Offense Has Raheem In “Jeopardy”

December 19th, 2011

"C'mon, Olie. We got you Luke Stocker this offseason to add to your arsenal. You're not being your best self."

In the mind of popcorn-munching, coffee-slurpingfried chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingbeer-chugging Peter King, the Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports, Raheem Morris may soon be looking for a job, in part, because of the team’s collapse on offense.

King looked at game logs and came up with these disturbing numbers in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.

7. I think the 17 offensive drives by Tampa Bay over two games — plus the fact that at one point in the last two games the Bucs had allowed 68 straight points — show why Raheem Morris is in such jeopardy. The defense has regressed hugely, and the offense is right on its heels. The 17 futile drives against Jacksonville and Dallas: punt, punt, fumble, interception, end of half, interceptions, fumble, punt, punt, downs, interceptions, fumble, punt, punt, punt, punt, end of half.

All Joe can do is bury his face in his hands.

Joe suspects King is seeing what’s obvious to Bucs fans — that the Bucs are failing miserably in the fundamentals and in all aspects of offensive and defensive play.

25 Responses to “Offense Has Raheem In “Jeopardy””

  1. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Joe suspects King is seeing what’s obvious to Bucs fans — that the Bucs are failing miserably in the fundamentals and in all aspects of offensive and defensive play.


    You would almost think they had no training in the off season….


  2. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I thought SURELY the announcement had been made that Raheem was released already as coach of the Tampa Bay Buc’s.
    WTF are they waiting for ?

  3. eric Says:

    Without the bucs game Sunday i watched some of the other teams, particularly offense.

    Brees, Brady, Rivers, etc.

    These guys throw the ball so well its unbelievable, it almost doesnt even matter if the coverage is tight. And, they all have 4-5 receivers that can bust a big play anytime. And backs that can too.

    That experience left me thinking just how far away we are.

  4. Jon in Tampa Says:

    Joe: “All Joe can do is bury his face in his hands.”

    Lucky you. My hands are still covered from Saturday night’s vomit session.

  5. Tj Says:

    The bears game, saints game in the superdome , the cowboys game they never threw the ball deep it is like Olsen has turned into Grudens grandfather with this dink and dunk passing . Mike williams had 14.4 yd per catch last year this year it is 10.1 but he is going to have more catches this year . Mike williams is a jump ball guy do anybody remember the bengals game how bout the catch against the Lions. Thing about it when is the last time this year you saw freeman throw the ball deep to winslow . He has not all year they know winslow is running that out pattern um um titan game. Freeman throws a great deep ball let him throw it damn

  6. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I reaaly think we have the talent to be as good as these other teams, we just need a coaching staff that is going to get our talent base there.

    You know the whole Dominick looking thru binoculars and listening through the headset caught on national TV is bothering me. Is it anyone else?

    I am also a bit confused as to why we havent heard anything come out of OBP yet though I think if they were going to fire him, they are doing it right now and we wont here anything until around noon, right coast time.

  7. Matt Says:

    @Apple Roof Cleaning Don’t hold your breath. It’s not happening until the season is over.

  8. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    @ Eric – Yes, Tampa is a LONG way away from becoming a contender. This “rebuilding” has set us back years.
    @ Matt – You may be right buddy, I thought surely it was coming today.

  9. eric Says:

    Glazers are probably hoping for some sort of cheap win in the last two.

    Its possible that the Atlanta game may not mean anything to them. Might rest starters.

    I remember when they burst into celebration when we beat NO the last game in 09.

  10. Macabee Says:

    Eric, implied in your brief, but enlightning dissertation is to put all things Bucs under the microscope. And since you used 3 of the 4 best QBs in the NFL, that means Freeman too. This is what happens when an anomaly takes place. We won 10 games last year, we even beat the Saints and Falcons this year. Was it the lockout, the “build thru the draft” talent level, the trip to London, the lack of team veteran leadership, the coach, the coaching staff, or just plain ole bad luck? Maybe a combination or all of the above. This type of anomaly creates fan paranoia. When Morris is gone, we will find another pariah to blame, maybe Freeman, Blount or McCoy. I don’t know how far away we are and I don’t believe anyone else does. My instincts tell me it will take a while to find out and more than a new head coach to fix it!

  11. sunrisejeff Says:

    Honestly eric I’m not sure we would beat that Falcons team even if they DO rest some of their key starters. Redman is a decent backup and they would still gash us on the ground with Snelling and Quizz. To think we were 4-2 with wins over the Saints and Falcons…….feels like an eternity ago.

  12. Jon in Tampa Says:

    I still remember in 2001, we had fired Dungy and didn’t know who would be our coach. MArv Levy was offering to coach for 1 year while we waiting out Gruden’s contract. Then, Bucs said they had an important announcement that would be posted to at 1:30pm. I feverishly kept refreshing my screen until Gruden’s face popped up.

    Anyone think it will be that dramatic this time?

  13. Frank Says:

    Y should he be released he didn even have a offseason

  14. eric Says:


    I know i was referring to the elites. True enough. Not fair to compare Josh to those guys, which wasnt my intent.

    But as a lifelong bucs fan just once id like to see us with an elite offense. Ive ony got about twenty years left according to the life expectancy tables!

  15. Howard Bass Says:

    Hey Joe, did you see in Peter King’s article the blurb about Jerry Richardson attending the funeral of a Panthers fan he’d never met to show his respects because he recognizes the emotional investment the fans have in their team? What you want to bet the Glazers would never do that. What I would give for owners who ‘get it’ and who care about more than just saving money. Ugh.

  16. Rhenry Says:

    The Bucs are in dire need of a real coaching staff, period. Im dont care who they hire to replace Rah/dom just replace them. If it were up to me I would hire Jeff fisher or throw a a$$load of money to bring back Chucky with the stipulations of no West Coast and Mike holgrem as the GM. At least Chucky knows how to coach and get the most out of his players. One of my fondest memories was when he told that loud mouth POS Meshawn to stay home. PRICELESS.

  17. james in memphis Says:

    Yeah I’m shocked, after hearing this guy say three diffrent times that he can’t get this team to play hard, that they haven’t had a presser early this morning to make the announcement. This is an atrocious job by the Glazers on the way they are handling this.

  18. Mike Says:

    Joe, you talk about the offense, but you haven’t mentioned anything about the lack of urgency shown by the O at the end of that game Saturday. WHAT WAS THAT!? And what is that the product of? Throwing in the towel, bad coaching, or the offense and Free just not understanding the circumstances at that point in the game… I mean it was embarrassing – this is a pro franchise

  19. Mike Says:

    By the way, is troy Polomalu on the top of the Bucs web page? What?!

  20. Buddhaboy Says:

    Luke Stocker, Might as well be invisible…Didnt we trade up for this guy? WTF….

  21. eric Says:

    Heck ill take Chuckies brother at this point. Doing ahel of a job with Cinci.

    Didnt he give us a guy from the Arena league once?

  22. Macabee Says:

    I make no special appeal in support of Morris, my point is no matter who the coach is, we’re in for a year or two more of losing, maybe more. When I say losing I’m referring to making the playoffs or a serious run if we get there. We may win more games than we’re winning now but we’ve fired coaches for less. We lost Saturday night because we couldn’t prevent 3rd down conversions. If you think coaching would take the keystone kops we have in the secondary and turn them into an island, I beg to differ. If Morris is gone, consider Talib and Ronde gone. With Brees, Ryan, and now Cam Newton in the mix, this is going to be a tough neighborhood to hold on to your lunch money!. Then throw in next years opponents like the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, and Redskins and it could get scary around here! We don’t have enough draft picks to fix this and no coach, likely to make a difference, is going to sign up with that suicidal pact called “no or very little free agency”. I may be wrong, but IMO something has gotta change more than just the coach.

  23. Mitsurugi Says:

    Why do people keep bringing up Jeff Fisher? This guy has had 6 winning seasons in 17 years. That makes 11 non winning/losing seasons. Based on what I have read over the last few weeks around Raheem, most of you guys would have called for Fisher to be fired too. I agree Raheem should be fired but not sure why people think Fisher is the answer.

  24. joekool716 Says:

    Why does everyone keep screaming for Jeff Fisher or Bill Cowher to be the coach? Fisher in 14yrs with the Titans never won a super bowl,14yrs! Yeah he only took his team once and came close to tying the Rams not winning. Bill Cowher in 15yrs only won 1 time going only twice. Both coaches had GREAT teams yet only manage to have limited success. So why is it again we want them. Oh yeah! Because everyone knows there name.

  25. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    I dont want Fisher or Cowher. Ill take Marty Schottenheimer please. If we are talking about retread former head coaches that is. He’s made three separate franchises into contenders at different times in his career (Cleveland, KC, San Diego) and has the most career wins of any coach who hasn’t reached the Super Bowl. I imagine Marty still has the bug to coach in the NFL since he’s been bangin around the UFL recently. He’s 68 years old but could come in long enough to right the ship and then hand the reigns to a trusted coordinator if he decided to retire.