As if that game could go any worse, the Buccaneers lost to one of the worst defenses in the league and also could’ve lost Tristan Wirfs.
That game went about as bad as a loss could. Losing to an inferior team is one thing, but potentially losing one of your best players for what could be the rest of the season is hard to overcome.
Tristan Wirfs is arguably the best player on the Bucs. There is certainly a case to make that he is second in importance on the team to Tom Brady alone, and the injury during overtime could have him missing serious time.
For starters, the Bucs should’ve never been in overtime in that position anyway. How Todd Bowles and Byron Leftwich let it get to that point should be a case study in terrible coaching overall. Still, the Bucs had a chance to win, but a wild play ended with a Browns defender getting thrown at Wirfs legs, putting him on the ground.
The cart coming out was a bad sign. Guys make it back after the cart, but an offensive lineman getting rolled up on like that with such force from a large defensive body doesn’t inspire much confidence that this well end well for the Bucs, even if Wirfs is a warrior of the highest degree.
Based on what we have seen from the past and knowing Wirfs’ importance, if this is a long-term injury, the season is likely over for the Bucs. Expecting one of the worst offenses in the league to get better after losing a guy like Wirfs is silly, and this is an offense-first league.
The Buccaneers need to cross their fingers that Tristan Wirfs is okay, but even his return wouldn’t be enough to completely right such an unsteady ship.
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