It was painful to watch. The Bucs managed a whopping three points against a Panthers team that lost last week to the Bears and a rookie quarterback. Here is our list of Most Disappointing. Take a look and see if you agree.

QB Jameis Winston
After putting together one of his better halves of football a week ago at Buffalo, Winston had his worst four quarters against Carolina in a long time. From the opening drive, until the end of the game, Winston was rarely in synch with his receivers. And the few times he was able to get something going, his offensive line let him down with poor protection and penalties. Winston admitted after the game his play was bad, and for those in attendance and watching from home, not many would disagree.

On the afternoon Winston completed 21-of-38 passes for 210 yards with two interceptions and one fumble.

Offensive Line
Easily their worst game of the season, much of the struggles offensively can be traced back to poor play up front. J.R. Sweezy was exceptionally bad on Sunday with a penalty that helped stall a drive, while also giving up a sack in the game and also missed some blocks in the run game. But it wasn’t just Sweezy who underwhelmed, Donovan Smith had two costly penalties and Demar Dotson also added another. Overall the line gave up way too much pressure and committed to many costly penalties that doomed the Bucs chances.

WR Mike Evans
Evans was upset after the game, and rightly so, but part of his frustration should be directed on himself. Drops happen, but can’t on third down. In the first quarter Evans’ drop of a Winston slant that would have been enough to keep the chains moving. Evans ended up leading the team in receiving but had at least two drops and it would have been nice to see him lay out of the late fourth quarter overthrow from Winston. We can’t say for sure it would have been caught, or even have made a difference, but seeing the ball hit his fingertips before falling to the ground was painful to watch.

RB Peyton Barber
While the offensive line had most of the penalties on the day, second-year running back Barber had a costly one in the first half that negated a first down catch by Evans and pushed the Bucs back, and eventually out of field goal range. Barber also had a penalty on a good punt return by Bernard Reedy, but it wasn’t accepted by the Panthers.


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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 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
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4 years ago

The Barber call was total phantom. You’ll see when you re-watch. He doesn’t belong on this list for that

4 years ago

Man we suck.

4 years ago

For me, the disappointment was, the game was boring.

4 years ago

Mark how do you leave out the DE’s? I understand Trevor had put Smith, Hargreaves, Conte on the Most Impressive list so I guess you all are all saying our defense look pretty good?

Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

You make a good point. No one more including me has called out Gholston enough this season. He has never been a pass rusher and this year he hasn’t played the run well either. All this after getting a new contract. I’m looking at you Licht…

Reply to  pinkstob
4 years ago

I too have been seeing what you’re seeing Pink. Neither Gholston nor Ayers Jr. seem to show up. For that matter neither does anyone else on the D-line except McCoy.

Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Yes it has been pitiful, but don’t tell Naplefan as he seems to think they aren’t the problem.

4 years ago

Licht could have used his third round pick on a pass rusher if he had only kept Russell Shepherd who instead helped the stinking Panthers not only catching passes but returning kicks too. On the defensive side we played great the last six games last year so he should not have let any of our defensive players leave in free agency but genius Licht thought he knew better. He is the cause of this year’s fiasco! He needs to be dumped and get a GM who knows how to build our OL and DL so we at last can protect… Read more »

4 years ago

Apart from Conte’s pick, Hargreaves (can’t remember if it was really him) pushing Kelvin Benjamin out of bounds on what would had been a big catch and Kwon’s TFL on that reverse run play by McCaffrey I don’t think the defense did anything else outstanding. think the defense was not exposed more because of the wind! The wind should also be factored in when evaluating the offense, but that offensive line play and Mike Evans drop on that 3rd down were definitely not to blame on the wind. Besides, Carolina was also playing under the same conditions and punched in… Read more »

4 years ago

Ugh, not a good game to come down for from Chicago. Plus had some a**hole tell me to sit down in the 4th Qtr when the Bucs D needed to get a stop. -& it wasn’t a Panthers fan…

4 years ago

As usual one play gets you on the Most Disappointing List. Other than the inopportune penalties, I thought the O-line played well enough. It was more the D-line (other than McCoy) who did nothing.

4 years ago

Until the Bucs get somebody in the front office that realizes the trenches are important we will continue to play like the Colts of the south. Good offensive skill players but no consistent OL play to take advantage of it and a defense with no edge rushers to take advantage of the guys in the middle that can push the pocket. My Gators smartened up and realized we had the wrong guy for the job, maybe this is the year I can get rid of Licht as well. Bring Chip to the Gators and offer Robinson a hefty raise and… Read more »

4 years ago

Head Coach is absolutely top of this list. You think they showed up prepared? I’m pretty sure half of America could coach 2 probowl WR’s, Brate, Howard and Doug Martin to more than 3 points. With Fitz or lame Winston.
I’m not sure the players even care at all at this point. When they gave up that horrific 2nd TD, it became ALL ABOUT THE DRAFT.