So yet again, the Buccaneers are playing out the string at the end of a season. They will miss the playoffs for the 11th straight year.
This brings up the debate that I always see: should the team just keep losing to get a better draft pick, or try to (gasp) win these last two games for a sense of pride?
Look – it’s pretty much a given that Dirk Koetter will be fired at the end of the season. GM Jason Licht may walk the plank with him. Then there’s the future of Jameis Winston. And today brought the news that DeSean Jackson sold his house in Tampa. All of that said, will a couple of losses – and moving a couple of spots in next year’s draft – really have that much of a difference?
I say no. I want to see wins.
I’m a diehard fan of this team. I have been for over 30 years. I want them to win every single week. Nearly three weeks ago, I was at Ray-Jay to see Tampa Bay beat Carolina. The Bucs haven’t won another game since. They’ll be in Dallas on Sunday, then host Atlanta (another disappointing team) in the finale. It’s a losing season no matter what. But I’d rather have 7-9 instead of 5-11.
So, my message to the Bucs is this: don’t just roll over and play dead in AT&T Stadium on Sunday. There are fans who want you to ‘tank.’ I’m not one of them. There will be plenty of time to talk about the future direction of this team. That can wait. Until then, a chance to play ‘spoiler’ against the Cowboys awaits.
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