Monken: Buccaneers “drank the Kool-Aid” in 2017

#1 von liny195 , 07.01.2019 07:46

As the 2018 season approaches Tampa Bay Buccaneers T-Shirt , the Buccaneers are hoping to rebound from a tough 2017. Tampa Bay finished 5-11 last year, so there was work to be done this offseason. General manager Jason Licht had roster changes to make, while the players and coaches had work to do in terms of bringing individual talent together for a better overall performance as a team.The Bucs have been mediocre-to-awful since 2007, failing to make the playoffs in each year. But 2017 was supposed to be different. Everything was supposed to come together, which was a sentiment echoed by many NFL analysts that picked Tampa Bay to either earn a wild card spot or even win the NFC South. HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series only added to the hype, featuring lines like “this is a team ready for launch.” Things were great for the Bucs last year until they weren’t. They had two separate five-game losing streaks and finished last in the division for the sixth time in seven years.Fast forward to Wednesday, which featured the team’s final training camp practice. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken appeared to confirm that attitude was an issue last year. From Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times: While Monken’s ability to be so straight-forward is refreshing, the quote itself is very telling. There were plenty of reasons for Tampa Bay’s 11 losses last year. Quarterback Jameis Winston struggled with an injury for much of the year, Doug Martin failed to return to his 2015 self Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hats , the team still had issues in the kicking game and the complete absence of a pass rush led to a defense that ranked dead last in passing defense.Despite all of that, it’s reasonable to believe that an overarching issue was the team’s overall attitude and approach. That’s where things have to change this year. Every team in the NFL has professional talent and most have good-to-great coaching. The Bucs have to get their minds right for 2018 and not take that for granted. It will surely fall on head coach Dirk Koetter and the extensive number of leaders on the team to make sure they don’t repeat the letdown that was 2017. Adding veterans like Jason Pierre-Paul, Vinny Curry and Beau Allen should help that effort.Things are a bit different this year, as Winston’s suspension and a brutal schedule have lowered expectations for many in the national media and the fan base. Even still, there’s an unreal amount of talent in Tampa Bay’s locker room. There’s no telling if it will truly come together and translate to victories. Schemes and execution are highly important, but a certain mentality is needed to be successful. After failing in that aspect last year, the Bucs seem aware that they need the right outlook heading into the 2018 season. The Buccaneers are threatening an old and ugly NFL record.Tampa Bay is -19 in turnover margin this season, which is not only the worst in the NFL but on pace for the worst in NFL history. If the Buccaneers continue their current pace through 16 games, they’ll finish with a turnover margin of -34. The all-time record is -30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hoodie , set by the Steelers in 1965.“Well, turnovers are killing us right now,” said coach Dirk Koetter. “We’re minus-19, we’re last in the league, 13 in the last four games, 13 turnovers and no takeaways. That’s by far the number-one thing that’s hurting our team. [We] have talked about it many times 鈥?every turnover has its own story. If there was one thing to it, it would be easy to fix. As a team, we’re turning it over too much and not getting any takeaways on the other side.”The Buccaneers’ turnover differential is almost entirely attributable to interceptions: Their offense has thrown 19 interceptions, while their defense has only intercepted one pass all season. Fumbles have been close to a wash Cheap Customized Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys , with their offense losing six fumbles and their defense recovering five.However, with Ryan Fitzpatrick remaining the starting quarterback, the Buccaneers are unlikely to break the record. Fitzpatrick has thrown interceptions on 4 percent of his passes this season. Jameis Winston has thrown interceptions on 7 percent of his passes this season. So the Bucs would be more likely to keep the interceptions going if Winston were the starter. (Winston also fumbles more often than Fitzpatrick.)Turnovers are often inconsistent, and the Bucs are more likely to regress toward the mean for the rest of the season than they are to continue losing the turnover margin at a pace of -2 a game. But if they do keep this pace, they’ll be the worst team ever at giveaways and takeaways.


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