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Buccaneers have run amok (not in a good way)

Posted on: December 25, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: December 25, 2011 11:10 am

By Josh Katzowitz

Although I said in this week’s For the Gambler in You that I thought Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris would survive into next year, I also didn’t foresee the absolute pummeling the Panthers put on Tampa Bay, 48-16, on Saturday.

During their current nine-game losing streak, the Buccaneers have allowed an average of 33.8 points per contest, and that’s simply not a recipe a coach needs to follow in order to save his job.

If I could take back that pick on my latest Gambler post, I think I would.

We mentioned a few weeks ago, it wasn’t a great sign when Morris sent defensive tackle Brian Price home in the third quarter for a personal foul penalty and then said afterward, “You know, they're not listening. They've got to listen and we've got to do a better job of coaching. That's all."

After Saturday’s game, cornerback Ronde Barber confirmed the team’s acrimony and the suggestion that Morris -- who benched LaGarrette Blount for most of the first half after he fumbled early in the first quarter -- doesn’t have control of his squad (another key ingredient for a coach about to be axed).

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"It looks like guys want to do their own thing,” Barber said, via the Tampa Tribune. “You've got to believe the guy next to you is going to do his job.”

Not even the fact the Buccaneers held top-notch receiver Steve Smith to one catch for nine yards could salvage the wounds torn open by the Panthers offense. That’s probably because Tampa Bay’s run defense was atrocious, giving up 270 yards, and allowing Brandon LaFell to catch three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.

"They didn't even need him (Smith) today,” Barber said. “That just shows how far they've come and how far we've gotten away from what we used to be.”

But Tampa Bay guard Davin Joseph took exception to the thought that the team isn’t playing hard for its coach.

"It can't be that simple,” Joseph said. "You can't say this looks like a team that doesn't want Coach Morris to come back. The way we're going, I'd say this is a team where I'm wondering whether our players are going to come back.”

At this point, the team should be wondering if anybody is going to be coming back from what has turned out to be a disaster of a season.

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Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:54 am

Buccaneers have run amok (not in a good way)

The lockout and injuries not withstanding, Raheem is another 'class act'/ 'players coach'  who has lost control of his team.  They have just concluded two of the saddest, effortless performances in the history of the franchise.  This team needs discipline and unity.  Right now, they have neither. 

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:38 am

Buccaneers have run amok (not in a good way)

Look at the play of their young QB, Freeman.  He's completely regressed from his impressive season last year.  From 25 TDs and 6 INTS to 14 TDs/19 INTs.   That will kill any team's chance of doing well.  This kid is known for staying late and coming in early to work on drills, watch film and get working but the lock-out seriously damaged any progress that could have been made from 2010.  Give him a full (normal) off-season, a decent RB (get rid of Blunthead) and he'll do wonders next year.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:26 pm

Buccaneers have run amok (not in a good way)

Amazing how much smack (some would call it confidence) this coach and this team talked last year and early this year, only to see the wheels come completely off.  I am still not sure what happened to this team, but I do know that the smack has stopped for now.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:34 pm

Buccaneers have run amok (not in a good way)

Hard to imagine they were 4-2 at one point with wins over Atlanta and New Orleans.... what the hell happened? They were competive up until there last four, seems like they just gave up.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 1:18 pm

Buccaneers have run amok (not in a good way)

Quite simply, the Bucs are a dumpster fire. Even a new coach will have a tough time turning this team around.

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