Lovie Smith denied it. So did the players. But it’s hard to look at what happened and say the Bucs didn’t “tank” in the fourth quarter of that game against the Saints.
The way this team has played all season, they could’ve easily blown a 13-point lead under normal circumstances. But when you throw in all those backups, and call all those running plays, well, you tell me. How many passed did Josh McCown throw in the final 15 minutes? Oh, by the way, he threw a pick. And he got sacked in the end zone for a safety, which I hope is a fitting ending to his brief career in Tampa.
Anyway, it was just another creative way for the Bucs to lose their 14th game of the season. The bottom line: the Buccaneers have the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft.
If they don’t take a quarterback, then the front office needs to have its collective head examined. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: a new quarterback alone will not fix all of the problems. The offensive line is dreadful. A full-time offensive coordinator would help, too (what a concept.) Still, with a player like Marcus Mariota available, you need to grab him.
The last time the Bucs had the top overall pick, Tampa Bay drafted some quarterback named Vinny Testaverde. Vinny’s time in Tampa didn’t turn out well. We can only hope for better things when the draft rolls around.
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