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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