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September 8, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
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Jets Shoot Down Mistaken-Prone Bucs, 18-17

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The Jets upset the Bucs in shocking fashion as a penalty by LB Lavonte David puts New York in position to kick the game-winning field goal for an 18-17 victory. Tampa Bay committed a host of mistakes and penalties in a clumsy effort that was reminiscent of its sloppy preseason.
Tampa Bay started the regular season just like it finished the preseason – in incredibly sloppy fashion, and with a loss. The New York Jets capitalized on a host of Buccaneers mistakes to pull off a miraculous, come-from-behind, 18-17 victory thanks to a 48-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

The Bucs committed an unacceptable 13 penalties for 102 yards, but the most damaging was Lavonte David’s personal foul for shoving Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith on a scramble as he stepped out of bounds with Tampa Bay leading 17-15 with 15 seconds left in the game. Smith’s scramble picked up 10 yards down to the Tampa Bay 45, but David’s 15-yard penalty allowed Folk to kick the game-winning field goal from the 30-yard line.

“That wasn’t the only penalty,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “We’ve been good with penalties. It has not been an issue of ours, and I don’t anticipate that it is going to be an issue of ours to tell you the truth.

“Lavonte plays at a high speed and plays all out, and unfortunately that got him that time. He’s a great player. He made one penalty and I know it’s a big one, but I’m going to keep Lavonte.”

“That’s the way it goes sometimes,” Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman said when asked about David’s costly gaffe. “I know he’s got to be upset and he’ll learn from it.”

Schiano continued to focus on penalties and undisciplined play in his post-season press conference.

“Today at the beginning of the game we were probably trying a little too hard … is the best way to put it,” Schiano said. “There were too many third down defensive penalties that would have gotten our guys off the field [had those not occurred]. One of them ended up in a touchdown and another ended up in a field goal – so that’s 10 points right there.”

Schiano lamented about the offense’s failure to get into rhythm, which had been a problem during the entire preseason.

After Freeman completed a 7-yard pass to Mike Williams and a 20-yard strike to Vincent Jackson to move the team near midfield on the team’s first drive, the offense stalled due to a sack, two delay of game penalties and a false start penalty, which set up a third-and-30 situation and ultimately a punt.

It didn’t get any better on the Bucs’ next offensive series as it started at Tampa Bay’s own 2-yard line and ended with a safety as Jeremy Zuttah snapped the ball into the end zone when Freeman wasn’t looking. Wisely, Freeman kicked the ball out of bounds before a Jets defender could fall on it. But those two points were critical as the Buccaneers lost by one point to the Jets.

“The beginning of the game I don’t think we handled very well with the noise,” Schiano said. “For whatever reason, I don’t know if we were too amped up or what it was but we didn’t efficiently operate. We had a couple of delays, which were inexcusable, and some false starts. We had nine penalties in the first 19 minutes. We can go two weeks and only have nine penalties. We have to get that fixed.”

“Offensively, it’s frustrating for everyone because we have good players,” Schiano said. “We will find a rhythm with this offense. We certainly haven’t found it yet, but we will.”

Freeman completed 15-of-31 passes for 210 yards with a 17-yard touchdown to Mike Williams and one interception, but was outdueled by Smith, the rookie who was starting his first NFL game. The Jets’ second-round pick completed 24-of-38 passes for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Smith overcame five sacks and a fumble, and rushed for 47 yards on six carries (7.8 avg.).

Jackson, who had seven catches for 154 yards, was the lone bright spot for Tampa Bay’s offense, which was missing starters in left guard Carl Nicks, fullback Erik Lorig and tight end Tom Crabtree.

Former Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow had four catches for 33 yards and a TD in the first half, and finished as the Jets’ leading receiver with seven catches for 79 yards, including a 25-yarder late in the fourth quarter on New York’s game-winning drive.

The Jets defensive front completely overwhelmed the Buccaneers offensive line, sacking Freeman three times, with left tackle Donald Penn surrendering two. The offensive line, which saw Gabe Carimi start in place of Nicks at left guard, couldn’t open many holes for running back Doug Martin, who was held to just 65 yards on 24 carries (2.7 avg.) with one touchdown. Martin also dropped three passes.

“Doug has not played a lot,” Schiano said. “So you think, okay with Doug in there it will be better and Davin [Joseph] is in there, but it wasn’t good.

“It’s not the running game we’re going to have, that’s what I mean when I say the rhythm of our offense. I just don’t feel like we’re in a rhythm. We better to get it figured out fast – six days to be exact.”

There were a few bright spots for Tampa Bay. Cornerback Darrelle Revis had a successful return to New York while seeing his first NFL action after tearing his ACL in Week 3 last year as a member of the Jets. Revis broke up two passes while playing roughly half the game.

Outside of David’s penalty, Tampa Bay’s linebacking corps were the real playmakers on defense with middle linebacker Mason Foster recording two sacks totaling 24 yards and a key forced fumble that led to a Bucs touchdown, strongside linebacker Dekoda Watson also notching a sack, and David recording an interception.

“It was great to be out there and ready to go,” Revis said. “I was happy to be out there with my teammates. Our goal was to win the game and be 1-0. We failed to do that today, but it was a great game. Tomorrow we’ll watch the corrections and move forward.”

New Bucs free safety Dashon Goldson made a huge impact – literally – knocking tight end Jeff Cumberland and wide receiver Stephen Hill out of the game for a while with massive hits. Unfortunately, both he and strong safety Mark Barron, who momentarily knocked out wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, drew 15-yard penalties for targeting the heads of Cumberland and Kerley, respectively.

“When adversity strikes we have to be a better team to handle it,” Revis said. “We don’t want to be a team that has a bunch of penalties in a game – we want to be a smart team.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the Buccaneers, who will be trying to avoid a 0-2 start as the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints (1-0) come to town for Tampa Bay’s home opener.

“The Saints don’t care what happened in our game,” Freeman said. “They don’t care if we won or lost. They’re coming to town.”

First Quarter – Jets 2, Buccaneers 0
On third-and-5 from the Tampa Bay 8-yard line, Bucs center Jeremy Zuttah snapped the ball when quarterback Josh Freeman wasn’t looking. Freeman kicked the ball out of bounds for a safety to avoid giving the Jets a touchdown.

First Quarter – Buccaneers 7, Jets 2
After receiving great field position at the Jets 44-yard line, Freeman was 3-of-3 for 36 yards on the drive, including a 17-yard touchdown strike to Mike Williams, who beat rookie cornerback Dee Milliner for the score in the end zone.

Second Quarter – Buccaneers 7, Jets 5
Smith hit Tommy Bohanon with a 21-yard pass down the right sidelines to the Tampa Bay 44. Smith scrambled for 13 yards and the Bucs were penalized five more yards on a defensive holding call, which set the Jets offense up at the Tampa Bay 24. But after three more plays the drive stalled and Nick Folk’s 43-yard field goal was good to cut into Tampa Bay’s lead.

Second Quarter – Buccaneers 14, Jets 5
Middle linebacker Mason Foster sacked Smith and forced a fumble, which was recovered by rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence at the New York 5. On the next play, running back Doug Martin ran five yards up the middle for a touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 9-point lead.

Second Quarter – Buccaneers 14, Jets 12
Smith shook off a 19-yard sack by Foster to drive the Jets 31 yards for a touchdown.
Smith was 5-of-5 for 44 yards on the drive, including back-to-back catches of 18 yards and seven yards – the last of which was a touchdown to tight end Kellen Winslow, a former Buccaneer, who beat Foster and safety Dashon Goldson on the play. With 34 seconds left before halftime, the Jets cut the Bucs’ lead to just two points.

Fourth Quarter – Jets 15, Buccaneers 14
The Jets used a 14-play, 65-yard drive to score the go-ahead field goal with 5:05 left in the fourth quarter. A 5-yard defensive holding call on cornerback Leonard Johnson on third down gave the Jets an automatic first down. Smith, who was 5-of-7 for 51 yards on the drive, also completed a 6-yard pass to Bilal Powell on third-and-2.

Fourth Quarter – Buccaneers 17, Jets 15
Trailing by two points, Martin ripped off a 17-yard run on a draw to advance the ball to the Tampa Bay 37. Freeman found Vincent Jackson on third-and-10 with a 37-yard strike down to the New York 26. Three runs by Martin picked up only seven yards, but did force the Jets to use their final three timeouts before Rian Lindell’s 37-yard field goal gave Tampa Bay a short-lived 17-15 lead.

Fourth Quarter – Jets 18, Buccaneers 17
With 29 seconds left, Smith completed a 25-yard pass to Winslow before scrambling for 10 yards down to the Tampa Bay 45. But a late hit by Bucs linebacker Lavonte David gave the Jets 15 yards and Folk was able to connect on a 48-yard field goal with four seconds left to give New York an improbable 18-17 win.

Rookie Akeem Spence got his first NFL start with Tampa Bay’s first-team defense and finished with two tackles and a fumble recovery. … Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis and Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson saw their first action as Buccaneers. … New Bucs lineman Gabe Carimi got the start at left guard in place of Carl Nicks. … Eric Page returned his first NFL punt 28 yards for Tampa Bay in the first quarter. … Running back Brian Leonard recorded his first catch as a Buccaneer for 3 yards in the second quarter. … Middle linebacker Mason Foster had eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble to set up a Bucs touchdown in the second quarter. … Weakside linebacker Lavonte David recorded his first interception of the season in the second quarter and finished with eight tackles and two pass breakups. … Strongside linebacker Dekoda Watson recorded his first sack of the season. … Defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim recorded a sack and had two tackles for loss. … Cornerback Leonard Johnson led the Bucs with nine tackles and had a pass breakup. … Tampa Bay is 15-23 in season openers, with an 8-13 mark on the road. … The Bucs converted 6-of-16 (38 percent) third downs on offense, and were outgained 304-250 yards by the Jets.

The following Bucs were inactive against the Jets: TE Tom Crabtree, FB Erik Lorig, LG Carl Nicks, DE William Gholston, DT Chris Jones, CB Rashaan Melvin and QB Dan Orlovsky.

The following Jets were inactive against the Bucs: QB Mark Sanchez, LB Danny Lansanah, G Will Campbell, OT Ben Ijalana, OT Oday Aboushi, DL Quinton Coples and LB Scott Solomon.

• Wide receiver Mike Williams went down with leg cramps in the middle of the third quarter, but returned to action.

• Center Jeremy Zuttah suffered a left ankle injury with six minutes left in the third quarter and missed a few plays before returning. He was momentarily replaced by Ted Larsen.

• Tampa Bay’s penalties! The Bucs were as sloppy as they were in the preseason, recording 13 infractions for 102 yards, including six penalties in the first quarter alone.

• The Bucs had some serious communication equipment issues on Tampa Bay’s first offensive series. The team was called for two delay of game penalties on the first drive because quarterback Josh Freeman could not hear the play calls in the headset in his helmet. Freeman had to twice switch out his helmet in order to get the intercom system working properly.

• Pass protection was an issue in the preseason for the Bucs and Tampa Bay tight end Luke Stocker and left tackle Donald Penn gave up early sacks in the first quarter, and Penn gave up another one in the fourth quarter.

• The referees flagging Bucs safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron for alleged helmet-to-helmet hits on tight end Jeff Cumberland and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. Both were knocked out of the game by the safety duo on what looked like good football plays. But the skirt-wearing rulemakers in the NFL that seem to be taking the masculinity out of the game deemed those hits to be illegal.

• Tampa Bay’s starting field position was not ideal for a good portion of the game, mostly due to penalties. The Bucs had more than half of their offensive series start at or inside their own 20-yard line.

• The Bucs faced way too many third-and-long situations in New York, primarily because Tampa Bay struggled to run the football successfully on first and second downs. The Bucs faced third-and-30, third-and-35, third-and-10, third-and-9, third-and-16 and third-and-7 in the first half, and third-and-8, third-and-9, third-and-9, third-and-12, third-and-9 and third-and-24 in the second half.

Tampa Bay (0-1) will travel home to face Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (1-0) in the 2013 season home opener. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on Fox.

Last modified on Sunday, 08 September 2013 17:43

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    I dont blame any of the players for the loss, it is all on the coaching.
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    How many 0-3 teams rebounded to make the playoffs? 3, The 1992 Chargers.The 1998 Bills.The1998 Lions. 0-4 the Chargers, 0-5 Nobody.
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    Was at the game. Most of the blame falls on the coaching. It looked like there was no plan at all, especially on offensive. Freeman wasn't as bad as some people on here make him out to be (given the play of the o-line in particular), he didn't have a great game, but he did enough for the bucs to win. I feel like some bucs fans will blame freeman no matter what and its getting old. Better offensive play calling and serviceable play by the o-line would make a world of difference.
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    We all know Freeman has got a hard time looking defenses off and he´s starring his WR down.. Why arent the bucs using more of bunch formations and stuff, to get more catchers in the same area (hard to defend, because defenders don´t know, who´s gonna break deep, short, outside, slanting). instead, the bucs go to 3 WR sets with 2 WR (at most) on one side - with none of them being realy quick on the first steps, or with great speed for deep stuff. Instead, they go to long developing routes with possesion WR´s... Dump HC, so dump him.. stop the Shianomik BS (GM and HC)
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    NFL is a passing league - so the bucs want have a run first mentality. and if Ogletree (who is not a great 3rd WR, like i said) goes down, the bucs can hardly get to even 3 WR sets.... other teams utilize 4-5 Wr sets. Freeman is better when the field is getting spread.. Somehow i think, the bucs are a team, to try out players, for good teams (good replacements for other teams). N.Goode getting cut (will make a very good 2nd string LB for a good team). this WR henderson (explosive, fast) gets cut?! because he´s too good for us?! bonehead moves..or by design.. our GM Dom the Don, wasting draft picks instead of building sth..
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    Hate to say i told you so.. Win now mode? As i said in the offseason: this "win now" stuff came a year early, because the bucs aren´t ready "to jump over the hill" - playoffs?!. Elite teams draft the core and use FreeAgents and trades to finish the product. The bucs instead get rid of 2 very valuable draft picks, to get a player, who´s realy good, but won´t take the Buccaneers anywhere. For the future, we will need to get some: TE, WR, O-liner, D-liner and QB (or we start to play to Freemans strengths, but i guess Freeman will ask for more money, than he´s worth). So, we still need a lot, but are short of a high draft pick.. we will fill some holes, but others will open, as players get older and we wont be able to pay all of the "core players". This means: Bucs are stuck for at least the next 2-3 years. Thanks to: Shiano + Dominik. Dominik doesn´t understand to draft well. You wanna know why Shiano puts everything he has got on preperation? Because he is bad with shemes and creativity and playing to players strengths... a lousy coach... Fire Shiano Dominik by end of season, and try to hold on to Sully + Bostad.
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    What a horrible game! This loss will likely bite us at end of year. Some bright spots on defense, but my god that was pathetic. Offensive line is a joke. So tired of hearing how good they are. Shiano did not have this team ready to play. That O line and the coaching/play calling poor performance far eclipsed Freemans tepid performance IMO.I quit counting offensive line penalties after 7 or 8. We sucked and didn't execute in preseason and we sucked and could not execute today so I'm not entirely surprised. 0-3 and no post season likely. Freeman didn't play great, but he had us in position to win at the end until the bone head play by otherwise good Levonte David. It should not have been this close. You let a crappy team hang around for 4 qtr's and you can lose on one stupid play. Thats the way it goes. Why did we get rid of Underwood and go with butter fingers Ogletree for 3rd WR too? Played just like he did in preseason. But I know pre season means nothing right? Lol.
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    This loss will not bite us at the end of the year. After one game I can see that the playoffs are THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.
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    We have alot of stars on this team talent wise but we arent really that much better if at all than the Jags or Raiders - Truth
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    This season will be about the same as Joshs first season 3-13. We may be the worst team in football. We dont have the worst players, but do have the worst coach.
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    Once again Freeman was around 50% completion, and more over throws. The O line was bad, but the O line in Chicago and Green Bay give up a ton more sacks. It doesn't help the Ex Cowboy can't hang onto a ball. I think there are a lot of problems here, and 0-3 is reality at this point.
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    The Bucs offense looked like a team that was not prepared to play. The good news is that Freeman, Revis and others played well enough to win, but not good enough to stop the Jets. I saw some good players, but not a good team.
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    the bucs got beat by a team with no probowlers, a lame duck coach, a rookie at qb who earned his start due to injury. nice going bucs. you just lost the easiest game on the schedule and you had months to prepare for it.
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    and as far as #38 making players pay for crossing the middle, i loved watching it. the nfl is trying to keep the game safe and that's a good thing, but it should be the responsibility of the offensive player to protect himself once he tries to make the catch. the hits delivered by Goldson were clean. the jets qb led his receiver into trouble. the player was attempting to advance the ball and was already in the secondary. the hits weren't knee breakers or concussion makers. he seperated the player from the ball on the first hit and finished off a player still trying to advance on the second hit.
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    •" The Bucs had some serious communication equipment issues on Tampa Bay’s first offensive series. The team was called for two delay of game penalties on the first drive because quarterback Josh Freeman could not hear the play calls in the headset in his helmet. Freeman had to twice switch out his helmet in order to get the intercom system working properly." Wouldn't you expect 10 plays to be scripted just for situations like this.? It looked like the three stooges out there. Even though Freeman drove them down the field for what should have been a winning field goal, Geno Smith out performed him.
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    What took this article so long to come out? Usually this first article is posted within an hour after the game. I've been waiting hours to yell about how much the offense and coaching suck! V. Jackson, the defense and special teams came to play today and played well. Schiano, Freeman, Penn and the rest of the O-line and the TE's were just unforgiveably awful. I said before this game that the Bucs better win and whoever was the cause of us losing their heads should be rolling. All those people need to be replaced whenever it's reasonably possible. Especially Freeman.
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    " But the skirt-wearing rulemakers in the NFL that seem to be taking the masculinity out of the game deemed those hits to be illegal." THANK YOU SCOTT REYNOLDS FOR CALLING IT LIKE IT IS...but you forgot to include the fact that David did not flagrantly with real penalty required action shove Smith our of bounds..David's eyes are on a mobile QB that's trying to run up the sideline and David's job at that point is to do everything he can to make sure he's either tackled or FORCED out of bounds and David's eyes were CORRECTLY focused strictly on the frame of Smith not the sideline line that he was already cat dancing over...The REAL HEADLINE here is that NFL employed zebras ONCE AGAIN decide the outcome of a football game with the bubble cloud free pass explanation of "erroring on the side of caution" on what was obviously not an ill intended action resulting in a "dirty play"...ABSOLUTE BS outcome today...granted we did let them stay in the game with our offensive INCONSISTENCY ( wow what a new headline ) but honestly, the offense put forth enough effort to win the game and no one except those wearing zebra or jet colored blinders can say David shoved Smith out of bounds with a penalty warranting action.
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    When did Penn become a turnstile?
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    Homer PR writers/cheerleaders got it wrong didn't they. And playing possum during preseason games sure did backfire - those are the games when you practice helmet communication, blocking and avoiding game losing penalties.
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    Coach, look no further than yourself if you are looking for the answers? No pre season games but one taken seriously; penalties galore and just because the helmet doesn't work what veteran QB in the NFL can't still call a play; 10-15 one yard gains; passes that your QB has proven over the past four years that he can't throw consistently; and once again poor time management of the clock. Your year of forgiveness is over. Freeman plays like mechanical robot and reacts slower than in years past. What the heck is going on?
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    Horse exactly correct. Any NFL QB has to have enough sense to at least call a dive play. Inexcusable. Talk about lack of confidence, Schiano must be just crushing his self esteem with harping and judgemental micromanagement, so that he is afraid to make a decision for himself. No wonder he never runs the ball anymore.
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    I am not mad the bucs lost. I am mad I spent money on bucs tickets for future games. I know schiano is a discipline guy, but maybe his team doesn't get it. and where is the killer instinct from freeman. i am certain he will get bashed all week leading up to an unfilled stadium for their home opener and he deserves it. i love how he tried to give lavonte david advice at the podium..."he'll learn from his mistake(that lost us the game)". this one falls on freeman. his accuracy, especially after momentum-creating turnovers stunk. his decision making stunk. His confused start of the game stunk. his ability to get rid of it on time stunk. his game management stunk. his ability to look off safeties stunk. martin will have no where to run if the opposing defense doesn't respect the qb's ability to make them pay. sure, the backup glennon is a rookie and will probably play like one, but at least he has a chance to get better. i am not so sure freeman will ever change. period.
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    Several of my fix have been placed 4-sale in tix exchange
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    Yeah if Schiano is a discipline guy, then where was the discipline?
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    The offensive play calling was TERRIBLE t say the least. They could not block a lick to day, and this is supposed to be a strong point? Also, toes on the line? Good lord all the penalties, and letting the Jets keep drive alive. Now the Saints come to town? Good Gravy!!!
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    I was thoroughly disgusted with this performance. On paper, we're worlds ahead of the Jets. We didn't deserve to win this game. (The loss most definitely was NOT on Lavonte David).
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    The team played poorly Mjohnson062 no doubt, but as well as David played he really blew it at the end of game. We could have won the game. Truth be known, we should have romped them. But the entire OL was horrible. Martin looked very average today and he will continue to if we cannot get better play from the guards.
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