Week 17 Grades: Tampa Bay's late-season collapse tops list of suprises
Losing four in a row was bad enough, but the manner in which they lost is especially troubling. A prideful defensive unit built on veterans like
Sunday's game against the Raiders was more of the same as the Bucs allowed
"Everybody is searching, and we'll be searching for an answer all offseason. We played really well for twelve weeks and then the last four we were bad,"
There is only one plausible answer to the Bucs downfall: the team was distracted by the news that
"You don't even think about that as a pro football player. You just go to work and prepare your best every day. The defense was never in another place [mentally], we just didn't execute," said Ruud.
If the Kiffin departure is not the answer to the question, the Bucs better find a solution before the trend continues in 2009.
The Texans found a young runner they can count on in rookie
Most importantly, the Texans have solidified the quarterback position.
If the Texans can make a couple of upgrades on defense, they will be in the postseason for the first time in franchise history next year.
Romo played poorly again down the stretch in crunch time with his preposterous interceptions in the first half against the Ravens and his inability to hold onto the football against the Eagles. Only time will tell if he can recover from yet another collapse. It won't be easy. He needs a breakthrough win in the worst way. Problem is, he just went 0-2 in those situations the last two weeks, which makes him 0-4 for those scoring at home.
If only they had a disciplinarian who could right the ship and make sure the team didn't have critical turnovers in important situations. Oh, right, they had two of them and they both reside now in South Florida and work for the Miami Dolphins. Wonder how they did this year.
He was simply the best free-agent acquisition in 2008 and he finished the regular season with a bang, rushing for 208 yards on 25 carries to will his Falcons to their 11th win. Nobody was exactly sure how
Just like this whole Falcons team.