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2010 NFL Draft: Is This the End of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Raheem Morris?

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 15: Raheem Morris, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches the action from the sideline against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on August 15, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans beat the Buccaneers 27-20. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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James Pearlman Contributor IApril 14, 2010

In the run-up to a typical draft, your average NFL franchise will be hoping to get a couple of starters and maybe a few decent rotation players if it's lucky.

Coach Raheem Morris is telling Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans that the future of this franchise rests on this draft. He gives the impression that every pick the Buccaneers make will turn out to be a starter.

Since Morris and GM Mark Dominik have been hyping the draft so much, it would have seemed slightly hypocritical to trade even a fifth-round pick for Santonio Holmes, who would greatly upgrade our pathetic wide receiver corps and give our young QB a solid target. All because Raheem knows that every player we pick will be far more valuable than Holmes.

Raheem has found himself backed into a corner after a miserable 3-13 season, and the only way to defend himself is by promising that the Buccaneers are set for their best draft in years.

Sure, this is a draft class that is loaded with talent, but everyone (even Raheem) knows the draft is hit and miss, and to proclaim that this draft will turn this franchise around is absurd.

We have historically been one of the poorer drafting franchises, and unless Raheem has a crystal ball in his office at One Buc Place, there is nothing to say we won't lose out again this time around.

If the Buccaneers do not get seven wins or better next season, and do not send the majority of their draft class to the Pro Bowl (I exaggerate), then Raheem's job will be in serious jeopardy, all because of placing unnecessary emphasis on the draft.

But hey, the Glazers can't even afford to fire him...


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