The season has snowballed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to the tune of seven straight losses. The disappointing season has made the up-and-coming vibe of last year’s team a distant memory, and has left many wondering if coach Raheem Morris is on the hot seat.
He is, according to St. Petersburg Times beat writer Rick Stroud, who says the Bucs have the final three games of the season to turn things around and save Morris’ job.
“Anything is possible at this point, but they need to win some games before this is over,” Stroud told “Around the League” on Tuesday. “If they do not beat the Dallas Cowboys, or the next week at Carolina, or finish up at Atlanta, then you’re looking at 10 losses in a row and 11 out of 12 after a 4-2 start. That’s hard to swallow for any owner.
“(Ownership) is rooting for Raheem Morris, but I don’t know how you can sustain 10 straight losses in this league and end up keeping your job, especially when you haven’t made the playoffs in three years.”
Stroud added that the current plan is to stay with Morris, but we know plans can and do change. He says the Glazer family will evaluate Morris’ status after the season.
Given the chance to address his hot-seat status with reporters on Monday, Morris was even-keeled about the whole thing. But given the enormous expectations — playoff expectations — on the Bucs this season, Morris knows time isn’t on his side. If he has any strings left to pull, now is a good time.