Sunday was difficult. Players, coaches, fans – anyone with a stake in the fortunes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers felt it.

A loss is one thing, but watching the doors get blown off takes the reaction to another level. It’s not like Bucs fans haven’t experienced the frustration that comes with 30-plus point carnage in recent years, but these over-at-halftime debacles are supposed to be getting phased out. Allegedly.

Just because it’s only Week 2 doesn’t mean it’s foolish to be concerned after a bad loss. It’s going to be Week 10 before we know it.

But the Bucs need to get over it quick. In the words of a curmudgeonly coach up north and all imitators since, it’s on to Los Angeles.

“We got humbled today,” Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said after Sunday’s loss in Arizona. “We got beat up all over the field. Hats off to the Cardinals for a job well done. I did not do a good enough job of getting these guys ready to go. Turned it over way, way, way too many times. We can’t get beat like that in turnovers and expect to win. We got a reality check today. We’ll put it to bed tomorrow and get back to work Wednesday getting ready for the Rams.”

And getting ready for the Rams looks a little more challenging than it did a few days ago. The same Los Angeles team that got embarrassed 28-0 last Monday night in San Francisco managed to eke out a 9-3 win over Seattle yesterday.

It’s also a similar Rams team that dropped Tampa Bay 31-23 in St. Louis during a Thursday night Color Rush game that was 28-6 at one point.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy acknowledged the need for the team to get over Arizona and correct its focus on Los Angeles.

“After we watch the film [Monday], it is over,” said McCoy, who finished with three tackles and a quarterback hit. “Off day Tuesday, come in Wednesday to get ready for the Rams. The Rams just beat a very good Seattle team. They are going to try and build off their momentum going on the road to play us. We just have to be ready.”

Those Monday film sessions couldn’t have been fun to sit through in any position room at One Buc Place. The defense couldn’t pressure Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and contain much of anything on the back end. The offense and Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston simply turned the ball over too much to beat anybody, let alone a championship caliber team.

And then there were the unsettling injuries.

But Sunday’s over and what’s done is done. Dwelling on the bad loss does as much as overhyping last week’s win at Atlanta. More than anything else, the Bucs need Winston to bounce back. He’s only 22 but he’s shown that’s one of his most impressive intangible qualities.

“I had a game like this last year,” Winston said. “The biggest learning lesson I can take away from this, like I said last week, this is a week-to- week thing. We can’t sit and praise people because we won a game. We have to be consistent week in and week out. If there’s something I need to do, I need to be more consistent.”

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nitey
5 years ago

“I had a game like this last year,” Winston said. “The biggest learning lesson I can take away from this, like I said last week, this is a week-to- week thing. We can’t sit and praise people because we won a game. We have to be consistent week in and week out. If there’s something I need to do, I need to be more consistent.”

Yep.

plopes808
5 years ago

We seem to have a game like this every year. Glad we got this out of the way early! Time to move on

Garv
5 years ago

Being on the chat yesterday you could see most of the “fans” there either trolling or giving up on the season. It was, in a word, PATHETIC! It’s ONE GAME! 1-1 after TWO road games to start the season under a new HC? I know damn well most would have taken that in a heartbeat. The young Buccaneers believe in themselves. Long time season ticket holders believe in this team. It’s about time some of these Skyway jumpers either jumped or showed some patience combined with a reasonable amount of intelligence. Besides, a win this coming Sunday and most of… Read more »

seat26
5 years ago

Winston is not a sulker. He will bounce back just fine. We have to protect him and we need Martin to be 100 %. We will have a respectable season and we are still building. We still have some holes to fill. Another season or two in the draft, as long as we make them productive as we have the last couple, we are going to be better.