It's safe to say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a pretty dark place, and the fan base is down bad.
The season started out with so much promise, too. Tampa Bay got off to a 3-1 start and looked poised to prove all of the offseason doubters wrong. Since the team's bye week, though, the Bucs are 0-4 and seem to find new ways to lose with each passing week.
Last Sunday it was the defense that let everyone down. For the first time all season the offense was cooking, at least in terms of points scored, but the defense couldn't protect a season-high 37 points and blew a lead with less than a minute left in the game.
After four straight losses, some fans are ready for any sort of change that might bring the misery to an end. For some, the conversation is returning to one we had in training camp and centers on naming Kyle Trask the new starting quarterback.
Could Buccaneers bench Baker Mayfield for Kyle Trask?
We went through this once and it ended with Baker Mayfield earning the job in less than five months. Trask has been here since 2021 and has taken exactly 10 snaps, all of which happened in garbage time of a game that didn't matter last year.
There was some conversation in the wake of Tom Brady's retirement that Trask might deserve a shot, but then everyone in Tampa Bay realized they like their jobs and signed Baker. It's been an up-and-down season so far, but Baker has by all accounts played some of the best football of his career despite how the big picture looks.
Losing is never fun, though, and Baker has been far from perfect. The current state of affairs has reignited the debate over whether the Bucs should turn to Trask and see what they have in him.
NFL insider Jay Glazer recently addressed the possibility of Trask replacing Baker, and promptly shut the notion down.
“You’re still in it in the [NFC] South," Glazer said. “So I think if they thought Kyle Trask could give us a better shot to win right now, we’d go over and do that. But I don’t think they believe that.”
Glazer goes a step further to point out that if the Bucs coaches thought Trask gave them a better chance to win, a move would have already been made.
“Look, they know what Kyle Trask can do. Right?” Glazer said. “They see him every day. They know what Baker Mayfield can do.
It's hard to hit it the nail harder on the head. The Bucs could turn to Trask but doing so would essentially be waiving the white flag. Baker gives the Bucs their best chance to win, and being two games out of the division race isn't the time to throw in the towel.
Tampa Bay needs to eventually make a decision on Trask and determine exactly what the team has in him, but now is not the time to start experimenting.
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