Despite the nonsense about Tampa Bay still being mathematically alive for clinching the NFC South division title, the 2-9 Buccaneers are guaranteed a losing season due to their 21-13 loss at Chicago. The best Tampa Bay can finish is 7-9, but that would mean the Bucs would have to win their remaining five games of the 2014 season to do so. Considering that Tampa Bay has yet to win back-to-back games this year, that seems very unlikely.
The Bucs have now posted losing seasons in each of the last four years dating back to 2010 when Tampa Bay had a 10-6 record in Raheem Morris’ second year as the team’s head coach. The Bucs were 4-12 in the final year of the Greg Schiano era, and 7-9 the prior. In 2011, which was the last year with Morris as the head coach, Tampa Bay went 4-12.
If the Bucs don’t make the playoffs by failing the hapless NFC South division, it will mark seven straight seasons that Tampa Bay hasn’t qualified for the postseason.
Sunday’s loss to the Bears also means that Lovie Smith joins every other head coach in Buccaneers history – except Jon Gruden – to post a losing record in his first season as head coach. Gruden went 12-4 in his first season in Tampa Bay in leading the Bucs to their first and only Super Bowl appearance and championship.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
Lovie Smith is not a good coach. And we don’t have a good QB on this roster we can win with consistently.
Lovie Smith at least has the resume’ to demonstrate his coaching acumen. But we have never had a legitimate star QB in my 38 years following this team. We have become content simply having mediocrity…..or less behind center.
Going to be hard winning next year too without a good Q.B.. That’s a problem even if we draft one they’ll have to go through rookie growing pains. I would rather watch a rook make the mistakes McClown still does. At least we’d have hope for the future.
To all the Gruden haters… are you missing him yet? I’d much rather take his 9-7 seasons than the typical 4-12 or 6-10 seasons of the past 5 years.
This is nice ice cream boys and uniform still suck
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