A win, then a loss; a win, then a loss. That’s been the Bucs season so far. It’s easy to praise when things are going right, and there are still good things that happen in losses, but the disappointments are bigger, for sure.

These were our most disappointing Buccaneers from the 19-14 loss to the Patriots.

Nick Folk

He disappointed. Greatly.

Jameis Winston

Winston finished the game 26-for-46 with 334 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, so was his game really that bad?

Yes.

Winston was extremely inconsistent all game. He couldn’t sustain drives with simple passes, and worst of all, he couldn’t hit from beyond 20 yards. We’ve been saying this for too long now. This offense won’t get better until he starts playing better than his statistics indicate.

Vernon Hargreaves

Is it the coaches or is it Hargreaves that asking him to play the style of defense he is? No one knows except for him and the coaches, but whatever it is, it’s bad. Hargreaves plays far too timid, and good quarterbacks burn him for it.

The pass rush not existing doesn’t help, but at some point he has to get aggressive and make a play for himself. He rarely has four games in, and is instead getting picked on and manipulated.

Play Calling

Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.

It was questionable last week when the Buccaneers failed to score on the goal line from six inches away, and tonight it flourished into a full game plan of ineffectiveness. After a half that did not see much success, there were not many adjustments. The Bucs neglected the running game, despite Doug Martin’s success, and just continued to out-think themselves.

They make things harder on themselves with how they call games, and we don’t know why. Keep it simple.

Pass Rush

The Bucs got three sacks this game, which is the most they’ve had in a single game this season, but Brady was comfortable all night, and without a few overthrows and drops, they would have had an even easier night.

Now, some could say, “they did hit their average points per game,” which is true, but they basically hit their average yards per game because the Bucs defense was not aggressive in any unit of the field.

It starts with pass rush, but it was really the lack of aggression from the whole defense.

They won’t beat many good quarterbacks playing that soft.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Horse
3 years ago

Winston, Fold, OC Koetter, DC Smith most disappointing for me . Time to find another field goal kicker.

Kimba
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Time for another kicker and a new play caller. Jameis wasn’t great, most of the stagnant first half was on Koetter–Doug Martin was working — what happened? where did that go? why stop using Martin– so many times we needed 3 yards and he has Winston throwing a rocket down the field.

wnb0395
Reply to  Kin Walden
3 years ago

Winston was to blame for most of the stagnant first half. Winston constantly threw behind and over players. He threw behind Sims, over Martins head which would have been a first down, and way over threw a wide open Jackson streaking down the sideline which would have been a TD. You can blame the play calling all you want but put Brady as our QB with the same play calls and we are winning at half. Winston was just really off that first half.

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3 years ago

Folk me. He better not be the Bucs kicker when I wake up. Doug looked impressive. Ten days off… I really hope we get Kwon & David back by then. All is not lost 2-2 in the first quarter of the season… This team will start to tighten things up and I expect that they are still on course for a wild card bid at this point.

TALLEYBAN BUC
3 years ago

Dude Trevor are u freaking serious put dirk on the freaking list his play calling was terrible the whole game vanilla play calling all game long no adjustments yea Jameis didn’t play good but the play calling was horrible.. u killing me every time u so freaking quick to throw all the blame at Jameis it’s not all Jameis dude!!! I’m sick of you especially Jameis this Jameis that dude where are our bunch formations where are no huddle play calls or hot routes on blitzes what about trying something new dirk?? call the freaking coach out dude!!!

Rob
Rob
Reply to  TALLEYBAN BUC
3 years ago

Did you even read this article?? Play calling is on the list. Which by the way….our HC does. Trevor absolutely called it out. He nailed every one of these right on the head.

Buc 1976
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
3 years ago

To many dropped balls to many bad throws and to many kicks missed. Other than that great game.

Kimba
Reply to  TALLEYBAN BUC
3 years ago

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree!!!!!!! watch Koetter go and blame Jameis–since there were no interceptions it will be tough to blame it all on Jameis but he will try–play calling was awful–need 3 yards for a first down so he picks that time for a rocket to Charles sims–stupid plays like that all night.