Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers surprised everyone as they finished the season with a 10-6 record. Unfortunately, for the first time in NFL history, two 10-win teams failed to make the playoffs—and the Bucs were one of those two teams.
Watching the Buccaneers play is absolutely frustrating, whether you're a fan or not.
At times, Josh Freeman and company look like the class of the NFL. Other times, they just look pitiful. At first it's hard to place what exactly is wrong with this team.
After looking at each of the Tampa Bay games, ultimately, I'd have to place blame on coaching. Raheem Morris took over a pretty solid team, and has effectively run them into the ground.
Under John Gruden and Monte Kiffin, the Bucs were notorious with defense. When someone talked about defense in the NFL, it was always the Steelers, Ravens and Buccaneers. Under Morris, they've gone from a perennial Top 10 defense, to a flood gate. This defense is on pace to be the worst Tampa Bay defense since 1985.
I imagine I just made Buccaneers fans cringe.
Under Tony Dungy and John Gruden, the Buccaneers had almost erased 20 years of embarrassment. Now with Morris as head coach, they have erased the last 13. When I see the Bucs sport the throwback creamsicle uniforms, I think it's only fitting under Raheem's regime.
There is no question that this team is talented. What they are not, is disciplined. Morris is further proof that the 'rah rah' coach in the NFL is not the answer.