Sunday’s 14-13 loss for the Buccaneers came down to self-inflicted wounds. They committed a total of 16 penalties, with 13 being accepted, for a net loss of 94 yards.
The offensive line was particularly bad in that category – along with pass protection and run blocking – as they were flagged 10 times (two were declined). It’s safe to say that the front five was in disarray through most of the afternoon.
“I think it just comes down to focus and just being consistent,” said Garrett Gilkey after the game.
Gilkey started at center in place of Evan Dietrich-Smith, who has been ill all week. And while the latter has been a disappointment through most of the season, Gilkey proved to be just as bad – if not worse. The former Brown was responsible for two of the 13 penalties to go along with inconsistent snaps.
“I think for myself when I get out of sorts, I tend to get sloppy, and today that showed up,” Gilkey said. “I was sloppy in several plays. So I look at myself, and it’s just a matter of maintaining focus and composure. We put ourselves in a position to lose today. I was a huge part of that, and I recognize that.”
Of course the highlighted penalty will be the 12-men call. However, before that, the team was far from perfect on the final drive. Gilkey was called for a hold that essentially moved the Bucs out of field goal range, going from the Bengals 31 to the 41.
“Plays like that, your stomach definitely drops (12 man call),” Gilkey said. “I look at myself and just a few plays prior to that I had a holding call. So for me, I can’t point the blame. I had far too many mistakes today. I’m just as hard on myself.”
The amount of penalties at this point in the season is even more discouraging when you know the emphasis put on it during practice. This week was no different, and yet they had the same result.
“Definitely this week [Lovie Smith] emphasized a lot on eliminating the self-inflicted wounds,” Gilkey said. “I know for myself, I allowed far too many.”
Following Sunday’s loss, the Buccaneers now lead the league with 102 penalties for a total of 807 yards.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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How do we expect to pull a guy off of the Brown’s discard pile and expect anything more than what we got? Should have tried the rookie, Josh Allen. That second half O-line play was the worst since early in the season. They all deserve to be on the Buccaneers discard pile at the end of the season.
It’s not Gilks fault he was put in a bad situation by his coaches. He has never played center in high school, college, or the pros. This falls on coaching, and the G.M., for not having a more prepared back up center on the roster.
Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, everyone take a piece. Lovie you go first!
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