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REAR ENTRIES: Redskins And Running Backs

August 29, 2012 at 11:06am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

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BUCS FACING RAHEEM TONIGHT: This entry was going to be about how Raheem Morris will be facing his old Buccaneers for the first time and how his current Redskins should enjoy that charisma and amped up feeling while it lasts because getting slapped on the back and told inappropriate jokes by your boss gets old fast, but then I read the intro paragraph.

DULLES, Va. — A flat screen television at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant just outside the nation’s capital was tuned into the Republican National Convention in Tampa, where Mitt Romney had just been pushed over the top with enough delegates to earn his party’s nomination for president.

And then the next paragraph does not provide any segue or context to that statement. It just kind of hangs there like a pants leg stuck outside the drawer. Is Rick Stroud a Republican who wanted to work Romney’s name into an article? Is he a Democrat who wanted to associate Romney’s name with something pointless? Or is this article an homage to Raheem and his ADD-style of public speaking? If I thought that was really what it was, I’d send Stroud a congratulatory greeting card because that would make it the most awesome thing ever. Sadly, I think it’s just bad. Hell, even Florio has transitions in his paragraphs, as tortured and meandering as they may be. And given the choice between him or this thing in the Raheem article…

Nah, I’d still rather have this. Florio is unforgivable.

MOST VALUABLE BUCS: Tom Jones took a break from lounge singing and wrote an article about the five Buccaneers that the team can least afford to lose. It’s not a surprising list, but I really don’t have any issue with it except maybe Vincent Jackson, who we haven’t seen play in a regular season game yet and can’t really determine how valuable he is. Instead of Jackson, I might even put Connor Barth on there. No one is predicting the Bucs to blow anyone away this year, so field goals are probably going to be the difference between winning and losing in several games. The Bucs need a reliable kicker to salvage some points out of stalled drives, and as we’ve seen, you can’t just pull someone off the street to do it. Unless the guy you pull of the street is Connor Barth, who no one had heard of until Mark Dominik found him in Kansas City’s scrap heap and signed him just to get people to stop talking about Mike Nugent.

BLOUNT GETS BUMPED: It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Doug Martin finally passed LeGarrette Blount on the depth chart. Greg Schiano practically told us to expect it months ago. But Schiano says the chart isn’t written in stone.

“It doesn’t mean that that’s it,” he said. “As I’ve told them, ‘It could go the other way if you outperform (Martin).’ We don’t hand out jobs and sign them over. It’s always competition around here, continually. I think Doug’s done a great job and that’s why he’s got the No. 1 seat. But he’s got to work to keep it.”

Looking at the preseason games objectively, Martin did better than Blount. And while he may not be the starter, but Blount will get his carries. Blount may have his drawbacks, but he has experience and he can break big runs and it seems like the era of the workhorse back is dead so you need two starting-caliber backs to play these days. Even if he never starts a game this season, there will be a highlight reel play from Blount this season. Count on it.

One more thing, if you live in the Atlanta area, throw a quick comment up on this entry and let me know. Just trying to get a feel for how many of us there are. Thanks.

“I Wouldn’t Change Anything…”

February 21, 2012 at 09:49am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

One of Raheem's assistants watches as the Angel of Death rains failure all over the field.
I haven’t said a whole lot about Raheem Morris since he was fired because, well, I don’t spend a lot of time keeping up with what other teams’ secondary coaches are doing. But if any of you out there are still lamenting Morris’s dismissal, see if this doesn’t change your mind.

“I wouldn’t change anything about it. You put yourself in a position of power and you put yourself out there and you want to go out there and want to be great and we had the opportunity and almost pulled it off … The year that we went 10-6, people say you’re too young, but we just went out and won. This year [2011], we didn’t have some of that same fortune. Some of those games [in 2010] we won by three, some of those games Josh pulled off fourth-quarter comebacks, they didn’t play in our favor this year. For whatever reason, it just didn’t work out that way.”

– Raheem Morris, fired as Tampa Bay coach after the Bucs ended the season with a 10-game losing streak, on WDAE in Tampa, via sportsradiointerviews.com.

Wouldn’t change a thing about it. He made ALL the right moves at yet, somehow, it mysteriously turned into a ten-game losing streak. We all know the math of football. If you miss the playoffs in one season, you should do absolutely nothing to improve or make any changes whatsoever, and you’re sure to win the following season. But at the very least, Raheem should have had One Buc Place exorcised or rubbed down with sage or something since it was obviously a ghost keeping the Bucs from winning this year. Maybe that’s the one thing he could have changed.

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance.

Anyway, Peter King added his seven cents (he’s a larger gentleman) to the conversation and he seems to agree.

Sometimes, I understand when former coaches are interviewed about their former place of business and they don’t want to say much of anything controversial, or of substance. That sounded like Morris on WDAE when I saw the transcript of this interview. But to suggest that “for whatever reason” these narrow wins just didn’t quite happen, and only the football fates know why, is patently absurd.

The Bucs collapsed because Morris’ defense collapsed horribly, and because the team lacked discipline. Period.

In other interviews, Raheem places the blame on himself, which is the right thing to do. But to take responsibility for a shit season and then say you wouldn’t have changed anything is bordering on insanity. Or maybe possession. Has anyone called that exorcist yet?

Let’s Get Organized

February 03, 2012 at 09:37am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Is OCNN still a thing? Isn't Chad Johnson in witness protection or something?
JBF ran into Gil Brandt in Indianapolis and talked with him for a few minutes about the Bucs. Normally I wouldn’t publish an opinion of an opinion here, but Brandt relayed something Gerald McCoy said to him that I thought was worth a second look.

JoeBucsFan: Your thoughts on the Bucs hiring Greg Schiano as their new coach?

Gil Brandt: From what I know of him, I think it’s a good thing. I talked to [Bucs defensive tackle] Gerald McCoy who is here today and I told him I thought [Schiano‘s hiring] was a good thing and he said, “I just hope he is organized.”

If that’s the one quality that McCoy feels like Schiano must have, it’s probably the thing that was most missing last season. And that’s the trouble with being your own coordinator. Coordinators worry about the Xs and Os of the game while the head coach provides an overall structure and tone. Especially a first-time head coach as young as Raheem Morris is. He needed someone to take some responsibility off his plate. Without that you’ve got… well, the Bucs.

All indications are that Greg Schiano is super-orgainzed and disciplined. And he’s been a head coach for a while, so this isn’t the gig where he gets all the kinks out. That’s always nice.

Interviews Conducted, More Names Mentioned

January 06, 2012 at 09:30am by Scott   •  15 Comments »

I thought black was supposed to be slimming.
There’s a pretty extensive piece today on the Bucs interviewing Mike Sherman, something we already knew was happening, but there are no additional details about how it might have gone or what his chances are. So if you’re interested in reading long articles about things that should only take a sentence, there you go. It’s like the anti-Reader’s Digest.

The Bucs also interviewed Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray in Texas on Wednesday.

This is the only sentence where Jerry Gray is mentioned. Several paragraphs on Sherman, 13 words on Gray. No one is taking this interview seriously.

[To be fair, I found this article on Gray written by Stephen Holder after I published this entry. So that’s better, but still… no one is really taking Gray seriously.]

Buried in that same article are a couple additional nuggets I hadn’t heard yet and aren’t even hinted in the headline. So it’s actually more like the anti-Reader’s Digest combined with a scavenger hunt.

The Bucs are also believed to be interested in meeting with former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who interviewed in St. Louis on Thursday and is expected to choose between it and Miami.

This is the first time I’ve heard Fisher’s name associated with the Bucs other than on a list of all potential candidates. Of course, he says “believed to be interested in”, so that’s not much stronger. But somewhere, someone is thinks the Glazers might want to take a look at Fisher at some point, so that’s enough to print.

One coach who has expressed interest in the Bucs job through intermediaries is former Chiefs coach Todd Haley.

The Bucs need a coach who will install some discipline in the players, not an egocentric douchebag who will poison the players against them. I’m not convinced Haley is all that great anyway. What? You say produced a lot of offense with Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald on your team? How’d you ever manage that?

The Bucs have not contacted Haley and have no plans to interview him.

That’s good. The Glazers probably wouldn’t have appreciated Haley making the wanking motion through the whole interview anyway.

There are also a few articles here and there about interviews that Raheem Morris is getting and possibilities on where he might land. And for some reason I just don’t care. I cared what happened to Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy after they got fired, and still post entries on each of them from time to time. But about an hour after Raheem got fired, I kind of forgot that he existed. Is that weird? But if you happen to care, Raheem has met with the Redskins about being a DB coach and is meeting with the Vikings about some “high level” defensive coaching position, which probably means defensive coordinator. So I guess the Vikings felt like they didn’t give up enough rushing yards this year and they don’t want other teams going home feeling bad about themselves.

Farewell Raheem

January 02, 2012 at 03:53pm by Scott   •  7 Comments »

Good luck, Raheem.
It took less than 24 hours for the Bucs to fire Raheem Morris after the season ended, and that was likely out of courtesy. The Glazers could have gone to the sideline in Atlanta and fired him when the Bucs went down 42-0 by handing him an actual pink slip and then punching him in the dick and no one would have blamed them. Hell, it would have been the most entertaining thing the Bucs have done in months.

I wasn’t on board with the firing up until these last couple weeks. My philosophy was that you have to throw out the first season because it was a complete overhaul. Then last season was good and this season sucked, so it seemed like he was sitting at even. But I really wasn’t counting on the team being so very uncompetitive and getting progressively worse week after week. Morris could have survived a bad year if the team had showed any promise. But this was too much. Blowouts that are never even close to being close usually come along once every few years. For these Bucs, it was a weekly thing.

In the end, I think a young coach with no experience combined with a team of children couldn’t work. Somewhere, someone had to have some experience and leadership on which to draw during the tough times. Jon Gruden was a young coach with an old team and it worked in Oakland and Tampa (at least some times it did). Dick Vermeil was an old coach with a relatively young team in St. Louis and he didn’t do too bad. But this Buccaneers team was young to the extreme and had nothing to balance it. I like the idea of starting from scratch and building through the draft, but this was over the top.

I’d like to see what a new coaching staff can do with most of the players on the team. I think a good chunk of them have real talent but just need the proper motivation and coaching to bring it out. You have to think that after having a total players coach, the Glazers are going to have to go in the other direction, at least a little. They need someone a little older who can bring the hammer down when it’s necessary and won’t let players get away with bullshit. Jeff Fisher has a reputation as a coach that players like to play for, but still has the experience and credibility to make them listen when he talks. The problem is that his teams in Tennessee stagnated for severe years before his “mutual” parting with the team. The owner’s infatuation with Vince Young may have had something to do with that. Josh Freeman is miles more mature than Young and may be someone Fisher can work with.

One final thing. I’d like to call for a halt on all the talk about players not playing hard or quitting on Morris. Every once in a while you can see a player take some plays off, but for the most part, that’s something you can only know if you’re on the team and in the huddle. I know what it’s like to be on a team that is putting forth everything they have and still get humiliated. Granted, it’s flag football, but the point is still valid. Several games, we were pouring everything onto the field and still getting our asses handed to us. Those teams were simply better — much better. Maybe it was better game plans, maybe they were better organized, or maybe they were just better athletes. It was probably all three, just like with the Buccaneers this year. But those guys know they’re on camera and they know everything they put on film will be seen by 31 other teams who may want to give them a job. I’m not saying they all played their guts out, but I think saying they quit on Morris as though it is a fact is presumptuous. Onward with the speculation.

And good luck to Raheem Morris in his future coaching. I still think he has that “it” that it takes to be a good coach. But very few people succeed in their first job, and unfortunately, the Bucs was his and we had to endure it with him. But he’ll land somewhere else and I’ll be interested to see how he progresses.

Raheem: Players Are Not Executing

December 19, 2011 at 11:04am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

Raheem Execute

Raheem Morris and the Bucs have lost eight games in a row now — half a season’s worth, finally passing that 0-7 mark he had in 2009 that no one ever thought he could top. Throughout this streak, he has said several times that he would not make excuses and has definitely done his share of introspection and pointing the finger at himself. But when it came to the Cowboys game, not so much.

“Last night we just got outplayed, and we won’t make any excuses on what or who, it doesn’t really matter. They have to go out and play hard, play fast, play smart and play consistent every single week.”

Playing hard and fast is all on the players. The coach can try to provide motivation and rousing speeches and whatever, but that shit only goes so far and if a player is unreceptive to it, there’s nothing a coach can do. Usually, when a coach who is obviously in danger of losing his job calls out his players for their effort, it’s a desperate attempt to shift blame from bad coaching to the players not holding up their end. But in this case, I think it’s true. It really seems like most of the team is just going through the motions to get the season over with.

And just in case he wasn’t clear on whether the coaching was to blame at all:

“Without calling out individual performances, it was a disappointing night as far as protection goes, not as far as scheme, not as far as coaching, not as far as any of that stuff,’’ Morris said. “It’s more about (man against man), stand up and block your guy, and we did not do that.

“Hence the frustration. You’ve got to go out there and execute what you’re coached to do. If it was something we weren’t prepared for that we knew was coming, I’d be a little more understanding. But when it’s something that you’ve practiced, something you go out and work on, when you talk about it and discuss it, work with your coaching staff and you go out and correct it, you practice it, you expect it to get executed. And it didn’t happen yesterday. That’s just frustrating.’’

Morris is taking a stand. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a one-sided declaration by a coach on who was to blame for a loss. If the players know in their hearts that they didn’t give 100% effort, they might respond to this, or at the very least they won’t have any reason to disagree. But if they really were putting forth the effort, they’re not going to appreciate Morris telling them that they didn’t, regardless of the result of the game.

One thing you rarely hear is a player admitting that he didn’t play with full effort. Randy Moss, Ricky Watters… can you think of any others? It’s the one thing they can do with 100% success without any talent whatsoever, and it’s also something that’s harder to quantify when looking at film. You can plainly see when someone is running the wrong route or out of position. It’s harder (though certainly not impossible) to identify lack of effort, so it’s something players can say they have given without much fear of getting called out. Until now. Raheem is pushing all of his credibility chips into the center of the table with this statement. The players will either respond favorably or revolt.

[Oh, and welcome to All-Clicky Week at Bucstats. My Christmas gift to you.]

Gee, What To Write About?

December 16, 2011 at 03:50pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Raheem was told to so sit in the corner.

So there is apparently nothing going on with the Buccaneers except the possibility of Raheem Morris getting fired because that’s all the papers are talking about. Fennelly wrote one about how Mark Dominik has been quiet about Morris’s status during this slide.

The “Raheem Morris Is Gone” stories are flying fast and furious from all directions. There will be a new one today.

And there was. It was his. It’s pretty easy to be accurate with your predictions when you’re the one making them come true. Hey, let me try. Someone will take his dick out on the MARTA red line in approximately two hours. Ooh, I can’t wait to see if it happens!

Where is Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik in all this?

I’d hate to think he’s the source for some of these stories. That would just be so Stinky Pete of him. I want to believe that’s not true.

Let’s ignore the Stinky Pete comment for a second (as difficult as that may be) and as ourselves if it’s really even plausible that Dominik is leaking information about Morris. What possible advantage would there be in telling the public that Morris was almost fired but he doesn’t have a suitable interim head coach in place? To deflect attention from Dominik? I don’t think anyone is calling for Dominik’s head. All the weight is falling on Morris. He’s the youngest head coach in the league with almost zero coordinating experience and a reputation of being too easy-going with his players. That’s plenty. General managers usually get two or three head coaches before they’re the ones to get canned, unless you’re Bruce Allen who was so tied to Jon Gruden that the two couldn’t be separated, but that kind of relationship is rare and Dominik doesn’t have it with Morris.

Gary Shelton takes a look at Dominik, too, because everything was written about Morris earlier in the week but for some reason his bosses still insist on printing something on Fridays.

Judging a general manager’s share of the blame is a complicated equation. It is easy to decide about coaches because the standings tell you most of what you need to know. The lack of discipline, the lack of improvement and the absence of belief that things are going to get better tell you the rest.

It is more difficult to read a general manager’s report card. Over his time, Dominik has some big wins. Over his time, he has some defeats.

I judge a general manager on two things: 1) The apparent skill level of the players relative to where they were drafted and 2) Keeping the salary cap under control. Overall, 2010 looks like a really solid draft, 2011 isn’t shaping up so great, and 2009 is kind of in the middle. And the salary cap isn’t an issue as everyone in the world keeps reminding us. So, overall, I don’t think you can hang this losing streak on Dominik. These are mostly the same players who were 3-1 earlier in the season. They lost something along the way, and that’s on the coaches.

In the meantime, it’s also easy to wonder if Dominik put enough emphasis on veteran leadership (there isn’t much of it around) or on accountability (or that) or on character (also that) or on maturity (ditto). And shouldn’t he have a clue as to why the players seem to fold up at the first sign of adversity? This is a team that could drown on a single raindrop.

Well, that’s what happens when you fire everyone and start from scratch with the draft, and that wasn’t Dominik’s idea, either. That’s what the Glazers wanted. He did the best he could with the parameters he was given. Granted, there were better players available where the Bucs drafted. He’d probably like to have that Xavier Fulton pick back and grab LaRod Stephens-Howling instead, for example. But that would have just increased the talent, not the maturity and leadership and all that other stuff. There are very few players who can lead right out of the gate. That’s not Dominik’s fault, it’s just a fact.

And it wouldn’t be an article about the future of Buccaneer coaching without having Tony Dungy weigh in on the subject.

First line of business, would Dungy consider coming back to the organization, either on the sideline or in a front-office capacity?

“I’ve told people a long time ago, I’m done coaching,” Dungy said, smiling. “Hopefully they believe that.”

I think most people do. I don’t hear Dungy’s name brought up with regard to other head coaching vacancies, just the Bucs. Someone send Pat Yasinskas a copy of this article. You can wrap a fish in it if you like, Godfather style.

“In ’96, I got here, we started off and lost the first five and we went 6-10,” Dungy said.

Yes, but that was your first year. Also you were improving, which is something you can’t say about this 2011 team.

“People don’t want to hear that. They want quick fixes and sometimes there aren’t quick fixes. It’s a tough year. I don’t think anyone expected this, but sometimes change is not always the best answer.”

A very political answer from Dungy. “Sometimes change is not always the best answer.” I’m sure he didn’t want to say fire his ass or that they had to keep him, so this is what we get. And he’s right, sometimes change isn’t the best answer. Teams have off years — it happens and isn’t a good reason for dismissal. But this team is just getting blown the fuck out of games. To Jacksonville, the team that lost last night 41-14 to the Falcons and looked like a certain flag football team that shall go nameless. That’s a different level of losing and requires a different set of standards for retaining the coaching staff. The upcoming game against Dallas is gong to be nationally televised in prime time. If they get embarrassed on that stage, Raheem may be getting graded according to those different standards, and I don’t know if he can handle that level of scrutiny.

Raheem Was Almost Fired?

December 15, 2011 at 11:12am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

Raheem contemplates working at Hooters.
According to NFL.com, Raheem Morris was almost fired on Monday after the Jaguars racked up 41 unanswered points against the Bucs. The story quotes a tweet from Rick Stroud, who makes things up, so at the very least this could be an exaggeration. Stroud credits John Clayton for the news that Morris was almost fired, and for the reason why he was retained.

Morris was retained, however, for a peculiar reason, according to the tweet: Tampa Bay’s coaching wasn’t “big enough” to function without Morris and lacked a suitable interim candidate.

As for the part about the staff not being big enough, NFL.com does us the favor of listing the staff numbers for the Chiefs and the Dolphins, both of whom fired their head coaches on Monday. The Chiefs have 15 assistants, the Dolphins have 18. The Jaguars, who fired Jack Del Rio a couple weeks earlier, have 17. The Bucs have 18. So the “size” of the staff probably isn’t the issue.

That second part about having a suitable interim coach has some merit, though. I don’t think Dominik would put Greg Olson in charge because I think Olson is done after this season (purely my opinion). No one else is even close to qualified. Jimmy Lake is being groomed as a potential defensive coordinator and maybe a head coach down the road, but he’s not ready to lead the whole team for three games. Steve Logan is old… does that count for something?

Again, even though NFL.com picked up on this, it’s still coming from a Rick Stroud tweet. Nothing is happening until the end of the season. But with each loss, the possibility gets greater that Stroud will be proven right, and I don’t think any of us wants that.

REAR ENTRIES: Getting Away With It

December 15, 2011 at 10:42am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Rear Entry 109

PERMISSIVE RAHEEM: Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports (isn’t it about time to drop the exclamation point? No one has cared about them for so long that it’s almost self-mocking now) did a piece on how the Bucs are “out of control” and that Raheem Morris‘s permissive attitude could cost him his job. And when you talk about being overly-permissive, you have to mention Aqib Talib.

After getting arrested for the gun incident, Tampa Bay management was ready to cut ties with Talib once and for all, according to a team source. General manager Mark Dominik didn’t care about Talib’s supreme talent, the distractions were no longer worth the drama, the source said. Talib had been in at least four altercations with teammates and coaches before the gun incident and was arrested for assaulting a taxi driver in 2009.

Because of the lockout, the Bucs couldn’t follow through right away, giving Morris time to talk Dominik away from the proverbial ledge. In the process, Morris sent a message to his young team that talent trumps character.

The “team source” could be anybody, so you really have no idea how accurate this story is. But I get the impression that Morris would go to bat for Talib if he thought Dominik was getting ready to cut him. And “talent trumps character” is a shitty message to send. Really? You can’t have both? Guys don’t have to be saints. Not everyone has to go on mission trips to the Philippines and do free circumcisions. How about we start with not beating the shit out of people or shooting guns in a neighborhood. Can we at least say that a player can’t do those things? Is it so hard to find talented players that don’t get arrested for those things?

And whether it happened the way Cole is saying it happened, some players think it happened this way.

“Wrong message,” a Bucs player said this week. “Raheem believes he can get through to anybody and he can, to an extent. Guys do listen to him. But sometimes they have to see that you’re going to back it up … [Talib] is a huge talent, but you have to know there are certain guys who are impossible to get through to.”

The anonymous backbiting is a bad sign. Chances are good that whoever this player is, he’s not alone.

THIS IS WRONG: The title of this story is “Coach Raheem Morris says Tampa Bay Buccaneers brass were all on board with keeping Aqib Talib“, which is definitely not what he said in his press conference yesterday.

REPORTER: Speaking of stories, did you happen to see Jason Cole’s?
MORRIS: You know, I try not to listen to any of that stuff, man. I just try to look at the Cowboys, you know. Try to focus on our football team, so… it is what it is.
REPORTER: So let me ask you this question: Did you have to sell this organization or your general manager on whether Aqib Talib should come back?
MORRIS: Generally, you never talk about, you know, sources all that type of stuff. Sources usually end up fired. But what we want to do is basically talk about the Cowboys. All decisions will be made between myself, Mark Dominik, and I messed this up the other day, your last name begins with a G. That’s usually the process that we take. There’s always going to be a common ground between all of us.

I read “common ground” as “compromise”, because it’s unrealistic to think that all those people are always going to agree all the time. So sometimes Raheem will get his way and get to keep a player, sometimes he won’t. But nowhere in that conference did Raheem say everyone was on board. That’s not even an exaggeration, it’s just a flat out lie.

KELLEN BACKS MORRIS: As Cole said above, sometimes Raheem does get through to players. Kellen Winslow is one of those players with a checkered past who has been both productive on the field and clean off the field since coming to Tampa. Winslow loves playing for Raheem and thinks it would be a mistake to fire him.

“We can’t have anything happen to him,’’ Winslow said Wednesday. “We just can’t. It will just ruin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If something were to happen to him we would be devastated and hearts would be broken. We play for him.”

Then Kellen followed his knees, which left ten minutes earlier, for treatment.

AQIB PRACTICING: As long as we’re talking about Talib in this entry, I might as well add that Talib went through a “full battery of practice” yesterday after being inactive for the Jags game, which I guess means that he went through all the drills. If he were playing in Philadelphia, it would mean that he practiced while having batteries thrown at him.

REAR ENTRIES: The Aftermath

December 13, 2011 at 02:00pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

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WHICH IS THE REAL JOSH?: Martin Fennelly wrote something I agree with, so today would be a good day to buy a lottery ticket. He did a piece asking the question of whether Josh Freeman‘s real potential is in what we saw last year or what we’re seeing this year. I think after what we’ve seen during these 13 games, it’s a fair question.

No. 5 was what it was all about the day Freeman was drafted. Morris and GM Mark Dominik staked a lot on Freeman, knowing they’d rise and fall with him. Right now, they’re falling.

The Bucs have put too much on Freeman, that much is clear. They expected him to cover up for their lack of activity in the offseason. Yeah, Josh would come through in the end. It was too much.

I didn’t say it was well-written, just that I agreed with it. When you build up someone as much as they built up Freeman, you run the very real risk of having that person disappoint you and leaving you standing there holding your dick. That’s kind of where the Bucs are at the moment — the dick-holding stage. I was going to continue this metaphor, but it can’t possibly go in a good direction.

BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS: I realize there is nothing really good to write about with regard to the Bucs right now, but that doesn’t mean that every article has to pile on, either. It’s when people like Joe Henderson take such pleasure from their pain that I take the most offense.

At a time they are supposed to be fighting for the job of a coach they are said to love, the Bucs have been outscored 79-33 the past two weeks by Carolina and Jacksonville: combined record, 8-18. The specter of a 10-game losing streak to end this season is growing more probable by the week.

It’s a whole article of shit like that. No hope, nothing positive, nothing inspirational, just the same facts we already knew that were already making us look forward to the draft. But the good news is that Henderson is done writing for the sports page!

I’m moving from Tampa Trib’s sports page to news as metro columnist, effective immediately.

So the only time you’ll be hearing about the Bucs from Joe anymore is when one of them breaks the law and he can give us all the gory details about the arrest. It’s always nice when someone gets the job they are perfectly suited for.

RAHEEM DOES NOT NEED YOUR OPINION: After a seven game losing streak, questions to the head coach about his job security are bound to come up. Constantly. But Raheem Morris only cares about the opinions of a few very specific people. I’m just not sure who they are based on his description.

“Obviously, the only criticism I care about comes from people with (last) names that end with G,” Morris said.

So obviously Erik Lorig‘s opinion is going to weigh heavily on Raheem.

“Next, the criticism, his name would have to end with a D and that would be Dominik.”

Wait, the criticism has a name now? And it’s Dominik? And Dominik ends with a D?

And before the Bucs’ staff reads this and thinks I’m being petty, cut me some slack. I have to make this season entertaining somehow. If I can’t do with with Raheem’s pressers, I might as well spend time with my family, and we all know that ain’t happening.