The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost on Sunday, and it finally confirmed via math what fans everywhere knew via logic.
The Bucs will not be making the 2013 NFL Playoffs.
The maximum amount of wins possible for the Buccaneers is seven, while the San Francisco 49ers already have eight wins and hold the final wild card spot.
The Buccaneers have still not won a playoff game since 2002-2003 when they won the Super Bowl, and have not made the playoffs since 2007-2008 under head coach Jon Gruden.
Considering that Greg Schiano went 7-9 in his first season in charge in Tampa Bay, it’s fair to say that this season has been a complete failure to improve upon his debut campaign in 2012. Schiano’s future is still in doubt, despite generic comments of “support” from his owners.
And thanks to our friends over at Bucs Nation, we learned that the Buccaneers would pick fourth in the NFL Draft thanks to Minnesota’s victory in overtime over the Chicago Bears. The order may change again thanks to the Washington Redskins, who dictate the pick of the St. Louis Rams. If Washington loses on Sunday night, they’ll move ahead of Tampa Bay.
With four games remaining in the 2013 season, it’s a complete disappointment to be announcing the end of the Bucs’ hopes for making the playoffs, and analyzing the draft order to see where the team falls. But that’s the situation the team is in, and that should reflect on the head coach and the players who have not performed up to standards this year.