Labor Agreement Hurting BucsNovember 22nd, 2011
Bucs fans have agonized through this heinous losing streak trying to figure out whether the Bucs’ problems are more related to coaching or personnel decisions. Some think it’s neither, simply players failing to execute in the face of a tough schedule.
Joe’s been adamant that the struggles rest heavily on the coaching staff. Raheem Morris and company simply haven’t found how to get the most out of their team consistently, which is the essence of their profession.
Interestingly, Raheem explained last night on The Raheem Morris Show, heard locally on WDAE-AM 620, that his yungry bunch is handcuffed by the new labor agreement that significantly limits physical practices. The Bucs used a rare opportunity last week to have two practices in pads and it made a major difference for the receivers, Raheem said.
“We put our pads on, had those guys go out and really fight for the balls in practice and have the DB’s really compete with those guys,” Raheem said. “And you see it show up in a game. Mike Williams was able to go up and make some of the dynamic catches that he made last year when the practice habits were a little bit different.
“You know, we got the collective bargaining agreement and we couldn’t put on pads as much and some of those things. But last week we pulled our mulligan, we had our two padded practices, got those guys to compete again. Mike Williams practiced hard all week and it transferred into the game, which was great for us.”
A glass-half-empty fan hears that from Raheem and calls it an admission that he can’t find a way to get his receivers to bring their A-game regularly within league rules. An optimist might say the young Bucs are just growing together and only now are overcoming lost development time because of the asinie lockout and softer practices.
Regardless, time is up and the why isn’t all that important.
The 4-6 Bucs need to win at least five out their next six to salvage a respectable season after soundly beating the Saints and Falcons en route to a 4-2 start. They’ve only got two games out of six against winning teams the rest of the way. A “yungry” team on the rise wins at least four of those games.