Nothing appears to be going right for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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When Lovie Smith was hired as the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it was viewed as a move that would get the most out of a clearly talented but poorly coached team. Instead, the Buccaneers under Smith’s watch have become as much a laughingstock as two winless teams.
On paper the team looks incredibly loaded with talent: Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin, Mike Evans, Logan Mankins and Mike Glennon leading the offense. Gerald McCoy, Lavontae David, Alterraun Verner and Mark Barron on defense. So why is a team with so much talent playing so poorly and suffering from all kinds of bizarre injuries and suspensions? Is it the coaching? Are the players just not motivated? Or does the problem lie deeper in a franchise that has only 1 winning season in the 5+ years since it fired legendary head coach Jon Gruden? Whatever the reason may be, this Buccaneers team is hard to watch and needs to see its problems fixed soon before the ownership decides to clean house again.
Here are the five worst teams in the NFL heading into Week 7:
5. New York Jets – Rex Ryan does not deserve to be the only goat for the horrible job GM John Idzik did putting this team together. If Rex has to go down for this team’s failures, he deserves the right to bring Idzik (and the entire Jets scouting department) with him.
4. Tennessee Titans – If this team played in the NFC it would be easily the worst in the conference, instead it is just barely in 3rd place in the AFC South over the Jaguars – a team it barely beat by the way.
3. Oakland Raiders – This Raiders team has been one of the most competitive winless teams we’ve seen and QB Derek Carr looks like he’s the answer in the long-term, but this team just doesn’t have enough talent to win more than a game or two this season.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This team is too talented to be this terrible, and yet Tampa Bay has been outscored by 84 points this year. Only the Jaguars have a worse point differential.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – This team has yet to score more than 17 points this season. The team is averaging fewer than 14 points (only 13.5) this season. Even compared to the hapless AFC South this team looks like it has no business being on an NFL field.