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November 24, 2009 3:54 PM

Buccaneers Become A Total Train Wreck


train-wreck.jpgFirst we thought there was hope when big Josh Freeman led the Buccaneers to that throw-back win over the Green Bay Packers. The Oh and 16 possibility was cast by the wayside.

Now standing at a lowly 1-9 and mopping the NFL's basement, the Buccaneers are now a total train wreck.

It's hard to look at but we can't resist. It's waaaaaay too amazing.

Just when you thought the insanity couldn't grow, coach Raheem Morris has thrown defensive coordinator Jim Bates under the bus and will assume the job himself.

That's good Raheem, because that's the job you were originally hired to do. It's the job you should have. You are certainly not ready to be a head coach in the NFL.

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November 12, 2009 1:28 PM

Buccaneers Leave Fans Wanting More

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This is not a joke.

A Buccaneer fan asked after the team's thrilling 38-28 victory over the Packers last week:

"Can we make the playoffs at 9-7?"

Please, please, please curb your enthusiasm! We're talking about the Buccaneers here. Yes, everyone's all giddy about rookie Josh Freeman's debut, the victory and the orange throw-back jerseys.

Now the boys go back to Pewter Power and hit the road to Miami to face the wildcat-happy Dolphins. And if you check the stats, you'll see that even in victory, the Buccaneers still have massive defensive woes. This team has given up at least 28 points in its last four games.

The Buccos went 2-14 the last time they did that.

Ouch!

Fact is, now that they've broken into the win column, common sense asks where the next victory will come from?

Two games with the Saints and two games with the Falcons don't bode well. There's Miami this week then at game at Carolina and the Jets. It all doesn't sit well considering the state of the defense.

Sure those six sacks on Aaron Rodgers were a great thing and three interceptions were pretty tasty. But can they get that kind of performance against  the Dolphins?

They'll need for the special teams to produce again but history says not to expect Freeman to be a world-beater.

After all, there is now video on him.

Yes, perhaps there is  hope for these Buccaneers with Freeman under center. But there are still far too many missing pieces around him.

Playoffs?

Can you say Jim Mora Sr.?

November 10, 2009 8:39 PM

Buccaneers Win, Give Orange The Bum's Rush

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That  wonderful throwback orange brought hope and then victory last Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It brought them a 38-28 come-from-behind victory that was thrilling at the least and hopeful at best.

"Wear the orange again," said former Buccaneer assistant Wayne Fontes, who head-coached the Detroit Lions to their last playoff appearance.

"Bring back the orange again this season," was the sentiment echoed by thousands of Buccaneer fans after they saw rookie quarterback Josh Freeman dazzle them in his first-ever start.

Bring back the orange.

Great idea, but it won't happen.

The Buccaneers applied to the NFL power-that-be to wear the throwback unis one time this season. To wear them again, they'd have to petition the league and they announced on Tuesday that they won't do that.

So away go the orange jerseys into storage. Can't and won't use them again until next year.

And that's a shame.


November 2, 2009 7:16 PM

Buccaneers: No Wins, No Discipline, No Hope

They are the last winless team in the NFL.

They are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 0-7 Buccaneers, the oh-so-ugly Buccaneers of coach Raheem Morris.

This is a football team without victories and as talk spreads, evidently a team without discipline.

WDAE talk show host Steve Duemig brought new problems to light recently when he alleged that cornerback Aqib Talib broke curfew during the London trip, was confronted by Morris in the team's hotel lobby and promptly fired off a string of "f-bombs" at Morris.

Duemig's reputation is that he can bring credible sources with his stories, he values his credibility and wouldn't have broken this news during the same week that host Dan Sileo was suspended by the station after he made allegations that the Glazer family had lost $400-$450 million in the Bernie Madoff scandal.

If indeed Talib is guilty of the transgressions and disrespect for Morris, then he is a cancer on this team. He has not been suspended and the Buccaneers have neither confirmed or denied Duemig's report.

Still, this is what happens with a winless team.

Tennessee and St. Louis won on Sunday to elevate Tampa Bay to its dubious status as the league's only team without a win.

And it doesn't look good for this coming Sunday.

Rookie Josh Freeman will get his first start and it will come against the Green Bay Packers, who are no doubt angry about their loss at home last week to Brett Favre and the Vikings. This will not be an easy debut for Freeman and it could be ugly.

But then just about everything about this slumping Buccaneer franchise is ugly and to add just a little to that ugliness will be the throw-back jersies for the Packer game.

The team will wear those wonderful creamsickle Orange uniforms with the dashing Bucco Bruce logo. It will be a trip back to those wonderful days of 1976 when there was no hope for victory, very much the same way it is this season.

October 28, 2009 7:12 PM

Buccaneers Will Now Turn To Josh Freeman


You knew it was coming, sure you knew, you had to know, everyone knew.

Everyone knew that sooner, rather than later, we would see No. 1 pick Josh Freeman take over the helm as the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Forget that preseason bunk from general manager Mark Dominik that "the plan" was NOT to play Freeman this season. "The Plan" for this franchise changes on a weekly basis.

That is what happens when a team is winless at 0-7 and looks bad in the process, week after week after week.

The new starting quarterback for the Buccaneers is rookie Josh Freeman, tabbed the starter after Wednesday's practice in Tampa.

The Tampa faithful got a quick glimpse of Freeman late in the game against the Patriots last Sunday in London.

That latest fiasco saw New England beat the diapers off young Raheem Morris and his unseasoned lads.

There is no truth to the rumors that the United Kingdom has threatened to sever diplomatic relations with the United States as a result of the senseless invasion of Wembley Stadium by the equally senseless Buccaneers.

Recovering from their international foray, Morris named Freeman his starter against Green Bay after the team's practice.

"It's time for him (Freeman) to come in there and join his team and lead us," Morris proclaimed. "He's going out there and it's going to help him."

The sad truth in the matter is that unless the Buccaneers can find a way to run the football, unless they can find a way to not fall behind early in their games, it won't matter who starts at quarterback.

But now the Freeman era begins.

Morris and Dominik have staked the franchise future and their own as well on the arm and ability of Freeman.

That's a lot of faith.

October 21, 2009 6:22 PM

Buccaneers Hope To Avoid A UK Massacre


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a tough enough time going from their palatial headquarters building to the friendly confines of Raymond James Stadium just across the street.

This opponent-friendly team is 0-6 with no comfort in sight for Buccaneer fans.

Now this down-on-their-luck Pirates have to jump on a plane Friday, negotiate the Atlantic Ocean and find their way to storied Wembley Stadium in London. Yes, London as in England, you know, the UK.

The NFL is all its wisdom is giving its European fans at look at these Buccaneers and the mighty New England Patriots. This is supposed to be a home game for the Bucs, but the fact is that there are more Patriot fans in London than Buccaneer faithful. Any Buc fans heading for Wembley might want to take up with lads in the black masks picture here so that their friends won't recognize and laugh at them.

It's gotten that bad for the Bucs.

The 2009 season is beyond the "rebuilding" tag. It has gone to the "We need to demolish the whole damn thing and start from scratch" tag.

The season is already a lost cause for Tampa Bay, the only question that remains for coach Raheem Morris is when we savior-in-waiting Josh Freeman, the No. 1 draft pick, take his turn at the helm of the offense.

Morris cringes when asked.

"This is Josh Johnson's team," he spouts. Johnson, the team's current starter, will be thrown to the wolves once again on Sunday.

But these wolves are even more bloodthirsty than that Carolina pack last week.

The Patriots are fresh off a 59-0 butt-thrashing of the Tennessee Titans.

And that does not bode well for Tampa Bay.

So what's in store for the Buccaneers on Sunday?

They might want to take the age-old British advice:

Keep a stiff upper lip!

October 21, 2009 6:22 PM

Buccaneers Hope To Avoid A UK Massacre


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a tough enough time going from their palatial headquarters building to the friendly confines of Raymond James Stadium just across the street.

This opponent-friendly team is 0-6 with no comfort in sight for Buccaneer fans.

Now this down-on-their-luck Pirates have to jump on a plane Friday, negotiate the Atlantic Ocean and find their way to storied Wembley Stadium in London. Yes, London as in England, you know, the UK.

The NFL is all its wisdom is giving its European fans at look at these Buccaneers and the mighty New England Patriots. This is supposed to be a home game for the Bucs, but the fact is that there are more Patriot fans in London than Buccaneer faithful. Any Buc fans heading for Wembley might want to take up with lads in the black masks picture here so that their friends won't recognize and laugh at them.

It's gotten that bad for the Bucs.

The 2009 season is beyond the "rebuilding" tag. It has gone to the "We need to demolish the whole damn thing and start from scratch" tag.

The season is already a lost cause for Tampa Bay, the only question that remains for coach Raheem Morris is when we savior-in-waiting Josh Freeman, the No. 1 draft pick, take his turn at the helm of the offense.

Morris cringes when asked.

"This is Josh Johnson's team," he spouts. Johnson, the team's current starter, will be thrown to the wolves once again on Sunday.

But these wolves are even more bloodthirsty than that Carolina pack last week.

The Patriots are fresh off a 59-0 butt-thrashing of the Tennessee Titans.

And that does not bode well for Tampa Bay.

So what's in store for the Buccaneers on Sunday?

They might want to take the age-old British advice:

Keep a stiff upper lip!

October 19, 2009 5:53 PM

Raheem Morris = Dick Tracy

You gotta hand it to Raheem Morris, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He's got his eye on the problem, he's got it figured out. He KNOWS why his team is ZERO for six this season.

"We just need to play better," says Morris.

This Raheem Morris is in the wrong profession. He should be a detective. He's a regular Dick Tracy.

No one in the vast recesses of Tampa Bay could have figured that one out.

What a novel idea! Let's just have the Buccaneers play better.

That will solve all of their problems. It's that easy.

Or is it?

Morris has become a broken record at his Monday, post-apocalyptic press conferences.

There were lots of good things happening on Sunday. "People are growing," Morris says of some of his players. "That's encouraging. So many good things happen."

Nothing good happened to his team during the final 8:33 of the 28-21 loss to Carolina.

This game was there for the Buccaneers to win. There was just one little detail. No one, no one on the defense could stop the Panthers from running the football right down the weary throats of the Buccaneers.

Jonthan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams took turns abusing the helpless Buc defense that saw Carolina put together a 16-play drive that ate up almost the entire 8:33. All that was left for the Bucs once the Panthers scored, were 29 futile seconds.

Not even Dick Tracy could figure out what to do after that.

What Dick Tracy, er, Raheem Morris, needs to figure out next is how NOT to get blown out by the New England Patriots next Sunday in Wembley Stadium over in jolly old England.

"Bill Belichick isn't going to take it easy on us," Morris predicted.

Right on, Dick Tracy.

"He's licking his chops," said Tracy, er, Morris.

Is there no end to the insightfulness of the Buccaneer head coach?

Yes, the Patriots cannot wait. They warmed up by dropping 59 points on Tennessee in the Foxboro snow on Sunday.

Hopefully it won't snow in London.

October 19, 2009 5:53 PM

Raheem Morris = Dick Tracy

You gotta hand it to Raheem Morris, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He's got his eye on the problem, he's got it figured out. He KNOWS why his team is ZERO for six this season.

"We just need to play better," says Morris.

This Raheem Morris is in the wrong profession. He should be a detective. He's a regular Dick Tracy.

No one in the vast recesses of Tampa Bay could have figured that one out.

What a novel idea! Let's just have the Buccaneers play better.

That will solve all of their problems. It's that easy.

Or is it?

Morris has become a broken record at his Monday, post-apocalyptic press conferences.

There were lots of good things happening on Sunday. "People are growing," Morris says of some of his players. "That's encouraging. So many good things happen."

Nothing good happened to his team during the final 8:33 of the 28-21 loss to Carolina.

This game was there for the Buccaneers to win. There was just one little detail. No one, no one on the defense could stop the Panthers from running the football right down the weary throats of the Buccaneers.

Jonthan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams took turns abusing the helpless Buc defense that saw Carolina put together a 16-play drive that ate up almost the entire 8:33. All that was left for the Bucs once the Panthers scored, were 29 futile seconds.

Not even Dick Tracy could figure out what to do after that.

What Dick Tracy, er, Raheem Morris, needs to figure out next is how NOT to get blown out by the New England Patriots next Sunday in Wembley Stadium over in jolly old England.

"Bill Belichick isn't going to take it easy on us," Morris predicted.

Right on, Dick Tracy.

"He's licking his chops," said Tracy, er, Morris.

Is there no end to the insightfulness of the Buccaneer head coach?

Yes, the Patriots cannot wait. They warmed up by dropping 59 points on Tennessee in the Foxboro snow on Sunday.

Hopefully it won't snow in London.

October 14, 2009 6:06 PM

Buccaneers Get Best Shot For A Win

There's no other way to put it.

Fact is, these Tampa Bay Buccaneers of Raheem Morris are playing like dogs. And perhaps that's an insult to dogs.

After getting wiped out at Philadelphia, the lads from Tampa Bay are home again and they're home with just an ounce of hope.

Hope is arriving Sunday in the form of the 1-3 Carolina Panthers. This MAY be the Bucs best shot at winning, not this week, this year.

Carolina has been no ball of fire and the Panthers have been stinky most of the season and a lot of that odor comes from the play of quarterback Jack Delhomme. His performance gives hope to a Buccaneer defensive line that couldn't find a sack at a grocery store.

Perhaps that's a bit cruel and unfair. Jimmy Wilkerson played a great game against Philadelphia, getting three sacks, but it was like he was out there alone. There was no sign of Gaines Adams, as usual. Chris Hovan wasn't much help either.

Which now brings us to the Buccaneer offense.

That's where the challenge lies on Sunday. Josh Johnson continues to run for his life, literally. There is no running game. Cadillac Williams was garaged by the Philly defense.

Only Kellen Winslow bothered to help Johnson out. Winslow finally had a decent game.

Other than that, the question mounts in Tampa: Is there any hope for this team?

There is little hope because there's no leadership in the locker room. "Too many Indians and not enough Chiefs," lamented Morris, who is supposed to be the chief of the chiefs.

Blame on lack of leadership lies squarely on the front-office decision to release Derrick Brooks, the team's decorated leaders of seasons past.

Brooks hasn't said much to date but finally gave his thoughts to Dan Sileo on 620 WDAE:

"It hurts to see this every week," Brooks said of his old team. "It's going to be a character-building year."

And that's the problem thus far. This team has shown very little character and a lot of inexperience.

Carolina comes calling.

This week there's a chance.

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