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September 18, 2013 @ 10:47 am
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After Further Review: 2 Impact Plays - Bucs Vs. Saints

Written by Gil
Gil Arcia


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What was the turning point in the Bucs vs. Saints game on Sunday? What plays on offense and defense were major factors in the outcome or how did they effect Tampa Bay and New Orleans? Read it here in this second edition of "After Further Review."
For the second week in a row, the Buccaneers practically gift wrap a victory to their opponent. Multiple opportunities were nullified due to self-imposed penalties and other times the offense never got anything going. Lapses in judgement, busted coverage, and miscues all extended drives for the Saints.

In this second edition of “After Further Review,” beat writer Gil Arcia goes inside the two plays that impacted the Bucs and Saints game from Week 2.

New Orleans lead 13-7 with 7:13 remaining in the third quarter. On second-and-nine from their own 27-yard line, the Bucs had two backs lined up behind Josh Freeman who was under center in Erik Lorig and Doug Martin, two tight ends in Luke Stocker and Tim Wright, and one receiver in Vincent Jackson. Both Wright and Stocker were lined up on the left side of the line with Wright being on the outside off the line so there wouldn't be any too many men on the line of scrimmage. Jackson started on the far left of the formation but would later motion across to the opposite end. Once Jackson set, Wright would later motion to the right side of the line of scrimmage and line up in the slot. After the snap, both tight ends ran short to deep range crossing routes to the left sideline where Jackson ran a streak up field from where he was lined up.

Freeman, watching Jackson all the way down field, threw the ball up to Jackson where Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro had him covered. But Vaccaro was no match for Jackson on the jump ball as Jackson came down with it at the Saints 22-yard line and ran it for what would be the go ahead touchdown. However, an illegal formation penalty on Tampa Bay right tackle Demar Dotson for not being lined up on the line of scrimmage brought the play back and the drive would eventually stall after a Josh Freeman interception.

Why This Was Relevant: The touchdown would have put the Bucs in front 14-13 after the extra point off the Jackson score. Instead, the Buccaneers saw themselves give the ball right back to New Orleans three plays later on an interception by Freeman where he, once again, never took his eyes off Vincent Jackson.

What They Said:
“Again, it doesn't if I agree, they called it. So we have to make sure that we are in compliance with the rule. And if it's called, it's a penalty." - Head coach Greg Schiano when asked on Monday about the illegal formation call that negated the touchdown.

It was second and two for the Saints at the Tampa Bay 40-yard line with :35 seconds to play in the game. Saints were in hurry-up mode and had three wide receivers in Robert Meachem (alone, left side) and Marques Colston and Kenny Stills on right side of the offense. Tight end Jimmy Graham lined up in between Colston and the right tackle with Dashon Goldson covering him. Running back Darren Sproles was in the backfield lined up three yards behind the left tackle. 

From the shotgun, Drew Brees saw something in the Buccaneers defensive setup that caused him to change the play before the ball was snapped. After the snap, receivers Stills and Colston ran deep routes while Graham crossed the middle of the field from the right side. Meachem ran a curl route with rookie Johnthan Banks covering him and safety Ahmad Black offering help over the top of the left side of the Saints offensive formation. That left the right-to-middle part of the field open for Brees to hit either Stills (who was covered by Darrelle Revis) or Colston (who was one-on-one with Leonard Johnson). Colston saw the middle of the defense empty and immediately went inside on Johnson. Brees saw that and hit Colston for a 31-yard connection down to the Buccaneer nine yard line, setting up the Garrett Hartley game winning field goal from 27 yards out.

Why This Was Relevant: Well, for the obvious reason of course, it set up the game winning field goal. More importantly, Brees saw the mismatch of Johnson on Colston. Brees was not going to test Revis, who was stride for stride with Stills along the sideline. The Bucs defense was doomed once Graham crossed the middle removing Goldson from that part of the field and Black never moved over to help. That allowed Colston to break inside of Johnson which at the time the defense could have only hoped for either the pass being off the mark or Colston dropping the easy reception.

What They Said:
"He just caught the ball. Great throw, great catch, but one play doesn't put a stamp on the game, it definitely doesn't. But like I say, we just [have] got to execute things a lot better." - Cornerback Leonard Johnson after the game on Sunday when asked about the Colston catch.
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    if the BUCs can fix three issues, I believe they can be a contending team as they definitely appear to have the talent. The problem is that these are three pretty big issues. 1. Freeman has to scan the field better. There are way to many plays where he stares down his intended receiver and telegraphs or rather broadcasts on the jumbotron his intentions. I am not sure at this point of his career if he can learn this. Even a simple head fake might help. 2. The defense has to figure out a way to get more pressure on the QB. The BUCS need to attack the weakest part of the opposing line and beat it down the entire game. 3. Two weeks ago there was a camera shot of 4-5 offensive BUCs coaches in a huddle and they all had a deer in the headlights look on their faces. No one seemed to want to take charge. In over 50 years of watching football, I have never seen anything like it before. My question is WHY? These guys are pros because they know their stuff (or should). Is Schiano so much of a micro-manager that even his coaches are afraid to make a decision? That may work in college where assistants might be new, or even from the high school ranks, but it doesn't cut it in the NFL. Schiano needs to have faith in his staff and let them make decisions. The greatest coaches I can think of Lombardi, Landry, Brown and Dungy (to name just a few), monitored the game on gameday. They let their coaches do the work while they observed and planned and concentrated on the overall picture of what was happening. Schiano may be involving himself so much in the operational details that he doesn't have time to think about game strategy.
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    Hey Gil, When I saw the title for this article, I was excited to see your take on the call on Dotson that negated VJax's TD. However, while you broke down what happened, there was no analysis of whether it was a good call. The Bucs got flagged for this a couple times last year, but in general, tackles getting flagged for being too farr of the LOS are rare. Do you have any insight on whether or not the call was a good one? I mean was Dotson further off the line than the Saints tackles? Where was he positioned before and after the penalty? Any insight would be appreciated. To me, it seems like that penalty was abitrary...I saw guys way off the LOS all game on both teams.
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    I thought the larger Defensive play was the sack, fumble recovery by Clayborn. That was tuck rule reminiscent. They give the team the ball back, 15 yards and a first pulling them out of there own territory. That was a major momentum killer.
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    Reminds me of when Chip Carter used to sit down with crazy@$$ Monte Kiffin in the pregame show. Love the breakdowns!!
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    That's one heck of a compliment. Thanks Eubanks!
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    Dbuc63 & Owlykat: Word in Tampa is that Revis had a 15-minute discussion with Schiano yesterday & asked the same thing Owlykat asked. Revis wants to be covering the other team's best receiver no matter what type of defensive coverage is called. We'll see if that happens or not. My take is that it would have sure seemed more logical for Revis to be covering the area pertaining to Colston rather than Stills....for both man-to-man or zone.
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    Methinks you have too many WR in the game after the snap. Either Moore or Meacham are lined up on the left side, but not both. So something is off on your description of the after the snap action.
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    I see where the error is. I have since changed it. My Mistake Deadmen thanks for pointing that out. It was Stills and not Moore than ran the deep streak down the sideline.
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    Like article, very informative and will be even be more useful if we have blackout games this year...eh. OWLYKAT- give it a rest. Bucs defense is playing zone and that includes Revis. I suspect it is due to Revis still progressing. As we all know man is much more physically demanding especially after an injury like his. The sky isn't falling and this Buc fan is standing his ground with faith in the Bucs to turn the ship around starting this week in NE!! Go Bucs!!
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    Pewterreport GA, I too really enjoy these breakdown Articles; it just shows you how important attention to detail is in playing this game.
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    Thanks, Horse. Appreciate that.
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    Here is my question: why wasn't Revis on the number one WR for the Saints, which to my mind would have been Colston? If Revis was with the Jets this year, you know their defensive coordinator would have him on Jackson. I think the answer is we have Sherman. Who, other than Schiano would have ever made Sherman a defensive coordinator when he was horrible as a position coach for the Giants? I believe the reason Schiano wanted him was because he would appreciate his promotion and would not complain about Schiano running the same defense he ran with his college team, Rutgers, and would likewise let Schiano micromanage the defense, too. You will remember that Schiano called all the Defensive Calls in the last game against an Atlanta Team that had already clinched a playoff berth and were not giving their best effort. Sherman didn't complain about it. And coincidentally, Schiano won using the Tampa 2, Zone Defense, and not using his Rutger's Defense and he caught Atlanta by surprise.
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    Grow up bigbuc. You can't put this loss on Freeman. What this game told me was that all the so-called experts were wrong about the Buccaneers defensive line and pass rush and that Schiano, despite taking all the heat, once again had a game plan that put them in a position to win. Just because everyone bought the cool aid that this team was made to make the playoffs, doesn't mean that you can't be objective about the play of the team. I too would be much happier with 2-0 rather than 0-2 but this is a much better team than the fans and so-called experts are talking about.
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    I thought Freeman's unforced interception was the more relevant play. When the 30th ranked qb in the league still has not learned to avoid throwing late, into double coverage, off his unbalanced back foot.... well that tells you everything you need to know about our quarterback and the organization that continues to start him.
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    Again, great breakdown of these plays but I have the same comment as last week. Why wasn't there a further review of any of our positive plays? I'd love to here how our coverages were set up to allow our LB's to pick Brees off twice. Brees seemed to have time to throw so he must have thought he saw something he didn't. Or another review could have been done on that unbelievable goal line stance against the Saints.
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    Thanks pinkstob glad you're enjoying this series! I understand where you are coming from. Problem is, the team is 0-2. The reason why the plays are selected is because they impact the flow and/or outcome of the game. Positive plays don't lead to losses so it's hard to focus on those as the ones mentioned in the story impacted the loss for the Bucs in a big way. As for the goal line stance, trust me, that was #1 on my notepad if the team would have won. Unfortunately, the offense (once again) didn't do enough to pull off the win. Hence why these two plays were selected.
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    Thanks for the clarification GA!
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