I remember a time when Raymond James Stadium was a place where opposing offenses came to die. Where a Sunday afternoon in Tampa meant the heat would be turned up both literally and physically on the opposing team. Those times are long forgotten around here and we are left to ponder a simple question, when?
Raheem Morris tried to convince us all with ‘youngry’ but somehow I think everyone knew that was a joke. Josh Freeman teased us with a season where he threw for 25 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. The team even had us going as we won 10 games. That all came crashing down very fast and in comes this new hard tough disciplinarian named Greg Schiano. And that’s where the fate of a lot of people will start to be told.
When? It’s now. It has to be now, right? Mark Dominik has had arguably the best 24 month run in the NFL in a long time accumulating talent. Josh Freeman is no longer a puppy. He should be a dog that’s ready to hunt. A secondary that was awful is suddenly talked about as potentially one of the better ones in the league. An offensive line, when healthy, I think is arguably one of the top 3 units in the NFL. Now, right?
This will be a year of getting questions answered. Finally, Freeman? Dominik? Schiano? Clayborn? Bowers? The story of the 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be told over the next several months and I am very optimistic about the outcome for a number of reasons. Mainly as I look back over the past 10-12 years and the way the story has been written, I think if not now when. It has to be now right?