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December 16, 2012 @ 7:15 pm
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Bucs Blown Out In The Bayou: Most Impressive And Disappointing

Written by Haley
Haley Cornish


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Was there a most impressive player in Tampa Bay's shutout 41-0 loss to the Saints? Which players contributed the most to the team's poor performance against New Orleans? Find out what Pewter Report thinks in the weekly Most Impressive and Disappointing feature.
When an offense gets shut out by the league’s worst defense, there aren’t going to be many offensive players on the most impressive list. When a defense gives up 41 points, albeit to a powerful offense, there also aren’t going to be many defensive players who make the list.

Most Impressive
PR Roscoe Parish
Parish had a season long 39-yard punt return that put the Bucs in Saints territory in the second half. Parish had a good game last week and continued his great play against New Orleans after a slow start as a Buccaneer. His punt return was the biggest play the Tampa Bay had all day. However, Parish did have trouble as the Bucs new kick return man, failing to pass the twenty-yard line on two returns.

WR Vincent Jackson
Jackson was shut out for the first half and didn't record his first catch until the third quarter. From that point on Jackson again proved why the Buccaneers spent $55.5 million dollars in the offseason to acquire the veteran receiver. Sure the Saints were probably working to just keep most everything in front of them, but Jackson still came through with six receptions for 81 yards over the final quarter and a half. Imagine what he might have been able to do had Freeman went his way earlier in the game. We will watch the coaches film later this week, and there is a chance that Jackson wasn't open often, but bets are the pressure Freeman faced and his inability to feel comfortable – or accurate – were the real culprit in Jackson being shutout in the first half.

TE Dallas Clark
The pressure on Freeman probably forced the involvement of Clark more than offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan's gameplan did, but whatever the reason, Clark did his job, even in a losing cause. The former Colt standout nabbed eight receptions for 42 yards and was open on a long ball that was poorly thrown by Freeman. Clark also had a first down reception negated by a holding penalty in the second half that would have upped his numbers. Still Clark has his most productive day as a Buccaneer in terms of receptions, and was one of the few semi-bright spots in an otherwise dismal performance.

Honarable Mentions: WR Tiquan Underwood, S Mark Barron, LB Lavonte David

Most Disappointing
QB Josh Freeman
Freeman continued his downward spiral of the past month with his worst performance of the year. Freeman was 26-of-47 for 279 yards with four interceptions, one fumble, and a passer rating of 37.5. His first interception was a terrible pass thrown behind Dallas Clark. His second interception was a miscommunication with Vincent Jackson, and based on Freeman’s reaction Jackson ran the wrong route. Freeman’s third interception was another pass intended for Clark. It looked like Freeman was hoping Clark could win a jump ball, while Clark expected the pass to lead him into the end zone. The fourth pick was just a terribly overthrown bomb to Tiquan Underwood in the Saints end zone.

The defense was expected to play poorly, while Freeman was expected to flourish against a team he picked apart in Week 7. The difference in the game was Freeman’s interceptions, all of which came in Saints territory. If Freeman had protected the ball more it would have been the shootout everyone expected, regardless of the poor defensive play. The Saints were able to exploit the Bucs weakness, while Freeman and the Bucs failed to do the same.

The Secondary
The Saints didn’t even need Drew Brees to have success against the Tampa Bay’s secondary on Sunday. The receivers were so open and mismatched all game that just about any quarterback could have had success against them. At one point in the game, Brees was 11-of-12, with the only incompletion being a drop by an open Darren Sproles who would have ran for a touchdown. 

There were few bright spots anywhere in the secondary on Sunday. Mark Barron was having a decent game, leading the team in tackles and making a great hit to break up a pass to Jimmy Graham, but Barron was flagged in the fourth quarter on a ball that could have been picked off and instead got called for pass interference. 

After improving over the past few weeks, CB E.J. Biggers was back to his old self on Sunday. Not only did he miss plenty of tackles throughout the game, he got burned on a touchdown pass to Joseph Morgan in the third quarter.

LT Donald Penn
Penn had another bad game against the Saints, missing blocks in the running game while giving up a big sack to DE Will Smith. With all of the injuries on the Tampa Bay’s offensive line, a veteran Pro Bowler is supposed to step up. Penn has been unable to do that and has, at times, been the weakest part of the offensive line. 

Penn has been a major part in Doug Martin’s struggles in past weeks, and it was no different on Sunday. Penn missed blocks that caused Martin to get hit in the backfield multiple times. It got to the point where the Bucs had to put in someone else to help Penn block, and he was still unsuccessful. 

DT Gerald McCoy
After having a monstrous game last week against the Eagles, McCoy was virtually non-existent on Sunday. He did have three QB hits, but was too late to actually get a sack. In fact, McCoy had just one tackle all day and it was an assist. The Bucs need McCoy to play more consistent, regardless of if he is being double-teamed. His mentor Warren Sapp was double-teamed the majority of his playing time, but that never stopped him from making plays.

LB Mason Foster
Foster had a very strong start to the season, but has disappeared since then. He hasn’t made any impact plays in weeks and it continued against the Saints. He didn’t tackle well, allowing Saints running backs to run up the middle right past him. He was also very poor in coverage, along with the Tampa Bay’s other linebackers and allowed opposing tight ends to get open easily.

Dishonorable Mention: G Jamon Meredith, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.

– Mark Cook contributed to this report
Last modified on Monday, 17 December 2012 02:07

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    Although we are desparate for Corners that have some sort of instincts and ball skills... We need to find DP's replacemet at Left Tackle sooner rather than later. He's been overrated the last couple years... Bookend Tackles and Bookend Corners are the priority. Not sure how his Contract is structured hopefully any guarenteed salary has been paid out but its time to move on from D. Penn.
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    I think the Most Impressive list should be reserved for only the saints players. Not a single player deserves to be deemed impressive after this embarrassing performance. Watching the game, dallas clark looked awful. He gets no separation on any route he runs. Jackson's stats all game in garbage time so there is nothing impressive about that. And one good punt return does not warrant Parrish being on the list either.
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    Haley, Vincent Jackson should not be on the most impressive list because he stop running on some of his routes. He only showed up when the game was out of reach at the end. The biggest mistake was him missing the blitz which cause the 2nd INT in the red zone. Yes Freeman was to blame as well but both parties have to be on the same page.
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    Might of mentioned Tandy' fake punt? Otherwise good job HC.
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    Most impressive: Bucs fans who went to the game and stayed through the whole game. Most disappointing: The Bucs.
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