

    Maybe because the Raiders at least played a game against the Falcons. The Bucs didn’t show up after Winston’s first pick.

    The Raiders D was a no show I have no ideal what’s going on with Sean Smith, we all wanted him in FA this summer!!!

  18. dino2997 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:42 PM

    Eagles and Carson Wentz are going to be in the same boat soon. Eagles fans act like they won the super bowl with Wentz winning MVP.

  19. captainstagger says: Sep 19, 2016 2:15 PM

    If the raiders can’t beat the Falcons, who the Bucs handled easily, I’d hate to know what the Cards would do to Oak.

    Fact is while the Bucs are on the rise, a cross country road trip against a pissed off cards team that is a top 5 team in the league just spells curb stomp. Hey, it happens. But as others have said, Bucs didn’t lose much ground while learning a lesson. Let’s hope they show a little moxie and take it out on LA in thier home opener.

  20. paulieorkid says: Sep 19, 2016 2:27 PM

    The headline for this article should have read, “DEMAR DOTSON BELIEVES the Bucs listened too much to post-week One praise.”

    This whole article is nothing but what Dotson thinks. It is not true to say in the absolute that, “Bucs listened too much to post-Week One praise.”

  21. draculalambert says: Sep 19, 2016 3:23 PM

    how did atlanta beat oakland? wow

    humiliation

  22. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 19, 2016 3:39 PM

    Did they get the week off to go to Publix?

  23. icebergsimpson says: Sep 19, 2016 3:49 PM

    pittsburghdamned says:
    Sep 19, 2016 3:39 PM
    Did they get the week off to go to Publix?

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    How is that even relevant to the subject?

  24. kennylc2015 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:56 PM

    dino2997 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:42 PM
    Eagles and Carson Wentz are going to be in the same boat soon. Eagles fans act like they won the super bowl with Wentz winning MVP.
    ———-

    I’m not really sure where you are getting your source from because the overwhelming sentiment has been “let’s wait and see.” We’ve been bitten by these rookie QBs too much… Nick Foles, Kevin, Kolb… hell, I can go back to Bobby Hoying.

    No one in Philly is over reacting w/ Wentz.

  25. tyelee says: Sep 19, 2016 4:18 PM

    5 turnovers… 4 INTs and a fumble.. The kid is HIGHLY overrated and 4th in their division… Weak offense and weak defense!

    When playing a quality opponent the Bucs showed their true selves!

  26. tbf22 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:06 PM

    The raiders lost to the falcons. That is embarassing.

    The bucs are up and coning but arent close enough to the elite teams in the NFL. We all knew that. As long as the bucs can beat the average and below teams, they should be ok going forward. AZ is no slouch of a team. They have made a reputation of embarassing lower level teams. Bucs were just the latest of their many victims.

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