The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are winless and have scored one touchdown in the past two games, yet coach Greg Schiano remains confident the team has what it takes to be successful.
Schiano reiterated Monday that Josh Freeman is his starting quarterback and that he also has the ''utmost confidence'' in offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
The Bucs (0-3) have lost eight of nine games dating to last season, when they failed to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.
History says it will be difficult to snap the streak this year. Since the NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978, just five of 161 teams that have started 0-3 have gone on to earn a postseason berth.
That includes the 1982 Bucs, who finished 5-4 in a strike-shortened season. The 1998 Buffalo Bills, who went 10-6 before losing in the wild-card round, were the last team to do it.
''The NFL has a lot of ups and downs, and starting off 0-3 is not one of the downs you want to get caught in,'' defensive tackle Gerald Mc...