Welcome to 1994
In the beginning, (It's hard to not sound biblical when writing after a Bucs win this year) Raheem Morris told us this year would be like 1996; Tony Dungy’s first season with the Bucs, where players were still trying to be taught the system, and once sold on it, wins started to happen after a 1-8 start and led to a 6-10 record.
Well, no, that’s not what 2009 is, and its not even close. Gone are Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the losing continued WAY past 9 games, and as of last week, the Bucs looked miles away from that 5-0 1997 start that was supposedly right around the corner.
No my fellow Bucs fans, it is not 1996. It’s 1994. It’s a couple of close early games and a bunch of blowout losses in the middle of the year. It’s Win late in the season for a team that is devoid of talent and is looking for its 1995 offseason. Because that was the year the Turnaround Bucs were created. Draft ’95 saw the Bucs load up the roster with talent, Sapp and Brooks for starters, both drafted in the first round.
In the 2010 draft, the Bucs will have 3 of college football’s best 38 players thanks to the Chicago Bears and their purchase of the Skyway Bridge with a guy named Gaines Adams at the top.
No my friends, its 1994 because a side of the ball has enough veterans to play competitive but needs a little help, while the other side of the ball has guys that will be playing their last game as a starter pretty soon. Right now, this 2009 team has too many Eric Currys and Charles McRaes. Too many Charles Wilsons on the field with not enough Jackie Harrises. Speaking of which…Congrats on Kellen Winslow Jr. for passing Mr. Harris.
In ’94, it got as low as binoculars zooming their way to coach Sam Wyche’s head, before a lucky dropped punt return started a four game winning streak that only ended before the mighty Packers came to town. I was at that game, with a sign I snuck out of my jacket that rung of the political climate at the time…” Angelos Sucks” for Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos who was trying to buy the Bucs and move them up north.
There was a feel good at the end of 1994, and the draft of ’95 left us with a positive vibe that things might finally be better. Now we don’t have a time machine, and 2009 is unique in its own way. What I mean by this is simple. The Bucs are more than just a “Wait till next year now that were playing like a champ” football team whey we’re at the end of 1996.
That team had Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, and company already in place. They got those guys over the past couple of seasons. That’s where we are not. We are in the world of ’94 looking to draft those franchise turn-around players, and pick up some wins and experience playing together.