QB Josh Freeman wigged out. MRSA infected the locker room. Injuries dented the offense.
Some will call those explanations for why the Bucs were 4-12. Here's a more accurate word: excuses.
Every 4-12 team has a pile of pitiful excuses that no one wants to hear. Here's what 4-12 teams don't have: answers. And talent. And leadership. And direction.
Ownership will decide soon, maybe even today, what to do with general manager Mark Dominik, coach Greg Schiano and, in a way, QB Mike Glennon.
Heads have to roll.
Think of it this way: If the Bucs fire Dominik, would another NFL team make him a GM immediately? If Schiano is axed today, would any other NFL team even interview him for a head coaching job? If Glennon is released right now, would any other team want him as its starting quarterback?
No. Unlikely. Doubtful.
If they're not good enough for any other team, why should they be good enough for here?
The Bucs need to make changes, not excuses.
Cold, hard facts
No playoffs for six years and counting. After all that progress under Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, the Bucs once again have fallen back to the bad old days of Leeman Bennett, Ray Perkins and Sam Wyche.
Congrats, Bucs fans, you follow a team that's a league joke, right alongside the Browns, Bills and Raiders.
Most depressing numbers
Four games. That's all the Bucs won this season. And they all came against lousy opponents: the Dolphins, Falcons, Lions and Bills. None made the playoffs. None even had a winning record. The four teams combined for a 25-39 record.
Three things that popped into my head
1. Can we all just simmer down about Bucs LB Lavonte David not making the Pro Bowl? Enough already. Are we really going to whine that a third player from a team that went 4-12 didn't make the Pro Bowl?
2. I'm not a huge fan of this guy, but after losing Sunday, Bears QB Jay Cutler could be available and would look a lot better behind center for the Bucs next season than Glennon and anyone else who might be available.
3. I know about the rumors, but I find it hard to believe that Penn State would be interested in Schiano if its own coach, Bill O'Brien, goes to the NFL.
If you bring back Dominik, Schiano and Glennon, why in the world would you expect the results to be any different next season?