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It wasn’t the prettiest win, but sitting at 3-6 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Buccaneers managed to leave South Florida with a win, their second in row, by a final of 30-20 and now sitting with a 4-6 mark as they prepare to travel to Atlanta for a matchup with the Falcons next Sunday. Here is out list of most disappointing Bucs from Sunday’s win.

Offensive Rushing Attack
In a season of disappointments, the inability to run the football might be right up there with the defense’s inability to get off the field on third down. While the Bucs have managed to win four games this season, you won’t be very consistent offensively if teams have no respect for the running game. Once again, the Bucs final rushing numbers were embarrassingly bad, managing just 53 yards on the ground for a 2.2 yard average. How much is on the running backs? Perhaps some, but you would need to have Barry Sanders in his prime to have much success with the way the Bucs offensive line is plying this season.

T Donovan Smith
We could have selected each lineman to be on this list individually, but for consistency we will go with Smith again this week. Protecting the quarterback’s blind side is the most important thing on any offensive line and Smith has struggled this year. He most certainly wasn’t the only on Sunday but his high profile position makes him a target. Combine that with his penalties, one which wasn’t accepted, and Smith makes his way on the list once again. The Bucs must get better in 2018 at the left tackle position.

Bucs Pass Defense
While it was again a makeshift unit with Vernon Hargreaves missing from the lineup due to injury, the amount of confusion in the secondary at times this year is mind-boggling. As Tampa Bay Times reporter greg Auman pointed out, the Bucs gave up half of their 448 yards to the Dolphins on four plays. Three of which were passes of 45, 49, and 61 yards. And these weren’t receptions made by just good catches and throws, they were to receivers running free in the secondary. The Bucs have seven days to get it corrected. If they can’t stop journeyman backup Matt Moore, what will Matt Ryan do to this unit next Sunday?

S T.J. Ward
While a number of Bucs committed bad penalties on Sunday, most were in the heat of the play on the field. Ward’s was just stupidity, as he was called for a taunting infraction in the first half with the Dolphins backed up deep in their own territory. You love to see passion from a player, but jawing with a player five yards out of bounds in that situation was just plain silly. Ward is clamoring for more playing time, however, costing his team 15 yards isn’t a way to get more time on the field.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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, the beach and family time.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 mark@pewterreport.com
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Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
4 years ago

Sweazy was bullied by Suh.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
4 years ago

How many sacks did Suh get?

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

All I know is that McCoy outplayed Suh. Suh was causing problems for the Bucs run game and Sweazy with the benefit of help still couldn’t do much.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan(@stlbucsfan)
4 years ago

Better teams will beat us, our performance on the OL and DL are not good enough. We can defend the run but lack the personnel to get after the passer consistently outside of GMC. Maybe it’s just me but I’d like to see Marpet return to G next season and we get a starting caliber C. Donovan Smith smh I’d state the obvious but why, maybe he will “get better in the 2nd half” like last year lol. Sweezy is healthy and performing like he graded out during his last healthy season in Seattle. Poorly assessed and poorly performing lines… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
Reply to  stlbucsfan
4 years ago

I agree.

Bucs need a LT, move D. Smith to guard, Marpet stays at center if Pamphile goes to the other guard spot. Or Marpet goes back to RG and the Bucs find a center. Defensively, two new DE’s to team with Spence, Gholston and Ayers.

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
4 years ago

Luckily we have three of the best LBers in football. With a couple Defensive lineman, a Corner or two, and a couple of Offensive linemen we will have a Team.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976(@robmckenz17gmail-com)
Reply to  stlbucsfan
4 years ago

Marpet is a good player but this is his 3rd position since collage. So I agree move him back to RG and get a center.
Sweezy is not very good another bad decision by our G.M. Also I have seen enough of T.J. Ward he could not get the R.B. on the ground and L. David had to come and do it. Also him talking trash on the sidelines was stupid And got a penalty for it. IMO Tandy is better than him but Tandy doesn’t cry about not playing.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
4 years ago

You about covered it Mark except for the play not to lose scheme for most of the second half .

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
4 years ago

This was the game of 3rd downs. They capitalized and we didn’t. Thank goodness for Murray, And the Dolphins giving us a TD at the end.

HOF63
HOF63(@hof63)
4 years ago

I would put the offense coaching staff on the list. 17 penalties and 4 TO and they barely win? Miami should not of even been in the game. Dont get me wrong ill take the win. Just saying

Buc 1976
Buc 1976(@robmckenz17gmail-com)
Reply to  HOF63
4 years ago

Yep I thought this team would stop trying to SIT on a lead anymore! The red zone offense is to conservative and predictable trying to run behind Sweezy don’t work but they keep trying! No gadget play’s EVER sometimes they work and sometimes not but at least teams have to prepare for them and be aware of them. Just my opinion.) On to Atlanta and a Good QB in Ryan.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
4 years ago

I don’t want to come off like a Donovan Smith apologist, but Marpet and Dotson also had crippling penalties. He has his mental lapses and a few bad plays a game that get noticed, but the holding call on Smith was BS. That said, I don’t know what’s going on with our inability to run the ball and have concluded that it’s both. Why our backs immediately go into a dick-dance when the ball is handed to them is a mystery. Perhaps we are tipping off the plays. The blocking just isn’t crisp. Looks haphazard. We seem to have a… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

O-line is a team game. While people focus on individual battles often the double teams against Suh for example were not working and the Dolphins were wrecking and confusion the interior with A gap blitzs.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976(@robmckenz17gmail-com)
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

If we the fans know that on first and second down with a lead a running play is going to be called I am kinda sure the other teams D. Coordinator darn sure knows.
Even though our team won it should not have been close I think Miami had 120 or more yd’s in penalties alone.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Regarding Ayers, from Trevor’s review of the PFF grades on the game:

“Quiet, but stable, Robert Ayers has continued his strong season as well – bringing down another three QB pressures against Miami. Ayers also accumulated a stop in run defense and has now logged 47, 48 and 43 snaps over the past three games, without missing a single tackle in 10 total attempts.”

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
4 years ago

Play calling was bad, especially second half.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976(@robmckenz17gmail-com)
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

Agree I guess OJ was tired from getting open so much and coach didn’t want to wear him out.

martinii
martinii(@martinii)
4 years ago

I normally don’t comment on Disappointing/Impressive analysis , football is a team sport. But I have to admit I think a new RB should be a priority in the draft. Second of course to an Edge Rusher. While Doug Martin has been a favorite of mine, it appears he has lost a step and I don’t think we can blame the O-line or the play calling any longer. He lacks consistency and after seeing the success of many Rookie Backs this year (Hunt, Kamara, Mc Caffery etc.) I think we need to go that rout in 2018. Like that Chubb… Read more »

inspecto
inspecto(@inspecto)
4 years ago

I thought the play calling in the 2nd half was Pop Warner like. I used to think Kotter was a good OC what the hell happened??? Head coach brain dead now.

owlykat
owlykat(@owlykat)
4 years ago

Dungy brought in two All Pro Offensive Linemen to rebuild our team years ago. Why was Licht so blind not to get us OL and DL players and also to believe his fifth round pick was an NFL ready RB talent. Licht has to go at the end of this year!!!

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