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October 1, 2012 @ 1:15 am
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Skins Scalp Bucs Late: Most Impressive & Disappointing Week 4

Written by Mark
Cook
Mark Cook

Mark
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Which Buccaneers players stood out in the loss to the Redskins on Sunday? Which players will watch the game film with their hands covering their faces? Find out what editor-in-chief Mark Cook thinks and tell us if you agree in this PewterReport.com weekly feature.
The Buccaneers squandered a great opportunity to enter the bye week sitting at .500, but were unable to hold off a late charge by the Washington Redskins led by rookie sensation Robert Griffin III. Below is the list of the most impressive and most disappointing performances from the 24-22 loss.

Most Impressive
Kicker Connor Barth
In the world of sports the term being “in the zone” is used quite frequently. For Connor Barth, being “in the zone” may be an understatement. Barth had three field goals on Sunday, from 50 and 57 yards, then calmly – with the game on the line – nailed a 47-yarder than put the Buccaneers in front 22-21. Barth isn’t just making field goals – he is splitting the uprights. It will be interesting to see how he responds when he finally misses one. For now the Buccaneers and their fans are enjoying the former Tar Heel and his franchise record streak of 25 in a row.

Defensive End Michael Bennett
When the Buccaneers signed Bennett in the offseason to a one-year, $2.7 million deal most felt that seemed about right for a defensive end with 6.0 career sacks, including career-high 4.0 sacks in 2011. So far Bennett may be the best move the Buccaneers made in the offseason. On Sunday against the Redskins, Bennett managed just two tackles, but one was for loss, and also added his team leading fourth sack of the season. With fellow defensive end Adrian Clayborn out for the season with a knee injury, defenses will begin to key on Bennett, and things may get much tougher. However, if Bennett continues his stellar play the Buccaneers may not be able to afford his next contract.

Quarterback Josh Freeman
For the first time in Pewter Report history a player made both the most impressive – and disappointing list. Freeman struggled in the first half, but as he did often in 2010, led a fourth quarter charge, and put the Buccaneers in the lead. Freeman plays better when challenged and when he takes chances down the field. No one questions his athletic ability, but more his decision-making. Hopefully the coaching staff realizes it is time to take the reigns off and see exactly what Freeman is made of. Sink or swim – the Buccaneers need to know if Freeman is the Freeman of 2010 or the Freeman of 2011.  On the day Freeman finished 24-of-39 for 299 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Linebacker Lavonte David
While rookies Mark Barron and Doug Martin came to Tampa Bay with much more fanfare, first-year linebacker Lavonte David has outplayed the two players chosen ahead of him in last April’s draft. On Sunday against the Redskins David missed a couple key tackles but still led all defensive players with 14 stops, including a whopping three for loss. David is a tackling machine with 33 tackles on the season, including six for loss.

Wide Receiver Mike Williams
Williams was the recipient of Freeman’s willingness to finally take a shot downfield, and Tampa Bay’s third-year receiver made the most of it, hauling in a 65-yard pass to spark the dull offense on Sunday. Williams did a nice job of also running after the catch and didn’t have any drops on the day. On the afternoon Williams hauled in four receptions for 115 yards.

Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson
Jackson showed why the Buccaneers forked out $55.5 million for the former Chargers’ receiver with his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. Jackson and Williams were the first Buccaneers receiving duo to go over the 100-yard mark in the same game since 1992 when Mark Carrier and Lawrence Dawsey accomplished the same feat.

Honorable Mention: Punter Michael Koenen, linebacker Mason Foster

Most Disappointing
Quarterback Josh Freeman
As mentioned prior, Freeman is the first player to receiver both impressive and disappointing honors since PewterReport.com began this post-game feature. Freeman started the game off hot, then went cold, and then finished strongly. But it was the times when he was cold that hurt the Buccaneers the most. Yes the play calling could have helped, but there was a stretch midway through the second and into the third quarter (5-for-13 and 24 yards) when Freeman’s passes were off target with receivers open. It is clear Freeman may not be the type of quarterback who will consistently put up 23-of-27 for 300 yard type days, but for the Buccaneers to succeed, he must help at least extend drives and give his receivers an opportunity to make plays.

Fullback Eric Lorig
Lorig wasn’t bad the entire game, but had a two-play stretch where he committed two penalties in a row. The first was a holding call on a punt return backing the Buccaneers up to their own 6-yard line, then on the first offensive play of the next series, committed a false start pushing the Bucs back to their own 3-yard line.

Guard Ted Larsen
Larsen was decent in pass protection, however, it is clear the Buccaneers struggle when running to his side. Larsen’s most glaring error was a critical false start in the fourth quarter when the Buccaneers were attempting a two-point conversion after LeGarrette Blount’s 2-yard touchdown run. Tampa Bay was backed up to the 7-yard line and Freeman was unable to connect on the next play.

Defensive Tackle Roy Miller

Miller has been an important part of the Buccaneers’ defensive success in defending the run, but Sunday found himself washed out of several plays allowing the middle to be wide open. The Buccaneers were gashed up the middle by the Redskins Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III on several plays. While all the blame can’t be placed on Miller, looking at the stat sheet (one tackle, one assist) it is clear Miller didn’t have his best game.

Linebacker Quincy Black
Black didn’t commit any glaring errors but was beaten in pass coverage twice, losing sight of Redskins tight end Fred Davis, and fullback Darrel Young during the course of the game, surrendering first down receptions. With Mason Foster and Lavonte David combining for 24 tackles, Black’s lack of numbers (one tackle, one assist) really stands out.

Dishonorable Mention:Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, safety Ronde Barber, tight end Dallas Clark


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    Macabee, Thank you for the link. How did you find the link I searched for about 20 minutes and could not find it.
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    WELL GUYS AND GALS I'VE BEEN ON VACATION FOR TEN DAYS AND I'M SORRY I'VE DIDN'T SEE THE DALLAS GAME, BUT YESTERDAY I SAW SOME GOOD THINGS AND SOME BAD THINGS. OH ONE THING ON MY 67 BIRTHDAY I WAS AT THE NFL HALL OF FAME AND SAW THINGS ON THE GREAT LEE ROY SELMON AND CADDY WILLIAMS AND I SEE THAT WARREN SAPP AND JOHN LYNCH HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR 2013. I HOPE THEY GET IN. ON THE HALL OF FAME ITS TAKES SPECIAL PLAYERS AND OWNERS THAT GET INTO THE HAQLL OF FAME. I SAW YA TITTLE TONY D.STEVE YOUNG, AND MRE GREAT PLAYERS. I GOT CARRY AWAY. ONE TING I HAVE TO ADMIT THEY REALLY GOT THE SKINS IN THE HOLE, BUT SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE DOYUBLE TEAM THE BIG RECEIEVE AND THE RUNNING BACK ANY WAY MAY BE WE CAN WIN TWO IN A ROW KC AND THE LOWLY SAINTS(0-4) GO BUCS-THEY WILL GET BETTER ONE OTHER THING I GUESS THE COACHES READ OUR EMAIL-I'M GKLAD UNDERWOOD IS ON THE TEAM AND PARKER IS OUT OF HERE. LOOK AT HOW CLOSE THE BUCS HAVE COME. THE SEASON IS NOT OVER YET-GO BUCS GLHICKS AT 67 YRS YOUNG
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    Kenlola..........http://gamerewind.nfl.com/nflgr/servlets/inmarket?id=TB
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    couldn't agree more with you macabee....Freeman has been up and down but there is no way yesterday's loss was his fault. If we can get 60+% completions, 300 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT from him every week we should outperform expectations this year. He can continue to develop (he may have 4 years but he's still very young) and turn that TD to INT ratio up a notch next year. BUT he won't do any of this if we keep trying in futility to run the ball...I think we;ve proven now that running is our second best option, and that actually Freeman (like most QBs) gets better the more we take the handcuffs off....39 attempts was good. Once again the reason we lost yesterday was plain and simple....deep prevent defense with no middle field coverage, 1:42 to go and a 1 point lead against a team that could only play up the middle....surpise surprise what happened. Freeman did his job yesterday, as did Williams and Jackson, there are lots of other fingers to be pointed....
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    I agree with the assessment of Q Black (and others). It is uncanny how many times they allow FB and TE's to get out into pass routes uncovered when we are blitzing and/or in man coverage. It is very discouraging to see a 250lb ball carrier in the open field just because someone on D didn't follow their assignment. The same goes for DE's who can't stay at home on the (many) bootlegs that a Shanahan offence runs each game. take a lesson from guys like R Kerrigan on WAS, who destroyed several of the Bucs' plays just by being assignment sound. Just do your job!
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    JayBucs52, you should take your first sentence and put it in a mosaic and place it somewhere you can see it before you leave for the next game or you sit down to watch an NFL game, because thats exactly where many NFL games are won or lost. Watch the replays of the Saints/Packers, Falcons/Panthers, Cardinal/Dolphins, Eagles/Giants game and I could go on. You make many good points about Freeman's play or lack thereof. But re-watch the game on NFL Rewind. Freeman did not lose this one!
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    I am trying to find the link to watch the game. I can't find it. Can anyone supply the link. It would be nice if Pewter Report would put up the link as soon as it is available since the NFL doesn't want anyone to find it. To the Glazers, the USF game sold out on Saturday. You have sold out 2 games in the last 2 years. Stop blaming your customers and lower your prices.
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    You don't lose a game just because of a final drive. Freeman was awful in the first half and part of the 3rd quarter. He did nothing to help his defense. If we score a touchdown on that last offensive drive a field goal does not win the game. Freeman has as many interceptions as touchdowns. I was at the game. The knock on him is his inconsistency. He can be superman at times, but he has long stretches where he seems befuddled and his throws are either behind the receiver, in the dirt or they sail on him. Several people in my section were yelling at him, "hey Freeman, the Bucs are in white!" because at times we had no clue who he was throwing at. Consistency is what we are talking about. Yes, he looked brilliant on a couple of drives, unfortunately they play a full 60 minutes. He is a 4th year quarterback and a rookie outplayed him. Last week his headset goes out and he gets flustered and calls a running play when we needed yardage. RGIII's headset goes out for a whole series and the rookie gets them into position for a winning field goal. He is not a bad quarteback, it's just that he has been as inconsistent in the pros as he was in college and now he has weapons.
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    With the rules strongly favoring the QB more than ever, it's already been proven guys can succeed, even as rookies under center. Freeman has been very inconsistent, and it's not arguable. I think many are doubting if he can be THE guy, not a guy who's average to above average during certain moments/weeks. I think it's fair to criticize that at this point. I'm still not convinced.
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    @macabee I was thinking the same thing. Freeman didn't give up 2 big plays on the final drive. I still do not understand why they will not run the ball with time on the clock with the lead. The announcers even questioned that pass play on 2nd and 10, which went incomplete. They would of been force to burn their last time out. How can you not have a spy on RGIII? Why would you blitz leveling the TE wide open for a 30 yard completion? The last drive defensive play call was a little suspect to me. One timeout with a 1:43 left in the game and you didn't let them earn those yards with a crappy kicker! Come on Man!!!
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    Sure, Freeman could have played better but so could a lot of star players on the team. The game I saw we were leading 22-21 with 1:42 left on the clock and the Redskins ball on their own 33. And if nobody noticed Josh Freeman was sitting on the bench. Now whatever happened up to that point is academic. Freeman had done his part - he had given us the lead. It was now up to the coaches defensive scheme and the execution of that plan by the defense to stop a rookie QB whose greatest weapon is his legs. They failed! Freeman might have done more in the 1st half to prevent having to expose a suspect defensive call of a prevent defense against a spread offense and an exception running QB, But let's be clear - Freeman did not lose this game. Blame somebody else!
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    The Freeman apologists keep making excuses for him, he dosn't have time to throw the ball, or his recievers don't get open. Poppycock. I was at the game and he had plenty of time and he had at least one open receiver on every play. The problem is that Freeman is who he is, inconsistent. Even in 2010 the Bucs had to come back in the 4th quarter to overcome his inconsistency. He routinely throws behind recievers across the middle because he does not anticipate. He holds on to the ball too long, he does not have that internal clock most QB's have. He fixes on one reciever and never comes off him to the other side of the field so that defenses now know they only have to defend half the field. He goes through stretches where he can't hit the broad side of a barn and then... all of a sudden he makes quick decisions, steps into his throws and looks like superman. Usually too little, too late. The Bucs put the game in his hands yesterday and he couldn't deliver. Jackson makes spectacular plays but drops routine ones. Williams is back to his rookie form. It was nice to see Blount being used correctly if sparingly. Is it just me or does Ronde look slow as a free safety? He still can play the slot, but he is slow and takes bad angles as a safety. The loss of Clayborne was has proved to be a major one as the defenses can now double team McCoy and not worry about the right end.
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    Jackson dropped two passes he should have and could have caught; Freeman had two deep passes and other than that he was below average and definitely was not imprressive. He threw to the short receiver many times when the further out receiver was open. He was once again deer in lights. Disappointing was that the Defense couldn't stop the Redskins in the last 1.42 minutes. Play calling just before our final field goal was extremely questionable.
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    There were certainly some players that deserve to be on the disappointing list - I think you point out some Mark - I think you're being a bit harsh on McCoy...he was clearly double and triple teamed most of the game and yes he should learn to play through that but I think he stepped up each time it was a critical down (e.g. the RGIII rush on 3rd and 1 in the 4th Q) as a pro-bowler should. I think you're really missing Sheridan on the disappointing list here - all RGIII did all day long was pass and run over the middle of the field yet on the final drive Sheridan put all of our boys into deep prevent defense without a single player covering the middle and what happened - 2 RGIII passes over the middle and an RGIII run up the middle to put them in field goal range. Everyone at my place could see this coming on the last drive, why couldn't Sheridan? Leaving David to patrol the middle for instance could have cut those 3 plays in half and left RGIII with 8 seconds from the 50 yard line forcing up a hail mary pass instead of watching a field goal.
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    Scubog - disagree on Biggers - He missed that critical interception that hit him in the hands. That guy simply does not make plays. The best he does is cover well enough so that the opposing QB doesn't throw his way. And that's only some of the time.
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    Freeman had almost no time to throw in the first half as the OL struggled mightly. When he had time in the second half, he shined. Once the coaching staff realizes this is a passing league and realizes they need to take the reigns off Freeman, they will be better off. The pass opens the run as much as the run opens the pass.
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    I thought the 2011 oft-criticized CB E.J. Biggers played well for his first game back.
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