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December 22, 2013 @ 5:51 pm
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Most Impressive And Most Disappointing: Bucs Vs. Rams

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Mark Cook

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The Bucs lost their 11th game of the season on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, 23-13. Tampa Bay managed to post an 85-yard first quarter touchdown drive, but finished with just 170 total yards. What Bucs stood out? Which players need to dramatically improve before the season finale?
Tampa Bay went into St. Louis looking for their fifth win against an average, at best, Rams team. But instead of seizing the opportunity, the Bucs squandered away another game that they had multiple chances to win. Too many mistakes, settling for field goals instead of touchdowns, and a porous offensive line that surrendered seven sacks doomed the Buccaneers who managed just 170 yards.

Below is a list of players who played well and some who let their teammates and coaches down on Sunday in St. Louis.

MOST IMPRESSIVE
LB Lavonte David
David continued his push for postseason honors on Sunday, leading both teams in tackles and flashing all over the field. It is becoming a broken record each week, but the consistency of his game is really stunning when you think about it. David rarely, if ever, leaves the field and never seems to tire. The effort seen on the last play of the game is equal to the first snap.

On Sunday against the Rams David finished with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and his first career fumble recovery. David also came within a millisecond of causing a fumble of Rams TE Jared Cook, but replays showed Cook’s backside touching down just before the ball popped loose.

DT Gerald McCoy
If what happened to McCoy on the field happened on the street, a number of Rams would be in jail for assault. McCoy was mugged, chipped and double-teamed almost the whole game and still was able to make an impact. McCoy did have his second offsides penalty in as many weeks, but also added his ninth sack of the season, which ranks fifth all time in team history from the defensive tackle position.

McCoy finished the game with six tackles, one sack and a tackle for loss.

CB Darelle Revis
Once again the stat sheet looks unimpressive – one tackle assist. But once again, the stat sheet doesn’t tell the whole story. Former teammate Kelly Clemens never tested Revis all afternoon and having Brian Schottenheimer calling the plays most likely was also a factor. Schottenheimer was the offensive coordinator in New York during most of Revis’ career there and knows how good the former Defensive Player of the Year is.

DT/DE William Gholston
The light has most certainly flipped to the on position for Gholston as the former Michigan State star nearly duplicated last week’s career game in which he had a sack, eight tackles and two pass breakups. No matter who the coach may be next season, Gholston is a bright rising potential star in the NFL.

Gholston finished Sunday’s game with six tackles, and a tackle for loss and a number of pressures on Clemens.

LB Mason Foster
While most of the linebacker flattery goes to David, and deservingly so, Foster is also having his best season of his three-year career. Foster takes on the brunt of the blocking, helping to free up David to clean things up and yet still manages to make plays.

On Sunday, foster came up with two monster tackles for loss to go along with his seven tackles.
Honorable Mention: WR Vincent Jackson, S Keith Tandy, LB Dekoda Watson

MOST DISAPPOINTING
G Jamon Meredith
Meredith easily had the worst game of his two-year career in Tampa. So bad in fact he was replaced by Ted Larsen in the second quarter. Meredith was manhandled by the interior of the Rams defensive line on a number of plays, and allowed running back Bobby Rainey to be tackled in the backfield more than once through a quarter and a half. Meredith’s lack of blitz awareness was also evident and the coaching staff made the unusual move to bench a player in the middle of a game.

T Donald Penn
After last week’s dreadful performance against the 49ers, Penn vowed to have a better game this week and said he was looking forward to redeeming himself. Well be careful what you ask for. Penn got a big dose of Robert Quinn all day Sunday and even though he had help on a number of plays, he still managed to give up two sacks to Quinn, who finished the game with three. Penn seemed bent on setting up on the outside edge and wasn’t able to counter Quinn’s quick redirecting inside move.

C Jeremy Zuttah

Zuttah, like Meredith, may have had his worst game of the season as well. Zuttah looked slow out of his stance and unsure on a number of plays during the game. It was clear he was not prepared for what the Rams were bringing on Sunday. And to top things off, Zuttah rolled a snap back to Glennon late in the game that resulted in a sack.

S Dashon Goldson
Goldson seemed a bit lost without teammate Mark Barron in the lineup, and while he did have five tackles, there were no impact splash plays against the Rams. Goldson looked a bit slow at times and also committed another personal foul call that likely could earn him, at the very least, a heFTY fine, and quite possibly another suspension.

RB Bobby Rainey
Without watching the game again with the coaches tape it is hard to know exactly what the running game issues were, but the one thing certain was Rainey’s first quarter fumble that led to a Ram’s touchdown. Rainey was popped pretty good on the play but knows, and admitted after the game, that ball security has to be his main focus.

Rainey finished the game with just 37 yards on 20 carries (1.9 yard avg.) and one touchdown.

Dishonorable Mention: DE Adrian Clayborn, WR Tiquan Underwood, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, G Davin Joseph
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    I no longer watch Bucs gams live,I DVR them.I usually watch another game that has some weight to it...WTF is up with the Glazer boys and their inability to staff a damn team? We have been a crap team for over 10 solid years- how does this make sense?Our last coach/QB combo couldn't produce 2nd half points and either can this coach/QB combo..moving from Rah to Schaino was a lateral move at best and shows no real potential or reason for hope..while other franchises strive to stay competitive,the Bucs brass seem to be happy with guys just suiting up...the team should change its name to the Tampa Bay Catfish- more fitting for one of the leagues bottom feeders...
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    Horse, we need a new offensive coordinator and a new OL coach. What was once thought in preseason to be a strenghth, the OL has become our worst liability. We could also use a bruising running back, but we choose all lightweights. Not that the lightweights don't do a good job, but we could use a bruiser for certain situations. The OC has no imagination whatsoever. First down, run, second down, run. It is now third and long. Pass. May or may not get a first down, most likely not. Then, punt. We only get the ball around 10 times a game or fewer. The likliehood of us scoring in the above depiction is highly unlikely, and that is the way it has been all year.
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    Such a sad year. Big expectations after the yr Freeman had last. Thought we might even go to the playoffs. We end up losing 8 in a row and stumbling even more to the end. Something has to change. I am wondering how many starters get the axe. Will Nicks survive ? Will Bowers ? Will Goldson ? How about Penn ? Schiano ? I have heard some saying he stays but I just cannot believe that if we end up with 4 or 5 wins and the turmoil this organization has gone through that he can be good for the future of this team. We need to start fresh. We need more DL help, and we need more OL help. We need at least one more TE, probably a receiver. There is plenty to fix. But fixing the direction might be the most important.
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    Pewter Report do us all a favor and prepare us an article on who would be a good fit for the Bucs head coaching position. This guy is done, his scheme is awful, his QB is equally as bad and he's obviously not cut out for the job. Lets move on from this nonsense and start focusing on Head Coaching options available for next season. They stack the box, dare us to pass, we still run and the offensive line is on the most disappointing list....give me a break lol.
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    Yikes!!!...What a game. Plenty of mistakes to go around. The defense couldn't get the necessary "3 and outs" when needed but was able to keep the Rams to field goals for most of the game. Unfortunately, getting field goals is all another team needs when playing against us. Our offense is putrid!! O-line...worse and worse with each game. Glennon - what can be said. A couple of weeks ago, I stated he was a mystery - does he just lack the talent to be the man or is it the coaching he's getting? After today's game I believe it is both. I realize Glennon is a rookie but he's shown more stark negatives than positives. November was an aberration and one greatly aided by ballon balls to VJax. He cannot make any plays with his legs to extend plays (those scrambles out of the pocket and that collapse while trying to run for a first down where pathetic) which he has to do because his pocket presence is just as bad. He's too slow making making his reads and too indecisive when he cannot afford to be. He's pure back-up/game manager material and that's not good enough to win in today's NFL. He's not helped at all by a coaching scheme which values an HC's philosophy over the reality on the field or the talent on the team. We saw that with the implosion of Freeman. We knew what his strengths were - limited pocket presence whose best skills were moving around and either throwing on the run or just running. We won more with that scheme or at least had a chance when behind in the game. Enter Schiano and Freeman's locked in a set pocket with two receivers going deep. The result was a disaster. We now have added eight more losses and yet there is no marked change in scheme. If Schiano comes back next year (and I still, depressingly, think he will) we will get more of the same - players trying hard in poor schemes, the wrong players on the field (why Teo-Neshiem at this point in a lost season), lack of adjustments during or between games, etc, which will doom us to mediocrity AT BEST If we're lucky.
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    Yikes!!!...What a game. Plenty of mistakes to go around. The defense couldn't get the necessary "3 and outs" when needed but was able to keep the Rams to field goals for most of the game. Unfortunately, getting field goals is all another team needs when playing against us. Our offense is putrid!! O-line...worse and worse with each game. Glennon - what can be said. A couple of weeks ago, I stated he was a mystery - does he just lack the talent to "the man" or is it the coaching he's getting? After today's game I believe it is both. I realize Glennon is a rookie but he's shown more stark negatives than positives. November was an aberration and one greatly aided by ballon balls to VJax. He cannot make any plays with his legs to extend plays (those scrambles out of the pocket and that "collapse" while trying to run for a first down where pathetic) which he has to do because his pocket presence is just as bad. He's too slow making making his reads and too indecisive when he cannot afford to be. He's pure back-up/game manager material and that's not good enough to make it in today's NFL. He's not helped at all by a coaching scheme which values an HC's philosophy over the reality on the field or the talent on the team. We saw that with the implosion of Freeman. We knew what his strengths were - limited pocket presence whose best skills were moving around and either throwing on the run or just running. We won more with that scheme or at least had a chance when behind in the game. Enter Schiano and Freeman's locked in a set pocket with two receivers going deep. The result was a disaster. We now have added seven more losses and yet there is no change in scheme. If Schiano comes back next year (and I still, depressingly, think he will) we will get more of the same - players trying hard in poor schemes, the wrong players on the field (why Teo-Neshiem at this point in a lost season), lack of adjustments during or between games, etc, which will doom us to mediocrity AT BEST If we're lucky.
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    All I can say is Jeff Fisher, and Schiano were hired the same year. Fisher has the youngest team in the league, and lost his starting Q.B.. They're a lot like us, only they're heading in the right direction. Their G.M. hit on his draft choices along the D line, ours not so much. Certainly their choice for head coach was better then ours. Twice we've played them, and twice we were beat soundly. We need a whole new direction. The Glazers need to hire a Bill Polian, Bill Parcels type, you know real pros, who'll hire real pros. With this crew we have we'll always be Rutgers south, and like Rutgers, we'll always hover around 500 at best never winning our division. Examine the facts, you'll come to the same conclusion. Will the Glazers?
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    Pinkstob: I have to go along with Mark Cook on the hit by # 38. At first I screamed BS like you; but replays showed the helmet to helmet hit. Goldson needs to realize that he is under increased scrutiny. When listing Most Disappointing just jot down the entire offensive side except Vincent Jackson. Does anyone see anything that leads you to think Glennon is a rising star who just needs a little experience? A scarecrow has more athleticism. In today's NFL the QB has to have some movement skills and not only if the wind blows.
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    Excellent points owlycat!!!! MC/SR - what possible defense could you have for keeping shiano for another season? The fab 5 article details how he's changed all for the better but I'm no longer buying it. Schiano routinely states he's been a head coach for over a decade, implying he's been here before and it's no big deal things will get better etc. Well Greg, it's not and it won't. I'm off the schiano bus for good this time and I'd love to hear some more rationalizing by PR as to why the fans should be even slightly optimistic about the future with schiano. Glazers -- time to hire an experienced hand who is not only a great strategist, but can also ADAPT schemes to the players we have. Sorry for the rant guys, I've just reached my breaking point with this Rutgers coaching staff.
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    Bfarbs, you are right on the spot. Macabee, you're also right about Glennon. MC, that personal foul call against Goldson complete %*#&ing bull$#!%. Of all the questionable or downright lousy calls the Bucs have gotten this season that may have been the worst. Helmet to helmet is for defenseless receivers and the receiver was no longer defenseless. He caught the ball, turned around and set his feet, then stood there like a deer in headlights instead of running with the ball. Goldson hit him hard but making contact with another players' helmet with yours is legal once the player finishes making the catch and that guy did. Goldson shouldn't be on disappointing list.
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    Pink I disagree. Was it a nasty hit? No, but still was called. As coach said, if they call it, then it is a penalty. He could have easily just blown through the guy's chest, and most likely knocked the ball loose. I love Goldson, a very cool dude, and we chat a lot. But he has to learn they are watching him extra close. 15 yard penalties are killers. Te'o is on the list. And I ripped Glennon on Twitter after that fetal curl weak attempt to get the first. When you total 170 yards against a not so great team, there are plenty more that we could add.
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    Why would anyone paying for season tkts want Schiano back? Their will be much better coaches with nfl experience that could make the bucs respectable again. Please Mr. Glazer ,fire the head coach and get a mobile accurate qb through the draft or free agency
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    Mark, good analysis. I know that Glennon is an average rookie QB that is getting worse because he is not getting game time help from the OC. We do not have the players to play this scheme so we either dump several starters on Offense and Defense, or we get some coaching help. One week from today we will be 4-12 and this horrible year will be over; or will it? There has got to be some coaching changes and some overpaid players either need to renegotiate their contracts or be gone. I am talking about Goldson, Revis on Defense; Zuttah, Penn, Joseph on Offense. Both OC and DC need to be demoted or let go and Schiano needs to be told that the coming season is it for him unless he breaks the 8-8 barrier.
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    The turtle head was vs the second QB for the Rams whose starting left guard went down at the first of the game and Glennon couldn't even beat their backup. I said at the first of the year he would never be more than a backup QB and he has proved that Schiano was a fool for wasting our season trying to develop him and keep his job. He doesn't have escapability and no strength to hold onto the ball. Also a smart Coach would have realized he needed to swap his tackles before they ran into these tough teams. And his TE has to put on 20 pounds of muscle and not bounce off the other teams' pass rusher when he is supposed to chip him. We also got badly out coached once again by a veteran NFL Coach like we have to have next year. The double reverse was brilliant! If the Glazers don't wake up and learn from our history the last two years they are doomed to repeat it. Horse is right on the money about Teo Nesheim. He definitely didn't deserve to be starting. Gholston deserved to play in his place the entire game. We have to get a great QB in the first round, a fast TE with good hands and can block in the second or build up our TE, and use that pick to get a fast WR to stretch the field, and the best OT prospect in the fourth round. But we have to replace Schiano and his inept coaches.
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    The game I saw today Mike Glennon played, yet no mention on either list. That attempted slide by Glennon to get a first down deserves some kind of mention I would think. I know he's a rookie and did his best, but he deserves a grade!
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    already commented on other story but no comments tell the story nobody even cares anymore me included thanks dom, schiano, and the glazer trools
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    How you excluded Te'o-Nesheim is beyond me. He was our worst defender today by far! He was the one who was out of position on the reverse TD run and on next possession was out of position again on long pitchout run. He provides ZERO pass rush ability so I assume he is on field for run defense. Well,he stinks at that as well. He is not part of next year's dline so might as well play Means there or give Gholston some snaps at DE. Why the coaching staff insists on putting him out on the field is beyond me. Maybe the coaching staff wants out of Tampa as much as the fans want them out. This team is outschemed on a weekly basis. Atleast put in our best players; that means sitting Te'o-Nesheim.
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