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August 29, 2013 @ 11:11 pm
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Bucs End Preseason With Sloppy Effort In 30-12 Loss To Skins

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Incompletions by rookie QB Mike Glennon, missed tackles by the defense and special teams and a costly penalty on a big kickoff return stymied Tampa Bay in the team's 30-12 loss to Washington. The Buccaneers end the preseason 1-3 as the team prepares to travel to New York to play the Jets next Sunday.
WHAT HAPPENED IN TAMPA BAY’S 30-12 LOSS VS. REDSKINS?
Just days after Mike Glennon led Tampa Bay to a comeback win over Miami, the Bucs quarterback looked every bit like a rookie as Washington harassed him into two turnovers as the Redskins were victorious, 30-12. With the majority of Bucs starters sitting out the preseason finale, Glennon got the start and completed just 7-of-16 passes for 63 yards with one interception and one fumble. Both turnovers led to scores by the Redskins.

“Tonight was the first time he looked like a rookie; he struggled a little bit,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “It’s not just him, obviously, but I’m sure when he watches this he’ll say, ‘I wish I would’ve done ‘this’ and done ‘that.’ And some things he’s already done, so he’ll go back and look at it and get better from it.”

Glennon, who was also sacked once, finished the game with a disappointing QB rating of 28.9. Third-string quarterback Dan Orlovsky didn’t provide any spark as he completed 1-of-5 passes for seven yards as Tampa Bay’s offense was totally inept, gaining just 146 yards and averaging just 2.8 yards per play.

What’s troubling for the Buccaneers is that all three quarterbacks – Josh Freeman, Glennon and Orlovsky – all finished with a completion percentage of 50 percent or less during the preseason.

Orlovsky led the way with a 50 percent completion percentage, completing 4-of-8 passes for 59 yards in the preseason.

Freeman completed 12-of-26 passes (46.2 percent) for 101 yards in the first three preseason games before sitting out Thursday night’s game against the Redskins, and Glennon’s completion percentage of 47.1 (33-of-70 for 397 yards) with three touchdowns and three interceptions) was nearly just as bad.

The Redskins rolled up 311 yards of total offense in part because of Tampa Bay’s tackling woes.

“[We] didn’t tackle well on defense for the first time all preseason,” Schiano said.

Washington quarterback Pat White completed 13-of-22 passes for 181 yards with one rushing touchdown and one pick-six to Tampa Bay middle linebacker Najee Goode, who accounted for the Bucs’ only touchdown.

Former Bucs wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe led Washington and all receivers with two catches for 75 yards, including a 66-yarder on the opening series. Redskins running back Evan Royster had 59 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to lead all rushers.

Both of Tampa Bay’s running backs Peyton Hillis and rookie Mike James started strong before succumbing to injuries. Hillis had 33 yards on nine carries (3.7) before leaving in the third quarter with an ankle injury. James got poked in the eye after rushing for 16 yards on four carries.

After losing Hillis and James, Schiano turned to cornerback Mason Robinson and newly acquired wide receiver Jordan Norwood to carry the ball in an impromptu fashion. Norwood rushed for 26 yards on seven carries (3.7 avg.), while Robinson carried the ball nine times for 12 yards (1.3 avg.).

“Mike James got an eye injury; he left the game,” Schiano said. “Then Peyton Hillis twisted an ankle. So now we have no running backs.

“So we went to the plan we had, which was Mason Robinson, who played running back in college at one point, and then Norwood. Norwood was actually a little bit ad-lib. I’d like to tell you we had two emergency running backs; we didn’t.”

Aside from the score and the 1-3 finish to the Bucs’ preseason, the other bad news for Tampa Bay was a first quarter injury to Tom Crabtree, who was in contention for the starting tight end job. Crabtree suffered a bad ankle injury and had to be carted off the field.

“He has an ankle [injury],” Schiano said. “I’m not sure the severity of it yet. We’ll have to see tomorrow. It’s not broken.”

The other notable for Tampa Bay from Thursday night’s loss was the fact that kicker Derek Dimke missed an extra point and a 45-yard field goal after going 5-for-5 earlier in the preseason. Dimke did make a 30-yard field goal, but veteran Rian Lindell might have won the kicking job with a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Bucs special teams coverage was abysmal against the Redskins, allowing Chris Thompson to return a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and Nick Williams to return another punt 29 yards to set up a Washington field goal in the third quarter.

HOW DID THE TEAMS SCORE? – BUCS vs. REDSKINS SCORING SERIES
First Quarter – Redskins 7, Buccaneers 0

Pat White’s third down pass to Dezmon Briscoe picked up 66 yards after missed tackle attempts by cornerback Johnthan Banks and safety Sean Baker. A roughing the passer penalty on linebacker Adam Hayward set Washington up at the Tampa Bay 4. After a gain of three yards on first down, Evan Royster powered in for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Redskins an early 7-0 lead.

First Quarter – Redskins 10, Buccaneers 0
Royster and running back Chris Thompson led the Redskins on 61-yard, eight-play scoring drive. Royster ripped off a 36-yard run and Thompson had a 16-yard run to help set Washington up in field goal range. Kai Forbath’s 37-yard field goal pushed the Redskins’ first quarter lead to 10-0.

First Quarter – Redskins 17, Buccaneers 0
Thompson returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first quarter. Tight end Luke Stocker and strong safety Cody Grimm missed tackles on Thompson’s return, which put Washington up 17-0.

Second Quarter – Redskins 17, Buccaneers 6
Tampa Bay got on the scoreboard with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown by middle linebacker Najee Goode. Derek Dimke’s extra point hit the upright.

Second Quarter – Redskins 20, Buccaneers 6
Washington answered Tampa Bay’s touchdown with a score of its own after rookie quarterback Mike Glennon fumbled near midfield. The ball was recovered by Redskins defensive end Philip Merling. An 11-yard run by Royster and an 11-yard catch by Skye Dawson put the Redskins into field goal range. Forbath’s 30-yard field goal was good to increase Washington’s lead to 20-6.

Second Quarter – Redskins 27, Buccaneers 6
Glennon’s pass to Eric Page was picked off by his former college teammate, David Amerson, who returned the interception 35 yards down to the Tampa Bay 9. On third-and-goal, White scrambled seven yards for a touchdown, eluding a tackle attempt by safety Keith Tandy to punch the ball across the goal line to increase the Washington lead to 27-6.

Third Quarter – Redskins 27, Buccaneers 9
Glennon connected with new wide receiver Jordan Norwood on a 25-yard pass, and then hit Page across the middle on a 20-yard pass down to the Washington 15. That set up a 30-yard field goal by Dimke to cut into Washington’s lead.

Third Quarter – Redskins 30, Buccaneers 9
A 29-yard punt return by Nick Williams set up Washington at the Tampa Bay 36-yard line. The drive stalled after three plays and Forbath’s 47-yard field goal was good.

Fourth Quarter – Redskins 30, Buccaneers 12
A 29-yard pass interference call set the Bucs up at their 49-yard line. A 5-yard encroachment pass and a 7-yard pass to Nate Byham set Tampa Bay up in field position. Rian Lindell’s 50-yard field goal was good.

WHAT WAS NOTABLE ABOUT THURSDAY’S GAME FOR THE BUCS?
Peyton Hillis finished the preseason as Tampa Bay’s leading rusher with 147 yards on 38 carries (3.8 avg.). Hillis led the Bucs running backs against Washington with 33 yards on nine carries (3.7 avg.). … Tampa Bay linebacker Najee Goode recorded his first interception in the NFL, returning it 37 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Goode led the Bucs in tackles against Washington with seven and finished the preseason as Tampa Bay’s leader with 19 stops. … Rookie defensive end William Gholston recorded five tackles and led Tampa Bay with three tackles for loss.

WHICH BUCCANEERS WERE INACTIVE?
The following Bucs did not play against the Redskins: kicker Lawrence Tynes, quarterback Josh Freeman, running back Doug Martin, wide receiver Vincent Jackson, wide receiver Mike Williams, left tackle Donald Penn, left guard Carl Nicks, center Jeremy Zuttah, right guard Davin Joseph, right tackle Demar Dotson, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, defensive end Adrian Clayborn, defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, linebacker Lavonte David, linebacker Mason Foster, free safety Dashon Goldson, strong safety Mark Barron, cornerback Darrelle Revis, cornerback Danny Gorrer, fullback Erik Lorig, cornerback Michael Adams and punter Michael Koenen.

WHICH BUCS GOT HURT?
• Tight end Tom Crabtree was carted off the field in the first quarter with a serious left ankle injury.

• Running back Peyton Hillis suffered a sprained ankle in the second half, and rookie Mike James

WHAT WILL UPSET GREG SCHIANO WHEN HE WATCHES THE FILM?
• Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks and safety Sean Baker missed the tackle on former Bucs wide receiver Dez Briscoe, who gained 66 yards on a pass to set up Washington’s first touchdown. Tampa Bay’s tackling was sloppy throughout the game. Linebacker Adam Hayward, Baker and fellow safety Keith Tandy were among the biggest culprits.

• Rookie running back Mike James has displayed some decent running ability, he has given up two sacks in pass protection in the preseason. On Thursday night against Washington, James was flagged for holding on Eric Page’s first kickoff return. The result of the penalty negated a 105-yard kick return down to the Washington 2 in the first quarter.

• Schiano preaches ball security and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon fumbled the ball and threw an interception in the first half. Glennon also completed less than 50 percent of his passes.

• Tampa Bay’s punt coverage units gave up 102 yards on three punt returns, including a 69-yard return for a touchdown by Chris Thompson, and a 29-yard return by Nick Williams.

WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR THE BUCS?
Tampa Bay (1-3) will travel to face rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the New York Jets (3-1) in the 2013 season opener on September 8. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on Fox.

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    Picking up Tebow would be a great PR move. Let the guy play tight end. That's what all the experts said he should play when he was up for the draft.
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    @Owlykat: PLEASE...enough about Tebow! Didn't u watch his sorry performance against the pitiful Bucs?! The Bucs have no where near the defense Denver had when he was there & would not win more the 4 games with him as QB for the Bucs. Not saying the Bucs will win more than 4 anyway, but he is certainly not the answer. Let 's see what happens in the regular season. Go Bucs!
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    Lots of good DEs & DTs will be released by Giants, Patriots, Steelers, & other teams...need to pick up as many as possible. Love Royster from Wash. He was best running back on the field yesterday & probably will be released...need to grab him for the Bucs final roster.
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    Someone needs to tell the Bucs that it is football, not stand up comedy. Again, if we don't beat the total loser Jets, then I will have to slit my wrists with a butter knife!
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    Hasn't Shiano said, "You play like you practice? Well, if that is the case and Preseason is glorified pracitce, then the Bucs are in real trouble, folks. I have lost my confidence in Shiano, but not in Bostad. You watch, Bostad will figure out from the Preseason, who he wants as his starting line and he will get them in shape to succeed. He did that all last year no matter what happened, and that is why Freeman got 4,000 yards last year, that and DOM getting us a real number one receiver. But Freeman can't run QB sneaks anymore and drops like a rag doll when touched anymore since he is too light for his frame. In 2010 he looked like the Steeler's QB when he started, and he could fend off tacklers and still get the ball off. Those days are long gone, and Schiano should have made him keep his weight since he didn't want him to leave the pocket anyway--another problem. I predict our Offensive Line in the second game will come on but Freeman won't make it. The Jets were 3-1 in Preseason by the way. By the break the Bucs need to have Tebo ready to lead them to the playoffs and their first playoff victory in a long time. However, it is going to take a Defensive Coordinator (who has already been called out by Reavis according to one report) change along with a Defensive Line Coach change, before we have any chance of a Super Bowl run in the future. I have never seen such talented Buc's defensive linemen ever play so poor. It has to be poor coaching.
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    Good to hear, excal78! Kraft has already said he is leaving the decision up to the Coach, and I hope the Pats do cut Tebo. He was behind a sorry Pat line and performed a lot better than either of our QBs did last night. He had two touchdown passes and averaged 5 yards a carry on six runs. None of our runners had anywhere close to that average last night. However, when Tebo is behind a good first string Offensive Line, like he had with the Broncos, he won 7 NFL games in a row after the Broncos had just lost 4 in a row, and turned around their season, vaulted them into the playoffs and beat the Super Bowl Champion Steelers in the first round. That is far better production than we have ever seen out of any of these Bucs' QBs and if he goes on the waiver wire, the Glazers need to be telling Schiano that he needs to pick him up and get him in here and start teaching him our system and intall a QB option play. (it will help fill the stadium too) They can put Glennon on the Practice Squad and develop him there and nobody will take him. You know when Freeman was 250 lbs and allowed to run in 2010, it made defenses cautious to make sure he didn't run on them and his sacks were way down and he had a QB rating in the 90's. If Freeman fails, and the chances are real good he will, the Bucs need Tebow in the wings and ready to take over when it gets to four losses in a row. You are right Orlovsky isn't going to be able to do it, and Glennon is not good enough yet, either.
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    That game sucks. I left after the first quarter. I thought I would be able to see the young talent that the Bucs have and have a good competitive game. Our team must not be deep at all. I feel sorry for the season ticket holders who get suckered into paying every year for those putrid pre-season games.
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    So how was the execution on all sides of the ball?? Fan: I'm all for it. Put the horse out of it's misery. We have too many supposedly "good" players, or talent or whatever to look this bad. That being said what could it possibly be?? Special Teams? New coach, former head coach who has never coached special teams? I hope this is not a problem but so far.......... I could go on but I am depressed enough. I know it's pre-season and means nothing. If it means nothing perhaps they should just have non televised scrimmages so us fans don't have to go through the ordeal of watching. AARRRGGGHHHHHH!!!! Coming to Tampa for the Arizona game...traveling from Kentucky....am I nuts??? I hope not. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    So, let's see here. After this preseason disaster Buc fans should rush out and buy home game tickets? Reality is for blackouts ahead, folks.
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    It's tough to say much of anything if you were not at the game. I listened to the radio announcer and of course he never sees anything wrong or will even make an constructive criticism. I'll watch the tape tonight to see what the DL & OL did because that's where I'll see what is really going on. It appears that the veteran kicker will beat out the rookie. The positive out of all of this is pre season is over. Coach will look brilliant or like an idiot based on how he handled pre season practices and games. Go Bucs! Be the Team!
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    I'm shocked people watch the last preseason games. Week 4 preseason is just a chance to screw around on TV. Tebow was terrible last night btw. I live in the New England area and it's all over the news how he should/needs to be cut. That said Kraft wants Tebow on the team so he'll stick around and make the final cut just to help them practice the read-option. Also to keep Tebow out of the spotlight and off the field. I watched Orlovsky through college as he was a UCONN player. I really don't want him on the team either. He just isn't a starting quality QB.
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    Good to hear, excal78! Kraft has already said he is leaving the decision up to the Coach, and I hope the Pats do cut Tebo. He was behind a sorry Pat line and performed a lot better than either of our QBs did last night. He had two touchdown passes and averaged 5 yards a carry on six runs. None of our runners had anywhere close to that average last night. However, when Tebo is behind a good first string Offensive Line, like he had with the Broncos, he won 7 NFL games in a row after the Broncos had just lost 4 in a row, and turned around their season, vaulted them into the playoffs and beat the Super Bowl Champion Steelers in the first round. That is far better production than we have ever seen out of any of these Bucs' QBs and if he goes on the waiver wire, the Glazers need to be telling Schiano that he needs to pick him up and get him in here and start teaching him our system and intall a QB option play. (it will help fill the stadium too) They can put Glennon on the Practice Squad and nobody will take him. You know when Freeman was 250 lbs and allowed to run in 2010, it made defenses cautious to make sure he didn't run on them and his sacks were way down and he had a QB rating in the 90's. If Freeman fails, and the chances are real good he will, the Bucs need Tebow in the wings and ready to take over when it gets to four losses in a row. You are right Orlovsky isn't going to be able to do it, and Glennon is not good enough yet, either.
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    PATHETIC! My Daughter watched some similar Buc's Teams in the old sombrero, and remarked: "This was just like the YUKs of old." The offensive line was porous and Glennon disappointed me. I have said all along that our best QB we have is Orlovsky who once again finished the Preseason with the best pass completion percentage of the three, but none of them are the answer for getting to the playoffs and winning. Compare how they did to Tebo, who really shines behind a good Offensive Line and the Patriots do not have a good third string line, but Tebo still passed for two scores and ran for a six times averaging 5 yards a carry and had one pass of 55 yards in his last Preseason Game, but I know we'll still have Polyana Buc fans thinking Tebo is a joke and we don't need him, our team will just magically turn on a switch and take us to the playoffs. They will be in for a rude awakening. The wide receiver Shiano cast off ate us up in this game and is who we need now for our third WR. At least Goode came through and led all our linebackers i n tackles and showed the speed I have been talking about, showing he can cover the pass too, knocking down one pass and intercepting another and carrying it in for our only touchdown. This is why I said at the start of this season he should be our starting MLB and move our present MLB to SLB, which he played in college--he is a great tackler but will kill us in pass coverage if Schiano doesn't wake up and make the change. Shiano, however, is a Polyana, too, and I am afraid will not make the right choices he should have already made and now won't make until it is too late.
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    Man did we look like shxt last night..
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    Biggest disappointment so far to this point of getting ready for the season opener is their totally lacking cohesiveness and seeming to be disorganized. I understand that your back-ups are in, but this coaching staff seems confused and it reflects in the way the players look. Maybe they aren't showing things and things will look better against the Jets, but my hopes for a good season have diminished every pre season game that I've watched. I can see 3rd and 4th stringers not looking like starters, but the chaos I've seen does not bode well for this coaching staff. Players seem to be totally unprepared to play football. Yuks!
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    I agree gg720 and as Scubog has said, quoting Fran Tarkenton, "it was gawd awful".
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    The tackling was atrocious. It almost looked like the players were running that play John McKay used against the Jets where the defense backed up and let the opponent score. I've always thought that much of the difference between teams is a winning attitude (swagger) or a defeatist attitude. Right now, with so many of our starters making only cameo appearances, I have seen little crispness in this exhibition season. Glad it's over. As Fran Tarkenton would say, it was "gawd awful".
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