“We’ll win our fair share, don’t worry,” said Greg Schiano as his team was 0-6 and preparing to face the Carolina Panthers on national tv.
As fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wake up on Monday morning, they will be hit with the harsh reality that their now 0-8 team is officially the worst team in the NFL and only winless franchise after the Jaguars got their first win of the season on Sunday.
It was just about three and a half months ago when Bucs fans entered Raymond James Stadium on July 27th for the team’s night practice/fan fest of training camp. While some were hesitant to say it, the thought of a return to the playoffs was on most people’s minds, and why wouldn’t it be?
With multiple players who had already gone to the Pro Bowl (Revis, Goldson, Jackson, Nicks, Joseph, McCoy, Martin, etc…) and many more players primed for future Pro Bowls (David, Barron, Clayborn, Foster, etc…), it was a team filled with enough talent to make a significant run.
As Jaguars DB Will Blackmon forced a fumble of Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned it for a touchdown giving the Jaguars a 9 point lead with 2:32 left in the game, there remained just one winless team in the NFL…the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This isn’t the late 80’s or early 90’s, yet hear we all sit as Bucs fans.
The Bucs will enter their game on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins as the league’s only winless team.
It was supposed to be a night of excitement. It was supposed to be a night of celebration for Warren Sapp as he gets his name and number inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor. It was supposed to be a game where we could see if the Bucs could really compete for a playoff spot this season.
Instead, this game will feature signs that say “Fire Schiano,” chants that call for the Bucs next head coach, and conversations in the stands of who the Bucs might select with the 1st pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
Yep, it’s the life of a loser.
While that harsh reality of being the NFL’s worst team is a hard one to swallow, the consolation prize is that coveted first pick in the NFL draft.
Is there a clear-cut can’t-miss prospect this year? No, but there rarely is.
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater has been a favorite by many. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota’s blend of size, speed, and arm will be very tempting at the top. South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney has the best look of a NFL impact player, but tends to take plays off. Last year, offensive tackles took the top two spots in the draft, and Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews might be better than both Luke Joekel and Eric Fisher.
There is plenty of time to decide which direction you’re going to go in, but it’s just hard to accept that it is your team that stands alone at the top.
The Buccaneers might win against the Dolphins on Monday night with the amount of distractions that they have faced, but at least for the 36 hours between the Jaguars 1st win and the conclusion of Monday Night Football, Bucs fans just have to accept that their team is the only team who has yet to feel what it is like to win a game this season.
“We’ll win our fair share, don’t worry.”
We just don’t know how long we’ll have to wait until the Bucs actually do win their “fair share.”