NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - So Terrible, Not Even ESPN Can Hype Them

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24: Members of the Carolina Panthers signal after recovering a fumble by Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Surprise: the Bucs are not well-liked around the nation right now. In fact, most people think they stink. And that seems pretty justified after yet another blowout loss to a team that isn't really all that good. Or rather, it's pretty horrible right now. The Power Rankings have dropped the Bucs another spot, now ranking them 30th on average. The Bucs are edging closer and closer to being regarded as the worst team in the league.

SB Nation - 30th (down from 29th)

Last week I wasn't sure if Raheem Morris should be fired but now, after a 32-point loss to the Panthers, it's clear the time has come.

ESPN - 29th (no change)

The Buccaneers have allowed nearly as many points this season (449) as they did in the 2002 and '03 seasons combined (460).

Fox Sports (Brian Billick) - 30th (no change)

At a very young age, Raheem Morris has learned just how fickle this league can be. After being among the Coach of the Year candidates last season, he is now sitting on potentially the hottest seat in the entire NFL. I think he made a mistake by not hiring a defensive coordinator, but I do believe he deserves a chance to right the ship in Tampa Bay and help this young team grow along with him.

NFL.com Power Poll - 30th (down from 29th)

NFL.com (Elliot Harrison) - 30th (down from 29th)


Never thought I'd say this, but when are Craig Erickson and Errict Rhett coming back? Can it get any worse down in Tampa right now? The defense is awful, while Josh Freeman can't get any help. Speaking of...

Freeman in 2010: 25 TDs, 6 INTs

Freeman in 2011: 14 TDs, 19 INTs.

That's regression.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - 28th (no change)

Nine consecutive defeats, many blowouts, isn't a way for Raheem Morris to keep his job. Is there any doubt change is coming?

Pro Football Talk - 31st (down from 29th)

Barring dramatic changes, the Bucs will own the basement of the NFC South for years to come.

Pro Football Weekly - 29th (no change)

Blount had 1,000 rushing yards last season. Only 769 in '11.

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