The Buccaneers were annihilated by the Ravens at Raymond James Stadium, 48-17, in a loss that closely resembled the Week 3 massacre at Atlanta. There were literally dozens of disappointing players in all three phases of the game for Tampa Bay, so let’s break down the most egregious aspects of Buccaneers football.
MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS VS. RAVENS
Tampa Bay’s Offensive Line
No one on the Buccaneers offensive line played well as Tampa Bay rushed for just 14 yards on nine carries (1.6 avg.) and caused quarterback Mike Glennon to get sacked three times in the first half and allowed him to get pressured several more times en route to completing 8-of-20 passes for 109 yards and one interception. The Bucs generated just 101 yards of offense in the first half. Tampa Bay generated 17 points in the second half as Glennon caught fire briefly and threw two touchdown passes, but the offensive line allowed two more sacks and several more pressures. Glennon was pressured a total of 15 times, led by Terrell Suggs, who had four pressures and a sack, and linebacker C.J. Mosely, who had three pressures. Both left tackle Anthony Collins and right tackle Demar Dotson really struggled and the offensive line was like a sieve.
Tampa Bay’s Pass Defense
Playing without starting cornerback Johnthan Banks or free safety Dashon Golson, who were both sidelined due to injuries, there were too many culprits to list individually as Baltimore built a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and a 38-0 lead at halftime. Major Wright got the start at safety and Crezdon Butler started in place of Banks at cornerback and neither played well. The Tampa 2 defense was absolutely shredded by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who completed 15-of-22 passes for 245 yards and five touchdowns in the first half. Steve Smith had a 56-yard touchdown on Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner, who looked like he was in man coverage. Michael Campanaro also had a 19-yard touchdown catch against Leonard Johnson in man coverage. Torrey Smith shredded the Bucs for four catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the first half in zone coverage. Flacco finished the game completing 21-of-29 passes (72.4 percent) for 306 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Smith, the former Carolina star, led all receivers with five catches for 110 yards (22.0 avg.) and a score.
Tampa Bay’s Pass Rush
One of the reasons the Bucs’ pass defense was so awful against Flacco was because he had plenty of time to throw the ball. Flacco wasn’t sacked or even pressured in the game. Tampa Bay’s pass rush was non-existent for a second straight game. The Ravens had a backup, Gino Gradkowski, starting at left guard in place of Kelechi Osemele, and an undrafted free agent in James Hurst starting at left tackle and the Bucs couldn’t sniff Flacco.
Tampa Bay’s Run Defense
The Buccaneers defense didn’t do a good job maintaining gap integrity, allowing Justin Forsett to break off a 52-yard run on the Ravens’ first offensive possession. Baltimore had 102 yards rushing on 16 carries (6.4 avg.) by halftime, led by Forsett’s 90 yards on 10 carries. He finished the game with 111 yards on 14 carries (7.9 avg.), while Bernard Pierce had 32 yards on 15 carries (2.1 avg.) with one touchdown. Aided by Lorenzo Taliaferro’s 29 yards on two carries (14.5 avg.), the Ravens running backs rushed for 172 yards on 31 rushes (5.5 avg.). That’s the most rushing yards surrendered by Tampa Bay’s defense all year.
Tampa Bay’s Defensive Ends
No matter who it is – Michael Johnson, Will Gholston, Da’Quan Bowers or Scott Solomon – the Buccaneers defensive ends do a horrible job defending bootlegs on play-action. Quarterbacks always seem to operate with plenty of open space to either scramble or find open receivers without pressure. Flacco was able to successfully bootleg the Bucs defensive ends several times and find open receivers in the passing game, including Solomon on a perfect 56-yard touchdown throw to Steve Smith in the second quarter. Gholston had four tackles, while Johnson finished with just two tackles and Solomon had only one stop.
P Michael Koenen
Koenen’s struggles continued as the team’s punter has been very inconsistent over the past three weeks. Against Baltimore, Koenen averaged a woeful 37.2 yards per punt with a 34.2-yard net average. Koenen’s longest punt of the game was 46 yards and he didn’t do anything to really flip the field position today for Tampa Bay’s defense.
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]
Lovie Smith should be on this list.
This whole team from coaches to players is disappointing to say the least. Just pathetic really.
SR, I’m glad you gave the DE’s their own category on this list. Johnson plays so hot and cold and he was freezing today. The other 3 guys you name have been freezing all year. Great point about the bootlegs. They’re as bad as our LB’s in play action. Time to turn the heat up on Frasier. I’m tired of him escaping blame and Lovie getting all the heat. Lovie may have to personally take over the defense if they players don’t start tightening up that zone.
I remember going to a Buc game against the Lions back in the Bucco Bruce days being down 31-0 at the half. Ahhh for the good old days, now we give that up in a quarter.
There literally is poor choice for this award….the list is endless….a sad day in Buc history, and we’ve had far too many of those….
Damn – Scott: wish you could still edit your own comments…..”there literally is NO poor choice for this award”…
Foster should have been on this list! His losing weight just resulted in him being a lightweight against the run, just as I predicted, and his pass coverage was just pathetic. He needs to get his weight back and move him to SLB and try Lansanah in the middle. Now Lovie should kick himself for not getting Max in the draft at 6’3″ and 260 lbs and as quick and fast as Urlacher. Lovie needs to fire Frazier now and take over as DC himself the way Our HC before Schiano used to do.
Yes noctus I agree Lovie should be on this list. It baffles me this team is this bad in every phase of the game and especially defense. Haven’t been to any home games this year but every time camera pans to him he looks like deer in headlights. He seems totally confused or something. I’d love to see him actually coaching somone or saying something. Or reacting at all…..
Most disappointing to me was walking up to the stadium as four busloads of Ravens fans pulled in. Then sitting in my east side, lower bowl, 35 yard line seats with purple jerseys everywhere because Buccaneer season pass holders sell off their tickets on the various outlets. They are eager to pawn their tickets because it’s just no fun anymore. The Glazers, and I suppose all NFL teams, seek to enhance the in stadium experience. Well, the kiss cam, dance contest, Publix Pigskin Challenge and paratroopers can’t overcome the being behind 21-0 before five minutes has passed. Even if the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders (formerly Swashbucklers) wore skimpier outfits it couldn’t overcome being tortured like that. The pinkish color on my face this morning isn’t a little sunburn. It’s a permanent state of embarrassment.
I know, we fans like to blame the coach and the QB. But in my view, much of the blame for this lies with Jason Licht and whoever is bringing in the talent. Of all of the free agents signed this past off-season, who has impressed? None! And then we have the revolving door that cut players who had at least been through Training Camp for the likes of S Bradley McDougald CB Crezdon Butler and CB Brandon Dixon. That tells me Jason Licht is trying to make up for earlier mis-evaluation by continuing the flawed process. How does G/C Garret Gilkey get cut by the Browns and take a starting role? Because our offensive line draft choices are worse. When we’re pointing the old “flying fickle finger of fate”, don’t forget Jason Licht.
Scubog right on about the free agents we brought in. They all suck. Only point I’d contend is Lovie might be more to blame then Licht. We all worried when we hired coach before G.M., and our worst fears are coming true. The Glazers moved quick to hire who they thought was the best coach available, they were wrong. The Bucs are more a mess from having first time G.M. Dom leading the way, to first time G.M. Licht being hired as Lovie’s lap dog. Don’t think we’d be this bad if we would’ve hired a G.M. like Polian to build a team the right way. The only way out of this hell hole would be for the clueless Glazer boys to sell the team.
They were who we thought they were! Thanks Denny, your quote is applicable today as to both the Ravens and the Bucs. I think we all knew the Bucs offense would struggle against a quality defense and the Bucs defense performed at a similar level to most games this year. I think the only reason we scored any points is that the Ravens wanted their offense off of the field and played prevent defense intentionally, so the offense could get a breather and to lessen the embarrassment. I wonder if the NFL head office or the network asked the Ravens to lay off…..?
Scubog, Gilkey ISN’T a starter; Omameh is the starting RG. However, Gilkey IS rotating with Omameh at the position. Why I don’t know as my evaluation of his play is, while not poor isn’t up to Omameh’s. However, if he is going to backup both G spot AND the C, it is probably a good idea to get him some playing time so he will be ready in the event of injury ton one of the starters. However, if that is what is going on, he should be getting a few snaps at LG and C too.
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