During the NFL preseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were broadcasted on Hard Knocks as a team that could potentially be a dark horse for a playoff spot. They haven't had a postseason run since the 2007 season.
However, with the franchise sitting on a 2-6 record after nine games played, a playoff berth doesn't look like it's going to be happening anytime soon for the team, with performances being way below standard both on the field and on the sidelines.
This was clear to see during their NFC South rivalry game at the weekend against the New Orleans Saints, especially during an incident involving quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans.
In an altercation the Bucs' sidelines during their 30-10 loss to the Saints on Sunday, Winston can be seen trying to agitate cornerback Marshon Lattimore by poking him in the back of his helmet after it appeared the New Orleans player made a comment towards their bench.
Then from literally out of nowhere, Evans comes flying in and delivers a huge push on Lattimore, causing him to crash on the ground before he received a couple of punches from the wide receiver. Surprisingly, he wasn't ejected for his actions.
As you can see in the video below, it was a brutal and very much illegal hit by the Bucs wideout, and he should have been ejected from the game, especially after you consider Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green was ejected on the same day for a similar vicious attack on an opposition player.
Evans, who finished with one catch for 13 yards, was apologetic afterward, as he said to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times: “I let my emotions get the best of me. I thought [Lattimore] was picking a fight with my quarterback. It’s something I shouldn’t have done. It was very childish. I shouldn’t have done that. Unprofessional.”
It will be interesting to see if the NFL follows up on this and does issue out any suspensions for Evans for his involvement in this situation, especially after Green was ejected and will likely be suspended this week as well after doing something similar.
All players involved are bound to receive hefty fines for their actions, which could cost the Bucs dearly in what has already been a poor season for the franchise.