The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from a 10-win team who admittedly overachieved, to a dejected loser of a team that is on the verge of losing 10 straight.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Raheem Morris said, "Last year, you could say we overachieved. This year, you could say we underachieved. But I don't worry about what's going to happen. You've got to keep trucking. Don't worry about it. Don't blink.''
A wave of indifference has overtaken the Tampa Bay locker room. They make it clear week in and week out that, not only are they losing in spectacular fashion, they have no desire to win. Morris chocks this up as underachieving?
Being an NFL head coach, losing has to be seen as unacceptable. The mentality cannot be "you win some, you lose some." With the way the Buccaneers are playing, it doesn't appear that they'll be able to avoid a 10th-straight loss and frankly, it doesn't appear as though they care that it could ultimately cost their coach his job.
We aren't seeing the best this team has to offer. It all starts at the top and though Morris proved last year that he's got what it takes to put forth a winning team, it looks like the Bucs are tuning out the young head coach.
He and the Bucs take on division rival Atlanta today. Sweeping the Falcons would be one of the few bright spots of their miserable 2011 campaign, and could be Morris' last chance at saving his job.