The list of Most Disappointing Bucs could be twice as long but we stopped at five. The Bucs were blown out, came unraveled and dropped their fifth straight in a largely uncompetitive game to the Saints, knowing their season was on the line.

LB Devante Bond
Things started off on the wrong foot – literally for Tampa Bay on Sunday – when the Bucs who were already down 3-0 in the first quarter had a punt blocked by the Saints for a touchdown. Second-year LB and special teamer Devante Bond first negated a punt with a false start, and after being backed up five yards, Bond released his man too soon who was able to get through and block Bryan Anger’s punt. The Bucs fell behind 9-0 and the Saints were never threatened.

OT Donovan Smith
What many expected to be a breakthrough season for left tackle Donovan Smith has turned into his worst season so far in the NFL. On Sunday, Smith was beaten for a sack, and also gave up the hit on Winston that essentially knocked him from the game. Smith was also caught watching after being beaten around the edge on a passing down, and with Winston scrambling for his life, Smith stood flat footed, never attempting to help his quarterback out. Despite having the physically size, Smith is too inconsistent to protect the blind side of a franchise quarterback and the Bucs front office will have to add that to a pretty long list of offseason priorities most likely.

LB Kwon Alexander
Alexander hasn’t been himself this this year and on Sunday he failed to make an impact again. The Saints exploited the middle of the field running the ball and also passing at times, usually where Alexander should have been, including getting beat by tight end Colby Fleener for a 33-yard pass play. If the Bucs are ever going to turn things around defensively this season, they will need Alexander to be much better. As of now, rookie Kendell Beckwith was better in his time at middle linebacker early in the season than Alexander has been since returning from injury.

QB Jameis Winston
While Winston didn’t miss a tackle, or have a punt blocked, the Bucs had a chance to get some points on the board before he was injured but Winston’s inaccuracy hurt the Bucs offense. While he can’t shoulder all the blame, as the leader and quarterback, the team looks to Winston to make things happen. On Sunday, Winston left too many throws on the field, finishing 7-of-13 for just 62 yards. Add in his silliness of poking a Saints player in the helmet that triggered a brawl, Winston had a day to forget.

RB Doug Martin
Martin was benched in the first half after failing to get anything going against a bad Saints run defense. While the offensive line did him no favors, Martin still ran hesitant, dancing and trying to cut things back before even giving the line chance to create a crease.Expect Peyton Barber to continue to eat into Martin’s playing time if Martin can’t turn things around quickly. On the day, Martin gained just seven yards on eight carries.

Share On Socials

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]
Subscribe
Notify of
22 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
macabee
macabee
4 years ago

Kwon Alexander played like Jason Alexander. lol. All kidding aside, nobody looked good today starting with LB Devante Bond’s missed block on the punt blocked for a TD. I don’t know what it is, but we can play better than this – I got proof – I’ve seen it!

deeznuts
deeznuts
4 years ago

This game was abysmal. Koetter is inept. Licht built a losing roster through the years. Even Schiano and Dominik drafted better than Licht and Lovie/Koetter. 2014: Mike Evans = A Austin Sefarian-Jenkins = F- Charles Sims = D Kadeem Edwards = F Kevin Pamphile = D+ Robert Herron = F 2014 free agents: (cut revis) DT Clinton McDonald = B TE Brandon Myers = D+ WR Louis Murphy = D C Evan Dietrich Smith = D- CB Mike Jenkins = F OT Anthony Collins = F- DE Michael Johnson = F OG Oneil Cousins = F CB Alterraun Verner =… Read more »

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  deeznuts
4 years ago

Hopefully we get an article this week about potential GM replacements. People anointed Licht while I think the Glazers saw what some have seen all along. It’s no coincidence that Licht wasn’t extended and it’s shining through now. Koetter is trash but the leader of trash services MUST GO.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  deeznuts
4 years ago

Nice job and in total agreement. As expected, a lot of D’s or is it Deez?

callmemarkm
callmemarkm
Reply to  deeznuts
4 years ago

You gave every 6th & 7th round pick an F… idk what you would expect with those picks. I think you’re low on ASJ, Sims, Pamphile, Murphy, Anger. ASJ had issues and didn’t work out in TB, but is showing he’s a player in NY. I think you need to consider expectations when assigning grades. Jaq Rogers, Barber, Robinson, etc were not signed to be starters, let alone studs.

Overall, though, it’s pretty interesting to see how many people have come and gone over the past few years. And how many picks were cut so soon.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Like I said a few games ago, something inside the locker room changed. Seems like nobody wants to really come out and say what the problems are. Who the heck is running this organization?

surferdudes
4 years ago

The 2003 season coming off the superbowl victory was the most disappointing season for me. This is a close second. No way this regime survives this season, but more needs to be done besides firing the G.M., coaches. Too many well paid players, so called stars need to be jettisoned too. No one should be safe.

Freeman Strickland
Freeman Strickland
4 years ago

“What many expected to be a breakthrough season for left tackle Donovan Smith has turned into his worst season so far in the NFL.”

The Bucs had the cash to bid for the best free agent LT, Andrew Whitworth. Now, the Rams have him.

https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/giants-rams-andrew-whitworth-1.14715634

The Bucs also had their choice of every OT in the 2017 draft. But, they passed on all of them.

Whitworth at LT with Donavan Smith at LG would have been good to see.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
4 years ago

As many will remember I have never been a Jamies Winston Fan However I understood 2 of his assets was a strong arm and winning attitude. At AZ game he was thrown to ground on his shoulder at that point it was a more than just bruising as the coaching staff claimed This injury needed medical care and some time to rest instead he was back in game next week he was not the same the past three games Today in a hurry up 1 minute drill before half number 57 of the Saints slammed this same shoulder hard into… Read more »

htownbucfan03
htownbucfan03
4 years ago

I believe the players don’t believe in the staff. Like last year we had guys who were drafted here or had been with Dirk or Mike at previous stops. And the vets we had here are not aggressive personalities. Insert baker, jackson and ward. Baker and ward spoke out about playing style and time. Even mccoy spoke out. So players are at odds over how they are being played. Today i know ppl didnt like what happened but the saints were punking us and our qb stood up and poked back and Mike came to his defense I loved it… Read more »

scubog
scubog
Reply to  htownbucfan03
4 years ago

The whole situation was regrettable. I didn’t like that the announcers never made mention of what Latimore did or said to provoke Jameis. It looked to me like Jameis was telling the Saint to go to his own side of the field. All Evans saw was his QB getting pushed. What would we want him to do?

macabee
macabee
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Yes Scub, regrettable. Unwarranted, but understandable player frustration. Evans has come out and said his actions were unprofessional – caught up in the emotion of the moment. We are likely to lose Winston for a few games if not the season. Evans will surely get a large fine if not a 1 game suspension. With no Winston and possibly no Evans and former Buc Josh McCown and the Jets coming to town, the outlook is regrettable indeed! Good luck in the stands sitting through this one!

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

You fail to mention that it was Jameis Winston who initiated contact by rapping Lattimore on the back of his helmet while Winston was out of the dame and supposed to be sitting on or standing by the bench. Winston had no business getting into it with players on the field – extremely sophomorish action. At 23 he still knows the rules, so no excuses. As for Mike Evans, what he did was flat out wrong too, equivalent to a sucker punch. He deserved to be ejected and he most certainly will get fined and quite possibly a suspension. It… Read more »

callmemarkm
callmemarkm
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

I don’t disagree. The pregame stuff seems immature, and being 23 isn’t an excuse, but I do think that it is the reason. I’d rather see some Ray Lewis type hype than the Nickelodeon crap Jameis brings. Maybe its just his personality.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 years ago

“Most disappointing”?

Everyone who draws a paycheck at One Buc Place.

Brandonges
Brandonges
4 years ago

Never been as high on Kwon as PR and most of it’s readers, but man, he looked terrible today

Jim
Jim
4 years ago

I feel bad for Desean Jax…sold a bill of goods coming here to be thrown to by the great “famous Jameis”. Jameis has NO long ball touch ….PERIOD. that deal with Lattimore should have had Dirk all up in his grill.
Not slamming Evans because at least he is showing that he has somebody’s back. Because Jameis started something idiotic, sophomoric, childish, we might be without Evans next week..
This team is killing me and it starts with Jameis, no progression, only regression, dump him now…WE CAN NOT RESIGN THIS GUY FOR BIG $$$$

callmemarkm
callmemarkm
Reply to  Jim
4 years ago

Yeah. Let’s get rid of Winston and see if we can get a QB from Cleveland. Or Denver. Or NYJ. San Fran? My point is that for every QB that pans out there are 20 that bust. Jameis is the least of our problems.

WiltheBrewer
WiltheBrewer
4 years ago

Uggghhh!! That was horrible to watch.
You left the announcers, and officials off the list.
The tackling was bad- and David & Alexander missed a number of them- but they never called a block in the back. Plus, they should have thrown Evans out of the game. tensions would have escalated if it weren’t for the unfortunate injury to Gholston . Hope he’s doing OK!

callmemarkm
callmemarkm
4 years ago

Loooong time reader, first time poster. Anyone saying to dump Jameis immediately loses all credibility. I agree that he has some maturing to do… the thing with eating the W was embarrassing, and he needs to improve on the field too…. but I don’t want to see him go somewhere else to do it. As for the staff- I’m at a loss. They are obviously not getting it done, but I can’t say that I look forward to ANOTHER fresh start.

callmemarkm
callmemarkm
Reply to  callmemarkm
4 years ago

I accidentally gave my own comment a thumbs down! Lol. Is it possible for me to see who else gave a thumbs down? Obviously someone who thinks we should have drafted Mariota.

Jim
Jim
4 years ago

Folks, take the blinders off, Jameis is not as good , not nearly as good, as the press and fans make him out to be. The offensive issues start with him. He has a long ball receiver he can’t hit..safetys CAN feel free to step up and press our run. Last year the excuse was he had no one to throw it to, he has no excuse this yr, just himself. You are right, he is better then some QBs in the league but we are going to be stuck paying him elite QB money for a mid level QB.… Read more »