Wrong defensive play call and bad route running were the two factors that resulted in a Week 6 loss for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay had plenty of opportunities to try and send the Philadelphia Eagles away with a loss. Instead, the Bucs lost their fifth straight to start their 2013 season.
In this fifth edition of “After Further Review,” beat writer Gil Arcia goes inside the two plays that impacted the Bucs and Eagles game from Week 6.
OFFENSE: MOMENTUM KILLER
The Buccaneers got the ball to start the second half. It was second-and-4 from the Eagles’ 38-yard line with 14:09 on the clock and the Bucs leading 17-14. Tampa Bay was in a single-back formation with three wide receivers in Vincent Jackson and Chris Owusu on the left and Tiquan Underwood on the right. Doug Martin was the lone running back and Tim Wright was the tight end on the line in a three-point stance to the right of the formation. Mike Glennon was under center.
Philadelphia was in their 3-3-5 nickel defense with one safety in the box and one back in coverage. Their cornerbacks were lined up man-to-man two yards within the Bucs’ receivers.
Upon the snap, the Eagles rushed five and all were picked up by the line and Martin. All receivers ran slants inside toward the first down marker while Wight ran an out. As Wright’s defender, safety Nate Allen, crossed in front of cornerback Bradley Fletcher, it left Underwood with a three-yard cushion between the two on his route. The problem happened as Underwood stopped his route and Glennon’s pass, which was timed perfectly, went right into the gut of Fletcher for the interception.
Why This Was Relevant: The Bucs had completed a 36-yard Glennon to Wright pass that got them into Eagles territory just two plays prior and had momentum coming out of halftime. The play would have been good enough for a first down and if they scored a touchdown on the drive, it could have been a 10-point lead. Instead, Philadelphia scored four plays later and took the lead, never losing it the rest of the game.
What They Said:
“[Cornerback Bradley] Fletcher had a huge pick to start the second half for us and that was huge for us and we capitalized on that. [We] came away with a touchdown on that situation.” – Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly on what it meant to start the second half getting a touchdown off of a turnover.
“That’s my fault. I’ve got to protect my quarterback on that play. He trusted me to come across the field and make that play, so I have to finish. That’s on me.’’ – Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood on his route that led to the interception.
DEFENSE: THE NAIL IN THE COFFIN
The Eagles led 21-20 in the fourth quarter with 9:41 left. It was first-and-10 from the Bucs’ 36-yard line and Philadelphia came out in a single-back (LeSean McCoy), two-tight end and two-receiver formation. Both tight ends, Bret Celek and Zach Ertz, were on the left side of the line of scrimmage while receivers DeSean Jackson (slot) and Riley Cooper were lined up to the right of the formation. Quarterback Nick Foles was under center.
The Buccaneers came out with 4-3 zone defense with linebacker Lavonte David lined up in front of Jackson. Darrelle Revis and Johnthan Banks were the cornerbacks as safety Dashon Goldson was shaded over to the right of the offensive formation to help David over the top. Safety Mark Barron was playing up close in the box.
As the ball was snapped, Revis appeared to be in man-to-man coverage as he did not break off from Cooper. David let Jackson go by which made Goldson responsible for him. Barron stayed around the first down marker as he closed in on Celek’s route. Once Foles saw that Barron was not dropping back any deeper in coverage, he threw it to a streaking Jackson who was running a deep post. He crossed in front of Goldson and was well behind Barron, who was 10 yards away. Once the ball was in the air, Barron broke off Celek in an attempt to get back and cover Jackson but it was too late. Foles connected with Jackson for an easy 36-yard touchdown.
Why This Was Relevant: Eagles were leading by just one point and the defense looked like they were catching on to the Philadelphia offense as the game progressed. But the defense gave Foles something that made him wave his arms to his receivers as if he was “killing off” the original play called. The route run by Jackson may have been a second option in the huddle but proved to have been the better one to run with.
What They Said:
"We were in zone, they executed right. Usually when he is in the slot he goes deep and he made a great play. They executed the right way and got a touchdown. They threw it on the other side of the field. They executed [and scored]" – Cornerback Darrelle Revis on DeSean Jackson’s touchdown that sealed the game for the Eagles.
"Yeah we didn't know if he [Revis] would follow me inside or not. He's more of an outside corner, so I don't think he likes to cover inside with plays like that, so we just took as a mismatch with me and the safeties. That was a great play call by [Head Coach] Chip [Kelly] at the right time. Put us ahead by eight points and then defense was able to come out there and stop their offense. Then we're able to come down the field run the clock and kick a field goal. That was a big part of the game towards the end of the game." – Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson on how his touchdown played out.