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October 24, 2013 @ 11:48 pm
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Bucs Get Embarrassed By Panthers On National TV In 31-13 Loss

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With Tampa Bay's 31-13 loss to Carolina on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football, Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano falls to 0-7 this season and has now lost 12 of his last 13 games. Panthers QB Cam Newton accounted for nearly 300 total yards and three touchdowns as Carolina moved above .500 for the first time in five years.
WHAT HAPPENED IN TAMPA BAY’S 31-13 LOSS TO CAROLINA
After taking a verbal beating from NFL Network analyst and Bucs legend Warren Sapp and NFL insider Michael Silver, who wrote a scathing rebuke of Greg Schiano on Thursday with some damning quotes from former defensive end Michael Bennett, Tampa Bay’s head coach “desperately needed a win.”

Those were his own words prior to Thursday’s 31-13 loss on a nationally televised game on NFL Network. The loss dropped Tampa Bay to 0-7 on the season.

“Well, we got licked,” Schiano said. “My hat’s off to Carolina. They played better than we did and they coached better than we did. That was the result.”

Schiano has now lost 12 of his last 13 games as the Buccaneers head coach, and by the loud chorus of boos from the stands, the Fire Schiano signs in Raymond James Stadium and around town he has lost the Bucs fan base.

“It doesn’t affect me,” Schiano said of the fans calling for him to be fired. “People are certainly entitled to their opinion. Here’s the thing – my whole career as a player and a coach, you get up in the morning and work as hard and as smart as you can. That usually puts you to bed tired, and you get up and do it again. That’s the way I do it.”

With the defense surrendering 31 points for the third straight game since the bye week, and Tampa Bay’s offense continuing to struggle mightily, has Schiano lost the players, too?

Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis was asked if the team still believes in the coaches and the scheme after the loss on Thursday night.

“I don’t know … I don’t know,” Revis said. “We (have to) game plan every week. We (have to) stick to the gameplan. We have to abide by the gameplan and what we have to do to win. I don’t think guys are literally going out there and trying to do their own thing. In every game there are mistakes up and down the board. The word that we have to focus on is consistency. At this point that’s hard word for us to try to do, to try to be consistent and we’re not. We’re not being consistent across the board so it’s hurting us.”

 The Buccaneers have now lost seven straight home games under Schiano, which is the longest losing streak since 1976-77.

Tampa Bay’s defense had no answer for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who was spectacular. He completed 23-of-32 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 50 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.

The Bucs sacked Newton three times, but that didn’t stop him from helping Carolina convert 5-of-12 (42 percent) of its third downs, and a key fourth down conversion in the first half.

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, while fellow running back Mike Tolbert carried the ball seven times for 35 yards and caught four passes for 29 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown.

Wide receiver Steve Smith was held in check with just four catches for 42 yards, but Ted Ginn had a big night with five catches for 80 yards in helping Carolina jump out to a 14-3 lead before Tampa Bay narrowed the gap to 14-6 at halftime. The Panthers’ lead would swell to 28-6 in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay struggled on third down offensively, converting just 4-of-14 (29 percent) of its opportunities. Quarterback Mike Glennon set an NFL record in attempting 181 passes, which is the most for a rookie quarterback in his first four games. Glennon completed 30-of-51 passes for 275 yards with one touchdown and no turnovers.

Rookie running back Mike James replaced Doug Martin and led the Bucs with 39 yards on 10 carries, in addition to catching four passes for 25 yards. Running back Brian Leonard led the Bucs with six catches for 32 yards, while wide receiver Vincent Jackson had five catches for 79 yards. Rookie tight end Tim Wright caught his first NFL touchdown pass, and the Bucs’ only TD of the night, while finishing with five catches for 48 yards.

“This is as low as you can get right now,” Revis said. “Being 0-7 is tough. It really is. I really don’t know what to say. We’re 0-7. That’s where we’re at and I hope we get ourselves out of this hole soon.”

That will be a tall order next Sunday as Tampa Bay travels to Seattle to face a 6-1 Seahawks squad that may be the best team in the NFC.

HOW DID THE TEAMS SCORE? – BUCS vs. PANTHERS SCORING SERIES
First Quarter – Panthers 7, Buccaneers 0

Panthers QB Cam Newton was brilliant on his first drive, connecting on 7-of-8 passes for 57 yards and rushing three times for 23 yards, including a 16-yarder on third-and-12 to pick up a first down. On third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Newton found a wide-open tight end Greg Olsen in the end zone for a touchdown to give Carolina a 7-0 lead.

First Quarter – Panthers 7, Buccaneers 3
Quarterback Mike Glennon hit Vincent Jackson for a 29-yard gain on third-and-10, and then found running back Mike James for a 20-yard gain on the next play. But the drive stalled at the Carolina 29 and Rian Lindell connected on a 47-yard field goal to cut Carolina’s lead to 7-3.

Second Quarter – Panthers 14, Buccaneers 3
Running back Mike Tolbert got the drive started with runs of four and 22 yards before Newton found wide receiver Ted Ginn for a 35-yard gain across the middle. DeAngelo Williams scored on a 12-yard run on the next play to increase Carolina’s lead to 14-3.

Second Quarter – Panthers 14, Buccaneers 6
On third-and-7 from the Tampa Bay 30, Glennon hit wide receiver Tiquan Underwood with a 16-yard pass and wide receiver Mike Williams for a gain of 12 yards. After two James runs picked up 11 yards, the drive stalled at the Carolina 26 when Glennon fumbled a low shotgun snap from center Ted Larsen.

Third Quarter – Panthers 21, Buccaneers 6
Newton started off the drive with a 16-yard pass to Olsen. After two scrambles by Newton picked up eight yards, Tolbert picked up two yards on fourth-and-1 down to the Tampa Bay 26. Newton scrambled for 19 yards down to the Tampa Bay 7, and then two plays later, he scrambled for a 6-yard touchdown to give the Panthers a 21-6 lead in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter – Panthers 28, Buccaneers 6
A muffed punt by Eric Page set up Carolina with great field position at the Tampa Bay 29. A 10-yard run by Williams, preceded a 12-yard catch by Brockel down to the 3-yard line. On first-and-goal from the Tampa Bay 1, Newton threw a TD pass to Tolbert to give Carolina a 28-6 lead.

Fourth Quarter – Panthers 31, Buccaneers 6
After Glennon’s fourth down incompletion, the Panthers took possession at the Tampa Bay 16, but could only gain five yards and had to settle for a Graham Gano 29-yard field goal.

Fourth Quarter – Panthers 31, Buccaneers 13
Against a soft defense, Glennon was 9-of-11 for 81 yards, hitting Jackson with three catches for 38 yards before he found tight end Tim Wright in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown to cut into Carolina’s big lead.

WHAT WAS NOTABLE ABOUT THURSDAY’S GAME FOR THE BUCS?
Ted Larsen got the start at center for Jeremy Zuttah, who started at left guard for Carl Nicks. … Rookie Mike James started at running back for Doug Martin. … Bucs linebacker Lavonte David had a first quarter sack of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The sack was David’s fifth of the season, which is a career high and leads Tampa Bay. David led the Bucs with 12 tackles. … Cornerback Michael Adams sacked Newton in the second quarter for his first career sack. … Defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded his third sack of the season, dropping Newton in the third quarter. … Rookie tight end Tim Wright caught his first touchdown of his career, a 10-yarder, in the fourth quarter. Wright finished the game with five catches for 48 yards and his TD.

WHICH BUCCANEERS WERE INACTIVE?
The following Bucs were inactive against the Panthers: FS Dashon Goldson, RB Jeff Demps, RB Doug Martin, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, DT Derek Landri and WR Chris Owusu.

The following Panthers were inactive against the Bucs: WR Tavarres King, WR Marvin McNutt, CB Josh Thomas, RB Armond Smith, TE Brandon Williams, DT Dwan Edwards and DT Sione Fua.

WHICH BUCS GOT HURT?
• Cornerback Johnthan Banks was injured in the second quarter and was replaced by Michael Adams before returning in the second half.

• Strongside linebacker Dekoda Watson suffered an injured shoulder and was replaced by Jonathan Casillas.

WHAT WILL UPSET GREG SCHIANO WHEN HE WATCHES THE FILM?
• Carolina had three open receivers in the end zone on the Panthers’ first touchdown, which was a 1-yard catch by tight end Greg Olsen.

• The Bucs struggled on offense on third down in the first half with wide receiver Vincent Jackson dropping a catchable pass and quarterback Mike Glennon fumbling two low shotgun snaps from center Ted Larsen. The first two plays resulted in Tampa Bay punts, and the third one forced a field goal by Rian Lindell. Larsen was benched and Jeremy Zuttah returned to center right before halftime.

• The defensive line stunts by defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan gave up more big plays than they created. Tampa Bay’s defensive ends lost contain on a number of Cam Newton’s scrambles.

• Bucs punt returner Eric Page muffed a punt and lost possession at the Tampa Bay 29 in the third quarter.

WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR THE BUCS?
Tampa Bay (0-7) travels to Seattle to play the Seahawks (6-1). Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET and the game will be televised locally.

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    PR - what happened to my lengthy post? Dare I say you are pulling a Schiano-esque move if it was censored!
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    It's hard to say anything that has not been said here today. It's frustrating and I feel like most on this site. I have been a season ticket holder since 1997 and this has been the most frustrating year for me, as a fan, that I can remember. My recommendation is for ownership to acknowledge that Schiano represents the problem when he cannot win with this level of talent that the Glazires have provided. Do NOT wait for the season to end...fire Schiano and replace him with Butch Davis, currently on staff, with head coaching experience and bring the necessary coaching policies changes that are needed. The future of the 2014 season begins today and we cannot afford to lose the players or the ability to bring future free agents to Tampa.
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    Team was competing until the 3rd quarter when the defense couldn't stop Cam Newton and Page fumbled a punt. After that, the game was over. But until then, the game was pretty interesting, competitive, and the stadium crowd was electric and fully involved w/ making noise to help the team as much as it could. Go Bucs - this too, shall pass. I love listening to these idiots on the radio slamming the team - and saying "they're done with the Bucs" -----but these idiots haven't stepped foot into the stadium for years. The so-called fanbase saying they're boycotting the Bucs - never showed up for the gamees over the last 5-6 seasons in the first place. Fairweather.
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    I realize firing him now would satisfy most fans but in a few weeks when the team is still struggling is it going to matter? I think putting every minute of every day into finding his replacement for 2014 is paramount and not get caught again settling for your third, fourth or worse choice in February. Like it or not the Colts left Jim Caldwell in place, they went 2-14 and in the end they got Andrew Luck. As much as it stinks to think of watching this for 9 more games what would a firing do for them at the end of the season? Instead of 1-15 they go 2-14 or 3-13? On the surface the difference in these records means nothing, they are all them same, but for the draft they could be the difference in picking 1st or 5th in the draft. He made this mess, I say make him squirm for the next 9 games. Make him answer the questions about loosing the locker room, the scheme that's losing, the billboards. Have him answer for his asst coaches who invite fans down to help with the game plan in response to media criticism. It bites, but make him stay and face the music. Heard the Seahawks are looking to get Percy Harvin some light work before sending him into a live game situation. Their practice against the Bucs next Sunday ought to be a perfect light workout for him. Man this is going to be ugly!
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    The silver lining is that now that I have finally accepted that they are going to be bad, I don't feel as angry and disappointed as I did before. My wife usually puts up with watching the game to keep me company, but not last night. She went to bed 20 minutes into the game...so not even love is strong enough to fight off this level of horrific play.
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    I agree with Mr. Incredible that the only real entertainment value at this point is waiting for the 15 car pile up to happen. I watch the games to see how bad it's going to be this week. I told my buddy last week during the game that bad teams find new ways to lose every week. Last week it was sack fumbles and bad coverage. This week it was fumbled punts and bad snaps. Next week it will be a fumbled kickoff and a Pick 6. This will not stop until we get rid of Schiano and the new HC has time to put his mark on the team.
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    The team has quit, I am looking forward to a #1 or #2 overall pick. Would not change coach now but like ESPN said " Fire EVERYONE and start over". I would wait till the end of the year as a NEW HC might screw up our first round pick and win a game or two. When they fire EVERYONE, this also means Dominik as he is just as much to blame.
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    Maybe Sheridan should come in at 4am. and stay till 12pm. as the D does not look good ...cherp, cherp ! Went to game , left in 4th as the team had QUIT !
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    I am not really a big fan for a team competing for 3 quarters. Losing 31-13 at home to a division rival is not acceptable. When you play division rivals, often the underdog plays very competitively. This was the least competitive game the Bucs have played in 2013. If the Glazers were hanging their hat on "The team is competitive and close", those thoughts were dashed on Thursday. It is obvious from Revis' comments that the team is following the game plan as well as they can. Problem is the game plan is Rutgers, not NFL.
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    This defense is getting the worse as the season progresses. The offense seems to be stuck in neutral. The coaching staff seems unable to keep the players focused, disciplined, and engaged during the game. What a disaster.
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    The defense has allowed 31 points to be scored each of the last three games; 31 points each game! That's awful! The defensive scheme is not working. Sheridan, chirp, chirp, chirp. It might be a good idea to let some of us fans in and take over the coaching scheme. Glennon is improving, but no TE and slot receiver hurts us and for Gods sake put an OT back there to block in passing situations. Lorig is not that good at anything. At the press conference the coaches body language was one of I have no idea what to do. If he is not fired today we may lose the players and have to start all over. Put in a interim coach because I think we can still win 4 or 5 games with a new scheme an attitude. The time is now and if not now then get ready for a complete new rebuild of a team. This really sucks!
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    The whole team is not embarrassing, but the HC - oh yes. They get outcoached like every week, they make big time ??? moves on the business side (not getting anything for a 1st round 4thousand yds 27 TD´s NFL QB). Shiano and Dominik are incompetent at team building - if they would have stick to the rebuilding plan, everthing would be fine, but right now, the Bucs are a mess. Cap sitiuation and aging players, and talent wise... Time to say goodbye to the Shianomik demo; by bringing in the right people this offseason, the Bucs could suprise some next season. By firing them now, we reduce further future damage. Keep it simple. Get a dynamic QB (or Clowney, but QB is more important) and a capable offensive mind and this team has a chance.. by the way, great hat and sign in the picture, respect - side note: lavonte david is on record saying (when asked about his great playing) "i wouldn´t do it, if it weren´t for my teammates" - besides of Glennon, no player had Shianos back..
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    2011 Raheem Morris's was the most embarrassing. This team hasn't quit. They're playing hurt, with rookies, and are still going at it 100%. As long as they do that, I'm far from "being embarrassed". Been a fan of the team since '81, and there have been some really embarrassing teams since then. This isn't one of them.
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    In over 20 years as a fan and ticket holder a good many of those years, I am the most disgusted I have ever been. If they don't fire this clown I can't watch this crap anymore. Just makes me mad. He is the worst coach and the worst defensive coordinator I have ever seen! Turned it off in the third quarter. Normally watching Buc's play on primetime would be so exciting even if we weren't having a great season,but this is crazy. This team could literally not a win a game with this clown this year and wouldn't surprise me at all. The Glazers need to show they care about something besides soccer and give us fans a sign that you are trying to right the ship! Make Wanstedt interim coach please.
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    I saw Mark Dominik leaving the stadium last night wearing a fedora, shades, and a fake beard. I can hear the Glazer brothers now trying to decide Schiano’s fate – You fire him! No. You fire him. I fired the last one, you fire him! Let’s get Dominik to fire him! Where is that guy when you need him? Go see if you can find that SummamaB…….!
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    Score ended up 31-13 but somehow it seemed much worse. We were totally dominated by a team we defeated twice just last season. And that was before the secondary got revamped. I know Schiano will say they "coached and played their guts out" My guts are oozing from section 134, row z, seat 21.
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    The only real form of entertainment left in watching this team is to see how bad it has to get before the Glaziers crawl out from under their rock and do something. Seriously, that's the only interesting question left for this season. What a joke. As the evidence pours in it is becoming painfully clear that not only is Coach Schiano a lousy coach, he's also a world-class jerk.
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    Schiano was supposed to be a decent defensive side coach if I am correct. Between him and Sheridan, this defense is terrible. The lack of game planning is maddening. IT's not like no one has ever shown how to play against a mobile QB, but contain on Cam was almost non-existent. How these guys still have jobs, I don't know, and hopefully this statement won't even be right by the time most of you read it.
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