The Buccaneers are still seeking their first win of the season a quarter of the way through the season. Rookie head coach Raheem Morris is looking for his first win, and starting out the season 0-4 is a disappointment for him. Morris avoided making excuses, and said the record does indicate the quality of the Bucs.
"Of course it reflects this team," Morris said. "We're 0-4. There's no need to make excuses about it, but that's got to be over with. You are what you are going to do each week. Right now, you are what you are on tape. That's what we are on tape. We have to go make our tape right now for this next quarter."
There are number of statistics that point towards Tampa Bay being win-less. The opposition is averaging 171.8 yards per game on the ground. Plus, the Bucs have struggled greatly after halftime. They have been outscored 26-0 in the third quarter in their four games. Against the Redskins, the Bucs were winning 10-0 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter the Buccaneers were down 16-10.
"Obviously we need to finish stronger," said Morris. "We have to come out of halftime playing better. We have to develop that killer instinct when you are talking about halftime and how you are coming out."
Dating back to the 2008 season, the Bucs have lost eight straight regular season games. A significant amount of the team was part of the ‘08 squad that missed the playoffs due to four straight embarrassing losses. After dropping their first four games of the season, Morris was asked how the returning players avoid losing confidence and expecting to lose given their eight game losing streak.
"If you think about last year you may as well chalk up the next ones as losses as well," Morris said. "I got a coach that has lost 20 in a row, and he is not worried about that. He's worried about winning the next game. That's your confidence. That's your mentality. You don't worry about that stuff at all; you go out and play football games. Eight in a row, who cares, you win your next game you still lost eight in a row. The most important thing is the next one."
Starting running back Carnell ‘Cadillac' Williams said the team is playing far below their expectations for the 2009 season. "No doubt, definitely below my expectations," said Williams. "The people we have in this locker room, and the coaches, we expected more and demand more out of ourselves. We are 0-4. It is terrible."
This season Williams has run for 191 yards averaging 5.0 yards per carry with one touchdown. The fifth-year running back is second on the team in receptions with 12. He has 81 yards receiving and one touchdown. Against the Redskins Williams had 77 yards rushing on 16 carries (4.8 average) with four receptions for 22 yards.
"Everybody has to stay on the same page man," said Williams of how to right the Bucs ship. "We got to keep punching. We have to keep moving forward. We are 0-4. We can't change anything that happened the last four games. We have to get better as a staff, as players, and everybody has to man-up. We have to quit making the foolish mistakes, the penalties and stuff. We have to man-up, be professional, and do our jobs. We'll start winning."
Williams was asked if the team is desperate for a victory.
"We need a win bad," said Williams. "We had our opportunities Sunday. One thing about the NFL, if you don't take advantage of opportunities than you always have missed opportunities, right now we are 0-4, 12 more. To me that is the way we got to look at it. Let's start by winning a game. Once we win a game. I just feel like we can take off, but we have to start by winning a game."