WHAT HAPPENED IN TAMPA BAY’S 13-10 LOSS vs. ARIZONA
In an attempt to spark the team’s struggling offense, Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano benched five-year starting quarterback Josh Freeman and started rookie Mike Glennon, the team’s third-round draft pick. Schiano said that Glennon gave the Bucs the best chance to win against Arizona.
It didn’t work.
Glennon threw two costly fourth quarter interceptions as Tampa Bay blew a 10-0 lead at halftime in a crushing, 13-10 defeat that dropped the Bucs to 0-4 on the season.
“It’s a very tough game, tough loss for our guys,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “We did a lot of things very well, just did too many things wrong, too many mistakes to win. Certainly we’re being tested, but we’ve got to stick together and we’ll win.”
After the game, Glennon was reflecting on his interceptions.
“It’s unfortunate,” Glennon said. “That was kind of my focus the whole game. Just take what the defense is giving me, protect the football and we felt like we could win the game. It wasn’t like I was getting greedy with that throw. [The receiver] was open. I just didn’t put it where it needed to be.
“It’s just an unfortunate way to end the game. The defense played great the whole game. The offense looked good in the first half and then in the end, we just can’t make that throw. A foot in front would’ve been the difference. [It’s] definitely a learning experience, but also a tough one to swallow.”
For the third time in four games, the offense didn’t do enough to put the game away and the defense couldn’t hold a lead within the last two minutes in regulation. The Bucs also had slim leads over New York and New Orleans in the first two weeks of the season before losing both games to last-second field goals.
The problems with Tampa Bay’s offense run much deeper than Freeman, who was inactive on Sunday and watched the game from a suite. The Bucs players have been subjected to poor coaching, poor play-calling and a lack of in-game adjustments by Schiano and his staff during a stretch of games in which Tampa Bay is 1-9 in its last 10 games dating back to 2012. After Sunday's loss, the heat from fans and the media will likely be turned up even higher on Schiano.
Dan Orlovsky backed up Glennon on Sunday, while Freeman went public with his demands to be traded or released this week.
“With all the happenings of the week, it was the best thing for our team,” Schiano said about Freeman watching the game from a suite rather than to be on the field. “There’s stuff that I’m not going to get into, but that was the best thing for our football team today.”
The Bucs lost to a bad Cardinals team that was 1-2 coming into the game and was playing without three starting linebackers, its starting safety and its starting nose tackle. When star defensive tackle Darnell Dockett went out with a groin injury in the third quarter, Arizona was playing without six of its starting 11 defenders.
And the Bucs only scored 10 points.
On Sunday, Arizona’s offense did its best impersonation of Tampa Bay’s offense. The Cardinals offense had problems scoring and was plagued by turnovers, dropped passes, bad throws and a few drive-killing penalties.
Arizona only generated 296 yards and was 1-of-10 on third down.
Quarterback Carson Palmer, who was 21-of-38 for 248 yards with one touchdown, threw two interceptions, including one in the end zone.
The Cardinals rushed for just 56 yards on 20 carries (2.8 avg.).
Arizona had 10 penalties for 90 yards.
But the problem for Tampa Bay was that its offense only generated 253 yards, including 112 in the second half, and was outscored 13-0 after halftime. The Bucs rushed for 80 yards on 31 carries (2.6 avg.), but the longest run was a 22-yarder by free safety Dashon Goldson on a fake punt on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals defense sold out against stopping the run, knowing that it would be difficult for Glennon, who completed 24-of-43 passes for 193 yards with a touchdown and two costly picks, to beat them. Doug Martin had very little running room and rushed 27 times for just 45 yards (1.7 avg.).
“Really we struggled running the ball all day,” Schiano said. “We didn’t run the ball effectively all day. They did a good job of shutting down the run. Our biggest rush was a fake punt.”
Wide receivers Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson played through hamstring and rib injuries, respectively, but didn’t make much of a difference. Williams caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, while Jackson was held to two catches for 27 yards by cornerback Patrick Peterson, who picked off Glennon twice.
Tampa Bay’s leading receiver was tight end Tim Wright, who caught just five passes for 41 yards. Glennon’s longest completion of the day was a 20-yarder to fullback Erik Lorig.
“I thought Mike did a good job of commanding control of the game, the tempo, everything,” Schiano said. “I thought he read things out relatively well. He spread the ball around to nine different guys: three of the backs, three of the receivers, tight ends. At the end of the day, we had two costly turnovers. And again, none of the good is only one guy, and none of the bad is only one guy. It’s coaching, it’s playing, so together we’ll get it fixed.”
Tampa Bay’s defense stepped up to support the play of the rookie quarterback in his first NFL start. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded a sack on the first play of the game and recovered a fumble that was forced by cornerback Leonard Johnson.
In the third quarter, rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks made a leaping, one-handed interception in the end zone to prevent Arizona from getting any points and preserving Tampa Bay’s 10-0 lead.
On the Cardinals’ next drive, Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis picked off Palmer at the Tampa Bay 23-yard line to end another Arizona drive. But after Peterson’s first interception was returned to the Tampa Bay 11-yard line, Revis gave up a touchdown to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had six catches for 68 yards and Arizona’s lone TD to tie the score at 10-10 late in the fourth quarter.
After taking a 13-10 lead with 1:29 left in regulation, the Cardinals defense stepped up with Peterson recording his second interception of the day as Glennon’s errant pass to Jackson was picked off.
“I thought [Tampa Bay’s defense] played really well, third down defense especially – they were one for 10. Rushing yards, I think they had like 50 something yards. It was a winning defensive performance – but we play as a team.”
And this was a team loss for the Buccaneers – the fourth of the season. Tampa Bay is winless heading into the bye week and has all but lost any opportunity to make the postseason, especially with an offense that is averaging just over eight points per game no matter who is under center.HOW DID THE TEAMS SCORE? – BUCS vs. CARDINALS SCORING SERIES
First Quarter – Buccaneers 7, Cardinals 0
The Bucs benefitted from great field position as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recovered a fumble forced by cornerback Leonard Johnson and returned it 11 yards to the Arizona 41. After Doug Martin ran for a 12-yard gain, Mike Glennon found Mike Williams for a 14-yard gain down to the Arizona 15. After two Martin runs totaled seven yards, Glennon hit Williams with an 8-yard touchdown pass on third-and-3 to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.Second Quarter – Buccaneers 10, Cardinals 0
Glennon converted two third down passing opportunities with throws to Brian Leonard and Kevin Ogletree. A 15-yard personal foul against safety Yeremiah Bell helped the Bucs cross midfield. A 13-yard pass to Williams and a 15-yard strike to Tim Wright put Tampa Bay in field goal range and Rian Lindell’s 50-yard attempt was good, giving the Bucs a 10-0 lead at halftime.Third Quarter – Buccaneers 10, Cardinals 3
Martin’s fumble was recovered by linebacker Matt Shaughnessy at the 50-yard line and gave Arizona great field position. After a 6-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer hit tight end Rob Housler for a gain of 23 yards down to the Tampa Bay 21. But the drive stalled, and four plays later, Jay Feely’s 42-yard field goal cut the Bucs’ lead to 10-3.Fourth Quarter – Buccaneers 10, Cardinals 10
After Patrick Peterson picked off Glennon’s pass for Vincent Jackson at the Tampa Bay 24 and returned it 13 yards to the 11-yard line. On the next play, Palmer found Fitzgerald for an 11-yard touchdown to tie the game at 10-10.Fourth Quarter – Cardinals 13, Buccaneers 10
On third-and-10 at the Tampa Bay 10-yard line, left tackle Donald Penn gave up a sack linebacker Dontay Moch, who dropped Glennon for a 9-yard loss at the 1-yard line. That forced Michael Koenen to punt from his own end zone and gave Arizona great field position at the Tampa Bay 38. A 19-yard pass to Jaron Brown set up the Cardinals at the Bucs’ 19-yard line, but a 10-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on safety Dashon Goldson, who hit Brown hard near the sidelines, gave Arizona 10 more yards. Four plays later, Feely’s 27-yard field goal was good and gave the Cardinals a 13-10 win. WHAT WAS NOTABLE ABOUT SUNDAY’S GAME FOR THE BUCS?
Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy got his second sack of the season on the first play of Sunday’s game. McCoy then recovered a fumble that was forced by cornerback Leonard Johnson on Arizona’s second possession. … Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams fought through a hamstring injury to play on Sunday and caught Mike Glennon’s first career touchdown pass, which was his second TD catch of the season. … New Bucs running back Jeff Demps made his debut on Sunday and had a 14-yard run on an end around on his first carry. … Against Arizona, Tampa Bay rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks recorded his first NFL career interception on Sunday, and cornerback Darrelle Revis picked off his first pass and forced his first fumble as a Buccaneer. … Bucs free safety Dashon Goldson recorded his first carry of the season, a 22-yarder, on a fake punt run on fourth-and-inches in the fourth quarter. … Fullback Erik Lorig had his first catch of the season – a 20-yarder. … Rookie tight end Tim Wright had his most productive day in the NFL, catching a team-high five passes for 41 yards. WHICH BUCCANEERS WERE INACTIVE?
The following Bucs were inactive against the Cardinals: TE Tom Crabtree, CB Michael Adams, LG Gabe Carimi, DT Derek Landri, CB Rashaan Melvin and QB Josh Freeman.
The following Cardinals were inactive against the Bucs: S Rashad Johnons, RB Ryan Williams, LB Kevin Minter, OT Bobbie Massie, G Earl Watford, DT Dan Williams and QB Ryan Lindley.WHICH BUCS GOT HURT?
• After a 20-yard catch in the third quarter, Bucs fullback Erik Lorig suffered a leg injury, but walked off the field under his own power and returned a few plays later.
• Bucs strong safety Mark Barron suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out in the second half. Barron was replaced by Ahmad Black at strong safety.
• Tampa Bay wide receiver Kevin Ogletree suffered a leg injury in the fourth quarter, but returned.WHAT WILL UPSET GREG SCHIANO WHEN HE WATCHES THE FILM?
• The Bucs’ inability to break Doug Martin loose was costly. Aside from a 12-yard run in the first quarter, Martin rushed for 33 yards on 26 carries (0.78 yards per carry) in his other attempts. Making matters worse was the fact that Martin fumbled in the third quarter at the 50-yard line to set up Arizona’s first field goal.
• Kick returner Jeff Demps returned the ball from deep in the end zone and getting tackled at the Tampa Bay 10-yard line. On third-and-10, quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked for a 9-yard loss back to the 1-yard line and the Bucs were forced to punt from their own end zone, which gave the Cardinals great starting field position at the Tampa Bay 38 for the game-winning field goal.
• Glennon threw two fourth quarter interceptions that Arizona turned into 10 points and aid in the Cardinals’ come-from-behind win. Both of those picks were on passes intended for wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
• Bucs free safety Dashon Goldson was flagged 10 yards for unnecessary roughness after Jaron Brown caught a 19-yard pass on Arizona’s game-winning drive. It was the third personal foul penalty on Goldson, who was hitting a defenseless receiver, this season. Tampa Bay was penalized eight times for 73 yards on Sunday.WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR THE BUCS?
Tampa Bay (0-4) enters its bye week before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised locally on Fox.
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