If you hadn’t noticed we took a bit of a holiday hiatus here at the Pewter Plank. That wasn’t entirely planned but it also wasn’t entirely unwelcome either, as it turns out the Buccaneers have been on hiatus for the better part of the last two months.
Frankly, we have a lot to catch up on, a lot to discuss. The Bucs started their season out at a solid 4-2 with wins over division rivals Atlanta and New Orleans, then they proceeded to drop ten straight to finish 4-12. What lead to that collapse was a multitude of factors ranging from the moves the team did and didn’t make in the off-season all the way to players seemingly tuning Raheem Morris out as head coach. By the end of the year the Bucs weren’t even formidable, they were an immature mess of a ball club who looked hapless like a JV team getting its first shot at scrimmaging varsity.
But not all is lost, there’s still plenty of silver lining and reason for optimism buried within the numerous disappointments of the 2011 season. This will undoubtedly be a difficult off-season filled with tough decisions and difficult choices, but there are glimmers of hope on this roster. For now it’s best just to say farewell to 2011, look back at want went wrong and more importantly look forward to what should still be a bright Buccaneers future.
Happy New Year