Remember When Things Didn’t Suck?
December 24, 2011 at 10:47am by Scott • 13 Comments »
Roy Cummings thought it would be a swell idea for Christmas to remind all Bucs fans just how far the team has fallen in a year. Because nothing makes the holidays more festive than the crippling realization that your team has nothing left to play for, but yet football will continue into February.
“No, our guys just have not been able to bounce back this year,” head coach Raheem Morris said. “They go out there and they want to fight and they prepare well, but for some reason we just haven’t been able to execute down the stretch.”
Again, Raheem uses the word “execute”.
A year ago, the Bucs allowed just 63 fourth-quarter points. With two games still to play this season, they have allowed 94 fourth-quarter points, 14 more than they have scored.
They’re not just getting beaten early in games and can’t come back, but they’re getting the shit pounded out of them for a solid 60 minutes. That’s consistency!
In 2010, Tampa Bay never lost more than two games in a row. Of course, it kept games closer then. This season, the Bucs have lost by margins of 28, 27 19, 16 and 11 points.
I’m not sure if he’s being kind or if he’s talking about only games lost in a row, but they also lost to San Francisco by 45 points.
“That’s really what it comes down to,” said tight end Kellen Winslow, part of a receiving corps that leads the league in dropped passes. “It’s a lack of execution across the board. It’s not coaching, it’s our execution. We’re just not making enough plays.”
If I had told you five years ago that Winslow would be the biggest company man on his team, you never would have believed me. He’s loyal to his commanders to the last, but I’m not convinced it’s completely the players’ fault.
“The big thing really is the turnovers,” Morris said. “You turn the ball over as much as we have and you can look at all the stats you want – losers. The only one that matters is the turnovers.”
Is that his way of slipping in there that stats are still for losers? Oh, you’re so sly, Raheem.
“The thing is, and we’ve been saying this all year, it’s not like it’s one guy who continually messes up or continually does this or that,” right tackle Jeremy Trueblood said.
I don’t have to say it, do I? Everyone is thinking it, right?
The article goes on like that for a while, but I think you get the point. Things were great last year, they’re not this year. Everybody we thought was awesome last year sucks this year, and so on. Merry Christmas from Roy Cummings — you get the gift of reality being thrown in your face.