Gruden not yet satisfied with year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thanks in no small part to an infusion of young talent on offense, the Bucs (11-5) went from 5-11 in 2004 to winning the NFC South title this season. They will end a two-year hiatus from the playoffs when they host Washington (10-6) today in the NFC wild-card round. The game also marks the Redskins’ postseason return under Joe Gibbs, the three-time Super Bowl winner who came out of retirement two years ago to resuscitate a team that made the playoffs once during his 11 seasons away from the NFL. TAMPA, Fla. – Jon Gruden rejects the notion that his surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already had a successful season. “We don’t want to have that loser’s mentality about, `Gee, we over-achieved in some people’s eyes,’ or `Hey, we’ve had a good year.’ Baloney,” Gruden said. “You’re not playing in this organization for any other reason than to compete for championships and we want to make the most of our opportunities.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBoth clubs are excited about their prospects in what’s generally regarded as a wide-open bracket in the NFC. “I think every year there are dark horses that jump onto the scene. It’s just fact,” Gruden said. “I don’t really think that anybody thought New England, in their first Super Bowl season, was going to go from 5-11 to 11-5 and win the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback. I don’t think anybody thought we were going to do it either. There are some interesting teams in the field.” One of the keys for Tampa Bay will be containing Clinton Portis, who rushed for 144 yards in the mid-season meeting. Washington also is concerned about not letting rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams have a big day on the ground for the Bucs. Gibbs noted Williams, voted NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this week, was not healthy the first time the teams played and was limited to 20 yards on 10 carries. last_img

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