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This Buccaneer Loss Was 'Secondary'

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer ISeptember 13, 2009

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 13:  Head coach Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs his team against the Dallas Cowboys during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Perhaps Raheem Morris should consider demoting himself and return to handle the Tampa Bay Buccaneer secondary.

If he does, he better take a bucket of water with him. His secondary was burnt, scorched, and fried in the opener Sunday against Dallas.

The Bucs once had a defensive back named Rod Jones. His nickname was "toast" because he was burnt so often.

The Bucs have a new "toast." His name is Sabby Piscatelli.

The burning secondary was hit for 353 yards and three touchdowns by Tony Romo in that dreadful 34-21 debacle of an opener Sunday at Ray-Jay. Piscatelli was so far out of position that two long scoring strikes came as a result of his mistakes.

Romo hit the Bucs with bombs of 42, 66, and 80 yards.

You think they were missing the suspended Tanard Jackson?

Morris afterwards put the spin of a rebuilding program on the loss.

"We will get better. We're building blocks. This was a building block."

More like blockhead.

Blockhead play by the secondary.

Linebacker Barrett Ruud knew where the problems were. "This was more about breakdowns than getting out manned," he said.

And it was sad that it was the defense that buckled in this debut game of the Morris era.

The offense played and played well and the stadium was energized by the running return of Cadillac Williams, who ran early and often and finished with 97 yards on 13 carries while Derrick Ward added 62 on 12 carries.

The three-headed attack failed to materialize as Earnest Graham saw little action.

Byron Leftwich did remarkably well and appeared exhausted and physically battered when it all ended.

Michael Clayton played well. Antonio Bryant did as well, but re-injured his surgically repaired knee.

His wasn't the only injury. Center Jeff Faine left with an elbow injury and Jeremy Zuttah hurt an ankle. Sammie Stroughter suffered a shoulder injury.

In all, not good news for these newbies.

Yes, the Bucs secondary made Patrick Crayton (4/135) and Roy Williams (3/86) look sensational.

It may take a few days for the flames to subside.

Morris better throw a heavy dose of water on his former charges.

And the biggest bucket better land on Piscatelli.

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