The Bucs opened their season on Sunday against the San Francisco where they fell by a final score of 31-17. In a game where the defense truly appeared to have turned a corner, the offense largely fell flat and perhaps no one led that theme more than quarterback Jameis Winston.

QB Jameis Winston
Winston failed to find a rhythm and look comfortable at any point in the game. He finished the game with three interceptions, two of them being returned for touchdowns, but also threw a duck into the hands of Kwon Alexander early that was dropped, and threw another pass right at a defender when going for it on 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line. Just north of the two minute warning, trailing by six, the Bucs took over at their own 20-yard line with a chance to drive down the field and win the game. Winston was pressured on the first play of the drive and lobbed a ball into the hands of Ahkello Witherspoon who returned the ball for a touchdown and effectively sealed the game for the 49ers.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

OT Demar Dotson
It was a rough season-opener for Dotson. On one drive Dotson was flagged for holding twice on two separate touchdown passes to tight end Cam Brate that were touchdowns that were negated. After being pushed back twice, O.J. Howard fumbled the ball on a third down reception and the 49ers took the ball back as the Bucs left – at minimum – three points on the field in a one score game. Dotson also was blown up on Winston’s last interception, forcing Winston into a poor decision and throw that resulted in his second pick-6 of the game.

TE O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard made multiple mistakes at crucial points in the first half. After two touchdown passes were called back for holding penalties, Howard brought in a third down reception and fumbled the ball, leaving three points on the field. With just under three minutes remaining in the half the Bucs took over with a 7-6 lead and a chance to drive down the field and add to their lead, but on the first play of the drive Winston’s pass went off the hands of Howard before being intercepted by Mark Nzeocha.

The officiating staff
It was a perplexing day from the NFL’s officiating staff tasked with calling the Bucs and 49ers game on Sunday. In the first half alone there were five touchdowns called back due to penalties, including two touchdown passes to Cam Brate on the same drive. In the third quarter a first down run on third-and-1 for the Bucs was ruled no play due to the officials not being in position, but the call was then immediately reversed and Tampa Bay was given a first down.

CB M.J. Stewart
Stewart struggled in coverage and just seemed to be a step slow on numerous plays throughout the game on Sunday. It all came to a rock bottom moment when he allowed wide receiver Richie James to beat him down the sideline for a 39-yard touchdown reception.

 

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Bucnut2

Stop blaming the officiating!! we should have been beat by more than we were. You could and should have devoted the entire column to our inept QB!!

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burruezoboy@yahoo.com

How is Donovan Smith not mentioned here? The guy is horrible!

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geno711

I honestly did not see Donovan Smith as being bad this game.
He is a left tackle on the field every play like the quarterback.
What was that 62 plays?

That is a lot of plays where a left tackle can look bad. Can we remember 5 where he was bad?

He handled Bosa when Bosa rushed from that side. Did Bosa even get a pressure against Smith today?

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Buc-Up

I kept seeing Kappa being driven into the backfield.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Mike Evans was given handed a double team all day that simply took him out of the game, without a deep threat receiver they are going to blanket him every game and Jameis is up the creek without a paddle.
without Evans and Humphries to bail him out

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76bucsfan46

We have no deep threat because our qb cant throw an accurate deep ball.

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Pit of misery

Winston looks the same as he did 4years ago I don’t understand all the sticking up for him? 15 more games for him to prove me wrong…

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EastEndBoy

Of course this list could be nearly endless but how about:

Donovan Smith for letting a rookie DE walk around him on multiple occasions.

Devin White – did he honestly play the whole game – if not for Whitehead saving his backside repeatedly on missed tackle after missed tackle (what a pathetic effort on the last stiff arm by Mostert), the 9ers would have run for another 100 yards.

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76bucsfan46

Right on East End, White looked lost out there and overran tackle after missed tackle I personally saw our guys pushing him over to the right spot, when the ball was snapped he was still out of position. Cappa isnt dropping his center of gravity to get leverage on his man causing him to be pushed back into the pocket. He is standing tall like a tackle which he played throughout college. when he learns to sink his hips he will become much more effective.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

195 yards 1 TD 3 INT 2 pick 6 his confidence is gone, Jameis knows in heart he is bust bring out the fat lady and sing now bench him before season lost.

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BucRy

Don’t forget, he also fumbled twice!

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Boca James

Bob go fuck yourself and get a life! Go troll someone else’s page you lame fuck!

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Boca James the Jameis fan, Boca you spell BUST B! U! S! T!
“Jameis Bust Winston” LOL LOL LOL

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Boca James

How do you spell get some hobbies and a life???

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sunshineben

Boca ..Your remarks show your lack of intelligence

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76bucsfan46

Sorry Boca, Bob is correct Jaboo is not a NFL starting QB. Baseball may be his calling, you dont have to think quickly and process info rapidly in that game.

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Boca James

I cant really disagree after that performance. I hope he bounces back for the game in the Queen City. In his past he normally steps up after a bad performance. However, that could of been his worse performance to date earning a paycheck.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Donovan Smith is the subject of a fat joke in the 49er locker room right now!

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BucRy

I will never understand why we decided to resign him.

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Bucsfan1983

I’ve been saying for a long time, Donovan Smith needs to be moved to RT.

Licht hasn’t’ done much to fix this O line the last few seasons.

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Doctor_Berto

Where is Devin White?

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scot pederson

So it all starts with the Glazers who have a yes man in their GM who just got a new contract. He picked JW and did nothing to keep Desean Jackson who lit it up today for almost 200 yrds with 2 TDs with the Eagles. Why can Fitzmagic and Carson Wentz hit DJax deep but Winston overthrew him and had several overthrows today. Now on to the Interceptions. Ok, so #1 was not his fault but the 2 Pick sixes were. Garrafolo started out bad with his Pick 6 but he recovered. Thats what good QBs do. I know… Read more »

Boca James

Really…you are blaming the Gazer’s right now?
Get a brain or a life you need one of two with your stupid post.

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surferdudes

They all suck! Winston, Dotson, Cappa all the DB’s we keep drafting. The man who put it all together G.M. Licht just got a new contract! Why? As long as the clueless Glazers own this team, stop expecting a winning season. You can dig up Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, and Tom Landry, and they couldn’t win more then 5 games with this roster! If B.A. can win 6 games this year, he should be coach of the year! More likely he retires again at the bye week with a mysterious health issue. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB

Unless someone really plays really well in tomorrows game Desean Jackson will be player of the week,

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Boca James

Due move on we all did from MeSean Jackson

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Boca James

Maybe but you will still be douche of the week……..again!

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pomer1eau

Jameis just proved he’s not a franchise QB. Still has not learned from his dumbass mistakes. It’s unfathomable that in his 5th year he still makes stupid throws to lose the game. Def looks improved but not impressed with Devin White at all. On a positive note I likes the way RoJo ran the ball. He looks like a completely new RB.

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FireLichtMovement

All this game left me thinking is, who will our QB be next year? Fromm, Herbert or Tagovailoa? Whatever qb it is, I have faith our one of a kind GM will get it wrong. I hope I’m wrong.

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4girls

BA and Leftwich left points on the board too. Going for it on 4th and 2 cost us three points. I don’t mind the philosophy. But, why have Jameis pass with an empty backfield, especially when RoJo was rolling the entire drive? Special Teams letting our first punt get blocked? I’ve been worried about Special Teams since game one in Pittsburgh.

Sigh.

Carolina must be shaking in the paws.

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EricNV

Wouldn’t have mattered either way. We should have beaten the 49rs handily. Our defense played well, and we found out we actually have a run game ( R.J. should be the obvious #1), but you cannot beat anybody throwing 3 interceptions.

I hope Arians read the riot act to Winston and Dotson

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macabee

I don’t mind losing a football game. What I really mind is having to start all over again with a new QB! Can’t defend the indefensible.

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pinkstob

If so many people had not been defending him for so long we’d already have a new QB. We’ve let plenty of good ones pass us by in the draft.

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EricNV

Oh f..ck off! You don’t run off a 1st round, no. 1 draft pick QB after a year or two, especially considering he’s had nearly no run game or a defense that could hold water!

He had company today playing horribly. Dotson showed his age and D Smith wasn’t exactly playing that great either!

This game was eerily similar to the Chicago game last year, except we have a genuinely decent defense for the first time in several years.

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pinkstob

I plan to be around a lot this season so get used to it. Teams move on from 1st round QB’s all the time. See the Browns over the past 10 years. Arizona just did it this year. Broncos did it a few years ago. Happens all the time. Winston has a run game and defense today and still stunk. What’s your excuse now? He has company playing horribly today? So what? Everyone can see Winston stunk aside from other players stinking. Those last turnovers were self-inflicting, game losing mistakes that he has been making since college. Fans like you… Read more »

Bucco-Bruce

I don’t think it was so many people, it’s just Jadon Licht

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Bucco-Bruce

We should just release him, go with the back-up and find another QB in the draft!! This was a pathetic game for the offense. Defense actually looked better and kept us in the game.

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JohnGaltsGhost

The good news is we are still tied with Miami for the “tank for Tua” sweepstakes.

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liquidmuse3

MJ’s a safety. Darian was awful today

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deeznuts

That wasn’t even fun to watch

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Crazyhorse54

This team could be far worse than anticipated…perhaps winless? 1 or 2 wins at most?

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seat26

I have been a huge Winston supporter since he came into the league, even after the Uber incident. I can no longer do it. BA if he wants to make a difference has to put in Griffin and try to salvage this offense before it gets worse. I think I saw a few promising developments. ROJO looks pretty good. Godwin looks pretty good. But if BA and Licht want to be here in two years, they better make a move fast. Evans had 28 yards?

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pinkstob

See comment above to Macabee

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geno711

My worst 5 in order were: Dotson Dare – allowed block punt, did not get to his spot on the screen pass at the end of the game that lead to the 2nd pick 6 (more Jameis fault). He is not on the field much but has to make good plays when he is on the field. Winston – besides the fumbles and interceptions he did have, there were 2 other possible interceptions Howard – 1 fumble lost and I actually blame OJ Howard on the one interception. 1st down at the Buc’s 25 near the end of the 2nd… Read more »

twspin

And to top it all off..Grappallo ordered sandwiches a few times with all of that time he had. No pass rush by the Bucs. I told all of you teams got ways of beating blitzes. So much for the messsiah..Arians and his huge coaching staff. If this team starts 0-2, They might run arians out of town. The 9ers was suppose to be one of our..easy games.

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surferdudes

Anyone see Burrow last night Q.B. for LSU? I’d take him right now over Jameis. Speaking of O.J. Howard being on this list, I’ve said in the past we should trade Brate, because who really needs two high paid T.E.’s? I take that back, trade O.J..

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JohnGaltsGhost

Pretty bad when your Uber rating is higher then your passer rating

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spicoli0525

Should’ve added Donovan Smith to the list

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bucballer

No excuses for Jameis and his performance today! It’s always a fire drill! Even when he runs the ball, it’s never smooth and athletic. It’s herky- jerky and erratic! He is STILL holding on to the ball way too long. Now, a couple of times his receivers didn’t exactly help Jameis out at times. Still, Jameis is not the franchise QB for this Buc’s team! 5th year bro… he shouldn’t be making the same mistakes! That was sad! I’m a Buc’s fan till death… but today’s game was extremely aggravating and disappointing! Was expecting a better product today. I know… Read more »

Boca James

I agree I saw the backup for the Jags come in and play lights out. Also I ave never even heard of the guy. His interceptions today were beyond bad. This is his 5th year? Maybe Kwon rattled him with that hit. Otherwise it was a total regression for a 5th year 1st overall pick at that.

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kram0789

Maybe it’s time to call it quits with Winston. Tank the season and try to get a franchise QB in the next draft.

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Charlie

Yo seriously where the hell was Devin White? Lavonte looked like he was playing by himself out there. This dude needs to make a presence out there. Don’t even think he had a stat line…

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kram0789

Oh and don’t forget that guy Lite, his success or failure is tied to the QB as well as his other picks. Now at least we know that the coaching wasn’t all to blame. Fire Lite. dc

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Ron Gibson

BA offense. Liked Koetter’s better.

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pinkstob

I think this list got it perfect. Everyone that I thought should be on the list is on it: Winston – So much for his lack of success being due to his defense, running game and kicker. They all played well enough to win. Winston will never stop turning the ball over too much because he is overconfident in his abilities and his overconfidence is hardwired into his brain. Because he self-identifies with his confidence (overconfidence) he will never improve no matter the external circumstances which is what I warned everyone about before we drafted him. Dotson – He should… Read more »

fredster

Dotson needs to retire. He sucks. That was one shitty game in every regard.

Hey suck-ass-Bob you know who won’t get player of the week? Your butt buddy Fitzpatrick and Mayfield that you said we’re both so awesome.

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sunshineben

Djax will get player of the week as he was the man ..but not Winston who was a flop

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kram0789

Give them 4 weeks. It’s always rough the first four weeks of the season and especially so with a new coach.
Remember last year we were 2-0 after the first two weeks and both team we beat went to the playoffs.
Not saying we will go to the playoffs. I hope we can be respectable.

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thegeebo

We’ve wasted enough time and energy on Jameis. He will never win a meaningful game. Garbage man. Licht is terrible. Fire fire fire dumpster fire.

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sunshineben

Mr. Mark Cook… Pls no excuses for your guy …he was bad !!

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Captain Sly

1st game of the year, new coaching staff, new offense, new players, I’m not worried. Yes Jamies had a bad game along with others but they’ll go in fix them and play better on Thursday Night. We didn’t win the game but I see a lot of improvement out there. We’ll be fine!

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jiggyjoe

The problem I see is that Winston played so bad that there is no comparison with any NFL QB this weekend. After five years, what do you say? I watched the whole game. As I remember the major problem with Leftwich was that he held on to the ball too long and had a long wind up. I think Winston already knows how to do that.As I have said, I think Evans played even though he was still ill. I think that made a difference.

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Bucfannomatter

Lol. I told you. No one wanted to see it for what it is. Winston is NOT a franchise QB. Cappa was as inept as any lineman I’ve ever seen the Bucs suit up. He’s garbage. Smith is garbage. Maybe they can superglue a couple of those d backs together the genius drafted this year, and make a blocker. Bucs will be lucky to win 5. Jones played better than I thought he would. The defense looked WAY better than that joke we watched the last couple of seasons. Still… Bucs aren’t very good. And Licht got an extension. That… Read more »

destinjohnny

Devin was so bad it was scary

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jiggyjoe

I think Mike Evans was still ill and played any way. He didn’t look well.

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GoldsonAges

The entire OL failed on the attempted screen Pick 6. Dotson AND Smith allowed huge pressure. Ali Marpet was dominated by the DL who ended up covering our RB. Jensen was completely unable to get his 2nd level block and would have been better off helping Marpet and the RB should have made a shallower cut to avoid the DL who ended up killing the play. All these years I have been wanting to see the Bucs run some screens and when they do attempt a screen pass it is a complete failure all the way around. Cappa is the… Read more »

ScottC543

I’ve been a Bucs fan since day one, so I’ve seen a lot of bad QB play. But it just don’t get a whole lot badder than I saw today.

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surferdudes

Anyone who thinks we should tank the season for a new Q.B. remember the guy who picked Jameis with the #1 over all pick is still the G.M. with a new contract. You really think Licht could make the right choice if he had a second chance? He’s had five years to build a winner with plenty of high draft choices, and money to spend. 27-54, he is what he is, like Jameis is what he is. Neither of them have the mental make up to be in the NFL. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

bucballer

U know the problem at hand is at what point does Jameis start to lose the team? I mean sure they all like Jameis but some like Lavonte, Cam, Suh, how many more games do they have? WR Desean Jackson couldn’t wait to get out of here… he pretty much sucked as a teammate but maybe there just wasn’t enough balls for him here… Jameis just couldn’t get him the ball with any consistency. Maybe he dogged it to get released or traded. He did have like 150 yards today. I’m not a Desean fan but it does make you… Read more »

matador

As I’ve said in games past this is easy, it’s BL x 5. With that out of the way, Winston sucks Grey Balls. He played like a rookie (again) today. 3 INTs, one not his fault, two others off the hands of 49er defenders, plus a fumble or two? Really? Teams play so little during the preseason these days we should wait until game 4 or 5 to call it, but we’re talking about year 5, so if/when we do IT IS OVER. The only thing left to watch after that will be SR reinventing history to disassociate himself from… Read more »

Chris Elrod

So goes Winston so goes the team. There were enough stupid penalties, stupid fumbles and stupid mistakes for most everyone on the Bucs to have a little skin in the game today. However, Jameis is the “leader” and his play has ALWAYS been subpar at best. He just doesn’t possess the mental ability to operate at the speed of the NFL. There has been no growth in his playing, thinking or leadership in his years with the Bucs. The same poor decisions and bonehead mistakes he was making 4 years ago are the same poor decisions and bonehead mistakes he… Read more »

plopes808

Hey PR, can u do us all a favor and post video of the post-game ass chewing BA gave the team? It might at least make us all feel a little better after such an ugly game.

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scubog

I must say, I was not expecting our passing offense to be so ineffective. I suspect it may have been partially due to Mike Evans still being sick. He just didn’t look right and got no separation from Richard Sherman. While I applaud Mike for suiting up, he was disappointing. Needless to say, Jameis Winston turned in one of his worst performances……..and there have been many on which to compare. He didn’t look right from the start. Then when he was able to seemingly make a play, O.J. fumbles, O.J. has one bounce off his hands or Big Dot holds.… Read more »