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December 11, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
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Bucs Implode, Get Mauled By Jags; Keys To Victory Re-Visited

Written by Mark
Cook
Mark Cook

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Tampa Bay dropped their seventh straight losing at Jacksonville 41-14 and looked as bad as they have all season in the process. Beat writer Mark Cook re-visits his Saturday Keys to Victory Column and hands out grades on how well the Buccaneers achieved those goals.

PewterReport.com's beat writer Mark Cook re-visits his Saturday weekly Keys To Victory column and grades the team on how well they were able to achieve the goals.


Key 1. Derail Jones-Drew
I assumed if the Buccaneers accomplished this goal it would appear to be an easy victory for Tampa Bay. I was badly mistaken. The Buccaneers defense did an admirable job of keeping Jones-Drew in check and still managed to lose by four touchdowns.

The former Bruin was as advertised – a hard runner with great balance and toughness – but didn’t ever manage to get off a backbreaking run. Tampa Bay’s defensive line made several plays in the backfield and tackling wasn’t horrible, but at the end of the day Jones-Drew was still a key component in the Jaguars offense.

Jones-Drew finished with 85 yards on 27 carries (3.1 average) but scored a career-high four touchdowns. The Jaguars' all-time leading scorer added 51 yards receiving on six receptions.
Final grade: C

Key 2. Keep It Simple
Both head coach Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Greg Olson told the media the plan was to scale back and simplify things for their respective units while preparing for Jacksonville this week. The jury is out on how much of a difference it made as far as execution went, but on the scoreboard it was even a more crushing defeat than last week’s loss to Carolina.

Tampa Bay came out and drove 80-yards for a touchdown on their opening drive, then in the second quarter quickly built a 14-point lead. The miserable season appeared to be turning around but the tone of the game soon matched the gray, cold weather when punt returner Preston Parker fumbled a punt that was returned for a Jacksonville touchdown. Momentum turned and Tampa ver recovered. Simplicity in the game plan can’t overcome 12 penalties and seven turnovers.

Final Grade: D

Key 3. More Madu
All season long we have heard from coaches and players about how well Mossis Madu has looked in practice. Last week against Carolina, Madu turned a few heads with his change-of-pace running style. Madu carried once in the second half for six yards and most assumed his role was beginning to increase. But after that one carry, Madu was a forgotten man and the coaching staff returned to Kregg Lumpkin as the primary third-down back.

In the grand scheme of things Madu playing more probably makes no difference in this game. However the Buccaneers need to get a look and try and see exactly what he offers. Lumpkin was badly beaten (along with Donald Penn) on the second-quarter sack-fumble Jags touchdown and has shown very little this season in his role. With the season over it is time for this staff to see who can perform.
Final Grade: F

Key 4. Get To Gabbert
I can just imagine NFL Network commentator Warren Sapp sitting in the studio around 12:55 this afternoon salivating thinking about the days when the Bucs defense would pray for opportunities like today in facing a struggling rookie QB. But those days are long gone and the one thing you wanted to do as a defense was make Blaine Gabbert throw the football.

Gabbert didn’t set the world on fire, but at the end of the day he outplayed Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman. The Buccaneers were unable to rattle the rookie after the first quarter and managed just one quarterback sack despite Gabbert dropping back to throw 33 times. Gabbert completed 19-of-33 for 217 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.
Final Grade: D-

Key 5. Call In An Air Strike
With the top three cornerbacks out of action for the Jaguars it appeared the door was wide open for Josh Freeman to have a career day. The weather wasn’t in his favor but this secondary gave up 297 yards last week and has been struggling over the last month.

Despite the castoff starters in the secondary, Josh Freeman was never able to establish any rhythm and once again chose not to take any deep shots. The shoulder shouldn’t be used as an excuse as Freeman was adamant he was able to play and the trainers and coaching staff obviously agreed.

Tampa Bay’s signal-caller was outgunned by a rookie who hasn’t completed even 50 percent of his passes this season. Freeman made two terrible throws that resulted in interceptions and fumbled twice, including one in his own end zone.

The loss can’t be entirely pinned on Freeman, but No. 5 must take some of the heat for this loss and also the disappointing season.
Final Grade: F

Final Analysis
Seven turnovers, 12 penalties and a total lack of composure when things started going bad equal exactly what the Buccaneers got today – a 41-14 loss. This is by far the worst loss of the year as a team who hasn’t scored more than 20 points all season was able to hang 41 on Tampa Bay today. Every week you assume it can't get worse, yet it does. It may take a miracle for many of these players and this coaching staff to return to Tampa next season.

Score Predictions
Cook’s Prediction: Buccaneers 24-19
Reynold’s Prediction: Jaguars 21-17
Horchy’s Prediction: Buccaneers 23-16
Actual Final Score: Jaguars 41-14

Last modified on Monday, 12 December 2011 00:15
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    Horse, the Jacksonvile game was sold out so I guess the fans in Jacksonville are a little more patient than the TB fans.....?
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    At least it wasn't Luke McCown coming off the bench to put up 41 against us.
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    This is a terrible,butt-ugly team without leadership or direction. Josh Freeman has digressed, not progressed. The coaching is horrendous I cannot understand why ownership lets this organization wallow at the bottom of the NFL and not even try to improve it. How can one have a big investment like this and have such incompetence to run it ? Changes have to be made......sooner the better. I've been a Buc fan since the beginning, rarely missing a game whether it be attending, watching on tv, or listening on radio but I have to say that I'm finding it very hard to keep my interest. A final note. Good ownership in the NFL seems to produce year after year. Sure, there are some tuff seasons for successful teams, but they always find a way to bounce back. The Buccaneers never have.
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    Why would blowing up the team be stupid? What has the organization coaches or team shown you that they have a clue on how to put a consistent entertaining respectable product on the field? Not since Dungy era has the community loved this team they way they used to. Tampa fans get a bad rap but why would anyone pay money to watch that crap. Last year we overachieved against soft schedule but built hope and promis that could be built upon. This year it's the exact opposite. It's not just Olsen. Our DEF is soft poor tackling and always in the wrong position. Freeman looks like more of a rookie this year than the previous two seasons. Turnovers. Penalties. This is a bad football team getting worse. Thats why change is needed. I already threw the renewal packet in the trash. I bleed pewter and orange and have had these seats since the stadium opened. It's sad and pathetic it's come to this. We keep talking about leadership amongst the players and coaches but what about our worthless owners? Zero direction and leadership coming from the top....
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    Blowing up the team means new players and new coaches -- that would be stupid. We already have the QB, RB and probably the WRs to be successful. A bit more speed at WR would be helpful but really if you 'blow-up' the offense who goes? Defense needs more help but once again who goes? The D-line is young and the LBs are young. We need more talent at CB and S for sure, but once again if you blow up the team who goes? The team is extremely young and they errored very badly in a strike shortened year not to have more Vets are better depth. I'm not hardcore for keeping the Morris but what other options do we have? With a normal off-season and some depth on defense I see us making huge strides if we will only go back to the Tampa 2 (with modern modifications, I get it). On offense we need an NFL coordinator, not someone that might have a hard time getting a high school level job. If you watch the games, really watch them you'll see how things just tumble out of control and how Olson does nothing to help his offense, he's just awful. I hated Mike Shula when he was here, I hated Clyde Christensen when he was here but I did understand their bland predictable offenses, they needed to protect the undersized defense to a bit and they didn't have a talent at QB even close to that of Freeman. Fire Olson, let a fan call the plays, let a monkey randomly choose something, anything. He has single handily destroyed this team with his incompetence.
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    Blowing up the team is stupid, it has the players to be successful but it doesn't have the coach. But Morris isn't the problem, Olson is -- he's awful. The entire game turned when the score was 14-7 and the Bucs had it 3rd-and-3 in the Jags territory and the moron calls a shotgun formation!! IDIOT! Our best players on offense are a 260lb QB and a 250lb RB -- at least give the defense a look that you might run the ball you moron! The Bucs don't have the WRs to run those quick 5yard routes so of course the Jags jammed the WRs and blitz, ball is incomplete and the game completely turns around. Tampa is about to go down for an easy score, talks away with nothing, the Jags throw and get a bomb and the team falls apart. Last week against Carolina on 3rd-and-2 in CAR territory the first two times the moron calls an end-around (7 yard loss) and a shotgun formation incomplete pass. Olson is awful, he should have been fired weeks ago. He puts the offense in no position to succeed ever, he's predictable, boring and incompetent. If Morris stays Olson must go!
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    Why would blowing up the team be stupid? What has the organization coaches or team shown you that they have a clue on how to put a consistent entertaining respectable product on the field? Not since Dungy era has the community loved this team they way they used to. Tampa fans get a bad rap but why would anyone pay money to watch that crap. Last year we overachieved against soft schedule but built hope and promis that could be built upon. This year it's the exact opposite. It's not just Olsen. Our DEF is soft poor tackling and always in the wrong position. Freeman looks like more of a rookie this year than the previous two seasons. Turnovers. Penalties. This is a bad football team getting worse. Thats why change is needed. I already threw the renewal packet in the trash. I bleed pewter and orange and have had these seats since the stadium opened. It's sad and pathetic it's come to this.
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    Agree with Horse, especailly on the player list. I got the invoice for 2012 - gonna let it sit. They have to convince me they're serious about building a winner. Old man Glazer wanted to win. He spent money and showed up for games. The Glazer boys don't seem to care. I like Raheem. I like the players he and Dom have drafted. They got over confident that they could do it all young and on the cheap. Lack of depth, lack of veterans. Killer. But the confidence hole is so deep, hard to see how the dig out of this without some house cleaning. If Raheem survives, other than new d line coaches wholesale changes in position coaches is needed - Olsen, LB coach day before yesterday.
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    You know you're a bad team when the coach says the last three games of the season will be padded practices,like going back to training camp. And here I thought training camp was supposed to be the first three weeks before the season.
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    suferdudes, you are right and from the get go this team was not playing based on the "now", but on last years record. Something is wrong with Josh Freeman and we nor the media are prevy to it. I am guessing it is either the relationship between the WR's or OC or both. I would bet it is with Olsen. I am not seeing a lot of communication between coaches and players; another Soundoffer brought that up earlier and that is a good point. I expect a coaching change tomorrow, but I had also expected a lot of other things by now would be happening; this is a sinking ship that hasn't accepted yet that the water is already above the Bridge Deck.
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    You are right on Mark. There is zero excuses for the Buccaneer organization from Owner, GM, HC, DC, OC. I am not buying any tickets until this ship is righted. Right now it's sad to say, but it is time once again to "start over". Right now, I am playing all my young guys. As far as I am concerned we can cut right now Sean Jones, Myron Lewis, Kellon Winslow, Quincy Black, Geno Hayes, James Lee, Greg Lumpkin, Josh Johnson, and about half the people on IR. We have so many needs, I don't even know where to begin with except we are okay at DE & DT; the rest is up for grabs. Go Bucs! Become a team again!
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