Tampa Bay vs San Francisco Postgame: Niners Embarrass Undisciplined Bucs

Basil SpyridakosContributor IIIOctober 9, 2011

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers releases a pass against the Atlanta Falcons  September 25, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Remember when Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was thought to be on the verge of NFL elite?

Wasn't there a time when wide receiver Mike Williams was considered to be the "next big thing?"

Stop me if you heard this one: Aqib Talib is a true shutdown, cover corner?

Someone needs to orchestrate a manhunt and find these alleged "superstars," and do so in a hurry, because the impostors wearing pewter and white are atrocious, and can't compete with teams that have a winning record.

The Buccaneers are 0-2 when facing opponents with an above .500 record. The three teams Tampa has struggled with, but defeated have a collective record of 3-11 (not including tonight's Falcons game).

Not impressive.

All of this now surfaces after a 48-3 dismantling at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park.

Freeman had one the worst games of his young career, throwing two ill-advised interceptions, and never appearing to settle down the entire game.

Williams is once again a no-show, posting zero catches and a couple of dropped passes. Is it too soon to call this guy "Michael Clayton 2.0?"

The shortened week certainly didn't help, and it clearly showed how unprepared the Bucs were. But it's still no excuse to perform so poorly, and head coach Raheem Morris has to shoulder the blame.

Rather than continue to yell at the refs for making the proper calls, Morris should be lambasting the players for committing ridiculous penalty after ridiculous penalty.

The Bucs proudly achieved nine penalties for 96 yards. Tight end Kellen Winslow continues to test the refs by cheap shotting defenses after getting up when tackled.

Talib went on a tirade on the San Fran sideline. Reserve linebacker Adam Hayward decided it'd be a great idea to push a man who had already stepped out of bounds.

Where's the discipline? Where's the focus?

Under-performing in the first half is now assumed by the fans, and you'd think the staff would have it corrected by Week 5, but these Buccaneers completely quit in today's outing—the lack of composure kind of gave it away.

Is there really a point in discussing the Buccaneers' defense? 

Give credit to the Niners for doing what they are supposed to do: namely, run the football effectively, stellar ball security and execute defensively.

Maybe the Bucs will be at that level someday, and this is the type of game where players and coaches truly learn about the type of resolve and character a team possess.

For now, they look like a team with serious, yet correctable problems.