It’s not an overstatement to say the years between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning Super Bowls were dark days.
That’s what made winning Super Bowl LV an even more cathartic experience than it otherwise would have been. Bucs fans simply did not expect such a day to ever arrive again and when it did the feeling was euphoric.
As was the case back in the aftermath of winning the Super Bowl back in 2002, however, it feels like history is repeating itself for Bucs fans. With the Tom Brady era officially over, and last season seemingly undoing much of the goodwill that was put in place, the uncertainty of the future is daunting.
Will it be another aimless and frustrating 18 years until something happens again?
That feeling was extenuated during the Bucs struggle to find an offensive coordinator this offseason. After firing Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay had a tougher time than expected finding a replacement.
Whether or not the fear of dark days returning is a premonition or PTSD, the only thing that’s clear about the Bucs future is how choppy the waters are about to get.
Dave Canales reacts to being hired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dave Canales is hoping to help successfully navigate those waters. The former Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach was hired as the new Bucs offensive coordinator and is already hyping up fans about what the future holds.
Canales wasted no time in reacting to the news after it had become official:
Fire the canons, baby! Canales has been in the job for less than 24 hours and is already hyping up fans to be his personal squad of Kool-Aid men. We’re drinking it and we’re ready to run through some walls.
Head coach Todd Bowles also reacted to the news, releasing a statement welcoming Canales to Tampa Bay and to his coaching staff:
Pleasantries like this are to be expected, but it’s still cool to see Canales hyped up to join the Buccaneers. It wasn’t long ago that the Bucs were almost viewed as the red headed stepchild of the NFL, and fans were justifiably nervous that such times would return in the immediate aftermath of the Brady era.
Canales is obviously going to be excited about landing his first coordinator job regardless of the situation, but it feels extra special that he’s going out of his way to hype up Bucs fans as well.
This guy is already all-in, and perceptions seem to be changing at least internally among the fan base.