What happens if the Buccaneers go 1-15 this year?
After a 27-17 defeat at the hands of the 3-6 Atlanta Falcons, that’s becoming the most frequently asked question in the minds of Bucs fans and Bucs beat writers.
With Tampa Bay starting the 2014 season 1-8, a quick glance at the schedule suggests going 1-15 is a possibility – perhaps even a probability for a team that continues to do stupid things to beat itself on Sundays. Dumb penalties, mental lapses, physical breakdowns on the offensive line, no pass rush, soft coverage in the secondary, bad play-calling and constantly losing the turnover battle have haunted this team in nearly every game this season.
The troubling thing is that this Buccaneers team is performing worse than it did a year ago when Greg Schiano’s team also started out 1-8.
In three out of the first four games of the 2013 season, the Bucs lost to the Jets by a point, to the Saints by two points and to the Cardinals by three points. Tampa Bay was a play or two away in those three games from being 3-1 (with a 23-3 loss at New England in Week 3). Instead, the Bucs were 0-4 and had benched and jettisoned quarterback Josh Freeman and were starting a rookie in Mike Glennon.
After an 11-point loss to Philadelphia, an eight-point defeat at Atlanta and an 18-point loss to Carolina was followed by a heartbreaking, three-point loss in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks, Tampa Bay started the year 0-8 before a narrow, 22-19 victory over Miami on Monday Night Football produced the team’s first win.
At this point a year ago, the Bucs were 1-8 and starting to play a little better football, winning three straight games and claiming victory in four out of five games at one point to post a 4-9 mark. That was before three straight losses to end the season sent the Bucs to 4-12 on the 2013 campaign and ushered in a new regime.
The problem for this new regime is that despite a complete roster overhaul and new offensive and defensive systems, the Buccaneers are worse off and a lot of the free agent additions haven’t panned out. Some have been busts.
After a dreadful 0-6 start, this was supposed to be the sweet spot of the Buccaneers’ schedule with supposedly winnable games against some of the NFL’s lesser teams like Minnesota, Cleveland, Atlanta, Washington and Chicago. But a six-point loss in overtime against the Vikings, a five-point defeat at against the Browns and a 10-point loss to the lowly Falcons represent squandered opportunities and the evidence that the Buccaneers don’t have the talent or the discipline to keep a lead and maybe win a game.
Next up are road games against Washington and Chicago – two 3-6 teams – and it’s tough to forecast a win in either contest for Tampa Bay. A home date against Cincinnati is followed by road trips to Detroit and Carolina where defeat is all but certain unless things change at One Buc Place. Green Bay and New Orleans visit Tampa Bay to end the season, and both of those teams appear to be playoff-bound.
What happens at 1-15? There will be calls for Smith’s firing from an overly frustrated fan base that is starving for a franchise quarterback and divided on whether the Tampa 2 is still even a viable defensive scheme.
A 1-15 record warrants hitting the reset button for most franchises like this one that appear to be heading nowhere fast. Will that happen in Tampa Bay next year if the Bucs don’t win another game this season?
That was the case in Jacksonville two years ago where Mike Mularkey was fired after going 2-14 in his first and only season as the Jaguars’ head coach. Last year, the Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski following only one season after going 4-12.
Mike Pettine took over and the Browns are off to a 6-3 start and atop the AFC North division. Gus Bradley hasn’t proven to be the answer yet in Jacksonville, which was 4-12 last year. With the Jaguars’ 1-9 record in 2014, Bradley is now on the hot seat this year.
After firing Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik following 7-9 and 4-12 seasons, the Bucs rolled out a modified logo and new uniforms and hailed Smith, a proven head coach with Super Bowl experience, and a return of the Tampa 2 defense as the turning of the tide this year in Tampa Bay. With a 1-8 record comprised of a few embarrassing blowout losses, a pair of overtime defeats and sloppy, undisciplined play in almost every game, Smith’s return to Tampa has been a huge disappointment thus far.
Could the Bucs fire Smith after just one season if the team finishes 1-15? The answer is yes if there is another blowout loss down the stretch that is on par with the team’s 56-14 loss at Atlanta and the Bucs’ 48-17 defeat at the hands of Baltimore.
If the Glazers don’t sense that the team is buying into Smith’s or following his lead – and there has been little evidence that is happening – then he could be in jeopardy. Could is the key word. Smith signed a five-year deal worth approximately $25 million, but it is really a four-year deal around $20 million with the team holding a fifth-year option.
The Glazers don’t want to have to pay the remaining $6 million on Schiano’s contract over the next two years in conjunction with paying approximately $15 million to Smith over the next three – plus the millions it would take to hire a new coach. Bucs ownership wants to avoid that at all costs.
Working against Smith and the Buccaneers are the high expectations that came with his arrival this past offseason. Without interviewing another candidate, Smith was deemed to be the chosen one with the proven experience necessary to turn Tampa Bay around. Smith was the focal point in the team’s marketing plans and ticket sales push this offseason. If the Bucs finish 1-15 in 2014, Smith’s presence will have the opposite intended effect and he will probably end up hurting season ticket sales.
Is Smith the next Sam Wyche, who was just a few years removed from a Super Bowl appearance in Cincinnati when he became the Bucs’ coach in 1992? Smith was supposed to be the second coming of Tony Dungy, who was hired in 1996 and ushered in a winning era in football a year later after 13 years of losing seasons.
Remember that Dungy’s team started 1-7 in 1996, but rallied at the end of the season to finish 6-10. Do you see five more wins down the stretch in Tampa Bay?
Firing Smith could present more challenges than his dismissal might solve. First of all, which coach would want to work for the Glazers? Raheem Morris was fired after three seasons. Schiano was fired after two, and Smith would be fired after one year under the premise that a 1-15 record would lead to yet another head coaching change.
The Glazers, who would be turning the Bucs into the Jaguars, Browns and Raiders – if the team isn’t there already – would be labled as impatient, fickle owners. Franchises that have turnstiles at the head coaching position don’t attract quality candidates and have to settle for unproven coordinators that don’t always pan out. Yet, that was the scenario that faced Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, and his gamble paid off with Pettine.
Should the Glazers decide to make a head-coaching change if this bad year turns worse, who would want to come to Tampa Bay? They might have to trade for Jim Harbaugh (likely against his will) if they were going to have any chance of landing a big-time coach. Who actually wants this job? Take a look at the roster.
Who are the absolute keepers? Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins, Demar Dotson and that may be it. There are other players with promise, but none that are untouchable in 2015.
The Bucs don’t have a franchise quarterback, a dangerous pass-rushing defensive end, a shutdown cornerback, a Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle or a stud middle linebacker. The Tampa Bay head-coaching job is not nearly as attractive as it was years ago.
By now the Glazers realize that the grass isn’t always greener with a regime change. Maybe firing Schiano wasn’t the right thing to do. Maybe one more year would have made the difference.
Perhaps the grass won’t be greener with yet another head coach in 2015. Maybe Smith needs one more offseason with another roster overhaul to get the Bucs’ ship heading in the right direction. Or maybe Smith has become a retread coach and hanging on to him and the Tampa 2 for another season would be a big mistake. If this team finishes 1-15 how would that opinion be wrong?
All of this discussion can be a moot point with some more wins to show us all there are some signs of life at One Buccaneer Place. Smith and the Buccaneers can change the whole narrative – and outlook on 2015 – by simply winning some games down the stretch as Dungy did in 1996. Anything to avoid 1-15.
If you think it’s ugly now at 1-8. Imagine the damage seven more losses this season would do to this franchise.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is absolutely NO excuse for 1-15. But St. Lovie should be fired for anything less than 4-12 IMO. Either way, it won’t happen. He’ll get at least another year. And if he stays I don’t think they’ll be all that much better next year with him at the helm. These are dark times and IMO it’s all on St. Lovie. HE mocked last year’s team and replaced 50% of the roster, HE hand pciked the GM and his coaching staff and HE “leads” this team to 1-8 record while allowing a poorly prepared and coached football team to disappoint week after week. But…..he’ll be back anyway because that’s what we do. We support losers these days.
Ouch, Garv…..but I can’t argue with a single word!
Funny you say he ‘mocked’ last year’s team because I was just saying the same thing a few days ago. He reminded all of us every chance he got that he was taking over a 4-12 ball club…problem is he’s made it worse.
Sad times indeed.
100% agree, salient points.
I don’t think he gets fired. Probably should but that’s a different issue.
What will happen if the Buccaneers go 1-15 is that we’ll draft M. Mariota unless he’s already been taken by another team. I’ve come to the conclusion that in the NFL the GM and QB matter more than the HC (e.g. Denver Broncos). I think there’s Bill Belichik, Chip Kelly and then there’s everyone else as a HC. Guys like that don’t come around often and I don’t think Harbaugh is in their league. I’m not ready to give up on Lovie just yet since he put all his offensive eggs in Tedford’s basket. The Tampa 2 can still work with the right players. Revis made the team better last year, not Schiano. How come you never mention Revis, SR? Last year under Schiano we were ranked 3rd overall in penalties/game. This year we’re ranked 9th in penalties/game. Ironically the top two teams are New England and Denver so maybe we aren’t as undisciplined as McCoy thinks we are. I still say our biggest problem is rooted in a lack of talent (especially at QB).
We get a franchise QB without having to give up any draft picks. And what’s so bad about that? Hold your nose and dream big!!!
Screw Lovie Smith, he bellowed about how the Bucs were a 4-12 team. Like I’ve said from the beginning, hiring Lovie was a mistake, he is a fraud, and the local media should be roasting his rear end for the abysmal team this has become. The Glazers let this p.o.s. coach do whatever he wanted and we are no better, actually we’re worse then when Schiano was coach (This is his team, he’s not still replacing guys, he rebuilt the oline, dline, qb spot, got a new wr and te, added to the secondary and other then Evans and maybe McDonald and Verner, his replacements are a joke). We need a coach that can adapt and scheme to the strength of their players. Do you really think the Glazers can’t afford the salary? Think again, they’re rich. Do you really think no coach would want to come here? Think again. There are only 32 NFL head coach spots, and there are always people who will want that challenge. Maybe this time the Glazers will hire a good coach, not some dinosaur who is set in his ways. Nobody wants to wait 5 years while this clown dismantles the team to put in more of his guys. And for those of you thinking “this team needs a franchise qb” Do you really think this assclown will address the qb spot? HAHAHAHA, he’s all defense with a game managing offense dream. There is no franchise qb coming with Lovie
and no, I’m not saying Schiano should have stayed, I’m saying they should have gotten a good coach, not somebody who leaned on Rivera and Marinelli (not to mention Dungy) to get where he is.
It’s time for this team and more importantly the fanbase to have patience and be realistic. Say we replace Lovie, who do we get? Let me know what respectable coach is going to run to a team with no QB, both lines of scrimmage in desperate need of an upgrade and owners who fire coaches in 3 years or less. I’ll answer it plain and simple, theres ZERO. Allow Lovie the time he needs to get his guys(players) in place, hopefully find a QB this year and BUILD a team instead of thinking we can find a magic coach, with a magic wand that will turn Daquan Bowers back into the player he was at Clemson. We have frankly whiffed in the draft for so many years that its going to take time to fix. The definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over and expecting different results, the problem is not coaching its the players in the uniform. Let the overhaul continue!
Lovie had a chance to get a qb this year didn’t he? Couldn’t he have gotten just about any qb in the draft other then Bortles? He passed on them because he wants a game managing vet, like McCown. Lovie is responsible for both lines, he replaced everyone on the oline except Dotson. He is responsible for MJ and McDonald (McDonald is actually playing well). Lovie made this team worse, its not about what will the next coach do, it’s about how bad Lovie failed this team this year, and why should he get another year? The answer is: his performance is below sub-par. The problem is the coach and his hand chosen puppets like Leslie, who are producing one of the least capable defenses of all time. Their performance should get them fired.
There was no available QB worth drafting over Mike Evans in this draft and the numbers support that. The only thing worth evaluating on offense is that we need a QB, the rest is just a guess bc who knows what the offense would’ve looked like had the man who installed it all summer actually got a chance to call a meaningful play. The defense is not suffering bc of the players he brought in but bc of the players he inherited that didnt fit the scheme. Daquan whose either getting pancaked or suspended, Clayborn who cant stay on the field, Mark Barron and Golston would couldnt cover half the field to save their life, Foster who is too slow to play MLB and the list goes on. Lovie will address the defense this offseason and his track record tells me that side of the ball will be fine. Hell the defense got better miraculously when we got rid of Barron, sometimes you have to get rid of the dead weight before you can build a team. Thats what I see.
I see that he changed 6 of 11 spots. MJ, MCDonald, Jenkins, Verner, Wright, Lansanah. So over half the defense is “his” guys. Not to mention Fletcher who played in Foster’s absence The defense is suffering because of “his” guys. Just like the oline is suffering because of his guys. He brought in EDS, Collins, etc. This team is bad, and his fingerprints are all over it.
Lovie drafted all offensive players last year so I highly doubt he neglects the most important position. And there are MUCH worse things he can do than develop the trenches on both sides of the ball. It will be an interesting summer none the less and I think you’ll get your QB which everyone can agree should be the #1 priority.
Everyone forgets, lovie has a lot of input obviously but licht has the final say on draft day. I love our draft from this past year so far, and I am confident with another year lovie and licht will find us the personnel we need. The division is clearly not as strong as people have thought, it won’t take much to put us over the top. Give it time
I believe that you cannot simply hire and fire your way to victories. Talent and leadership will begin to avoid the Bucs like the plague. Yes Lovie needs to replace some more pieces but in addition what we have must begin to gel. They need more time and more coaching.. Additionally I believe much of our problem may be in the fine tuning stages. I really don’t think ASJ thought his little stunt in the end zone would result in a penalty. May have cost us the game. Fans including myself had high expectations during the off-season, but the reality is this team needs to fix the small stuff, spend more time together, plan for future additions and by all means give Lovie another year or two.
What if giving Lovie another year or two means no franchise qb? What if it simply means drafting dlineman to help generate pass rush with the first two round picks? Do you really want to sit through another year of McCown? I don’t. I want a coach who will scheme to the talents of his squad. I think you back the Brinks truck up to someone like a Bevell and you find a defensive mind that can scheme, like a Marinelli or Ryan. There is no sense wasting any more time on Lovie, he’s not going to change, he needs to go back to the couch.
I can totally understand not wanting to pay three coaches. That would be stupid. And, I think Lovie is redeemable, as long as the owners really put the screws to him to get a quality OC and DC and actually LISTEN to them. This year is a disaster, but I think a few positives can be taken from it: Glennon is NOT the answer; our O-Line is terrible; and we desperately need a pass rusher (a real one). Also, Scott, I usually agree with you on most things, but where in the world has your man-crush on Dotson come from? He has done nothing to deserve to be on that list you made in this article. Last time I checked, he’s part of the worst offensive line in football, has given up his fair share of sacks and TFLs, and has committed the most penalties on our team (5). This hardly seems like the recipe for an “absolute keeper.”
Like was mentioned above, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Keeping one of the most hard headed coaches and expecting the Glazers to get him to relinquish power, draft a qb, better his defense and open up the offense…. Not sure if there is a better example of Insanity
This is not meant to make you feel any better, but to keep you from feeling any worse. A bit of history is in order.
The 1990 New England Patriots went 1-15. The Pats had the worst offense and the second-worst defense in the NFL in 1990. How bad was the Pats offense? The most points they scored in a game was 24, in the first game of the season (a 27-24 loss to the Dolphins at home). In five games, they scored a touchdown or less. Their only win came by two points. Not a single win at home. Sound familiar.
They really didn’t start to win consistently until Bill Belichick arrived in 2000 – his first coaching job since being fired from the Cleveland Browns. And Belichick only managed a 5-11 record in his first season. Since then, you know the story – the Patriots have become one of the most successful teams in NFL history.
The forest in America and the Savannas of Africa flourish when fire cleanses the land. (Since the Bucs have been so bad, been watching a lot of National Geographic. Lol). Sometimes you got to burn the dang thing to the ground and rebuild. Let’s give Lovie and Licht another year to get it right. After all, there is historical precedence for a big turnaround!
Don’t forget, 2000 was when the Pats went out on a limb and got their developmental (wink wink) qb named Tom Brady. So Belichick, while probably not knowing what he had waiting in the wings, also had Drew Bledsoe as his qb. We don’t have the luxury of two very good qbs on the roster, and I have zero faith Lovie has any idea what one is.
MAC, 1990 Kraft was not the owner…He was in 2000…probably had something to do with it.
There were two mistakes the way I see it. First and more important than anything was the poor drafting we had starting with Jon Gruden? Yes it started then and continued. I believe Coach Smith has had a good draft in 2014; good solid players and we have to repeat it again in 2015. Two, Coach Smith made a poor choice to not just tell the fans it was going to be a bad year. I think the Glazers stepped in here in hopes of marketing the team with what they had and got in free agency. I believe Coach Smith had to listen to his bosses and toe the marketing line. I know we need a QB, but we need other things too. This might be the first year we can actually get a good draft pick for trading down to new England, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, New York because all their QB’s are close to the end of their careers. We are going no where without DE’s, LOT, Center, QB. Which one do you want first? Maybe we get it all by trading down in the first round. Go Bucs!
winless for Winston and the tampa 2 is dead there is a whole playbook out there of how to find the dead spots teams expose this defense, lovie sucks whoever said bevel and ryan I would take that over this crap, lovie is way to conservative in todays nfl hell the one game we had tos and time remaining in first half and he was scared, and that there is how he coaches I believe that was game two
this team is up poop creek without a paddle…think,we could have drafted johnny football and at least been able to put him on the field~that would have at least been an entertaining potential car wreck or a season to build on…instead we have what we have had for the last 10 years~an NFL bottom feeder..Think of all the picks that have been missed or never panned out,this team will stay at the bottom for at least another 5 years~mark my words…thanks glazers~my fall weekends are opening up!!
Sure is a lot of hate for Lovie Smith. Perhaps he should change his name to Hatie Smith. I’m not ready to show Coach Smith the exit just yet. It all depends on what I see on the field the remainder of the season and maybe almost as important, what takes place in the locker room. In my view, we at least have to take into account and not underestimate the devastating impact losing Jeff Tedford on the eve of the season had on the team and the psyche of the offense. The impotence on the offensive side limited further any success on the defensive side. In none of Moose’s remarks did I see the name Jason Licht being called to task. I guess many are making the unsubstantiated assumption that Lovie Smith is calling all of the personnel shots. It’s with Jason Licht and his staff who are compiling Pro Player/ Free Agent evaluations who have “dropped the ball” off the field. Mike Evans appears to be a star in the making and ASJ shows potential. But the rest of the Draft has been “Incomplete” at best. The real problem is with the busload of players signed in Free Agency who have been a complete mis-evaluation of talent. It seems the plan was to sign under-used players in hopes that they would shine if given an opportunity. As Keyshawn would say, “they are more flashlight than stars”. Who is responsible? Here, we want to blame the coach. But I say we look to Jason Licht, Shelton Quarles and the rest of the scouting staff. We can’t have a repeat of that this off-season. I’m with Horse (somewhat) in maximizing the draft choices and minimizing free agents. But get the QB first.
scubog, maybe I’m over simplifying this, but since I’m not part of the Buc brass, what I have witnessed is, Lovie comes in, proclaims McCown the starter. Does anybody really think Licht had anything to do with McCown’s evaluation? Lovie was so hopeful that he had his vet game manager that the Bucs focused on acquiring weapons for McCown. Again, if Licht had power, wouldn’t he see that an old vet like McCown needs to be replaced soon? There were several options at qb, Licht and the Bucs grabbed none. Is it because Evans was too good of an option to pass up, sure, that’s possible, and Evans is showing signs of being a good wr. But if qb is the most important spot, why pass up on so many prospects? I have to believe it’s because Lovie said “we are set at qb for a couple years with McCown”. Didn’t reports even come out that they said they hoped McCown would do well enough to earn a 2nd contract. I just have a feeling Licht is Lovie’s yes man, and his responsibility is to sign who Lovie wants to contracts that won’t cripple the team like McKay did back in the late 90s and finally caught up to the Bucs in the early to mid 2000s
Scott, did the Glazer’s tell you they didn’t want to pay three coaches at once? I like you doubt that they would, but I would’nt assume to know what a billionaire might be thinking, or do. That said Lovie stays unless a bigger name like Cower could be hired. The real problem I see with this franchise is ownership. Unless the Glazers sell the team, I think we can expect more of the same. The Glazers are clueless when in comes time to hiring for football.
Scubog. Excuses for millions of dollars a year? Hey, I can give good excuses for Schiano as well. FACT: Bucs were better last year. HORSE is completely correct. You guys think you know talent at the QB position and pinkstob already has Marita a hall of famer. You know our history and more importantly the difficulty in finding the franchise QB. Higher probabilities exist in finding very good OL, DL, LB, CB;s than QB’s. WE SUCK!!! We need players NOT a player that probably won’t be in the NFL in 5 years. I will bet anyone of you $100 every year on the so called franchise QB’s that come out of college that they will be 2nd string or out of the NFL in 5 years. I’ll love to bet any of you. How is the elite Cam, Collin, Matt, Russel doing??? None of them are top 10 QB’s this year. If we go 1-15 Lovie himself should quit. If he has such high moral character as proclaimed, why would he continue? I pay too damn much money to watch a 1-15 team any year. How about this; formulate some program that is weighted on coaches wins, competition (like old BCS) and pay them on that scale. I know this, based on my salary if I was a 1-15 heck a 4-12 guy, I’d be fired the first year.
It would not surprise me if Lovie drafts all defense this year. Although if he took a QB, he might buy himself an extra year.
Scubog; I hear you about Licht. I disagree about Tedford because the biggest issue is we have no Defense. We need a right defensive end badly. We have had 6 games where if there was a pass rush we could have won a minmium of three of those games; 4-5 would have us tied for 1st place in our Division. Next on the agenda has to be a left offensive tackle and then a Center. Just resolving these issues would put us at 8-8. Sad to say, but I am thinking more that we might need two more drafts to be real contenders. Yes Lovie is conservative, but also most coaches are when the talent is not there as they don’t want to get blown out in every game. Just my thoughts.
Horse: We have the last ranked offense. Doesn’t the loss of the OC mean anything? DBuc63: I made no excuse for Lovie Smith. I’m simply bringing in another responsible party to the mix. There’s more than enough blame to go around. Who you bringing in who can guarantee instant success. I’d take any of the QB’s you named over our collection.
Scubog; I’m agreeing with you, but my priority for the loss of the OC is lower than than your priority list; that’s all. We need help in so many places who knows where to star first. First time I have noticed how frustrated you are about the team; not a norm for you. So if we do no trading down and we have the third spot what position to we choose; 2nd rd; 3rd round?
Lovie Smith will NOT be fired after this year….the Glazers do not want that financial burden. Having said that, as I have said many times, Greg Schiano should have been given one more year, however, the Glazers “caved in” to public opinion and the “Sports media” rhetoric!!! Schiano had this franchise almost turned around and needed one more year. Schiano’s strong suit was player evaluation and that is the biggest problem for Lovie Smith, especially free agents. The BUCS are in the same class with Oakland and Jacksonville and that is a sad fact. As a season ticket holder since 1997, How much more support should you give to a franchise that has been dreadful since 2003?
We need at least 6 or 7 more impact players, 2 OL, 2 DL, MLB, Safety, QB which will take 2 drafts unless we can get lucky (or smarter) in FA and/or trade down for multiple picks. Only the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounders are (usually)the players that normally become good starters in the short term, the rest of the players that are drafted are developmental in nature and may only achieve backup and special teams positions in the long run.
I wish the Glazers would sell the team.
Really dummy? Remember someone called Hugh Culverhouse? Since you’re probably just a bandwagon rider I’m guessing the answer is no.
Thanks Scott – good read and started a good discussion. I would add ASJ to the list of untouchables…stupid decisions last week aside, the guy is going to be a top-notch TE in this league. Second, firing Schiano was absolutely the right decision – guy had no business coaching in the NFL…awful, just awful in every respect (I am getting the hebbie jebbies just thinking about his horrible decision after horrible decision)…losses this year are not about Lovie’s in-game decisions or head-games with players…he has rope to run still….let’s hope he doesn’t eventually hang himself.
I’m hoping for 1-15 so we can finally draft a QB that is a starter in the league. However 1-15 isn’t going to happen, we will probably be more like 4-12 or 5-11. The team isn’t that far from being decent, lets look at the games.
Week 1: They drop an INT to seal the game
Week 2: The refs end the game when we’re in FG range
Week 5: They blow a late lead, lose in OT
Week 8: They drop an INT to seal the game, lose in OT on a fumble
Week 9: They blow a late lead
Week 10: They blow a late lead, throw in INT in final mins in endzone.
The team isn’t a disaster, if a few things go right for them then the team has a decent record and right where people thought they’d be.
It’s year one with a new coach and the panic mongers just remind me of all the idiots that Dungy fired in his first year. When you come in, have a large roster change over and go to completely new systems, that stuff takes time.
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