Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raheem Morris In Need of Realty Check?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMarch 25, 2010

Someone please tell Raheem Morris to stop it. Stop it right now, cease and desist.

Stop comparing his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Buccaneers of Tony Dungy back in 1996 and 1997 on into the year 2000.

These are not Tony Dungy's Buccaneers and Raheem only dreams that he had talent Dungy had.

Morris flat out needs a reality check.

You see, Dungy performed a miraculous turnaround after his first season, that 6-10 year. The Bucs went 10-6 in 1997 and the excitement was on.

So Raheem, you foresee that kind of turnaround in the fall?

Recently Morris offered this gem to Tampa Bay fans:

"I would say to them (the fans) you've got a chance to come and watch it all develop. You've got a chance to watch a team grow and develop just like we did from 1996-2002 and eventually become the dominant powerhouse that you hope to get to be."


So basically, are Tampa Bay fans doomed to watch some sort of "developmental" team?

Sure sounds that way.

Keep in mind this is the same Raheem Morris who refused to use the "rebuilding" word last season. So we've gone from rebuilding to "development."

Earlier this week, Joel Glazer came out from the Glazer Cone of Silence and foretold of impending television blackouts of home games. Well, that still gives fans eight road games to watch their "developmental" team, well, develop.

And perhaps you can count on Steeler fans descending on Raymond James when Mike Tomlin brings his Men of Steel to town. Perhaps the home opener will sell out simply based on morbid curiosity.

That sends it to six blackouts.

No so bad.

So on those Sundays, in lieu of watching the Bucs "develop," non-ticket holding Bucs fans can listen on the radio or simply watch some other teams around the NFL.

Maybe even some teams that are beyond the "development" stage.