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Remember When Things Didn’t Suck?

December 24, 2011 at 10:47am by Scott   •  13 Comments »

Years 1

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.

13 Comments to “Remember When Things Didn’t Suck?”

manbearpig

manbearpig (December 24, 2011 at 12:41pm:

Holy shit who is that woman?! She has to have haggard toes or a busted face. That’s just not fair!

manbearpig

manbearpig (December 24, 2011 at 12:44pm:

Thanks for the pick me up Roy.

manbearpig

manbearpig (December 24, 2011 at 03:12pm:

They are worse than the lions of a few years back. My defending Raheem is over.

Louie

Louie (December 24, 2011 at 03:15pm:

FIRE MORRIS BEFORE HE CAN GET TO THE LOCKER ROOM. THIS IS JUST FUCKING STUPID.

LostInSeattle

LostInSeattle (December 24, 2011 at 03:43pm:

On my teams execution…

I’m in favor of it! – John McKay…

worker b

worker b (December 24, 2011 at 04:45pm:

Winslow may be the biggest company man on the team, but he’s also got to be one of the stupidest football players I’ve ever watched. Today it was the attempted leap over a player while palming the football below his hand. It seems like every time the Bucs have a moment where they can get into a game, he blows it somehow with something equally stupid. I’m finished with him and his empty stats.

Meatmaster

Meatmaster (December 24, 2011 at 07:03pm:

I bet her pussy tastes like peaches and cream. On a side note, fuck this season.

campyone

campyone (December 24, 2011 at 08:04pm:

I’ve been a Bucs fan since the day the franchise was awarded and a season ticket holder much of that time. In truth there have been very few years when the Bucs didn’t suck to one degree or another. Maybe four of Dungy’s years, 2002 and a couple others of Gruden’s, I think Wyche might have had a winning season. That’s really about it for 37 years. This has unfortunately been a very sorry franchise for most of its existence. So remembering when it didn’t suck is hard because most of the time it’s sucked.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (December 24, 2011 at 09:13pm:

Today’s putrid performance makes me want to pop in the Bucs’ Super Bowl DVD. Anything to erase what happened today. Or this season, for that matter.

Louie

Louie (December 24, 2011 at 11:31pm:

Merry Christmas all!

Mark S

Mark S (December 27, 2011 at 09:19am:

What I don’t get is so many pundits saying the talent is not there for this team. We have better talent this year than last and that team went 10-6. I don’t think its talent, I think deep down the players do not believe Raheem and company can out-coach his peers.

Just for fun, let’s throw a conspiracy theory in there. The refs are out to get the Bucs (any team can make this argument because the worst aspect of the NFL is the officiating). For example, look at the calls that have gone against Kellen Winslow this year for offensive pass interference. Even the commentators have characterized almost all of those calls as chicken-shit. Seriously, the game needs full-time, full-year referees that practice, their craft, hone their skills and study the rule book year-round. We ask this of everyone else in the game. It is high time we demanded it of the officials.

campyone

campyone (December 27, 2011 at 11:55am:

“The big thing is the turnovers” Morris said.

Would someone please point out to our esteemed coach that the Steelers, who are going to the playoffs, are minus-12 in turnovers. The Seahawks and Bills, who aren’t going to the playoffs, are plus-seven and plus-four respectively. No Rah, it isn’t the turnovers. Good teams win despite turnovers. Bad teams lose regardless of a favorable turnover ratio. The Bucs are a bad team.

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