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Rick Stroud, Joe Smith and Greg Auman

One final observation

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October

Wanted to mention something that had been in the back of my mind the last couple days since returning from Indy.

Am I the only one who was a little surprised at Jon Gruden's reaction to Sunday's loss?

I mean, he basically showed complete adoration for the Colts while ignoring the 800-pound gorilla: his team didn't show up. The Bucs aren't nearly on the same level as the Colts. They're not even close, in fact. But shouldn't they at least compete?

They didn't do that on Sunday. The pass rush was a joke. The run blocking was was non-existent. They got whipped at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

I'm not saying Gruden was nonchalant about the loss. He hates to lose as much as anyone. This guy ain't a philosopher like Joe Maddon. I'm merely asking whether anyone else thinks there should have been at least a little anger about the way his team played. This particular quote kind of stuck with me: "A lot of teams got their butt kicked today. A lot of teams will get their butt kicked next week." So, are we saying that's acceptable?

Hey, there's no shame in losing to the Colts. I certainly didn't pick the Bucs to win. But when Kenton Keith (who?) is running for 100-plus yards against you, isn't it time for a look in the mirror?

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:50pm]

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