Teetering Between Good And BadNovember 7th, 2011
The Bucs are stuck in the middle. Really.
After watching the depressing loss to the Saints yesterday, the Bucs are teetering between a good team and a bad team, but not enough in either direction, so writes the Tampa Bay voice of reason, Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune.
The Bucs are not quite good enough to make the playoffs and not quite bad enough to get in a decent draft position.
In other words, the Bucs are stuck.
Coach Raheem Morris seems to understand the problems that helped put his team in this precarious position, which is good. His solutions, however, have failed to provide a remedy, so that’s bad.
If this keeps up, the Bucs could hang around on the fringes of the wild-card race, but raise your hand if you believe they’re good enough to actually crash the postseason party.
They hang their hat on being physical, yet the Saints out-hit them Sunday. They pride themselves on defense, but the Saints controlled the ball. They are young, which can mean exuberant. But they can’t control that exuberance, which leads to an absurdly large number of penalties. They had nine more for 80 yards against the Saints.
To have a realistic prayer of making the playoffs, the Bucs must win six of their next eight games. Even if the Bucs win 10 games, as we found out last year, that may not be enough. The Bucs still have to play the Packers, still have to play Houston, still have to play the Dixie Chicks again and two games against a dangerous Panthers team.
The way the Bucs have played the past couple of weeks, with issues such as penalties and impotent starting showing zero signs of evaporating, it may be too big of a hill for the Bucs to climb.