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Looking back at the Bucs 34-24 Week 3 loss to the Rams, there were not many bright spots on defense. In a game full of defensive mistakes, the back-breaking one for Tampa Bay might have occurred on the third play of the second half. With the Rams facing a 3rd-and-10, Matt Stafford found a wide open DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown. The score gave Los Angeles a 21-7 lead less than a minute into the third quarter.

“Busted coverage,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “Just totally busted the coverage. Lack of communication and they (Carlton Davis and Mike Edwards) didn’t get the call to each other. That’s what young guys do.”

On Jackson’s touchdown, it appeared that Carlton Davis was trying to funnel the receiver inside to his safety help. But Davis failed to get a great jam on Jackson, a difficult thing to do from his off coverage alignment. Even if he had, Edwards’ eyes were looking inside the whole time. He didn’t realize his assignment until Jackson was already well past him. The result was a rare busted coverage for the Bucs and a critical touchdown for the Rams.

Jackson finished the game with three catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. It could have been worse, as Jackson blew by Ross Cockrell on a deep ball early in the game, but Stafford underthrew him. Later in the first half, Jackson worked free late against Winfield Jr., but Stafford underthrew him again. On his third target of the game, the Rams finally connected.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Ron Potter
Ron Potter(@finalsorbust)
2 months ago

Really sucked to see DJ hurt us like that! I think BA is protecting the young and fragile “ball hawker”… he needlessly bit on a Stafford shoulder pump toward an area where there wasn’t even a Rams pass-catcher. Very humbling experience for Mike Edwards and will hopefully make him better than hurt his confidence.

Benjamin
Benjamin(@jammin8519)
Reply to  Ron Potter
2 months ago

He bit on not just Staffords fake but also the fake cut by Jackson. If you watched the play you could see the fake by both Rams was a part of the play design.

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
2 months ago

Yeah his name was Delaney and he has no business on an NFL field. He looked lost the entire game. Wandering around out in space.

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
Reply to  eaustinyoung
2 months ago

Oops sorry I was thinking Delaney played that I got it confused with Kupp torching him over and over.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  eaustinyoung
2 months ago

Kupp torches EVERYONE. What the heck do you expect when you put in a fourth stringer to cover one of the hottest receivers in the league?

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  eaustinyoung
2 months ago

Wasn’t Delaney one ones they said had such a great camp. Honestly I question if Dean and Bunting should be starters. The rest all seem horrible and maybe not even backups on lot teams. Cockrell was another one we heard oh he’s so great in camp and getting all these int’s. I know they have nothing to report at times but I am done listening to who had great camp. Lol.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
2 months ago

Ok now explain the other dozen break downs and why They didn’t feel need to cover Kupp all Game? Man that was a pathetic game all around for the defense really.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
2 months ago

Yes – but don’t forget, our front seven gave Stafford all the time in the world to throw that pass. That was the root cause of the play, more than the busted coverage. The Rams have several great receivers who are all fully capable of getting open on virtually every play. But if you don’t hurry Stafford, he WILL find those guys, whether the coverage is busted or not.

RW
RW(@rwp111)
2 months ago

Other than Vita Vea and Lavonte David what other players on the D are playing to their expected level? White? No. Barrett? No. Davis, Winfield, or Suh? Not really. Overall other than Vea and LD I haven’t seen any defensive guy make consistently good plays this year.
The good thing is that even: 1) playing from behind, 2) having no running attack and 3) some guys having the dropsies , Brady played great against a very good defense. If the Bucs can start making some stops on D they will be fine.

Madman
Madman(@madman)
Reply to  RW
2 months ago

Agree. Besides Vea and maybe LVD and Carlton, this defense has totally regressed. White, Winfield, and Shaq are MIA.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
2 months ago

This is what i saw on the third and 10. No blitz. Suh, Tryon, Vea and Barrett are rushers. Barret is the only Bucs rusher who does’t seem to be giving to much effort. Maybe that 17 million in his pocket is to heavy to carry around.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
2 months ago

Jon, would love to know how many times we played man, how many zone, and the results. It would seem less confusing to me to just assign a man, to a man, with a single high FS. Right now when I watch them play zone for you older viewers, they remind me of Who’s on first?

Horse
Horse(@horse)
2 months ago

The best team in the NFL beat us. This doesn’t mean they are going to beat us next go around. They had all the breaks and luck and that’s the only thing that beat us today. Adding to the fact that our Defense had a lot of injuries going in to the game and during the game. Give it a break; it’s one loss!

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
2 months ago

Maybe the Rams fans are chastising their Ramsey led secondary for getting torched for 400+ yards.

Benjamin
Benjamin(@jammin8519)
2 months ago

I am sorry but how you let the old man Jackson behind you is insane to me. They know he is a one trick pony. He goes deep and that is it. He had already shown the defense all he does is go deep.

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