Found December 16, 2011 on
This Given Sunday:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
St. Louis Rams
For a team that looked youngry and ready to take the next step it sure went south in a hurry. Coming off of a 10-6 season where the Buccaneers narrowly missed out on the playoffs they were supposed to battle the Saints and Falcons for supremacy of the NFC South.
After a promising 3-1 start, this team is now is in full-blown crisis mode. Now after seven straight losses they will be watching the playoffs from home again this time around. Their passing game just isn’t what it was last year, and their defense has been equally as bad.
New head coach Raheem Morris was ushered in as Super Bowl winning head coach Jon Gruden was shown the door. As it stands now Raheem Morris has gone from being a darling coach of the media spotlight to being firmly on the hot seat, while Gruden could have his choice of available coaching jobs should he decide to leave the booth.
How did his stock fall so far? Let's take a look at the biggest culprits in the Bucs' collapse.
Quarterback Josh Fr...
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The "Raheem Morris is Gone" stories are flying now, fast and furious, from all directions. Martin Fennelly asks, where is Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik in all this?
Bucs receiver Mike Williams, for the first time in 30 games as a pro, was held without a catch in the Bucs’ 31-15 loss to the Cowboys. He was targeted just once by quarterback Josh Freeman.
Coach Raheem Morris said he still believes in Williams.
“I wouldn’t say we’ve lost confidence in him,” Morris said. “But last night was obviously a tough night for him.”
A long time ago, members of the media couldn't wait to anoint Raheem Morris as the next great NFL coach. Now, he's fighting for his career, and his supporters have vanished. So much for becoming the next Bill Belichick. Morris reflects on childhood memories of the Cowboys as his career is on the brink.
Two prominent announcers working Saturday night's game disagreed on whether the NFL lockout hurt the Buccaneers more than other teams, but Steve Mariucci and Randy Cross said coach Raheem Morris should be retained.
PERMISSIVE RAHEEM: Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports (isn’t it about time to drop the exclamation point? No one has cared about them for so long that it’s almost self-mocking now) did a piece on how the Bucs are “out of control” and that Raheem Morris‘s permissive attitude could cost him his job. And when you talk about being overly-permissive, you have to mention Aqib Talib...
It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for this week’s game. Get it right, and you'll be able to afford everything on your Christmas wish list: the Brookstone taco warmer, the velvet duvet cover, the monkey that downloads music from MegaUpload for you, the HD digital aquarium, the custom gumball machine, EVERYTHING. Here we go:
Peter King: Cowboys...
It being Christmas time, maybe Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, having given a vote of confidence to his own head coach, Jason Garrett, could have given Raheem Morris one, too.
Quarterback Josh Freeman and the Bucs quicksand offense had very little chance of moving the ball against the Cowboys Saturday night.
After Freeman ran 25 yards for a first down on the opening series before fumbling the next play, Tampa Bay went three-and-out four straight times and trailed 28-0 in the first half.
The Bucs offensive line arguably played its worst game of the...
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