Bucs Being Challenged Early To Deal With Adversity

Bucs Being Faced With Early Tests Of Resiliency


Optimism reigns this time of year in the NFL. Every team, be it a defending division champion or a cellar dweller, believes it has a chance to do something special.

The Buccaneers are no different. But what makes the Bucs different from some teams, quarterback Josh McCown says, is their ability to deal with the adversity that is sure to follow.

“Adversity is coming,’’ McCown said, rather prophetically, after he reported for the start of training camp. “It just does. And it’s how you handle that adversity that really is the measure of your team.’’

Less than three days into camp, the Bucs’ ability to deal with adversity is being challenged. Left guard Carl Nicks’ decision to walk away from the game and a first day of workouts all but lost to weather concerns put their resilience to the test.

Already, the Bucs appear to be rolling with the punches. Several players said in the wake of Friday’s washed-out workout that they were impressed with coach Lovie Smith’s ability to turn a negative into a positive.

For more on this story, visit Roy Cummings (The Tampa Tribune).