Bucs On Brink Of RecordDecember 28th, 2011
Sunday when the Bucs face the Dixie Chicks, the players may very well be playing for Raheem Morris’ job.
They also will be playing to avoid setting a nauseating record.
If the Bucs give up 25 points, points out Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the 2011 Bucs will go down in franchise history as allowing the most points in a season.
All the Bucs have to do is give up 25 points to the Falcons in their season finale Sunday in Atlanta to set a standard for points allowed. The current mark was set by the 1986 team, which allowed 473 points and 6.0 yards per play, another franchise mark that’s in danger of being eclipsed this weekend.
The Bucs (4-11) are allowing an average of 29.9 points and 6.2 yards per play this season. The desire to keep from setting standards will fuel the play of at least some Tampa Bay defensive players.
“If something like that doesn’t motivate you, then I don’t know what it’s going to take,” Bennett said. “That’s a negative record. But that shouldn’t have to be a motivator.”
The current Bucs record for most points allowed in a season for was during the immortal Leeman Bennett era. And he paid for that record with his head coaching job.
At the very least, such a rancid mark would get a defensive coordinator in serious hot water. The current defensive coordinator just happens to be Bucs embattled coach Raheem Morris.
When a team sets a record for most points allowed in franchise history, all excuses like no offseason, too young of a team, injuries et al, are simply thrown out the window. Shoot, two of those young players people try to make excuses for on this team simply happen to be two of the best players on defense, Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers. If anything, youth is helping this team.
And many Bucs fans, including those working behind a microphone, actually had the gall to make Barrett Ruud out to be a scapegoat. If anything, he’s a martyr.