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September 4, 2009 4:33 PM

Buccaneers Face Fallout And Texans

The Buccaneers' final preseason game against Houston has become a major after-thought. Why, with those goings-on at One Buccaneer Place, no one is paying much attention to this final practice game when the focus is on the activities behind closed doors at One Buccaneer Place.

The vision comes to mind of Vince Lombardi from the old NFL Films, looking out at his team and screaming:

"What the hell's going on out there?"

You might think the same with your Buccaneers.

In the wake of the firing of offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, coach Raheem Morris and General Manager Mark Dominik find themselves in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Most telling of all observations came from former NFL GM, Mike Lombardi, in his latest entry on the National Football Post.

Lombardi wrote this observation on the latest decision by Morris/Dominik:

"What would worry me most if I were a Bucs fan is that word going around was that while players and coaches were not happy with Jagodzinski, Morris, in fact, got along with him -- but felt he needed to make the change to make peace with everyone -- that doesn't sound like the work of a leader but rather work of a committee."

Ouch!

If that were indeed true, well, it will be a most interesting season for Tampa Bay.

Certainly no one is talking about the Texans and the fact that Josh Freeman will start and fourth quarterback Josh Johnson will play a lot, the talk is still about what's going on behind the scenes with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Morris' next major decision will be to select 53 players for his final roster by 6 p.m. Saturday.

With all the storms swirling around him, that should be a fairly easy task.

Stay tuned.

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