The Bucs struggled in Cover 2 – Photo by Cliff Welch/PR
Mike Glennon fell back down to earth somewhat on Sunday after playing two very good games the previous two Sundays. Much of Glennon’s struggles can be pinned on the poor protection he received from his offensive line, but even on the rare occasions in the first half the line did pass block well, Glennon still wasn’t as sharp as he has been. In the first half Glennon was 8-of-20 for 109 yards and an interception on a poor throw off his back foot. No quarterback is going to be perfect, and on days when things aren’t going great under center, a quarterback needs the other units to pick up the slack. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, and the Bucs were down 28-0 before the first quarter was over. That caused Tampa Bay to abandon any semblance of a game plan, which played right into the Ravens’ strengths. Glennon was better in the second half, but still missed a number of open targets. On the afternoon Glennon finished 24-of-44 for 314 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
When you are down 28-0 after one quarter, and 38-0 at halftime, the running game gets put back on the back burner. The Buccaneers only had 18 rushing attempts in the game and finished with 87 yards. Tampa Bay tried to establish the run in the first quarter but managed just four yards on five attempts. The offensive line failed to open holes for both Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey, as neither was able to get into any type of rhythm. Martin led the Bucs with 45 yards on 11 carries and Rainey added 42 yards on seven attempts. Neither was effective in the passing game with Martin notching just one reception for three yards.
Tampa Bay’s wide receivers played well for the most part on Sunday, with Louis Murphy leading the Bucs with seven catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Vincent Jackson was questionable heading into Sunday’s game with a rib injury. Other than one drop he had a good game, notching four receptions for 66 yards and almost adding a highlight-reel TD that was eventually overturned by replay when Jackson was unable to get both feet in bounds on the play. Mike Evans was also questionable coming into the game, but was able to play and contributed 55 yards on four catches and a touchdown. Fellow rookie Robert Herron added two receptions for 31 yards.
Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rebounded from a dreadful game last week in New Orleans, leading the Bucs tight ends with four catches for 58 yards including a long of 30 yards. In the locker room after the game, Seferian-Jenkins was very angry at the way the game went. “No one likes to lose. I mean, people don’t like to come watch people lose. People don’t like to play and lose. It sucks. Especially when you know everyone is working hard. Everyone in here is working really hard.” Brandon Myers added two receptions for 29 yards. Without a second look at the game it is hard to tell how much blocking the tight ends were asked to do.
As bad as the Bucs defense played, Tampa Bay’s offensive line matched their poor performance play-for-play. All of the linemen took turns missing blocks, making mental errors and allowing the Ravens to collapse the pocket from the inside as well as the on the edges. Demar Dotson, who has been a steady performer over the last three seasons, admitted after the game that that was the worst half of football he has ever played in his career. Prized free agent left tackle Anthony Collins also struggled at times against the Ravens’ defensive ends. Another puzzling thing that continued this week was the platooning of Patrick Omameh and Garrett Gilkey, as both played almost the same number of snaps. While it is possible that Gilkey has earned the right for playing time, you still have to wonder if it wouldn’t be better to just make a switch for the whole game as opposed to subbing them in back and forth. It certainly can’t be beneficial to the continuity of the offensive line, especially for Dotson and center Evan Dietrich-Smith. Glennon was sacked five times, hit 15, and the running game produced just four yards on five carries in the first quarter.
The Ravens came into Sunday’s game with a plan to neutralize Gerald McCoy and make the other three linemen beat them. That plan worked to perfection as the Bucs never even sniffed a sack the entire game. To make matters was the fact the Ravens gave up five sacks just the week before and their offensive line was banged up. Yet the Bucs generated little pass rush. The Ravens also used multiple three-step drops to get the ball out of Joe Flacco’s hands sooner, but Tampa Bay was playing such loose coverage on the back end it was like an Arena Football game out there at times. The defensive line was also gouged for 169 yards rushing.
Many, PewterReport.com included, thought having Mason Foster back from injury would be a huge factor in this game. But the fact is, there was little difference in the end result. Poor coverage by all the linebackers contributed to the 48-17 blowout loss to the Ravens on Sunday. There was one passing touchdown in particular when the end zone view showed Lavonte David and Foster never moving from their spot and watching a pass go right over their heads for an easy score. It is one thing to get sucked up by play-action, but another to never move forward or backward. It was as if both linebackers feet were glued to the ground. While their pass coverage was below par on the afternoon the duo did combine to make 22 tackles (David with 14, Foster with 8). Danny Lansanah added five stops after missing time with a head injury.
After recording a season-high 11 pass breakups last week in New Orleans and three interceptions of Drew Brees, the Bucs secondary had one of its worst games in recent memory. Flacco threw five first-half touchdown passes and was 21-of-29 for 309 yards on the afternoon and had offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak kept pressing, Flacco may have set several NFL records on the afternoon as their was little resistance on the back end by the Buccaneers.
Once again punter Michael Koenen struggled punting the ball, averaging 37.2 yards with a net average of just 34.2. Kick returner Solomon Patton had three kickoff returns for a 24-yard average and one punt return for seven yards. Placekicker Patrick Murray was one-of-two on field goal attempts, missing one from 45 and making a 47-yarder in the second half.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Coaching – a great big freakin F!
I agree and isn’t a c = to average there was not one average group yesterday, I don’t think it was even third grade level, which wouldn’t be average for a nfler
Yes Iabucfan the coaching is a fat F for sure. These guys look lost. Raheem was in over his head and Shiano probably wasn’t ready for the NFL but this is just crap, I will say Lovie has more talent on the team than Raheem and Shiano had to work with for sure. Results are not any better.
From what I saw, I am surprised the RB’s got a C; same with WR’s and TE’s. The point were scored long after they throttled it down.
common man! We were practice for the Ravens. 10 for 13. 5 TD’s! Half his throws were TD’s! Thats in 16 mins. The fastest scoring since 1970. The Bucs took that record on Sunday. They went into their 4 min offense before halftime. Terrible. This is not little league, & nobody gets a trophy.
Disgusting across the board lets move on
Based on 2 points for a C, 1 for a D and 0 for an F, the combined average is 1.11, which is above a D, but less than a D +. I guess they got credit for showing up. “80 percent of success is showing up” Woody Allen I guess I “Wood” disagree.
Next up the Yuckanneers vs. the ViQueens, don’t change that channel! This will be a classic. Perhaps there will be comic relief in the form of a wrong way run a la Jim Marshall while playing for the Vikings in 1964 vs the 49’ers. He ran 66 yards and believing it to be a touchdown, threw away the ball, resulting in a safety….now that’s a record waiting to be broken. The Vikings still won…it would be better comdy if that sealed a loss.
Go Bucs, this is your last best chance for a win!
This teams needs time. Banks not being there and Goldson not being there put major holes is the D because the backups are trash. The OL does not have chemistry right now, will take time to build that. The DL has good players, just not getting it done right now. And Doug Martin is not doing any favors for us. Maybe New England will want him for cheap with Ridley out. Lovie is not the kind of coach that is going to make a one-year turnaround on a team. He is conservative in style and will win games with that, just when the team has chemistry and knowledge of the schemes. Also, some big parts of the team out is not helping, Tedford, Jenkins, Goldson, and a bunch of players on 80% health right now. I see things getting a lot better in a year or two, but maybe it will take longer. we just have to be patient.
ColeRiel I agree. Making many moves at the back up positions by bringing player’s in who have the potential to be moving up as starter’s. we don’t need the ones who have proven they weren’t valuable enough to stay with their previous teams and get a raise. Now we see why.
adapt or die is the old saying… its very disheartening as a fan to hear lovie say that there is no chance that the scheme will be changed. WTF is he thinking. Obviously what hes trying to do is not working so why not consider makeing some changes? The tampa 2 is based off of a strong pass rush up front and we produced “a negative pass rush” joe flacco had all day to throw the ball (and all the receivers ran were inside slants and streaks)
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