At 2-11, it’s safe to say that hardly anything has gone right for the Buccaneers this season. But among every issue, when measuring the team for future success, there are two milestones they must complete.
Number one, win a home game. Number two, win a divisional game.
This Sunday, against the defending NFC South champions, the team will get another shot at the second one. And while most fans have already turned the page to next year, those inside the organization know there is still plenty to accomplish in 2014.
“(We) haven’t won a division game; (we) haven’t one a home game,” said Lovie Smith on Wednesday. “This week, we’re in a division game. We have figured out how to win on the road, we just haven’t figured out how to win a division game yet on the road. Starting with that, once we get that accomplished, then we start checking off other things.”
Many believe now is the time to look toward the future, but that won’t be the case for the Buccaneers. The mindset of doing whatever it takes to win now has not changed.
“Not at all,” Smith said. “It would be pretty hard to tell the guys, ‘hey, we’re looking towards the 2015 season.’ What I’ve talked to the team about, is that you come to work and try to win every week. How could you do it any other way? The future is not here right now.
“This is the 2014 season, and we feel like we can still get things accomplished. Within the organization, we’re all on board with what we’re going to do with these last games. Now, will that mean looking at someone? If we look at someone, we feel like that gives us the best chance to win. We’ll see how that goes.”
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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