There’s a fine line between being frustrated by a loss and lamenting in defeat.
On Monday head coach Lovie Smith talked about the team’s disappointment, saying it’s good for players to show emotion in the immediate aftermath of a close loss.
“It’s not a bad thing to be upset about (Sunday),”Smith said. “If you can find somebody that wasn’t upset, then we have a problem. I have no issue with that – no issue with what happened on our sideline or with how everyone reacted to that performance yesterday. That was disappointment and sometimes with disappointment the emotions come out a little bit. [I have] no issue with it at all. I really like it.”
If anything, Tampa Bay could use that motivation during the accelerated week of preparation. Coaches and players have little time to reflect on Sunday’s loss, one that severely hurt their playoff hopes, as game-planning for St. Louis will start as early as Monday, both in the film room and on the practice field.
Although the schedule calls for major adjustments, Smith said he and the team are excited for a quick turnaround – a chance to rid themselves of the bad taste.
“You asked me after yesterday’s game – I love it [in this case],” Smith said. “I’m not totally against it. It’s a part of it. You know early on that you are going to have to play a Thursday night game. In an ideal world, Thursday night game you would rather play at home, but that’s how it goes. For us, we like playing this Thursday night game. We’re excited about the new uniforms and all of that. Again, we need to play quickly and Thursday night allows us to do that.”
Despite the loss, Smith still believes this is an improving team and that Thursday night provides a great opportunity to show that to the country. One thing for certain is that they’ve come along way since their last primetime game, a 56-14 loss in Atlanta in Week 3 of 2014.
Assuring that there will be plenty more nationally televised games in the future when the Bucs enter “that next stage” as a football team, Smith said this opportunity in St. Louis will be a great experience and one they should strive to have more of.
“This is a big deal to us,” Smith said. “We have an opportunity where we are the only team that is playing at the time and we want to show people we’ve improved. We’re not the same old Bucs or any of that. We’ve improved an awful lot and now we get an opportunity to show you.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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