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November 12, 2013 @ 3:57 pm
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Bucs Finally Find A Way To Finish A Game: Unit Game Grades

Written by Haley
Haley Cornish


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The Buccaneers walked off the turf at Raymond James Stadium as victors for the first team since a year ago, when they beat the San Diego Chargers. PewterReport.com takes a look at individual units each week and hands out grades.
After a disappointing first half of the season where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers failed to win a game, they were able to turn things around to start the second half of their schedule on Monday Night Football. The Bucs beat the Miami Dolphins 22-19 and where certain players shined on primetime, others struggled. Here are PewterReport.com’s unit game grades.

Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has been very poised in his first year so far, but looked a bit rattled against the Dolphins. Statistically, he had his worst game of the season since his debut against the Cardinals. He completed just 11 of 21 passes (52.3 percent) for 139 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a quarterback rating of just 69.3.

The offensive line did a pretty good job in pass protection; especially considering the talent Miami has on the defensive side of the ball. But Glennon seemed to crack under under pressure at times and would throw the ball early and off target. There were a couple passes like this that could have resulted in an interception.

Glennon continues to show the potential of being a good quarterback. He looks to be improving with his deep ball, and when given a clean pocket, he rarely makes mistakes. Although Glennon didn’t have his best game, he finally got the first win of his NFL career which should be a good confidence boost going forward.

For the second week in a row the offensive line did a great job of opening holes for the Buccaneer running backs. Mike James started off the game with five carries for 41 yards (8.1 yards per carry) but unfortunately suffered an injury at the one-yard line that sidelined him for the rest of the game. James was on pace to have another 150-plus yard game had he not been injured.

After James left the game, Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey came in for relief. Leonard had 20 carries for 57 yards (2.9 average) and also had two catches for 16 yards. Rainey, who joined the team just a couple weeks ago, looked very impressive with 45 yards on eight carries (5.6 average) and one touchdown. He also added a catch for eleven yards.

The Bucs’ leading receiver on the evening was Tiquan Underwood, who had three receptions for 64 yards. After not even making the team initially, Underwood has played himself into the starting lineup has done a good job thus far since his return in early October.

The Bucs No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson did not look good against the Dolphins, with at least one drop and a couple lackluster effort plays. He struggled to create separation for the most part, and ended with just three catches for 28 yards.

Those two players are the only wideouts to catch a pass in the game, showing how thin the Bucs are at wide receiver right now.

For the second straight game the offensive line did a good job of opening the run game and protecting Glennon in the pass game. Tampa Bay’s one only allowed two sacks from Miami’s vaunted pass rushing defense, which includes Cameron Wake.

Left tackle Donald Penn had the best play of the game on a tackle-eligible call where he caught a one-yard touchdown pass and dunked it over the crossbar. Along with that touchdown, he blocked very consistently all game long.

The line did have two big holding penalties, one on Jeremy Zuttah and the other on Jamon Meredith. Aside from the penalty, Meredith had a very dominant game once again. The offensive line seems to be getting back to where everyone expected them to be at the start of the year.

Against a very poor offensive line, the Bucs front four was finally able to get to the quarterback after not recording in two weeks. Both of their sacks came on back-to-back plays and basically sealed the victory for the Bucs. The first sack was by William Gholston (his first career sack) and Da’Quan Bowers (his first sack of the season). But there were at least five Buccaneer defenders that could have sacked Ryan Tannehill on the blitz play. The second sack was by Gerald McCoy, who now has three sacks on the season.

McCoy was dominant all game long, as he has been all season. His get off on the snap makes everyone else on the field look as though they’re moving in slow motion. He was consistently in the backfield despite being double-teamed. He finished the game with five tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback hits.

Along with finally getting some pressure, the Bucs defensive line contributed to the best defensive effort against he run in franchise history, allowing just two rush yards on 14 carries.

Lavonte David continued his Pro Bowl-caliber season with another big performance, this time under the spotlight of primetime. David had seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and one quarterback hit. But his best play of the game, and a huge point in the game, was when he tackled Daniel Thomas in the end zone for a safety.

Middle linebacker Mason Foster has fell under the radar after a fast start to the season, but had a great game on Monday night. He had six tackles, two tackles for loss, and a quarterback hit. He was flying around the field all game and looked like he did in the first couple games of the season.

As a unit, the linebackers hadn’t played up to their early-season standards over the last several weeks. But they looked very in-sync and cohesive against the Dolphins and played consistently good all game.

One of the secondary’s main problems this season has been covering opposing team’s No. 2 receivers. They struggled with that yet again, allowing Miami's Rishard Matthews to have eleven receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Other than that, the secondary played very well. Darrelle Revis shadowed Mike Wallace the entire game and held him to just 15 yards. Revis ended the game with four tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup, and one game-sealing interception.

Free safety Dashon Goldson led the team in tackles with eight, and also had one pass breakup. Goldson did have a costly 15-yard personal foul penalty late in the first half. Strong safety Mark Barron has looked more like an All-Pro player than Goldson has this season, and had yet another great game. Barron had five tackles and one tackle for loss and was a huge part in why the Bucs held the Fins to just two rushing yards. Barron has made immense strides this year and is quickly developing into a potential Pro Bowler. Former Buccaneer coach and current Monday Night Football broadcaster, Jon Gruden, named Barron his “Gruden Grinder” for the game.

Kicker Rian Lindell continued his hot streak as he made both of his field goals, one from 24 yards, and the other from 35 yards.

Punter Michael Koenen was having a very good game, including a punt that was downed at the Miami one yard-line ultimately resulting in a safety, but then he shanked a punt late in the game, giving the Dolphins great field position.

Eric Page, who has been close to breaking a return loose all season, had a huge return of 52 yards that would have been a touchdown had Dakota Watson finished his block.

Tampa Bay did allow a big punt return by Miami, but was otherwise very good in punt and kick coverage.

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    great to see a win but i didn't see anything that tells me we got the most out of our 53 players monday night. we tried to give the game away in so many ways late in the game (glennon run out of bounds, glennon INT, inexplicable personal foul by the littlest guy in the NFL, revis intercepting when a knockdown gave us way better field position, and of course the idiotic stunting until the very last posession), but the dolphins were just not interested. almost any other team in the NFL would have ran away with that game. hopefully the win relieves us of this season long occurrence of the Yips, but the amount of brain farts per game tells me that no matter how many games we steal the remainder of the year, this is not a championship or even playoff coaching staff. if we have the same head coach next year, he'd better have a pair of new, effective, and respectable coordinators who he gives a little more control to. i'm not impressed with sullivan's adjustments and i think sheridan is up there with our DE pass rush and CB depth as the weakest links on the defense. sad to say but when you look at the condition a lot of these teams were in when we played them, this is the sort of serendipity that raheem morris' 2010 team rode to a surprise 10-6 record. this far more talented squad couldn't take advantage of a jets team that was planning for a rebuildingtank season; a cards team missing half its defensive starters; a falcons team missing its elite WRs, starting RB, and key OL; a patriots team missing its top 5 offensive targets from a year ago; and they barely hung on vs the only team suffering a bigger in-season implosion than the bucs.
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    Lets not fool ourselves the Dolphins gave this game away more than the Bucs won it. Not to say the win counts anyless but for the few rays of sunshine I saw mostly the saw ole Bucs down the stretch. Glennon crumbling under the pressure, penalities, and yet another flat second half performance. Im not shocked the running game got going, anyone who follows the Bucs know we enjoyed our most success with Meredith playing last year, the fact that it took us this long to play him is another knock against that great staff of ours. Revis can play, so throwing to him to end the game wasnt smart, had nothing to do with coaching. Playing Bowers, Goldston, McCoy and Claiborne was nice but the fact that it took us 8 weeks and 3 quarters for us to realize that is another knock. These guys were dumb enough to back into a win but im not impressed. I am impressed when we play up to our potential and even with the players we have lost we still arent doing that. Supporting Schiano is what the players have to do as long as he's their Head Coach but as a fan we can speak freely on the reality of this team. This win means nothing more than we wont finish 0-16 which up until this game was a very realistic possibility. Even in victory I want another coach, Get Me Lovie or Gruden asap!
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    Thanks Haley - I like those grades apart from the secondary...this was a tale of two halves...the right half and the left half....Barron (largely against the run and short passes)/Revis played very well, while Banks/Johnson/Goldson were pretty awful. The non-Revis WR/TE that has excelled against us in each game this year: Winslow 79 yards + 1TD; Graham 179 yards + 1TD; Thompkins 41 yards + 2TDs; Floyd 87 yards + 0 TD; Cooper 120 yards + 1 TD; Douglas 149 yards + 1 TD; Ginn Jr 80 yards + 0 TD; Baldwin 75 yards + 1TD; Matthews 120 yards + 2 TDs. A veritable who's who of the all no-name team (Graham excepted). The formula for playing the Bucs looks pretty obvious here....and if you're an opposing #2 WR (or pass catching TE) you should buy all of the spare tickets you can to the game and fill the seats with your friends and family as you're about to have a career day. We seem to have fixed half of the secondary but the other half (at least as evidenced by the first 9 games) has a lot of work to do...wasn't the point that we could leave Revis on island (75% and all) and "roll coverage" to the other side...guess they haven't got to that yet in the 5am meetings....
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    The WRs grades should tell you everything you need to know about Glennon's grade. No one was getting open right away, he had to hold on to the ball and wait longer than he should. If the WRs can step their game up like the O-line has Glennon will become that much better.
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    Great win finally!! Gotta say I still think schiano must go at the end of the year no matter how many wins he's got. And this is coming from a fan who did no want dungy chucky or even Raheem fired. This team is too talented to endure this coach any longer. Players won this game not coaching
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    I thought Revised and Barron were solid. Good to watch the win. Atlanta is another win game; then it gets tough.
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    Was a fun game to watch the DL, especially McCoy. I love what he and David continue to bring to the team, and going forward we have the makings of a nice defense, which probably should have arrived this year, but at least it gives me hope for next year.
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    Well Iam really believing that Tampa has a chance to win alot of the 7 remainder games. I can';t get over that when a running back goes down anothe Unknown RB came in and won the hearts of the fans as well as me.What a comeback. The younf rookie QB did A OK! He is starting to Jell.I think Tampa can get another QB in the Mid or Late rounds. I think Tampa should start looking at the home grown qb from HB Plant who is the starting QB of the Georgia Bulldogs. I also think they should get the best player available with their Round One pick. And in Rd-2 trade down with Cleveland.Let Tampa give Cleveland their 2rd pick for their 2nd round pick and also get Cleveland their one of theres 3rd round pick. I think Tampa would probably be in the top 5 picks. So Tampa would have cleveland pick in Rd-2 and a 3rd Rd picks. Or even better. Give Cleve their #1,#2 picks for a #1 a #2 & a #3 pick. Tampa would be setting very pretty with Cleveland own pick in Rd-1,Cleveland own pick in Rd-2 and Cleveland own pick #3. Cleveland has 2 no#1 picks and 2-no#3 picks. Tampa could go many ways.GO BUCS
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    Nice to get a Win!! Go Bucs!!!
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