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October 20, 2013 @ 4:55 pm
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Penalties, Blown Coverages Doom Bucs In 31-23 Loss To Falcons

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Despite not playing with starting WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White, and RB Steven Jackson, Atlanta beat Tampa Bay as penalties, blown coverages and a costly fumble by QB Mike Glennon cost the Bucs dearly in a 31-23 loss that drops the team to 0-6. Glennon threw two TD passes to WR Vincent Jackson in the loss.
It is astonishing how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are such an undisciplined team with a supposed disciplinarian for a head coach in Greg Schiano. A total of 11 penalties for 103 yards, including three personal fouls, desperately cost the still winless Bucs in a 31-23 loss at Atlanta.

“Unfortunately penalties were a big issue again today,” Schiano said. “Certainly we’re very frustrated about that. It’s been a long time since a team that I have coached has had this kind of issue. Put it on me. We have to figure out a way to get that fixed. We had 11 penalties today, six of them in Atlanta territory and four of them in the red zone. I have to figure out a way with our staff … I think we do the right things and it’s worked over the years, yet it’s not working right now. So we have to examine everything we’re doing as far as that [goes]. We have four days to do it where you’re not going to be able to practice very much. It’s going to have to be between the ears more than it’s going to be physically. We have to get it resolved.”

Despite a solid job by Tampa Bay’s run defense and young quarterback Mike Glennon, Bucs are now 0-6 in 2013 and have lost 11 of their last 12 games under Schiano dating back to 2012.

Glennon completed 26-of-44 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and no sacks, but he was sacked three times, and fumbled early in the first quarter. Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud scooped up the ball and scored on a 30-yard return to put the Bucs in an early 7-0 hole.

“They brought extra people,” Schiano said. “It wasn’t just a five- or six-man rush. We have to protect that, and at the worst case, take the sack.”

Both of Glennon’s touchdown passes were to wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who caught 10 passes for 138 yards, including a 59-yard TD in the second quarter that cut Atlanta’s lead to 14-7. Jackson had a good game statistically, but had several drops and a 15-yard facemask penalty in the end zone.

Bucs running back Doug Martin rushed for 47 yards on 11 carries before leaving the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Free safety Dashon Goldson was injured in the first half and did not play in the second half. Schiano was unsure of either players’ status for Thursday night’s contest against Carolina after the game.

“I don’t know exactly,” Schiano said. “One is up top in the shoulder area and one is down low on the leg – Dashon on the leg and Doug on the shoulder. We’ll have to evaluate that.”

While the Bucs stymied Atlanta’s running game, holding the Falcons to 18 yards on 18 carries, quarterback Matt Ryan picked apart Tampa Bay’s secondary, completing 20-of-26 passes for 273 yards with three touchdowns. Ryan, who wasn’t sacked or intercepted, didn’t have Julio Jones or Roddy White to throw to, but found wide receiver Harry Douglas seven times for 149 yards with one touchdown. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers caught eight passes for 46 yards with two touchdowns.

“For the second week in a row we made some coverage mistakes,” Schiano said. “That hurt. I think they ran 40-something plays and they had a one-play scoring drive after the sudden change. It’s common with sudden change – here comes the shot. We just didn’t do a good job.”

While Atlanta was held to just 291 yards by Tampa Bay’s defense, which was led by linebacker Lavonte David’s 10 tackles, the Falcons still put up 31 points, including 24 on offense. Penalties, including a roughing the passer infraction on defensive end Trevor Scott and a late hit out of bounds by safety Kelcie McCray, kept two Falcons touchdown drives alive.

“We had a couple of penalties that were just critical,” Schiano said. “We had a third down roughing the passer and we’re [supposed to be] off the field. We were playing really good defense [until then].

“It’s always an easy thing to say – ‘we’re beating ourselves.’ Well why do you hold? Because someone is making you do that, right? Are we not doing the right thing as far as our footwork, our execution and our aiming point? Are we not coaching well enough? For some reason we are in position where we have to hold. Or is the guy better than us?

“All that matters is we lost,” Schiano said. “We have to find a way to win.”

First Quarter – Falcons 7, Buccaneers 0

Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked by safety William Moore and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by safety Thomas DeCoud, who returned it 30 yards for a Falcons touchdown.

First Quarter – Falcons 14, Buccaneers 0
On third-and-11 at the Atlanta 16, Bucs defensive end Trevor Scott hit quarterback Matt Ryan after he threw the ball and was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty. That extended the Falcons’ drive and gave the offense 15 yards. Two plays later, Ryan hit Harry Douglas with a 26-yard pass, followed by a 20-yard strike to tight end Tony Gonzalez. On third-and-5 from the Tampa Bay 19, Ryan hit running back Jacquizz Rodgers with a touchdown pass to give Atlanta a 14-0 lead.

Second Quarter – Falcons 14, Buccaneers 7
It took the Bucs three plays to cut into the Falcons’ lead. After two runs by Doug Martin netted 21 yards, Glennon hit Vincent Jackson with a 59-yard touchdown. Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel was draped all over the Bucs wide receiver, who made a one-handed catch.

Second Quarter – Falcons 17, Buccaneers 7
The Falcons drove 78 yards in 10 plays, with the biggest play coming from a 54-yard catch by Douglas down to the Tampa Bay 14. Douglas beat cornerback Leonard Johnson on the play. Linebacker Lavonte David and free safety Dashon Goldson broke up passes on back-to-back plays and forced Matt Bryant to kick a 23-yard field goal to extend Atlanta’s lead to 17-7.

Second Quarter – Falcons 24, Buccaneers 7
After a 20-yard punt by Michael Koenen, the Falcons took over at the Bucs’ 37-yard line. On first down, Ryan hit Douglas with a 37-yard strike over the head of rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks for a touchdown.

Second Quarter – Falcons 24, Buccaneers 10
Tampa Bay had a 13-play, 63-yard drive that saw Glennon hit wide receiver Chris Owusu with gains of 10 yards, 11 yards and six yards. The Bucs drove down to the Falcons’ 7-yard line, but Glennon was sacked by defensive tackle Peria Jerry on third-and-7. That prompted Rian Lindell to kick a 36-yard field goal at halftime.

Third Quarter – Falcons 24, Buccaneers 17
After Dekoda Watson recovered a fumble by rookie Robert Alford on a punt, the Bucs took over at the Falcons’ 23-yard line. It took Tampa Bay nine plays to punch it into the end zone with Glennon hitting Jackson with a 6-yard pass on third-and-5 and then again in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown strike. Rookie running back Mike James converted a fourth-and-1 at the Atlanta 3-yard line with a 2-yard run.

Fourth Quarter – Falcons 31, Buccaneers 17
Ryan was 5-of-5 for 63 yards on the Falcons’ final touchdown drive, which ended with an 8-yard shovel pass score by Rodgers. Gonzalez had a 10-yard catch down to the Tampa Bay 24-yard line, but safety Kelcie McCray hit him out of bounds, which tacked on 12 yards to the end of the play.

Fourth Quarter – Falcons 31, Buccaneers 20
It took the Buccaneers 18 plays and 9:06 to travel 55 yards, but the team had to settle for a field goal. Tampa Bay benefitted from two Atlanta penalties early in the drive, but committed four penalties in the red zone that moved the Bucs from the Falcons’ 5-yard line back to the 30-yard line. On fourth-and-goal from the 13-yard line, Glennon’s touchdown pass to Tiquan Underwood was nullified by an illegal use of hands penalty on Davin Joseph. On fourth-and-goal from the 23, Lindell’s 41-yard field goal was good.

Ted Larsen got the start at center for Jeremy Zuttah, who started at left guard for Carl Nicks. Mike Williams who missed last week's game against Philadelphia was able to play against the Falcons on Sunday.

The following Bucs were inactive against the Falcons: WR Skye Dawson, RB Jeff Demps, CB Deveron Carr, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, DT Derek Landri, DE Steven Means.

The following Falcons were inactive against the Bucs: S Kemal Ishmael, RB Steven Jackson, G Harland Gunn, OT Sam Baker, WR Roddy White, TE Chase Coffman, OT Travian Robertson.

• Tampa Bay free safety Dashon Goldson injured his knee near the end of the first quarter, but returned briefly in the second quarter. He was later replaced by safety Kelcie McCray in the second half.

• Rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence was shaken up in the second quarter when he was hit by teammate strong safety Mark Barron.

• Bucs running back Doug Martin was hit hard by Falcons safety William Moore and landed on his shoulder in the third quarter. Martin did not return and was replaced by rookie Mike James.

• Bucs DE Trevor Scott was flagged for a personal foul high hit on QB Matt Ryan on third-and-11, which gave Atlanta a first down rather than set up a Falcons punting situation. The Falcons would score a touchdown on that drive.

• Tampa Bay center Ted Larsen was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul to bring up third-and-16 instead of third-and-4. The Bucs had to punt on the next play.

• Bucs punter Michael Koenen shanked a punt for 20 yards, which gave the Falcons great field position on the Tampa Bay 37. Atlanta would score on a 37-yard touchdown catch by Harry Douglas on the next play.

• Tampa Bay safety Kelcie McCray had a personal foul to tack on 15 yards to a 10-yard catch by Tony Gonzalez, which advanced the ball to the Bucs’ 12-yard line.

• Bucs cornerbacks Leonard Johnson and Johnthan Banks both had sloppy technique and poor coverage, and were beaten often by several Falcons wide receivers.

Tampa Bay (0-6) returns home to play the Carolina Panthers (3-3) in a Thursday Night Football game. Kickoff is set for 8:25 p.m. ET and the game will be televised nationally on NFL Network.

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    Well I showed my support for the Buccaneers by showing up and shelling out $300 bones for 6th row seats behind the bench in hopes to see the Bucs get their first win. Which they should have gotten. A couple observations. 1). Despite the record, the players seemed up-beat on the sidelines before the game, laughing and smiling with each other, in particular I noticed Gerald McCoy and the team defense (which was the bench I was directly behind). Revis was all business, as was Lavonte David. Both players remained focused and basically stuck to themselves as kickoff approached. 2). One thing that stood out again to me was why the Bucs refused to put Revis on Harry Douglas, the Falcons best WR healthy enough to play in this game. To me there should have been no reason why at this point Douglas hasn't done enough in his career to garner the amount of respect from an opponent to have their best CB on him, but the Bucs literally kept Revis on one side of the field for what felt like the entire game. Only if Douglas chose to lineup on that side of the field did Revis ever check him. One would think your best CB would be told to SEEK the opposing teams best WR and lock him down, but that was not the gameplan here. Amazing to me. 3). QB play. I know I know. He's a rookie. And despite having an overall decent day from a numbers standpoint, Mike Glennon stood out to me as a guy that's overall extremely limited as a passing QB. 22 Targets to Jackson? Seriously? Other guys were open but no attempt was made to find anyone else. You could see the frustrations from those other guys on multiple occasions once the drive was stalled. Glennon must take better strides to get more guys involved. Period. 4). Before the injury, Doug Martin simply does not impress me. The O-line does not impress me, and maybe the struggles exist solely due to a rookie QB (who cannot scan the field) is in the game. Maybe, but nonetheless you never felt like Martin was ever a step away from making anyone miss or taking one to the house. Maybe that's being too harsh but that's how I felt. 5). Lack of Pass Rush - The defensive line is simply not impressing to watch with Matt Ryan having virtually all day to make decisions in the pocket. It felt as if he could throw for 500 yards simply by throwing toward Johnson and Banks, which he did all afternoon. After watching this team up close I do think there needs to be a change at the HC position. Not enough energy for me personally, and I'm not talking only the players. The coaching staff was not near as energetic and positive as they should be despite the fact the team entered the game 0-5. The last and most important thing is I still feel this team has a real problem from a talent standpoint. That's going to sound dumb at first, so let me rephrase. I think there is obviously SOME talent, but it's simply at the WRONG places. For example, does not good to have a good secondary in today's NFL is the team has no legit pass rushing D-lineman. That's exactly what the Bucs have but I would also not by any means call the Bucs secondary great. This team has a real problem at the #2 & #3 CB slots, but there's little doubt the nickel CB is a glaring hole. Teams from here on should and will spread the Bucs out and attack the slot CB with little trouble. Johnson doesn't belong in the NFL. That's what my eyes told me anyway. On offense the team has some talent obviously there as well. But the most important position (QB), is NOT good and if he's not careful he's going to get Vincent Jackson killed if he doesn't stop targeting him every single pass. There were a couple of really gruesome moments in yesterday's game that could have had Jackson hurt, especially 1-2 passes made by Glennon that should never have been thrown. This is touch b/c I enjoy watching the Bucs and have over the years. This team is just not constructed very well and to boot they appear to not be coached all that great either. The problem for Schiano is he simply cannot coach his way out of the mess because the offense is not capable of scoring enough points week-to-week, especially now that it appears Doug Martin is hurt for awhile. The running game wasn't good with Doug back there. Very frustrating.
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    penalties?...but we're so disciplined....blown coverage?...but we have the best secondary in the NFL....CHIRP!
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    After 38 years of being as loyal a Buc fan as there is, yesterday marked a milestone. I really didn't care. It's really simple. The players are trying hard, they're good enough, they just don't have any confidence in what they're being asked to do and are playing scared. Why are so many players invisible? Just biding time until this guy is gone.
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    Due to the GM on this team we have a lack of good players. Every year we draft the same kind of players slow corners, reaches everywhere like luke stuckler at TE, Means at DE and did CB Johnson really run a 4.71 or Banks a 4.61 ? Wow!!! who are they going to cover? Why did you trade up for RB James?
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    God do we suck..
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    Was reading the article when I asked myself when is Schiano going to say we need to get this fixed. The very next words were " we need to get this fixed". It's about time to fire this guy, chirp, chirp. Need to fire the DC, chirp, chirp. Next game on national TV. Now everyone will know we S%*K ! This game looked like the YUCS of years past CHIRP, CHIRP.
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    So much I could say but why. I knew were talented enough to keep it close but ultimately would lose bc we are poorly coached and look what happened. Today's loss validates how vanilla Atlanta was in our "win" at the end of last year. But after all " we will get this thing fixed" lol what garbage. 0-16 is a very real reality.
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    Glennon has however played pretty good so far and honestly he does remind me of a young Matt Ryan. With that said 16 net points on offense in 2013 isn't going to win very many games. Also Sullivan, every single time you throw on first down you run on second. Now I may not be smart enough to known what a zone defense is and what a man-to-man defense is (I'm lying I do) but I do know what a run is and what a pass is.

    Next, the refs were awful today on both sides of the ball. You had to wait for like 5 seconds after every pass to know if it would count or if some BS call would be made. Pitiful job per normal with the Union refs.

    Finally, I doubt Schiano will be fired on a short week, so I think everyone is going to have to wait until Friday for something to happen. If anyone says, "GLAZERS&#!!!" they should be executed, just my opinion.

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    Coach Schiano; your bully technique works on teenagers, not grown men. Coach Sheridan; chirp the kind of chirp defense was that? What are you really doing at 5:20 AM in the morning; surely not coaching. I got to admit that at least I wasn't embarrassed that this one got away because we got no closer than 7 points, and that ended as soon as the Falcons got the ball back and scored again and again. We need a OLT and DLE.
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    Butch Davis and Dave Wannestedt aren´t good HC replacements (for the next season) - interim i dont realy care. Someone suggested Jay Gruden. I think that would be interesting. Who else could Bucs fans see, coaching this team next year. And what about GM´s?? too all the people loving the Doug Martin drafting; yes Martin is a good RB, but was he realy worth a 1st rounder? serious? There are so many good RB´s out there.. Martin could have had some realy big gains today if he would be a little faster... i can´t say this was a smart pick. Although i like the player.. GM and HC suck big time, both need to go asap.
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    We need to organize a march on Raymond James Stadium. Everyone meet there Tuesday at noon and bring a fire Schiano sign.
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    We're horrible. L. Johnson is too slow to have as big a role as he does in our defense. We need to keep drafting CB's. The jury is still out on J. Banks but so far he are who I thought he were. D. Joseph still played poorly. It's all business as usual with the Bucs.
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    Either the coaches are wrong about the amount of talent on this team or they are wrong in how they are coaching that talent. The consistency week to week is a team that looks confused, misses assignments and seems unprepared. Some firsts this week. First time we were blown out in the first half. First time we scored any points in the third quarter. First time we scored a touchdown in the second half. First time we outsccored the opponent in the second half. I am suspicious that it was not because of our adjustments. More likely a let down by the Falcons. But anyways congratulation coaches on making progress, such as it is.
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    Schiano's days are numbered.
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    I hope so. The only thing I am more tired of is the "Ken Jones" Miller Lite commercial.
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