I’d committed to a day-long game of Twilight Imperium for today, so I knew I wasn’t going to be able to watch the Bucs play the Colts. But I was okay with that. Not only do you not get the chance to play an eight-hour board game very often, but I also pretty much figured the Bucs were going to lose today anyway.
The hardest thing for a young team to deal with is its own success. You’ve won two in a row. The national press is starting to take notice of your improved play. Some are even calling you “the team no one wants to play.” And you just came off a dominating win. You’re believing your own hype. And thinking that they’re all going to be that easy.
Which is when a veteran QB comes along and shows you that you don’t know a damn thing.
Just from watching the ESPN tracker, it looks like the game was closer than the final score indicated, so this wasn’t the Bucs going on the road and laying a massive egg. It was a young team learning that nothing is going to be given to them just because they looked great last week and some sportswriters think you’re the newest darlings.
I probably would be a lot more frustrated had I actually watched the game, but maybe that’s for the best. There are bound to be more speed bumps like this along the way. That’s growing pains for you. Hopefully, the Bucs learned the lesson from this they needed to rather than using this as an excuse to begin a tailspin. Not that a high draft pick next year wouldn’t be helpful. But this team needs some confidence. And to learn how to deal with being, if not good, at least decent.
And to not let either go to their heads.