Race To 10 2.0November 22nd, 2011
Last year the Bucs shocked the football world when, coming off a pathetic three-win season, Bucs coach Raheem Morris boasted the Bucs were in a “race to 10″ wins.
And the Bucs did just that, winning 10 games but losing in a tiebreaker to the eventual Super Bowl champion Packers.
This year things haven’t been as rosy. But all hope is not yet lost. Frank Pastor of the St. Petersburg Times documents that Morris wants a return to the “Race to 10.”
Morris said Sunday’s 35-26 loss to the unbeaten Packers, in which the Bucs were as close as two points with four minutes remaining, as well as wins over the Falcons and Saints earlier this season show that his team “can compete with anybody.”
And, despite squandering a 3-1 start with losses in five of their past six games, Morris believes the Bucs’ goals remain in reach.
“We’ve got six more (games) and we’ve got to go out there and knock off one at a time,” Morris said. “There’s still time to get hot. We can still finish with the record we had last year.”
To have a prayer for the playoffs the Bucs cannot lose another game. Sadly, the Bucs do not have key tiebreakers against teams ahead of them, including Detroit and Chicago.
But there may be an opening. Bratty Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is out for the remainder of the regular season with a broken thumb. The Lions are proving to be beatable and have a rough schedule the rest of the way.
If the Bucs gave the Packers a scare at Lambeau Field, the Titans on the road shouldn’t be that difficult of a task.