Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount’s 54-yard TD run on Sunday was a huge spark for both sides of the ball and although Tampa Bay ended up losing to the Green Bay Packers 35-26 at Lambeau Field, Blount’s bruising run was still being talked about nationally a day later.
Even though improvement was seen on the field, there are still no moral victories for Blount and his teammates. When he was asked by the media if it felt better today than it did last week in regards to the way his team played, his response was one that showed how he and his teammates feel.
“No, I felt the same,” Blount said. “Losing is losing. No matter how much you compete [and] no matter how hard you play, if you don’t come out with the win you still get that sick feeling in your stomach. No moral victories for us at all. Either we are going to win or we are going to lose. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with that win.”
Blount’s highlight reel run came in the second quarter with Tampa Bay down 14-0. Monday morning, while speaking to the local media in the Tampa Bay locker room, the Buccaneers starting tailback had as of yet even seen a replay of his gallop.
“No, a lot of people told me looking at the replay, but I really didn’t look at the replay. I was too excited from scoring. I will see it today on film. All I heard was that I broke like four or five tackles. I didn’t feel a whole bunch of people on me. I just felt like two people had a legit chance to tackle me.”
After the touchdown that cut the Packers lead in half, Blount said that he didn’t even consider doing what is known as the Lambeau leap, instead faking the jump the home town Packers are known for.
“No I didn’t think [about it],” Blount said. “I knew I wasn’t going to do the Lambeau leap. I wasn’t about to jump in there. I would have come back out, but I would not have come back looking the way I did. I probably would have had all kind of beer and everything spilled on me.”
After the game quarterback Aaron Rodgers took the time to pay Blount a major compliment.
“He told me that he thinks I am one of the best backs in this league,” Blount said. “He told me that I have the chance to be one of the greatest backs to play in this league. He said he doesn’t just say that to anybody. He feels like me and one other guy stand out and [can] be two of the best running backs in this game.”
For Blount, such a compliment coming from such a caliber of quarterback like Rodgers meant a lot. The praise however did not erase the hurt of yet another loss.
“Coming from Aaron Rodgers it makes me feel amazing,” Blount continued. “Just know that I am able to get complimented by a guy that just won a Super Bowl [and] a guy that is obviously going to go to the Pro Bowl and it made me feel good. At the same time it doesn’t wipe away the feeling of losing.”
Even though the Buccaneers did not win on Sunday it does give them something to build off of for the future.
“Oh yes, there is always something to build off of,” Blount said. “There is always something to build off of whether we win or lose we are always going to have room for improvement. We are always going to have something to build off of. We are always going to have things that we are going to have to tweak and work on and see if we can do things better. We still haven’t had our best game.”
Despite being 4-6 and three games behind the New Orleans Saints in the win column, the running back still believes that his team has a chance.
“Oh yes. I know we still have a chance,” Blount said. “We split with the Saints and we beat Atlanta so we definitely still have a chance. We have to beat Carolina and we have to beat Atlanta again. We have to win out. That’s what our plan is. We still have a chance of going 10-6.”
-Mark Cook contributed to this report