Tampa Bay continues to shoot itself in the foot with mistakes, especially in the fourth quarter. The Bucs had a costly fumble, a big penalty and a chance to get two interceptions, but failed miserably. Here is a look at some of the most disappointing Buccaneers at Carolina.
MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS AT PANTHERS
RT Oniel Cousins
The Bucs’ decision to move Demar Dotson to left tackle and insert Cousins at right tackle backfired on Sunday. While Dotson played reasonably well at left tackle, Cousins was terrible at right tackle and couldn’t handle Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson, who blew him up in the third quarter, especially. Johnson had five tackles, two tackles for loss, half a sack and a key forced fumble.
OL Garrett Gilkey
Gilkey was inserted into the lineup in the second quarter as an extra tight end after rookie Kevin Pamphile went down with knee and ankle injuries. On the first series of the third quarter, Gilkey had a false start penalty on the first play that backed up the Bucs near their own goal line and set up first-and-15 at the their own 15. Two plays later, Josh McCown was sacked and fumbled.
QB Josh McCown
McCown completed 13-of-28 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and one interception and a QB rating of 60.7. He also fumbled twice in the second half and both were costly. After being sacked on third-and-15 at the Tampa Bay 15, he fumbled at the Tampa Bay 4-yard line. The Panthers scored a touchdown two plays later. McCown’s other fumble occurred in the fourth quarter after he was pressured. That turnover led to a 45-yard field goal by Graham Gano to give Carolina a nine-point lead, 19-10, with 8:31 left in regulation. McCown did scramble 16 yards for a touchdown on third down to cut Carolina’s lead to 19-17, but didn’t make enough plays to win the game and finished with three costly turnovers, including a game-ending interception in the fourth quarter.
WR Mike Evans
The Bucs’ first-round draft pick beat Panthers cornerback Josh Norman for an 8-yard touchdown on third down to give Tampa Bay a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. That touchdown gave him 11 for the season, which tied a franchise record for touchdown catches in a season, set by Mike Williams during his rookie season in 2010. Evans had two catches for 13 yards in the first half and didn’t have with a single catch in the second half thanks to great coverage by Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. While he was targeted eight times in the game, his two-catch, 13-yard effort was the worst of his career.
DE Larry English
His ticky-tack roughing the passer penalty on Derek Anderson with 14:44 left in the fourth quarter negated linebacker Orie Lemon’s first career interception, which would have set the Bucs up at the Carolina 31. English didn’t make a tackle, but made that one big mistake.
CB Alterraun Verner
Verner didn’t have a bad game, but missed an opportunity to get a crucial interception in the fourth quarter that could have denied Carolina’s last field goal that ultimately decided the game. Verner forced a fumble, had two pass breakups and five tackles, but really needed to come through with a big interception in that situation in the red zone.
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Lather, rinse, repeat!
I will remain a Buc fan even if a) we choose a punter with the first pick. b) we switch our primary uniform color to pink c) we choose Clyde Christensen as our OC.
I will refuse to be a Bucs fan if I hear the name “Oniel Cousins” next year.
Thanks for the laugh? That was perfect. There are a lot of players on this team that are just bad. Wouldn’t be starting on most teams in the nfl. Give Lovie another disappointment as well. Why in the gel are yi playing McCoy with this injury in a meaningless game. Just moronic. One step closer to the draft gentleman.
Add the punter to it. This is the first time I find much of the fault with Coach smith. Time management at the end of both half’s caused us possible points. Very conservative offense for a 2-12 team that is picking at No. 2 spot.
This guy fumbles too much and hasn’t completed more than 50% of his passes in a long time…..and he gives us the best chance to win??? Lovie is back to his old stubborn Chicago ways. Never liked him as our head coach and he keeps proving me right. Not a happy Buc fan!!!!
Dashon Goldson should have intercepted the ball in the end zone if he would have been paying attention. No more penalties but no more plays from # 38 either. Another high-priced disappointment. Anyone see a Michael Johnson play? Louis Murphy disappears for long stretches. Saw Luke Stocker wide open but McCown threw short to Jackson. Saw Myers running around by himself but McCown doesn’t seem him either. But to me, the biggest disappointment is Marcus Arroyo. It’s unfair for him but he has no clue how to devise a game plan and we sure don’t know how to execute one if he did. It’s like he spins a wheel on the sideline to call the play. Then, if it takes too long before landing on “throw to Jackson” there are only 6 seconds left on the play clock. Tough to watch.
Who disappointed? The entire OL, the TE crew (where’s ASJ?), Josh McCown when under pressure didn’t secure ball, Marcus Arroyo. It’s time to pull the plug on the McCown experiment as well as the Arroyo experiment as soon as this season is over. I hate to even think that this team will have yet another offensive coordinator with a completely different offensive scheme again for this team. There’s been absolutely no continuity with this team since Gruden was fired.
….oh yeah, Goldson has got to make the play and that ended up being the difference in this game – but most of the fans seem to want losses to grab that first pick……
oh yeah, Verner needs to make the interception when given the chance…..
Disagree about ASJ. He has been a loser since he got here. So far a wasted draft pick.
there was nothing to disagree with – I asked where was he?
The usual suspects. I liked when we punted from our own 45 instead of going for it on fourth down. What a joke. I said we wouldn’t put up more then 10 points before the game. Josh, and company didn’t disappoint.
That’s not much of a prediction. Neither team can score any points before the game.
This column has become what my buddy and I like to call “PR’s list of people they’re obviously biased against.” Sure, I agree with most all every week, but every week there are some stand-outs. This week’s obvious bias: Verner. Dude saves a series inside the 5 on one drive and plays “good” according to the article. Then he misses 1 INT and is immediately in the trash heap of the team according to PR. That’s pretty crappy. Where’s Doug Martin? Oh, that’s right. One good play gets you on Most Impressive even if you suck the rest of the game. My bad.
All of the “week-in/week-out” comments – earned comments, have roots going back to the GM. Free agent signings, draft picks and coaches all had to get the OK from the GM. Rebuilding a team means a significant exchange of old for new and that’s what happened regardless of team blowback. There’s an old saying: “Don’t mistake activity for success.”
After watching McCown and Glennon this yr it reminds of the yr we had Leftwich and L. McCown, sigh
reminds me of a lot of different Bucs seasons – they’ve pretty much never had a real franchise QB have they?
I hope the Bucs are number one at least in one category – 1st pick in the draft! Go Bucs! 2016 (yes, 2016) is looking promising.
McClown is a perfect storm of crappy play~he succeeds so much at failing that he is a lock at the position in Tampa!! Its his job to lose~literally,and he is doing just that by being himself…Im really surprised Tampa didnt snatch a victory out of the jaws of defeat and mire up their chance at the #1 overall pick in the draft…Lets just hope the Eagles take a dump for the rest of the season and lower their pick in the draft~which betters the draft for the Bucs in several ways…Now to just dump our trumped up DC we call a HC…
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