Forget the Race to 10. That was so 2010. The goal now for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a lot simpler.
"What we want to do now, which is realistic, is go out and win our division,'' Bucs coach Raheem Morris said at the start of training camp Friday.
"That would be our goal. Once you win the division, you have a chance to qualify for the playoffs, and once you qualify for the playoffs, anything can happen. As long as I'm the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we're going to continue the championship search.''
The new objective isn't a whole lot different than the old one. Morris' stated goal for the Bucs last season was to win the Race to 10 wins. While the Bucs did get their 10 wins, they missed their ultimate goal to make the playoffs.
The Atlanta Falcons won the NFC South division. The New Orleans Saints finished second and reached the playoffs as an NFC wild-card team. The Bucs finished third, just out of the playoffs.
"We absolutely demolished the race to 10 last year, and I'm almost afraid to say it now because it was completely misconstrued,'' Morris said. "The race to 10 last year was, again, it was trying to get there first. It wasn't a goal to get to 10. I know it was nice for you guys (the media), because you said I wouldn't get there in three years. But that kind of messed it up for everybody.''