Well, it was a fun one at Ray Jay wasn't it Buc fans? It's been a while since the Bucs took another team to the woodshed and lets face it, its always a great thing to see Matt Ryan put on his backside is it not?
No, the Bucs aren't headed to the playoffs. The two teams they beat probably aren't either. But look at it this way, Tampa Bay: after the horrible start to this season, the calls for the head coach's head on a pike, MRSA, the Freeman fiasco, losing Doug Martin AND Mike James - this team had every reason to as the Atlanta Failcons have apparently done. Pack it in.
Yet, this team has stayed resilient, is actually still got some dog in their fight and are actually trying to get better.
To me, that's a positive sign.
Let's see what else we think we learned.
1. The bossman Sander is going to write how Mike Glennon didn't put the ball 3 centimeters to the left of Vincent Jackson. How his stats are Lies! Bald face Lies, damn you!
Gur Samuel will do his breakdown of the film and show you everything the kid is doing wrong.
Look, I remember when Bernie Kosar was with the Browns. He was a statue. He threw some the ugliest ducklings you'll ever see. Yet he got the ball where it needed to be, put the ball in the endzone and won games.
While I don't disagree with their assessments, sometimes we get paralysis by analysis.
There are four things I want from my quarterback:
- Make some plays downfield.
- Move the chains by making the plays that are there to be made.
- Get points on the board.
- Manage the game and don't get your team beat.
Belief is a powerful thing. There's been a quite noticeable change in Schiano's demeanor, his sideline composure and his play calling. Schiano's letting his offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan be creative. He's taking shots with surprise onside kicks, fake field goals and halfback passes. On defense, the Bucs did more one-on-one battles and less stunting on the defensive line and it resulted in a tremendous amount of pressure on Matt Ryan.