On The Buccaneers Tough Schedule and Raheem Morris

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Defensive end J. J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans sacks quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers November 13, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

With the Buccaneers on a three game losing streak, and traveling on the road this Sunday to face the undefeated defending champs, their fans aren't that optimistic. Head coach Raheem Morris is feeling some heat from critics, and he's getting defensive about it.

When asked by reporters earlier this week about his team's struggles, Morris blamed their tough schedule. And it has been tough, but there's also something else wrong. From Bucs Nation:

Two of their losses have been close affairs, but those losses against the Lions and Bears felt a lot worse than the scoreline made them look. The other three losses, though, have been blowouts, and that's inexcusable. The Bucs have lost games to the 49ers, Saints and Texans by a combined score of 28-112.

Michael Lombardi thinks that Morris isn't doing enough leading, and he has to stop making excuses for them. And that's a good point.

I'm not used to hearing excuses from Mike McCarthy. For an example (it's been a while since the Packers have lost a game y'know), I went back to his press conference after they lost last December to the Patriots. He could have excused the loss. They were on the road. It was Matt Flynn's first career start, and the Patriots had the best record in the NFL. Instead, McCarthy said "I don't care what you guys think. We came here to win. We're nobody's underdog."

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