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September 22, 2013 @ 3:52 pm
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Nightmare In New England As Bucs Fall To 0-3 With 23-3 Loss

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Tampa Bay's offense continues to struggle as the Buccaneers fall to 0-3 on the season with a 23-3 loss at New England. The Bucs are now 1-8 in the last nine games under head coach Greg Schiano and Josh Freeman remains ineffective at quarterback.
Tampa Bay had six trips inside the New England 40-yard line and only came away with a field goal in a 23-3 defeat at Gillette Stadium. As a result, the Bucs now have an incredibly disappointing 0-3 record to start the 2013 season and head coach Greg Schiano is squarely on the hot seat as the team is 1-8 in its last nine games dating back to last year.

The Bucs came into the game without its two top tight ends in Tom Crabtree and Luke Stocker and saw the team’s starting wide receivers go down with injuries. Mike Williams missed significant playing time in the game due to a leg injury after catching four passes for 61 yards in the first quarter, and Vincent Jackson suffered a rib injury in the third quarter after catching three passes for 34 yards and did not return.

Despite the return to action of starting left guard Carl Nicks, the Bucs offense continued to struggle, producing just three points, was 0-for-4 on fourth down conversion attempts and had a turnover as quarterback Josh Freeman threw his third interception of the season in as many games. Freeman also didn’t complete at least 50 percent of his passes, which is something that has been occurring all season.

Freeman completed 19-of-41 passes for 236 yards with one interception and was sacked three times. Williams finished the game with five catches for 65 yards, followed by Eric Page, who caught three passes for 55 yards.

Running back Doug Martin rushed for a quiet 88 yards on 20 carries, but dropped a couple of passes and finished with two catches for 20 yards.

A missed field goal by Rian Lindell, missed blocks, dropped passes, an interception by former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib and bad throws by Freeman at different stages of the game cost the Bucs offense a chance at more points.

“I’m going to have to look at the tape before I give you precise reasons,” Schiano said when asked about the Bucs’ offensive futility. “We certainly had our opportunity. We had 14 plays in their territory at the very beginning of the game and we came away with three points. I know the results as you do. To get to the bottom of the cause and why it’s not working the way we believe it should – we have to study the tape and it starts with me. We have to get better. There’s no magic pill.

“Hopefully we’ll start to get into a little bit of a groove. We did some things offensively at times, but we weren’t able to finish drives. You’re not going to win in this league that way.”

When asked if Freeman continues to give the Bucs the best chance to win, and if there was any consideration of pulling him in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, Schiano said: “He does, and no there wasn’t.”

While Tampa Bay’s defense registered three sacks and had an interception, it couldn’t prevent New England’s offense from scoring six times. Strong safety Mark Barron led the way for the Buccaneers with a team-high 11 tackles, half a sack, an interception and a pass breakup, but the team's usually stout run defense was shredded for 156 yards on 33 carries (4.7 avg.).

Tom Brady was 25-of-36 for 225 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while former Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount led the Patriots in rushing with 65 yards on 14 carries.

At 0-3, Tampa Bay falls behind Carolina, who is 1-2 after a 38-0 win over the 0-3 New York Giants, as the current cellar dweller in the NFC South. The Bucs host the Arizona Cardinals (1-2) next week at Raymond James Stadium and will try to get their first win of the season prior to the team’s bye week.

First Quarter – Buccaneers 3, Patriots 0

Mike Williams caught a 28-yard pass against former Tampa Bay cornerback Kyle Arrington and then drew a pass interference call against him for 20 yards. After missing a 38-yard field goal earlier in the first quarter, Lindell drilled a 30-yard field goal to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.

Second Quarter – Patriots 7, Buccaneers 3
Tom Brady hit rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson with a 15-yard strike for a first down on third-and-6 at the Tampa Bay 45. On fourth-and-2 at the Tampa Bay 37, Brady hit Dobson for a gain of six yards down to the Tampa Bay 31. After a 9-yard run by Stevan Ridley, Brady hit Kenbrell Thompkins for a 16-yard touchdown to give New England a 7-3 lead.

Second Quarter – Patriots 14, Buccaneers 3
Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks was flagged 28 yards for pass interference on third-and-5, which gave New England a first down at the Tampa Bay 17. On second-and-goal from the Bucs’ 5-yard line, Thompkins beat Banks for a touchdown as the Patriots took a 14-3 lead right before halftime.

Second Quarter – Patriots 17, Buccaneers 3
With 11 seconds left in the first half, Freeman was intercepted by Aqib Talib at the Tampa Bay 43-yard line. After a 3-yard pass to Brandon Bolden, Brady rushed for five yards on a QB sneak up the middle to get New England in field goal position. Stephen Gostkowksi’s 53-yard field goal was good to give the Patriots a 17-3 lead.

Third Quarter – Patriots 20, Buccaneers 3
Brady was 4-of-4 for 43 yards on the drive, including throws to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who had catches of 15 yards and 16 yards to get the Patriots into field goal range. Gostkowski’s 46-yard field goal was good to give New England a 20-3 lead in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter – Patriots 23, Buccaneers 3
Brady drove the Patriots down for another field goal, completing 4-of-5 passes for 47 yards. Bolden caught a 17-yard pass, followed by 12-yard and 11-yard catches by Julian Edelman. The Patriots’ drive stalled and Gostkowski kicked a 33-yard field goal to give New England a 23-3 lead.

Tampa Bay left guard Carl Nicks made his first start of the 2013 season. … Bucs tight end Nate Byham got the start in place of Luke Stocker, and Danny Noble saw his first action of the season in a Bucs uniform. … Bucs defensive tackle Gary Gibson got the start in place of Akeem Nicks, and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers got the start in place of Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. … Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David and strong safety Mark Barron split a sack in the first quarter. David has at least one half of a sack in each of the last four games for Tampa Bay, and leads the team with 3.5 sacks this season. Barron recorded his first interception of the season in the end zone in the third quarter. … Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn has recorded sacks in back-to-back games and has two on the season.  … Tampa Bay wide receiver Eric Page caught his first NFL pass, a 22-yard gain, in the second quarter. … Bucs rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence recorded his first NFL sack against Tom Brady in the third quarter.

The following Bucs were inactive against the Patriots: TE Tom Crabtree, CB Michael Adams, LG Gabe Carimi, DT Derek Landri, TE Luke Stocker, DE Steven Means and QB Dan Orlovsky.

The following Patriots were inactive against the Bucs: WR Danny Amendola, LB Steve Beauharnais, TE Rob Gronkowski, DL Chris Jones, WR Matt Slater, OT Will Svitek and RB Leon Washington.

• Defensive tackle Gary Gibson suffered a head and hip injury early in the first quarter while being blocked on a screen pass. He did not return.

• Wide receiver Mike Williams went down with a leg injury early in the second quarter and missed the rest of the first half.

• Wide receiver Vincent Jackson injured his ribs in the third quarter and did not return.

• Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy walked off the field slowly in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.

• Buccaneers kicker Rian Lindell missed his first field goal of the game, a 38-yarder, in the first quarter. Lindell missed a 47-yard field goal at the end of the Saints game. Tampa Bay decided to go for it on fourth-and-5 at the New England 34-yard line (and fail) instead of allowing Lindell to try a 51-yard field goal in the early second quarter.

• Bucs tight end Tim Wright dropped a touchdown pass from Josh Freeman in the end zone in the first quarter. The team had to settle for a 30-yard field goal from Rian Lindell.

• Tampa Bay failed to pick up a first down on fourth-and-1 from the New England 38 when Patriots inside linebacker Brandon Spikes stuffed running back Doug Martin for no gain. The Bucs were 0-for-2 on fourth down in the first half against the Patriots, and were 0-for-4 in the game on fourth down.

• Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks was flagged for a 28-yard pass interference penalty on third-and-5 in the second quarter. Five plays later, Banks surrendered a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins.

• Freeman threw an interception to former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib. That set up a last-second, 53-yard field goal to give New England a 17-3 lead at halftime. Freeman completed less than 50 percent of his passes on Sunday, which marks the third straight game he has not completed at least half of his passes.

• Tampa Bay’s offense converted just 5-of-14 third down attempts (36 percent) against New England.

Tampa Bay (0-3) returns home to play the Arizona Cardinals (1-2). Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will likely be blacked out.

Last modified on Sunday, 22 September 2013 17:00

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    would be nice if we could get a 2nd-4th round, heck even 5th round pick for Freeman. maybe Jacksonville.
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    Blount did all his damage when the game was over, and our defense had given up. Talib got burnt a few times, but drops bailed him out, his pick was on a badly thrown ball by Josh. My point is both players aren't pro bowlers we let get away. That being said we have a stubborn head coach, and a large staff around him that isn't very good. I hate when people ignore facts. Schiano said Josh gives his team the best chance to win, but the facts don't lie, we've lost the last 8 outta 9. We can't change the entire scheme, or offensive personal, but you can, and should bench a Q.B. who has under performed. Josh will be a free agent, he's not worth franchising so at this point the logical thing to do is see what you have in Glennon. The team, and season has already slipped away, facts don't lie, you're not going to the playoffs when you start 0-3.It's time to find out if you found a Q.B. in the 3rd round this year, or spend what will likely be a top pick on one next year.
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    "We'll have to go back and look at the tape"? Isn't that what he said last week after their loss? And the week before that? Isn't looking at film one of the primary things to do in the week leading up to the game, rather than making that excuse after it? Schiano has to go.
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    Schiano keeps looking at the film and this team looks worse every week and keeps losing. Derp.
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    What he sees from the sidelines and what he sees on tape are two different things - he takes the high road by not throwing his players under the bus.
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    warren you nailed it doesn't matter if you have the best corner in the world because other team can nullify that don't throw his way. we are so short on real talent and the coaching is worst than most high school coaching. free is lost if he ever had it debatable he doesn't have it anymore, vj whats with the drops. I could go on but, should have hired marty shot at least he gets to the playoffs before choking, bring back gruden or cowher or parcells no more college or inexpiernced guys
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    The most discouraging thing is that the team is not progressing at all, but is getting worse...and it appears the coach has no idea what's wrong or how to fix it.
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    This loss was inevitable with a dim witted dictator at the helm of the ship. Smart NFL Coaches know that you wear down opposing defenses with a big back. We have a good defense now but New England sent Blount out there and wore down our Defense and then put on a clinic for Schiano on how you use a big back to close out a win. Of course that never occurred to Schiano who could have used that very strategy to close out the last two games with a win. But he is the dimwit who gave them Blount and also cut Hollis and kept an enept TE on his roster. Oh and he kept a stone handed too light TE from Rutgers too who should have pulled in a touchdown too in this game. He also knew Freeman was regressing under his micromanagement and he needed a top knotch proven NFL QB Coach to help him adapt but instead he hired one more ex Rutger's coach who didn't even coach a QB in his last job. Just another chance for more nepotism by Schiano to bring in a loyal Buddy. The Bucs will also lose to the 1-2 Cardinals right in front of the few Buc's fans left. Count on it!
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    Well, pretty soon we want be able to blame Freeman anymore because he'll be gone, just like Winslow, Blount, and Talib - you know, those guys that has had good games against us. But don't worry Schiano, Glennon, and Tim Wright will lead us to the playoffs. Not a nightmare, just a fairy tale. lol
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    No tight end to throw to, no fullback to run, block, or throw to limits our options. Put that with a quarterback of questionable talent and judgment and the offense is not going to go far. Add to that, in this game we shut down the Patriots in the first quarter bringing 5 guys. Never brought five guys again after the first quarter. What was that all about? Offensive coaching is questionable at best.
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    @RONALD: very good point about FB poisiton. i fully with the rest too.
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    The teams we are losing to are using other weapons once we shut their primaries down. Why? Because they practice and develop contingency plans. It appears once V J and M W get shutdown we go to Doug. Once he gets zeroed out there is no strength in Ogletree, any tight end, nobody. That's it. We're done. No more weapons nor plays.
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    Shiano is horrible and should be fired. Running the ball with minute left after going for it twice and failing on fourth down. Now he wants to be conservative? Then insead of firing it at endzone where a pick can't hurt you due to time limitations he decides to throw it mid field so pats can get into field goal range. hes a total retard. I have no faith in Freeman either. I don't know which one sucks worse. This season was over before it started. Depressing.
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    Pretty easy to find fault. Starts with the GM going "all in" on a CB as if that would put us in the SuperBowl. As I posted during free agency, we could have gotten 4 or 5 good FAs including Grimes, Carson Palmer...& used our 1st choice to fill one of the holes at DE, TE or 3rd WR. Combine all that with a coach who's not ready for prime time, unable to communicate (at least on the field), unable to game plan before or during the game (& not looking for mismatches), inflexible to the point that whatever promise Freeman had has been taken away by Schiano & the coaches. Not to mention the dropped passes, penalties and inferior play by players who I believe played their hearts out in the last 2 games.
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    @warren: Exactly. Starts with GM, then there´s the bad HC. Solutions? Also: to build a winner on offense: you either go with a dominant o-line (that is able to move people at will, creating space for good runners). OR: decent o-line, but great TALENT on skill positons. Shifty speedy skill (thats Eagles of today). give theier players a little space, they make the most of it. Option one (dominant o-line), is the NY-Giants style. Running the ball, play action, QB- managing the game (few turnovers, good calls/checks at Line Of Scrimmage). what does tampa have? who´s fault it is, you have already said. and i blame the glazers a little too (i could imagine, they wanted Dominick to go after big time big name players, just to sell tickets. with that - they went "win now".. or Dominick is just dump. - either way it backfired - so HC GM gotta go. trade freeman, get rid of the shiamonik demon)
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    Mutiny on the horizon..
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    Morgan I'm more embarrassed now than the 2011 season. In 2011 we had very little talent on the field after McCoy went down for the season. We should have been losing, just not by as much as we were so Morris was fired. Understandable. But this! We have more talent than the teams we're losing to now. Schiano also has more coaches and advisors than Morris had. The Bucs are more talented than the Jets and the Patriots right now and we lost. My biggest frustration is that with Sullivan and Bostad on the payroll I really, really have no idea why we look so bad on offense. Freeman had another decent game, but once again V. Jackson underperformed, then got hurt. Dougie dropped passes, again. The refs screwed us over again (how could you miss two holds in 1.5 seconds against Williams). Why, why, why?
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    NIGHTMARE? Not even close. Team competed for a half. Couldn't convert on the Pats' side of the field. You want NIGHTMARE? Think back to 2011 Raheem Morris' teams - or was the author in a coma?
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    Let me be the first to say, we are CIRCLING THE DRAIN. What team has a 220 lb. TE that can't catch from Rutgers? Ans. The BUC'S ! Stocker should be cut as he has been injured since training camp started. Next week we will be on our way DOWN the drain to the sewer! Schiano and Freeman just don't have it!
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    Stick a fork in Schiano he is done.
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    talent loaden team, huh? We are in "win now" mode - remember. HC and GM and Owners thought, it´s time to send a high draft pick and spend a lot of cap space for one player, because the Rebuilding was over - aha. no holes left, are there? And we got ourselves, a student of the game, a hell of a QB in Glennon, who cant throw his WR open (not even in College). a QB doesn´t need anticipation. Look at Freeman - he´s got all the tool^^ aha. no need for a speedy "just give me a little space" guy in the slot, or out of the backfield. no need, for a TE. No need for Aqib Talib, a healthy, very good corner... Blount running hard against our defense in the 4th.. Bucs are such a joke of a organisation. (maybe it was just bad luck, because Chip Kelly let us down) but GM and HC have to go. Glazers need, to give us a good FO, after that, they can watch soccer all life long. But this HC GM combo is horrible (and Freeman is just the cherry of the BS-cake. he could be good in a offense, thats designed around him. Spread-gunslinger-style, but Free is not a good QB). GoBucs, go shiano coach anywhere else, go Freeman throw games away but not here, go Dominik, we dont have anymore cap space that you can throw arround to get the players with that talent which you skip at draft - but GoBucs!!
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    Cardinal game is a must win or the Coach goes down in flames. The team will deny that Schiano has lost them, but I best there is much doubt in their minds.
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