Of the 21 principles at the heart of Shaka Smart’s program, Mohamed Bamba is fond of one of them in particular.
“Everything we do is a domino.”
Each of those principles is written in a 10-page confidential culture document, a formal effort by Smart to constantly push the importance of the Texas program he’s trying to bring back to national relevance.
The explosive nature of this attack is legitimate, with Watson fearlessly testing the Legion of Boom with deep shots and patiently using his feet to move the chains. The Texans rookie showed full command, especially during a juicy fourth-quarter touchdown drive that saw him spin away from pressure to find Lamar Miller in the end zone to put the Texans up 31-27. Watson is a rainmaker.
It is not known if he suffered a setback, but Golladay was ruled out early. Fellow receiver Golden Tate appears to be faring better despite suffering a shoulder injury in Week 6.
Remember those rosy offseason prognostications about the Bucs? They’re all but a distant memory, and Sunday’s performance certainly throws another shovelful of dirt on what could be dying playoff aspirations. The defense put in a solid effort, but the Jameis Winston-led offense looked lost at times. Winston completed 21 of 38 passes for 210 yards but struggled to piece together drives and threw two fourth-quarter interceptions.
Although a stronger run game and more reliable receivers could’ve enhanced Winston’s effectiveness, the bottom line is he didn’t play well enough to give the Bucs a solid chance. It’d be premature to say the third-year quarterback is facing a stunted development season (he had a strong second-half effort against the Bills last week and has been dealing with a sore shoulder), but he’ll need to play better if the Bucs have any hope of a post-Halloween resurrection.