What do the Buccaneers teams from 1979,1999, 2002, and this year have in common? All have been to the NFC Championship game. Each built different than the other. All leaving memories in Buccaneers fans minds that will last a lifetime. Even as we celebrate each teams accomplishments and uniqueness. There is just something slightly different about the 2020 version. And it’s not bad at all.
It’s In Their DNA
John McKay, Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, and now Bruce Arians. The coaches who have charted this course in Buccaneers team history. Each helming the bridge in their own individual way.
A team that went from worst-to-first and shocked the NFL world. An organization returned to relevance and a defense built of steel. A team that would “pound-the-rock” and hoist the Lombardi trophy. Teams that were built on defense first. Teams you can tell stories about to the grandkids. Then along comes the 2020 Buccaneers. Predicated around an offense that will strike at any moment. Led by a quarterback that transcends reality. A defense that feels at times like a 2-liter of soda awaiting some Mentos. A trip to the conference championship game and greatness within reach.
Don’t Be So Defensive
This is a Buccaneers team that other coaches awake at night. An offense that can light it up. A defense that plays with passion. A group of players that have had their sites set since March. Call that the “Brady effect”. The world knew what this Buccaneers team might be capable of. It just took the team itself a little while to realize what could be. Now they know.
Unlike the greatest teams in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history, this team has more “yin and yang”. Not so much as a dominant defensive identity, as much as a great defense that compliments an outstanding offense.
No less character, ability, or professionalism than ‘79, ‘99, and ‘02. This Buccaneers team is making its mark in Tampa Bay Championship history. Stories to be told for many years to come.
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