It’s becoming routine now. The Bucs get outcoached, wrong personnel decisions are made, wrong plays are called, the list goes on. And so do the losses.
The Buccaneers are now 0-5 in 2013 and do not appear to have a winnable game in the near future on the schedule.
Before every game each week beat writer Gil Arcia comes out with his Five Keys To Victory. Then after the game takes a look at how the team fared in meeting the objectives. The following is an analysis on how Tampa Bay did against the keys to victory as well as grades.
1. Don’t Let History Repeat Itself
History did not repeat itself with Nick Foles starting in place of injured quarterback Michael Vick. Instead, he did a lot better and the Bucs could not do anything about it.
Foles threw three touchdowns on Tampa Bay’s defense, two of them to DeSean Jackson. The first one to Jackson came in the second quarter where he was 5-for-5 on the drive. He also ran one in from four yards out for the first score of the game.
Even though the Buccaneers hit him six times and sacked him once, Tampa Bay can only watch the clinic he put on offensively. Foles finished 22-for-31 for 296 yards, four total touchdowns and a rating of 133.3.
Foles now has two wins in his career, both courtesy of the Bucs.
2. Take Demps Out Of The Dumps
Speedster Jeff Demps saw action first by lining up as a wide receiver, motioned across the line, then fake a direct snap. He would add a 10-yard catch and run at the end of the first quarter and it would a three yard reception from out of the flat for three yards.
Demps would get hurt on the three-yard reception and not return, making it an obvious blow to Tampa Bay who appeared to be set on having him a part of Sunday gameplan.
3. Has Help Arrived?
This was mind blowing to a degree. Tight end Tom Crabtree was active for the game after missing six weeks due to a high ankle injury. He has proven to be a big help in the run game and in pass protection. So what does the coaching staff do? Insert him into the game on (unofficial count) only three plays throughout the game before the final drive.
No one can take anything away from Tim Wright’s performance. He obviously made a case for his potential. But instead of plugging in the versatile tight end that they acquired this offseason, they plug in offensive lineman Jamon Meredith as an “eligible receiver” instead.
Certainly Meredith wasn’t going to run routes, but Crabtree could have lined up in the backfield, lined up on the line, and lineup as a wideout — just like he did in Green Bay and during preseason.
This falls on the coaches, not on Crabtree.
4. Shady’s Back
LeSean McCoy looked like he was going to have his way on Sunday after he turned a screen pass into a 44-yard gain on the first play of the game. Things somewhat settled down for a short period of time as he would fumble later in the first quarter which turned into a field goal for the Bucs.
McCoy still broke 100 yards though (116 yards on 25 carries) but didn’t reach the end zone. He found holes in the Buccaneers defense to run through and had a good performance quietly as it was all about the Eagles passing game.
Overall, Tampa Bay did not have an answer to Shady’s play.
5. The Glennon And Jackson Connection
Vincent Jackson stated he and Mike Glennon worked on getting into a rhythm this past week. That was evident Sunday afternoon.
The two connected for nine completions for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Two of the completions came on their 90-yard drive that ended in field goal which included a designed roll out by Glennon on third-and-9 where Jackson ran an out towards the sideline.
One of the touchdowns was a fade in the end zone from a yard out. It was a great catch by Jackson and he did an excellent job getting both feet in but it was an even better throw by Glennon.