The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been blown out twice this season, in just six games. They're 1-5, with their only win coming on a last-second, desperation effort against a team that just got blown out by the Cleveland Browns. They've lost close games to bad teams, and been blown out by mediocre teams.
The Bucs have yet to play a genuinely good team this season, and I shudder to think what will happen when they do.
"We are not a good football team," Lovie Smith said after today's game.
There are reasons, of course. This is a team that overhauled a large part of its roster -- but it did so by adding veterans across the board in an effort to be competitive this season. Yes, the Bucs have installed new schemes this season -- and six weeks in, their players still look lost.
It can take some time for a coaching staff to come in and win. It can take some time to collect the right players. And the answer isn't to fire Lovie Smith, or Jason Licht after six games of football. That would be ludicrous, and it wouldn't solve any problems. But this is still one big disaster.
It's a coaching failure, as too many players are clearly not comfortable in these schemes. It's a front office failure, as the Bucs clearly don't have enough talent or depth at several positions. It's a player failure, because too many of them are making basic mistakes and not living up to their talent. It's even a public relations failure, because fans are angry they were told this team would win now.
This is a total team failure. And that's unacceptable.