It was just one of those nights for the Buccaneers.  While it’s difficult to single out specific players in a game where the entire team came out flat, a few key missed opportunities stood out in particular, landing a few guys and one position group on Pewter Report’s list of Most Disappointing.

S Major Wright
It seemed like each member of the secondary had at least one missed tackle that would either result in a score or first down, but Wright stood out in particular on Thursday, mainly for being in coverage on drive-extending receptions. Granted, both plays – a third-and-5 conversion in the second quarter and a seam route for 25-yards, both to Jarred Cook – we’re Case Keenum’s best passes of the night. But Wright was in coverage on both critical downs, and it didn’t look good after a missed tackle on the Rams’ first TD.

CB Jude Adjei-Barimah
Just when Tampa Bay seemed to catch its breath in the first quarter, settling in and hitting a 53-yard field goal to make it 7-3, Adjei-Barimah was at fault for what felt like a dagger to the Bucs chances. A series after the defense forced a three-and-out with solid pressure, Keenum found Kenny Britt on a 60-yard double move over the undrafted rookie. Adjei-Barimah can not bite on a double move ever when the Bucs are in Cover 3 knowing there is no safety help. And if you do, and then get called for a penalty, you have to make sure you take the receiver completely out of the route.  Just like that it was 14-3 and the Bucs offense is chasing touchdowns.

G Logan Mankins and Ali Marpet
Like the rest of the offense, the inside of the offensive line seemed to play better as the game continued, but Aaron Donald and the Rams’ front four wreaked havoc in the first half. Whether it was Donald blowing up Mankins on fourth-and-1 to kill any momentum, or Mark Barron again beating the Bucs’ veteran LG on a first-and-goal run to Doug Martin, Thursday night saw a couple critical miscues by Mankins. As for Marpet, the rookie right guard was called for a hold that brought back a 2-point conversion, one that would’ve made it a 28-14 game with 13 minutes left. Marpet was no match for Donald’s quickness in the first half and received a lesson that hopefully he can learn from. He will rarely matchup against many defensive tackles with Donald’s get-off, but the Hobart standout looked to be completely overmatched at times.

WR Donteea Dye
Dye made the grab of the night – 47-yard post in between two defenders to the STL four-yard line – but a rookie mistake nearly proved to be disastrous. Not realizing he wasn’t down, Dye flipped the ball and a scramble for the fumble followed. Luckily Luke Stocker, one of the few players to have a great game, had the awareness to fall on the ball and set up his eventual TD the next play. Before that mistake, Dye also dropped a would-be TD in the third quarter. While he’s still a rookie, Dye is on the field and expected to at least make up for some of Vincent Jackson’s lost presence.

Special Teams
An overall flat start was kicked into gear after Benny Cunningham returned the opening kickoff to the 43-yard line. The Bucs have shown their inability in the past to overcome one early miscue and that was the case on Thursday. Tampa Bays’ defense looked off balanced and the Rams got a quick, easy score to begin the first half beat down. Then, after the Bucs showed signs of hope by closing the lead to 28-13 in the fourth quarter, the unit allowed a 103-yard return for Cunningham. The defense held strong, keeping them to a field goal, but still one that Tampa Bay couldn’t afford so late in the contest. Finally, while it’s unfair to expect a successful onside kick, the Bucs attempt with less than two minutes to play could’ve been a little more difficult to recover.

Dishonorable Mention: DT Gerald McCoy (one assist, one half sack), LB Danny Lansanah ( missed tackles) Gosder Cherilus (two penalties)

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

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. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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76Buc
76Buc
5 years ago

Lot’s of truth here in this article. I want to puke.

DrT1066
DrT1066
5 years ago

Replay showed a defender tapped Dye’s shoulder while he was down before he threw the ball downl

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
5 years ago

add dirk koetter to this list

russmillerwy
russmillerwy
5 years ago

Playing on the road on a Thursday night is like playing through a hangover. It showed. Lots of bleary-eyed mistakes and everyone a fraction of a second slower than the other team. Speaking of alcohol, don’t forget about Captain Morgan’s temper tantrum at the six inch line. Will ASJ ever graduate from teenage angst?

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  russmillerwy
5 years ago

YOu know honestly the more I think about it, and I could be wrong, I think he thought he scored and that’s why he threw the ball. Maybe? I don’t know why else he would have.

ColoradoBuc
ColoradoBuc
5 years ago

Sorry, but you missed it. You have GOT put ASJ in your list near the top: His little stunt at the goal line ended up costing the Bucs a touchdown. I am really disappointed that he is looking just like Mike Evans as far as being immature. ME and ASJ have got to grow up. If they need a good model to look at, they should watch Doug martin. He does his thing, makes his run, doesn’t stop trying until the whistle blows, gets up, hands the ball to the ref, and returns to the huddle. He is not encumbered… Read more »

Madman
Madman
5 years ago

Add Chris Conte, the invisible McCoy, every DE that played, and ASJackass.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

I’ll keep including Bobby Rainey on the Most Disappointed list for his penchant or perhaps orders, to fair catch punts, let punts keep rolling to put us deeper in the hole and wave his arms back and forth in the end zone to signal he’s just going to catch the ball and down it. Anybody see Henry Melton in this game? How about Russell Shepard with his inability to track a would be TD pass deciding to freak out when he looked for the ball and instead of continuing to run, stopped and jumped up like he just saw a… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 years ago

Anybody on this board think Mankins, and Gos should be starting ahead of Ohmomma, and Dotson? Got to add Lovie to this list, he was clearly out coached.

matador
matador
5 years ago

I hope for Winston’s sake Lovie can get it together, the last thing he needs is a regime change this early in his development. But everything points to poor coaching, including the penalties, immaturity and lack of consistent effort from too many players. If be willing to try Koetter as HC still overseeing the offense, maybe with an offense minded asst HC and Nickerson as DC. Watching Lovie’s bemused reactions on the sidelines when things go wrong is killing me.

jme0151
jme0151
5 years ago

The whole team is a disappointment!!! Every single player and especially the defensive coaches. Under the spotlight we suck and the nation gets to see that every time.

owlykat
owlykat
5 years ago

Stone Hands Dontae Dye has cost us two touchdowns in the last two ball games which could have been victories instead of losses. But remember Lovie hanging on to the Olympic Gator with stone hands and again the Wyoming shrimp with stone hands. He is the poorest judge of talent for a Veteran NFL Coach I have seen and if the owners want to keep him around they need to strip Lovie of all personnel decisions and let Licht make those calls. Licht would have had the good sense to bring up the Central Florida WR who is almost as… Read more »

deuce2
deuce2
5 years ago

Not fair on Donte Dye. Had he scored a TD or it was a turnover it would have been overturned as he was clearly touched on his way to the ground. Just because the officials can’t see anything this year does not mean it would have not been overturned.

bucontheloose
bucontheloose
Reply to  deuce2
5 years ago

Not true deuce. Lovie would have to challenge the the call, for it to be overturned.

bucontheloose
bucontheloose
Reply to  bucontheloose
5 years ago

It’s just not his MO

bucontheloose
bucontheloose
Reply to  bucontheloose
5 years ago

And since it wasn’t a touchdown, it would require a challenge from the coach.

deuce2
deuce2
5 years ago

Not fair on Donte Dye. Had he scored a TD or it was a turnover it would have been overturned as he was clearly touched on his way to the ground. Just because the officials can’t see anything this year does not mean it would have not been overturned.