Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who had his best game of the season with 10 catches for 159 yards, told the media following Tampa Bay’s loss to the Lions this season has been one of the toughest of his career.
“This is one of the roughest years that I’ve been a part of and the thing I can take out of it is the fact that our guys played hard,” Jackson said. “Guys are still fighting, nobody’s pointing fingers in this locker room, this organization and that’s saying something. It’s the quality of men that we have here.
“Lovie (Smith) said, when he closed us in after the game, ‘We’re not a good team right now and it’s unfortunate because we have great players.’ We need to find a way to just play the game better, play the game smarter, play a complete game. So, we’re going to go back, just like we’ve been doing since Week 1, we’re going to correct our mistakes tomorrow and come back ready to work on Wednesday.”
Expectations of the fans and coaches were high coming into the 2014 season. Jackson also has been surprised at the Bucs lack of success.
“Of course not, you never envision anything like this,” Jackson said. “You put in all of the work, you do things the right way, and I think we are still doing it the right way. For some reason, it’s just not transferring on to the game field, so it’s unfortunate.”
Several players talked about the toughness of quarterback Josh McCown who took a beating behind a poor offensive line. Jackson also appreciates his quarterback.
“I have so much respect for that man,” Jackson said. “It’s been a rough year for him, but he’s taking it. He gets up off of that ground and dusts himself off every time. So, I’m going to take him out for a nice dinner when we’re all down here this year. Maybe help him get some ice bags and have them sent to his house. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya’ll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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T bad he’s one of the toughest, not one of the best.
It is a shame the way McCown got beat up yesterday but I think his OL needs to buy him that dinner and a lot more, like some of their paycheck. Lovie did not help his QB out with an OL that is just TERRIBLE going into the season.
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