The NFL is a copycat league, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are no different. There are lessons the Buccaneers can learn from championship weekend.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can definitely learn some things from the two teams that will be facing off in Super Bowl LVII. Surely Buccaneers fans do not want to hear that, considering their long playoff history with the Philadelphia Eagles, and the way they trounced the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LV. Tough love is key in life though, and this is just the way the cookie crumbles. Simply put, hopefully the Bucs took notes.
Obviously, the most glaring lesson to be learned is that the Buccaneers have to get their quarterback situation resolved, no matter how it is done. Patrick Mahomes was a first-round talent that was traded up for. Jalen Hurts meanwhile, was a second-round pick that many questioned at the time he was drafted, kind of like Kyle Trask. Just saying.
However, that is not the biggest and most important lesson to be learned for the Buccaneers.
That would be that the Bucs have to get better in the trenches, both offensively and defensively. The fact of the matter is, as has been the case for over 100 years of football, if you are better on the offensive and defensive line, it gives you a better chance to win. Period, dot, the end.
The Chiefs stoped, dropped, shut them down, and opened up shop in the backfield of the Cincinnati Bengals, making the life of Joe Burrow miserable all evening. While the Eagles did not have to go up against Brock Purdy for the whole game, and his backup Josh Johnson was also lost to injury, it wasn’t because they tweaked their knee or ankle running out of bounds on some freak accident. It was because their elite pass rush knocked them both out. That is the difference. Their all-world offensive line also manhandled the league’s number one ranked defense, allowing the Eagles to rush for 148 yards. It can be surmised that Buccaneers fans are thinking that it must be nice.
At the end of the day, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have major holes to fill, and it may seem overwhelming. With that said, they can use the two teams playing in Super Bowl LVII as a blueprint, and start there to make their lives easier.