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      5 Adjustments Tampa Bay Buccaneers Must Make in Week 2 Matchup with SaintsBy Luke Easterling Sep 15, 2015adjust1_zpsqbcsy67h.jpgMcBride/Getty Images It was just one game, right?That's what Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans will try to keep repeating to themselves over the next few days after they watched their beloved Pewter Pirates get demolished by the Tennessee Titans 42-14 on Sunday.The team's regular-season opener was supposed to be the dawning of a new era, with top overall draft pick Jameis Winston bringing the Bucs back to the glory days of the early 2000s. Instead, he was overshadowed by a masterful performance from fellow rookie Marcus Mariota, as the Bucs were outcoached, outplayed and outclassed in every way on their way to a 10th consecutive home loss.This week, the Bucs will have a chance to bounce back, but they'll have to do it on the road against a division foe in the New Orleans Saints that has given them plenty of trouble in recent memory.Here are five adjustments Tampa Bay needs to make if it wants to take a step toward righting the ship.Set Winston Up for Success with Quicker Throwsadjust2_zpspetlfexk.jpgJoe Robbins/Getty Images In his NFL debut, Jameis Winston certainly made a few costly mistakes, beginning with a pick-six on his first pass attempt. He would later throw another ill-advised interception on a screen pass, setting up a short field for the Titans that led to yet another touchdown just before the half.But Winston was bound to play like a rookie to some degree, and his supporting cast did little to set him up for success.The offensive line was porous, his receivers couldn't separate and too many play calls were for long-developing routes. The defense let the lead get out of hand early, forcing Winston and the passing game to try and overcompensate.This week, the Bucs simply must adjust their game plan to accentuate Winston's strengths and hide both his and the offense's weaknesses. That starts with getting the ball out of his hands quick, and he should be helped by the return of wide receiver Mike Evans, who missed Sunday's loss with a hamstring injury.Make Up for Lack of Pass Rush with More Blitzesadjust3_zpslutgzfe3.jpgBrian Blanco/Associated Press One of the biggest reasons Marcus Mariota was able to shred the Tampa Bay defense for three quarters—before enjoying an Oregon-esque benching—was due to a continued lack of a consistent pass rush from the Bucs' front four.Aside from a meaningless sack in garbage time in Sunday's blowout loss to the Titans, the Bucs managed to bring down Mariota just once, giving him a squeaky-clean pocket for most of the afternoon and allowing him plenty of time to pick apart a weak Tampa Bay secondary.If they want any chance of not being shredded on the road by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints this week, the Bucs will have to recognize their inability to create pressure with just four rushers and bring plenty of blitz packages to try and disrupt the pocket. If they do what they did against Mariota and leave Brees that much time to throw, it's going to be another long afternoon for Bucs fans.Stay Committed to the Run Game in the 2nd Half, Regardless of the Scoreadjust4_zpsambhdr4m.jpgCliff McBride/Getty Images One of the few bright spots for Tampa Bay was the continued resurgence of Doug Martin, who was effective in the ground game despite a lackluster performance from the offensive line.But despite a solid first half on the ground, Martin was given just three carries in the second half, ending the game with a team-high 52 yards rushing on 11 carries.The Bucs were obviously in a huge 35-7 hole coming out of the locker room for the third quarter, but the worst thing a team can do for a struggling rookie quarterback is abandon the running game and allow the opposing defense to pin its ears back and know the pass is coming nearly every down.Continuing to feed Martin could have kept the Titans more honest on defense, opening up more opportunities for Winston in the passing game. It wouldn't have made a difference in the win column, but it could have helped the offense be more effective by keeping things balanced and forcing the Titans to respect the running game.Intense Focus on Reducing Penaltiesadjust5_zpszd8irj8y.jpgCliff McBride/Getty Images One aspect of football that comes straight back to the coaching staff is penalties, and the Bucs had a laundry list of infractions on Sunday that cost them big chunks of yardage and hurt them on both sides of the ball.The Bucs racked up 97 yards on 12 penalties against the Titans, from debilitating pass interference calls to fundamental errors such as illegal formations and false starts. Holding calls backed up offensive possessions before they had even begun, making life even more difficult for Winston.If the Bucs want any chance of improving as the season moves forward, they'll need to put a clear emphasis on cutting down on the amount of unforced mental errors that are costing them yardage and opportunities they can't afford to lose.Keep Looking for Ways to Improve Roster Needsadjust6_zps8kdowwek.jpgPhelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press The Bucs have plenty of talent on their roster, but they still have a few areas of need that continue to cause huge problems, namely in the trenches on both sides of the ball.Free agents and draft picks have brought plenty of new faces to Tampa Bay yet again this year, but the team clearly still has a need for an impact pass-rusher, as well as help along the offensive line. With the trade deadline still five weeks away, general manager Jason Licht should be pursuing all potential avenues to improve those particular areas.Protecting their new quarterback and being able to consistently disrupt their opponents should be the Bucs' top priority, and right now, they're the two things the Bucs are the worst at. If they don't find a way to improve—personnel or otherwise—Licht and his fellow decision-makers could easily be looking at another high draft pick in 2016.link

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      1. Our receivers suck at getting separation2. Brees is gonna eat our blitz alive when it doesn't get to him3. Concede because no way will we make a comeback running it 5times a drive 35-7, our defense aint stopping ****4. You can blame Verner's sorryness because he's a glorified run stopping corner, I want Moore and Verner to switch positions5. No single free agent is gonna save Lovie's *** this year, he either has it now or were gonna see a new coach next year

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    • Anonymous

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      1. Our receivers suck at getting separation2. Brees is gonna eat our blitz alive when it doesn't get to him3. Concede because no way will we make a comeback running it 5times a drive 35-7, our defense aint stopping ****4. You can blame Verner's sorryness because he's a glorified run stopping corner, I want Moore and Verner to switch positions5. No single free agent is gonna save Lovie's *** this year, he either has it now or were gonna see a new coach next year

      We need Evans badly to open things up for others like he does. Brees is going to get his.I hope Lovie can gameplan a lot better than he did vs. Tennessee. Our players looked lost out there. The LB's were made to look like fools by that Oregon style offense. That was embarrassing.

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      Set Winston Up for Success with Quicker Throws In his NFL debut, Jameis Winston certainly made a few costly mistakes, beginning with a pick-six on his first pass attempt. He would later throw another ill-advised interception on a screen pass, setting up a short field for the Titans that led to yet another touchdown just before the half.But Winston was bound to play like a rookie to some degree, and his supporting cast did little to set him up for success.The offensive line was porous, his receivers couldn't separate and too many play calls were for long-developing routes. The defense let the lead get out of hand early, forcing Winston and the passing game to try and overcompensate.This week, the Bucs simply must adjust their game plan to accentuate Winston's strengths and hide both his and the offense's weaknesses. That starts with getting the ball out of his hands quick, and he should be helped by the return of wide receiver Mike Evans, who missed Sunday's loss with a hamstring injury.

      I really thought this was going to be the game plan, just as a means to offset Lebeau's exotic blitzes and keep them on their heels. I really felt this is what Tennessee came out and accomplished with Marcus as well. They need to get some confidence brewing for Jameis, because he didn't get much going last weekend.

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    • Anonymous

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      Anyone think the problem may be that quick throws are not Winston’s thing? As has been mentioned  ad nauseam, his wind up is slow and he looks like his feet are stuck in mud, so quick throws may be difficult in this offense.  Also, our receivers are not particularly quick twitch guys which would be helpful in getting separation quickly.Our offense is built to throw downfield. Unfortunately, at this time that is impossible with our OL and completely immobile QB.

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    • JonMott

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      I actually like this article and I agree. Maybe we should trade for a good offensive lineman or a good defensive end… But I don’t think we will

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    • Anonymous

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      I actually like this article and I agree. Maybe we should trade for a good offensive lineman or a good defensive end... But I don't think we will

      This could have been done prior to the draft when we owned the #1 overall pick.

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    • billym

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      I actually like this article and I agree. Maybe we should trade for a good offensive lineman or a good defensive end... But I don't think we will

      Who? Who is going to give up a starting line guy right now?

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    • Anonymous

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      Blitzing a guy who gets rid of the ball in 2 seconds is probably a bad idea. Double cover the short middle of the field and make him either throw into double coverage or hold onto the ball.Hey I was all for going after Orlando Franklin this offseason. You are not going to be able to trade for a player of that quality right now I don't think.

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    • Anonymous

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      I agree with this article on the quicker throws (and penalties of course). Tons of 5-step drops last week, which was a surprise. Matt Waldman spoke about this on a pod – they asked JW to do some “big-boy” things, and compared it to throwing a kid into a lake to teach him to swim. He noted that they used one 3-step backside throw to V-Jax on a slant that is straight out of the Falcons play-book from last year, but didn’t go back to it. I don't agree on the "pass-rush" for the same reasons that GoldsonAges notes - MM got the ball out an average of 2.19 seconds. He took 3 steps or less (at times zero steps) on more than half his drop-backs. Sack % was actually 11%, which is pretty high. Obviously outside of the sacks we didn't get much pressure, but that's hard to do with a catch and throw guy. On the OL, we've got to figure out how to handle stunts/games up front. They didn't need to blitz to bring pressure (just 9) but were able to free guys up through movement a lot. I'm guessing a lot of that is chemistry/inexperience.

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    • Anonymous

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      1. More Winston in the shotgun, hurry up offense. He’s more comfortable operating from there, less likely to trip over his own feet.2. On defense. Know your assignment and do your job. 3. Receivers. Get some effin separation.4. Defenders. Make the tackle.5. Oline. Block somebody.

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    • Anonymous

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      3. Receivers. Get some effin separation.

      Other than the pick-6, I have no idea if this was a problem. But there our ways to solve this.

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    • Anonymous

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      I’m not even sure the pass rush is that horrible yet. Like most years, the issue seems to be our corners deciding that “keeping their man in front” is more important than actually covering them

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    • Anonymous

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      3. Receivers. Get some effin separation.

      Other than the pick-6, I have no idea if this was a problem. But there our ways to solve this.

      ASJ was open all day.

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