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December 22, 2013 @ 5:54 pm
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Glennon Sacked 7 Times In Rough, 23-13 Loss To Rams

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The Bucs' 23-13 loss to the Rams put Greg Schiano and Mike Glennon in jeopardy with regards to the head-coaching and QB positions in Tampa Bay, respectively. Glennon was sacked seven times and the offense was pathetic once again as the Bucs fall to 4-11 on the season.
If Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano gets fired – and that’s a distinct possibility after a disappointing 23-13 loss at St. Louis, the dismal play of the Buccaneers offense will be the reason. Tampa Bay’s offensive line was overmatched against St. Louis’ defensive front as the Rams recorded seven sacks, led by defensive end Robert Quinn, who abused left tackle Donald Penn for three sacks.

“Tough afternoon,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “Offensively we struggled to run the football, which in turn made it harder to throw the football. We [surrendered] seven sacks and Mike [Glennon] was under a lot of pressure throughout the day. It was tough for our offense to be effective that way.

“You feel for the young man. He’s out there and he’s trying to do his job. I know the guys that are trying to protect him feel bad, too. Guys are doing their best, but it just wasn’t good enough today.”

The offensive line played so poorly that left guard Jamon Meredith was benched in favor of Ted Larsen in the second quarter.

“The coaching staff wanted to make a change, and if they feel like there is a reason to make a change, then we make it,” Schiano said. “Sometimes you have a tough day. He had a tough day.”

Glennon was under duress for most of the game and completed 16-of-26 passes for only 158 yards and also had a key fumble on a third down sack by linebackers James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree in the fourth quarter that hurt the Bucs.

“It’s a good front four,” Glennon said. “Between those two defensive ends, possibly the defensive MVP and another top pick that has been playing at an extremely high level for a long period of time now. They’re a good front four. Give them credit.”

Glennon, who was sacked on three third down situations in the second half of Sunday’s loss, has not played well in the month of December. His regression may now be causing Tampa Bay to have to think about spending its first-round pick on a quarterback in 2014 as the Bucs have now lost three of their last four games and must travel to playoff-bound New Orleans in Week 17.

Sunday’s terrible offensive showing, in which running back Bobby Rainey only gained 37 yards while scoring a touchdown and fumbling, could very well cost offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan his job if Schiano survives what will either be a 5-11 or 4-12 season in 2013. Sullivan interviewed for the head-coaching job at Army on Friday.

After a 1-yard touchdown by Rainey gave the Bucs an early, 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Rams answered with two straight touchdowns, including one on a 27-yard double reverse by rookie receiver Stedman Bailey after Rainey fumbled the ball in Tampa Bay territory.

“The sudden change, the reverse … we made a mistake on that,” Schiano said. “We had a breakdown. It was a good play, but it shouldn’t be a touchdown. There should be somebody on that guy and we busted.”

The Rams outperformed the Bucs on third down as St. Louis converted 6-of-14 (43 percent), while Tampa Bay managed just 4-of-14 (29 percent) on Sunday. Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy became the first player to rush for 100 yards against the Bucs this year. Stacy had 104 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries (3.2 avg.).

Quarterback Kellen Clemons was efficient in hitting tight ends and receivers with short, chain-moving throws against Tampa Bay’s defense. Clemens completed 16-of-20 passes for 158 yards and was sacked just once.

If the Bucs are going to have any hope of beating the playoff-bound Saints in New Orleans, Glennon and the offense will have to play far better than they did on Sunday in St. Louis.

“As an offense we just have to play better,” Glennon said. “We have to be better throwing the ball and be better running the ball and not getting in those situations in third-and-long.”

First Quarter – Buccaneers 7, Rams 0

Tampa Bay got on the scoreboard first with quarterback Mike Glennon making some clutch throws on third down. On third-and-2 at the Tampa Bay 23, Glennon hit Tim Wright with a 6-yard gain and Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was flagged 15 yards for targeting. Two plays later, Glennon hit Vincent Jackson with a 22-yard pass down to the Rams 33. On third-and-10, Glennon hit Jackson again with a gain of 30 down to the 3-yard line. Three plays later, Bobby Rainey ran for a 1-yard touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

Second Quarter – Buccaneers 7, Rams 7
Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn was flagged 15 yards for roughing the passer, which advanced the ball to the Tampa Bay 39. Kellen Clemens converted two passes on third down, while running back Zac Stacy rushed for 25 on the drive, including a 1-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.

Second Quarter – Rams 14, Buccaneers 7
After a fumble by Rainey at the Tampa Bay 27, rookie receiver Stedman Bailey ran a perfectly executed double reverse down the left sidelines for a touchdown to give the Rams a 14-7 lead.

Second Quarter – Rams 14, Buccaneers 10
Stacy fumbled the ball after a hit from linebacker Dekoda Watson, and linebacker Lavonte David recorded at the Tampa Bay 47. On second down, Jackson hauled in a 19-yard pass down to the St. Louis 31, and then caught an 11-yard pass down to the 20. After a pass interference penalty set the Bucs up at the Rams’ 9-yard line, Glennon was sacked twice and lost 15 yards. The Bucs had to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to cut into St. Louis’ 14-10 lead at halftime.

Third Quarter – Rams 14, Buccaneers 13
The Bucs got their ground game going in the third quarter as Rainey rushed for 21 yards, including an 11-yard dash to get the drive started. On fourth-and-1, Glennon rushed for three yards on a quarterback sneak to keep the drive alive.  A 27-yard pass interference penalty on Jenkins set the Bucs up at the Rams’ 14-yard line, but the drive stalled at the 13 and Tampa Bay had to settle for a 32-yard field goal to cut into St. Louis’ 14-13 lead.

Third Quarter – Rams 17, Buccaneers 13
St. Louis got a big play on third down as tight end Jared Cook caught an 18-yard pass down to the Tampa Bay 40. But the drive stalled at the 36 after a 4-yard catch by Lance Kendricks and the Rams had to settle for a 54-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to increase St. Louis’ lead to 17-13.

Fourth Quarter – Rams 20, Buccaneers 13
Clemons was 4-of-5 for 27 yards on St. Louis’ scoring drive and also had a 5-yard QB sneak on fourth-and-1 at the Tampa Bay 29. A 10-yard sack by McCoy on first-and-goal at the Tampa Bay 6 helped stymie the Rams’ drive and St. Louis had to settle for a 35-yard field goal from Zuerlein to increase its lead to 20-13.

Fourth Quarter – Rams 23, Buccaneers 13
After a fumble by Glennon gave the Rams the ball at the St. Louis 41, Clemons hit wide receiver Cedric Givens with a 21-yard pass down to the Tampa Bay 39. A 9-yard strike to Austin Pettis, followed by a 2-yard by Stacy picked up a first down at the Tampa Bay 28. But the drive stalled, and Zuerlein’s 48-yard field goal pushed St. Louis’ lead to 23-13.

Tampa Bay running back Bobby Rainey scored the fifth rushing touchdown of the season, which is a new career high. … Bucs linebacker Lavonte David and safety Keith Tandy recorded their first career fumble recoveries on Sunday. David led the team with 11 tackles and two tackles for loss. … Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn and linebacker Dekoda Watson each forced a fumble at St. Louis. Clayborn also had two tackles for loss on the day. … Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had six tackles and got his ninth sack of the season, which is a new career high. … Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson set a career-high for catches in a season with 74 receptions for 1,189 yards after catching five passes for 98 yards against the Rams. Jackson’s previous career high was 72 catches, which came last year. … Bucs rookie Will Gholston got his first career start at defensive end and finished with a career-high six tackles and a tackle for loss.

The following Bucs were inactive against the Rams: FB/RB Lonnie Pryor, SS Mark Barron, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, LB Danny Lansanah, DE Da’Qaun Bowers and DT Matthew Masifilo.

The following Rams were inactive against the Bucs: WR Tavon Austin, RB Daryl Richardson, S Quinton Porter, G Harvey Dahl, G Brandon Washington, DT Matt Conrath and OT Mike Person.

• Bucs tight end Tim Wright hurt his left knee in the second quarter but returned to the game.

• Tampa Bay safety Bradley McDougald was injured on the second half kickoff.

• Bucs linebacker Dekoda Watson suffered an undisclosed injury in the third quarter and was replaced by Adam Hayward.

• Tampa Bay lost contain on a double reverse for a touchdown by rookie receiver Stedman Bailey as left defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim got out of position on the play, which went 27 yards to the end zone.

• After getting the ball down to the Rams’ 9-yard line just before halftime, quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked on back-to-back plays to set up a third-and-goal situation on the 25-yard line. Tampa Bay’s offensive line performed poorly in allowing a season-high seven sacks.

• The play of Tampa Bay’s interior offensive linemen, guards Jamon Meredith and Davin Joseph and center Jeremy Zuttah was poor as the Bucs struggled running the football at St. Louis.

• Bucs linebacker Ka’lial Glaud could not handle a surprise onside kick attempt in the second half after being in position to recover the ball.

Tampa Bay (4-11) travels to New Orleans to play the Saints (10-5) on December 29 to end the season. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised locally.

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  • avatar

    If Schiano stays it is going to kill ticket sales. I cannot see the Glazers letting that happen after the expectations everyone had this year. We have talent and are not far from being a very competitive team, but Schiano is in over his head.
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    @buc1932 He may have been a HC for 10 years, but never was, nor ever will be a successful one, unless one considers a .500 winning percent successful. Why keep him on when he has destroyed the reputation and credibility of the organization? Why would any competent coordinator want to work under him? His reputation around the league is mud based on unheard of negative comments by players, broadcasters, etc. The only way to attract any viable FAs is to overpay them. Just look at Goldson as an example.
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    Well Guys and the Gals It was a Rough day for the Bucs. But I see hope and towards the future. Regardless of if the coach gets fired. The overall team I thought played very well. I see hope again for the future.If a new coach is on the horizon. I hope they bring in a smart and veteran coach who's been there before. How about the former coach of the Texans. Or someone like that How about snatching Love Smith before the Texans do. I think Lovie smith will bring instant success. I see that Tampa will draft maybe in the top 5 0r Top 6. I say if so trade down a few spots and pickup a 3rd and a 5 or 6th. and focus on both of the offensive and defensive sides of the line. OH BY THE WAY GUYS AND GALS. I HAVE RETIRED AFTER 40 PLUS YEARS AND I STILL FOLLOW MY BELOVED BUCS SINCE DAY ONE AND IAM IN TEXAS NOW. GLH
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    Well the good thing is my total disdain for our head coach should be over shortly. I actually think we have pretty good talent. But playing for "pride" under a lame duck usually ends with disaster. I hope the Glazers keep Mark Dominik on though. Again, I think the talent is there. We need a QB and another WR. The losses this year were heart-wrenching but not blowouts for the most part. I agree with Coach Schiano on this "We are close". But unfortunately, we are at the max that this Rutgers' coaching staff can give us. Too bad the Eagles got the coach we wanted. They are looking pretty damn good right now, and I don't think their talent is off the charts. Nick Foles is good, but certainly not elite, until now under this new system. Good coaching helps a ton!
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    I'm sure at his Monday press conference Schiano will talk about how good the Ram's defense is and how good they are as a whole blah, blah, blah. THIS was a winnable game. We were just out played and out coached. That's on the whole team but particularly the HC. When the same happens next year, what will all the Schiano supporters say then - what a though schedule, look at the injuries, Glennon's just in his second year?. ..At that point, Schiano should be fired with extreme prejudice DURING the season.
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    This is a very SAD excuse for an NFL football team. Heads really need to roll. GM, most of the coaches, and some of the players that just don't have it as pros must go. This situation is embarrassing for it's fans and the entire community. Changes must happen for next year.
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    I knew Schiano was a loser and this season was toast before the Bucs played their first game. Schiano would lie that he was going to play his best players and that all the positions were open and then he would pick his pets and ignore they got beat out. His infatuation with Glennon was stupid. He could have picked up a veteran QB off the waiver wire who was a proven winner and beat the Super Bowl Champs in his first playoff appearance, who was mobile and durable, but then that would require Schiano to adapt his system to a player--a no no for Schiano who demands all his players to adapt to his losing schemes. Dump Shiano and all his inept Coaches. His lack of production speaks for itself!!!
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    I’m going to give Glennon a break here – not his fault, he was thrust into a difficult situation before he was ready. I feel sorry for him in some ways because I think he took a physical beating yesterday. He reminds me of John Skelton, former QB for the Cardinals – both in physical appearance and playing style. Skelton started off with a bang and after winning a few games started a downward spiral that has carried him to 3 other teams without success. Skelton was also tutored by our own and probably next OC if Schiano is retained, John McNulty. Maybe McNulty can have better luck with Glennon, but the kid looks tentative and unnerved when things go wrong. He’s accurate on the short passes and usually hits his target when he has time to throw. And that’s my biggest problem with Glennon. He cannot move to create time to throw or salvage a broken play. He doesn’t handle contact well – not the same guy after a big hit. Now I know he’s a rookie, but I don’t see the innate sense of the game, the confidence bordering on arrogance, or the game management skills that the experts call “special” – what we call the “IT” factor. Maybe he can get there, but his coach and handlers are running out of time with tremendous pressure to win now and it will be even worse next year. I don’t know if that’s the best environment to develop a QB that is not special.
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    Greg Schiano has done wonders for my interest level in soccer and hockey.
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    The picture of Glennon in this article says it all, doesn't it?
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    The sad thing for me is that this defense really looks like it could become something special IF this pathetic offense could reach mediocrity. How we went from 9th to 32nd is a mystery unless one considers the losses of Martin and Williams too much to overcome. I know this much, with # 5 under center the offense couldn't be any worse than the absolute bottom spot it's got a firm grip on now. Then again, with Scubog taking the snaps, we'd still only be at # 32. I get that rookie QB's struggle and make mistakes. I've witnessed them all from Parnel "Paydirt" Dickerson, Randy "Why Not Minot" Hedberg, Vinny, Dilfer, Josh Freeman and now Mike "The Chosen One" Glennon. I just don't see even a semblance of"IT" If Schiano continues walking down the primrose path with # 8 lets hope it leads out of town.
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    Ok, as tired as I am of change, I am now more tired of bad football in Tampa. Glennon is not the man, but I am not sure there is a QB out there I would waste a pick on in the draft, maybe Winston in 2015, but that means another bad season or a Ditka move for Winston. At this point I am just disappointed for another season. With the exception of Wannstedt and possibly Sheridan I would clean house. The sad thing is we have so many good players on this team who really play their butts-off every week. Much will discussed in the next eight days, however I like many of you agree, the Schiano era must end. I hope ownership sees it that way also.
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    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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    i agree kinderrt tank for Winston any new coaching and gm would be better
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    If this game doesn't get Schiano fired I don't know what will.
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    Would not draft a QB in any round this year. Then I would give up the house ( as many draft picks thats needed) to get Winston in 2015 and start from there ! Need to clean house this year, GM,HC everyone and get some real NFL help. Bill Polian as GM then get Rob Ryan from the Saints as HC ( with a promotion he could leave ) and hurt the Saints. Then get his brother as DC when the Jets fire him. IMO putting the two brothers together would make them come here and be a good PR move.Then all we would need is a OC. This would have to be a five year plan that you would have to stick with with no change in coaches or QB. With all the money this year and draft picks we could change to a 3-4 over two years. This team needs MAJOR changes to be a top team. I guess this is just wishful thinking.
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    The Bucs had to clean house once this year of an infection. Now it's time to clean house of incompetence.
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    Glennon sacked 7 times? I'm pretty sure they hurt Opie!
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    I was at the game today if you call it that.the coach and gm goodbye and to those who think glennon is a nfl starter he is not and never will be and if he is it must mean your team over drafted gabbert or the like and has to play the journey man back up, goldson the safety not the kid is fraking terrible that is why niners let him go one 15 yarder per game and does nothing in between that. the gm must go the bucs would have been better of with the pick last year and this year than with revis yeah he is good but we won four games we were not one player away
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    Do you know when you have poor coaching? When the quarterback gets a little worse every game. The other teams know how to play us and we do not have the right players to play the way the coaching wants it. So either we make several player changes or we make coaching changes. I don't care what we do as long as it will get us more wins. No question that we will be a 4-12 team because the Saints are in a must win situation.
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    I hope Mr Schiano goes away..../far away !
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