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Fennelly: Time for Bucs to make noise on field

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Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2013 at 09:01 AM

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The newest Buccaneer bumped into some of his new teammates Monday morning at headquarters, before the big news conference.

His new teammates applauded.

Then Darrelle Revis said something they should remember.

“I'm like, 'Y'all settle down.'” Revis said.

You got that right.

Enough already with the standing ovations — it's time for the Bucs to stand and deliver.

Get to work.

They've added their pieces, on offense last offseason, on defense this season, with Revis the biggest prize.

“Let's go win some games,” Revis said at the news conference. He wasn't even limping. Super Bowl, here they come!

Y'all, settle down.

There are no more excuses, none, unless you count the pass rush and the on-off quarterback. The simple fact is that another 7-9 just won't do.

Go win some games.

The signing of Revis should serve as a clarion call to this franchise and its young talent.

“We're going to make some noise,” Revis said. “Don't worry about that.”

Go and make some noise.

The Bucs haven't done anything yet.

Bucs GM Mark Dominik rattled off names, eight of them, Pro Bowl players the Bucs have assembled through draft and free agency and trade … and Dominik wasn't even counting Ronde Barber.

“We feel we've grown a great organization of young talent, maturing at the same time,” Dominik said.

Great — go win some games.

The Bucs are 24-40 with Dominik as GM, 7-9 with Greg Schiano as coach. There's a lot riding on the Revis deal for them. It might very well define their tenures, however long and short they are, though there's probably just as much riding on Freeman's game.

Go win some games.

Revis and the revamped secondary should help the pass rush.

Go sack some quarterbacks.

The Bucs had 27 sacks last season. Revis having the other team's top receiver in solitary might give them more time. Go and get the quarterback.

It's on guys like Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn, also coming off an injury, and Da'Quan Bowers.

Play time is over. Go and get the quarterback. Even Revis Island closes for business after a while.

Revis and the defense, in theory, will help the offense.

“The idea is to give the ball back and give Josh more opportunities,” Dominik said.

Josh, you listening?

Get your head out of the clouds, play like a franchise quarterback, wire to wire.

Step up. Stand and deliver.

That goes for everyone. The Glazer purse strings have thawed. They've given the nod to take a shot. They've got that old Keyshawn, Gruden, first-round picks away wild hair.

Fine. Grand.

Go win some games.

“There's no more pressure to win than there was yesterday,” Dominik said. “We've got to win and we know that.”

Actually, I think there are 96 million reasons, spread across six seasons, that there's more pressure now.

Go win some games.

The first night of the NFL draft should be generally quiet at Bucs headquarters. The Bucs have their first-round pick: Revis. So bring a book if you're going to a draft party.

The Bucs appear quite happy with their spot, second round, pick 43 overall, though Dominik will make some calls (important safety tip: use the special red phone, secure line, when calling Bills GM Buddy Nix).

Where were we?

More important, where are the Bucs? The new man, Darrelle Revis, thinks they're right there. He went to consecutive AFC title games with the Jets, coming up short. First, you have to get to the postseason.

“Once you get in the big dance, it's right there, it's that close,” Revis said.

Not here, not yet.

Y'all settle down.

Go win some games.

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