After an extra week to prepare for the Minnesota Vikings, many would have assumed the Buccaneers were primed to have a solid game offensively last Sunday. To say the Buccaneers had trouble moving the football through the first three quarters would be an understatement, as Tampa Bay managed just 97 yards of offense before the fourth quarter.
On Wednesday, PewterReport.com asked offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo if he expected better success with having an extra week to get ready for Minnesota.
“Well I think we’d hope so,” Arroyo said. “We’re all obviously disappointed in the lack of production early on. That’s something that’s been a little bit hamstrung with us right now and we have to solve that issue. We have to be more productive early on. With a two-week layoff, you would hope that you would come out and start a little faster than that, not go down and do some of the things we did and hurt ourselves. That’s not where you want to be.
“Angry, frustrated, all those things, we’re just disappointed and we have to find away to correct it. This is another opportunity today to get out there and try to figure out a way to start faster.”
PewterReport.com followed the question up by asking what he saw on tape as the issues, whether it be protection issues, quarterback play or penalties that doomed the offense.
“It’s kind of gone that way this season; it’s always taking turns,” Arroyo said. “If we could pinpoint it, it would be a lot easier. If there was a quick fix than it would probably be a lot easier. Unfortunately it’s not, we’re all taking our turns. We have to find a way to gel a little bit so that we’re not doing that. Whether it’s miscommunication on the first drive or penalties, it’s the same thing. Whatever it is that puts us behind the sticks in those situations, we need to get through that, manage that and we’re going to continue to do that.”
Scott Reynolds joined Fan Interference to recap the Bucs and where they stand after yesterday’s trade deadline. One of the guys who were traded away was Mark Barron. Reynolds says that players like Barron, that come from great programs like Alabama, can become exposed when they are out of the structure of playing with a handful of other All-Americans.
Reynolds also went on to discuss the running back situation and the return of Charles Sims this week in Cleveland.
To hear the full interview, click here.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have signed quarterback Mike Kafka and wide receiver Tavarres King to the practice squad.
Kafka (6-3, 225) spent the past four weeks on Tampa Bay’s active roster before being waived on Monday. He played with the Buccaneers during the preseason and spent the first three weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad.
King (6-1, 210) originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (161st overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft. King spent the first six weeks of the season on the Broncos’ practice squad, before getting promoted to the active roster on October 15. He was waived on October 19 and was claimed by the Carolina Panthers, spending the remainder of the season on the Panthers’ active roster, where he was inactive for 10 games.
King – who played collegiately at Georgia – spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with Carolina and was signed to the team’s practice squad prior to the start of the regular season. After two weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed him to their active roster, where he was inactive for five games before being waived on October 25.
After two quarters on Sunday the Bucs offense was playing at 1976 expansion levels. Tampa Bay actually had more penalty yards than passing yards, as quarterback Mike Glennon was a paltry 6-of-12 for 31 yards through the air. Many were wondering if Josh McCown would start the second half, but the coaching staff stuck with Glennon who improved somewhat, and had the Buccaneers in position to win the with two minutes left in the game.
On Monday, Smith was asked if he is contemplating a quarterback change after the up-and-down performance by Glennon on Sunday.
“We stand exactly where we stood last week,” Smith said. “We have two quarterbacks we feel good about playing. Josh was able to go through practice last week. We start practice again Wednesday like we always do. I never go over starting lineups or anything like that until the end of the week. If we were going to make a change, I wouldn’t talk about it an awful lot. The plan isn’t for that.
“I thought Mike did some good things yesterday. You’ll always like to have a couple of plays back. But the first thing I thought about as far as improving our ball club wasn’t, ‘ God, we have to make a change at the quarterback position.’
Smith was then asked if having more mobility with McCown might help the offense.
“Being able to run the ball will help our offense,” Smith said. “The one game that we won, we had the same guy in the pocket, for the most part, the same offensive line. I’m going to go back, we were one play away yesterday, one defensive stop late, one interception, one play earlier and we have a win. So we’re close, that’s what I’m saying. So to make drastic changes – we’re not. We didn’t start fast yesterday on either side of the football but we hung in there. We consider all things. We haven’t started the game plan for the Cleveland Brown yet, we’re just kind of cleaning up the video from the last game right now.”
The Bucs locker room following Sunday’s latest loss was like a funeral home. Shock, disbelief, and even some anger were all felt as the players got undressed and showered and then spoke to the media. 30 minutes after the locker room opened, starting left tackle Anthony Collins was still draped in a towel, rocking back in forth in a chair sitting in front of his locker.
PewterReport.com asked a very soff-spoken Collins if the Vikings defensive line was even better than advertised.
“They are good man,” Collins said. “Their front four is good. They are young and they are going to be good for years to come. (Everson) Griffin is legit. I kind of killed myself today, in the first quarter, then I had to adjust – you have to make adjustments. That is part of football. I adjusted and it went well. They get paid for a reason.”
Collins talked about his expectations when the Buccaneers won the toss in overtime and their offense took the field needing a touchdown to win it.
“No doubt about it, you put the ball in the offenses hands, we have to do something with it, Collins said. “They came with a great game plan.”
Collins, who was visibly in tears following the loss to the Rams in Week 2 was asked where this one ranked among the six Bucs losses this season.
“All of them hurt the same,” Collins said. “When you lose, all of them hurt the same.”
Let your voice be heard during Sunday’s Bucs and Vikings contest that begins at 1 p.m. today. Good, bad or indifferent, we want to hear what you have to say about today’s game. PewterReport.com will be chiming in from time to time also, sharing our thoughts and observations.
Pewter Report’s Mark Cook joined the weekly Pewter Panel segment on Buccaneers.com to discuss the state of the team and the upcoming matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Some of the topics in the four-part series include the play of Mike Glennon and Josh McCown, the return of Charles Sims and Tampa Bay’s chances of getting back in the NFC South playoff race.
To view the Pewter Panel with Cook, Scott Smith, T.J. Rives and WFLA’s Dan Lucas, click here.
Share your thoughts on the game this Sunday and see if you can nail the score. The person who guesses it correctly, or comes closest will win a PewterReport.com T-shirt. You must add your prediction to the comment section of the blog to be eligible.
Cook’s Prediction: Bucs 27, Vikings 17
Horchy’s Prediction: Bucs 20, Vikings 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Johnthan Banks – Neck – Full Participation
Jonathan Casillas – Hamstring – Limited Participant
Anthony Collins – Knee – Limited Participation
Dashon Goldson – Ankle – Limited Participation
Vincent Jackson – Rib – Limited Participation – Questionable
Josh McCown – Thumb – Limited Participation
Keith Tandy – Hamstring – Limited Participation– Questionable
Brandon Magee – Knee – Did Not Participate – Out
Kyle Rudolph – Abdomen/Groin – Did Not Participate
Gerald Hodges – Hamstring – Did Not Participate
John Sullivan – Concussion – Did Not Participate
Corey Wootton – Low Back – Limited Participation – Probable
Sharrif Floyd – Ankle – Limited Participation – Probable
Vladimir DuCasse – Knee – Limited Participation
Jabari Price – Hamstring – Limited Participation
Antone Exum Jr. – Ankle – Limited Participation
Harrison Smith – Ankle – Full Participation – Probable
Chase Ford – Foot – Full Participation – Probable
Josh Robinson – Ankle – Out
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Thursday that they have signed linebacker Orie Lemon from the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad to the active roster.
Lemon (6-1, 235) originally entered the league in 2011 with the Dallas Cowboys as a college free agent out of Oklahoma State. He spent the 2011 season on the team’s practice squad and spent the first two weeks of the 2012 season on Dallas’ practice squad before being promoted to the Cowboys’ active roster in Week 3. Lemon played in five games in 2012 with Dallas, totaling three tackles and one fumble recovery, as well as two special teams tackles.
Lemon spent the 2013 offseason and preseason with the Kansas City Chiefs, before being released and signing to the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. In November of 2013, Lemon was signed onto Dallas’ active roster from the Cardinals’ practice squad, playing in three games for the Cowboys. He spent this past offseason and preseason with the Cowboys, before being released following Week One and signing onto the Chiefs’ practice squad.