WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — For the first time this season, the Washington Redskins (3-6) will host a team at FedEx Field with a worse record than their own, in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) on Sunday.
See? It really could be worse.
The Buccaneers, also operating under a new head coach, Lovie Smith, made the switch back to 35-year-old quarterback Josh McCown last Sunday — after riding the Mike Glennon wave into the ground — just in time for McCown to help them to their fifth straight defeat, a 27-17 home loss to their division rival Atlanta Falcons. He was sacked 4 times and threw two interceptions in that game.
“Well, not only did they make the switch, guys, and they’ve lost five in-a-row; they’re going back to Josh McCown,” NFL writer Ira Kaufman told 106.7 The Fan’s The Junkies Thursday morning. “When the game ended last week — and I’ve been doing this a long time, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this — when Josh McCown reached the podium last Sunday, he broke down and sobbed. He cried. He cried.”
Tampa is tied for eighth in the NFL in sacks given up (25), is 29th in yards per game (311.6), and has a -7 turnover ratio.
Their defense gives up more yards per game (391.2) than 28 other teams, and they’ve got calculators for uniforms.
Things are so seemingly hopeless, Tampa-based morning radio show “Kirk & Kage” of 98.7 The Fan put together a casting call for offensive linemen.
This one-minute gem of audio is set to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” presumably to evoke the sorrow one would find from the ASPCA animal cruelty infomercials, which you’ve undoubtedly seen on your television at some point, and from which you’ve probably cried alone in your living room.
“Every Sunday, our offensive line is beaten and abused by opposing teams,” the audio clip begins. “They can’t block anybody. They can’t protect the quarterback. They flat-out suck a– and are disgusting to watch. Will you be an angel for a helpless offensive line? Other Bucs players are crying out for your help.
“Please, if you know someone that’s ever played offensive line before — Pop Warner, high school, Lingerie Football League — send them to One Buccaneer Place today. You’ll help this team from being abused by another defensive line this year. This season can be given a second chance, thanks to you.
“Right now, there’s a professional football team that needs you. Sending any offensive lineman you know that’s played the game before says, ‘I’m here to help.'”