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September 10, 2013 @ 9:35 am
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After Further Review: 2 Impact Plays – Bucs vs. Jets

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Gil Arcia


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What was the turning point in the Bucs vs. Jets game on Sunday? What plays on offense and defense were major factors in the outcome or how did they effect Tampa Bay and New York? Read it here in the first edition of "After Further Review."
The Buccaneers had many opportunities to come away with a win Sunday against the New York Jets. Those opportunities were erased by the team itself for the most part. Several fans and media members have focused on the Lavonte David personal foul call at the end of the game to be the reason for the Bucs loss, and while the debate rages on, David's mental mistake is not the reason why Tampa Bay is sitting at 0-1 to start the season. 

In this first edition of “After Further Review,” beat writer Gil Arcia takes a look at the two plays — one from each side of the ball — in the Bucs matchup against the Jets and how it impacted the game.

On third-and-7 in the second quarter with 2:45 left on the clock from their own 44-yard line, the Buccaneers personnel package consisted of Mike Williams, Vincent Jackson, and Kevin Ogletree as the receivers, Luke Stocker at tight end and Brian Leonard in the backfield. They line up in a four-wide set, with Ogletree alone on the far right while Jackson, Williams, and Stocker were lined up to the left. Josh Freeman lined up in the shotgun with Leonard to his right.

Before the snap, the  Jets put seven players on the line including cornerback Isaiah Trufant who initially looked to be responsible for Ogletree. The Jets had four men overloading right guard Davin Joseph and right tackle Demar Dotson with Brian Leonard left to possibly choose what two players to block. At first glance, it appeared that Freeman and the Bucs had man-coverage across the field if they were going for a quick throw. That didn't end up being the case. 

Once the ball was snapped, Freeman dropped back five steps, even though he was already in shotgun. Focusing his attention to the left side where he had three options who were covered, he never saw saw Ogletree open for a good eight yards with the nearest defender, a safety, still way over the top. But the offensive line also had problems. 

After the snap two Jet linebackers who once showed blitz, peeled back into coverage — along with their left defensive end — after making a quick rush at Joseph and Dotson. That left Dotson and Joseph with no one to block. The setup freed up Jets' cornerback Trufant to wrap around the right side of the offensive line where Leonard was occupied with his assignment. By the time Dotson noticed the racing Trufant, it was too late and Freeman, feeling the heat from Trufant, threw the errant pass into overage.

As Freeman steps into the throw, he barely gets it off as he's hit by Trufant and sails it over the head of Jackson to the deep middle of the field, to where safety Dawan Landry intercepted the pass. 

Why This Was Relevant: At the time, the Bucs had a 14-5 lead and the offense just got the ball back after linebacker Lavonte David intercepted a Geno Smith pass. It was a momentum killer for the Buccaneers as they started with good field position. If Freeman could have called for Ogletree to run a hot route as a slant or curl, the possibility of converting the third down and keeping the drive alive would have been greater. But instead, all receivers were streaking down the field when an eight-yard out, slant, or curl could have kept things going.

What They Said:
“Offensively it's frustrating to everyone because we have good players. We will find a rhythm with this offense. We certainly haven't found it yet but we will. There's guys out there that are playing too well not to.” - Head coach Greg Schiano on the offensive miscues after the game.

The Jets were making things as simple as possible for their rookie quarterback Geno Smith throughout the game Sunday. They used a lot of sets that included two tight end and two running backs often. On this play, it was no different. 

The Jets were in a base I-formation with two running backs behind Smith, two wide receivers and a tight end. The Bucs were in a base 4-3 defense. 

After the snap, Smith's play-action forced linebackers Lavonte David and Dekoda Watson to come up into the line which left Jonathan Casillas to trail behind tight end Jeff Cumberland. Smith noticed that Casillas struggled with keeping up with Cumberland and safeties Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson helping out over the top near the sidelines. 

With a defensive line stunt that gave Smith plenty of time, he threw the ball down the middle of the field but Barron and Goldson immediately retreated to the middle. Upon Cumberland making an attempt to catch the pass, Goldson hit Cumberland as the ball landed in his arms. The hit drew a 15-yard personal foul to be called on the Bucs All-Pro safety.

Cumberland had enough time to see Goldson from the time he caught it to the time the hit was applied, but the flag was thrown as part of the NFL's attempt to protect “defenseless” players from vicious hits.

Why This Is Relevant: Including that play, the Jets looked to the middle of the field nine times. After that hit, the Jets had four looks the rest of the game — including one that drew another personal foul but on Mark Barron, in which Goldson was the primary hitter on as well. Goldson said on Wednesday he was fined a "significant amount" but also said it won't affect the way he plays the game. You would have to think the Saints receivers will at least have the thoughts of Goldson – and Barron's – hits in the back of their minds.

What They Said:
“We’re not going to get into that. We’re going to try to aim for the strike zone, which is what we talk about all the time. We have videos that we show and we’re just going to have to try to be better at it. But again, I want us flying around the way we flew around yesterday because that was as hard a hitting a Bucs defense as has been here in a long time. So we’re going to keep doing it, we just have to keep doing it within the framework.” - Head Coach Greg Schiano on Monday when asked if they will adjust their style of play.

“One thing you want to show is intimidation. There is going to be some funk brought to the game as far as the hitting. The one thing I’m worried about is more so getting penalized for hitting too hard. Then see somebody fall, fold up or just get up too slow and say, ‘Oh, you must have used your head.’ I don’t want it to become a flag football league. That’s what I’m afraid of. Nowadays you can’t even look at the quarterback wrong. Now we’re worrying about receivers coming across [the middle]. It’s football. It’s the nature of the beast. It’s an aggressive game. That’s one thing that frustrates me.” - Linebacker Dekoda Watson on the hits from the safeties.

“It's a split second between hitting a player in the head and hitting him in the chest. You know when he's falling there's nothing you can do. Coach knows that. The league knows that. The players know. Their just playing hard. He (Greg Schiano) allows us to play hard. He understands that there's very little that you can do to stop something like that. Like I said, it's a split second from him sliding down a little bit further to you hitting him in his head to hitting him square in the chest. You can't play timid. You just have to live with it.” - Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers with his take regarding the personal foul calls.

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    On that freeman pick watch the replay again and ask yourself if it didn't look like VJax didn't round his route out. I am by no means a freeman homer but I watched that play happen and thought in my mind that VJax was suppose to run a post route and looked as if he turned it in to an in route right behind the linebacker. I know there are a lot of option routes for the receiver but it looked as if free thought that Jackson would get more depth on his cut and actually put it in the right position had Jackson run the post pattern. Again just my view of the play and one that the media could say this and really it be that.
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    Great article. I thought the exact thing about the interception as soon as it happened. We had all the momentum and that play swung things back to the jets. It happens all too often.
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    Ok, so you make the call or calls against Goldson, yet when the Jets Player body-slams our guy, no call???!!! Let's call all the fouls then ref! It was obvious to me, as a spectator, that our guys forward motion had been stopped and he was wrapped up, but then you body slam the man? I was screaming at the TV! I was also screaming at Josh to throw the damn ball already. He holds the ball. WAYYYYY to long. One, two, three, throw! I watched the games on Monday night and those guys drop back and quickly the ball is gone. Either find a receiver or dump the ball close to a receiver. Josh looks lost... though I do realize some of this may be a product of the system! I, for one, believed the hype about our OL. This was a team strength. But, even if the road grader was playing, that does not explain the play of Penn. I'm beginning to think we are at the end of our Penn era. What says you...
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    That body slam was illegal period. Even if forward progress was happening it was illegal. There is no reason for anyone to do that. It should have been 15 yards but the ref's were clearly trying to gift the game to Geno (NY).
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    The linebackers had either 3 or 4 of those sacks of the QB WHILE BLITZING!! So there MUST have been SOME success!
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    Somebody, anybody, please explain to me why other teams blitzes sack or disrupt our QB, but our blitzes never seem to get home or disrupt their QBs?
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    76Buc, The Bucs had 5 sacks last Sunday. That puts them 3rd in the league.
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    I'd also like to add the fact that when ur halfway through the third quarter, and after having absolutely no success with ur #1 rb, not trying ur past proven other 1000+ rusher on ur roster in peyton hillis??? Other teams have no problem after seeing for or five series straight of next to no yards gained on the ground, flipping the switch and giving their next proven guy up a chance to try and spark up the run game...apparently the Bucs do...or at least coordinator Mike Sullivan does...which is peculiar considering he helped run the giants offense which co-featured big Brandon Jacobs at RB along with Bradshaw...I see Martin as having more potential than Warrick Dunn and Hillis is definately Alstott's downhill bruising style, but with much better quickness...I like that potential of a one-two punch outta da backfield....Mike Sullivan...HOW BOUT YOU???
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    I dont think you ever look AWAY from Doug Martin for a spark in the running game. Ever. If its gonna happen, its gonna happen with Martin. AP wouldnt have done much with that OL play either...
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    I heard they had a team only meeting today. Have you ever heard of one of them happening when everything was going well in the locker room? Have you ever heard of one occuring and then things turned around and were great afterwards? Concerning.
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    15-yd penalties extend drives and keep our defense on the field. They have a choice and better learn how to and how not to tackle in the NFL.
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    The players have no choice, they have to hit them and take their chances on a flag or fine, there is no other option. I dont like penalties, but the boys have to play the game. Keep hitting! Go Bucs!
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    15-yd penalties extend drives and keep our defense on the field. The have a choice and better learn how to and how not to tackle in the NFL.
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    So Goldson was indeed fined. I hadn't heard anything all week about it so I assumed he hadn't. Great article GA and nice breakdown of that INT by Freeman. I'd love to read some of these same breakdowns on the plays that went right for the Bucs.
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    First of all, I hate the fact that no one who covers the Bucs never mentions the play calling during that series. It's true they had real momentum and great field position after the turnover but it was killed by the play calling of the offensive coordinator who decides to keep banging his head against the wall and call two straight pointless running plays to Martin on 1st and 2nd down. I like aggressive offenses who ride the momentum of a turnover by their defense; if the Bucs are supposed to be a team that takes shots down the field, well wasn't that the perfect time to do that? You were at midfield up 14-5 after a big turnover; take your shot, don't set your QB up to fail by putting him in 3rd and long against a blitzing team like the Jets. When you do that, you get what you got: 3rd and long, a Jets exotic blitz, pressure in the face of Josh Freeman resulting in an interception. But of course it is all Freeman's fault........
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    "With a defensive line stunt that gave Smith plenty of time," THIS FACT right here will be the key to the Bucs downfall this year if the playoffs are not reached...Everyone with a junior high school level education should be able to tell you that the shortest distance between 2 points or in this case from defensive linemen to the quarterback is a straight line...not crossing 2,3,4, or even 5 offensive linemen's faces on ur way to the quarterback...what good is a defensive lineman's quickness if they are made to go in a merry go round motion to the quarterback??? Pewter Report, PLEASE PLEASE drill and grill this point home on Schiano and Sheridan until this tendency is corrected....do they honestly think the likes of Drew Brees aren't licking their chops in anticipation of all the time these absolutely assinine passing down stunts will give them to drive down the field?!?!?! What is this crap???
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    Thanks Gil - nice new article. I like your take on the Freeman play - if there's one thing Freeman needs to do this year it's cut out the INTs...they are really killers to our offense and give opponents hope when (like the Jets) they reallky had none to that point. As for the other one - I think we have all debated this one to death by now - big hits are indeed relevant for setting the tone in the upcoming games, but the Barron penalty hit by Goldson/Barron (not the one you highlight above) IMO was more relevant because it gave the Jets their only TD, and enough points to win the game. But I am over the Jets game now and just looking forward to us getting it together for the Saints after our 5th preseason game....GO BUCS!
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    Light 'em up son. Light 'em up.
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