Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the most surprising team in the NFL this season? Yeah, probably. Do the Buccaneers have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs after most teams expected them to win no more than four or five games? Yes, it sure looks like it based on their 4-2 start. Have the Buccaneers done enough to warrant being labeled the best team in the tightly-packed NFC? No, I don’t think so. Perhaps in a few week’s time they could make that claim, but as for now, the Buccaneers have been blown out twice, while three of their wins have been by narrow margins and the result of some fortuitous breaks.
Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris is convinced though that his young squad is the creme of the crop in the conference. On Monday he said just that.
“I like where we are,” Morris said. “We’re 4-2. We’re the best team in the NFC. Yeah, I said it. We’re excited.”
Morris elaborated on his bold statement, and reminded anybody who was listening that he thought this group had a chance to surprise some folks.
“I told you we’re going to be young and exciting,” Morris said. “That’s what we got today. We got two teams on the rise. We easily went out there and put together one of the worst first halves of my tenure. If you want to add the Saints game, you could say six quarters. But this team plays 60 minutes. There’s no doubt about that. They have no give-up in them. They have nothing but fight.”