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Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is famous for saying that teams with great leadership don’t lose two games in a row.

But it happens – even to great teams. The Bucs lost two in a row last year – both by the score of 27-24 – at home to the Rams and the Chiefs before their bye in Week 12. Then Tampa Bay rattled off eight straight victories to win Super Bowl LV.

This year the Bucs are 6-3 heading into their Monday Night Football game against the Giants (3-6) after losing two games in a row. Tampa Bay lost at New Orleans before this year’s bye week and then lost at Washington, 29-19, last Sunday.

To old veteran coaches like Arians and players like quarterback Tom Brady, losing hurts more than winning feels great.

Brady acknowledged that on his “Let’s Go!” podcast with Jim Gray on Monday.

“The expectations are so high,” Brady said. “I think when you win it’s a relief. And when you lose it’s a real disappointment. Sometimes you are missing the joy in this, and I have to be reminded of the joy of playing. That takes a little perspective.”

Arians agreed with Brady’s sentiment.

“It’s been that way for a long time when you are a good team,” Arians said. “There’s no big-time joy in winning. It’s just, ‘Whew! Okay, let’s get the next one.’ When you lose it’s double. Any team that I’ve been on that has high expectations, that’s pretty much the case.”

When reminded of Brady’s comments that there sometimes isn’t the joy in winning because it’s simply a relief, Arians smiled and said, “There is a lot of joy in relief.”

The Bucs were one of several favorites to be upset by teams with lesser records for the second week in a row.

The NFL has always had a sense of parity, with the “any given Sunday” mantra applied throughout the years. But Arians noted that the amount of upsets seems up this year.

“I think especially in division games where there is a little bit of a rivalry,” Arians said. “But yeah, there has been some major upsets this year. But everybody is good. Everybody is good. It usually depends on how good their quarterback plays.”

Arians’ quarterback, Brady, has only lost three games in a row once in his life. That came in 2002, which was his first year as a starter. The Patriots lost four in a row that year to finish 9-7, failing to make the playoffs. The Bucs will try to avoid that sinkhole when the Giants come to town on Monday night.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
15 days ago

Then step up and be that Great Leader Coach! If Mike Tomlin can use Duck Hodges, Mike Vabrel can win with ageless Adrian Peterson, John Harbaugh with RB’s off the street surely you can figure out how to win with the GOAT.

15 days ago

I think lot folks me included expected Bucs to come out of bye on fire. They came out like crap. I would like to say I’m not worried about losing 3 in a row and at home against the lesser Giants but I’d be lying. The injuries are part of problem this year but also the defense and Bowles just suck if I’m honest. Hope it can get fixed before December.

15 days ago

Tom is 100% right (as usual) losing HURTS, very badly! Winning feels good but not as much as losing feels bad. I feel ya’ Tom. Personally I don’t think there should be interviews right after a game. I also don’t think reporters should ever be allowed in the locker room. that should be a safe haven for players and coaches. Lastly, I have yet to meet a person who likes sideline reporters. They are nothing but annoying.

14 days ago

No hiding in the NFL. You are what your record says you are. 2nd half of the season has started. The good teams will step up. If our Bucs are gonna wake up? Now is the time to start. I had no delusions of us repeating because its just to hard. I’m not worried about the offense. It our defense that has me on edge. At times its just not there. Got us winning big on Mon Night though.

14 days ago

I remember the days when the “lowly” Bucs were so bad that not only a rare victory, but even a “moral” victory would generate short-lived glee in Bucville. Each time we would start to think maybe we weren’t the worst team in the league after all. Repus Bowl indeed. Nowadays, we have become a bit more critical, more impatient and after a loss like last week….more in disbelief, maybe in absolute shock at the unexpected outcome. In the words of Dave Pear……”Whoda thunk it?” Even at 6 dash 3, this team and we fans need a real dominating victory. Not… Read more »

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