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Just when you think you have seen the Bucs lose in every fashionable was over the last 41 seasons, the team says, “Hold up, here is another.” After throughly dominating a Packers team on both sides of the ball – statistically, Tampa Bay just continued to shoot themselves in the foot over and over and and after allowing the Packers to force overtime, the Bucs defense allowed a mediocre backup quarterback lead his team down the field virtually without much of a fight and win in the extra quarter.

Below are the most disappointing players and units. Take a look and see if you agree.

C Evan Smith
Smith was the worst of a bad bunch. Time after time the Bucs offensive linemen took turns with penalties and missed assignments. But Smith, a former Packer who was making a homecoming, was dreadful, especially with bad penalties at the worst possible times – none more egregious than his block in the back on the Bucs first play of their last drive right at the two-minute warning. Equipped with all three timeouts, and a hot offense, the Bucs caught the Packers with a screen pass on first down that netted them 20 yards after a great catch and run by Charles Sims. Instead of first down and being within 30 yards of Pat Murray game-winning field goal range, the Bucs went back to their 10 yard line and went three-and-out. The Bucs never saw the ball again and now sit at 4-8 on the season.

LB Kwon Alexander
Alexander once again played the guessing game too much on Sunday, trying to make every play a splash play instead of letting it come to him. He did manage six tackles (four solo, 2 assists) but made little impact in stopping the Packers ground game from amassing 199 yards on the afternoon. Even perhaps more costly was Alexander’s block in the back after Justin Evans interception and return into Packers’ territory in the first half. With the Bucs up 7-3 and starting at the 34 yard line, Alexander’s gaffe pushed the ball back to their own 42. Four plays later the Packers blocked Bryan Anger’s punt, then score a touchdown to take the lead.

Bucs Punt Protection
As mentioned above, the Bucs allowing the Packers to block a second quarter punt, giving them a short field that led to a touchdown, was very costly. A lot of teams go a whole season without giving up a punt block, the Bucs have managed to do it twice already this season, and both times lost the game. Besides giving up short fields, punt blocks are huge momentum swings in games. And Sunday it was again. Another example of the Bucs finding ways to be bad.

Bucs Pass Blocking
Also mentioned earlier, the linemen for Tampa Bay all seemed to take turns with mental errors and penalties throughout the game. The good was the Bucs ability to run the ball. Peyton Barber had over 100 yards and Tampa Bay averaged 4.7 yards per carry. While the run game was improved, pass blocking was terrible and Koetter even acknowledged that fact following the game, noting it was their worst performance as a unit all year. In  defense of the line, it was a patchwork unit with Demar Dotson and Ali Marpet being placed on injured reserve this week. But just as costly was center Joe Hawley being a game-time scratch with the flu. Hawley’s absence forced Evan Smith to center instead of guard which forced Caleb Benenoch to right tackle instead of Pamphile. The miscommunication was evident all game in the pass blocking as the unit gave up seven sacks. Koetter said quarterback Jameis Winston played well, but was under a ton of pressure all game.

WR Mike Evans
Without seeing the All-22 coaches film on Tuesday, it is hard to know how open Evans was on the afternoon, but the stat book tells us he only had two catches for 22 yards on six targets. bottom line is, you need more from your No. 1 star Pro Bowl receiver. Evans has had a decent year this season, but not what most expected thus far.

 

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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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Bucnut2
3 years ago

Mark- how can you leave Winston and his HORRIBLE play out off this list. He could easily have turned the ball over 5 times today. He held the ball to long taking at least 3 sacks he didn’t have to take. He personally cost the Bucs at least 7, if not 10 points on the touchdown return. The guy is just not a franchise QB and it’s time to move on from him and his inaccuracy, poor decision making and off the field poor judgment. This guy has to go!!! Time to admit our mistake and move on. Licht needs… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

Mark you bring up all good points. At this point people want to run Winston out of town for the slightest of reasons.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

There are plenty of reasons why that is but you Winston fanboys have nothing to worry about he’s not going anywhere as long as he’s on his rookie contract he’s cheaper than some backup right now. His stats speak for themselves and he’s not progressing to correct his biggest problems. If you guys can’t objectively see that it’s on you as nothing else is going to change your minds. I can accept he’s not very accurate, but the decision making is well with in his control to improve dramatically. That alone would cut down 50% of his unacceptable ball protection… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Jlog
3 years ago

Statistically Winston is improved this year compared to last year or rookie year.

You are not being objective when you claim his stats point to deficiencies when that is clearly not the case.

Winston currently has a 2:1 TD/INT ratio playing behind one of the most putrid OL in the NFL.

Try again.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

To be factual, and not cherry-picking single stat categories, Winston’s 2018 stat lines are slightly improved on passer rating (87.1% vs. 86.1% last season) and much much worse on total QBR this year (41.3 vs., 64.7). Stats are just one element of the story of any player. Most people were expecting a substantial improvement in performance this year as a third year player, instead he’s regressed. Winston is hard to figure. In the first drive of the game, he appeared to be mimicing Fitz (as Winston himself said he intended to do before the game in numerous interviews) in calmly… Read more »

LVBUC2
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

Great response Mark. Glad you defended the reason Winston was not on the list.

Horse
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

Players lost this game today, not coaching.
Mark I wouldn’t worry about defending yourself with bucnut2.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Coaching was a let down too.

I can’t let Koetter and Smith off the hook.

Wadeless
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

I think the play calling was terrible…we ran the ball down their throats and then passed in the redzone. That is coaching.

Bucnut2
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

It’s a pattern with him. He has had GREAT protection all year until today. His age means nothing. He’s had more than 40 starts and he continues to do REALLY stupid things. He doesn’t see the field, is inaccurate and has clearly regressed in his third year when most QB’s take a BIG step forward. His weapons are among the best in the NFL and calling his play with mediocre with these weapons is very generous. Coming out of college everyone said he is “pro ready” Well 3 years later we are still waiting to see him play like a… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

same ramble dog and pony show from you Bucnut. He’s inaccurate? His % has gone up this year. TO’s? they’ve gone down and now he has a 2-1 td to INT ratio. Your constant bable is annoying and you have nothing to back up your rants other than the fact your still pissed about who we drafted that day at number one. You want WInston to fail and it’s actually pathetic. Every thing good he does, there’s an excuse from you. Everything bad that happens to the team, is his fault to you. This offensive line was god awful today… Read more »

Bucnut2
Reply to  cgmaster27
3 years ago

First of all, I LOVE this team and for the record, I like Winston, I just hate the way he plays. Yesterday was a typical GOOD day for him, pretty good stats but numerous poor decisions. He can’t get the ball in he end zone, throws into double coverage and should have had 2 passes picked off. He could have run it in for a TD instead of going past the line of scrimmage. The guys is just a horrible decision maker. My suggestion for everyone on this site is to go start listening to and reading national football people.… Read more »

chefboho
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

You act like a winning percentage is based on one player. That’s the dumbest reasoning I’ve ever heard. It’s a team game more so than any other sport. Did you think that maybe he’s trying to do too much because there’s no one open, the line isn’t holding, or the running game, which until today, was nonexistent. You think someone like mark cook doesn’t watch or know football? Pretty sure he’s been doing it longer than you and i have. Suck it up buttercup, Jameis isn’t going anywhere.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

stop with the winning percentage stuff. Football is a team sport. As for the turnovers you have yet to respond to me pointing out mariota penchant for to’s, but that dont matter to you since you could care less. And don’t talk about loving the Bucs no one is buying it. There’s nothing you would hate more than Winston succeeding. And again mariota 41 tos In 37 games. He’d be dead right now behind this line.

Horse
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

bucnut2, so what do you suggest? I agree Winston is not going to be a great QB, but he is good enough QB in the NFL for us right now. I would focus on OL & DL in the early rounds. We’ve got another year until Winston has to be addressed.

Bucnut2
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Hi Horse- thank you for asking. I would sign a QB say cousins and trade Winston for draft picks. I wold use the picks to draft defensive players.

TALLEYBAN BUC
3 years ago

Bucnut you are an idiot…mark great response to an idiotic statement.

Bucnut2
Reply to  TALLEYBAN BUC
3 years ago

Please look around the NFL and you will see what I see. The problem is most on this site never look anywhere other than Tampa news outlets. look around and AFTER that you can call me an idiot. You wont because you’ll then realize I am right

skipper
skipper
3 years ago

I agree with Mark, I think Winston played tough and fairly well under duress.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  skipper
3 years ago

Winston didn’t have to finish that game once his ankle was injured. His mental toughness for a 23 year old is rare. This is why people calling him immature are simply projecting their own personal immaturity. It is ironic that people want to be giddy about Winston being beat up behind a turd Ol so they can be right. Instead, Winston proved he is a gamer and his teammates respect him.

Wausa
3 years ago

Jamies played really well considering he had no protection all game long.
Wow!
We have some idiotic fans.

Bucnut2
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

Brady threw 1, not 5

Bucnut2
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

Oh and Winston has 50 Turnovers in 41 games. Not very Brady-like. Would you agree?

chefboho
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

Drew Brees had 11 td’s and 15 int’s in his third season, and Payton manning had 33 td’s and 19 turnovers in his third season. NOTHING about either of those stats speak elite to me. So what’s your point with Winston bucnut? Why don’t you just move on to another team. I hardly think the bucs organization gives two sh@-ts about what you think. Your tireless pursuit of putting jameis down since the day he was drafted is overly annoying. You don’t take into consideration no run game, terrible oline, and play calling. Is jameis perfect? Absolutely not, does he… Read more »

Bucnut2
Reply to  chefboho
3 years ago

Unforatuantley for you, you just made my point. NO elite QB’s have turned the ball over as much as Winston. You guys will all come around eventually and I hope you have teh guts to appologize with the energy with which you have attacked me.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

Mariota has 41 To’s in 37 games Bucnut. Nut very Brady like is he?

Bucnut2
Reply to  cgmaster27
3 years ago

For the record, I did not want to draft Mariota either. Look at my posts, I wanted defense or Gurley. If we drafted a QB, I did and still do prefer Mariota. I don’t think much of either JW or Mariota. I preferred drafting Carr the year before and since have liked Wentz, Goff and Watson. I prefer ALL of those guys over MM or JW. I don’t believe Winston is now or ever will be a top 10 qb. We’ll be lucky if he makes the top 15.

bucontheloose
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

Turnovers can be corrected. Just look at Brady. He had 38 int in his first 3 yrs. Jw has 39. And we`ve had one of the worst oline in those 3 yrs

Bucnut2
Reply to  bucontheloose
3 years ago

diference is Brady was winning, Winston is not.

Kimba
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

Bucnut–we have so many other needs, why get into swapping a QB–way too costly, Winston isn’t great but he is good and he has potential to be great. I would hope we keep Winston and upgrade our playcalling on both sides ball and seriously fill in the blanks on D Line and O line. Winston did not lose this game, in fact he got us in position to win–cant ask for more than that. So many teams in much worse position at QB than the Bucs. GO BUCS!

Bucnut2
Reply to  Kin Walden
3 years ago

Listen to Koetter Presser. JW fumble cost us 10 points and we lost by 6. Oh by the way, we got back in the game by taking the ball OUT of Winston’s hands and handing off to Barber. Go look at the tape. Winston had VERY little to do with comeback. In fact, if he was accurate we would have had another 4 points but he missed a wide open Brate and we had to settle for a FG.

Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

Off season goal #1a: Fix the oline (1b fix the pass rush)

Have to see what Pamphille can do at RT. Benonch is going to be the backup interior OL as he isn’t cut out as an OT.

Mercs like Sweazy and Evans should be part of the long term plan moving forward.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

*Shouldn’t be part of the long term plan.

Wadeless
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

I don’t see how you can fix those issues in one offseason/draft. By the time we get enough talent on Dline, McCoy will be retiring.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Wadeless
3 years ago

I agree.

But the starting point is to fix the OT and DE spots. Possible OG.

LT, RG, DE.

surferdudes
3 years ago

Jameis made one bonehead play today. He needs to get that straitened out, but at 23, on his first rookie contract, playing on a bad team why fans want to pin it all on him is beyond me. I’ll take the flack for saying this as I’ve said before, Evans isn’t worth the money he’s going to want in a new deal. Maybe J.W. holds the ball to long waiting for Mike to get separation he never gets. Evans is an asset we should consider trading, he can easily be replaced by Godwin. As much as I like Brate he’s… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

Special teams has been sub par this year.

I am not ready to blame it all Nate Kaczor given he isn’t the one that cut Reedy and the OL injuries have caused issues on ST units. But Kaczor has to elevate his coaching game for a team searching for an identity.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

Yeah it almost seemed that GB had a big return on every play today. And after the 2nd block punt, the ST outside of our kickers themselves, has not been good.

drdneast
3 years ago

If you want a good gauge of anything, just use bucnut or Donald Trump. Whatever that comes out of their piehole, run in the opposite direction because it is either a lie or just plain wrong. To think that Winston didn;t have a good game after three weeks off is just pure idiocy. bucnut, if you are such a Winston hater, go watch Mariotta who tossed up four INTs against the Steelers when Pittsburgh forced him to pass. What this team needs is a defense that forces Winston to think he has to make every play in order to say… Read more »

Wadeless
3 years ago

There is nothing to hang your hat on with this team other than Lavonte David. McCoy is getting old (and will certainly be over the hill before this team makes it back to the playoffs). Doug Martin is over…two good seasons but nothing left. The offensive and defensive lines are just flat out terrible. The GM wastes picks (trading UP to get a kicker in the 2nd round) while forgetting about the need to protect Winston. How many good TE’s and WR’s like Howard and Godwin do you need when you already have Brate, Evans and Jackson yet you have… Read more »

bucballer
3 years ago

Hey drdneast… is Jamesis a 100 million QB? Because this is really the only question.

Horse
Reply to  bucballer
3 years ago

Bucballer, we have another year to answer that question.

owlykat
3 years ago

We are building now for the draft: 1. LT 2. DE 3. Center 4. RB, (2d 4. From Trade of Muscle Hampster) DT. and sign top DT free agent too. Set requirements on 50 for next year or be cut. Fire Licht!

Naplesfan
3 years ago

The focus on Jameis Winston in much of the thread here is out of proportion to his contribution to defeat. As always, it was a team effort to lose, or win, any game. The list of most disappointing players or position groups as written is a fair analysis. With Winston, the issue as I see it is not that he (or Fitz, when he started 3 games) caused the Bucs to lose. Rather, it is that the quarterbacks we have are not able to overcome the other weaknesses we have on the team, from coaches to position groups to game… Read more »

Horse
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 years ago

Naplesfan, I think you hit the homerun. The only problem I see is who is or will be available to replace them? Are we really that bad or are we just a few players away from their schemes working ? I’m almost inclined to give the GM, Scouts, Coaches one more year. I’ve said almost because I would hate to be in this position next year at this time again. I have seen some good things from all the levels and also some bad things. At this point I’m incline for the Owners with their consultants sit down with GM,… Read more »

drdneast
3 years ago

Hit the nail right on th head, Horse. What I don’t need to see is another year of Mike Sith’s undiscipline defenses. Either the scheme is to complex for our junior Einstein’s to figure out, or he isn’t stressing the discipline needed to play it. Either way, it isn’t working and with a DL that can’t pass rush or can barely stop the run, neither reason is satisfactory. The Pack’s running game was successful yesterday because everyone was continually over pursuing and not retaining gap integrity. That is why u saw the RB’s hit the line, bounce back and find… Read more »

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