Tampa, Fla. (CBS) If there is one thing that stands out about head coach Raheem Morris, it’s his no-quit attitude. The Bucs need this kind of leadership at this point in the season, seeing that they have lost four straight games after a 35-26 loss against the Packers last week.
In order to match last year’s improbable finish at 10-6, the Bucs would need to win their remaining six games to even have a shot at a playoff birth. But even after losing four straight games, Tampa Bay has nowhere to go but up.
Despite the loss at Lambeau the Bucs played surprisingly well against the defending Super Bowl champs, with Josh Freeman throwing for over 300 yards and LeGarrette Blount rushing for a career best 54-yard touchdown.
But after an inspiring 26-20 win against the Saints in week 6, the Bucs have lost their appeal and fell to the middle of the pack in the NFC. To win out would be ideal for Morris and his squad, but getting there won’t be easy.
“I know we still have a chance,” Blount said to reporters at a press conference, assessing the prospects of hanging in the race. “We split with the Saints. We beat Atlanta. We definitely still have a chance. We have to beat Carolina. We have to beat Atlanta again. We have to win out. That’s what our plan is.”
But is the plan realistic? In all honesty, it doesn’t have to be. Morris and the boys need to play each game like it’s there last if they want to turn this season around.
The team is full of youth and inexperience, but the blame can’t be placed on that anymore. As the saying goes, “you win as a team and you lose as a team.” This team needs to learn and build from the losses so they can enjoy more wins as the season continues.