Authentic Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , Earl Thomas and the future of the NFL The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stumbled out of their Monday Night Football contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They proceeded to flat out faceplant their way out of Chicago to enter the bye looking like an 0-4 team, not a 2-2 team.On Monday’s episode of the Locked on Bucs podcast my co-host James Yarcho asked me what I do to kind of get my mind off of how my favorite team has done these past two weeks. Well, one of the ways is this column right here. Not necessarily dedicated to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it doesn’t exclude them. I get my crack at three topics from anywhere in the football universe. This week, here are the three I chose.FALSE START: Patrick Mahomes II is the real deal.They said this. I am they.Ok, so it’s not like I thought Mahomes would be a bad quarterback, I just didn’t think he’d light the world on fire like he has.When he did, I kind of viewed him the same way I viewed Ryan Fitzpatrick’s hot start. Great for football, great for him, great for his team, temporary in every way.I assume at some point Mahomes will have a bad game. It happens. But if I learned anything from Monday night’s game featuring the Broncos and Chiefs, it was that I was wrong about Mahomes.Not only is he ready to lead this team for good, he’s even better than advertised.It’s not even so much the plays he made to get his team the win, it’s more how he did it. Completely poised. Never looked panicked. Certainly didn’t look like a young man starting just his fifth NFL game.Mahomes is 5-0 as a starter and 2-0 in Denver. Pretty impressive.He’ll come down to earth at some point, but not because he isn’t talented enough to have done what he’s done so far, but because even Tom Brady loses Super Bowls.Still, I’m going to enjoy watching this quarterback for what I hope is a long career.OFFSIDES: Earl Thomas pays for being a team guy.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsLe’Veon Bell has been bashed by media. Bashed by fans. Bashed by teammates. He’s a bad guy.Earl Thomas came back. Was ready for Week 1, and has been on the field for the Seattle Seahawks for each of the opening kickoffs so far this season.Bell has made zero progress on his new contract. Thomas has gone backwards.With his broken leg there’s little to no chance an NFL franchise will pay the safety what he’s looking for in 2019’s free-agency period.But hey http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/mike-evans-jersey , at least he was a team guy.If you only care about the laundry, why are you upset the man wearing it left the way he did?The Legion of Boom is gone. Earl Thomas was the last remaining member and expected to somehow continue the legacy the “12s” expected. But, he should do so quietly. Well, he quietly had three interceptions in the first three games this season. Seattle is 2-2, and they’re about to find out why they needed Thomas around so badly.Richard Sherman is gone. Kam Chancellor is gone. The defense you once knew and loved, and allowed the offensive flaws to not take center stage, is gone.When Thomas returned in time for Week 1 - read that again - returned in time for Week 1, here’s what his Ken Norton Jr. had to say,Bobby Wagner said this,A generational player according to both teammate and coach. And he was the sixth highest paid safety in the NFL until Kam Chancellor retired at the age of 30. The same age Thomas will be next spring.If you don’t think that little occurrence had anything to do with this, you’re wrong. Earl Thomas has made more money right now than I likely will in my entire life. And he’s earned it. He earned even more, he just didn’t get it.One would think the Dallas Cowboys will likely get the first shot at signing Thomas in the off-season, so we’ll find out just how real Jerry’s love is for Earl.Bell is the bad guy, and it’s gotten him hate and no money with the potential to earn more next year.Thomas was the good guy who came back to a ghost of a team compared to the ones he starred on previously, and it’s earned him a broken leg, the ire of Seahawks ‘faithful’, and no shot at getting the money he should have gotten from Seattle or Dallas or whoever.But I’m sure someday the Seahawks will invite him back to put him in their Ring of Honor, or Nest of Greatness Womens Chris Conte Jersey , or whatever. If it happens to coincide with when their ticket sales are low and they need to fill seats, that’ll just be a coincidence. The bye week is over and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned to One Buc Place today, as they begin to prepare for the Atlanta Falcons. Of course, division games are never easy, but with Atlanta desperately needing a win to keep their season alive, it will be even more difficult for Tampa Bay to ge a win on the road this week. In most cases, divisional matchups usually come down to the fourth quarter, so Tampa Bay will need to play 60 minutes of football. Not 45, not 30, not 25, but a full 60 minute game if they want to improve to 3-2, and more importantly, 2-0 in the division. It sort of feels like the bye week came at the perfect time for the Buccaneers. After the loss to Chicago, many fans were jumping off the ledge, but the early bye week gave them an opportunity to review what went wrong and hopefully fix it, or at least adjust in some capacity. Head Coach Dirk Koetter spoke to the media today following practice and commented on what he did during the bye week to improve this football team.“As a coaching staff, when you look at everything, you’re going to look at until you think you’ve got it figured out – whether you do or you don’t. You’re going to try to. We’ll try to implement some things that we did http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/caleb-benenoch-jersey ,” Koetter said. “I’m not going to really come out and say what they are, but we’ll try to implement some things and get them ready for this week in Atlanta.”They not only needed to figure out what went wrong, but they need to implement new things this week. We won’t know what that is until Sunday, but something had to be done, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Koetter implemented an interesting tactic this past week that will only benefit this team moving forward. Before the players went on their mini-vacation, he asked each guy to give some feedback on the first four games of the season and how they can improve in certain aspects. This is an excellent idea by a coach who is realistically coaching for his job this season. “In a couple of areas. I’m not going to tell you the areas, but just some areas that I felt like I wanted to see. When you’re a college coach and guys aren’t leaving town, you from time-to-time meet with every guy on your team. Well, I didn’t have time with everybody leaving last Tuesday for six days to meet with every guy,” Koetter said. “I put together just a very short thing that I asked the guys to give me some feedback and they did an awesome job. I really appreciate their honesty because sometimes honesty can be self-defeating – make yourself look bad – but I appreciate their honesty. The communication I think both ways – player-coach, coach-player – was good.”I don’t recall ever hearing this strategy from Koetter and his staff, but it should help. With that being said, it once again comes down to coaches adjusting to the recommendations and playing to their players strengths. If the same sort of defense is called against Atlanta, expect similar results that we’ve seen through the first four games of the season.We’ve seen it time and time again on defense and their failure to adjust, but I’m sure the comment cards were long and detailed for defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Let’s see if Koetter and company will respond to the comment cards so the Buccaneers can get their 2018 season back on track.