Buccaneer fans look forward to the New Year

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Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind. Should old acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne.

Scottish poet Robert Burns, 1788

These words ring out all over the world every New Year’s Eve. A last bit of sentimentality for the year that was and a bit of optimism for the year to be. Reflective in nature, at its most basic, the song is about two old friends catching up over a drink or two. Their friendship has been long and occasionally distant.

The Year That Was

A year ago tonight, the Buccaneers were without a coach. The beginning of another year where the only optimism fans could celebrate was the fleeting hope that the next coach could catch lightning in a bottle.

As is all too often the case, this just doesn’t happen. It takes formulating a system. Building that system. Getting 50+ grown men and a full coaching staff to buy into that system with sweat equity and blood. This is how an NFL team builds for success.

When Bruce Arians became the 12th coach in Buccaneers’ team history, the team started to get that system in place.

The Year That’s To Be

As 2019 rolls into 2020, there is a genuine reason for Buccaneer fans to celebrate. The year that’s passing brought many records to the team. Not ALL of them terrific. But enough successes that the team will hit the ground running in the new year.

A record of 5-9 may not have felt like the quick strike improvement that many NFL fans are teased by with the hiring of a new coach. The change that the Buccaneers have seen this year is a cultural shift. A system is in place. The team is headed toward a zenith of success not seen in a long time at One Buc Place.

Buccaneer fans and victory; like two old friends catching up over a couple of drinks, their friendship has been long and occasionally distant.

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind. Should old acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne. 

Happy New Year!

Photo credit: buccaneers.com

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