One of the things you have to love about Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter is how brutally honest he is. Koetter tells it like it is, even if it’s not what you want to hear, and he certainly did that on Wednesday.
When asked if the Bucs need to be wary of an Arizona team that is expected to be a playoff participant but is coming off a tough loss at home to the Patriots, Koetter made it clear that the Bucs have to be wary of every team.
“It’s a week to week league and for a team like us that’s trying to climb up into the upper echelon, every week’s a championship game,’’ Koetter said. “There are no teams that we’re going to walk out there against that are going to be shaking in their boots because the Bucs are coming to town. That’s just not going to happen.’’
It’s not going to happen anytime soon. Sure, the Bucs won a division game on the road last week but all they really did was beat an Atlanta team that lost seven of its last nine last year and still hasn’t figured out how to correct its slide.
Yes, the Bucs appear to be more talented than they were a year ago, but to teams like the Cardinals, who don’t just have playoff aspirations but have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, the Bucs are nothing more than a pothole that has to be avoided.