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September 29, 2013 @ 8:02 pm
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Offense Sputters, Defense Gives Up Late Lead: Unit Game Grades

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Tampa Bay suffered their fourth loss in a row this time blowing a late lead against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bucs offense struggled to close drives with points and the defense couldn't make the critical stops in the fourth quarter once again. Check out PewterReport.com's grades on all the units.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 0-4 on Sunday after losing to the Arizona Cardinals. The Bucs led Arizona 10-0 until the fourth quarter, when the team unraveled and gave up 13 unanswered points. Here are the unit game grades for the disappointing loss.

QUARTERBACK
Rookie Mike Glennon made his first NFL start after quarterback Josh Freeman was benched earlier in the week. Glennon got off to an impressive start, but progressively got worse as the game went on. Glennon was unable to move the ball after leading the Bucs to 10-0 lead in the first half, even though Arizona had one of the lowest ranked secondaries in the league coming into Week 4.

Glennon ended the day 24-43 (55.8 percent) for 193 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a quarterback rating of just 55.7. Both of Glennon’s interceptions came at the most critical points in the game. The first one resulted in a game-tying touchdown for the Cardinals, and the second one came on the Bucs’ final chance to tie or win the game.

The coaching staff was (rightfully) very conservative with Glennon, who attempted just two deep passes. Glennon has a big arm but is very inaccurate with his deep throws which is a main thing he needs to work on to improve his game. All of Glennon’s completions were either short or intermediate throws, the longest being just a 20 yard completion.

Regardless of Glennon’s poor debut, it is important to remember that this was his first ever NFL game and, generally, rookie quarterbacks struggle in their first games. Glennon did show great poise to start off the game and showed some potential early on. The Bucs have a bye week coming up, so that will give Glennon time to look over his mistakes and work on improving them before facing the Eagles in Week 6.
GRADE= D+

RUNNING BACKS
Another reason why Mike Glennon should get some slack is the fact that the running game was completely invisible all game. Doug Martin had his worst game of the year with just 45 yards on 27 attempts (1.7 yards per carry). The offensive line didn’t give Martin much room making him work for his yards.

But uncharacteristically, Martin did make a lot mistakes throughout the game. Martin failed to hit the hole when the line did manage to make a little running room, and instead danced around in the backfield and ran laterally, giving the defense a chance to close in. Martin also had a muffed block that allowed Glennon to get lit up before the end of the first half. But Martin’s most costly mistake came when he fumbled a handoff without even being hit by a defender, and the fumble was recovered by Arizona. The Cardinals capitalized on the turnover by scoring a field goal, but more importantly they got the momentum and didn’t let it go for the rest of the game.
GRADE= D-

WIDE RECEIVERS
Vincent Jackson led the receivers with 11 targets, but only caught two passes for 27 yards. Jackson didn’t have a drop in the game for the first time this season, but was completely shut down by stud cornerback Patrick Peterson all game. Peterson actually picked off two passes; both were intended for Jackson. Jackson was not 100 percent going into the game, and had to convince coaches to let him play.

Mike Williams, who was also injured coming into the game, led the wide receivers with 38 yards and one touchdown. Kevin Ogletree was the only other one to record a catch, and he ended the day with five receptions for thirty yards and one dropped pass.
GRADE= D

TIGHT ENDS
Nate Byham was the starting tight end going into the game, but Tim Wright was the one who showed up and played pretty well compared to the first three games. Wright led the team with five receptions and 41 yards, and would have had more had he not been hit helmet-to-helmet on a big completion. Wright, who is a wide receiver turned tight end, may have jumped Nate Byham on the depth chart on Sunday. Byham finished the game with no catches despite being the starting tight end.
GRADE= D+

OFFENSIVE LINE
The offensive line continued to struggle in run blocking for Doug Martin and it really hurt the Bucs in this game with a rookie quarterback making his debut. The Cardinals have a very good run defense (third in the league going into the game), but Doug Martin should never average just 1.7 yards per carry. They will need to step up their game for the Bucs to have any success on offense.

In terms of pass protection, the offensive line did better. They did allow two sacks and a few quarterback pressures, but for the most part Glennon had time in the pocket to throw the ball. If Glennon felt pressure it was usually because he was holding the ball for too long, not because the offensive line struggles.

The most encouraging thing coming out of Sunday’s disappointing loss is that the offensive line committed zero penalties against the Cardinals. No false starts, holding calls, or illegal formations were called against the line, which is a huge step forward compared to the first three games.
GRADE= D

DEFENSIVE LINE
Gerald McCoy had a big sack on the first play of the game, and that would be the only sack of the game for the Bucs’ defense. The defensive line played pretty well in the first half putting pressure on quarterback Carson Palmer, but the second half was a different story. Palmer had all day to throw the ball allowing the Cardinals offense to finally get going and ultimately win the game.

McCoy was the most dominant lineman on the field by far yet again with one sack, one fumble recovery, one batted down pass, and was in the backfield on several plays. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn had his least impressive game of the season, but did have a sack taken from him after Palmer threw the ball away and resulted in intentional grounding. Clayborn ended the game with three tackles.

The defensive line played well against the run as usual, allowing just 56 yards on 20 carries (2.8 average). The front four has been great against the run but has failed to create their own pressure, as McCoy and Clayborn were the only two able to get any pressure on Palmer.
GRADE= C

LINEBACKERS
After dominating the first two games of the season, the linebackers cooled off against the Patriots and that continued against the Cardinals. There were no splash plays made by the linebackers, but no glaring mistakes either. Dakota Watson led the team with six tackles and two tackles for loss. Mason Foster and Lavonte David both had five tackles, and Foster had a tackle for loss and a pass break up.

The linebacker blitz packages did not work at all. The Cardinals did a very good job of blocking against the blitz, which is why the Bucs ended the game with just one sack. David had his least impressive game of the year with a couple missed tackles, but aside from that the linebackers had a pretty good game.
GRADE= B

SECONDARY
Tampa Bay’s secondary was completely dominant in the first half, holding Palmer to 87 yards. But after Barron left the game at half time, the secondary began giving up big chunks of yards allowing Palmer to finish the day with 248 yards.

Most of the big completions given up were to wide open receivers, but other than that the secondary was very good in coverage all game. Cornerback Darrelle Revis was on wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for much of the game, completely shutting him down in the first half. Revis did give up a couple catches to Fitzgerald, one of which was a touchdown pass. But Revis had his first interception as a Buccaneer on a throw intended for Fitzgerald where he made a great break for the ball. Revis led the team with six tackles, one interception, one pass break up, and one forced fumble.

Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks also recorded his first interception on a great leaping catch in the end zone. Banks had a solid game with the interception and two passes broken up.

Safety Dashon Goldson nearly had a pick when he broke on a Palmer pass, but it fell incomplete. Goldson also had the longest run of the game when he ran the ball on a fake punt and picked up 22 yards. Unfortunately, Goldson was flagged yet again for unnecessary roughness and could be facing suspension yet again. On the replay, it looked like a clean hit, which should help his case, should the league take action.
GRADE= B

SPECIAL TEAMS
After missing a short kick last week against the Patriots, it looked like Rian Lindell’s confidence was shaken. But after making a 50-yard field goal against the Cardinals, that could turn things around for him.

Kick returner/running back Jeff Demps made his debut as a Buccaneer but didn’t do much in the return game. He elected to take out a kick from nine yards deep, only to be tackled at the 10-yard line. This was at a very critical stage in the game, and the Bucs ended up punting the ball from the back of their end zone from the poor field position. Eric Page looked good again, returning two punts for 22 yards. He looks like he has the ability to break one loose at any moment.
GRADE= B-

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    Meanwhile, back to the article at hand. Question: Why all of the good grades?
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    @jongruden: or Markus(?) Mariota; or Clowney. (if Freeman is not our guy) i would go QB too.
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    I was embarrassed that we gave up on Morris as early as we did, but I have to say that Schiano has to go. I guess the difference between the 2 is that Morris did a few things right-could you imagine the defense under Morris with Revis, David, McCoy, Talib (Morris wouldn't have run him off), and all the other talent we have now? Schiano, I don't think we have improved in any area since you arrived, and we have made major upgrades on both sides of the ball.
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    I don't know why everyone is so upset with the offense, I think the Bucs are very offensive now.
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    We have to learn how to play defense in the last two minutes......and offense for the first 58 minutes!
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    @buctebow....I think we couldn't play offense in the last 2 minutes yesterday either....but I get your point.
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    @EastEndBoy: The answer to your question whether Dom has done enough to keep his job when his contract is up in a few months is EMPHATICALLY NO! What's needed is a new GM, new coaching staff, good QB in draft, TE & 3rd WR.
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    @warren: funny thats all the positions i warned about all off season long.. but i dont know if GM is to blame for sure. It seems like Shiano had a lot of power in personal moves and he wanted Freeman to fail from the start of the season. At the same time, he wanted himself to look good >>> good defense, bad offense. GM had his hand in a lot of bad drafts, but he also wanted to get a true great modern-era HC in ChipKelly. Maybe he finds his coach next offseason.. Im not sure about GM position.. i wouldnt mind going another year with him, or to dump him as well.
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    The Glazers should not wait, with the bye week happening now, if they fired Schiano there would be at least some time to change things up with a new coach. Please do it sooner than later.
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    If the Glazers keep Schiano much longer, we are in danger of losing the locker room and causing long term damage. He runs the same schemes, makes no half time adjustments and may be the worst game manager in the NFL. What I can't figure out is what happened to Bostad and the O-line. That was a true bright spot last year, but this year it is a liability.
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    @a-bomb...I may have an answer for you....when your offensive scheme includes only 2 plays - one of which is run between the tackles and the other of which is throw the ball 15+ yards down field, the defenses can sit their LBs on the line and shut down the run (no need for LBs to be in coverage on TEs), while the DBs can wait 15 yards down field (and pick off the QB's passes while the DL outlast the OL)...our OL looks bad in part because they maybe aren't as good as we were all led to believe, and in part because our offensive scheme is....well...offensive!
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    GLAZERS,ARE YOU READING ALL OF YOUR FANS COMMENTS??!!! IF NOT, THEN READ MINE.. FIRE SCHIANO OR FACE LOSING THE LITTLE BIT OF FANBASE YOU HAVE LEFT!!!!! WE DESERVE BETTER!!! 2013 TAMPA BAY YUCS RECORD=0-16. ENOUGH SAID. FIRRRRRRREEEEEEEEE SSSSCCCCHHHHHIIIIAAAANNNNNOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    kingbucc34, I agree that Schiano needs to be fired but not right now. There is no way a new coach or interm coach can get us in the playoffs this year so let him finish this year out. That way we can have a top 3 pick next year.
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    @ wnb0395: We aren't getting to the playoffs this season regardless of who is coach, so I say he gets shown the door now. Besides, we are the Bucs, we always get a high draft pick.
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    @kingbucc34 1992 SD Chargers were the only team to start 0-4 and make the playoffs.....so there is that slimmest hope that a miracle will happen....well ok not really.
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    Oh and did anyone else see the entire Sunday night game? Talib and Blount aren't "Buccaneer Men" so how is it they are able to perform so well on Sundays while not tearing apart the locker room? Talib and Blount never performed here and tore our locker room apart. Oh, wait a minute...well, at least our performance and locker room are fine now...oh, wait a minute...
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    The defense is playing well enough to win. 13 points!!! No way a genuine and capable NFL offense should not be able to score more than 13 points. Revis made good plays and got beat badly on others. He is clearly recovered but not back to form yet. Put Revis one-on-one against the second receiver and double team the top receiver until Revis is fully back. The special teams grade is too high. Demps returning kick-offs from 9 yards deep was a major failure. It set up one of the field goals. An offense up against a defense missing 5 starters that cannot score more than 10 points and cannot run the ball gets an F in my opinion. Again, the OL with 3 pro bowlers is suppose to be a strength, but did not get the job done. Something is very wrong with this team. There is too much talent to be playing this poorly. There is too much veteran leadership to be repeatedly choking in the fourth quarter. This team is not mentally prepared to closeout games.
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    BucWild02: I seem to remember you projecting Glennon would go 72% completion, 325 yard passing, 3 TDs in this game. I wasn't watching closely, you were right, correct??? The box score should have asked you first before posting the real stats. And to blame the receiver for the interception when Glennon was staring him down, you have GOT to be kidding. Granted, the Wrs did not help him out, but to say it's Jackson's fault that the pass was intercepted is ridiculous. Owlycat: I hardly ever agree with you on anything (especially Tebow), but you're dead on with this one. Schiano has to go.
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    FIRE the Coach now!
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    There are some things you just can't teach a QB and one of them is how to be clutch. I was ready to move on from Freeman and I still am, but one thing I can't take away from Freeman is that he was clutch. In 2010, 2012 and the Jets game this year he was clutch and drove down the field at the end of a game. It's too early to say whether Glennon is clutch or not, but he certainly wasn't yesterday. If he shows a habit of that moving forward I don't care what he did in the first 58 minutes of the game, he can't be our starter.
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    This is some of the worst writing ever. Agenda anyone? Get off Freeman's sack and report correctly. Glennon stood tall in the pocket, actually moved around in the pocket, but you wouldn't have seen that because you were too busy trying to find Freeman in a suite I bet. Criticism of his play in the 4th quarter is warranted but his overall production WAS BETTER THAN FREEMAN, who you gave a C- to last week with better protection then Glennon got. Glennon deserves criticism of a few skipped passes, batted passes and the one bomb out of bounds to VJax, along with the intentional grounding and completions to Patrick Peterson. You also give Glennon a very small bit of "relief" from your "scorned wife syndrome melodramatic attack" by mentioning Martin's muffed block, but in reality, he missed picking up blitzers on more than one occasion. You then fail to mention the left side of the line was porous at best with the array of blitzes being sent. And straight out reported incorrect information by trying to lead readers into believing Glennon held the ball too long. HAHAHAHA, when Glennon had time, he found VJax, MWill,Ogletree, Lorig, and Wright. it's sad that PR used to pride itself on objective analysis of the players and team and now we are subject to . Thankfully your company still employs Mr. Cook, who at least tries to show both sides of the situation
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    @matador...you can have your own opinion but you can't have your own facts. Tim Tebow??...that name has never crossed my lips....not sure where you think you read that one. As for Freeman - there is no point in defending the guy anymore...he is no longer a Buc...and I will just leave the facts there too (all time team leader in total TDs, passing TDs, passing yards, rushing yards for a QB, 4th quarter comebacks...all by the age of 25)...but if you think the issue was Freeman (who if you read my posts, I always described as an average QB that was good enough for us to win games) and not Schiano, so be it. Personally, I think Schiano has destroyed the team including past, present and future QBs. Mike Glennon is a below average QB who has no chance of succeeding under the Schiano/Sullivan 2 step (that's step 1 = run the ball into the 8-9 man box; and setp 2 = throw the ball at least 15+ yards down field)...there is such a thing as intermediate and combination routes too...but in fairness without a TE or slot WR it's a bit hopeless....and finally, for thsoe Dom supporters: 1) we have no TE or slot due to our GM; 2) his draft history is quite bad really (outside of the first 2 rounds of the 2012 draft, and having the 3rd overall pick in 2010)...in total he has either been GM or Director of Pro Personnel (a.k.a. head of scouting, advising on the draft board) for 106 draft picks....and the list is not good; and 3) his contract is up in a few months...has he really done enough to deserve a new deal??????
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    Has anybody read the comments from Gerald McCoy? Apparently he is seriously pissed and not keeping quiet about it. I wouldn't be surprised if he refuses to resign with the Bucs and therefore we loose the corner stone of our defense also. This is a complete disaster and I do not expect the Bucs to get back to the playoffs for several years.
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    Was anyone else hoping that Freeman would have been given the chance to lead that 4th quarter drive for the tie/win? For all of his faults, that's one thing JF was good for, but alas, he was inactive, since he didn't give us 'the best chance of winning'.....
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    I don't understand how some can say with a straight face that Schiano is a better coach than Raheem Morris. Look at the facts Raheem coached what would universally be considered a worse team to a 10 win season. Josh Freeman who apparently is the worst QB in the league actually showed promise and had a season of 27 TDs (i think) and 6 INTs, his best. Greg has managed to run PRODUCTIVE players out of the organization like Talib and Blount which New England certainly hasnt had a problem utilizing, nto to mention Kellen Winslow who just so happened to score a critical TD against us in Week 1. Thats not to say these players were not without issue but on a team struggling to get over the hump its absurd to take proven talent and run it away for virtually nothing. Mike Glennon is a guy that has a big arm, struggles with accuracy, has ZERO mobility and yet he gives us the best chance to win lol. Had we passed over this luxury pick and taken a productive player then Freeman would still be under center and Schiano wouldn't be coaching in college come seasons end. Schiano is walking the plank this season and hes showing Glennons true worth along the way, couldnt ask for much more heading into what will be an offseason of change. Is Raheem the man for the job no but to those that suggest Schiano represents an upgrade in ANY area other than discipline would be sadly mistaken. If you take away a meaningless win against Atlanta last year Schiano has also lost 10 in a row the only difference is he has MANY more losses coming and no 10 win seasons to hang his hat on. Hopefully we have already contacted Lovie Smith and made him aware so he can get a head start on scouting the draft and getting his staff together bc outside of Dungy and maybe Gruden I think Lovie would be a logical fit.
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    @stlbucsfan....yes, but would Lovie come to work for the folks that ran his good friend Tony out of town......maybe Mike Zimmer is a guy we would have a realistic chance at getting....
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    The Bucs will easily be the best job available this offseason, so given his familiarity with the organization I think he has to at least consider us. Zimmer would be an interesting hire especially given the fact that the Bengals have a history of taking chances on guys with questionable character and that's apparently not in the Bucs rebuilding model so idk. as long as Schiano gets the boot in similar fashion to Lane Kiffin, at the airport directly following the last game then I can rest easy. Go Bucs! Start talking to Love ASAP!
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    The Cardinals used the same formula this game that the 3 other teams used in beating our Bucs: stop Dougie Martin. They put 8 or 9 in the box, blitz on 1st & 2nd down, & Dougie had nowhere to go nearly the whole game. Our coaches continue to try to run against that type of defense & we've seen the result. The Bucs have to pass against it...even when they hate to do it. The Bucs tried only 1 screen pass all day & the offense looked like it never ran that play before. This was Dougies' worst game...not because he couldn't run...nobody could have, but because he missed several blocks & dropped passes. I liked what I saw from Glennon in the first half, but he looked like a rookie the second half...let's give him another couple of games before we decide whether he can be a good QB or not.
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    I definitely was screaming at my TV for some screen calls to slow the blitz up but as usual we looked like the first time we ran a screen was yesterday against live competition.
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    Defensively we had control in first half then Barron went out and Bllack replaced...not sure why this guys has roster.spot but he cant cover at all. All of a sudden the middle of field was wide open and almost every yard for Palmer was at his expense even the fantastic pick by Banks saved an easy td on Black. Check it out youself but it.was open season for their offense. Bring back Grimm.
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    Schiano is awful. Team can't hold a lead and can't separate enough to avoid huge collapses at the end of games. This is so painfully obvious to 99% of us idiots who waste our Sundays at Raymond James. Clean house Glazers. Or sell the team. Domink is awful. Schiano is awful. There is some talent here. Just no effective coaching or team building.
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    Maybe I'm just contrarian, after all I was lambasting Free for two yrs about his 'must play forceball' routine while the EEB's of the world were defending him (and calling for Tebow - yikes!). But I have no problem with Glennon's first game. It was as good as Josh's efforts five yrs in, it's the kid's first yr and he had less than a week to practice as the starter with his two man WR targets injured. As in the line from Stripes, "Lighten up, Francis". He was on fire in the first half. And if you were watching carefully Glennon actually went thru his progressions! That's right, he looked at BOTH sides of the field. Haven't seen that for the last half a decade here. --------- Schiano probably gets fired as part of a complete overhaul (please I've been asking for Dom & Hickey to go for YEARS now) but I can't even tell for certain how much is him and how much is the coaches under him. ------ I would definitely NOT draft a QB next yr. Wilson and Rivers came out of NC State, I would DEFINITELY give Glennon this yr and next to see how he develops. We wasted five yrs on Free, 1.75 on Glennon is the smart, unemotional move. ------- Speaking of emotions, what's the deal with all the hate in the PR articles lately? Someone on the coaching staff tweak you guys? You're crossing the line, be sure to stay professional.
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    @Matador Well said and I agree that Glennon looked good particularly in the first half. He did go through progressions and was able to hit the check down guy which I love. Speaking of drops, that Ogletree drop on the first drive and Tim Wright (which ended up being a penalty) were both LONG completions down the field. I'm going to throw something out new...optimism. I'm optimistic about Glennon. Is he a sure thing? FAR from it, but saw characteristics that makes him the potential answer and it's going to take more than one game to find out. I also agree on Pewter Report recently being flat out hateful and emotional in the recent analysis. I'm not sure if you guys are trying to cater to the fan base, but I sometimes feel like I'm reading some of the posts in the message boards (heavily emotional) versus objective analysis. Let me tell you something about Schiano. I have not come across one person that says the guy is a total A$$HOLE off of the field. He is a tough football coach that needs a little bit of time. We have to figure out a way to win these close games, but this is NOTHING like the Raheem days where we would be down by 20+ points in the first quarter. I'm starting to feel bad for the guy and I think it leads back to 'Rah' being so great with the media and this guy being tough. Ease of it because you all are causing so much trouble than you realize.
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    I dont care if Schiano is tough, or even so much if he is an @sshole, but I do care that his game plans suck, he is predictable, he doesn't make in game adjustments and is a horrible game manager. He is not getting any better. Fire him, fire him now.
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    @matador...your comparison of Glennon to Wilson and Rivers because they went to the same school is not better than saying Ryan Leaf should be fantstatic because he went to the same school as Drew Bledsoe....or Rick Mirer should be great because he went to the same school as Joe Montana...or because Kelly, Kosar and Testeverde went to Miami then Toretta, Erickson and Dorsey should be great...it's not the college that makes the QB great....Glennon has some abilities but if he was coming out in the 2014 draft, he would be a distant second teir QB....fortunatley with Schiano and Glennon running the show this year we will have a chance to draft one of the first tier QBs....
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    Matador, I dont know what your on but I want some. Dont draft a QB next year? This draft class is shaping up to be one of the best draft classes for Qb's ever. Arron Murry, Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, Johnny football Maziel, and Sean Mannion and we could have our pick. I do agree Glennon looked ok the first half but not good enough not to draft a real franchise QB. Glennon has accuracity issues and no mobility. Glennon will make a good backup but not a franchise QB. Just because he comes from the same college as other QB's doesnt make him good. Comparing him to Rivers or Wilson is a joke. Glennon threw for half the yards Rivers did and over 4000 yds less then Wilson. Wilson also out rushed him by 1600 yds . Glennon threw 63 Td's with 31 Int's compared to Wilson 109 Td's and 30 Int's or Rivers 95 TD's and 34 Int's. Did you see the Texas A&M game? Johny football is amazing. Great accuracy, great mobility, checks down when needed, great pocket awareness ( he extended many plays just by moving around in the pocket), and can throw accross his body on the run with tremendous accuaracy. He has an extreamly high football IQ and can read defenses well. Sean Mannion is having one of the best college Qb years ever. He is almost going to put up the same numbers this year then Glennon did his whole college carrear. Through 5 games he has over 2000 yds, 22 TD's, and 2 Int's. Teddy Bridgewater is one of the most complete QB's coming out of colege next year and Boyd isnt far behind him. Murry is probably the lowest of the 5 QB's but still is on pace to put up better number then Rivers did in college. None of these Qb's have accuracy issues and all have good mobility. As far as our coaching goes Schiano is a joke. The only thing he brings is discipline. He is very predictable. He almost always runs on first down. He lacks creativity on offense. He doesnt play to his players strengths. He doesnt know how to make any adjustments at all during the game which is what I think really defines a good coach. Good coaches design plays for thier players to maximize thier ability. They put thier players in position to make plays. Good coaches make adjustments through out the game. They dont keep running the ball up the middle all game. Everyone keeps comparing Doug Martin to Ray Rice. Do you know what makes Rice so good. The same thing that made Marshall Faulk so good. There coaches design plays to get them into open field and make plays. They didnt keep running them up the middle. Screen passes, Play action passes, motion, do some thing creative to give you miss matches and get your probowlers a chance to make plays.
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    I'm going to stop reading Owlykat's posts. Dude, Tebo-------W is not coming here or any other NFL team.
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    Scubog, I hope he stays in the league, because if he is no longer the butt of every joke, then my handle isnt funny anymore and I will be forced to change it...
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    We have suffered thru a decade now of mediocre play- especially on offense..Would love for this team to one day be talked about for our offense but i feel i got more of a chance of opening a successful chain of bacon restaurants in the Middle East...
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    Glennon looked good until the end when he looked for Vincent Jackson who let Patrick Peterson push him out of the way and make the pick. Doesn't the 55.5555 million dollar man know he can't let Peterson make that pick? At least then they have a 10-3 lead and are punting. Actually the first pick was thrown on 2nd and 5. So it would have been 3rd and 5. It's hard to watch the close ones and it's hard to watch the blowouts.
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    @BucWild02 - VJax was injured and probably shouldn't have been playing.
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    Will we win a game this year?????
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    The offensive play calling and management B L O W.......Why is it that the Bucs just can't ever seem to field a decent offense? The Swiss cheese approach doesn't work- it's too full of holes...Glennon had a few brief flashes of brad Johnson-and I'm no so sure that's a good thing..I'm sorry but a future of Sullivan/Schiano/ Glennon isn't blowin my skirt up..maybe next year Rivers will switch coasts or we will switch coaches and hit the draft...
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    So when we lose 3 more games is it the Qb, or the coach and the scheme. Just curious because this is 2nd game we lost in the final minutes. And our last Qb was so horrible we have to run him out of town. Its the scheme people, oh and a joke of coach!!!!!!!
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    Glennon is a poor mans Freeman he is tall and skinny with a huge arm who is also inaccurate and a statue in the pocket, if the pocket breaks down Glennon is done for, I am going to have an ulcer watching this kid all year long. I didn't want to draft this kid due to the fact he is just another Freeman due to his skill set. Jax will prolly get the #1 pick and grab Bridgewater so that leaves us Tahj Boyd or Johnny "football" cause if somehow we dont grab a qb in the upcoming draft this franchise is just Jax south
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    @jongruden: or Markus(?) Mariota
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    Well friends, I said at the start of the season that the Bucs would be 0-4 and if Schiano was smart he should have grabbed Tebo and sent Glennon to the Practice Squad so when Freeman failed as I knew he would Schiano over the break would be able to get Tebo ready to start after four losses just like he did in Denver and he could still save the Buc's season without having to rebuild. But Schiano thought he knew better and now he has to GO! Schiano said as he sent Freeman to the bench that his decision was based on production. Well that is exactly what the Glazers now should tell Schiano and his DC. Counting back to last year the Schiano destroyed Bucs are 1-10. The Glazers need to act immediately so the named intermediary Coach can right the Ship and he will need all of the next two weeks to get that started. Schiano is the worst Coach in the NFL and long suffering Buc's fans and the Glazers deserve far better.
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    @owlycat - didn't you predict that after benching Freeman the Bucs would light it up? I know you've always been a Teblow nuzzler but I'm pretty sure i recall you calling everyone out on this board about how you knew everything and that once they benched Freeman all would be right with the world. Hmmm?
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    Even if we had 11 probowl players on offence, there is no way to be sucessful if the other team knows what you are going to do. Schiano stubbornly runs it up the gut almost every first and ten. All the fans know it. The TV announcers know it. I wounder if somehow the other teams defence knows it too. Schiano has to go!
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    It looked like most of the games this year and part of last year. So we have a new QB. What do we have that is the same as before?
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    Schiano is dumpster fire, gotta luv it.
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    "Cracking" up at the lovely Rucker picture at the top of the page. HA HA!
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    That had to hurt and awe. Poor guy probably got some nasty words fRom Rucker to boot. Ouch!!
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    in my opinion goldson's hit WAS clean and the refs out the Cardinals in field goal range by throwing the flag! so you get s personal foul penalty got hard hits now? that is weak! I wish I had the money to just pay the fine for him if he gets fined! like the way you play hawk!! sucks the league isn't letting you play! go bucs.. or offense is horrendous! get it together guys!! could you imagine Gruden with this offense??
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    You should grade coaching too.
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    F
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    Haley; agree with the grades. Bottom line is that there is plenty of work to be done on the offense which was suppose to be our strength this year.
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