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September 30, 2013 @ 1:50 pm
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Bucs Freefall Continues: Most Impressive And Most Disappointing

Written by Mark
Cook
Mark Cook

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What players from Sunday's 13-10 loss contributed to putting the Bucs in position to beat the Cardinals? Who needs to step up their game over the bye-week break in order to help get the team in the win column? Get the answers in the weekly Most Impressive and Most Disappointing List.
MOST IMPRESSIVE
DT Gerald McCoy
McCoy was the most dominant player on the field Sunday for either team, both offensively and defensively. McCoy set the tone with a sack on the game’s very first play. And while McCoy didn’t record another sack on the afternoon he was constantly putting pressure on Carson Palmer. McCoy also recovered a first quarter fumble, setting up Tampa Bay’s only touchdown on the afternoon. At his current pace McCoy will be eating the pineapple in Honolulu once again when the season is over.

And on a side note, displaying what makes him a locker room leader, after the game when the players were sitting in their lockers after the tough loss, McCoy heard some of the defensive players grumbling about things and immediately told them to shut up. McCoy said to the players that they don’t need to complain around reporters who can hear and record them. And while that would have been good for the media, from a team standpoint, McCoy did exactly what a leader of a team on the verge of possibly splintering should do – telling his guys to keep it amongst the players.

CB Darrelle Revis
During halftime I leaned over to Scott Reynolds in the press box and said Revis may end up in the Pro Bowl with recording a single interception. And while that would have been highly unlikely, my point was, Revis was having a tremendous impact on the defense with his just his presence on the field alone. Four weeks in row teams have rarely challenged the former Jets All-Pro. And for a majority of the game that was the case, but in the third quarter Palmer, trying to get wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald more involved, make a mistake and threw at Revis. The sideline out pattern throw wasn’t on target and Revis broke underneath the route to snag his first pick as Buccaneer. Earlier in the game Revis also forced a fumble, another first as a Buccaneers.

But late in the fourth quarter, with the Cardinals trying to tie the game after quarterback Mike Glennon’s interception, Fitzgerald got the best of Revis who was playing man coverage. Fitzgerald faked a corner route or fade then broke back inside on a quick post for an easy TD reception. Revis tied for the team lead with six tackles and the interception to go along with a forced fumble.

CB Johnthan Banks
After not having his best game a week ago at New England, rookie Johnthan Banks bounced back on Sunday and made an incredible acrobatic third quarter interception in the end zone with the Cardinals driving. The Buccaneers affinity for long lanky cornerbacks was validated with that pick, and while not knocking the Bucs other defensive backs, chances are there isn’t another one on the team that could have come up with that interception.

Banks finished the day with one tackle, the interception and two pass breakups.

CB Leonard Johnson
Johnson, the smallest of the Bucs starter in the secondary, reminds me of the chicken hawk in the old Looney Tunes cartoons – smaller than most, but tougher than many. Like the character in the cartoons Johnson doesn’t know any better that he probably shouldn’t be excelling as well as he actually is. And while most likely he gives way to Banks as the full time starter at cornerback in the near future, Johnson will still see action on passing downs and nickel situations.

Sunday, Johnson was his usual steady self finishing the game with four tackles and also forcing an fumble. The play of Johnson and a number of players on defense has unfortunately been overshadowed by the all of the off-the-field nonsense and the 0-4 early season disaster.

LB Dekoda Watson
Watson finally earned an opportunity to be the starter this year and while he has split time with Jonathan Casillas, the former Noles standout has finally embraced his role as something other than just a special teams standout. And that is good news for Watson who will be a free agent at the end of the season. Watson could very well go on to earn a nice contract with his overall play this year. Question is, will it be from Tampa Bay or another team?

Sunday, Watson tied for the team lead in tackles with six and also added two tackles for loss.

HONORABLE MENTION: DT Gary Gibson, LB Mason Foster, LB Lavonte David, S Dashon Goldson


MOST DISAPPOINTING
RB Doug Martin
Martin had one of his most unproductive days in his short NFL career on Sunday; managing just 45 yards on 27 carries, finishing with just a 1.7 yard per carry average. Sure the Cardinals came into the game with a game plan to stack the box and stop the run at all costs. And yes there were very few running lanes to slip through. However, as long as rookie Mike Glennon is under center you can be assured that every opponent from here on out will have the exact same game plan. Martin, offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, and the entire offensive line better figure out a way to beat an eight and sometimes even a nine-man front, as they will get a heavy dose of it until Glennon proves he can make teams pay.

Even when there were some running lanes Martin spent a ton of time dancing an not exploding through the holes, appearing to be pressing to break a long one,and not taking what the defense was giving him. Instead of taking three yards, Martin juked, quick cut and moved laterally at times, and ending up with a short or even no gain rushing attempts at times. Martin also committed one of head coach Greg Schiano’s cardinal sins – putting the ball on the ground.

No one is down on Martin, but Sunday wasn't his best effort. Of course occasionally giving the guy a break would be helpful.

QB Mike Glennon
For three quarters Mike Glennon was well on his way to being on the most impressive list. The first half in particular was was very good as the Bucs rookie signal caller was crisp and accurate for the most part, finding receivers open after going through his progressions. But the wheels came off late as the rookie began playing like a rookie. With the pressure on to milk the clock, Glennon began locking on to wide receiver Vincent Jackson and forced two passes that ended up being intercepted. Glennon’s lack of mobility was also evident, but was far from the reason Tampa Bay lost.

All in all Glennon performed as well as you might have expected a rookie to play in his first start. There will be worse games than this one, and certainly games much better in his future.

Guards Davin Joseph & Carl Nicks
Tampa Bay’s two highest paid offensive linemen have struggled to show fans and their teammates they are earning their paychecks. Both are coming off of serious injuries and aren’t 100 percent in football shape yet or have been able to knock the rust off. But the Bucs to have any success in the coming weeks both of these former Pro Bowlers will need to pick up their game and do so quickly. If not do the Bucs dare go back to the Ted Larsen and Jamon Meredith lineup that produced a franchise-record offense? Doubtful, but something that has to be considered in a performance-based sport.

Carl Nicks said after the game the Buccaneers knew what the Cardinals would try and do and the Bucs have to figure out a way to get it done regardless of how many people are committed to stopping the run.

Defensive ends Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Da’Quan Bowers
The duo of Te’o-Nesheim and Bowers combined for a whopping two tackles all game on Sunday. The good news is the play of the Bucs left defensive ends didn’t have a negative impact on the game, as Tampa Bay’s defense played terrific for the most part all afternoon. But when Michael Vick, Matt Ryan, and others come to town, no sacks, pressures and just two tackles will most certainly bite the defense in the rear.

LT Donald Penn
Penn, who came into the season in better shape than any previous year surrendered a crucial fourth quarter sack that gave up field position and allowed the Cardinals to get points on the board after having a short field to work with. Through four games Penn has already given up four sacks, a number usually not seen all season long. To be fair to Penn, he has played with an ineffective Gabe Carimi beside him and a struggling to get back into shape Carl Nicks. The chemistry of the three has certainly been lacking.

DISHONORABLE MENTION: KR Jeff Demps, S Ahmad Black, C Jeremy Zuttah

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    If you noticed the Cardinals rotated three different RBs during the game to keep fresh legs in the game and wear down our Defense. It worked and in the hot sun by the fourth quarter our great defense went to mediocre again when it counted most. It is how smart coaches win games and dumb ones sending Doogie into eight and nine men fronts beating in his brains all day for a 1.7 yard average. No wonder Doogie missed three blocks and dropped passes. So will Sciano figure that out and play Leonard as a third down back and apologize to Hillis and bring him back to alternate with Doogie and use his 250 pound body to punish the Eagles Defense and wear them down for the kill in the fourth quarter? Why of course not. We have the worst hard headed Coach in the NFL who never doubts his strategies are the very best, despite they lose 90 per cent of the time. Wake up.
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    most disappointing today 1st of october: Shiano STILL HC of the Buccaneers. Most disappointing: GM Mark Dominik.. has not fired HC. Doesn´t intend to to do so - Horrible, just horrible. From start of "win now mode" till now, the Glazers accepting this downfall and BS going on at HC position.. I cant pick what´s the most disappointing
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    MOST DISAPPOINTING....MARK COOK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF I am getting very sick of the sloppy writing at PR. All it takes is re-reading what you have written, before it is published. Below is ONE paragraph that illustrates what we have to suffer through, because of your sloppiness. ()=left out words or mistakes. CB Darrelle Revis During halftime I leaned over to Scott Reynolds in the press box and said Revis may end up in the Pro Bowl with(out) recording a single interception. And while that would have been highly unlikely, my point was, Revis was having a tremendous impact on the defense with (his) just his presence on the field alone. Four weeks in (a) row teams have rarely challenged the former Jets All-Pro. And for a majority of the game that was the case, but in the third quarter Palmer, trying to get wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald more involved, make(made) a mistake and threw at Revis. The sideline out pattern throw wasn’t on target and Revis broke (the) underneath the route to snag his first pick as Buccaneer. Earlier in the game Revis also forced a fumble, another first as a Buccaneer(s). That's SIX mistakes in ONE paragraph. You win the most disappointing Mark.
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    i would add legarrette blount and aqib talib to the most impressive list, they were exceptional yesterday....oh wait, they are game winners for the pats now, while we cultivate another pair of late round picks who, if they're lucky, will eventually be good enough traded for peanuts to a team with a coaching staff that is able to get the most out of them
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    Put it all on the head coach and OC. The no clue twins
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    Bowers... what is the deal??? He played like 15 snaps, very ineffective if you aren't good enough to at least split time with daniel t. Demps... i'm glad he's on the roster and saw a few sparks, but why are you bringing the ball out everytime when you are 9 yards deep???? Finally... where is ogletree on your list, or did we already cut him? He sucks!
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    @norris - I agree Ogletree should be on this list. I also think Penn should be higher on this list. Penn got bull-rushed when we needed him most by a guy Arizona just picked up this week at LB. Better shape than any previous year? I like the heavier Penn better, which is a point I've been trying to make for years around here with some fans calling him "fat". That "fat" LT was an excellent pass protector for years, making the Pro Bowl as an alternate and the "Top 100 players" list. Who cares how much he weighed so long as he got the job done? Which would you fans rather have now.."fat" Penn or "gets beat" Penn?
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    The OL thinks they can just show up, it appears. We need effort too.
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    First: FIRE THE HC..Banks on most impressive list? Yes it was a spectacular catch AND it was a poor throw by Palmer. Banks also allowed some uncontested catches (i know CB is a damn hard job; still he should have done better - at least to be on the most impressive list). Comon Glazers, enough is eonough, FIRE THE HC, he is awful!! FIRE the canons (with shiano in those canons), GoBucs!
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