The Bucs found themselves in a familiar situation against the Cardinals on Sunday. Once again, they were in a close game in the fourth quarter with a chance to win it. But unlike the past few weeks, the offense was able to score down the stretch and the defense made a big stop on the final drive to preserve a 30-27 win. It was the Bucs first victory at Raymond James Stadium this season.

But thought the victory should call for celebration, the play wasn’t perfect. With that in mind, here is our weekly list of our Most Disappointing performances from the game.

CB M.J. Stewart
Stewart made his return to the lineup after being inactive over the past two weeks. Stewart’s role was to play the nickel, which put him on Larry Fitzgerald many times throughout the game, and Fitzgerald was able to beat him more often than not. Stewart looked to be a step behind the receivers without being able to catch up — which probably goes into why he has been inactive. He finished the game with eight tackles, but that was due to the fact that pass were being completed on his assignments.

RT Demar Dotson
The veteran tackle almost got Winston seriously injured when he was beat by Chandler Jones on a pass rush. Jones quickly moved past Dotson and de-cleated Winston on the play, forcing a fumble. This wasn’t Dotson’s worst game of the season, but it was another game where Winston had to run around to avoid sacks, and Dotson was responsible for it.

CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
Murphy-Bunting actually played well for most of this game, but it was one hiccup at the end of the first half that puts him on this list.

Murphy-Bunting got burned by Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk for a 20-yard touchdown reception that gave the Cardinals the lead in the first half. Kirk was wide open as he left the rookie in his tracks. Murphy-Bunting had three tackles with one tackle for loss in the game.

CB Ryan Smith
Smith was put into the game at corner to start the second half and was instantly burned on the second play on defense. Smith, like Murphy-Bunting, was beat by Kirk for a 69-yard touchdown that tied the game up at 20. Once Kirk got a step ahead of Smith, he was off to the races and Kyler Murray hit him on the money.

Smith has been excellent in a special teams role, but this was the first time he had been utilized at corner this season. He didn’t see the field as a corner again after that play.

WR Breshad Perriman
Once again Perriman had very little impact in the passing game. The biggest impact he did have affected the Bucs in a negative way. Perriman was called for a holding penalty on a screen pass to wide receiver Chris Godwin that went for a long gain. The penalty killed the Bucs drive as they moved the ball into scoring position, but the drive stalled directly after the penalty. Perriman had two catches for 14 yards on four targets for another pedestrian game.

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twspin

Seems like our CB’s have trouble covering man to man. Teams chop their lips at most of our one on one coverage. Maybe we should play zone exclusively to not make these guys look so Bad?

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Captain Sly

They should absolutely be playing zone, but the coaches don’t believe they’re smart enough to play it. Really makes you wonder what training camp was for. At this point it can’t be any worse.

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Kimba

they chop their lips–what does that mean?
Lol! our team causes chopping of the lips! No doubt! Our secondary is that bad!

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76Buc

They also lick their chops.

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CCCP

They are young corners – this is to be expected by anyone with common sense. They’re not going to get any better if they’re just trying to protect them in a zone – not to mention all teams will do is march it down the field in a slower fashion. Take the lumps now as we’re building towards next year – in any case what we want to see is them getting better from this point forward, and if not then you have to clear house again.

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chefboho

This team has a lot of holes to fill. First draft pick HAS to be offensive line or defensive line. Hopefully one of these DB’s can solidify themselves before seasons end.

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Kimba

First draft pick has to be a quarterback!
This team will keep spinning its wheels with Winston and we cannot afford him anyway–we need the money to spend big in FA on the secondary.

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chefboho

You’re crazy. No quarterback will survive with this line. And next year we only have two defensive lineman under contract. You can keep that crazy idea because there’s no way Tua or Borrow will be there when we pick.

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jiggyjoe

I think it is time for a meeting with the defensive backs coach to see if he likes coaching.

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awwdembucs

After drafting 8 or 9 DB’S in 2 or 3 years. Maybe they found one in Dean. IMO he looked pretty good. 3-6 looks better than 2-7 lol.

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Ron Potter

It’s scary that the one secondary player who appears to be emerging for us has a history of bad knees 🙁

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Randy H.

I agree, even getting torched last week, I think he may turn out to be the CB that VH III was supposed to be. Seems to be catching on with more plays and he is a ball hawk. I can’t believe how big he looks for a CB, but maybe that is just me.

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Buc stops here

Missing from this list – Vernon Hargraves. Probably forgot him because he did absolutely nothing again. Two tackles – that was it. Hargraves has a total of one INT this year, against the 49ers. How is that for the 11th pick of the first round in 2016? Another Licht special.

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Ron Potter

Agree. Aside from Dean, everybody in the secondary should be on this list, but especially VH3. I wish they would cut him Monday and bring back Davonte Harris

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BUC 727

Who are you, Davante Harris cousin?

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Moptop43rd

Yeah Harris is better then m.j. Stewart and Ryan Smith..

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cgmaster27

Hargreaves was missing because he was benched for most of the second half.

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Buc stops here

cgmaster – exactly. He was the worst on the field. He performed worse than all of those mentioned – they were not benched.

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BUC 727

You didn’t V’s name was because he was doing his job.

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BucRy

He got benched.

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Ron Potter

The secondary. Don’t forget Andrew Adams and his PI on the fake punt instead of going for the ball.

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bucballer

It was the same theme as always… Jameis with 3-4 turnovers and horrible Defensive backfield play! Except today we lucked up and won. Can’t have the penalties or turnovers and expect a lot of good things to happen to ur team!

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BUC 727

I admit that Winston turns the ball over too much. Yet, despite that flaw, He always puts our team in a position to win. I never panic after he has a TO, they are part of the game.

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EastEndBoy

OLIne and secondary , lather-rinse-repeat.

And we got away with DPI on that last Hail Mary thank-Buddha!!!

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Kimba

Agree with all of the most disappointing, mj stewart always at least a step behind, SMB as usual is a nonfactor, good for an after the play tackle like in the endzone after the score, and Perriman is not working out–need to stop playing him–he just aint a dynamic player. Thought R Jones was good even with the fumble, thought JPP and Shaq and Suh and Vea all played well–Murray runs alot and that makes confining him more of a challenge. Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis are like 2 peas in a pod, just getting started–they now know how to… Read more »

Buc off

Bruce Arians should have topped this list.

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mattym3

100% yes!
STOP.
THROWING.
RED.
FLAGS.
ON.
PASS.
INTERFERENCE.
PLAYS.

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fredster

Same Stinkers each week for most part. Perriman, Dotson, Bunting. Actually all our CB’s suck for most part. Dean had better game today hope it wasn’t a fluke.

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bucballer

Jameis will be re-upped. The only question is will we Use Franchise tag on him for 26-27 mil or 3 year deal with less per season 22-23 per. If a QB is there that I think can be an impact in Round One, I take him. Has to be what we consider a stud. If not, we go O-Line. Nice to get a win today! I’ll take em any way we can get em!

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scubog

I was disappointed, but certainly not surprised, by the sparse crowd on such a nice day and our teaming having been gone nearly two months. I found myself a bit less enthusiastic to begin the game; especially after the INT. There’s little doubt that our young secondary is having its’ share of difficulties as they learn. It’s the two more veteran players (Ryan Smith and VH3) who are the most disappointing to me. I had limited expectations for Special Teams ace, Smith as a 4th rounder who rarely sees the field as a CB. It’s the former Gator who has… Read more »

mattym3

Coach Bucco Bruce NEEDS to be on this list. Call him out for these mental errors on the sideline. Calling a 3rd challenge when he wasted the 2nd one on a stupid P.I. call that was in no way going to get overturned. Wasted 2 timeouts and we could’ve had another sack from Barrett & stopped that drive a lot sooner.

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martinii

Not to defend BA but I think he gets info from several views that encourage or discourage the red flag. There is no way from his vantage point at full speed to make those calls. What really pisses me off is when the commentators and the league expert in the box can’t agree on the call. Many agree that PI rule is going to have to be revisited in the offseason.

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