TAMPA — Booger McFarland, the former Buc, said something last week on the Mike & Mike radio show right after the Bucs blew a seven-point lead in the closing minutes of a 30-27 loss to the Bills.He said the Bucs have not yet learned how to win.He's right.There are still way too many games that the Bucs should win and don't, and it's hard to find an explanation for why.That's because the Bucs never lose for the same reason.One week, the defense collapses. The next week, the offense does nothing. Another week, the kicker misses a field goal.Maybe there really is something to simply not knowing how to win.So I called up Booger and asked him about it."The art of winning a football game is something that is learned,'' said McFarland, who works for ESPN. "You can be the most talented team, you can have the best players, but there is going to come a time in every game where you have to know how to win and how to make plays.''McFarland then looked at the Buffalo game. The Bucs had that game won. Then they stopped making plays.The Bucs gave up a long pass. Committed a penalty. Gave up a TD. Got the ball and fumbled on the next play.In just a few moments, the Bucs went from winners to losers."This team has to go through the growing pains of losing some of those tight games,'' McFarland said. "That way they'll appreciate and understand the effort and mental toughness that it takes to win in the NFL.''The old Bucs had to go through it. McFarland remembers listening to veterans Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp tell stories about learning how to win in the NFL. They talked about winning a game against the Chargers in 1996. They made plays that they hadn't made before.Tony Dungy, the coach in 1996, said the turning point was actually a few weeks later, when the Bucs threw a giant wrench into Washington's postseason plans.Either way, Dungy doesn't see it as learning to win but learning how you're going to win. There's a difference."Some teams never exactly figure out how they're going to win, what their formula is,'' he said.The old Bucs had a formula: Play defense. Protect the ball. Score just enough points. Then play more defense.The problem is, the 2017 Bucs still haven't figured out a formula. They don't have an identity."I don't think they know how to win with this group quite yet,'' Dungy said. "They want to be explosive on offense. They've got Doug Martin back. What does it mean? Are we going to be a running team, or is Jameis (Winston) throwing it all over the field? Are we a bend-but-not-break defense, stop people in the red zone, make people kick field goals? What's the plan?"Having no plan is a great plan for losing. Little things start happening.Receivers drop passes. Tacklers miss tackles. A bad penalty here, a noncall there.One bad play leads to one bad loss. That one bad loss becomes a losing streak. Next thing you know, you've got a losing record."Winning begets winning, and losing begets losing,'' Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. "It's just a part of the sport. As long as I've been around it, that's held true. You've got to get over that hump, and then it seems like more breaks go your way — whether you're calling them breaks or whether you're calling it getting outplayed or whether you're calling it doing things that beat yourself. There are many people out there who believe more games are lost than won. (Good) teams don't beat themselves.''Someone who believed that more games are lost than won was the late Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who happened to be Dungy's mentor. He used those words exactly when Dungy was starting out."In learning how to win, it's, 'Can you go out in the game and execute what you practiced?' '' Dungy said. "Some people can execute it in the first quarter or the third quarter, but when it comes to the fourth quarter, now it's really crucial and they just don't do what they practiced. Can you do in the fourth quarter, with two minutes left against Buffalo, what you practiced on Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock? "You get that down, you start winning."The Bucs are still trying to get that down."The only way to speed it up is you're going to have to get a group of guys on that team that pays attention to the details way more than normal,'' McFarland said. "It's all about the details. Everyone in this league is talented. But why do some teams like New England win more? The other teams put the details in."That's what Tampa Bay needs to do now.''Contact Tom Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @tomwjones.