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Race to 10?

Raheem the Dream Morris has been preaching a new motivational phrase for the season, which he hopes will inspire the players; it has me laughing and hoping all at the same time. Morris is saying “Race to 10,” meaning he wants his team to fight for 10 wins this season. I know, take a minute to catch your breath after laughing, but is Morris out of his mind or is a 10 win season possible for the 2010 Bucs?

As easy as it is to laugh at Morris, a 10 win season is tough in the NFL and after last season, there is plenty of reason to disregard Morris’s motivational phrase. He is simply trying to rally his team, the same team that went 3-13 last year. By setting lofty goals and giving the players something to work for as they make their way through training camp, Morris is hoping they can win a few more games this season. But speeches and and phrases can only go so far, the only way the Bucs will win is by their performance on the field. So how many wins can the Bucs really win this season, are 10 wins even a possibility? The answer, don’t hold your breath, but they may come closer than many people are expecting. The schedule has many winnable games including Cleveland, Carolina, Seattle, Detroit, and Pittsburgh (Big Benn will be suspended for this game), plus the NCF South is a tough division where anyone can beat anyone (we did beat New Orleans, who predicted that would happen).

Many people believe a 5 win season is reality for the Bucs. With a young quarterback, unproven receivers, and youth all over the roster, expectations remain low for the season, but fans should not be disappointed. The team is coming together through camp and the young players are maturing fast. While 10 wins probably won’t happen, the team will be competitive enough to contend in all the games this year and could surprise everyone and may pull of an upset or two. So only time will tell if Raheem is motivating the team or he has lost his mind.

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