Buccaneers search for answers to slow starts
Thursday, September 15, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insist they haven't lost any of the confidence that helped them emerge as one of the NFL's biggest feel-good stories of a year ago.
The league's youngest team dropped it's season opener to Detroit last week, raising questions about whether the team has lost some of the swagger that coach Raheem Morris felt was a vital part of winning 10 games in 2010.
In the aftermath of a 27-20 loss that wasn't as close as the final score, Morris said he felt some of the club's young players "blinked" against the Lions.
That viewpoint was not shared by quarterback Josh Freeman, who took responsibility for a slow offensive start that placed an added burden on the Bucs defense.
Tampa Bay gets a chance to fix the problems Sunday at Minnesota.