Talk of the town
Five topics suitable for inane debate on talk radio.
All bets are off: You could rationalize November's swoon because the Bucs played a month's worth of playoff contenders. No longer. They've been outscored 79-33 the past two weeks by a pair of last-place teams, and Raheem Morris is now in the crosshairs.
Losing the easy way: So you want a single, easy-to-explain reason the Bucs have lost seven in a row? Try turnovers. When they were 4-2, the Bucs were plus-3 in turnover margin. During the losing streak, they are minus-13.
Bring on Andy Dalton: On the list of bad signs, getting beaten by rookie quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks ranks pretty high.
Select company: In the past 10 years, only Rod Woodson, Deion Sanders, Robert Griffith and Junior Seau had picked off at least three passes in a season at age 36 or older. Ronde Barber pulled it off with three games left.
No comment: Preston Parker declined to talk about his fumbles. Kellen Winslow recently declined to talk about dropping a critical pass. This is way bigger than reporters missing out on quotes. It's about a lack of accountability in the locker room.
A list of five
Five signs Raheem Morris is in trouble.
5. Referring to team as the Generic Packers.
4. CNN says Mitt Romney just got Raheem-ed in the debate.
3. Closes his eyes on third down.
2. A Glazer darn near talked.
1. Players voted Jim Bates best defensive coordinator since Monte Kiffin.
Five worst losing streaks
26: It was either coincidence or bitter irony, but Sunday was the 34th anniversary of the first victory in Tampa Bay history. That 33-14 win at New Orleans ended the mother of all NFL losing streaks that had stretched from 1976 to '77.
11: This was also a two-parter. The Bucs lost the final four games of Jon Gruden's reign in 2008 and then dropped the first seven games of Morris' head coaching career.
10: This one is sort of cheating, but the Bucs lost a playoff game to the Cowboys at the end of the 1982 strike season and dropped their first nine games of '83.
9: It didn't take long to recognize the Leeman Bennett era was going to be a mistake. The Bucs lost their first nine games of his reign in 1985. Showing remarkable consistency, they also lost the last seven of Bennett's career in '86.
8: There was a moment when the Bucs were 4-3 in 1987 and Ray Perkins looked like he knew what he was doing. It didn't last. Tampa Bay lost the rest of its games.
Five super picks
Checking out the best bets for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
1. Packers: I bet they won't go undefeated. In 2012.
2. Ravens: Packers may have to beat back-to-back Harbaughs.
3. Saints: How did they lose to the Bucs?
4. Steelers: Have given up 19 points in the past three games combined.
30. Bucs: Have reclaimed the NFL's worst all-time winning percentage.
Final five words
Too sad to be comical.