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.

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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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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]

22 COMMENTS

  1. Koetter was definitely terrible today. His red zone play calling was awful and that challenge flag at the end of the game proves that he is clueless.

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  2. Most disappointing? How about all of them? 16-3.
    At least everyone on Offense and Special Teams.

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  3. Donovan Smith,right tackle playing left tackle that’s looking to get paid Silverback money!!!!

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  4. Can someone please teach Vita Vea to stop getting lost in the eyes of every guy who blocks him? Who the hell has been teaching this guy his whole football life????
    Pick a Harbaugh…..any Harbaugh!

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    • I’ve been cutting Vea some slack since he’s a rookie, but he’s got a few games under his belt now and I have seen very little improvement..he is never near the ball or even if he gets near the ball carrier, he misses the tackle..not a good look for our first round pick at all..

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  5. Dirk needs to be fired. Every button he pushes is the wrong one. He takes over playcalling as if the offense needed rescuing lol. Literally every other unit could probably use an extra set of eyes but our old foolish head coach goes and muddies up the offense. You can’t write this kind of stupidity. The Glazers need to fire Dirk tomorrow, make Monk interim and then make Jameis QB the rest of the season. Fitz is showing his journeyman ways and we need to see what we have in Jameis.

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    • I think he was trying to take credit for the offensive scheme so his undated Resume would help him find another OC job. Just my opinion.

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  6. Koetter should be at the top..what idiot takes away play calling duty from a guy who has been running the number 1 offense? Dumb Koetter does.

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  7. #1 Most Disappointing: Dirk Koetter!

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  8. I agree that Koetter should be at the head of the list along with Jason Licht. The team regressed against a beatable opponent.

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  9. Definitely agree Koetter should be on this list. Takes away play calling and The result is 3 points. Case closed!

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  10. I give Evans slack because I think he’s playing through injury atm.

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  11. You got it Mark.

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  12. Before you hit the negatives watch the film Veta Vea was awful, the team would be better off with 10 on Defence than have him become the target of the redskins
    This guy is going to get cut next year by the new coach, They play him to save face for the use of draft pick.
    The Big O lineman destroy him and the running back comes right through his hole.
    Time and time again. Again watch the film anyone defending him is clueless

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  13. Two games ago a CB flopped on Evans and hurt his ribs. He showed how painful it was getting up. That explains why he wasn’t able to jump up in the end zone and get the pass which then resulted in Fitz’s first interception and also explains why Evans production dropped so much last game and he dropped a pass laying down in the end zone. If Koetter was smart he would have insisted on Chris Godwin taking his place and letting Watson spell Godwin after long passes.

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  14. It is also time to move D. Smith to LG where he will not face speed rushers, and play Marpet at RG and bench Benenoch. Then let Liedtke show why he had ZERO SACKS playing LT during preseason games while D. Smith was hurt. Then when that works fire useless Warhop who has no clue as OL Coach.

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  15. To many players on this team content to just cash a paycheck.
    The play calling moved the ball up and down the field but Fits couldn’t get the job done in the red zone.
    Teams are playing him a lot differently than the first two games, especially in the red zone.
    I’m not thrilled with Licht now but some of you morons want everyone of his draft picks to fail just so you can run him out of that town.
    That is just plain stupid but I am listening to fans from Tampa Bay so why should I be surprised.
    The same people thought Fitz would come in and save the day, I just hoped he would but couldn’t ignore his past. It came roaring back today..
    Perhaps now some of you clowns see why Winston feels like he has to make a big play on every down because it’s certain no one else wants to.
    Koetter will probably go down with the ship and it’s a shame because he has had to use what Licht has given him, especially on a defense that hasn’t forced a TO in five games.
    Owlykat, I hope your explanation of Evans play is true, I would hope it isn’t because he would rather be catching from Winston.
    And BucAssbob, I really doubt you already watched the game film but I will be watching it Tuesday. You really are a troll.

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  16. The 2017 off season has doomed the Bucs for years to come. They went into free agency with loads of money and the delusion that there lines were okay. They had enough cap space to sign Andrew Whitworth who instead went to the LA Rams and made it to another Pro Bowl. Signing Whitworth would have let them move Donovan Smith to LG while still trying to develop him as a LT. That would have left them with plenty of cap space to sign DE Calais Campbell who went to Jacksonville and made it to another Pro Bowl. They probably would not have had enough cap space left to sign the great WR DeSean Jackson, but Winston cannot seem to connect with him, anyway, and Godwin seems to be able to give them what they need. They would have had the Howard draft pick to use on the first OL player taken in the draft. I would miss Howard, but Ryan Ramczyk made the All Rookie Team starting for the Saints at LT and RT. I think that kind of OL would go a long way to making any RB and any QB look great.

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  17. Always love the Most Disappointed List and wonder if folks were watching the same game as me. Not sure how we can have an two offensive linemen achieve this dubious distinction when the team rolled up 500 yards of offense both running and passing against a good Washington defense. Yes, the players named had a noticeable bad play or two, but for the most part they played fine. Surprised #77 didn’t make the list since he’s pretty much a regular. Evans makes one of the best catches you’ll ever see, but can’t dig out the one Fitz threw into the dirt so he makes the list too.

    Puzzling. Not one Defensive player. Yet our highly paid F/A defensive line went up against a group that was only put together this week. Anyone see one of those guys make a play except the rookie, who had no Training Camp, who so many want to declare a bust. Pass coverage was not as bad as recently because Alex Smith never did anything to challenge it.

    As always, disappointed that so many Season Pass Members sold their tickets to Redskins fans. I have great seats on the west side yet still had local Redskins fans in front of me (New Smyrna beach) and behind me (Tampa). Lower bowl east side might as well have been at RFK.

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  18. It seems the bucs Offensive line doesn’t finish plays. I don’t know how many times I have to watch Peyton Barber make a monumental individual effort to gain a couple of yards while Marpet, Dotson or Smith stand around with their hands on their hips because their initial block is over. Donovan Smith mailed in the end of yesterday’s game. After the 2nd time he let a marginal defensive end beat him late in the 4th quarter, Donovan Smith stopped and put his hands on his hips. Meanwhile, Fitz was still struggling trying to make a play, and wound up fumbling. If Donovan Smith continued to play after his mistake, the Bucs probably regain possession. How does coaching let this type of stuff go on week after week?! Marpet is playing at a C level, but Licht just gave him a huge contract extension?!

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  19. Most disappointing – without a doubt it has to be Jason Licht. All of the complaints on here – every one – is a complaint about one of our guys being asked to do something that he shouldn’t be asked to do….because that’s the group of players that Licht has given to Koetter and his Coaches to play with.

    We all can see that Donovan Smith is a fish out of water – but Licht has never tried to address this, in fact he created the problem by getting rid of Penn. Don’t be mad at Smith, he is what he is.

    We’re mad at Vea for soaking-up blockers like a NT and not rushing the QB like 3-T – but that’s who is, that’s who was when Licht drafted and said, ‘Vea would be switching positions to pass rush from inside’. Don’t be mad at Vea, he’s doing a good job as NT.

    Jensen as the corner-stone of an OL? – that was always wishful thinking – he was fine in Baltimore, and he would be fine in Tampa too….as long as he doesn’t have to play next to the black hole-Benenoch. Who do we have to thank for this situation…..Licht.

    It is certainly impressive that we can line up: OJ Howard (#1 pick), Cameron Brate (6-year, $40.8 million, $18 million guaranteed), Mike Evans (#1 pick), Desean Jackson (3-year, $33.5 million, $20 million guaranteed), Chris Godwin (3rd round)….but is 5 maybe some overkill as top-receiving options, especially when we also have Adam Humphries as a bargain? How many does Drew Brees have? or Tom Brady? or Aaron Rodgers? Could we have used some of that fire power to pick up a quality player at another position…..like Safety or CB or OL? Who decided that we should just keep adding shiny corvettes….Licht.

    Catanzaro?…who’s responsible for getting us a kicker….oh ya, that guy who traded up in the 2nd round to select one….who he then had to cut because he was so bad.

    The problems here all stem from the top – the guy in charge of putting this together. The players are who they are – and for the most part, if they would be asked to do what they are capable of doing, they’d be fine. Koetter has to play the hand he’s dealt – sure he has made mistakes too, but he is not responsible for our backup RBs being Jaquizz fumblerooskie Rodgers, or Sean out-of-my-depths Wilson. Barber can’t play 100% of the snaps. If Adarius Taylor is going to be our MLB, we’re going to struggle against the run and against TE’s catching the ball over the middle. Don’t complain about Taylor – he is who he is – complain that Licht can’t source anyone to play with David in the middle.

    Why are we lining up the worst safety group in the league – sorry for those who think Evans is a probowler (he might be of that potential, but not playing with these colleagues in the secondary – watch him eventually make the probowl elsewhere…..like DJ Swearinger and McDougald might do this year on other teams). It’s not the safeties, it’s that if you ask them to play next to guys that can’t play, they’ll also look bad…put them next to Seattle and Washington’s secondaries, and voila they all of the sudden are top PFF performers. But rather than draft or go after FA secondary help, we get more receiving options, and the reasonably talented guys we have, look awful.

    This is ALL about having a personnel strategy that meets your coaches’ strategy and your team’s needs. If ever there was a poster-child for the problem with talent acquisition by Best Available Player…it’s the 2018 Bucs.

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  20. I can keep going on Licht’s talent acquisition strategy deficiencies:

    FA acquisitions: Unrein and Allen at DT….who does he draft (Best Player Available) Vea….not the guy who could fill a massive hole for us, in Derwin James.

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