The Buccaneers scored the team’s first victory of the season in upset fashion with a come-from-behind, 27-24 win at Pittsburgh. While there were plenty of heroes on Sunday, there were some Tampa Bay players that contributed to a game that the Bucs nearly lost. Here is a look at some of the most disappointing Buccaneers, according to PewterReport.com:
MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS
CBs Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks
Banks deflected a pass in the end zone intended for Justin Brown on third-and-goal to deny Pittsburgh a touchdown and force a field goal. But Banks also played too soft in zone coverage, giving up several catches as Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards. Like Banks, Verner was too soft in zone coverage, giving receivers too much of a cushion off the line of scrimmage and downfield. Verner was flagged for holding on Antonio Brown’s touchdown pass, but the penalty was declined by Pittsburgh. Brown finished the day catching seven passes for 131 yards and two scores.
LT Anthony Collins
Collins had two offensive holding penalties that cost Tampa Bay 20 yards in the first half. He also blew a block that caused Bobby Rainey to get tackled for a 2-yard loss in the second quarter. Collins also held Pittsburgh linebacker Sean Spence on Doug Martin’s 3-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter and was lucky he wasn’t flagged for that, too.
MLB Dane Fletcher
Steelers tight end Heath Miller had a field day against the middle of Tampa Bay’s defense, catching 10 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Fletcher didn’t fare well in coverage and was out of his gap several times in the run defense, especially in the first half as Pittsburgh amassed 74 yards rushing.
P Michael Koenen
Koenen had a terrible day punting the football, averaging just 35.3 yards per punt and did little to flip the Bucs’ field position, as his longest kick was just 40 yards. Yet on the bright side, Koenen forced two fair catches and also had one punt downed inside the Steelers’ 20. However, a little more leg strength would have been nice on Sunday.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
So the only time TEs don’t have a field day against us is when we’re being blown out….guess I’ll take the soft middle coverage every time…
It’s nice when we have to think who was that disappointing. Barron and Wright were just as guilty as Verner and Banks.
This is Jubilee Sunday. All is forgiven!Saw lots of bad, just not going to mention it! #nobuzzkill
Holding call on Verner was a really bad call.
Verner also had a couple of nice plays.
We gotta figure out what’s up with Koenen. 35 yard punts are rough
Verner was pushed down in the end zone. But I do agree that our secondary is allowing completions at an alarming rate. We seem to rarely defend a pass. I hope someone asks the question of Lovie if Koenen’s high but short punts were by design to prevent returns and allow for the coverage to get downfield. Agree with Fletcher being ill-suited for a Tampa 2 Mike linebacker. I was most disappointed with the Steeler fans, who, as I predicted, hit the early exit and missed the best part of the game.
I am glad we got the win. However, Dietrich-Smith should definitely be on this list. For an experienced center to consistently get called for delay of game is inexcusable.
I agree with this list 100%. Great job SR. I agree with not putting the OC/QB coach, C or QB on here for the delay of game penalties because we have no idea which one of them was causing this.
We need a MLB or safety that can cover a TE. It’s as if they, Miller, Olsen, Cook, et al have been given clear passage through Buc territory. The very thought of Jimmy Graham gives me the willies. We need instinctive CBs that will play the ball instead of the man. We’ve got counter punchers who wait for the reception, then go after the man.
It is not the scheme. This is the exact same scheme that Dallas (Marinelli) used to keep the Saints off the board using players that couldn’t even make the Bucs roster. A CB is a fighter pilot with the cockiness and attitude that attacks and believes that he can beat you. Sorry we don’t have those type-A attitudes on our team. Dallas just demoted Claiborne, Banks should take notice!
Agreed with the TE coverage thoughts. Why do the LB’s always sell out versus the run at let the TE go free? That cannot be the way defenses are taught. If you have an assignment, stick to it!
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