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Heartbreaking. Frustrating. Close but no cigar.

Terms that all describe the Bucs’ 34-29 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta that drops Tampa Bay to 2-3 on the season. Below are PewterReport.com’s most disappointing players from Sunday’ loss. Take a look, and see if you agree, and add your thoughts in the comment section.

K Chandler Catanzaro
Yes, there were plenty of mistakes by plenty of players as head coach Dirk Koetter said after the game. And yes, Catanzaro, other than his missed extra point, did his job. But missing the opening extra point meant the team was chasing points all game long. And as Koetter said following the game, it is deflating. Catanzaro can’t be blamed solely for the loss, but his job is to make those extra points and his miss certainly factored into Sunday’s loss.

G Caleb Benenoch
Perhaps one day Benenoch will develop into a high quality starter. But on Sunday his lack of seasoning was once again on display. Offensive linemen will miss blocks and they will give up sacks. But the way Benenoch has done it this year looks really bad. Like a bullfighter who whips his cape away at the last second, Benenoch has been a turnstile at times this year, and usually at the worst possible times. Benenoch gave up a key sack on third-and-5 at the Atlanta 11, which forced a field goal attempt. He has now surrendered five sacks in the last four games. Why Evan Smith isn’t the full-time starter is more than head scratching.

DT Gerald McCoy
It hasn’t been a great first five games for McCoy. Many thought the additions to the defensive line would free up McCoy to be more disruptive. Or at the very least tie up blockers so others around him would be more effective. And perhaps he has helped Jason Pierre-Paul get part of his five team-leading sacks so far this season. McCoy had an offsides penalty in the game at Atlanta, but what hurt much more was his hands to the face call that gave the Falcons a first down after one of the few third down stops the team had in the first half. And of course the Falcons scored with the new set of downs and the four-point swing that resulted from the error, was another reason the Bucs are 2-3 instead of 3-2. McCoy injured his calf in the fourth quarter and did not return. He could miss some time this year with that injury.

LB Kwon Alexander
Yes Alexander led the team with tackles with 11 on the afternoon. But it was the ones he didn’t make and also the things that aren’t counted on the stat sheet that made a difference. Alexander had a handful of missed tackles, but was also out of position in coverage at times, including giving up the final touchdown to the Falcons in the fourth quarter that made it a two-score game. Alexander didn’t cost the team the loss, but as the quarterback of the defense he has to be more consistent. Every play doesn’t have to be a splash play. He needs to be more consistent and it will help settle things down defensively.

Bucs Secondary
Every secondary player in Tampa Bay deserves to be on this list, particularly in the first half when the Bucs defense couldn’t get off the field. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was nearly perfect in the first half – 20-of-24 passing for 240 yards and two TDs – and victimized cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Ryan Smith, nickel corner M.J. Stewart, along with safeties Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead. At some point, someone, somewhere in the secondary is going to have to step and assert themselves if the Bucs plan of winning another game this season. Mike Smith can be blamed, and he deserves his share, but continued technique and mental errors from the players are as much of the problem as anything. Tampa Bay’s secondary has just one interception this year through five games, and didn’t register a single pass break-up on Sunday, which means they were playing too soft in coverage.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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TheBaron70
2 years ago

Winston wasn’t good either. I could care less about his Stat line. The 2 pics were just ridiculous.

cgmaster27
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

Wasn’t good? Almost 400 yards and 4 TDs qhile completing 77% is good. Just stop. The pick in the endzone was killer but to just dismiss his play because stats font mean anything to you is just self serving and dumb.

TheBaron70
Reply to  cgmaster27
2 years ago

Yep. Keep looking at the stats. His 400 yards mean nothing. I love the pics though. You homers keep it up and we’ll have a Cutler situation in Tampa.

chefboho
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

You keep it up with your “we lose by one person” theory. There was so much more to this loss than Jameis yet you keep up with
Your “homer hate” like others. Here’s an idea, why doesn’t tamps defense hold the falcons from driving down the entire field in 26 seconds for a field goal before the half. Then we only need a field goal at the end to win. But I’m sure with your extreme lack of foresight, you still blame Jameis for the defense being so bad. Get over it dude

bucsmaniac
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

No points off pics…he thru 4 TD’s to bring us back only to be craped on by that secondary.

TheBaron70
Reply to  cgmaster27
2 years ago

Tampa is last in the league in interceptions per game thrown, but it doesn’t matter because Winston threw for almost 400 yards LMAO.

PS-the bottom 4 teams in this stat are Buffalo, SF, Oakland, TB. It doesn’t matter though. Doesn’t prove your team is sh!t. Only your record and play does that… Wait

TheBaron70
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

All of you giving thumbs down say something. He threw a Pic in the end zone with a guy standing wide open in the flat. Threw the other Pic into double coverage, but hey, I’m being the a$$hole by admitting that JW did not play well. Sorry that pointing out that his mistakes took points off the board hurts the homers so much.

EastEndBoy
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

I didn’t give any “thumbs” on your comments, but I’ll just say this about Winston: 4Tds, 400yards, 2 INTs, 30 yards rushing….that’s James Winston. That’s who he is, that’s who he’s been his entire career including college. I just think it’s hard to be disappointed in the guy when he is giving you exactly what he has told us, through his track record, he is going to give us. That stats line and his performance today weren’t really so bad…most games that gives us a chance to win. It just so happens that we have THE WORST PERFORMING DEFENSE IN… Read more »

TBAtlas
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

Enough Baron, just stop. There’s Winston haters but this is soooo not the game to be talking about him.

It’s so ironic that you call out the 2 INTs but completely ignore a completely atrocious defense.

Talk about selective.

Kenneth White
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

The pics and not being in sync with Jackson.

BucRy
2 years ago

Most disappointing: mike smith still coaching our defense.

BucRy
2 years ago

Mj Stewart looks awful too, why did we draft him over donate Jackson again?

BucRy
Reply to  BucRy
2 years ago

Dontae*

TCB2W!
2 years ago

So one DL player, one LB, and all 5 in the secondary was bad? How can you do anything when you only have 4 people on defense not playing like crap? Other than Nassib and JPP, who is doing even their job on defense much less exceeding? LVD had one splash play and that was all. I mean really. You can’t say an entire defense isn’t executing. At this point they have zero trust in each other and zero trust in the scheme. You could see JPP disgusted on the sidelines. Nothing will change until a new scheme is rolled… Read more »

AZ_BUC_FAN4LIFE
2 years ago

Glad they got Kwon on here. Had he not missed that last tackle, they would have never attempted a field goal as it would have been 60 yards. But again, he missed after not being blocked. So they went for the 58 yarder.

Horse
2 years ago

Here’s some proof how ridiculous this coaching has become. Proof 1:. DE JPP & DE Curry are Super Bowl Champions and still we can’t do anything on defense. Proof 2: Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith scheme in the first half was horrible until he decided or was forced to Blitz; by then the Falcons had already scored 21 points to Bucs 6 points Proof 3: Bucs are last in the NFL in points scored & next-to-last in yards given up on defense. Proof 4: After the Chicago game Mike Smith said he was going to figure it out and the defensive… Read more »

Buc-in-Philly Fan
2 years ago

MIKE SMITH-MIKE SMITH-MIKE SMITH

How many F’ing times does it have to be said??? This team goes no where with Mike Smith.

MIKE SMITH-MOST DISAPOINTING….AGAIN!!!!

seat26
2 years ago

I am tired of the McCoy excuses. He got a bevy of high-priced free agents to help him and we are still bottom dwellers in defense.

dbenn2012
2 years ago

Same Bucs, different year, nothing changes. Yes – HUGE mistake re-signing Mike Smith, a relic from days gone by, has no knowledge of the college game which the NFL has decided to copy. Ultimately, it falls on the head coach – he didn’t have a backup plan, so when the end comes he firmly, firmly, firmly deserves to be shown the door. I agree that the only thing that might equalize the offense advantage is to have the quarterback have a flag. Apparently, the NFL has decided that all games should be 40+ vs 40+. Let the ladies play, but… Read more »

Buc on the Move
2 years ago

“Every play doesn’t have to be a splash play.”

One would be nice, though. Anyone?

dm4bucs
2 years ago

I swear at 10:43 ish in the second quarter it looked like kwon was yelling at Ryan Smith to shade over and he didn’t and the play went exactly where Smith was at. Does Kwon have a problem reading what is happening and our “miscommunications” are players thinking something other than what Kwon is seeing? I’m starting to think we need Beckwith or someone else at MLB and let Kwon go to strongside…

TheBaron70
Reply to  dm4bucs
2 years ago

There was a reason why Kwon went where he did in the draft with the physical skills he possesses.

Horse
2 years ago

dm4bucs; I thought the same, but it started for me last season. My thinking was during the off season either David or Dlexander would be traded and Beckwith would be the starting MLB; unfortunately his car accident ended any kind of move.

Bucco-Bruce
2 years ago

The only thing I can say about the defense is that they made adjustments to start the 2nd half but….why does it have to be so late??? Make adjustments after the first couple of drives!!!! Well, we will definitely have new coaches next year!!

dbenn2012
2 years ago

Why does everyone in Tampa have to dwell on a single position (quarterback) to somehow be a savior? Is Jameis worth 20 million? Obviously not, nor is any quarterback, be they named Brees at 37 million or Brady at 20+ million. No position in the NFL should demand more than 5% of the salary cap – something easily changed through collective bargaining. Bottom line, Fitz had a great 2.5 games, but no person can guarantee 40+ points per game and at his age, be thankful we have a career backup who is so dependable. Again, assuming the Bucs have a… Read more »

tnew
2 years ago

That last play should’ve been on the most disappointing list. Evans, Godwin, Howard and Brate then let Winston try to force one in. That is much more likely than the lateral play…… from the 20. From the other 20, yeh I get it. But the more that I separate from it, the worse it looks. Koetter can’t allow that play to be called inside the 20 and he certainly can’t call it if he did.

EastEndBoy
Reply to  tnew
2 years ago

Couldn’t agree more…didn’t we draft the “dunkaneers” specifically to have a bunch of +6’5″ receivers so as to be able to out jump defenders in precisely this sort of 20-yard toss-up into the end zone?????????????? Why else did we want tall receivers if not to get higher than DBs? SMH

TheBaron70
Reply to  tnew
2 years ago

If that play came from the sidelines, every coach deserves to be fired. If it didn’t, Winston proved my point that he’s not the solution.

tnew
Reply to  TheBaron70
2 years ago

Watch the Oline…. they were run blocking. If it was a pass, it would’ve been ineligible men down field. Koetter endorsed the play call after the game. Embrace the truth, these are the coaches the Bucs have, then honestly ask how the players can be evaluated.

76Buc
2 years ago

I don’t know what all you guys are bitching about. The defense finally did its job! They held the other team to under 40 points! It’s the offense that let us down. They only scored 4 touchdowns.

BUC 727
Reply to  76Buc
2 years ago

sarcasm at it’s best, bravo.

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

If you watch the film you can see Veta slow off the count and he is hurting this team they are running ball right throw hole he suppose to be in and he not even close to putting pressure on QB , he needs go practice team for a few weeks till they can get him in better shape and fix his timing, you can not afford fix young player on field. Just because you wasted draft pick does not mean you have to play him before he is ready.
He can be a good player with time.

chefboho
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

Funny you say the considering he had two an pressures and a passeflection. What did McCoy or anyone besides you boy jpp, who had a sack, do? You really don’t watch film and you sound really football uneducated when you speak. Any chance you get to slam jpp and Vea, you do. Same old boring story from you

cobraboy
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

Then you watched a different game than I did. I saw Vea draw doubles and clog the entire middle of the LoS on a consistent basis.

jiggyjoe
2 years ago

I watched the game today and I noticed that our defensive backs are out of position a lot of the time and they miss a lot of tackles. They are not very good. I don’t think Smith should take all the blame. He can only pay who he has.

34trenton
2 years ago

I would add the dancing defensive bucs on the sidelines, specifically Kwon and Mccoy. Whoopee you made a few stops, but if you look at the scoreboard you are still losing the game, and have already given up 31 points. The announcer caught it, if he was our defensive captain, none of that nonsense would be tolerated.

fredster
2 years ago

Same idiotic dribble from Bob. Do you know how stupid you sound? Everyone in NFL can see JPP is clearly performing at high level except you. Vea was hurt and not supposed to be a starter this year. He hasn’t even played a full game and has looked fine considering but you keep talking your non sense about him too. Do us a favor and post this crap elsewhere.

fredster
2 years ago

Kwon has sucked all year. Glad he’s on the list. Tired of hearing how he’s a perennial pro bowler and gets snubbed.

Also glad kicker is on list finally he sucks. He misses so many extra points it’s ridiculous.

Mike Smith should be on this list every week. No pressure at all first half. Nobody covering Jones half the time. Guys out of position. Guys playing way back in secondary again on 3rd and long. Just a damn joke.

JeremiahBucs
2 years ago

I am starting to wonder if the defense is getting coached correctly. In the NFL you need coaches who coach the details of the game. Dungy was a huge proponent of this and look at his teams every year he was a coach in the NFL. It seems like every play there is a miscommunication, a breakdown in coverage, a missed tackle, taking a bad angle, etc. Is it the players or coaching? We have had a lot of players come through here on D the past few years and it’s the same story. Preseason and training camp are well… Read more »

cobraboy
2 years ago

Kwon Alexander may be the most overrated Buc to ever wear the uniform. Passion does not equal effective. He bites on fakes, takes bad angles and overrun plays.

cobraboy
2 years ago

And whatever happened to Lavonte David? The dud is nearly invisible.

cobraboy
2 years ago

^^^ Dude, not dud, although dud may also fit.

stlbucsfan
2 years ago

The Bucs are poorly coached and it shows every Sunday. You see a team with 2 weeks to prepare for a team they used to coach without their starting RB, and #2 and 3 WRs for the majority of the game and we still couldn’t stop them. I saw some drops in the second half and the usual dumbed down playcalling to preserve the win that we run to let teams back into games. Falcons ran open all first half after the week where “adjustments” were made. This defense is largely intact and still terrible, unless someone is going to… Read more »

Dude
2 years ago

To me, it looked like Koetter took back play calling duties. If he did, then put him on this list as well, because we looked like the same old Bucs with poor clock management. The play calling was not that good all game. At times, Jameis looked very indecisive and missed a lot of open receivers while throwing to the wrong guys. Maybe that’s on him, but I think you have to put part of the blame on the play calling and coaching. I would put Mike Evans on here as well for his bone head move of catching the… Read more »

Ques81
2 years ago

Wrong scape goat fellas, The worst GM in football has the worst Talent evaluators working for him fire Licht!

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