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.”

 

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

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. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

Hope this is all coach talk. I hope Lovie knows he needs a QB and the best chance to get one is have the 1st pick over all.

STRICK-9
STRICK-9
6 years ago

It’s OK Kinderrt…I honestly believe that our offensive game plan could not be any worse even if we tried to lose on purpose.

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

I’d think Tampa should not try to win another game this year. Because Tampa has a chance to do something it hasn’t done in a very long while. If Tampa doesn’t win another game this season! Tampa can go several ways. Pick the Number One slot. No#2 Trade down to get a slew number of picks that make Tampa bay a contender next year. Look at the teams that would love to move up. What would Tenn give up to move one slot! What would NY Jets give up to select the QB the coach wants or No#3 Trade down… Read more »

bollocks
bollocks
6 years ago

For the love of the fans the Glazers need to corral Lovie and give him the facts of a Bucs life. If I am deciphering the BS Lovie is spewing in his latest one liners I feel that Lovie couldn’t win in the NFL if his life depended on it. I’m getting these bad vibes that Lovie is going to eschew the selection of Mariota for a defensive player, Gregory perhaps and find another retread QB in FA again. Cutler is sure looking good to Lovie about now. Until the Glazers slap Lovie upside his head and tell him the… Read more »