10-24-2013, 05:39 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Re: Thursday Night Football: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Bucs
The natives are restless in west-central Florida.
Greg Schiano era among the worst in Bucs' history | Tampa Bay Times
Greg Schiano loses Tampa Bay Buccaneers with autocratic style - NFL.com
All in all, I liked the Raheem Morris era better. And, yes, if there was ever a sentence that tells you how bad this Misery Tour of the current Tampa Bay Bucs has become, it's that one. For crying out loud, the Morris years were pretty much awful, a tangled, forgettable mess. Ditto, the Greg Schiano years, where a more talented team is somehow accomplishing less. There is scandal. There is disease. There is dysfunction. And that's only in the playbook.
Tonight, against the Carolina Panthers, the 0-6 Bucs try it again. This time, they hope the energy from a prime-time crowd can somehow give them enough of a boost to win. This time, they hope they can stop Morris from pointing to his television screen and laughing.
To repeat: There was no glory to the Morris years. Around here, there are fans who still wake up with night sweats because of those teams. The secondary seemed to be on roller skates, and the linebackers ran around in circles, and from time to time, defensive ends lined up facing the wrong direction. Coordinators came and went like mall shoppers. He lost his first seven games. He lost his last 10.
And still, those were better times than these.
Hey, Morris had a 10-win season. Under Morris, Josh Freeman was in the top half of NFL quarterbacks. And remember, the front office was a lot more frugal then. This was before the team's owners spent money on Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis.
"How bad is it there? It's worse than you can imagine," says one NFL player who spent 2012 with the Bucs. "It's like being in Cuba."
Tampa Bay has lost six in a row and 10 of their last 11 games; the only win in that stretch was in week 17 last year against Atlanta when the Falcons had nothing to play for. The Bucs have also lost six straight at home.
There is something to make the game worth watching though, and that is the Carolina Panthers. They're seldom on television and the Patriots will be playing them in Charlotte three weeks from now. The Panthers defense is for real; they rank 2nd in points per game (13.8), 3rd in yards per game (302), 4th in rushing yards per game (84.5), and 8th in yards per rush (3.7).
That's going to be a tough game for the Pats; I'll be interested in watching Carolina tonight.