Come on Buccaneers fans, give the guy a break! Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that the grass is greener on the other side. Part of the reason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are even in this position is because the team was getting older and the new Front Office wanted to go younger. When you release a certain first ballot Hall of Famer on defense, and 3 other starters around the team, you have to replace them with someone. Those replacements haven't been stellar, but some of them certainly have done a good job in their new shoes. Monte Kiffin, the architect of not only THIS team's defense, but arguably the Tampa Two that many teams run, is now gone. Some of the hardship has come at the Buccaneer's own hand. Hiring and firing both offensive and defensive coordinators wasn't the best publicity stunt. Especially considering that both respective coaches schemes didn't match the personnel and the team made little effort to go out and find the proper replacements for the new scheme. The team didn't go out and spend a lot of money on big free agents, but they attempted to. They tried for DT Albert Haynesworth, they made numerous trade attempts for Jay Cutler. How are those fellas doing on their new teams? They brought in Kellen Winslow, who is nearing season best numbers for a Buc's tight end and although Derrick Ward hasn't had the immediate impact that Michael Turner did in Atlanta a few years ago, he is going through the same struggles that the other backs are with their offensive lineman's new schemes. Don't even get me started on those poor guys! The zone blocking was a bad idea and the loss of Aron Sears has been obvious.
Now explain to me what the benefit of starting all over again next year would be? ANOTHER new head coach? ANOTHER new offensive coordinator? ANOTHER new defensive coordinator? ANOTHER new playbook? More schemes? Less consistency? Give the guy a break. Look at what a little success has done to us. We win ONE LITTLE Super Bowl and all of a sudden we should be America's Team East. We are not the Dallas Cowboys. We don't have the rich history of the San Francisco 49ers. Our head coach did not inherit Bill Cowher's Steelers or Tony Dungy's Peyton Manning Colts...oops, I mean Indianapolis Colts. He got an aging team. With second year and third year guys in waiting. We didn't expect much from the start of the season, nor did we expect so little, but who else thought that Sean Payton would have the New Orlean Ain'ts undefeated with a few weeks remaining? Who knew that Matt Bryant would have been so valuable this year? Who expected that the New England Patriots WITH Tom Brady, would have so many losses this year? This league can change in a heartbeat.
As my rose glasses have seen all year, there are positives to be taken out of this season. Freeman is the best physically gifted QB we've had since Doug Williams. Antonio Bryant and Kellen Winslow are the best 1-2 combo we've had catching passes since the Super Bowl run. Caddy is back, Aqib Talib is a shutdown corner, Tanard Jackson is (currently) drug free and a splash player. Raheem Morris is a pretty damn good defensive coordinator and he holds himself as accountable as he does any of his players. The Bucs will have an early draft pick next year and an extra draft pick in the second round because of the Failed Gaines Adams Experiment. How's he doing in Chi town?
Give Raheem a break. Give him and his team some time. We as football fans need to stop acting like the baseball Yankees fans. Our team doesn't have the deep pockets. We don't have the rich history. And we don't currently have the experience to be serious contenders. Give these guys some time, then if we don't see improvement, I'll be in line with the rest of you for Rah's beheading.