After a surprise 10-6 record a season ago, including several fourth-quarter comebacks engineered by sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers narrowly missed the 2010 postseason.
Given their young core group, young, hungry head coach and successful 2010 campaign, many fans and experts had the Buccaneers pegged as a sleeper playoff contender, possibly with an outside chance to reach the Super Bowl.
That is not going to happen.
Not only have the Bucs experienced a disappointing season in terms of record, their play has been poor and uninspired. They aren't just losing games; they're being blown out of the water. Just ask the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Buccaneers looked absolutely atrocious yesterday in a 41-14 drubbing on the road in their state. Major changes need to be made.
It is officially time for the Bucs to start considering the future. Immediate action is required, and precise planning for the upcoming draft and free agency should be a priority.
Nothing can be done to save their season.