Raheem Morris: 'Embarrassment would be your word'
They’re the last one standing, without a win, but that doesn’t make the 0-7 predicament the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves in embarrassing to first-year coach Raheem Morris.
“Embarrassment would be your word,’’ Morris said. “There's never a sense of embarrassment. The only thing we do … I'm not interested in sharing misery with anybody else in the league. I'm not interested in who else doesn't have a win, I'm interested in getting our own win. That's our job, that's what we have to do. We're responsible to go out and win every day. I'm not interested in sharing anything with the Rams, with the Titans, whoever else is. That's not my job. Our job is to go out and get our first victory. That's the only thing you can look at.’’
The Bucs lost company on Sunday when St. Louis and Tennessee claimed their first wins of 2009. Suddenly, the Bucs are the only team people will wonder about in the same sentence as the 0-16 2008 Detroit Lions. (At this point do the Lions have some champagne on ice, ’72 Dolphins’ style?)
Morris and the Bucs have a problem most 0-7 teams find—the schedule is unrelenting. That is because just about everyone looks playoff-worth in comparison. The next four weeks appear daunting. Tampa hosts Green Bay on Sunday, travels to Miami, hosts New Orleans and plays at Atlanta. That could be a fast forward to 0-11, setting them up with a Dec. 6 trip to Carolina with a shot at a victory.
“You start looking at your longest losing streak, it will continue to be a streak,’’ Morris said. “It will continue to be something that haunts your football team, it will continue to be something you talk about. That hasn't come up one time. The only thing we look for is when we're going to get our first win, and our next opportunity comes Sunday.”
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