Goodbye Raheem Morris, Hello Greg Schiano. Goodbye Yungry, Hello Toe the Line. Goodbye Pass happy clusterfudge, Hello run heavy offense. Goodbye 4-12, Hello ?.
That's what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been up to this offseason. They've done away with the over-the-top player friendly culture. They've rid themselves of brash personalities (yes, I'm talking about you K2). They've closed the door on young, upcoming coach. In place of these items they've gone to a blue collar attitude, an old school football field, a team first approach and a grinder at the Head Coach position. The Bucs are attempting to remake a roster and culture that led to one of the worst closes to a season any of us have seen. They're trying to rid themselves of the stench of getting pummeled by the Jaguars and looking inept against every single opponent. They're doing what they can to make 2011 seem like a horrible nightmare right up there with 1976 and Crocs. They're essentially erasing last year. They had no choice.
The question remains, is it enough? Are these changes enough to make fans care about Bucs football anymore? Is it enough to put the games back on TV? Is it enough to stop the losing slide and start winning some games? While the answer would seem to be yes, it's more of a definite "wait and see." The Bucs could very well come out and fall on their face. They're still young, learning a new system, and it's virtually impossible to purge the mistakes, attitude, and awfulness in the span of 6-8 months. Bad habits will still remain, though they can be broken. Dumb mistakes will linger but will hopefully be remedied. From a football perspective, I don't think it will be enough in Year 1, but I do think it's the correct move to overhaul the entire organization.
From a fan perspective, all it will take is a few wins. Fans like to be front runners. In no way am I saying this happens, but if the Bucs open up 8-0 or 7-1, you better believe that Raymond James Stadium will be full. That's always been the case in football with it's limited 8 game home schedule. Win and people show up. Lose and only those who wear paper bags show up.
Is it enough? Have the Bucs done enough to change the direction of the franchise? The only thing I can say is, it may not be enough, but it sure couldn't get any worse.