The Bucs won a shootout in New Orleans to open the season 1-0 and made a statement to the NFL. While the Bucs offense had an incredible day of production, there were plenty of errors and bad coaching, particularly on defense, that could have cost the team this win.

Take a look at the Most Disappointing List and see if you agree.

K Chandler Catanzaro
This team is cursed in the kicking department. Ever since Connor Barth tore an Achilles in a charity basketball game in 2013, it has been a revolving door of disappointment. The Bucs have been trying to solve the problem, spending tons of money, trying out new guys, even drafting them in the second round, but for whatever reason it has been an issue.

Tampa Bay hoped – and still hopes – Catanzaro will be the solution, but on Sunday, with the Saints trying to mount an unbelievable comeback in the fourth, the Bucs and Catanzaro had the chance for the official knockout blow midway through the quarter. Instead the field goal, that would have clinched it a lot sooner, sailed wide right and left life in the SuperDome and on the sidelines.

Fortunately the Bucs offense was able to bleed the clock inside of four minutes and won 48-40. Catanzaro won’t ever have better conditions to make a kick and that 44-yard attempt has to be as automatic as an extra point.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul
Zero sacks. Zero tackles. Zero quarterback hits. One penalty. That was the stat line for Bucs new defensive end Pierre-Paul. And Drew Brees dropped back 45 times with many of those in the second half when the Bucs defense knew that the Saints would be throwing the ball. These are the moments Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp and any pass rusher lives for. It has to get better. Much better.

CB Carlton Davis
Thrust into the starting lineup with Brent Grimes sitting at home in Tampa, rookie Carlton Davis got his first real taste of NFL action. Say what you want about the preseason, but compared to lining up facing Brees opening weekend on the road, the preseason is a glorified scrimmage game. Davis got that baptism by fire early and often and was abused by the Saints future Hall of Famer. The Bucs still won, and Davis should be better for it moving forward. But he now knows training camp and the preseason are child’s play compared to the regular season.

DC Mike Smith
Yes I know it was Week 1. Yes I know it was the Saints. Yes I know there were new players all over the field. Yes I know there was no Brent Grimes. Yes, I know all of that.

I also know that Julio Jones might have 25 catches when the Falcons and Bucs play. I also know this defense should be better in Year 3 of Mike Smith’s time in Tampa Bay. The Bucs offense won’t score 48 point every game. But if things don’t get better in the defensive secondary, a lot of people will be looking for work next January. There are no more excuses for a secondary that even Lovie Smith would say played bad.

Some good news? The Saints didn’t run the ball very well. Still, there were times out there when the Bucs secondary looked like they had never seen a minute of Saints film. I won’t blame the players, it is all on the coaching at this point.

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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 [email protected]
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chandlerglover
chandlerglover
3 years ago

Mark, you do realize that missed field goal was deflected right?

Randy H.
Randy H.
3 years ago

The missed FG was tipped at the line.

trollslayer
trollslayer
3 years ago

i have to disagree with catanzaro being a disappointment he was perfect until the last FG attempt and if i remember correctly it looked like it was deflected a bit even the analysts made that assumption and yes carlton davis had a bad day but hes a rookie and wasnt expected to start and wasnt expected to cover their number 1 WR so i give him a pass for now… do agree however on smitty’s playcalling once again he was awful thankfully our offense had a record setting day otherwise we would be talking about how badly we stunk on… Read more »

nick777777
nick777777
3 years ago

It was deflected. What needs to be deflected is Mike Smith scheme. It doesn’t matter who lines up, his scheme has been garbage for years now. He tries to get cute in the red zone and blitz against Drew Bree’s instead of leaving your rookie corners on an island maybe scheme to help them out.

Wausa
Wausa
3 years ago

As happy as I am with the win. I was very disappointed with the play of JPP.
Vinny Curry looked like the better DE by a large margin.

nitey
nitey
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

All you have to do is look at the replay. Even on TV you can see the ball wobble right. I suppose that he could have mis-hit it, but that looked much more like a partial block.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

This is what makes you the best Mark. You do your due diligence. +1

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
3 years ago

JPP was awful, he has been bad in pre Season , I thought he was maybe saing a little for season
But he had nothing today, I think Mike Smith is more than concerned, When Giants made trade they
knew JPP was shot.
Now Jason is starting to figure it out.
Fitz looked like super star I loved watching the Bucs O today
Fitz looked like this against AZ last year maybe it is real

Horse
Horse
3 years ago

Mark, glad you had DC Smith on the list as he is a major part of this defensive team problems. It looked to me JPP was playing injured after early in the game he went out for a series or two and then came back into play. He didn’t have that jumpstart speed he usually shows. Any thoughts from anyone?

nitey
nitey
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

I agree. Early on, it looked like he was getting some pressure but after he was out for awhile, it seemed like he was just not sharp. I do suspect he was playing injured.

makski
makski
Reply to  nitey
3 years ago

I don’t remember what quarter it was, but I do remember one play where JPP just blew by the tackle and was headed right for Brees, but it, like most of the rest of the Saints’ plays, was a 3 step drop and Brees got rid of the ball before JPP could get there!

tpeluso
tpeluso
3 years ago

Agree with all those saying that Catanzaro’s missed kick was on the line and not on him. Yes, it got the bad memories stirring, but let’s be fair to the guy. JPP got hurt on the second defensive play of the game IIRC. We have no clue exactly how that impacted him, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it had a strong adverse effect on him. Hard to be disappointed in Davis when you are pressed into service as the primary CB at the last minute as a rookie in your first game against one of the league’s best QBs.… Read more »

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
3 years ago

I wish Koetter fired Mike Smith in the offseason. With Monken calling plays now, if we can get a real DC, we can be really good.

revfish
revfish
3 years ago

The defense did their job in the third quarter. Once we got the lead, it look like he went into a cover to and wanted to keep things in front of them. The problem was it looked at first glance like he did the same thing over and over again. With no variety, breeze is unstoppable. The defense did their job in the third quarter. Once we got the lead, it look like he went into a cover to and wanted to keep things in front of them. The problem was it looked at first glance like he did the… Read more »

martinii
martinii
Reply to  revfish
3 years ago

revfish:

I agree with you especially on one point, I think we went into a prevent mode when we got the big lead. Played that keep them in front of you technique and eat up clock. We need to revisit that strategy especially with a QB like Drew Breeze. May not be a break in D coverage as much as error in judging the reseiliance of Good team. After all we were in unchartered territory today.

macabee
macabee
3 years ago

Maybe I missed it, but I never saw or hear from DE Noah Spence. Lots of work to be done on the defense, but I remain optimistic. Go Bucs!

Sneedy16
Sneedy16
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Noah had a pressure on Brees, that was almost a sack in the 4th quarter. Other than that, I don’t think he played much other than passing downs in the 4th.

DT25
DT25
Reply to  Sneedy16
3 years ago

Only played 4 snaps apparently. And at least one generated a pressure. Hoping we can find more ways to get him and the other D-linemen involved. For having all these horses on the DL, Curry, JPP, and GMC all played >75% of the snaps…which explains why the line looked worn down and tired by the end of the game.

BucWild02
BucWild02
3 years ago

Here comes the boo-hoo crowd. Debbie Downer Mark Cook and Crybaby Greg Auman are upset the Bucs won. Geeeezus Criminy. Complaining about one of the greatest victories in the Bucs history. No one will confuse anyone on the current roster for Warren Sapp. WHO CARES. How many sacks did the vaunted New Orleans defense get today? ZERO. They have all pro’s all over their defense. Where were the Saints turnovers? ZERO. Marshawn Lattimore had one pass defensed. ONE. The league has changed. It is an offensively driven league. I will take a badass exciting offense over Simeon Rice or Warren… Read more »

Dman
Dman
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

Saw the press conference and wondered who was badgering Koetter about the play calling – what’s the point. Didn’t know it was Aumam, what an idiot. Dirk handled him perfectly.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

Its amusing to me to watch the media do this dumb crap. I’m glad Dirk is giving it back to them for their stupid questions. What are you guys a bunch of third graders asking questions with no thought process beforehand? You make it so obvious that you are completely clueless on the game/sport. You just stir the pot. Find something that will be beneficial to the fans yet not give away anything of importance that the team is looking to do in the games. Some examples of stupid questions I have seen from this media group are: Who is… Read more »

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

I agree with you, BucWild. As disappointing as our defense (in some aspects) was Sunday, the Saints’ defense was worse. Regardless as to how many yards away from line of scrimmage he had the secondary line up at, the Bucs D held up just enough for a win. Lots of room for improvement, and secondary was not on the same page, but c’mon! We had rookies in the secondary trying to stop DREW FREAKIN’ BREES! First game of their professional careers, they’re task is trying to stop Drew Brees from hitting his receivers. That was trial by fire, and they… Read more »

Nobody
Nobody
3 years ago

How about Licht. Instead of drafting CB Josh Jackson in round 2, he drafted a one-dimensional RB who wasn’t even active. Would have been nice to have had another young, extremely talented CB to throw out there (with Grimes and VH3 going down) rather than Ryan Smith!

Sneedy16
Sneedy16
Reply to  Nobody
3 years ago

You know Ryan Smith played ok right? He didn’t allow any big plays and played well on special teams, you are probably stuck in the preseason.

Nobody
Nobody
Reply to  Sneedy16
3 years ago

I’m going to review his play tomorrow, but I’m fairly confident that no, he didn’t play well on snaps from scrimmage. He played extremely poorly in coverage.

As far as Special Teams goes, he played great. He is a great Special Teams player. I don’t want him off the roster. I just don’t want to see him routinely losing in coverage on the boundary.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Sneedy16
3 years ago

Ryan Smith is fine as a young player learning to play CB.

Wright
Wright
3 years ago

Dunno how you have Cat as a “most disappointing”. FG was deflected… Cat was money today. 12 points today off his foot. Without that, that result is an L.

Bucco-Bruce
Bucco-Bruce
3 years ago

If the list of disappointing players are always this small, that’s not a bad thing!! Go Bucs, keep the offensive momentum going!!

Bob Will
Bob Will
3 years ago

Mike Smith was fired in Atlanta because of his lack of defense, so why we hired him as a DC is beyond me. I think we should let Smith go on Monday and hire John Fox, one thing Fox can coach is defense, quite well.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Bob Will
3 years ago

+1

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Bob Will
3 years ago

And he knows the NFC South. But unfortunately it will never happen.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

Mark, Agree with you.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

Sure sounded like Auman, but all apologies if it wasn’t him. That was an awkward and obvious trolling question after Koetter led the team to a massive upset. And it’s nitpicking with this list. Let me count the ways: 1. Catanzaro put up 12 points at 88% on 8 of 9 attempts including his extra points. Yes he missed the dagger, but was it tipped? Does that even matter. 88%. NO CURSE. 2. JPP was doubled much of the game. The Bucs left 3 sacks on the field when they didn’t fully bring Brees down and they let him get… Read more »

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

I am usually entertained by your articles and insight Mark. I’ve been a reader for many years(20 plus as Im sure you can verify). I just thought this list wasn’t deserved. It honestly ticks me off that some in the local media can’t give the team some darn credit where it’s due. To answer your question: Yes, I know there’s a most impressive list also. Antagonizing these players and coaches are things you just don’t see in places that have winning traditions like New England, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Green Bay or even Indianapolis. Don’t think that’s the case, talk to… Read more »

The Anti-Java
The Anti-Java
3 years ago

Tough crowd, Cantelope misses a mid range FG and he disappoints?
I guess the new standard for kickers is perfection?

The Anti-Java
The Anti-Java
Reply to  Mark Cook
3 years ago

Ok Burt, I will have to do a little research and see how many HOF kickers have been 100% over the course of their careers.
Bandit out.

owlykat
owlykat
3 years ago

How about giving Buckner the position of Interim DC and see how much more aggressive he can make our defense. He coached with the Arizona Cardinals who had a good defense. If he succeeds make it permanent. If not then hire Fox. Buckner knows a lot more about our Defensive players than Fox would just walking in cold. But agree Smitty has to GO NOW!

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  owlykat
3 years ago

To quote Aaron Rodgers

R – E – L – A – X

Dave
Dave
Reply to  owlykat
3 years ago

+1

Tom
Tom
Reply to  owlykat
3 years ago

IMO, not a good idea at all. I get it, he seems to be a really good coach. But, jumping from D-line coach to DC is a huge change in responsibilities. I would rather keep him where is at for a couple years and if that is where the team wants him they need to groom him for it. He has only coached for 5 years (this being his 6th) all of which as D-line. Let us just sit back and see what we get out of this defense this year. Remember who it worked out the last time we… Read more »

Dude
Dude
Reply to  owlykat
3 years ago

I agree with Tom here, Buckner doesn’t have the experience yet. It’s only been one game, what has Buckner proven so far? Sure he’s a rah rah guy and has looked good in training camp, but will it translate to the field during the season? We need more games to even know if he’s going to be a good D-Line coach. The Bucs put up a few sacks, but it seemed like Breeze wasn’t harassed too much, having time to get off a lot of passes to deep receivers down field. A lot of passes! Does anyone even know if… Read more »

StPeteB
StPeteB
3 years ago

I happen to thnk Chris Conte belongs on this list. I saw him make one tackle and Im quite sure he blew his deep zone responsibility repeatedly…and he’s usually a step slow to react in zone coverage. Tell me the last time he’s broken up a pass play???

matador
matador
3 years ago

This was one of the most flat out fun Bucs games in as long as I can remember! So while there’s plenty of time to worry about whether it’s susatainable, when this year’s top draft picks will step up and what we’ll do when our depth at OL, DB and RB gets tested, can we all please just take a freakin’ breath and enjoy what it feels like to have THE big play offense in the league for a week?!? C’mon, man! That was an amazing offensive performance and next week we either get a backup who didn’t play well… Read more »

martinii
martinii
3 years ago

Great Win, Loved the game, Going to be a feel good week. Not to be critical but I have one little argument that I hope posters won’t take offense too. I’m not a fan of this Impressive/Disappointing segment. Football is a team sport and often times several factors influence whether one guy takes the credit or grief for a play A missed block, blocked kick, great pass, plus a 1000 other subtle factors can affect a play. Certainly individual players make mistakes but I still believe intangibles and coaching can contribute to a game’s success or failure. IMO

scubog
scubog
Reply to  martinii
3 years ago

Many times it is representative of a single play and not the body of work. I fully expected to see Donovan Smith due to his “illegal block in the back” on a long WR screen, that looked to me like a pretty weak call.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  martinii
3 years ago

Agree with you.

niko521
niko521
3 years ago

What can I say Mark Cook, you have it completely wrong. Its not all coaching, it IS on the players. Which side has more depth? offense or defense? The offense does, because after 6 coaches in 6 years, the Bucs finally started retooling under Lovie. Two straight years of NOTHING but offense on the draft board (except kwon alexander), and then when you expected a defensive draft the third year, it was another coach and finally 3 defensive players and a kicker, that after 13 players on offense the previous two years. It is no wonder the offense is world… Read more »

Horse
Horse
Reply to  niko521
3 years ago

Agree with you. I was glad we had some DB Rookies who stepped up and got their feet wet. the defense at times was Disappointing, but then inspiring when the ball is knocked out of the RB arm and we return it for a TD! I think all we need is a little more adjustments as to when we should Press and when we shouldn’t. A QB like Brees we have to Press more; maybe not so much with Folds. Just some thoughts here. Go Bucs!

Dude
Dude
Reply to  niko521
3 years ago

I don’t miss paper wads! I was an All-Pro Nerf hoops star in my younger days. Paper wads are…well, a drop in the bucket!

a-bomb
a-bomb
3 years ago

How about the officiating on this list. The block in the back call on Smith when he put his hand on the guy as he was falling down was laughable. The horrible personal foul call on the last TD drive when the Bucs player hit the guy on the shoulder and not the head/neck. The PI call on OJ when the DB is pushing him and losing. The PI call on Humphries were he and the DB were pushing each other. The officials were in pre-season form.

Bradenton BucFan
Bradenton BucFan
3 years ago

Two turnovers one went for six. would have lost without both those plays that said mike needs to come of box, or get out town, will cost jobs come next year, hopefully they keep buckner and the salary cap front office dude supposedly best in NFL. Thin line between w’s & l’s in NFL. Almost break team scoring record & almost lose all in the same game.

plopes808
plopes808
3 years ago

I disagree on having Davis and Catanzaro on this list. As well as Davis has been playing, I think we sometimes forget that he’s a rookie and still getting acclimated to the NFL game. He went up against one of the top passing attacks in the NFL on last minute notice, in his first every NFL game…I think we should be able to cut him a little slack. He really didn’t play THAT bad either. As for Catanzaro, it did look like the one he missed was tipped at the line. Regardless though, he was on the money the rest… Read more »

Bob Will
Bob Will
3 years ago

It is time for Mike Smith time in Tampa to be over we have seen this act for three years.

fanofdabucs
fanofdabucs
3 years ago

A legitimate news worthy question???

Bull spit…that was nothing more than Buc hater Jones trying his best to say Dirk shouldn’t be given credit for the 48 points..nothing more nothing less. After a great Buc win in what Jones just wrote about as a “huge game for the franchise”..laughable

diablo5597
diablo5597
3 years ago

A legitimate newsworthy question???

Before Super Bowl XXII in 1988, a reporter asked Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, “How long have you been a black quarterback?