Sunday, December 11, 2011
Wrap-up: Jaguars 41, Buccaneers 14
By Pat Yasinskas
Thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 41-14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday:
What it means: Last week, we found out the Buccaneers are the worst team in the NFC South when they lost to the Carolina Panthers. This week, we found out the Bucs are the third-worst team in Florida. Wait, I’m going to put them fifth, behind Tampa Plant High and Seffner’s Armwood High. Seriously, this might represent rock bottom. The Bucs have lost seven straight games. The first five came against decent teams. The last two have come against Carolina and Jacksonville. For the record, the Bucs jumped out to a 14-0 lead and then lost to rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Morris watch: More than ever, coach Raheem Morris is on the hot seat. It’s kind of amazing how quickly his stock has fallen and how badly this season has spun out of control. At the end of last season, when the Bucs finished 10-6, Morris was considered one of the league’s rising stars. Now, his future with the Bucs appears to be very much in doubt. The team is losing and not selling tickets. Morris is in a unique situation. The Bucs picked up options on his contract for this season and 2012. I seriously doubt the fan base would be very excited if Morris gets a contract extension. Another option would be to let him go into next season as a lame duck and that never works. Just ask the Panthers how things went when John Fox was a lame duck in 2010. The other option, perhaps the most likely now, is pulling the play on Morris.
Unlucky Seven: Despite Jacksonville’s record, the Jaguars have a decent defense. But the Bucs made them look even better than decent. With seven turnovers (has that happened since the days of Steve DeBerg?), the Bucs made Jacksonville look like the 1985 Chicago Bears. Gabbert threw for two touchdowns and Maurice Jones-Drew had two rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.
What’s next: The Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.