The Buccaneers blew a 20-7 halftime lead – seemingly on purpose – to the New Orleans Saints to finish the season 2-14 and with possession of the 2015 number one draft pick. Tampa Bay was in firm control of the game in the first half, racking up 248 yards of total offense before producing a paltry 32 yards in the second half. Here is a look at some of the disappointing players in Sunday’s loss.

MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS VS. SAINTS
CB Leonard Johnson
Despite the fact that Johnson grabbed an interception in the second quarter off a deflection and had two tackles, Johnson missed a tackle on Saints wide receiver Marques Colston’s 36-yard touchdown with 1:57 left in regulation. That score gave New Orleans a 21-20 lead with less than two minutes remaining.

LT Demar Dotson
The Buccaneers left tackle played quite well in the running game, but he had two costly holding penalties in the second half that negated a 10-yard run by Doug Martin in the third quarter, and a 17-yard catch by Charles Sims on Tampa Bay’s final possession.

RT Kevin Pamphile
The rookie tackle fared well as a run blocker at right tackle and at tight end, but appeared to whiff on blocking Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette, who sacked Josh McCown in the end zone for a game-clinching safety with 1:10 left in the game.

WR Tavarres King
The young wide receiver caught the first two passes of his career for 13 yards, but saw a catchable pass on third-and-5 slip out of his hands and into the arms of Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis, who returned the pick to the 50-yard line and set up New Orleans’ go-ahead touchdown.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 spent six years 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: sr@pewterreport.com
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thunderchunky
thunderchunky
6 years ago

Hard on Pamphile foe ONE mistake? Hell Collins, Cousins, and Gilkey didn’t do ANYTHING right all season. Pamphile as least showed some guts and made some good plays. Dot has been the ONLY O lineman worth a damn all season.

mjmoody
mjmoody
6 years ago

Lost on purpose?? Common Man. You guys watch it All Year long and don’t know our offense when you see it. Holding, Incomplete, Sack, Safty. That’s a solid drive from this team. Speed in space.

jiggyjoe
jiggyjoe
6 years ago

I don’t buy the “lost on purpose” unless you think they lost on purpose every game. This game looked just like 2014 Bucball, only better play in some cases. I see a bright future for this team. Go Bucs!

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

Oh this was a tank at the end for the cheaters of the NFL. We should have our pick taken away from us just like the Saints lost their No.1 pick in the draft a couple years ago. How low do we go in character here? So Scott, PR has the OL as Impressive, but yet you call out two of the OL starters? Huh?

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

While I agree with K. Pamphile being on this list I think he has a bright future at RT and I’m excited about him. He can consistently run block and none of our other O-linemen can make that claim. Every OT these days gives up sacks at some point or another, but not many of them can knock guys off the line consistently in the run game. I’m still not sold on Dotson at LT or RT so I still want to take another OT in the upcoming draft, but I do like Pamphile.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Poor Mike Glennon. Everyone got to play but him. Now how can the team be in evaluation mode for the rest of our youthful group but exclude the “quarterback of the future”? Seems all too obvious that there will be a true “quarterback of the future” come April and McCown will take a serious pay cut to return to his rightful position on the sidelines. At least now we have a chance to take who we think is the prettiest girl to the prom. Of course looks can be deceiving.

owlykat
owlykat
6 years ago

Pamphile should have been playing RT for the second half of the season. He is a former basketball player and will improve with enough reps. Instead WarFLOP promoted his Brownie Pets instead all season which is why he and his pets need to walk the plank now. We still need a Tackle in the draft as a backup, and a second round Guard, and a third round Guard/Center. Of course our true QB of the Future will be our first pick. Get a proven returner and a good pass rusher in free agency and we will be competitive next year.… Read more »