Talk of the town
Five topics suitable for inane debate on talk radio.
1. Practice? Practice? Raheem Morris suggested Sunday's pathetic performance was, in some way, the fault of a poor practice Friday. Okeydokey. And Tiger Woods' problems were caused because he didn't see a fire hydrant.
2. Looking for the bright side: In the face of mounting losses, dwindling ticket sales and flip-flopping decisions, Morris and general manager Mark Dominik could always point to Josh Freeman as a sign the franchise was heading in the right direction. That argument loses credibility with every errant pass Freeman throws.
3. Who knew? Arron Sears is in line for a big raise. Every time they talk about the disappointment of the offensive line, the Bucs mention the loss of Sears. Apparently, he is the second coming of Larry Little.
4. Once again, a curious call from the sideline: An onside kick with 4:45 left in the third quarter was deemed worth the gamble. Yet a fourth-and-2 play from midfield a minute later was considered too risky. Statistically speaking, in those situations, the odds of success on fourth down were far better than for the onside kick. So why the conflicting choices?
5. Can't even screw up correctly: If the NFL draft were held today, the Bucs would have the No. 1 pick based on the strength of schedule tiebreaker. But don't get too excited. Tampa Bay's strength of schedule will be negatively affected when it faces New Orleans again. Right now, the odds favor the Rams for the No. 1 choice.
A list of five
Five signs you're heading to 1-15.
5. You're being outspent by the Rays.
4. Jeremy Trueblood got a game ball.
3. You miss the good ol' days when Byron Leftwich was the QB.
2. Tim Tebow is praying for you.
1. Bryan Glazer used a 5-iron on the team bus.
Five historic comparisons
1. Freeman vs. Vinny Testaverde: Freeman's interception rate of 6.4 percent is the highest in the NFL. In his first full season as a starter, Testaverde had a league-worst interception rate of 7.5 percent.
2. Kellen Winslow vs. Jimmie Giles: Winslow is on pace for 811 receiving yards. Giles holds the Tampa Bay record for tight ends with 786 yards in 1981.
3. Morris vs. Bucs coaches: Even Leeman Bennett and Richard Williamson got off to better starts than this. Only John McKay, at 0-13 with an expansion team, had a worse 13-game start.
4. Derrick Ward vs. Bucs free agent RBs: Worse than Warrick Dunn (2008). Worse than Michael Pittman (2002). Heck, he's not even as good as Vince Workman (1993). Only Charlie Garner (2004) was a bigger disappointment.
5. Offense vs. eternity: Eternity will win, but not by much. Tampa Bay's worst performance in a 16-game season is 20 offensive touchdowns in 1996 and 2006. This offense has 19 touchdowns.
Five lousy picks
Checking out the best bets for the first pick in the 2010 draft.
1. Rams: Played Keith Null at QB. I can't believe they didn't win.
2. Bucs: Offense had 20 first-half plays. Fifteen net yards.
3. Browns: You messed up. You won.
4. Lions: One of four teams with a shot at 14 losses. That's never happened in the salary cap era.
5. Bears: Not really. But the Gaines Adams trade means the Bucs could have three of the top 40 picks.
Final five words
And yet, a new low.