Penalties have been a problematic issue all season for the Buccaneers, and Sunday’s, 27-17, loss didn’t break any trends. From pre-snap movement, to post touchdown celebrations, to critical third-down calls, the team was continuously finding ways to regress, on their way to 10 penalties for 79 yards.
“We had too many penalties,” said Head Coach Lovie Smith on Monday. “You can talk to guys, when they make statements like that (McCoy’s statement of this being most undisciplined team), you can get them on their statements. We had too many penalties yesterday. I’ve said that on more than one occasion, but I’m just going to go on those one or two times that I’ve said that.
“Yesterday was a day where there were a lot of things going on throughout,” he continued. “We have to handle some situations a lot better than we did. Especially the pre-snap penalties that we had. Our defensive line, Gerald was probably talking about that. Our defensive line was a big part of that, our defensive line jumping offside before the ball was snapped. Can’t have those type of things and we’ve had too many of those.”
As previously noted though, Sunday’s mistakes were nothing new. This has been a common theme all season for the Buccaneers. They have now racked up 10 or more flags in three games, after committing 11 in Atlanta and 15 in New Orleans and currently are the seventh most penalized team in the league with 69.
Smith was asked about how much better his team could be without the self-inflicted wounds.
“A lot better team,” Smith said. “How much better? We haven’t been in two games, but the rest of the games we’ve played, we’ve had opportunities. Whether it be from just not being able to make a play or penalties or just doing something out of the realm of what good football teams do, whatever the reason, that is why we’re here. But that can give you hope too.”
Already in Week 10, the constant talk of penalties is like beating a dead horse. But as frustrating as it is, there is still a need for a young team to focus on discipline.
“I know when you’re 1-and-3 it sounds a lot better than when you’re 1-and-8 right now,” Smith said. “You assume that you’re going to clean up these things, so that’s a part of what you’re used to talking about as a young program. That’s where we are right now. We’re in the last half of our football season and we should’ve cleaned up a lot of these things that we needed to.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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I’ve NEVER been as pessimistic on a HC as I am with Smith. Seen absolutely NOTHING to make me think he is competent for this job.
Fire all the people who have coach in front of their name. we were better coached last year and that was bad.
Just a reminder to all…..Saint Tony started 1-8 too. The cornerstones of the D were on the roster. HOF’ers Brooks & Sapp, Hardy, Lynch. D must have players and the discipline to execute the system. As for the O, more than 17 points PLZ. Penalties that on the coaches. Cut the punter NOW.
This is an undisciplined team and that’s a reflection on Coach Smith. They are walking all over him like they did with Morris.
Players are pressing more and more which can lead to more penalties. A mysterious “hand to the face” penalty called on the opposite side of the field is called on the Bucs giving the Falcons a first down; but the same penalty flag is picked up when the Falcons commit the same infraction. Makes you wonder.
Obviously the bogus call against Banks was BS, but the penalties don’t really both me anymore. Penalties are up all across the league so I don’t know what’s a good or bad amount anymore. If we only got 2 penalties in a game that might sound good, but if they were both in game critical situations at the end of the game that makes all the difference. Just don’t get penalties when the game is on the line and I’m fine.
I’m with Scubog on this.
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