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September 29, 2013 @ 4:22 pm
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Winless Bucs Blow Another Lead In 13-10 Loss to Cardinals

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After leading 10-0 at the half, the Tampa Bay offense, which was led by rookie QB Mike Glennon, struggled mightily in a bad, 13-10 loss to Arizona. Glennon threw two costly fourth quarter picks as the Bucs fall to 0-4 on the season and 1-9 in their last 10 games under head coach Greg Schiano.
WHAT HAPPENED IN TAMPA BAY’S 13-10 LOSS vs. ARIZONA
In an attempt to spark the team’s struggling offense, Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano benched five-year starting quarterback Josh Freeman and started rookie Mike Glennon, the team’s third-round draft pick. Schiano said that Glennon gave the Bucs the best chance to win against Arizona.

It didn’t work.

Glennon threw two costly fourth quarter interceptions as Tampa Bay blew a 10-0 lead at halftime in a crushing, 13-10 defeat that dropped the Bucs to 0-4 on the season.

“It’s a very tough game, tough loss for our guys,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “We did a lot of things very well, just did too many things wrong, too many mistakes to win. Certainly we’re being tested, but we’ve got to stick together and we’ll win.”

After the game, Glennon was reflecting on his interceptions.

“It’s unfortunate,” Glennon said. “That was kind of my focus the whole game. Just take what the defense is giving me, protect the football and we felt like we could win the game. It wasn’t like I was getting greedy with that throw. [The receiver] was open. I just didn’t put it where it needed to be.

“It’s just an unfortunate way to end the game. The defense played great the whole game. The offense looked good in the first half and then in the end, we just can’t make that throw. A foot in front would’ve been the difference. [It’s] definitely a learning experience, but also a tough one to swallow.”

For the third time in four games, the offense didn’t do enough to put the game away and the defense couldn’t hold a lead within the last two minutes in regulation. The Bucs also had slim leads over New York and New Orleans in the first two weeks of the season before losing both games to last-second field goals.

The problems with Tampa Bay’s offense run much deeper than Freeman, who was inactive on Sunday and watched the game from a suite. The Bucs players have been subjected to poor coaching, poor play-calling and a lack of in-game adjustments by Schiano and his staff during a stretch of games in which Tampa Bay is 1-9 in its last 10 games dating back to 2012. After Sunday's loss, the heat from fans and the media will likely be turned up even higher on Schiano.

Dan Orlovsky backed up Glennon on Sunday, while Freeman went public with his demands to be traded or released this week.

“With all the happenings of the week, it was the best thing for our team,” Schiano said about Freeman watching the game from a suite rather than to be on the field. “There’s stuff that I’m not going to get into, but that was the best thing for our football team today.”

The Bucs lost to a bad Cardinals team that was 1-2 coming into the game and was playing without three starting linebackers, its starting safety and its starting nose tackle. When star defensive tackle Darnell Dockett went out with a groin injury in the third quarter, Arizona was playing without six of its starting 11 defenders.

And the Bucs only scored 10 points.

On Sunday, Arizona’s offense did its best impersonation of Tampa Bay’s offense. The Cardinals offense had problems scoring and was plagued by turnovers, dropped passes, bad throws and a few drive-killing penalties.

Arizona only generated 296 yards and was 1-of-10 on third down.

Quarterback Carson Palmer, who was 21-of-38 for 248 yards with one touchdown, threw two interceptions, including one in the end zone.

The Cardinals rushed for just 56 yards on 20 carries (2.8 avg.).

Arizona had 10 penalties for 90 yards.

But the problem for Tampa Bay was that its offense only generated 253 yards, including 112 in the second half, and was outscored 13-0 after halftime. The Bucs rushed for 80 yards on 31 carries (2.6 avg.), but the longest run was a 22-yarder by free safety Dashon Goldson on a fake punt on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals defense sold out against stopping the run, knowing that it would be difficult for Glennon, who completed 24-of-43 passes for 193 yards with a touchdown and two costly picks, to beat them. Doug Martin had very little running room and rushed 27 times for just 45 yards (1.7 avg.).

“Really we struggled running the ball all day,” Schiano said. “We didn’t run the ball effectively all day. They did a good job of shutting down the run. Our biggest rush was a fake punt.”

Wide receivers Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson played through hamstring and rib injuries, respectively, but didn’t make much of a difference. Williams caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, while Jackson was held to two catches for 27 yards by cornerback Patrick Peterson, who picked off Glennon twice.

Tampa Bay’s leading receiver was tight end Tim Wright, who caught just five passes for 41 yards. Glennon’s longest completion of the day was a 20-yarder to fullback Erik Lorig.

“I thought Mike did a good job of commanding control of the game, the tempo, everything,” Schiano said. “I thought he read things out relatively well. He spread the ball around to nine different guys: three of the backs, three of the receivers, tight ends. At the end of the day, we had two costly turnovers. And again, none of the good is only one guy, and none of the bad is only one guy. It’s coaching, it’s playing, so together we’ll get it fixed.”

Tampa Bay’s defense stepped up to support the play of the rookie quarterback in his first NFL start. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded a sack on the first play of the game and recovered a fumble that was forced by cornerback Leonard Johnson.

In the third quarter, rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks made a leaping, one-handed interception in the end zone to prevent Arizona from getting any points and preserving Tampa Bay’s 10-0 lead.

On the Cardinals’ next drive, Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis picked off Palmer at the Tampa Bay 23-yard line to end another Arizona drive. But after Peterson’s first interception was returned to the Tampa Bay 11-yard line, Revis gave up a touchdown to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had six catches for 68 yards and Arizona’s lone TD to tie the score at 10-10 late in the fourth quarter.

After taking a 13-10 lead with 1:29 left in regulation, the Cardinals defense stepped up with Peterson recording his second interception of the day as Glennon’s errant pass to Jackson was picked off.

“I thought [Tampa Bay’s defense] played really well, third down defense especially – they were one for 10. Rushing yards, I think they had like 50 something yards. It was a winning defensive performance – but we play as a team.”

And this was a team loss for the Buccaneers – the fourth of the season. Tampa Bay is winless heading into the bye week and has all but lost any opportunity to make the postseason, especially with an offense that is averaging just over eight points per game no matter who is under center.

HOW DID THE TEAMS SCORE? – BUCS vs. CARDINALS SCORING SERIES
First Quarter – Buccaneers 7, Cardinals 0

The Bucs benefitted from great field position as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recovered a fumble forced by cornerback Leonard Johnson and returned it 11 yards to the Arizona 41. After Doug Martin ran for a 12-yard gain, Mike Glennon found Mike Williams for a 14-yard gain down to the Arizona 15. After two Martin runs totaled seven yards, Glennon hit Williams with an 8-yard touchdown pass on third-and-3 to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

Second Quarter – Buccaneers 10, Cardinals 0
Glennon converted two third down passing opportunities with throws to Brian Leonard and Kevin Ogletree. A 15-yard personal foul against safety Yeremiah Bell helped the Bucs cross midfield. A 13-yard pass to Williams and a 15-yard strike to Tim Wright put Tampa Bay in field goal range and Rian Lindell’s 50-yard attempt was good, giving the Bucs a 10-0 lead at halftime.

Third Quarter – Buccaneers 10, Cardinals 3
Martin’s fumble was recovered by linebacker Matt Shaughnessy at the 50-yard line and gave Arizona great field position. After a 6-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer hit tight end Rob Housler for a gain of 23 yards down to the Tampa Bay 21. But the drive stalled, and four plays later, Jay Feely’s 42-yard field goal cut the Bucs’ lead to 10-3.

Fourth Quarter – Buccaneers 10, Cardinals 10
After Patrick Peterson picked off Glennon’s pass for Vincent Jackson at the Tampa Bay 24 and returned it 13 yards to the 11-yard line. On the next play, Palmer found Fitzgerald for an 11-yard touchdown to tie the game at 10-10.

Fourth Quarter – Cardinals 13, Buccaneers 10
On third-and-10 at the Tampa Bay 10-yard line, left tackle Donald Penn gave up a sack linebacker Dontay Moch, who dropped Glennon for a 9-yard loss at the 1-yard line. That forced Michael Koenen to punt from his own end zone and gave Arizona great field position at the Tampa Bay 38. A 19-yard pass to Jaron Brown set up the Cardinals at the Bucs’ 19-yard line, but a 10-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on safety Dashon Goldson, who hit Brown hard near the sidelines, gave Arizona 10 more yards. Four plays later, Feely’s 27-yard field goal was good and gave the Cardinals a 13-10 win.

WHAT WAS NOTABLE ABOUT SUNDAY’S GAME FOR THE BUCS?
Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy got his second sack of the season on the first play of Sunday’s game. McCoy then recovered a fumble that was forced by cornerback Leonard Johnson on Arizona’s second possession. … Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams fought through a hamstring injury to play on Sunday and caught Mike Glennon’s first career touchdown pass, which was his second TD catch of the season. … New Bucs running back Jeff Demps made his debut on Sunday and had a 14-yard run on an end around on his first carry. … Against Arizona, Tampa Bay rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks recorded his first NFL career interception on Sunday, and cornerback Darrelle Revis picked off his first pass and forced his first fumble as a Buccaneer. … Bucs free safety Dashon Goldson recorded his first carry of the season, a 22-yarder, on a fake punt run on fourth-and-inches in the fourth quarter. … Fullback Erik Lorig had his first catch of the season – a 20-yarder. … Rookie tight end Tim Wright had his most productive day in the NFL, catching a team-high five passes for 41 yards.

WHICH BUCCANEERS WERE INACTIVE?
The following Bucs were inactive against the Cardinals: TE Tom Crabtree, CB Michael Adams, LG Gabe Carimi, DT Derek Landri, CB Rashaan Melvin and QB Josh Freeman.

The following Cardinals were inactive against the Bucs: S Rashad Johnons, RB Ryan Williams, LB Kevin Minter, OT Bobbie Massie, G Earl Watford, DT Dan Williams and QB Ryan Lindley.

WHICH BUCS GOT HURT?
• After a 20-yard catch in the third quarter, Bucs fullback Erik Lorig suffered a leg injury, but walked off the field under his own power and returned a few plays later.

• Bucs strong safety Mark Barron suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out in the second half. Barron was replaced by Ahmad Black at strong safety.

• Tampa Bay wide receiver Kevin Ogletree suffered a leg injury in the fourth quarter, but returned.

WHAT WILL UPSET GREG SCHIANO WHEN HE WATCHES THE FILM?
• The Bucs’ inability to break Doug Martin loose was costly. Aside from a 12-yard run in the first quarter, Martin rushed for 33 yards on 26 carries (0.78 yards per carry) in his other attempts. Making matters worse was the fact that Martin fumbled in the third quarter at the 50-yard line to set up Arizona’s first field goal.

• Kick returner Jeff Demps returned the ball from deep in the end zone and getting tackled at the Tampa Bay 10-yard line. On third-and-10, quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked for a 9-yard loss back to the 1-yard line and the Bucs were forced to punt from their own end zone, which gave the Cardinals great starting field position at the Tampa Bay 38 for the game-winning field goal.

• Glennon threw two fourth quarter interceptions that Arizona turned into 10 points and aid in the Cardinals’ come-from-behind win. Both of those picks were on passes intended for wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

• Bucs free safety Dashon Goldson was flagged 10 yards for unnecessary roughness after Jaron Brown caught a 19-yard pass on Arizona’s game-winning drive. It was the third personal foul penalty on Goldson, who was hitting a defenseless receiver, this season. Tampa Bay was penalized eight times for 73 yards on Sunday.

WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR THE BUCS?
Tampa Bay (0-4) enters its bye week before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised locally on Fox.

Last modified on Sunday, 29 September 2013 18:08
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    I think the most depressing thing about this season is when it was tied up 10-10, I thought we had no chance to win the game. 0. When Freeman was here (he isn't gone yet, but Schiano will bring back Dilfer before he goes back to Freeman) at least I had hope. I wasn't big on drafting Glennon, and I didn't see anything yesterday to change my mind, (I am sorry, but he led a 41 yard drive....not a big deal), but if the kid does have talent, I have seen nothing from these coaches that says players will improve in this system. Freeman deserves alot of the blame in this, but the Freeman we have seen since Schiano was hired was a quarter of what he used to be. Martin hasn't gotten better in the last year+. Jackson drops alot of balls that I don't remember him dropping before. And Penn is just a mess compared to where he was 2 years ago. I thought we could win 3 games this year going into yesterday, now I am hopeful we can win just 1. ( We probably will, I am not that depressed, but it's going to be close). When all you bring is discipline to the table, and you don't even really bring that to the table (see weeks 1 and 2), you can't survive in this league. We should be 3-1 (maybe even 4-0, we dominated that 1st half against New England, we just couldn't score in the red zone), and instead we might go 2-14. We are the Chiefs from last season.
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    My wife doesnt like football. She puts up with watching the Bucs with me. Her astute observation was...why does the coach have the running back run into the middle of the bumblebee over and over especially on first down, when it doesnt work? I think when it gets to the point where someone who does not know much, or care at all about football is smarter than the head coach....it is time to fire the coach. Fire Schiano now!!!!!
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    You ALL swallowed the hook with this hire. The writing was on the wall when the wheels blew off this puke bus towards the end of last season. Then the monkey dung preseason. The ONE, and last thing, I like about this club is that the Glazers will do the right thing--even if its their muck up. Yank the cord on Shiano. The had to lift the blackouts. The season is already over thanks to this nose bleed.
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    I see no reason to keep Schiano for even one more minute. He is worse than Ray Perkins and I thought that there could be no worse. This has become a nightmare for most fans. Owners, if you expect to have any fans left and continue with Schiano, you are in deep doo doo. It is the coaching and I would start at the top and give the two coordinators a couple games to see if they have any creative skills. Time to FIRE Schiano now!
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    As I said below, fire Schiano. But I am not for firing Dominik. We have had good drafts with him. He deserves some of the blame for hiring the wrong guy, but we don't know what role ownership played in this. I would give Dominik another chance to get it right. I think he is a guy that learns from his mistakes. I expect him to hire the next HC from the ranks of the top NFL assistants.
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    @scubog - Amen Brother - I think Schiano's act is on its last leg. I'm a big fan on Dominc but it's tough to see him survive since he helped pick this clown. Also, don't expect a Tom Caughlin like attitude change from our fearless leader. This guy seems constitutionally unable to modify is worldview despite new evidence.. I think Johnny Manzel is looking really good right now.
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    Horse, You talk about getting rid of the coach. But the GM hired the coach. So that means he has to go too. don't you think so
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    Good Job Coach! Way to lose the game again, loser!
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    Up 10-0 in the 3rd and I knew we were going to lose...and I consider myself an optimist! Fire GS!
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    After reading Free's whining and excuses - you can't use the 'power went off in my house (head?) excuse for missing the team picture when you have a history of missing meetings and other events - and the fact this spoiled, whiny immature waste of physical skill skipped several practices this past week, let's all not forget how we ended up where we are. ----> The Glazers promoted Dom to GM when his only proven skill is structuring contracts. He has shown no ability to identify talent beyond fixer uppers that were discarded by other teams. --- They spent $1+ billion on a soccer team and starved the Bucs roster for several yrs --- They tossed the most talented coach the franchise ever had - yes, Gruden, he won us a Super Bowl after Dungy repeatedly failed, because he understands both defense AND offense --- They replaced him with someone not even qualified to be a coordinator much less head coach --- Who drafted a physically gifted QB who lacks the maturity and (at least) the football IQ needed to be successful. ---- We need a front office that has bee successful before, and maybe a coach and a couple of coordinators also. ------ Give Glennon a chance. For his first game and < a week to prepare! the kid looked fine. He has the head for it, came out of a good program, has good height, just needs to bulk up in the offseason. QBs are always a gamble, give him this yr and next to develop. I think we'll be (pleasantly) surprised. PR needs to be the voice of reason, get their knickers out of the current twist. Disappointing.
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    scubog, I hope you now understand why I made an out-of-character post regarding Schiano back in August, 1 week before the season started. Like yourself I have been following the Bucs since their inception. I have no desire to wish misfortune on Schiano. I am first and foremost a Buc fan. Didn't see it then, don't see it now. I hold out hope even still. I would love to be wrong!
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    I'm starting to think Schiano is a bigger part of the problem than Ray Perkins, Richard Williamson, Leeman Bennett, Sam Wyche or Raheem Morris. Those guys didn't have teams with this much talent. As someone posted. He has tried to remake this team with Rutgers type players, players he tried to recruit and submissive coaches. He has this egomaniac belief that if he plans something it's correct even if he's proved wrong by his opponents. From day one he has undermined Josh Freeman and couldn't wait to run off Winslow, Talib and Blount. Now he's trying to do it with Bowers. Know what Coach (?), we fans don't think your a Buccaneer Man either.
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    So tired of hearing we will get it fixed ! Time to look at next years draft. The problem with looking at next years draft is we will have the same old dumb *censored* GM that can't pick a coach drafting for us. This is the year we need to clean house and get a real GM and a new scout dept. Need to keep Schiano so we can go 0-16. Then fire Schiano and Dumbnik and start over.
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    you too? Im so tired every week of him saying "We'll fix it." Guess what coach it aint fixed yet, not in week 2 or this week. When can you get fixed???
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    Won't be long now til Jay Leno will be making the Bucs the laughing stock of the country! They won't be roasting the Browns anymore! If the Glazers want to save this talented team they must stop the clown they made a Head Coach. He is the worst in the Country. His micromanaging stupidity clearly does not work and he has given away a lot of our talented players that didn't fit his inflexible schemes instead of studying his team and designing the schemes to make his team a success. When his ex player that was honored early on in his wheel chair was asked by the press what he thought after watching the Bucs scrimmage in practice, he replied that he could follow it because the Bucs were running the Rutgers' Defense. Remember that? And he left a thousand yard rusher rotting on the bench his first year and instead wanted Doogie to do all his running. Why? I suggest to you he wanted to try to duplicate his greatest running game by getting and playing a clone of the Raven's running back who played for Schiano at Rutgers. Schiano was trying to recreate a Buc team using his college schemes. All he created was a loosing Buc team. He has to be stopped in his tracks before he drives all our free agents to jump ship from this team as soon as they can get out of here. Bennet was a lucky one they may conclude. Appoint an interim coach who can right the sunken ship and get our cannons proudly firing again!
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    @owlycat - your best post yet. Lot's of great, well-informed opinion and no Tebo. Hats off.
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    This is bad. :(
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    This is 1976,all over again!!! Thanks coach!!! You DUMB @SS!!!!!!!
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    So when we lose 3 more games is it the Qb, or the coach and the scheme. Just curious because this 2nd game we lost in the final minutes. And our last Qb was so horrible we have to run him out of town. Its the scheme people, oh and a joke of coach!!!!!!!!
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    its become obvious, if youre not one of Shiano's guys from Rutgers or some other relationship, you are NOT welcome. Glennon was the "apple" of coach's eye in HS, yea freakin HS. Looks like Blount and Talib are doing just fine, they just needed some COACHING, and some 21 Century treatment. Its disgraceful, IMO, how Freeman been smeared by this regime, I think many players will not trust this guy at all. How bout those boys from WV, Tandy and Goode,, that gave Shiano such a hard time in COLLEGE,,,,THIS IS THE NFL COACH THE NFL
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    boy lovie will love this d and use the first or second pick on clowney or bridge, hopefully we call him first, if not maybe gruden or dungy will feel sorry for us and come back
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    Where is BucWild02? Schiano's public relations director. Need to speak with him about a prediction he made.
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    I'm right here. Hey, I am not necessarily a die hard Schiano fan, just a die hard Freeman hater. The guy had to go. Maybe the coaching needs to be overhauled, but Freeman will take no team to the promised land. At least the rookie fired the ball on time(in the first half). Second half? No adjustments made and an extremely conservative gameplan. They stopped looking for Mike Williams who was open all day and Martin couldn't run worth a crap. 27 carries may be too much for a guy who is averaging 1.7 yards per. Where was Leonard? Why not get him some carries. Vincent Jackson didn't show up(injury) and Tim Wright looked like an undrafted free agent trying to do his best as a converted TE. ANd why the hell do you run a zone on 2nd and 20? The defense did that three times and payed for it with Carson Palmer hitting a wide open WR for a 1st down. I am just as disgusted with the outcome as all of us fans.
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    Once again, correct. Play NOT to loose, and not to win. BAD play calling AGAIN. NO adjustments at all AGAIN. This is not the NFL circa 1972. You have 2 w/r that any team wish they could have. If you RUN the ball EVERY 1st down, gee I wonder why " we could not spring Martin". GOOD LORD this is frustrating. It sucks, 4games in and the season is OVER. Cleveland is playing hard, and we could have had CHud as coach, NOPE, Philbin has Miami on a roll, he interviewed here. NOPE. They tried to outthink the room, and blew it. Also like to say it was nice to see our 1 mil a game corner get TOASTED for a td. I wish Schiano would go " Bobby Patrino" and take a college job and leave. OR " Lane Kiffin" his @$$.
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    Here are some stats I have not seen published. Did Shiano purposely make Freeman look bad. Shiano said he didn't know why our completion percentage was so low. Average yards per completion first 3 games this year Josh Freeman 13.2 Aaron Rodgers 13.0 Payton Manning 12.8 Drew Brees 12.6 Colin Kaepernick 12.5 RG3 11.0 Andrew Luck 10.9 Tom Brady 9.5 Mike Glennon 8.0 Matt Ryan 7.6
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    A smart man once said that doing the same thing all the time and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. These coaches are insane by definition. The kid looked pretty good, but the adjustments at halftime were inept.Stlbucsfan, there are not 5 or 6 pro bowlers. There are 8 current or former pro bowlers on this team. They should be dominating. The only way they will win is if the other team's kicker gets hurt. I am finished... done...gone. I have other things to do in life.
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    @pinkstob....I am so with you...as soon as we got the 7-0 lead I said to the guy beside me "now Schiano will try to run out the rest of the game and we'll end up losing 10-7"...I was nearly right....the defensive coordinators we face must think it's their birthday when they get to play us...all we do is run between the tackles or throw the long bomb....and all they do to stop us is push their LBs to the line and play their DBs deep....they have nothing to worry about from 0-15 yards...it's the Buccaneer black hole.....can we please shuffle these guys back to college now and at least get some respectable play as we look forward to Mariotta/Hundley...or at this rate Teddy...next year....
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    Did I miss something or did not the Bucs run on every 1st down except 1 in the first half.? High school play calling everyone in the stadium new the play.
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    Everyone in the stadium?? All 300 people? Yeah, you're probably right.
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    Please fire Shiano now. I thought as a rookie head coach he would learn and improve, but he just keeps doing the same boneheadded things every game and doesn't learn at all from his mistakes. Instead he blames Josh. Glennon is not as good as Josh. Either Shiano is the worst coach ever or the plan is to tank the whole season and get one of the top QB's in the draft next year. Please fire this bum Shiano now. If he can't win with this team it won't make a difference even with a supposedly better QB than Josh next year.
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    Well. Did anyone really expect anything different? In my opinion you can judge coaching by adjustments made at half time. We lost again after half time. Sticking to run at any cost does remind me of Ray Perkins who kept insisting all would be well if they would only execute his game plan. I thought Glennon looked good in the first half for a rookie making his first start. Then he played like a rookie in the second half. I think the biggest story was Josh Freeman being placed on inactive and watching from a suite! There was an ESPN article trying to tell Josh Freeman he would help himself by taking the high road like Alex Smith when he was replaed by Kaepernick. INSTEAD WE HAVE A RICH ,SPOILED BRAT WHO ACTS LIKE MESHAWN JOHNSON. Josh, you are a legend in your own mind. GROW UP!
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    @DrT1066 - the story now is that Sciano lied about it being a "mutual" decision. He sent Freeman up to the suite as punishment. More of the the same kind of small thinking by our "not long for NFL", head coach.
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    I would love to see an article about the coaching options that we will have going into the offseason. I have seen enough of this team to know we can't blow teams out and as a result out subpar coaching will find a way to lose these winnable games. These losses only highlight Schianos deficiencies as a HC so I'm ok with it. Glennon will make a fine backup one day but once a real coach comes and in and either signs of drafts his guy we will see the playoffs in no time. A team that could have 5 or 6 Pro Bowlers yet lose 10 plus games just reeks of piss poor coaching. Adios Greg! Hello Teddy!
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    I like what I saw in the first half. I hope the folks will get behind this young gem of a QB. Iam looking forward to the next few games. It seems that the bucs was sparked by the young QB in the first half. Things will Improved. Lets not bring Freeman back. Look at the young QB's in 2014 draft. Tampa can get another QB through the draft and this young QB this year and qb next year they will be a great cxombo to see them grow up. GO BUCS
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    FIRE SCHIANO NOW! He's so far in over his stubborn stupid head it's ridiculous. I love this team and schiano has just blown the season
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    When you choose a rookie QB to start in week 4, you can't expect any different. It's tough being a Buc fan this season.
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    Haven't been this pissed since the firing of T. Dungy AND Gruden. This is some embarrassing BS. So glad I decided to skip the game and fish. A bad day fishing is better than watching this crap with a clueless coach.
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    Look at this guy! Would you trust this guy to babysit your kids? lol
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    There is no pain you are receding A distant ship smoke on the horizon You are only coming through in waves Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse Out of the corner of my eye I turned to look but it was gone I cannot put my finger on it now The child is grown The dream is gone And I have become comfortably numb.
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    Pinkstob, It's just all so... predictable!
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    @Macabee - Yeah, that too.
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    It's just all so...embarrassing. At no point did I think we were going to win this game, even when we were winning.
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    Embarrassing! Yep, that is the only way to describe each of the games this season.
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    Should we have expected something different? We have two weeks until the next game. It was declared a good idea to changer QBs, why not change the HC? He made his own bed. Oh, we also saw the classy rush the victory formation. Lots of empty seats! Apparently close to 20,000 under capacity. In terms of money, getting rid of the BULLY, and getting the fans to return might make up the money the Glazers would have to pay to eat his salary.
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    You made the first move by putting Glennon in and now make the next move to try and salvage this season, Schiano and that is quit. If not, Dominick, make the move to give your team a chance to win. FIRE SCHIANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have a coach who plays scared and doesn't play to win but only not to lose! I don't know if he controls both his defensive and offensive coordinators, but if not, please get rid of them too. They had a chance to win as bad as the offense was again and they stop blitzing at the end and let Palmer have all day to make the plays when he couldn't at the beginning, when you put pressure on him. Your offensive coaching was horrible again with trying to run Martin into 7 to 9 men in the box all game. You ran when everyone knew you were going to as the announcers said how often you ran on first down. You had a back in Leonard who made plays when he had the chance and yet he wasn't used enough. Your offensive scheme is so vanilla that average defenses hold you to 10 pts. it seems every game. Go back to Rutgers where even there you were a piss poor manager of games that you did not know how to win when you had the opportunity.
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    I was on the schiano band wagon, but this is just embarrassing.. benching freeman did not improve anything, this season is not going to end well. Don't let the QB position become a joke. Freeman has had his time out, and glennon has shown he is not ready for prime time. Get a TE, and an offensive coordinator, and let Freeman back in the huddle. Let's save this team!
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    For three quarters we were the clearly superior team, but as usual the fourth quarter was a different story. The Buccaneers (read Schiano) simply do not know how to close out a win. In the fourth quarter we can count on multiple mistakes and not being able to run the ball. We have improved everything according to coach and management. We have Revis and Goldson on defense. McCoy is playing at an all pro level. We added Ogletree, Johnson, Nichs and Glennon. Yet in the fourth quarter what has not chnaged is the choke. This time we gave up 13 points in the fourth quarter, unanswered. I think we have to look at the coach. Schiano has pluses but his big minus is his inflexible committment to his way. His way is not working and yet we see no change. The defnese goes soft in the fourth quarter and the offense goes 3 yards and a cloud of dust, if we are lucky. Its time for Schiano to go. Unfortunately the next sacrifice to Schiano's ego will be Sullivan. Sullivan may need to go but don't think for a moment that captain control Schiano is not dictating our offensive style and handcuffing his OC. No, the only thing that will change this team for the better is to can Schiano.
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    Not much to say. This is the most upset I have been in a very long time. We aren't getting any better and a coaching change has to happen now. It will be no different two weeks from now. GM Dominik you read these Posts, now is the time to let Schiano go before you lose Tampa Bay. I think you have already lost the players because they know that this college coach is no NFL Head Coach. You are the GM, you have to straighten this out. This is a Ray Perkins repeat; save this team. I don't think there is much hope for even 2 wins under this coaching scheme. It's bad enough when players make mistakes, but to see this kind of coaching with our team is embarrassing.
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    Me too. Especially after watching Schiano's after game press conference.
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    God, I am so depressed.
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