Almost more insultingly than not having a single player selected for the Pro Bowl, the Bucs have three players that have been selected as alternates meaning their pro bowl honors are contingent upon other ahead of them being unable to compete due to injuries or their participation in the Superbowl.
Left tackle Donald Penn, quarterback Josh Freeman and tight end Kellen Winslow were all named alternates at their respective positions. Meaning they’re in if something goes wrong, but not really. The news of the Bucs snubs hasn’t sat well with many in the Tampa Bay area, one of the most vocal has been head coach Raheem Morris.
“It’s a little bit of a slap in the face,” the second-year coach told JoeBucsFan.com. “…You know, once you get some national games, you get some prime-time games out there and you make some big-time plays in those games, everybody sees them. … It’s the entertainment business.”
Unfortunately for Morris not everybody saw the Bucs making plays, in fact most of their fan-base missed every single home game unless they attended it in person. The Bucs had a phenomenal season, but being a team from a smaller market without a large national fanbase and with their aforementioned black-out issues, it was going to be an uphill battle.