The Buccaneers bid farewell to Raymond James for the next seven weeks with a 32-31 loss at the hands of the New York Giants on Sunday.

In a game that saw Giants quarterback Daniel Jones make his first career start, New York running back Saquon Barkley leave with an ankle injury after 10 rushing yards, and Bucs Shaq Barrett tie a franchise record with four sacks, not everything went as well as planned for Tampa Bay.

These were the Bucs’ most disappointing performances.

K Matt Gay
In a game that was decided by one point, Gay left five points on the field, missing two extra points and a 34-yard field goal as time expired that would have won it for the Buccaneers. There is plenty of blame to go around in the crushing loss, but Gay’s gaffes will be scrutinized all week on sports talk radio, around the water coolers and on the internet. Tampa Bay spent a fifth-round pick on Gay to cure the Bucs kicking curse, but after Sunday’d game, Gay is now part of the ugly lore.

Defensive Staff
After seeing a surprising turnaround through the first two games of the 2019 season, Todd Bowles’ defense on Sunday laid a big egg against the Giants. The Buccaneers accomplished their main goal in stopping running back Saquon Barkley who left in the first half with an ankle injury and just 10 yards, but allowed a rookie quarterback to beat them.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones competed 23-of-36 passes (61 percent) for 328 yards, two passing touchdowns and two on the ground. Despite Jones being the overall No. 6 pick in this year’s draft, to lose to a team starting a player for the first time in the NFL, at home, with so much on the line, is simply inexcusable.

OT Demar Dotson
Dotson was a weak link in an otherwise serviceable offensive line against the Giants on Sunday, getting beat repeatedly and allowing a sack early in the first quarter. He also added a false start penalty on an important drive late in the third-quarter as the Bucs held onto a one-score lead.

S Mike Edwards
Edwards is seeing more and more time in the Bucs defense after missing much of training camp and the preseason, but he still has some growing pains to work out. In the third quarter, with Tampa Bay leading 28-10 at the time, Edwards whiffed on a tackle attempt as Evan Engram brought in the reception on an under route and took the play 75 yards for a touchdown. Edwards also had his hands on a ball in the fourth quarter that should have been a pick.

CB Vernon Hargreaves
After being listed as one of Pewter Report’s Most Impressive performances in the Bucs’ Week 2 matchup against the Panthers, Hargreaves was one of the team’s most disappointing players against the Giants on Sunday. Hargreaves was beat numerous times in coverage, notably by Darius Slayton on a 47-yard reception in the third quarter that would eventually lead to a New York touchdown – a play that Hargreaves was also penalized on with an illegal hands to the face penalty.

CB Carlton Davis
Davis has not only struggled in coverage this year but he’s also had a significant problem avoiding penalties. Where he lacks natural speed and agility, Davis often relies heavily on his physicality and length to impact the receiver close to the line of scrimmage. This type of coverage often leaves him susceptible to drawing flags, which he did on Sunday, as he was penalized for defensive pass interference on a third down play in the first quarter that allowed New York to continue a drive that would eventually end with a touchdown.

– Taylor Jenkins and Mark Cook contributed to this report

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fredster
1 year ago

And the curse continues. Gay is garbage. I was concerned when he missed couple in pre season and Carolina. I have no faith he’s the answer and he cost them the game.

Young defense struggled today especially second half. Seemed they thought if they stopped run would win easy. Not case in NFL you still have to play some pass defense!

Sickening loss!

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Dotson has been consistently bad since pre season. He no longer has upside. I wouldn’t be shocked if he doesn’t finish the season as a starter.

Starting CB’s should have played better.

Offensive and defensive staff should have been more aggressive against the GMEN IMO.

And Gay simply lacks the consistent for basic kicks. Unfortunate.

Horse
1 year ago

I totally disagree!!!!
Only one person deserves to be on this list and that’s our kicker!

Devasher
Reply to  Horse
1 year ago

I disagree @Horse much like Aguayo in the 2nd, Gay didn’t draft himself in the 5th. He was taken by our incomprehensibly incompetent GM. A GM who proved time and again whether it was a trade for Brindza, a high pick in Aguayo, two big contacts in Folk and Cantzaro that he is very bad at evaluating the position prior to going to that famous well again. You know it’s bad when the free agents he is forced to sign end up doing better than whatever kicking scheme he’s concocted invariably fails. Though frankly since Licht’s record now stands at… Read more »

Bucsfan1983
1 year ago

Leftwich needs to be on this list.

tpeluso
1 year ago

I was ready to give Gay a pass for the missed XPs (bad snap on the first one, bad blocking on the blocked one) but that last miss is all on him.

Ugh.

Of course, it doesn’t matter if the defense doesn’t allow 22 points to Daniel Jones without Saquon Barkley. Bowles is top of the list of goats for this one. Why did he become so scared to blitz in critical moments?

Wright
1 year ago

Most disappointing is a coaching staff that refuses to take chances and plays things way too safe. I remember one time a Tampa coach mentioned a great phrase “Safe is Death”. That man helped bring our city’s 2nd professional sports franchise championship. John Tortorella.

These coaches are scared to take chances and Bruce Arians “no risk it no biscuit” is BULL SPIT.

juju1242
1 year ago

I don’t think it’s fair to put Edwards on that list actually. Put Gay on that list twice.

surferdudes
1 year ago

All of Licht’s DB’s on list not good. I’m going to get flack for this, but how about Jameis Winston? Jameis had a great first half, but couldn’t put them away like a franchise QB would in the second half. He held the ball to long, and took sacks that killed us. Then there was the oh shit he didn’t throw a pick there moment. Aah yes he did, you almost felt it coming. After that pick, he was done for the day even though the game was in doubt. The coaching staff didn’t trust him anymore, they were gonna… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Surger ,putting jameis on the list is stupid, your almost becoming a troll. 380 yards and 3 tds and youre blaming him? His pick led to zero points and its his fault leftwich decided to run the ball the entire second half? Just stop dude, ph and he also threw a beautiful bomb to put us in position to wint he game, which you conveniently left out. But yeah ,he should be on here.

MojoU
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

There’s no way Jameis should be on the most disappointing list. He didn’t have a great second half, but that was mostly due to play calling and port play by our OTs. He did take too many sacks and threw one bad pick, but he made some terrific throws that setup all of our scoring. I think taking sacks is an improvement over throwing multiple interceptions in a game like he did against the 49ers. I would still prefer that he learn to throw the ball away more, but in the end Jameis was more than good enough to win… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Absolutely ridiculous to blame Winston when he had a great game. All of those negative things you mentioned could also apply to Daniel Jones, but in NY their singing his praises. Guess you need to find a way to continue your anti-Winston narrative.

Selmon-63
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

It’s tough to put Jameis on this list. I’m not a fan, he’s too inconsistent for me. He had a fantastic first half, but the offence did nothing in the second half. Quarterbacks are judged by wins and losses, and unfortunately, this is another loss for #3.

EastEndBoy
1 year ago

You guys are right : KICKER, OLINE, SECONDARY.

And what have the 3 massive weak links been on our team for the last 5 years: KICKER, OLINE, SECONDARY.

And whose job has been to address those, and who continues year after year to fail in that regard….

JASON LICHT!!!!!!! Fire him!!!!

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  EastEndBoy
1 year ago

Licht should not have the opportunity to draft another QB IMO. That should never happen in any rational universe.

drdneast
1 year ago

I thought our defensive backfield was “fixed.” You could add the whole coaching staff to this list. You score 28 points in the first half and then only muster 6 in the second half. Did you run out of plays? How often have long suffering Buc fans like myself been through this scenario. The team is beating the opposition by a wide margin and the coaches ass gets so tight they could make a chunk of coal into a diamond and they go all protective mode. Playing not to lose. I didn’t think Arian’s would be like this because I… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

When you continue to bring your politics into this forum you take away your otherwise prudent remarks.

drdneast
1 year ago

I’m behind you EastEndBoy

drdneast
1 year ago

I’m behind you EastEndBoy.

Captain Sly
1 year ago

Blame the Rookie Kicker all you want but the Coaching Staff Blew this for us Period.
Bowles got out coached by Shurmur and Leftwhich I am still not sure he can coach.

tpeluso
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

Agreed. Gay is high on the list of goats, but he should never have been in a position where a kick at the end determined the outcome. That’s on Bowles and the defensive staff.

fredster
1 year ago

Winston wasn’t the problem here for sure. It’s same shit different day. He has games where he tries to do too much for sure but it’s usually to overcome a very bad O line, secondary, and kicker. Thus it is same shit different day/year for Bucs. How they can’t find a guy that can just make easy extra points and FG’s of 32 yards is mind boggling. I’ll have to rewatch since I was at game but the second missed point seemed it came out low and was Gays fault was blocked imo.

Captain Sly
Reply to  fredster
1 year ago

Whats frustrating is they want Winston to stay in a pocket that has already collapsed on him and make a play. Last year Winston pulls that ball down and runs up field to pick the 1st down. Now he’s just a sitting duck behind shaky OL and some Stiff RT named Demar Dotson. They better figure this out fast before this season gets lost!

twspin
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

LMAO at You. Before the season gets lost? I can’t stop laughing. We got the LA Rams up next. I’ll let You..figure it out.

chefboho
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

That’s my biggest issue. Last year jameis would run if the pocket broke down. Now BA have our it in his head to stay there and look down field. Well, Daniel Jones beat them doing what Jameis SHOULD be doing. This team just can’t get out of its own way. So disappointing

BucNnole
1 year ago

MATT GAY LOST THE GAME. PERIOD. Yes it would have been nice if the defense showed up right after the half and didn’t surrender 15 points but it is what it is. Bottom line is Gay, who’s sole job is to make kicks missed three. End of story. If he made even one of those three no one would be saying anything about the other team units.

Gulfstrings
Reply to  BucNnole
1 year ago

I think one of his kicks was partially blocked. Still …

JohnGaltsGhost
1 year ago

If the O puts up 31 points you should win. Yes the o-line was faulty but we were running the ball well and put up 31 points. I have a hard time blaming the o-line because everytime Winston got sacked it was after four to five seconds. That means the New York secondary was doing a damn good job covering. I absolutely do blame our secondary horrible coverage gave up way too many huge plays. As far as a kicker goes, the team should give him the same treatment that Private Pyle received in the movie Full Metal Jacket, blanket… Read more »

Buc76
1 year ago

Jason Licht is an idiot. How many times does he need to fail with a rookie kicker before he learns. They don’t kick 33 yard extra points in college. Its unbelievable that this is happening again. Cut your losses and get rid of him now. the season is probably gone. how are we going to win any of the next 5 games on the road. You’re looking at 1-7 in about a month. we needed this game. what a waste of a play to Mike Evans to put us in position to win. You can’t blame this on Winston and… Read more »

tpeluso
Reply to  Buc76
1 year ago

We’ve tried drafting a kicker high.
We’ve tried drafting a kicker low.
We’ve tried an undrafted kicker.
We’ve tried signing a proven kicker in free agency to multiple years.
We’ve tried a kicker off the scrap heap.

The kicking situation is not Licht’s fault. We’ve literally tried everything.

Devasher
Reply to  tpeluso
1 year ago

The kicking situation is literally Licht’s fault. 1. Licht selected the kickers. 2. Licht chose to use the highest pick for a kicker in 10 years on Aguayo, who’s numbers dwindled off his freshman yr at FSU and had little actual experience or success in clutch kicks. 3. Licht chose Gay as the highest drafted kicker since Aguayo. Gay has admitted to suffering from bouts of depression in the past. He has every right to make a living in any field but high stress/pressure jobs like NFL kicker is probably not the best fit for that condition. Licht knew it… Read more »

EastEndBoy
Reply to  Devasher
1 year ago

well said Devasher…plus the most damning thing that could be said about Licht and kickers IMO is this:

He was given the best kicker he has ever had by has predecessor…and rather than stick with Barth, he thought he knew so much more and has been on this endless cycle of bad decision after bad decision. Maybe looking a gift horse in the mouth was not such a good idea.

Chris Elrod
1 year ago

I have to go with Leftwich also. Great play calling in the first half – screen passes, more short throws, good combination of running plays (inside and outside) and which left the door open for long plays to Evans. Second half, it was like Leftwich forgot how to call plays. Same up-the-middle runs and same long pass attempts. It looked like some kind of NFL “Groundhog Day”…same plays over and over with very little results. I literally can’t figure Matt Gay out. He has a cannon for leg – boots a 50+ yard kick for 3 points but can’t hit… Read more »

juju1242
1 year ago

And I worry about being home to watch the Bucs play. Why, why do I continue to torture myself!!!!!

twspin
Reply to  juju1242
1 year ago

Don’t..torture yourself that is. We still might make 8-6 by a hair nose. Have a drink or 2 or 3 or 4 or…
That way when the game ends? Nothing these Bucs do will surprise you. Absolutely…Nothing!

drdneast
1 year ago

surferdudes, Winston was the reason we got such a big lead or weren’t you watching the first half of the game. They had him slinging it all over the field. His only INT cost them nothing since NY fumbled it back right afterwards. Peyton running on third and two on goal line was a terrible play call. Giants were stacked against the line. Third and two pass to Brate wasn’t much better.late in the fourth quarter. Terrible play calling. Put your Winston hatred to bed. When he bugs out of here next year you can start worrying about him being… Read more »

stlbucsfan
1 year ago

Newton was under duress but erratic. I said a more accurate QB would pick a part these slow CBS and that’s what happened today. Shaq is good but we don’t generate consistent pressure anywhere else. The DBs are more problem than solution and Bowles can scheme em up all he wants there will be bad days like this ahead. We can’t hold up in coverage and more stout OLs showed they can pick up enough of the pressure to give their QBs time. I’m still curious how the draft fixed our secondary but only edwards is playing major time, seems… Read more »

twspin
1 year ago

Please..Cut it out and Knock it off here you cryin bunch of..weasels! You have a sizeable lead at the half nd let a fired up Giants team come out in the 2nd half and open up a can of kick A** on you in your stadium? You come out flat in the 2nd half? I’m gonna tell you idiots one final time..The Bucs need a pass rush..OKay? we had several ops to add that rush over the last 2 months and said, Nope..we pass. That kid Jones is a good player but he had far to much time to make… Read more »

Captain Sly
Reply to  twspin
1 year ago

Well I guess I’m a Monkey’s Uncle!! We got one player with 4 sacks, and a forced fumble. The rest of the defense pressured the QB on nearly 50% of his drop backs, but we need more “Pass Rush”. Okay we’re just idiots watching Football.

twspin
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

And you forgot to mention..Daniel Jones ordered Subway sandwiches and still had time to throw completed passes. forgot that huh? Nope CS you are an idiot for failing to recognize a big deficiency on our D line.

fredster
1 year ago

Well bottom line They are gonna have to draft or find a kicker, better CB’s, RT, DE. Before they can be good team unfortunately. Dotson just ran steam so quick. It’s unfortunate but it’s a Bucs life. Lol

fredster
1 year ago

I agree it was Gay that lost game. Yes big mistakes made on defame especially but played well enough overall to win. Some games are close in NFL and you have to make extra points and 32 yard Fg! Period!

Buc76
1 year ago

Look what Ariana said. Something is not right

“I just took it on purpose. He’s better back there. That field goal is easier back five yards,” Arians said. “We wanted to move the ball, put it in the middle and make it easier.”

twspin
Reply to  Buc76
1 year ago

Relax, Its not his fault he’s starting to go thru Dementia like Biden. Bucs keep losing and Arians will be..right back in the hospital. Up next? Them LA Rams..And they will show..NO Mercy.

seat26
1 year ago

The secondary was beat all day. Hargraves looked like he suddenly forgot how to play corner. Bucs continue a long held tradition of making rookie QBs look all-pro. With the exception of a couple of plays, we had this game. I guess Coaches had the delay of game penalty on purpose, but I don’t think it was wise. Gay played a good game up until the missed kick. I mean, cmon, he kicked to monster kicks. We don’t just cut a kicker for one kick and missed point after. Truthfully, he might still be the best player we grabbed in… Read more »

Doctor_Berto
Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

Suddenly forgot how to play corner? Hargreaves hasnt known how to play corner since he entered the league.

deeznuts
1 year ago

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY,

WHY THE F*** IS LAVONTE DAVID NOT ON THE FIELD IN DIME DEFENSE

even aguayo didnt blow kicks that bad (actually he did, i just wanted to remind licht how many games we’ve lost from bad kicking)

Pit of misery
1 year ago

Is Santos kicking for Tennessee? If he is who would you even pick up? Why didn’t we try one pass for the TD? We had a time out?

pinkstob
1 year ago

They got the list right, especially with Hargreaves and Davis.

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

Bucs have played 3 sub 500 teams and lost to the 49ers and Giants at home, I said before the game on paper they win this game, it was Bucs game to lose and they did.
allowing the 27th ranked offence to score 32 points is a big reason Bucs lost.
The kicker missed 2 point after and a short field goal.
however, a solid team would have beat the Giants by 15 points at home.
Now the long stretch of away games comes, and Bucs are 1-2.

plopes808
1 year ago

OK, everyone is jumping on Gay but really it was our offense that put him in a spot he never should have been in. We went into the second half with an 18 point lead and the OC went conservative way too early. Offense couldn’t get first downs which left the defense out there too long and allowed the Giants to pick up their game on offense. Yes, the misses are concerning but one of the XPs was a block. Bottom line is Gay should have never been put in a game deciding situation and I feel the biggest culprit… Read more »

CaliBucsFan71
1 year ago

Gay is trash, They need to cut ties with him before he costs the Bucs more games.

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

I really hate to bring this up but will I know Fredster sees a monster with almost sacks
Vita Vea has zero solo tackles and zero sacks in all three games.
2019 Zero solo tackles
Zero Sacks
unless nfl stats are wrong that is a problem
Jones ran right by #50 to score TD on 4-5
Watch the tape Bucs have a big problem on that line.

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcnpuqYHKXI

at 11:04 in Youtube Vita Vea lost the game for Bucs

surferdudes
1 year ago

Not one TD drive from Jameis in the second half, not one. Jones led his team to 22 second half points, Jameis six. He threw for no TD’s in the second half, and had one terrible pick. The last time I checked the game is 60 minutes long, not 30. He took to many sacks in the second half by holding on to the ball to long, and the pick. I said there’s plenty of blame to go around, but Jameis did not do enough to win. He threw three TD’s, Jones threw two, and ran for two. That’s four… Read more »

chefboho
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Well maybe if they let him throw in the second half instead of running three plays in a row from the 7 yard line things would’ve been different. Why don’t you blame the coaches instead of the quarterback doing what the coaches asked if him. The giants made second half adjustments and the Bucs didn’t. Maybe if the defense didn’t let THREE receivers rack up over 85 yards you wouldn’t be sitting here crying about our quarterback.

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Surfer, he did lead them on a drive. The final drive. The one where our rookie misser….errrr…kicker missed the GAME WINNING SCORE.

Get over it dude. Jameis played well. The play calling and Dotson sucks!
Trying to continue with your “Jameis” caused the loss doesn’t make it accurate. It makes you look foolish!

nmkinley
1 year ago

Good grief, the anger. If only our kicker makes his 5th FG of the day, the narrative becomes 1) Jameis pulls out comeback win with a great day – he’s our franchise QB 2) Shaq Barrett for DPOY and 3) M Gay for special teams POW. But now that the kick missed by inches, all players and units ate crap. Fickle fickle. I’ll still remain hopeful and positive for the team I pull for while there is plenty of room to stretch out on the band wagon. But at least the emotion above shows that people care. Go Bucs!

Boca James (Boca Raton Florida)
1 year ago

This one still hurts this morning. Everyone is bashing everyone on the Bucs and I get it, but lets credit the Giants especially the QB. He made some clutch throws throughout the game while being pressured. We put up plenty of points and ran the ball so I cant fault the O at all. We have no pass rush other than Shaq who has the best get off in football. Licht really needs to resign him to a 4 year deal. Secondary made average receivers look all pro………yet again. The kicker scares but he made he did make 4/5 field… Read more »

MichaelMyersIsABucsFan
1 year ago

Cut Carlton Davis.

GoldsonAges
1 year ago

This is proof if your secondary is the worst least talented unit in the NFL trying to build it through the draft is plain stupid. We dont need better players in 2 or 3 years when these kids develop. We need starting level corners right now.

Dave
1 year ago

BAB – the Bucs have not played 3 sub .500 teams. SF is 3-0. Plopes808 – the offense put Gay in a position he shouldn’t have been put in. Seriously man! What was Jameis thinking scoring TD after TD and expecting his kicker to make XP’s. Or what was Jameis thinking completing a clutch 44 yard pass to set up Gay with a 34 yard chip shot. Seriously dude, how selfish of Jameis to set his kicker up with chip shot after chip shot. Surferdude – oh weird, this whole time I thought Leftwhich was calling the offensive plays. I… Read more »