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December 15, 2011 @ 9:05 am
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Oh, No! The Sky Is Falling!

Written by Chidi
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Is the sky falling in Tampa Bay after a 41-14 loss at Jacksonville, which was the team's seventh-straight defeat? Former Buccaneers defensive end Chidi Ahanotu poses that question and provides the answer in his most recent column.

Oh no! The sky is falling!

The Bucs are on a seven-game losing streak, the Bucs lost 41-14 to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars with 41 unanswered points, 12 penalties and seven turnovers!

Oh yes, it is true – the sky surely is falling!

Everyone run for the hills, take cover, hide your women and children, most importantly let’s fire head coach Raheem Morris, fire Greg Olson, the offensive coordinator, get rid of Josh Freeman, and scrap the entire defense and cut them all!

Yes, that will be the answer for all of us Bucs fans and Tampa Bay residents because this is just unacceptable. This horrid display of professional football by these Buccaneers has shown for sure that indeed the bottom has fallen out of this once proud organization. For the Buccaneers to get blown out and lose in this fashion against a Jaguars football team that was absolutely horrible – as revealed in their loss last week on Monday Night Football to the San Diego Chargers – is a sure sign that everybody on this Buccaneers team, coaching staff, and front office must be fired. Let’s start this thing all over again from scratch.

Our 2011, chest-beating, brash, “youngry” Buccaneers players and “youngry” head coach Raheem Morris are just plain beaten up and things have gotten away from them in a major way. What they once proudly touted this year as “youngry” – meaning their young hungry players and coaches – are now more so resembling “yuccaneers” of years past instead of a “youngry” team.

Wait. Stop. Hold up.

Isn’t this the same group that gave us a 10-win season just last year?

Hold up.

Isn’t this the same team that this year beat one of the best teams in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints?


Wait.

Isn’t this the same team that was a play or two away this year from beating who many are saying is the greatest team to ever play in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers? I mean isn’t this the same bunch of guys?

Yes, it is the same bunch of guys, folks. The same guys.

Well, I know we live in a “microwave society” that wants to have everything NOW at the push of a button. At the first sign of any problems, our “throw away” society throws it away and gets a new one.

These same folks will just point you in the direction to take a look at the San Francisco 49ers. They are winning in the first year of new head coach Jim Harbaugh’s first season as head coach. These folks will cry out, “If the Niners can do it then why can’t we?”

Well, what about next year? What happens when these same 49ers are 4-12? Anything is possible, folks. Do they fire their head coach?

So where are we now? If you win one year you get to stay till next year. But if you lose that next year we have to fire you? If we conduct ourselves this way it’s a recipe for disaster and highly unstable.

So what is the answer?

Well folks, here is the answer.

There is no sure answer.

In this modern era of the National Football League anything is possible and there is no sure way to have a winning team that wins every year.

But I contend that if winning every year is what Bucs fans say they want and anything less is unacceptable then I say that is a lie. Bucs fans had a winner that won every year when Tony Dungy was the head coach of this team, but that wasn’t enough and Bucs fans wanted Tony fired.

Then Tampa Bay fans had head coach Jon Gruden, who won almost every year too, but that wasn’t enough and Bucs fans wanted him fired.

So now here we are with Morris who, at this rate, seems to be a head coach who will win every other season, and Bucs fans want him fired, too.

Believe me, I know how it feels to be on a losing team and to be an absolutely horrible team. When I was on the Tampa Bay “Yuccaneers” in the early 1990s, we were the laughing stock of the NFL. I have been on teams when after all the chest-pounding and proclamations of prowess of the offseason and early season die out, all you can do is look around the locker room and admit that you just are not a very good team and don’t have very good players. I know exactly how horrible of feeling that is and how much it hurts.

But the cry to fire everybody every time losing comes around is not the answer at all. I think we can admit to ourselves that this is true. After we fired Dungy, fired Gruden, and fire Morris in the near future, the desired outcome of winning every year with a new head coach has just not occurred. Firing people is not the answer.

These Bucs are not losing seven games in a row because they are not a talented team and they have bad coaches.

No. The Bucs are losing because … losing in the NFL happens.

Get used to it.

The sky is NOT falling.

Next year the Bucs will win. I promise.

And if for some reason they don’t win next year, then I promise we will win the year after that.

And if the Bucs don’t do that … then fire them all!

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    I believe it is the total lack of discipline by the players and coaches that is calling for Rah's head. We are a joke of a team because of no fundamentals, no discipline, and no veteran leadership. Rah needs to be a Head coach or D coordinator. He cant do both positions that he has NO experience at. And he cant be every ones buddy. He makes excuses for every game and treats players differently. DB's will get away with murder and get contract extensions and no punishment and then a guy who is giving everything he has and battling through the most excruciating pain makes a bad play and is kicked out and sent home. How many personal fouls has Talib made and NEVER once was sent home or even sat on the bench? He has lost control of the team and it shows on every play. I truly do think that he will be a good head coach but he needs more experience on how to BE a head coach.
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    Keep em coming Chidi. I like the fact that you have passion in your articles, regardless if I agree or not. At least you shoot from the hip man. Like several comments posted. Does anyone think perhaps that another reason why the "microwave society" is relative is the fact that the fans are paying premium prices to watch an NFL game? I pay for 3 season tickets. I leave disgusted. I have had season tickets for some time. What I am getting at is that if I was to pay over $300 for 3 tickets to a theater I expect to leave feeling I was entertained. If I was to spend over 3K for 4 hours once a week over 5 months well..I expect more to say the least. If I paid a third of that perhaps I am more patient..If it is a "business" like the NFL and the players say it is then D*m* it, why is it not business for the fan?" Show me the money", then "show me a good product" peace out
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    what in the world are you talking about?Last time i checked we only have one super Bowl .Every year really ? Dungy was let go because after so many years of losing the glazers wanted the bucs to get a ring. They got a good coach by the way he was our third choice.Dungy wound up being a great choice but couldn't get us to the bowl .We had the talent sapp, brooks, lynch and the rest of the boys but they where running out of time they started to get old so enter gruden with his fire and did it! Also a good coach but was fired because he didn't want a young team or a young quaterback so seeing the bucs needed to get youger they cut ties with him that was a mangement decision.We are yelling about morris because we look downright disgraceful and we deserve more then this .the other two where just a prisoner of the moment.
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    2 things. 1. I for one would like to see Raheem get at least 2 more years. I think 5 years is a fair amount of time to evaluate a coach. 2. Alot of the people who are bashing the team now were negative on the team before we started losing. So why are you acting surprised? Some of my faith has been shaken-in Freeman, in our WR's- and I didn't have much faith in our LB's, but I am a fan of this team, and will continue to be. I am not giving up on these guys.
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    The main point here is, @ the end of the day we are all Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans. All of us have an opinion on what this "ball club" should do, or look like on paper. But like I said it's just our opinions. No matter what we say or do,we have no control nor can we dictate what is going to happen @ the end of the season. Maybe Morris stays,maybe he does'nt, maybe Olson stays, maybe he does'nt, but whatever happens is totally out of our control regardless. All we can do is expect the worst and hope for the best. Some of us on here agree with Chidi's article,some of us don't,and thats fine. But just like Chidi has an opinion, so does everyone else. Thats why its an opinion. Nobody is right or wrong,evryone is entitled to post whatever they want on this site, thats why it was created. I really hope the Glazers make the right choices in the offseason and that our Tampa Bay Buccaneers can once again become a winning playoff contending team!! GO BUCS 2012!!!
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    kingbucc34, well put; that's all we can ask for.
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    Chidi - Every single Bucs fan I know doesnt need a superbowl to be happy. Most rational people realize thats unrealistic measure of success. All we want is to be entertained and for the team to be relevant in the NFL. We have been irrelevant for many of the years after the superbowl and its just gotten old. Its really not much more complicated then that in my opinion. BTW - Thanks for coming on here and interacting with your fans. Go BUCS, hope we right the ship soon!
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    We were relevant last year. All blackouts at home. Not entertaining enough to be 10-6. I think Chidi makes his point quite well....
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    Couple things... Todd Haley took the Chiefs to the playoffs last year and he is no longer coaching them. The NFL is a win-now league. That's to those that think Raheem is getting a raw deal. Now, for me, I don't think he is the problem. Tired of saying it, but you get what you pay for. We have minimal talent and even less depth. The Glazers are looking for a scape-goat, but they should look at themselves. Also, if anyone should leave, I say it should be Dominick. If the, build by solely the draft scheme was his idea, then he deserves to go. And he hasn't shown the best eye for young talent. Either way, here's what will happen next year. Even if Rah is fired or kept, the team will have a new offensive coordinator. Olsen will be the scapegoat for Freeman's horrible play this year. The new OC will not have anymore success with the passing game... first, because we won't be bringing in any veteran help at receiver, and second, Freeman just isn't that good. Our young defense will make strides next year as we will draft an outside LB and corner high in the draft and we might even go get one veteran LB to bring some leadership. Problem is your coach, your offense, your team is only as good as your QB. Belicheck wasn't any good in Cleveland. Shanahan was a failure in Oakland. Belicheck got Brady and Shanahan got Elway and the rest is history. We said it 3 years ago... (Rah said it himself) Freeman will make or break Rah and Dominick. Well, looks like he may have already broken Rah and Dominick could be gone next year.
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    Only slightly offended that your suggesting here that any BUC fan wanting to party ways with the current regime is overly emotional and uninformed about how building a team works. I am not Rah's biggest fan but am not ready to cut bait with him yet. There does need to be some serious adjustment to the current stable of position coaches. QB, linebacker coaches should be gone tomorrow right along with Olsen. Is it to much to ask to have an exciting offense with an explosive playbook for once? Its always interesting to hear a players perspective on things like losing but the one variable they always seem to leave out is that the fairweather fan is the one you should be worried about checking out. I will watch every play of every game like i have done for 15 years without missing a play much like other people on this site. But we are not your problem. Its the "on the fence" fan that has been leaving in droves the past five years because of disconnect between the cost of really being a fan (ie going to games) and the value of that expense determined by entertainment value. The entertainment value of this team is horrible which means less people watch/pay which means bad scheduling the next year, which means less money in Glazers pocket, which means CHANGE. Sorry Chidi but apparently you forgot this is a business (just like Rah every time he suggests that the morale of his fanbase is Grey Matter and irrelevant.) If Raheem gets fired its not because the fan base panicked, it will be because the Buccaneers organization (read - coaches, players, owners) failed to entertain the fanbase for to long and started to drive fans away....
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    Another BS post. Failed to be entertained? What about last year? No games sold out but I thought the Bucs were pretty darn entertaining at 10-6. For those who cry about a cupcake schedule...I already posted about how Chuck Noll made his living by beating sub .500 teams. He won 59 out of 60 against .500 or less teams. He was only 29-26-1 against teams better than .500 but he went 13-4 in the playoffs. This year we haven't had a cupcake schedule and here lately we haven't beat the sub .500 teams but we did manage to beat Atlanta and New Orleans. I personally look for much better football from the Bucs next year. I would like to see a new DC and possibly a new OC but if Morris goes I think it will set the Bucs program back. I know there are a lot of former HS players posting who think we can't get any worse but....yeah...we can.
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    gahtadreem: your another one who really thinks we beat the Saints and tries to use it. WE did not. The offense did not do squat. Barth won that game with his leg. NOT the offense and NOT Freeman!! How many field goals?? Last year was a joke and a lot of us called it. Come from behind wins against garbage teams. Oh how they sang the praises of the "Come Back Kid". (This year it's Tebow).Well His luck ran out. Rather teams got film on him found his weakness and are killing him.Same with our slow receivers. Without barth we would have lost even more games because in 3 years it's the same problems. Can't stop the run. Can't score 7 only 3. I am also tired of hearing Morris got what Dom gave him. Morris ALSO has input on whohe would like and is drafted. Who wanted Freeman? Most teams draft and bring players up gradually. Not draft and throw them in the fire with no experienced leadership help.
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    SCKELLY22, Well thought out.
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    @Scubog, amen to that. Some of you do get my point in these article I write about keeping Raheem and stopping the merry go round of coaches. Whether Raheem is the best coach or the worst coach, it is the fact that firing these coaches is not the answer. But the answer to what problem? We have had Head Coaches that have won, winning records, playoff appearances, and Super Bowl wins but fans wanted to fire each and every one of them. So what is it that Buc fans want??? To win the Super Bowl every year? To get to the Super Bowl every year? To get to the NFC Championship every year? This is not realistic but it seems to be the only remedy that will keep Buc fans happy with their head coach. And herein lies the problem. And quite frankly as a Buccaneer former player of 9 years and a Buc fan myself, it makes me sick to my stomach that Buc fans ran Tony Dungy out and ran Jon Gruden out. Its just plain ungrateful and ignorant to keep calling for the head coaches to be fired after they have given you winning seasons, playoff appearances, NFC Championship appearances and Super Bowl wins. I will say it again...If Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden and yes even Raheem Morris were given 10 years as head coach they would have more winning seasons and playoff appearances than losing seasons. I am a fan of football and I am happy if my team has winning seasons. If they make it to the playoffs that is icing on the cake. And if they make it to Championship games then that is even better. After all the point of it all is to have winning seasons not make it to the Super Bowl every year because that is just plain unrealistic. Buc fans, we used to be laughing stocks of the NFL and had nothing but losing seasons. But now Buc fans simply are not happy if we are not Super Bowl contenders every year. Ridiculous.
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    Chidi - Every single Bucs fan I know doesnt need a superbowl to be happy. Most rational people realize thats unrealistic measure of success. All we want is to be entertained and for the team to be relevant in the NFL. We have been irrelevant for many of the years after the superbowl and its just gotten old. Its really not much more complicated then that in my opinion.
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    PewterReportChidi, do you really believe that the fans ran Dungy, Gruden, and now Morris out? Really. What ran them out was greed on the Owners part? Yeah, they didn't like spending all that money on players that didn't perform that Dungy got and all the wasted NO. 1 draft picks. They had no problem getting Gruden for two No1's and two No. 2's and saving all that money that they spent on getting Gruden.
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    PewterreportChidi, I forgot to tell you that I do enjoy reading your articles and I do respect your opinions even if some of them I don't agree with.
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    Horse, thank you. I am glad you enjoy reading my articles. I know I am a bit controversial and misunderstood at times due to what I write but I was never one to be afraid to voice my strong opinions like some players, coaches and media. Go Bucs.
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    what in the world are you talking about?Last time i checked we only have one super Bowl .Every year really ? Dungy was let go because after so many years of losing the glazers wanted the bucs to get a ring. They got a good coach by the way he was our third choice.Dungy wound up being a great choice but couldn't get us to the bowl .We had the talent sapp, brooks, lynch and the rest of the boys but they where running out of time they started to get old so enter gruden with his fire and did it! Also a good coach but was fired because he didn't want a young team or a young quaterback so seeing the bucs needed to get youger they cut ties with him that was a mangement decision.We are yelling about morris because we look downright disgraceful and we deserve more then this .the other two where just prisoner of the moment.
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    Respectfully disagree. Consistency is everything. Tony D got the Bucs to respectability, but his refusal to bring the offense up to the defenses standard was what did him in. Falling on your sword for Clyde Christensen? Really? Gruden could never re-capture the Oakland/Rich Gannon magic after that first year. Again, consistency. Same with Morris. We'd accept youngry if it was a consistent effort each and every week. If you could look at it and say "They are building towards something." To be commiting the same number of penalties in week 12 that you were in week 1 shows me that it isn't a priority. That no one, other than Brian Price for one half of football has been held accountable once this year, is unacceptable. You mention SF. They have established an identity, and it's one they did with basically the same cast of characters from last year, plus a new head coach. And they are doing it with the same lack of off-season, the same lack of contact practices. But, each and every week, they are competitive. Something we haven't seen in Tampa for quite some time.
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    Acharlot5, I could not agree more. It's a bad year, that happens. Someone was saying that Morris has no experience and I totally disagree, 3 years guys. Who would we put in his place that has more experience? Fans always cry about everything and think they know what's best but honestly we don't and never will. Someone chimed in that they were a high school CB, um, who cares. That doesn't give you any basis for anything. If you don't want to watch this team then don't. Go be a Pats fan or Steelers fan, I'll be right here watching these underdogs go out and play ball. I'll pull my hair out sometimes but that's life. Give me more Morris, at least another year. I think he deserves the nod after such a great season last year where they came out and beat other NFL teams. Screw it if it was an easy schedule. It's still the NFL last time I checked.
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    I could not disagree with Chidi more. Joy and others hit the nail right on the head. Last year we had a very favorable schedule and other teams didn't have much tape on this team because the year before we had the fiasco with what problem??? Hiring an O coordinator that wasn't NFL caliber and hiring a D coordinator that was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. I'd say last year with some good young talent we were under the radar and underestimated often. The rest of the league has now been able to game plan against our coaches that are not quite the NFL norm, they are basically rookie coaches...nearly all of them. There really isn't many true "career" type NFL coaches on this team that have been at it for 10-20 years as an NFL coach. You couple that with the yougest team in the NFL and its a recipe for disaster. Seriously, Bill Belichick would, even with an average NE team, dismantle us on the field week after week if we could play them every week. This whole BUCS team the last 3 years is nothing more than a cost cutting maneuver. The only good thing is we've picked up some good young players along the way. Then you hear players like Winslow say getting rid of Rah would ruin the BUCS.....I've played on teams where players liked the coach and when he got fired it seemed like it would just be the end of the world and the players can't imagine going on without that coach. That sounds to me like they are losing a friend and it would tear them up inside. Thats the problem, as we all know and it has even been highlighted by the national media. When the national media makes a video about it and this is the little market BUCS we're talking about, then you know its a real problem, not just speculation or rumor. Its now time for this ownership to go to plan B of rebuilding and build a real team. The pieces are there in place for a solid nucleus. We will have a decent draft position again this year. All they need to do is find a good coach, add some Quality Younger Free Agents, and move on. The Gruden payback is all but done. They cannot afford to lose anymore season tix holders or fan support. I don't see how Raheem can last another year here. If he does it will be more of the same from this year and then where are we left at. These young players psyche will be all but ruined and the stands will look like Jacksonville. I can't stomach the thought of it. If the ownership listens to its core fan base they should let the guy go.
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    Great Article Chidi.
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    Wait. This 10 win team played one of the weakest schedules in the league last year. People need to stop bringing up the 10 win season because we played cupcakes for the most of the season, and our one solid win was against Green Bay. That was in the past and when the Bucs got a tougher schedule look what happened. Wait. This team does not have a competent Offensive Coordinator, since the Bucs lead the NFL in total minutes playing from behind. Hold up. Raheem Morris is also the Defensive Coordinator to one of the worst ranked teams in the league. Also consider that fact that the Bucs got BLOWN OUT BY CAROLINA AND JACKSONVILLE IN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS...meaning apparently we don't belong on the same field as them. Losing does happen in the NFL, but not this bad, by this much, this often. The players do not respond to Raheem because he tries to be their friend first and a coach second. IF and only IF Raheem stays on board, we need new coordinators plain and simple. The fact that he should have been fired on Monday but wasnt simply because no one on staff was a suitable interim head coach says enough right there. The players claim the Bucs would be "ruined" if he left, but what do you consider 4-9? Stop talking and start backing it up.
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    Raheem is not the answer for the bucs! He got thrown into this job and was not ready for it. He was never a head coach before. We need someone with experience to coach with a winning track record. I love these people who always feel sorry for the coaches thats the job win or get fired.If any body did as bad at their job as raheem is this year he would be fired on the spot. By the way in that greenbay game we lost because of that second onside kick. Give rodgers a short field? good coaching raheem. I spend alot of money on merchandise and to watch them. This is just embarrassing .you have fire him show us this kind of effort from our team wont be tolerated this is a new bucs era lets not make it like the old days where losing is acceptable especially the way we are losing. that does not come from good coaching.Raheem has one year left on his contract normally i would say let him finish it out because last year was a good year and this year not so much so lets see next year but i can't stress this enough it's the way we are losing Raheem most go.
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    kobebucs, I agree. I wanted to believe that despite zero experience at any type of leadership role that Raheem was special and would make a difference.
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    Chidi: Love your articles. I was going through my collection of Bucs stuff that I had boxed up in storage and came across a Chidi poster my daughter had you sign for me. Thanks. You've really got the masses fired up with your attempt to point out that being quick to fire the coach isn't always the remedy. It's not so much the won-loss record as it is the bewildered look on the faces of the players as if to say, "Help me Mr Wizard!" But what to do? We fans in Tampa Bay have rarely been happy with our head coaches for long. John McKay was an icon but had no chance with the way expansion teams could acquire players. Then when he did win it was because we played in the weak NFC Central. Nope! Leman "Lemon" Bennett had some success in Atlanta, surely he would be the country boy who could compete with Spurrier and Banditball. Nope!Then Culverhouse's Vince Lombardi, Ray Perkins would be the strong disciplinarian the team needed. Nope! The players loved Richard Williamson but he was lost as a HC. Nope! "Wacky" Sam Wyche actually pointed the team in the right direction at 5 dash 2 but ended 7 dash 9. Nope! Tony who? He can't get past the Eagles. Nope! Jiminy f-ing Christmas, Jon "Chucky" Gruden. He won with Dungy's team. Nope! And now we have Raheem Morris. The fans say the cheep Glazers hired him because he does two jobs for the price of one. From penthouse in 2010 to the outhouse in 2011. Nope! So who do the Glazers hire? Cower? Nope! Fisher? Nope! If fans want to fire someone, you'd better be prepared to hire a replacement who is a sure thing. Anyone know one? We're like the guy who has been married and divorced seven times and finally ponders the question, "is it me?"
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    Raheem Morris will be on the Pittsburgh Steeler staff within two years.
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    what the *censored* does the economy have to do with raheems job? this article speaks the truth.. These guys are just having a bad year. Period. Lets fire Raheem and start all over that sure will fix things. I hate the Bucs fanbase on this site.. are there any fans who know anything about football? have any of you guys played the game to know about all that goes on? Doubtful.. keep raheem give him some vets and a defensive coordinator and new offensive coordinator we will see a better team next year.
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    acharlot5 i played corner back when i was in highschool.and i agree we need a oc ,but i also dont think raheem is going to get booted in the *censored* therefor there wont be a new dc i think morris will keep calling the plays maybe they will draft a corner or linebacker in the first round but some players wont be back next year.
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    This article is a sophomoric attempt at a Buccaneer apologetic. Sorry, it is what it is. The owners have not funded the team either with players or coaches. This organization is a mess. Last year was a mirage as the Bucs only beat one team with a winning record. This year is reality. The owners will see attendance decline steeply next season unless there is an infusion of competent players and coaches. Sorry, Mr Ahanotu, but I fundamentally disagree with your conclusions.
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    Here is the bottom line. The Bucs' Front Office and Coaching was convinced that the sophomore players would continue to grow, the draft would add impact players and we only needed ONE free agent to add to this team. This theory failed big-time. The Youngry players flounder around lost. It takes two to three years for a drafted player to develop into the NFL style of play. So, where do we go from here? New Coaches and co-ordinators. New GM. Utilize the draft, FA and trades to upgrade 6-8 positions to continue rebuilding this team. The braintrusts at the Bucs were convinced we had all we needed and we see the results. So, bring in new leaders to take the reins, build discipline and toughness and add the bodies needed to improve.
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    Please Chidi if you're going to write articles please don't write anything like this again..seriously this is garbage!If the Bucs was loosing by 7 or 10pts maybe I can accept this crap you wrote but they're being blown out.The Buc's right now is the second worst team in the NFL and you have to remember they barely beat the worst tem in the NFL. I say if you fire Morris than you have to fire the GM..matter of fact they should clean house if you fire the head coach.
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    dexfields22, I am right with you. I really thought when we were 4-2 that even if we finished the season 7-9 I would hold back from saying to get rid of GM down, but now i think it is the best thing to do. This young experience for whatever reason is not working and not getting better.
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    I agree with Chidi. Like I said before winning cures everything. However I must admit I'm starting to get sick of this whole keep or fire Morris subject matter. I long for the days where we focused on how to attack the opposing team instead of attacking ourselves. You know, this is how K2 matches up against their LB's and safeties, do the Cowboys play more man or zone, how our CB's match up on their WR's, etc. We would just rather bash or build up our own team every week. It's not just Bucs fans either. Everybody hates their team except the Packers and Broncos fans. I asked our security guy who is a Bengals fan the other day what he thinks of his team and he just kept going on about how bad their O-line is and how Palmer is screwing up one of the draft picks they got for him. We almost didn't even have a season this year and the play on the field seems to have suffered because of it but nothing is good enough for anybody. I'm glad the game is 1 day early this week. If we win we'll be able to start talking about something else 1 day sooner.
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    Pinkstop, I for one don't hate our team or the coach. I love the Bucs and I have nothing negative to say about Coach Morris as a person. I really like Raheem Morris and I believe in a few years from now he will probably be a good coach. The problem is "a few Years" is what I am concerned about. I'm not reading that most of the "change the coach" has anything to do with hate. Just my opinion.
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    Chidi, I appreciate your honesty based on being a past NFL player; but that was when the economy was doing good. Much has changed since you have played in that environment. People don't like to see "greed right in their faces from the Owners", hear excuses from bargin basement coaches, and players defending the coach when some are overpaid & under-performing. Lets look at some stats here Chidi. We lead the league in points being scored against us versus points that we score; that's plain awful. The Bucs are not as young as you so claim if looking at starting players only; we're just about like evey body else. Josh Freeman is at the very bottom tier of quarterback efficiency ratings; he wasn't that way last year. Chidi do your homework before spouting. It's the HC/DC/OC that is the problem this year. The coaching is not creative enough. Creative in the real world Chadi is adapt, adjust, improvise; not go into the locker room at half time and do nothing different when you go back out. I enjoy your Articles though; I just don't take them that seriously.
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    Wow. What a bad article. So you'd give Raheem two more seasons of this before firing him? Wow. Here's my problem with Raheem: There's been no improvement in 3 years in these areas: - Slow starts - Defense (has gotten worse) - Penalties/Discipline (has gotten worse) Where's the adjustments? Why am I to believe another year will be different?
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    snookAU, No improvement in 3 years. each of the areas you stated literally have nothing to do with a coach lol. Players play or they dont. Do we need to tell tom brady to not make penalties? no he knows and does.
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    OK Just fire the defensive coordinator and keep the head coach.
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    This is another thing to consider when it comes to 'only beating teams with a losing record' "Above all, Noll put an emphasis on winning against teams that finished under .500. During an eight-year span beginning in 1972, they won an incredible 59 of 60 games against the so-called weaker teams. His record at the same time against teams finishing above .500 was an undistinguished 29-26-1. In post-season play, however, his Steelers were 13-4 during that period." Kind of puts a different perspective on things doesn't it? Every win should be celebrated no matter whom it is against. We will be winning again soon.
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    So glad somebody gets it and is not an emotional 12yr old who gets upset every time the team loses. Does the team look good. Hell no!!! Is firing the staff the right action? No unless you want to start with the team development all over. this guy and staff alomst produced a coach of the year last yr. Did he suddenly forget how to coach? No. This is the toughest schedule in bucs history!! They have the youngest team in the NFL, with key players in key psotions compare to other young teams, who have a greater influx of veterans in key positions and younger players on the bench. We actually might statistically get younger next yr.We suffered from having no OTA's more than any other team. No veterans for guidance, thanks to ur gm. Lacking talent on defesne outside of the d-line. No elite talent for the entire team. A young coaching staff was going to suffer. Sure it was more than expected, but the only pissed off fans are the ridiculously unrealisitic fans of the team who thought we were going to the playoffs. they overachieved last yr and had alot of breaks go there way. This team is built for 2013, not 2011. Bellicheat may have squeaked out an extra win or so with this team, but that still aint no good. Guys, grow up and relax. Its ultimately on the glazers to allow Dom to do what he tried in yr one and bring in a few big name free agents, to offset the youth. anyone who plays in sports know young players are inconsistent. relax internet thugs lol
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    Oh No - we suck again !
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    It's easy to make comments like 'what a load of crap' but what evidence do you give to suggest that young teams don't struggle mightily for several seasons until players mature and the system falls into place? What would make you think the Bucs were immune from that? It has nothing to do with 'the way we are losing'. Losing is losing. Some of you guys are the same ones who had problems with 'the way we were winning' when we were only beating teams with losing records. I mean c'mon! We're not always going to turn the ball over 7 times. That was just inexplicable. We started off great and then it was like lady luck #.itch slapped us. Score wise they stomped us but stat wise it wasn't nearly as horrible defensively as the score appears. We held Jones Drew in check. All I'm saying is don't throw out the baby with the bath water. When Noll started winning he won his division for 8 yrs straight and 4 of those eight years he won the super bowl. After that....3 division wins in 12 years and no super bowls and as a matter of fact only 7 of those 12 years did he finish above .500 for the season. Goes to show you that talent has a lot more to do with it than coaching. Give this team and this coach another year. I believe it will pay off.
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    Raheem...shouldnt you be getting ready for practice rather than posting on this site?
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    This article is just absurd. This is not some knee jerk reaction from fans. This is a coaching staff that is putting up one of the worst seasons in Tampa Bay history. And that is seriously saying something given this team's history. This staff already has a horrific 3-13 season under its belt, and is on pace to come close to that this year. Last season was a complete mirage - we barely beat some horrible teams. That was a 6-10 performing team at best. Sure we have knocked off a few division teams due to our enormous familiarity with them - it happens every season - but this team is going BACKWARDS like a bullet train. And what did we expect? The Glazers hired a coach who not only had ZERO head coaching experience, he had ZERO coordinator experience. And then they asked him to do BOTH with the youngest team in NFL. Talk about being over your head. I know Coach Rah is a good guy. And I know the players like him. But that is NOT how coaches should be judged. It should be based on performance, progress, improvement, development, and ultimately wins. And Raheem Morris and his staff fall short - WAY SHORT - in every category. Fans paying for tickets deserve a much more talented and experienced head coach and staff. I have had season tickets since 1976 - and been as loyal as they come. If they do not replace this coaching staff I am giving up my season tickets. It would just be a slap in my face.
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    Traew01, I think if you dig a little deeper, you will find that its not the coaches who let you down. What do u expect from a bunch of kids? Who said you only have to have a bunch of kids? Ur GM. Ur GM sid that bc ur owners say so. Can't make lemonade without lemons.
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    What a load of crap.
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    i was a supporter of Morris until this past week. 41 unanswered points for the Jaguars? who are suppose to be a worse team? Unacceptable and someone has got to take the bullet for that. at the very least we need new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Morris as shone that he cannot handle the responsibilities of being both a head coach and a coordinator, he needs to hand it off to someone with talent and skill for play calling....and for goodness sake someone with a strong hand. there is to much of a "buddy" vibe between Morris and his players. Get a rough D guy to call the plays and piss off clayborn then set them loose on opposing offenses. I've loved the buccs since i was a kid and this is the first year i've been EMBARRASSED to admit that. they continually look shameful on the field. ever press conference is just Morris/Freeman blaming it on "execution"... however its been 14 weeks and you still cant figure out how to "execute"?...more of "excuse". and to my buccaneers? BE MEN. there are 3 more games left. Hold every bit of anger, dissapointment, and negativity and throw it HARD on your last three games....if you care about morris that is.
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    Supernovachaser610, I know ur upset....here is an example : If you tell ur staff to execute better and they don't, but you cant fire them bc no one is better to replace them with, is it your fault? No you have no talent. Do you think he wanted to start geno Hayes at lb? lol Dont u think he wants a better safety than Sean Jones? Dont you think he wish Grimm was a great backup giving depth, instead of missing his play? I know some players personally and i can assure you, Rah gets on their *censored*!! Alot!!! They play for him, but a head coach can only teach u sop much. there is a thing called locker romm maturity and this team has none. Can't make free play better. this team will go as he is, and Free is not going. Rah I believe, has gotten on them so much that it is fallnig on deaf ears. they cant do better bc they arent ready to play the roles they have been forced too. No depth, no real practice or OTA, no elite talent. I agree this last game was hard to watch, but do u really think a new coach would have changed how young players play, given all the crazy circumstances going on with this team?
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    Nice article Chidi. I agree....
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    So I'm NOT the only one!! Preach it, Chidi!! One more year, I say.
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    I couldn't disagree more with Chidi. It's not the losses that have most of us fans bothered. It's the way we've been losing. Showing no signs of life whatsoever, nobody steps up on offense, nobody steps up on defense. Getting blown out over and over again to teams that have yet to win at 5 games. Getting completely outmatched (players and coaches) every week. Olson might have a good playcalling game once every two months, other than that it's garbage. Raheem can't get his players to play well enough to keep his job. They say they're playing for him right now. Well, it looks like they don't want to keep their coach very much. The fans deserve more than the crap that's on the field right now. I've been a die hard since I was a kid and this is the worst Buccaneer team I've ever seen. Nobody can stop the run, or the pass, and we can't get past our own 40 on offense. If we do get past the 40 though, don't worry, either we'll turn it over or Barth will knock it through for 3. They're allergic to the endzone. And Chidi, please don't be misleading in your argument. At this rate, Morris doesn't seem like a coach to win every other season. At this rate, Morris will lose 2 out of every 3 years he's here.
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    TSKAD72, I think u answered ur own question. no player is stepping up. bc they dont know how to. they have no example of how. It is a very emotionally weak and young team, in desperate need of direction. However, all team direction can not come from ur head coach. some has to come from inside the locker room. We got spoiled by Brooks. that is not the norm. Showing no sign of life is on each indidvidual person, not a coach who barks plays and creates gameplans. At a certain point it is about inner motivation and determination. that, and a lack of talent play a big part. olsen does baffle me sometimes though with playcalls lol, but the plays are there to be made more often then not. its on the players. the redzone is one the qb. Its on the owners. the fans do deserve more, but not from a guy who is coaching and coordinating for peanuts lol..we all just want to blame someone and make a quick fix. Firing this man wont change that....by the way, no coach would want to come to Tampa with owners like ours
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    Now THAT was a sane, well thought out article. I've said this over and over and over until I've got sore fingers. My favorite example is Chuck Noll who has losing records his first three years 1-13 5-9 6-8 but then began to dominate and Pittsburg was (surprise) building through the draft. It takes time and I'll bet money that for three years fans were calling for Noll to be fired and to bring in a new coach who could win! Well, how would that have worked out for them??? Give this thing time people. All the pieces aren't in place. I'm not saying Morris is another Chuck Noll but I'm not saying he isn't either because it's just too early to tell. Chuck Noll didn't do it all on his own. The right coordinators had to be there and that Hall of Fame talent that they drafted had to mature too. That doesn't happen over night. I know the Bucs will start winning. I believe we have talent but we just need some more pieces and I believe we could use a new OC and DC.
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    Chuck Noll improved each year of his first three years, the same cannot be said for Morris...
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    Morris' hand picked staff tells you all you need to know about him. Bye Bye Rah.
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    Moose, Staff outside of linebackers and running back coach are solid, with lots of experience and would garner coordinator positions at the pro and college level. Go look at their work history. These guys all have a history of poducing results. What are you talking about? Players are part of it too. Cant coach team without talent to be talented on the NFL level. we have a lot of castoffs and young ppl..
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    phan, where's our qb coach? what's he doing? why is our offense holding and generating pass interference calls? Where's the teaching? why is the defense getting gashed? why is the middle linebacker missing so many calls? why does the defense miss tackles? COACHING...... Who is generally responsible for the coaching staff? the HC Bye Raheem
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    dictate2u, The only yr he did not improve was a yr where his staff didn't have ota's, and brought in only one free agent, while having the harder schedule in bucs history. What u said is true, but idk if u can take this year as a true assessment of this staff, when the staff and the players have had to make this up on the go. You need at least another yr. If they bring in a defensive coordinator, who can help take some off of rah's plate, so he can oversee both sides of the team more, it might be beneficial. this guy could technically serve as an interim coach, should rah falter next yr.
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    the nfl is all about $$$$$ .... it's entertainment (as ronde pointed out earlier this year).....and the product (owners and players) is productivity related and acountable for results...it' has been and will be my favorite pastime and i've accepted at this level there is more than just the "guise" of a simple game of x and o's...jimho
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    And while Chidi and others continue to collect a paycheck regardless of who the coach is, we fans continue to absorb the losses and lack of consistency on the field. I cannot fathom why someone who is supposed to know football cannot see the dysfunction of the entire team. Unless their opinions are directly tied to their compensation. Shame you have to tow the company line and cannot say the the Emperor's new clothes are imaginary.
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    40: how can there be an official way to spell youngry ? Seems correct w/ or w/out the 'o' even if some sportswriter spelled it differently the first time. Chidi, Bucs fired Dungy & won the SB w/ Gruden, just sayin'.
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    Photo of Raheem wearing his "yungry" phrase on a hat.
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    Chidi, thanks for being the voice of reason. Go Bucs!
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    Chidi, it's "yungry", there is no "o". And no it's not the same team, we had a competent 3rd down back, we had a mlb who didn't miss calls (not plays, calls). we didn't have Jackson, we had Lee, Hardman, and others putting together a makeshift o-line. Price was hurt. Supposedly we are better by having the starting o-line, Foster was supposed to be an improvement, Price and Jackson being back were supposed to be big helps. So far the only bright spots are Bowers, Clayborn and Price, who weren't here, or didn't play much last year. So, no, it's not the same team. But fans are fickle, they want to win every year. Myself included.
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    "Youngry" works for me.
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    not sure i agree on all points, but I LOVE IT, CHIDI!
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