The Buccaneers were down to the Baltimore Ravens 28-0 before the fans first beer got warm in the nearly 90 degree sunshine on Sunday. Disbelief was everywhere, including on the sidelines, according to Tampa Bay starting right tackle Demar Dotson.
“I think we put ourselves in a bad situation getting down so early, so now we are trying to get back in the game and forces us to pass the ball, pass the ball, pass the ball trying to put points on the board,” Dotson It really it takes away from the offense because we are down so much and are trying to get in the end zone. That is good defensive line; they really came out and beat us. That defensive line versus this offensive line – they won the match big time.”
Dotson was caught off guard by the Bucs poor start.
“It is very surprising that we didn’t come out and play like we prepared,” Dotson said. “ Frustration, but it starts we me. And it starts with every man looking at himself and definitely starts with me, looking at myself.
“It definitely includes the coaching staff. It includes everybody on this football team, from the coaches and players.”
The former basketball-turned-football-player said the team knows what they need to do to get better.
We have a lot of work, everybody has a lot of work to do, getting better,” Dotson said. “Fortunately it is a long season, and we have been preaching that for a while now, but we all have to get better individually, collectively starting with this guy right here.”
Dotson was asked what head coach Lovie Smith told the team at halftime with the Bucs down 38-0.
“Pride, this half is going to be about pride, to see where your pride is at,” Dotson said. “That is all you can do, just go out and fight. You are backed up in a corner – we put ourselves in the corner – so the only thing you can do is just fight.
“That was probably the worst half of football I have played in my career.”
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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@example.com
I’m tired of hearing we need to get better. If you know what you have to do just go do it.
this team is team is a bigger joke than last year, lovies time as a head coach has passed his schemes on defense and offense are both dated and don’t work in the nfl anymore, if you believe this will change pass the blunt to me, because I need to smoke it too, I don’t believe the saying he needs more of his own players because everyone this regime has brought straight up sucks, if im McCoy im leaving this train wreck
u suck u suck u suck GO hOME Save Money. I Paid Big Money For This D— I Wood Like Too Say More???????
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