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December 11, 2011 @ 5:08 pm
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Seven Turnovers, 12 Penalties Doom Bucs In 41-14 Loss To Jags

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Eric Horchy

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The Bucs lost a 14-0 lead and saw the Jaguars score 41 straight points over the final 37 minutes of the game to send Tampa Bay to its seventh straight loss, 41-14. Maurice Jones-Drew scored four touchdowns, while Josh Freeman returned to action and had three turnovers for the Bucs.

Tampa Bay’s season of frustration continued Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers self-destructed in Jacksonville by committing seven turnovers and getting blown out, 41-14.

The Jaguars and running back Maurice Jones-Drew took advantage of their extra opportunities and scored 41 unanswered points after falling behind 14-0 early in the second quarter. In Tampa Bay’s last three losses, the team has coughed up the ball an amazing 17 times.


This most recent loss extends the Bucs’ skid to seven games, matching the team’s longest streak since opening 2009’s 3-13 campaign at 0-7.

Tampa Bay (4-9) is now guaranteed to finish with a losing record and heads into a short week. If the seven-game losing streak is to end, it will have to come on national television this Saturday night against visiting Dallas. The Bucs last two games come on the road against NFC South rivals Carolina and Atlanta, respectively.

Jones-Drew, who entered the game as the NFL’s leading rusher, scored a career-high four touchdowns (two rushing and two receiving) and was the latest opposing player to set a record at the Bucs' expense. After Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton set the NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback last week in Tampa Bay, Jones-Drew became the Jaguars' all-time leader in finding the end zone right before halftime on a 5-yard reception. His 71st touchdown moved him ahead of former running back Fred Taylor.

Despite the lopsided final score, a much different picture was developing through a quarter-and-a-half of Sunday’s intrastate game between two struggling franchises.

Tampa Bay started the day by scoring on its opening drive to finally post the team’s first first-quarter offensive touchdown of the season. Quarterback Josh Freeman, back after sitting out last week’s loss to Carolina with a shoulder injury, took cs 80 yards on 10 plays and running back LeGarrette Blount capped the sequence with his fourth touchdown of the year, a 1-yard plunge.


Returning to the field of play with Freeman on Sunday was defensive end Michael Bennett, but cornerback Aqib Talib’s hamstring injury kept him inactive and on the sidelines.

The Bucs actually came 43 seconds within breaking its 66-game drought of scoring only seven offensive points or less in the first period. Regardless of that stat, Tampa Bay went up 14-0 on the second play of the second quarter when Freeman turned a busted pass play into a 13-yard touchdown scramble up the middle.

That scoring drive was set up by cornerback Ronde Barber’s interception of rookie Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert in Bucs territory. The pick was the 15-year veteran’s third of the season and 43rd of his career.

Momentum swung away from the Bucs in a big way less than five minutes later. Having already fumbled a punt that the Tampa Bay defense made up for with a stop in the first quarter, return man Preston Parker was stripped of another at the Bucs 20. The defense wasn’t able to bail out Parker this time, though, because backup tight end Colin Cloherty recovered at the 8 and went in for the score.

Tampa Bay then continued to turn the ball over and Jacksonville continued capitalizing. The Bucs’ seven turnovers – they also had a fourth-quarter turnover on downs – marked a new season high. The Jaguars scored four of its six touchdowns following Bucs turnovers or turnovers on downs.

Combining with Tampa Bay’s struggles with retaining possession, the Bucs' season-long issue with penalties also made an reappeared. Twelve flags went against the visiting team for 97 total yards.

Jacksonville closed out the first half by finding the end zone three times in the final 2:09. Jones-Drew initiated the flurry with his first of the day, a 1-yard run. The Jaguars defense followed that up two plays later when linebacker Daryl Smith sacked Freeman at the Bucs 1-yard line and forced a fumble that was recovered by tackle Nate Collins in the end zone.

Freeman was sacked three times on Sunday and finished 16 of 30 passing for 181 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. That works out to a rating of 43.9.

Following Collins’ touchdown, Freeman’s second turnover in as many series came on an interception by cornerback Ashton Youboty, cut by Tampa Bay during the preseason. Gabbert took the Jaguars 49 yards in nine plays and 58 seconds and made it 28-14 on the record-breaking hookup with Jones-Drew.

Gabbert enjoyed one of his best days as a pro against Tampa Bay, going 19 of 33 for 217 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 72.4. The rookie came into Sunday completing less than 50 percent of his attempts (49.5), a rating of 64.5 and eight touchdowns to seven interceptions. Gabbert was sacked one time. Rookie defensive end Adrian Clayborn increased his team-leading sack total to 6.5 with a drive-ending, first-quarter takedown.

By heading into the locker room down 28-14, Tampa Bay has trailed at the break in 10 of its 13 games this season.

Blount (18 attempts for 74 yards) was a yard better than Jones-Drew (27 for 85) in averaging 4.1 yards per carry compared to 3.1. The second-year back ran hard throughout Sunday’s failure, but that still couldn’t keep him away from the turnover bug infecting the Bucs.

Both teams combined for three turnovers in the scoreless third quarter, including Blount’s lost fumble at the end of a bruising, determined run reminiscent of his rumbling in Tennessee. Blount was running over and carrying Jaguars defenders but linebacker Russell Allen ruined the 23-yard gain with a strip. Jacksonville defensive end Jeremy Mincey recovered at the Bucs 31.

Blount’s fumble was the play after Bucs linebacker Mason Foster’s first career interception. The pick came in the end zone and it was the second time the defense bailed out an offensive turnover. Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny intercepted Freeman three plays prior to that.

Tampa Bay advanced into Jacksonville territory for only one play in the second half. That came with 7:32 left in the game and was the Bucs’ fourth-and-3 incompletion from the Jaguars 45. Freeman’s pass was intended for wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and was broken up by Youboty.

Jones-Drew scored both of Jacksonville’s fourth-quarter touchdowns – a 5-yard reception and 1-yard run. In addition to the veteran back’s four scores and 85 rushing yards, Jones-Drew was the game’s leading receiver. He caught all six passes thrown his way for 51 yards

Wideouts Mike Williams and Parker paced Bucs pass catchers with identical three-catch, 35-yard days. Tight end Kellen Winslow pulled in two balls for 38 yards

The Bucs’ final turnover came when backup quarterback Josh Johnson took over and had his only pass nabbed by rookie cornerback Kevin Rutland.

Sunday’s sellout crowd at Everbank Field was announced at 62,562 with a game-time temperature of 58 degrees. There was a 12 mile-per-hour wind from the north and it lightly rained at times throughout the day.

Starting on defense for Tampa Bay was: LE Da’Quan Bowers, DT Brian Price, DT Albert Haynesworth, RE Adrian Clayborn, SLB Quincy Black, MLB Mason Foster, WLB Geno Hayes, LCB E.J. Biggers, RCB Ronde Barber, SS Sean Jones and FS Tanard Jackson.
The Bucs lined up offensively with: WR Mike Williams, LT Donald Penn, LG Jeremy Zuttah, C Jeff Faine, RG Davin Joseph, RT Jeremy Trueblood, TE Kellen Winslow, WR Arrelious Benn, RB LeGarrette Blount, TE Luke Stocker and QB Josh Johnson.

Seven Buccaneers were listed as inactive. They were QB Rudy Carpenter, CB Aqib Talib, S Larry Asante, OT James Lee, WR Sammie Stroughter, DE Derek Hardman and DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.

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    Here's something to think about when it comes to fan base....the Jacksonville game was SOLD OUT. Hmmmmm. What does that say about Tampa Bay? Just sayin'. Now as far as the game. Pathetic. However, I don't think you can blame this one on Morris. The plan was going along just fine at 14-0 and then you turn the ball over 7 times!!??? These are just stupid mistakes that shouldn't even have to be coached on a pro level. These are things these guys have practiced since Pop Warner. But to act like no fumbles or picks would have occured if a different head coach had been on the field is kind of silly. The players are accountable. They are supposed to be professionals and they are not performing like professionals. Now, should there be changes? Absolutely, but not just with the coaching staff. I think there needs to be a shakeup from top to bottom. I really don't think Morris will be fired but if he is...so be it. We really can't get much worse and if these players felt like they were playing for their jobs as well as a win they might just be a little more intense.
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    Absolutely pathetic. Players quit. Coaches quit. Owners are never around too busy spending our money. Same old story. Guess what Bucs you've officially lost this community now. Good luck getting it back.
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    I was behind Rah up until this game. But... I got nothing else. So disappointed. Time to clean house and reload.
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    I don’t owe any allegiance to any coach, GM, or even an owner. I don’t care if they fire Morris or keep him, fire Dominik or sell the franchise – it’s Mox Nix! I’m a Bucs fan and I just want to win! But for some of you who keep asking for a high profile coach like Cowher, Fisher, or Reid should put the bourbon down and stop and think about who we are and the history of this franchise! Those coaches will have their pick of high profile teams that already have established players and owners willing to spend money to win; visible owners that show up on sidelines; visibly show their support for their teams from luxury boxes; owners that show up in locker rooms after a huge win like the NO or ATL games. Could you see any of these coaches taking orders from and working for Mark Dominik; signing up for the Glazer Austerity Program; putting their careers on the line to take Spanky and Our Gang of Dead-End Kids to success in one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL? Have you seen the win/loss records of the roadkill (previous Buc coaches) that litter the hallways of One Buc Palace? Would any one of you come here where coaches come to die to ensure that you never coach again in the NFL? Those coaches are not masochists who enjoy hitting their heads against the wall just so they can quit and make it feel better. They’ve been around long enough to know to take the I275 bypass around Tampa to get to Miami if they were ever interested in Florida at all! Isn't it curious that we haven't heard from Dominik lately? Last year when we went 10-6 and Morris was being supported as COY by many of you, Dominik was in front of the camera at every opportunity to espouse his build-thru-the-draft strategy and embellish his guru status! Maybe he's in the witness protection program, because there's some "splaining" that needs to be done for how this fiasco was allowed to occur! (I should never comment until 2 days following a horrible loss)
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    Amen macabe well said.
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    macabee, good input and things think about.
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    this is what happens when you reward players like quincy black with a mega contract based upon what he might be someday, what a effin joke.
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    who makes the personel youboty is better than mack,biggers, and lewis i don't get it. the time for change has come no sugar coating anymore welcome to tampa jeff fisher, please no mularkey
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    I am dumbfounded by how we played today. We had the game won, then Preston fumbles again....I just am at a loss for words. The D held tough in the 3rd quarter, but our offense is so horrible. Our WR's are terrible, it's not like Jacksonville has good CB's, and it's a joke when these announcers call our OL a strength. Maybe comparatively. I always try to be positive, but I can't believe how little this team competes. It's a 180 from last year. Today was horrible.
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    I'm not buying no established H.C. would want to come here. We're going to have another high draft,and cap space we'll have to use. I could see a Jeff Fisher really wanting this job. Another good choice would be Mularky, steal him from Atl. Dom can stay, but in the case of a Fisher,or Cowher, he wouldn't have final say on personal.
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    Horse, while you were up in Tallahassee, the money has been a big topic with most sports casters here for a long time. Exactly what your thinking. Because it would have cost way to much to pay Gruden and another well known coach. Plus, now they think they may keep him because there is no floor until 2013. So they can put that money in their pocket . So they got Morris for cheap and took the chance. If he worked out fine.
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    dixieboy, thank you for the information. I'm back in Tampa Bay and ready to buy some tickets if we have a coaching change.
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    It really isn't worth discussion at this point, no. Coach Morris had the same look I've seen on Wade Phillips, Dennis Green, Mike Singletary, etc. That look that says "I'm dumbfounded, I don't know what else to do". I believe Dominick was and is ultimately following specific directives from the Glazers, so he's good. Last week I assumed Coach Morris still had a chance to turn it around. I didn't even believe we needed to WIN this game necessarily, but to collapse so thoroughly as to not look like a professional football team was painful. Even the shots they showed of Ronde showed a man who was emotionally spent.
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    Dom following Glazer directive so he's good? If he is, I agree....but in that case we aren't good because with the same "directive" in place, we will end up with another Raheem at the helm. Sound great...right?
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    Well, we just have to play smarter, harder, and with focus. Tackling drills this week will,solve,all this, yup,,we gotta,get better. Any chance they can black out all of the remaining games?
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    NO Established HC will come in with Dom and the Glazers calling all the shots. If you really want to do it right, bring in the best GM we can hire, give him a deep pocket, and let him hire an established coach. That is the way it is done.
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    If Rod Marinelli, who was a great position coach, couldn't be a good HEAD COACH what makes the Glacers think RAHEEM Could be a great HEAD Coach?
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    We are the 2nd worst team in the NFL but I'm not sure we could get a second win against the Colts right now. Fire Rah at the end of the season, get rid of 1/3 of that roster and bring in a HC that the players respect as a coach instead of one the players see as a friend. Looks like a top 5 pick. Make the draft count, get some key free agents and lets kick some a$$ next season! Go Bucs!
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    It's not that we are loosing all these games with a young Team, but it's the WAY we are loosing these games. This TEAM has NO HEART! No discipline! You dont see Raheem coaching the players after making a bad play when they come back to the sideline. He's got this look in his face like he doesn't know what to do!! The GLACERS need to stop trying to get the only season tickets holders money before the season ends and start spending money on this TEAM. We build our SUPERBOWL Team through the Draft, but we also had over 10 Free Agents on that TEAM. Raheem is nothing but a car sales man. He tries to sale you on this players being good players but in reality we are playing with maybe 6 good players and a bunch of scrubs that were released from other TEAMS or weren't even drafted. YOU CAN MAKE BUTTER OUT OF CRAP!! The excuse by Raheem is always we are a young TEAM, but the LIONS are young, the Patherns are young, the Bills are young, the BENGALS are young, Green Bay is young. Some of those TEAMS loose games but they at least FIGHT ti'l the end. The BUCS QUIT in games. THERE IS NO ENERGY AND NO PASSION!! They are just.....there. They look worst every SUNDAY...all we here is we're gonna cut back and go back to fundamentals, then SUNDAY comes and we see the same garbage...so it has to be on the COACH. Back in 95 when the BUCS were young, we had great coaches and position coaches, coaching the young guys. This TEAM has no head coach and only a few good position coaches. The BUCS won't win another game this season, so let's get ready to Draft RB Richardson from Alabama. This TEAM needs explosiveness and play making ability. Some of these players need some competition in each position. A lot of them dont feel treating they are going to loose their jobs, because there is nobody behind them worth a damn!! GREG OLSON STINKS!! I will cacel my season tickets for next year if I dont see major improvements in the offseason. SO CHEAP OWNERS, spend the money and draft play makers or dont count with my money anymore. RAHEEM NEEDS TO GO! He's a position coach NOT a Head Coach!
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    No one cares about this team anymore...Change must come and the roster is crippled. On to the next story...We should discuss relevant topics.
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    Has a 3-9 team ever, in the history of the NFL, routed a team by 27 points or more? Every week the Bucs are on the wrong end of a humiliating record performance. What would really be embarrassing is if the Head Coach is not FIRED tomorrow morning.
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    "What do you think of your teams execution?" "Im all for it" haha GO BUCS
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    Rah looked lost on the sidelines today. I think he is in real trouble at this point. Do we really not have one receiver with speed or who can run a route a get open. And what. The. Hell was with Penn today. He was getting housed all day. This is pure garbage right now. Calls on clayborne and biggers were jokes.
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    I just listened to Morris Post game and he is stating that he is going to use all three contact practices he has left next week to work on the fundamentals. It's too late for that. Save it for the whoever fills in for Morris starting tomorrow. Glazers need to call GM and HC first thing in the morning and decide their futures. Let Jimmie Lake coach the rest of the season; better yet, let the Glazer Brothers coach the rest of the season because it is their mess to clean up!.
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    I agree. Changes are needed in many places. Disappointing.
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    NO HART...................................
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    If we are going to keep the same "build only through the draft" philosophy espoused by MD and the Glazers, we might as well keep Raheem because no HC is going to be successful trying to build a winner with MD's drafting only...and don't say Green Bay...you would be wrong. They had Favre and Woodson demanding excellence and providing Leadership. And no proven HC talent is going to believe enough in the Glazers and MD to stake his reputation on their "philosophy". But I guess it is easier to blame it all on Raheem. He got handed a bag of ...er...sand, and has tried to make fudge brownies with it. Understand, ye with little knowledge and experience, that this problem is bigger than just Raheem and Olsen. But I guess it is easier to sleep better thinking that just canning Raheem and Olsen will make us contenders again. Good luck with that....
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    Yeah BUT!! Good coaches find ways to use the talent they have in their TEAMS. ie Carolina, San Francisco, DENVER, Arizona, SEATTLE....... Good coaches design plays and offense or Defense around the players. OLSON and RAHEEM designed plays and use them even if their players dont do that well. Those TEAMS I mention, YES, they loose games but they fight til through the game even that they aren't very good, the BUCS plain and simple, just QUIT and start doing stupid stuff and fighting like idiots. WHY, because there is no discipline. RAHEEM NEEDS TO GO! Can you say JEFF FISHER???
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    Well Scott. Point made. JJ and Freeman are interchangeable. 16 for 30 passing? Boy we just could not wait to get the great Freeman back. This whole team is a mess. Maybe with a little luck we will get the 2nd draft pick.
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    Well that sucked. The Bucs have gone from not being able to play in cold weather in years past to not being able to play in the rain. We're a Florida team so how is this possible? We couldn't hold onto the ball in this game or in the Titans game. If Morris gets canned at the end of the season this will be the game that management will use to justify it. There are 3 more games left in the season and I'll use them to make up my own mind on if he deserves another year. Based on going 10-6 last season with the youngest team in the NFL if I had to decide today I still say let him play out his contract with a new OC and DC.
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    Panzer, you really summed it up. This pathetic display was reminiscent of the 1980 game against the Aints. Bucs up 14-0 at the half and end up losing 14-42. The same look of bewilderment I keep seeing showed up on the faces of the entire sideline as soon as Preston Parker fumbled and quickly digressed to full dismay with the second fumble/TD that ignited the sidelines of the otherwise depleted Jacksonville team. From that point on, the once mighty Bucs rolled over. Wow, was that the depth to which this once proud team has fallen?
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    Fire Raheem tomorrow. Keep Dominick. Get a top 10 pick. It's not really rocket science.
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    Our receivers couldn't beat a guy who was on our practice sqd,Youbdy? This is indeed a sad day in Buc history.
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    This was a sad day and event for the Buccaneer organization; implosion and embarrassing. This is something that has ruined a potential future Head Coach and it is the Glazer's fault for bringing in so much inexperience at once. I have to believe that it was all about "the money". Once the Glazer's fired Allen and Gruden and still had to pay their salaries for a few years if not employed by another NFL team, they went the cheap way. There's no need to pile on this at all. It's obvious what needs to be done and as quickly as possible to save the young players from going backwards even more. I really like Raheem Morris and the Buccaneer organization owe him employment until he can find another job. I feel bad for Raheem, but he was way over his head and he tried his best. He was just to inexperienced. Now lets address GM Dominick? Does he go too? Don't know yet. Please hire Fisher immediately whether he starts Coaching now or after the season. We need someone who has experience and knows how to turn this team around. We need to play all young playe'sr NOW so the new coach has some film on them and sees what he has and what he needs to fix. Go Bucs! It's time to start over.
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    Couldn't agree with you more. This is why veteren coaches with good track records get paid big money. Because experience matters. People love to use the mike tomlin reference as why a young inexperienced coach can work. Big difference between him and rah. He had plenty of vets and leaders on both sides of the ball. We almost have none. Bye bye rah.
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    The Jacksonville Jaguars: 3-9 record, in between coaches, in between owners, 21 guys on I.R. including their top 3 secondary players, DEAD LAST in total offense, a team that has not scored more than 20 points all season, a ROOKIE QB, and THIS is the best “effort” Morris and staff can put on the field? There will be Buccaneers football in 2012, but will anyone even care?
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    ....time to press the reset button and start over again. Say hello to the 80's and the days of the Yucks again. So sad so sad.....
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    Unbelievable! I sure would like someone to try and convince me this team doesn't need to change the coaching staff. That was one of the worst loses I have seen in a long time. The players and coaches were terrible!
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    Mama always said if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all. So ......
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    Is it even worth talking about anymore? We are the 2nd worst team in football....
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