It appears the losing ways the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been stuck in since their bye week is starting to wear some folks thin.
After starting the season 3-1, the Bucs are a miserable 1-6 in the time since and are in a free fall down the NFC standings. They’re somehow still just a game out of first place in the division, but it feels like they’re way further behind than that.
Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts was another example of that, as it was a game the Bucs should have won but found themselves floundering in like we’ve seen them do so many times this season. Tampa Bay is 1-4 in one score games this year, and haven’t been on the right side of those games since Week 1 against Minnesota.
Mental mistakes continue to kill the Bucs and stunt any momentum the team attempts to get going, which leaves them in a position of desperately trying to claw their way back at the end of games. It’s a losing strategy in every single sense and it’s something that Baker Mayfield sounded fed up with.
Baker Mayfield has harsh message for Bucs after Week 12 loss
After the loss in Indy Mayfield had some harsh words for the rest of the team, specifically guys he doesn’t think are taking things seriously enough.
“Until everybody gets pissed off enough to get it fixed, there will be no changes,” Mayfield said. “I know where I’m gonna head at the end of this week. I’ll get my job fixed and try to drag as many people along as well.”
It’s hard not to read into his comment about dragging as many players along with him, especially hearing the tone in which he said it.
Baker’s frustration isn’t hard to understand, as Bucs fans have been feeling it for weeks. How many times have we heard him say something almost verbatim after a loss only to have the same mistakes plague the team the following week?
Questions are already being asked about the effort being put forth by some players, but most of that has been chatter from fans. To hear Baker suggest that some guys aren’t pulling their weight — or worse, not interested in doing so — is pretty alarming.
Considering the Bucs are 4-7 and moving in the wrong direction, a rift in the locker room as rumors offseason changes grow louder is absolutely something to start keeping an eye on.
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