No team in NFL history had ever recorded 501 yards of offense and only managed three points. Well the Bucs said on Sunday, “Hold my beer.”
Three points from your offense, another four turnovers and another loss, dropping the Buccaneers to 3-6. Where another win comes from this season is anyone’s guess.
Below is our list of Most Disappointing. Take a look and see if you agree.
K Chandler Catanzaro
Chandler, Chandler, Chandler. We hardly got to know you. For most Bucs fans and probably even some in the building he can’t be replaced fast enough. The good news for Catanzaro is, the Bucs failed to reach the end zone so there were no missed extra points. The bad news is, he was 1-for-3 on field goal attempts, including missing a chip shot early in the game. You could literally see the air leave the stadium, from fans – and players.
C Ryan Jensen
Jensen had his worst game of the season committing two penalties (snap infraction, holding) then later rolled a snap back to Ryan Fitzpatrick that killed field position and doomed the drive. Then of course Catanzaro missed the 48-yard field goal on the next play. You can forgive a young player a little more for these type of errors, but as a high priced veteran, Jensen has to be much better.
T Donovan Smith
Smith wants to be paid as a top tackle in the league, but so far hasn’t shown he deserves it. He is solid, but not spectacular, and for whatever reason tends to string his bad plays together. Smith can play 40 flawless snaps, then have a holding penalty, give up a sack and have a false start all in a couple of series. On Sunday, unfortunately it was the second half when Smith’s errors were pronounced, with none worse than giving up a late fourth quarter sack/fumble to Ryan Kerrigan inside the 10-yard line killing a drive.
WR Mike Evans
Something isn’t right with Evans as of late. Sunday was his second subpar game in a row and he doesn’t look like the receiver the team expects him to be when paying him $16.5 million a year. In the first half he made a poor adjustment on a ball that Ryan Fitzpatrick put way too much air under. Still, Evans had a huge size advantage of most cornerbacks.
But his most egregious error was a dropped touchdown pass with the Bucs trying to get back in the game late in the fourth. The ball wasn’t perfectly thrown but Evans has to make that catch. Instead it bounced off hid chest, and on the next play Fitzpatrick was sacked and fumbled. End of ball game.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On one hand going 29-of-41 for 406 yards seems like a pretty good day at the office. However, when you are the trigger man of a team that only manages three points, you have to bear some responsibility. And when you add three turnovers(two interceptions, fumble) it just wasn’t anywhere near good enough. Fitzpatrick is a great guy, and good quarterback, but admitted after the game he hurt his team and was part of the reason they lost. I can’t disagree.
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@example.com
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