Belichik Conference

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    Belichik Conference

    The 2-0 New England Patriots host the 0-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but Bill Belichick doesn’t necessarily see the matchup that way. 

    “I really feel like we’re playing a 2-0 team,” he said on a Monday morning conference call. 

    While Belichick regularly talks up the strengths of opponents, he could make a strong case for the Buccaneers being a play or two away from being undefeated. 

    In their 18-17 season-opening road loss to the Jets, a personal foul penalty on linebackerLavonte David (hitting quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds) moved the Jets into field-goal range with two seconds remaining. If there was no penalty, the Buccaneers probably win the game. The Jets had started their final drive at their own 20-yard line with 34 seconds remaining.

    And in Sunday’s 16-14 loss to the Saints at home, the Buccaneers had the ball at the New Orleans 29-yard line with 1:10 remaining. They held a 14-13 lead at the time, but when kickerRian Lindell missed a 47-yard field goal, it opened the door for an improbable Saints comeback; New Orleans drove 54 yards on five plays to set up a game-winning 27-yard field goal at the final gun. 

    A few other points from Belichick’s conference call. 


    Impact of joint practices. It was just one month ago that the Buccaneers were in town for joint practices with the Patriots. While that might lead to more familiarity than the norm when it comes to learning personnel, Belichick said: “I’m not really sure how much carryover that will have in the game.” 

    Rob Gronkowski’s status. Asked if the tight end has a chance to play, Belichick said: “We’ll take everybody day to day here.” 

    Danny Amendola’s status. Asked if receiver Danny Amendola was more in the week-to-week category than day-to-day, Belichick said: “I’d say all of our players are day to day, other than obviously [Shane] Vereen. The rest of them we’ll take it day to day.”
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    Based on records, this is a trap game. Tampa bay was a team on the rise last year with good coaching, and obviously could be 2-0.

    Goes to show how meaningless records can be.  Teams have to be ready for a dogfight every single week.  Doesn't always turn out that way but you damn well better be ready.

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    They re defense looked good yesterday, and Revis is playing.  another tough game for the Patriots.

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    I think Tampa Bay should be favored in this game. look at what their D has done for two games. I am very worried about this game. hopefully Freeman is the Bucs QB, he will give us a chance!

    "Giggedy, Giggedy!"

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    The Bucs are busy fighting themselves and making boneheaded plays, like the unnecessary out of bounds hit that directly turned their first week's guaranteed victory into a loss.  Their close loss this past Sunday didn't help their mood.

    The Buccaneers media circus is turning Tampa Bay into NFL laughing stock

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have created controversy upon controversy this offseason, and they're turning into an NFL laughing stock.

    We have entered full-blown media circus territory. Warren Sapp would invoke the name of Sam Wyche and call it a three-ring circus, I'm sure. Right now, though, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a public relations disaster and the new laughing stock of the NFL. As if losing to the Jets wasn't bad enough by itself.

    It started late yesterday afternoon, when reports of a players-only meeting came out, with one of the supposed issues Josh Freeman's captaincy. Yep, the players reportedly did not trust that Greg Schiano had been fair in tallying the votes. Of course, the coach quickly denied rigging the contest. Then we saw stories that Josh Freeman had missed the annual team photo, first by JoeBucsFan and later by Pewter Report and the Tampa Bay Times.

    The simplest explanation? Leaked by the Buccaneers (Update: denied by JoeBucsFan) to give some support to the idea that Freeman wasn't elected by his teammates. It's a little sad that that really is the most likely explanation here - even if it isn't true. And thus, we have a media circus, entirely of the Bucs' own making.

    Did the New York Jets infect the Bucs with media circus disease? Was it a handshake between Greg Schiano and Rex Ryan that did it? Or maybe trading for Darrelle Revis brought the infection into the Bucs' training facility? Revis, the Trojan horse.

    This entire offseason has been a collection of unnecessary drama followed by ridiculous statements. Schiano started it by suggesting that Freeman needed competition. Then he spent all of the offseason backpedaling, claiming that Freeman was totally their starter. And then they drafted Mike Glennon. Cue: more controversy, more media circus.

    There was the Darrelle Revis trade epic, which seemed to have more twists and turns than the Odyssey. At least the joke appeared to be on the Jets in that saga. MRSA didn't help, of course. It happened, but that's not a media disaster. What turned that into a joke was the way the Buccaneers handled it. First by trying to cover it up, and then by trying to screw over Lawrence Tynes for no discernible reason.

    And now, there's the suggestion that Schiano is somehow sabotaging Josh Freeman. Apparently, intentionally losing games is a real possibility in the eyes of the Tampa Bay Times. That is a bit over the top. Why? Because Shiano losing games does nothing for him, and if he thinks Mike Glennon is the better option, well, he can just start him. No need to turn the team into a circus or play silly mind games. Just insert him and be done with it.

    But the fact that things like that are now a thing, the fact that Greg Schiano is widely seen as the [censored by] drill sergeant coach, the fact that we have two ludicrous, circus-like stories come out in one day -- all of that, suggests that yes, we are now in circus-territory. We are the New New York Jets. Complete with quarterback controversy, rumors of player mutiny, ridiculous handling of simple issues, losses to terrible opponents and a pretty good defense.

    One thing can fix this, and one thing only: start winning some damn games.