The Buccaneers dropped to 2-11 on the season following Sunday’s, 34-17, loss in Detroit. And although they were overmatched in just about every phase of the game, there were a few standouts for Tampa Bay. One in particular.
In his fourth career start, Jacquies Smith continued to shine as one of the team’s bright spots on Sunday. His relentless effort led to two sacks on Matthew Stafford, one of which was a third down stop, and the other involved a full-speed chase towards the sidelines. The Mizzou product also added another three tackles, giving credit to the entire defense during his post game interview.
“(It’s a) combination of rush and coverage working together,” Smith said. “I think the guys in the backend did a good job of making him hold it, and the rush did a good job of making him run around. We knew that was one of the keys to the game in not letting him stand there and pick us apart. It’s rush and coverage making him move around and guys chasing him down.”
At the end of the day, however, any good performance was wasted away. The Buccaneers offense was hardly effective, while Calvin Johnson and company proved to be too much for the secondary to handle.
For the players that are showing up in a big way, it has to be even more disappointing for them.
“It’s frustrating,” Smith said. “In football games, you know there’s going to be momentum swings going back and forth. It’s just a matter of making enough plays and obviously we didn’t do that so we came out on the losing end. It’s just a matter of making more plays, and they obviously got the job done. You tip your hats to those guys, but it’s very frustrating.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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On one of Smith’s pursuits of Stafford he ran all the way over to the opposite side of the field. Where was prized free agent Michael Johnson?
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