There’s plenty of blame to be spread around in the Bucs heartbreaking 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. But one former Tampa Bay head coach chimed in on a questionable call to end the game. Former Bucs coach Tony Dungy opined on defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ head-scratching final blitz call on Twitter.

Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles called an all-out blitz on quarterback Matt Stafford on the Rams final offensive play of the game. Miscommunication on the play allowed Stafford to find wide receiver Cooper Kupp 40 yards down the field to set up a game-winning field goal. Stafford has been one of the best in the league dealing with extra rushers. He shredded the blitz against the Bucs in both matchups this season.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians confirmed after the game that the last play of the game was indeed a blitz. But Arians also indicated that not everyone on the field got the call.

“Some guys didn’t blitz,” Arians said. “I don’t know if we didn’t get the call, but it was an all-out blitz. We should’ve got a ton of pressure.”

Pressure really wasn’t the issue on the play. Ndamukong Suh came free immediately to pressure Stafford, but it didn’t matter. The Pro Bowl quarterback made a great throw to a wide open Kupp down the field. After the game, Arians said he never second-guessed the decision by Bowles.

“Never second guess,” Arians said. ” Never second guess. Just make sure all eleven are on the same page.”

With just 27 seconds left, it seemed like playing the deep ball would’ve been the most prudent option. Instead, Antoine Winfield Jr. found himself one-on-one with Kupp, surrendering a 44-yard gain. Instead of playing for what seemed to be a game destined for overtime, Matt Gay hit a chip shot field goal to advance the Rams and end the Bucs season, 30-27.

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fredster
fredster
5 months ago

Agree with Dungy was idiotic. So many broken coverages and miscommunications. No way this was a well coached defense.

drdneast
drdneast
5 months ago

I think we all feel the same way. Not the first time we have been outcoached.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

Yes, a whopping 4 times this season. I’ll take that every year.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
5 months ago

Yeah, it was a bad call, but it was a great season. I love Tony, but he has a 2-4 record in the playoffs as head coach for the Bucs. Our current coaching staff is 5-1. Today’s game was hard to swallow, but overall our coaches are doing a great job. They had the best record in team history this year. They must know something about coaching.

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  Pete Wood
5 months ago

Blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. This team was out coached by the Jets, THE JETS!! Let that sink in a minute. We were out-coached by a team that won 4 games.

FilmBuc
FilmBuc
Reply to  Knightrider79
5 months ago

just go away, Knightrider79. your takes drip with ignorance

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Knightrider79
5 months ago

And these “outcoached” Bucs only lost 4 games. Let that “sink in”.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

And managed to win the most regular season games in Bucs franchise history, earned the first #2 seed in the playoffs, won the divisional crown for the first time in 14 seasons, won the wild card round and barely lost in the divisional round.

The idiots here are all bandwagon jumpers. Hey in NFL football the last time a team went undefeated was in 1972 – 50 years ago. What morons!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Knightrider79
5 months ago

No it was NOT “outcoached” by the Jets. That’s preposterous!

Benjamin
Benjamin
Reply to  Pete Wood
5 months ago

For all they know this team looked like dog shit the entire first half, only got back into the game because the Rams gave it away 4 times and in the most important series and time of the game Bowles dials up a all out blitz that puts the best WR who had 140 yards on us at that point on a short, undersized safety who got beat like a drum. Instead of doubling the best WR they give him an easy one on one with what 35 secs left that he catches for 40 yards and gives our former… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Benjamin
Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Benjamin
5 months ago

I hope nobody is dumb enough to hire you for anything.

Dman
Dman
5 months ago

Not throwing stones today. If they smother Stafford for a loss and regulation ends Bowles is a hero. Just football.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
Reply to  Dman
5 months ago

Exactly!

Joseph
Joseph
Reply to  Pete Wood
5 months ago

What’s lost in all the bitterness is despite all the injuries and bad luck refs that seem to dislike the bucs, they almost pulled it off lol gotta alot going on in the off-season definitely have a shot again next year hope Tom comes back.

Benjamin
Benjamin
Reply to  Joseph
5 months ago

Almost only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades. In the playoffs an almost is just the loser trying to make an excuse as to why they lost. We ALMOST pulled it off, we ALMOST moved on to the next round, we ALMOST looked like we belong on the same field as a Rams team that had 4 turnovers, ALMOST but not quite. This is a pathetic lose because all he had to do was drop back into coverage with 8, rush 3 and they don’t get into field goal range on one single play and we get a chance… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Benjamin
Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Benjamin
5 months ago

But poor poor you is a loser at everything all the time. Only loser bandwagon jumpers like you comment as stupidly as you.

RW
RW
Reply to  Dman
5 months ago

Why would Bowles be a hero? the game was tied and headed to OT? He blew it on calling a bad defensive scheme.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  RW
5 months ago

It was not a “bad defensive scheme” – just poorly executed by the players. As Coach Arians, said not everybody blitzed who was directed to blitz, so it ended up a half assed blitz. That same scheme won the most games in franchise history, and brought back a divisional championship for the first time in 14 years, earned the highest seed in the playoffs ever for a Bucs team, won the Wild Care round, and nearly won the divisional round.

twspin
twspin
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Remember Naples, You can’t fix stupid. What game were some of these commenters watching? Our entire Defense played very poorly for 3 qtrs yesterday. The Ramas defense was lights out. We failed to get to their QB all game. And they made us pay.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
5 months ago

Terrible play call no other way to say it! Not what you expect from a championship level coaching staff. These highly competitive games like this are always won or lost on a decision (Player, Referee, Coach). In this case Coach Bowles cost us this game no other way to say it.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Captain Sly
5 months ago

One play didn’t lose this game. There were several. Even the Rams and their “almost idiot” coaches had some bad calls.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Captain Sly
5 months ago

Learn to read before commenting stupidly – it was not a bad play call. It was poor execution by the DBs, who did not actually blitz as directed by the coach.

WVBuc
WVBuc
5 months ago

Winfield was caught flat footed, watching the backfield as Cupp streaked up the middle of the field. Maybe even took a small step in…and just like an outfielder in baseball who takes the first step in, everything over your head is gonna beat you.

Last edited 5 months ago by WVBuc
RW
RW
Reply to  WVBuc
5 months ago

Winfield is a great player but there is a reason he’s not a corner. Especially matched up with one of the best receivers in football.

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
5 months ago

Teams like the Rams and Chiefs murder teams that blitz. It’s like his ego refuses to accept that you shouldn’t blitz against them. Blitz your Devin White because he’s about useless in coverage anyway then leave Lavonte and the DBs to cover.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Buc-Up
5 months ago

Blitzed the Chiefs a year ago and destroyed them, and came within 3 points of tiying the Rams yesterday. So much for your dumb theories.

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
5 months ago

I admire Arians for having Toddd and Byron’s backs all season season long. After his post season analysis he may want to rethink jumping in once in a while and overridding their decisions in the heat of the game, at critical points. At least once in awhile!

twspin
twspin
5 months ago

Oh please! The game was lost early. Give the Rams credit. Their pass rushes were ferocious. The rattled Brady entirely in the 1st half. Donald is a straight up Beast. Reminds me of Sapp..Just a tad better. And Stafford had so much time back there, I could swear he was posing a few times. I said our Defense was going to have to play like Mad Dogs to win. And they were terrible for 3 qtrs. You will not beat the good teams trying to catch up. We got beat by a better team period. We were the walking wounded… Read more »

scubog
scubog
Reply to  twspin
5 months ago

I can’t believe the outrage of people nowadays if the team is even a smidge less than perfect. As far as this Bucs fan is concerned, this was one of the best seasons in Bucs history.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

Idiot bandwagon jumpers. Ignore them.

Benjamin
Benjamin
5 months ago

That play call was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen Bowles do as our DC. Everyone knows you drop back in coverage Vs. A QB who has been torching the blitz ALL SEASON!!!!!!! I saw a Stat that said Stafford had a 16td to 1 int ratio Vs. the blitz this year and right on cue our DC has a brain dead moron moment in the most important time in this game. A all out blitz cost us a chance in OT. Hands down the stupidest thing he has done in his time as DC. Now it’s not all on… Read more »

Mee Loopa
Mee Loopa
5 months ago

Bowles & Leftwicht have just withdrawn their head coaching applications
appllications. With that offense gameplan and questionable defense calls both moved back to second (or third) row. It seems their enjoying their time in the sunshine state. I’d be happy to see an other OC over here. In the BUF vs KC game you could see how offense playcalling works

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Mee Loopa
Mee Loopa
5 months ago

The special team was horrible as well. The whole season. Hope to see fresh blood in here

scubog
scubog
5 months ago

We all know the answers after the fact. Had Stafford been sacked and the clock wind down, the play-call wouldn’t look so “stupid”.

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 months ago

Never second guess? That’s your job Bruce, to second guess, right what you did wrong. Fire a special teams coach who in three years continues to have the worst unit in the league. If you weren’t second guessing Bowles all out blitz, you sure should’ve been. We need a coach who coaches, and has the balls to fire asst. who aren’t getting the job done. Not a guy who drives a golf cart around giving good sound bites. Maybe time to retire again.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  surferdudes
5 months ago

I cannot believe the massive stupidity you and other morons display here. Worst defense in the league? Moron!

The Bucs defense finished this season as the fifth ranked defense in the league in points allowed, which is the only stat that matters for defenses. It killed the league’s best running offense just a week ago.

twspin
twspin
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

LMAO at a lot of our Fans. The Rams were just the better team period. Their Defense swarmed and was the best I’ve seen in the playoffs. We had penalties galore of all sorts. With all our injuries, it simply is not our year. Most of us knew this but were hoping for a miracle of some sort. Just pray we start going after Brady’s replacement. Bucs fans have forgotten what it is like to lose.

GermCanBuc
GermCanBuc
5 months ago

What a terrible fucking play call. For everything that happened in that game, from not showing up in the first half, to coming back to tie it late, this one falls on Bowles and that call. Should’ve been going to OT, instead they play cover-0? Stupid, just stupid.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
5 months ago

I’m not worried about what Dungy would’ve done in that situation bc he never made THEE call for us while here. For everyone screaming about the call it’s easy to second guess but we all saw Buffalo get shredded in 13 seconds playing the very soft zone Dungy called for. Ironic that Leslie Frazier whose off that DUngy cover 2 tree ran and the results were the same lol. Bowles aggresive defense gave us a chance, sure he’d like to have that call back or maybe with better communication the results are different, either way the loss should be spread… Read more »

DMIbucs98
DMIbucs98
5 months ago

First everyone except Winfield Jr, David, and Dean blitz. How you think everyone who watched knew from jump it was cover zero blitz.
But I wonder if this isn’t unusual in this situation. As soon as the play ended I was getting hard memories of a lot of defenses in the past losing the exact same way. All aggressive 3-4 defenses. Smh.
Team fought back too hard for it to end like that. One of the players should of pulled a London Fletcher and changed the play. Like “Hell naw, we ain’t doing that dumb play”