The Buccaneers came into Sunday’s game against the Rams already hurting injury-wise, and finished the game in even worse shape.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy suffered a broken hand and told the media following the game he’s unsure how long he will be out. McCoy was visibly upset in the locker room when discussing the injury and the loss and gave short answers when discussing his injury.
“I split a double team and hurt my hand,” McCoy said.
Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was part of a rotation with Clinton McDonald and Da’Quan Bowers who tried to fill McCoy’s shoes. Spence said losing McCoy was a blow.
“It’s tough, but us up front have the next man up mentality,” Spence said. “You hate to lose a guy like Gerald McCoy, he is the best under tackle in the league. But me, Da’Quan [Bowers], Clinton [McDonald] we tried to come in and fill in for him and pick up (for him), we might not be on the same level as Gerald but we aren’t too far off. We came in and just tried to keep the defense going.”
After the game Lovie Smith talked about the injury situation and the list that is growing longer. It’s one that now also includes linebacker Mason Foster who injured his shoulder in the second half.
“Injury-wise, we had a few – of course Gerald McCoy going down didn’t help the case,” Smith said. “And Mason Foster. Losing your Mike [linebacker] and your three-technique [defensive tackle] puts the defense in a hole a little bit, but nobody wants to hear about that. Don’t know the extent of the injuries, but neither could finish the football game. Hopefully we can get them back before long.”
Another player who took a tough hit but appeared to be okay after the game was wide receiver Mike Evans. The rookie caught a 29-yard pass to the Rams 32-yard line with less than 20 seconds to play, but was unable to get off the field after a hard hit by St. Louis safety T. J. McDonald. The officials stopped play with eight seconds on the clock, but inside two minutes, and without a timeout, the rules says there is a 10 second run off, and the game ended.
“I know all the guys are going to say that the game isn’t lost on one play, but to me, I am the guy that could have changed that,” Evans said.
“He took a blow – I don’t know exactly how bad,” Smith said. “He didn’t get off in the end. We need to if at all possible. But that’s one play in the game.”
The Buccaneers don’t have time to sulk after their 19-17 loss to St. Louis that now leaves them 0-2 on the year. Nor do they have much time to heal, as they travel to Atlanta for a nationally-televised matchup with the Falcons on Thursday night
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Well, I’d like to say I didn’t see this coming but I won’t because I did. I’m not going to trash the Bucs after the loss. What I’m hoping to see on this site is any sign of hope at all that we still have a chance to be a .500 team. It just doesn’t seem like the team identity matches its personnel and I don’t understand our aversion to putting together a clever offensive scheme. This NFL isn’t your fathers football anymore. You have to score to win.
I am not sure what ray of light you are waiting for .. we lost to two backup QBs (the second a Back to a Backup) and the Rams were without Long. This team is built all wrong for the NFL and you have to question if this scheme will ever work in the NFL.
Where to begin….1) Akeem: what color is the sky in your world where you and the other fill ins are “not far off” GMC, 2) the rule says there is a 10 second run off – true- but the rule does not say from when, and the refs blew that call as Evans was clearly hurt making he catch….they should have stopped the play immediately when Evans could not get up and run off 10 secs from that point (about 15 seconds left in the game)….3) hey Lovie, here’s a hint…if GMC goes down then we become a second rare defense and we’ll need to take a few chances to win….don’t just run the ball in the redzone…you drafted the Dunkaneers for a reason, 4) if Conor Barth is still out there, sign him tomorrow (he may well have hit the 53 yarder against CAR and made that 4th quarter a whole different game, and he never got kicks blocked, 5) McCown is done….his big advantage was supposed to be this veteran mindset….the three picks he’s thrown this year are rookie-esque and despite his assurances that they won ‘t happen again…they do….Glennon is no better I suppose…darn it.
How depressing. Half the Defensive team is injured. And is it me or is McCown completely underwhelming ? And I get the feeling from the play calling that Smith has lost faith in him already.
Agreed, Rainy had an incredible game! We lost in the last 5 minutes when we couldn’t get it in the end zone. Poor play calling led to Mike James carrying 3 times and couldn’t move the chains. It shouldn’t have come down to an injury time out……
TERRIBLE PLAY CALLING! Dungy was fired for this. Running Tampa Two to get burned by back-up QB’s due to NO pass rush. This 0-2 start is a DISGRACE! Any words to the contrary are baseless. Unless Schiano was coaching right?
Evans could have just stoop up and not moved for one play? Looked to me like the Bucs had not idea what was going on, again, BAD COACHING!
This game marks the end of my support of the Buccaneers.Far in the past is the now faded glory of our SuperBowl run and the last decade of Buccaneer football has been substandard at best. Weve returned to a defensive scheme that is full of holes~especially with a lack of pressure up front,we have yet another coordinator for a head coach(Gruden was our last coach,lets be honest~Lovie is no coach) and the fact that our offense has ALWAYS struggled to make over 20pts consistantly in over 10 years !!! That is a whole bunch of suck~and it still continues..We have question marks at nearly every position and now injuries to match…I guess we will get fed the injuries really hurt our chances bullcrap rap that comes more frequently than wins with Tampa.We have a QB who makes me long for Brian Griese~McClown is uninspiring on his best day~ he had a few scampers but he is paid to throw….he was beaten by a third stringer making his first NFL start…We have lost to the CRAP Rams 3Xs in 3 seasons~they have been laughable for much longer than that yet they still bettered this excuse of a franchise…I no longer care and no longer have to..I have my SuperBowl memories that not every NFL fan gets to experience and being at the game made it that much sweeter,But I can no longer watch what the Glazers feel is good enough to feed us..I thank the 1995~2003 teams for their efforts and what they built and won.from then to present,its been a total waste of time and energy…peace out…
On no, you can’t go, we all have to suffer together!
Bon voyage Cremdonado. We’ll miss you.
cremdonada,you are a cry baby, grow some balls ,bucs for life.
I would hardly say Lovie is a bad coach. He has his entire DL injured. The big problem is McCown is not getting it done. The Tampa 2 has to have fast linebackers and a very good front 4. Right now the entire front 4 are backups.
This team reminds me of being a bad college football team……stumbling, bumbling along with very little direction. Just horrible play calling and execution. Blocked punt and field goal try to boot….just awful! Coaching is well below standard for an NFL team.
We are snake bitten. A black cloud looms. We are done two games into the season!
Play calling poor. QB lacking. 2 more games and we go to future QB and let him learn, OK?
I hope Tedford can call the offense on Thursday and that they decide to be waaaaaay more agressive. With the defense battered, that will be the only chance for a win. This is the second game in a row on which I was horribly disappointed, I really had hope to see it start to come together, but with the injuries mounting, it appears to be going the opposite direction.
…and with the first pick in the NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected …
Really hope get Marcus Mariota in the 2015 draft. That loss to the Rams might help us as far as a tiebreaker.
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