The loud, screeching whistle sound you hear in the back-round, is the pressure that’s beginning to build as the 2010 season draws closer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Raheem Morris. After gutting a huge number of veterans, shortly after he was named coach in 2009. The results that followed were catastrophic and further alienated the majority of the fan base that were pro Jon Gruden. Firing offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, an 0-7 start, the dismissal of defensive coordinator Jim Bates, the quarterback carousel that ensued and the growing pains Morris endured as the leagues youngest head coach has only fueled speculation that Morris is squarely planted on the hot seat in Tampa.
But the ’10 draft was good to the Buccaneers as they potentially might have walked away with 5 starters in DT Gerald McCoy, DT Brian Price, WR Arrelious Benn, WR Mike Williams and P Brent Bowden to add to a talented group of players from the 2009 NFL Draft that include QB Josh Freeman, WR Sammie Stroughter and DT Roy Miller.
Morris, would surely love to coach the young nucleus of the rebuilding Bucs for the next decade, but another three-win campaign will not cut the mustard. With more talent on hand, Morris will be expected to produce more wins.
How many more wins, is the million dollar question. No one is for sure, if Morris and his fledglings have to have a winning season. But anything short of a 7-9 or 8-8 record at seasons end, might spell a disastrous end to Morris’ coaching career and force team Glazer into a bidding war for a high profile coach to help sell season tickets as the ship gets righted.