This list could be a really long one but we will keep it at five to save your sanity. The Bucs fell behind, clawed back and took the lead, only to surrender it late, and now fly home to Tampa Bay in a deep 2-4 hole. The Bills beat the Bucs 30-27, or it could be argued the Bucs beat the Bucs. However you look at it, it will take an epic turnaround with little room for error for the Bucs to make the playoffs this season.

Still, there is a little bit of hope, even if it is just a tiny light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is our list of the most disappointing. Take a look and see if you agree and share your thoughts.

WR Adam Humphries
Adam. Why? That can’t happen. No, the loss isn’t on Humphries, by a long shot. But his fumble deep in Bucs territory just before the two-minute warning in a tie game, led to the Bills essentially running the clock all the way down before kicking the game-winning field goal. Humphries has been as steady as they come this season, but ball security is paramount late in a game, and Humphries failed at a critical juncture.

LB Kwon Alexander
Alexander was hyped to return to the starting lineup for the first time since injuring his hamstring in the season opener against the Bears. Maybe he was too hyped, as the former LSU star was out of position on multiple plays and missed a number of tackles that kept drives alive and some led to eventual scores. Alexander wasn’t the only one to do so, but as the team’s middle linebacker, against a dual-threat quarterback and the league’s leading rusher, the Bucs defense needed a better performance from Alexander on Sunday.

T Donovan Smith
It is a tough job being a lineman in the NFL. You can play steady for 98 percent of the game and have a few bad plays, and it really stands out. Smith was okay for most of the game, but his glaring errors were extremely costly and kept potential points off the board, none more egregious than a sack given up in the first half that created a turnover when the Bucs were moving well and were in Bills territory. In the second half Donovan’s holding call negated a 55-yard Winston to DeSean Jackson hookup, although the Bucs were able to overcome it and still eventually scored on the drive.

Bucs Run Defense
Tackling is 75 percent effort and want to. On Sunday against the Bills, there didn’t appear to be a lot of want to. And most concerning, it was the second week in a row that the Bucs run defense was gouged. Yes, the Bills have a potent running game, but the Bills didn’t cause the Bucs to not wrap up, or be out of position multiple times in the game. The Bills ended up with 172 yards on the ground and were made to look silly at times. The Bucs won’t win another game if they can’t stop the run. It has to get fixed. Yesterday.

Defensive Coaching Staff
What came first? The chicken or the egg? Are the Bucs problems (434 yards surrendered) a product of poor talent, or poor coaching? At times on Sunday, it seemed to take turns. Besides having zero answer for the Bills run game, there were receivers running free all over the field in the secondary as well. What hurt the most was the defense not being able to get off the field on third down. Buffalo was 63 percent on the afternoon, and several of those conversions took place when the Bucs defense had the Bills in third-and-long. And how many times are we going to see the Bucs defensive line run themselves out of their own gaps with slants and stunts, leaving gaping holes? Even if you feel the players are more to blame, the coaching staff’s message is obviously not getting through.

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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 [email protected]
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Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 years ago

Yup, on all of the above.

The biggest problem right now is our defense just isn’t very good or dependable. The offense is “spurty” – comes and goes, but the defense seems to mostly go thud.

In the glory days, a Bucs lead with less than 6 minutes on the clock was an almost guaranteed win. The D would stop the other offense, if not take the ball away. We are not getting stops , and we are not getting take-aways. Which leaves you with a loss even when the offense scores enough points to win – 27 today.

macabee
macabee
4 years ago

This is not a game that we should have won, It was a game that we had won and in one play gave it away. Don’t blame the fumble by Humphries as the game loser – it never should have gotten that far. The cold hard facts are that we have a defense with an ineffective pass rush, can’t cover in the secondary, and is fast losing its ability to stop the run. Our offense is still a work in progress that is going to be formidable once mature. This was a first for me – I could see the… Read more »

TALLEYBAN BUC
TALLEYBAN BUC
4 years ago

Defense wins games defense was pretty poor today and has been for the last few weeks…except for key turnovers like lavontes forced fumble…even still we had a chance to win the game but couldnt close…the list is very accurate with adam being at the top…sorry hump but that was the biggest ooopps of the game…carolina next week lets regroup boys

RootsCrew
RootsCrew
4 years ago

Kwon looked really rusty today. Hope he can shake that off next week vs the alley cats. Expected better game from him and the team needed better today.

Our run defense has been such a disappointment this season. We have absolute run stuffers up front and teams still find a way to gash us. We can’t pass rush or stop the run consistently. Bad combination. I don’t even know what they can do at this point in order to fix it. Discouraging.

mark2001
mark2001
4 years ago

Mark…have to agree with you. But you do know some fans would say your aren’t positive enough, if you would say that if we don’t fix our run defense, we might not win another game. Harsh…the truth hurts, but it is still the truth.

drdneast
drdneast
4 years ago

Swaggy puts more effort into getting in the front of a buffet line than he does on the football field.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
4 years ago

I have a question. Where is the “this an 11-5 team crowd”?

Jlog
Jlog
4 years ago

Look on the bright side there is a decent chance we might hold the record for the longest play in NFL history at 45 seconds. Impressive 68 yard play for net loss of 2 yards with 11 exchanges and 7 players touching the ball.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

All I asked from the Bucs coaches and GM not to trade and use our first five draft picks for fixing their woes right now. Please wait and utilize the draft and use all of our draft picks this time instead of trading around to move up.

Scott Champ
Scott Champ
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Why??? We can’t draft for crap…. look at last year,,, first round is the worst CB in the league two years in a row,,,, second round DE has one sack in last 11 games round 2 a Kicker that’s not in the league… are fourth rounder this year is already out of the league…. and I can go on and on with Jason’s picks…. he’s bad

Kin Walden
Kin Walden
4 years ago

macabee is dead on right!!! agree 100% with your most disappointing and and maccabees comments

appreciate what horse said too, we need all the draft picks we can get
good to see the offense begin to work

owlykat
owlykat
4 years ago

This is what we get when we don’t have a GM that understands strong defensive and offensive lines are what win. It all starts in the trenches! The only help on defense line was the joke who came in out of shape and tried to avoid preseason and every game goes out for awhile with an injury. On Offensive line Licht failed to bring in a real LT to replace Smith who is a terrible liability, and I have said for three years needed to be replaced. So how is our genius GM’s plan to get us to the playoffs… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
4 years ago

[quote]Tackling is 75 percent effort and want to[/quote]

Yup it is not about talent. The defense is soft. Time to make changes.

matador
matador
4 years ago

MC says,”…ball security is paramount …” while listing Hump first on the disappointment list. How can you say that and not have our turnover prone QB on the list? One INT with two more balls that our WRs had to prevent from going to the apparent target (the Bills) plus a fumble (yes, courtesy of D Smith who still doesn’t block with consistency or tenacity and should have been a 3rd round draft pictkplaying RT instead of another JL reach in round 2). Before you shout about the 378 yards passing, we had 180 passing yards going into the fourth… Read more »

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

As usual one play can get a player on the list in spite of decent play throughout the rest of the game. Here we focus on Humphries’ fumble and Smith’s holding penalty. Anyone actually see it? Hump was relatively invisible this game and I thought Smith had a decent game keeping the pass rushers off of Winston. Why fail to mention Marpet’s penalty that cost 15 yards? Anyone see Will Gholston or Swaggy Baker make a play? Some herein would put Winston on the Most Disappointing list every week as they continue their tired and worn out comparison to MM.… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden
4 years ago

The defense and not able to close out games most disappointing to me, run defense was embarrassing and seeing likes of Conte and Gholdston take the field week after week is frustrating.

Dave
Dave
4 years ago

I’ve been following this site for years. Every week I read all the articles, and every week I read all the comments. But I’ve this year I’ve read the most moronic comments I’ve read since I’ve been following this site. And I’ve finally reached the point where I couldn’t take it any more, so I immediately signed up so I could void my opinion. First I’ll start with Bucnut2. For you my words are actually short and to the point…you’re a clown. Nothing more needs to be said. Go root for the Panthers, Falcons, Saints, or since you’re MM biggest… Read more »

Dave
Dave
4 years ago

Matador. Your comment is the main comment that finally made me sign up. If you seriously think Winston has any blame in that loss yesterday, do yourself and everyone else a favor…go take up lacrosse as a hobby, because football is not your thing. Winston completed 72 percent of his passss for 9 ypa, for 382 yards, 3 TD and 1 pic. And you’re seriously gonna sit here and pick on a few of the 12 incompletions he had? EVERY SINGLE QB in the league has near pics EVERY SINGLE WEEK. Including Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Wilson, and Ryan. Plus that… Read more »

Dave
Dave
4 years ago

Oh and btw Matador, if you’re gonna be a complete clown and blame Winston for this loss, and cherry pick stats attempting to prove that Winston stunk, at least don’t be a complete halfwit by getting all your stats wrong. Winston DID NOT have 180 yards entering the 4th quarter, he had 180 yards at the half. Entering the 4th quarter he had 256 yards. Close, only off by about 75 yards. Oh and that’s all without the 53 bomb to Jackson which was wiped out by a holding penalty. Funny how you failed to mention that

matador
matador
4 years ago

Dear board, After rereading my post (plus realizing my mistake) I want to formally apologize. I deserve every bit of lambasting you’ve heaped on me. My frustration boiled over and as several,of you pointed out, was directed at the wrong target. Yes, JW is a work in progress but he is playing plenty well enough to win with a good team around him. Were we a better team overall we’d easily be 4-2, you guys are completely correct. I’ve suffered for so long (as we all have) that it kills me seeing the potential of this team going up in… Read more »

Dave
Dave
4 years ago

Apology accepted. I wanna make sure I’m clear, my post was in no way personal. I was upset with the post itself and not you individually. But that’s one thing as a Bucs fan that really aggravates me to no end. It’s the constant Winston bashing no matter what the guy does. Some may argue with me, or say it’s not true, but there’s people out there that hate Jameis since the day he was drafted, and still are negative on their views of him. I’ll be the first to admit I hated the pick. I wanted Mariota. But flash… Read more »