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The Emperor Has No New Clothes


Well the NFL‘s season has began and as much to the delight of the the fans , finally they’ve got something to rejoice about. They’ll be there in their throngs to support their teams wholeheartedly. And it’d appear that for the usual perfunctory of characters that there are-nothing much has changed.

New  Orleans  Saints'  quarterback  Drew Brees (9)  left,  and  Detroit  Lions'   backup  quarterback   Daunte  Culpepper  meet  after  the  game  to   discuss  the  day's  events.   The  Saints   defeated  the  Lions   45-27  and   Brees  would   throw  for   6  TD's   and  an  int,  during  the  game  played  in  New  Orleans,  Louisiana.   picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/photo/Bill  Feig  ..................
New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees (9) left, and Detroit Lions' backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper meet after the game to discuss the day's events. The Saints defeated the Lions 45-27 and Brees would throw for 6 TD's and an int, during the game played in New Orleans, Louisiana. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Bill Feig ..................

After a winless season , the Detroit Lions are back to where they left off, last season. Having lost a mind numbing 16 regular season games. Their first regular season game of the 2009-10 season , has left us in no doubt that they’re back to their usual ways. Wherein, ineptitude is likely to be the norm. And that’s even with the mindset that the acquisition of Matthew Stafford through the draft, as their # 1 draft pick , would be the savior of the franchise. Their 45-27 loss the New Orleans Saints. All but assured us , that in reality hasn’t been that much of a change with regard to mindset of the franchise. Winning breeds confidence -but for the Detroit Lions they’ve first got to learn how to win and all of the prerequisite things that goes along with winning.

Brees  throws  a  pass  during the  game  played  against  the  Detroit  Lions  played  in the  New  Orleans  Superdome  ,  New  Orleans  ,  Louisiana  on  Sunday.    picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty  images/ Chris  Graythen  .................
Brees throws a pass during the game played against the Detroit Lions played in the New Orleans Superdome , New Orleans , Louisiana on Sunday. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris Graythen .................

Not only was this a resounding loss for the team. But in essence , it lets the Lions’ fans know that this team faces a steep uphill battle if they’re to turn around their fortunes. Albeit, that this is only the first game of the season. It may prove to be indicative of what’s to come for this team under their coach, Jim Schwartz.
And the task that’s envisaged ahead for Schwartz and his coaching staff is by no means an easy feat at this juncture.
All things point to the fact that this’ll be an exceedingly trying time for the coach and the team as a whole.

Lions   starting   quarterback  Matthew  Stafford  makes  an  attempted  pass   during the  game   against  the  New  Orleans   Saints.   It's  was  Stafford's   baptism  of  fire  in  his  first   regular  season  game  for  the  Detroit  Lions'  franchise.      picture  appears  courtesy of   getty  images/  Chris  Graythen  ...................
Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford makes an attempted pass during the game against the New Orleans Saints. It's was Stafford's baptism of fire in his first regular season game for the Detroit Lions' franchise. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris Graythen ...................

In the case of the New Orleans Saints , it’d appear that their quarterback , Drews Brees , merely picked up from where left off, from last season. And he’s not just content with putting up the usual stats. Brees , in essence looks as if he wants to sends those stats into the stratosphere. He threw for 6 touchdowns in the Saints’ win over the Lions. And he served notice that a 5,000 yard season isn’t at all beyond him.

Box score : New Orleans Saints 45 Detroit Lions 27

Bucs' running  back  Carnell  Williams  (24)  gets  by  Cowboys'  defensive  players Anthony  Spencer  (93) and  lying on  the  ground   Steve  Octavien.     picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Brian  Blanco  .......................
Bucs' running back Carnell Williams (24) gets by Cowboys' defensive players Anthony Spencer (93) and lying on the ground Steve Octavien. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Brian Blanco .......................

Something has seemingly gone awry with sports- within the Tampa Bay area. It may well be the grandiose delusions of the fans and that ever present belief that the teams within the area aren’t as good as advertised. And it certainly hasn’t helped with the asinine notions of the sport’s broadcasters on the radio , locally, giving their usual analysis. Much of the time it borders on being either sublime or downright ridiculous. Well that most certainly has to be the case with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Cowboys'  quarterback  Tony  Romo  hands  the  ball  of  to  teammate,  running  back    ,  Felix   Jones.      picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/   J   Meric   .........................
Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo hands the ball of to teammate, running back , Felix Jones. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric .........................

And for Buccaneers’ first year coach, Raheem Morris and GM Mark Dominik. They’ve the unenviable task of having to reshape this team and make them somewhat more competitive. And though it has to to be said that the abrupt departure of Morris’ predecessor , Jon Gruden wasn’t totally unexpected. What has taken place since Gruden’s departure , in many ways resembles something of a comedy of errors. Morris has seemingly given the fans what they want to hear. ‘We’ll be competitive and play with urgency and show athleticism’ .

Buccaneers' quarterback  Byron  Leftwich   manages  to  get  a  pass  off  before  the  Cowboys  defensive  player   Jason  Hatcher  (97)  manages   to  make  the  defensive  play.     picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/  J Meric   .........................
Buccaneers' quarterback Byron Leftwich manages to get a pass off before the Cowboys defensive player Jason Hatcher (97) manages to make the defensive play. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric .........................

Well , based upon the evidence shown in their first home game of the season. The Buccaneers showed very little athleticism throughout the entire four quarters of play against the Dallas Cowboys -in their home opener at the Raymond James Stadium. They held their own against the Cowboys but seemingly they were unimaginative in their play, offensively. And once the Cowboys and in particular their quarterback , Tony Romo found his timing . The Buccaneers were playing catchup for the rest of the game. From the third quarter on, the Buccaneers’ defense was taken apart with precision of a surgeon . As Romo seemingly found his receivers almost at will. Several times the Buccaneers’ defense was torched for several aerial plays . Wherein, their defensive backs seemingly had no answer for the speed of Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton , Jason Witten or Roy Williams.

Cowboys'  wide   receiver   Roy  Williams   (11)  salutes  members  of  the  US  military  in  attendance  at  the  game.   Williams   would  be his  team's  most   potent  offensive   weapon  on the  day-hauling   4  receptions  for  135  yards  and  a  touchdown.   The   Cowboys  would   go  on to  defeat the  Buccaneers   34-21    in  the  game  played  at  Raymond  James   Stadium  ,  Tampa  ,  Fl,.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Reinhold  Matay  .................
Cowboys' wide receiver Roy Williams (11) salutes members of the US military in attendance at the game. Williams would be his team's most potent offensive weapon on the day-hauling in 4 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys would go on to defeat the Buccaneers 34-21 in the game played at Raymond James Stadium , Tampa , Fl,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Reinhold Matay .................

And though the 34-21 victory by the Cowboys. In the end the result may not reflect a wide margin of victory -but for the garbage points attained by the Bucs in the latter stages of the game. The end result could well have been a great deal wider in terms of the victory for the Cowboys.

As we all know , the Buccaneers have never been viewed as on offensive juggernaut. The team’s mantra has always been built around defense. And though this is still a very young team , in terms of its roster. The defensive schemes put into place by defensive coordinator, Jim Bates , were seemingly lost on the players. And nowhere was this more evident than with the lack of resolve shown when it came to making tackles and the man to man coverage. Coverages were blown and the talk of this team being built and predicated upon speed. I can only surmise that if the Bucs’ defensive players were racing a tortoise. My money would be, on the tortoise ! And unfortunately for the Bucs the veteran presence that it was felt that Ronde Barber would give to the team on the defensive side of things. Well it’d be easy to suggest at this juncture that Ronde ought to be thinking about applying for his AARP card . The player’s best days are certainly in the rear view mirror and not ahead of him- as many within the Bucs’ coaching ranks still seem to think.

Buccaneers  coach  Raheem  Morris  speaks  with  an  official  on the  sidelines   during  the  game.   The   first  year  head  coach   would  lose  his   first   game  in  the  NFL  as  a  coach   to  the  NFC's   Dallas  Cowboys   34-21.     picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/   J  Meric  ......................
Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris speaks with an official on the sidelines during the game. The first year head coach would lose his first game in the NFL as a coach to the NFC's Dallas Cowboys 34-21. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric ......................

Whilst it may well be too early to read anything into this loss for the Buccaneers. It seemingly doesn’t at all bode well for the team. Bearing in mind that before the midway point of the fourth quarter, several of the Buccaneers’ fans were already making their way to the exits. Fair weather fans they say …’ come in all shapes and sizes’. But within the state of Florida and in particular the central part of the state. This is commonly what the fans are primarily known for when it comes to their home teams. Is it any wonder that as far as allegiances goes , the support for any team within the state if it doesn’t happen to about Gators’ football, Seminoles’ football or as a matter fact Canes’ football. It is seemingly about the college game. Rather than showing support for the non-descript NFL entertainment now being served up. And that’s about as worthwhile as having a tooth pulled without the use of novoacaine.

Box score: Dallas Cowboys 34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21

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6 thoughts on “The Emperor Has No New Clothes

  1. I can’t believe I’m going to submit myself to the torture of watching 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers games this season.

    They should have happy hour at the Raymond James bar between 1-4 on Sundays to encourage people to attend.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Not even the Marquis de Sade would be willing to endure such torture . Much less the Gitmo detainees. And to think that Bucs’ supporters were leaving by midway through the fourth quarter. That certainly doesn’t bode well for any of their home games this season.

      The Glazers may well have to spend a great deal of their own money to avoid any blackouts in the local market. Cause I for one, can’t see any of the local businesses being persuaded to purchase tickets even if they’re being offered at a tremendous discount.

      Alan Parkins

  2. I lived through this stuff with Eagles all my life. The Bums break your heart all the time. Screw the Cowboys. Tampa Bay set the original losing streak. The Buc lost their first 26 games they ever played. John McKay was asked about his teams execution. McKay replied I am in favor of it. The third year the Bucs almost made the Super Bowl. They beat my Eags. They gave the Lambs I am the Rams all they could handle before losing in the NFC championship game in 1980. Give em time.

    1. Bobbygee

      That’s what tends to happen when a franchise has no inherent pedigree when it comes to winning. And even though the Bucs have won a Superbowl . It has been the unevenness under Gruden that has set them down this path. He couldn’t assess and pick talent, if his life depended on it. Now it’s left to someone like Morris and Dominik . Who in effect are learning on the job. Hardly the recipe for success in this day and age , now is it ? Especially when the NFL is all about winning and winning now .

      Alan Parkins

  3. Why’d you pick three crappy teams to write about? First Carolina, who is borderline, then the Lions and Bucs!?! I guess there’s a reason I have the Lions listed as the worst all time franchise on my list of worst franchises! They Bucs made a huge mistake losing Gruden. This year will have no direction, but I’m glad we’ll get to hear Chucky on MNF!

    1. chappy

      If anything Carolina would be one of the last teams most would expect to play so awfully in the first week of the NFL , lay a goose egg and look so bad in doing so. The Eagles merely took ’em behind the woodshed and gave ’em a good old a_s whupping .

      As for the Lions they’re going to have continuous growing pains with Stafford at the helm of this team. I would’ve preferred it had they played Culpepper for the first couple of games. And then if things didn’t work , then they could’ve initiated Stafford with his own personal baptism of fire. If he doesn’t perform up to par , he may well be considered to be a bust within the league .

      Alan Parkins

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