The Buccaneers fell to 1-5 at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Just when it started to seem like they had improved since the 52-14 Thursday night debacle in Atlanta, they were trounced at home 48-17 heading into their bye week.
While the team was far from perfect in the first two home games, they were at least competitive until the finish. Coaches and players alluded to a few plays here and there as reasons for the close losses. Sunday’s game was a different story, as the team was simply overmatched at every position and phase of the game.
Following the lopsided defeat, Lovie Smith took the podium for his postgame press conference. Smith offered no excuses for his team’s performance and even candidly evaluated himself.
“That’s pretty easy,” Smith said. “I’d say I’ve performed at a 1-5 record. That’s my record as a head football coach, so it’s cut and dry – it’s black-and-white on what we’ve done and what I’ve done as a head football coach.”
The locker room atmosphere wasn’t much different. A somber setting, with players holding themselves accountable for being visibly outmatched.
“At the end of the day it’s all about pride,” linebacker Lavonte David said. “It’s game day. You have a fight. And today we didn’t have that fight. We started out flat. Defensively, we gave up big plays and they came out ready. As a road team, you want to come out fast and that’s what they did. We didn’t live up to what we wanted to do.”
The Ravens were technically the road team, but by the fourth quarter, those left in the stands were predominantly wearing purple. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was also frustrated with his team’s performance.
“We just have to be better because it’s not good,” McCoy said. “It’s unacceptable. The fans and anybody who’s angry, hey, what are we going to tell them? Don’t be angry? I mean I’m angry, too. We have to be better.”
The 48 points surrendered Sunday brings the total to 158 in the last four weeks. Needless to say, the Tampa 2 scheme has been called into question. Some have questioned the scheme, but Smith stood behind it following the game on Sunday.
“Absolutely not,” Smith said. “I’ll stop you right there. Absolutely not. We’re not changing our scheme. I’ve been doing this scheme every year I’ve been in the league. I believe in it. We’re not coaching it and we’re not playing it as well as we need to. Zero chance we change our scheme.”
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I shut game off at end of 1st quarter. Not wasting Sundays watching this crap anymore. Year after year same ole, I’m done.
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I don’t understand why Lovie gives opponents the ball first. Doesn’t he know he’s coaching the worst defense in the league. He should check the stats,the Bucs have lost all 15 games that their opponent has scored first!! Yet Lovie always wants to put his crap Tampa2 out on the field first, amazing.
Surferdudes our defense does suck, but I’m a firm believer in deferring and getting the ball first in the 2nd half. At that point you’ve had an entire half to dissect what the other team is doing so you know exactly how to attack them. Barring a fumble, any team should be able to move the ball down the field and get at least a field goal in the 1st possession after halftime. With that you can either gain the momentum or maintain it. Especially when we play at home, the crowd noise should help prevent the opposing team from getting into a rhythm on offensive in their opening drive.
Pink, the facts don’t lie, we’ve lost all 15 games when we’re scored on first. You’re right our D does suck, more reason to keep them on the bench to start the game. I doubt it would’ve made much of difference yesterday, but damn it’s 7-0 after just 2 minutes. I’d rather put my offense out their to start the game 0-0, then their first possession down 7-0.
Coin tosses are not the cause of our losses. Defensive scheme is not the cause either. We don’t have the players to run any scheme well, and mid-season is not the time to overhaul an entire scheme. I’m seeing players getting beat one on one, whether playing zone or man schemes.
if im McCoy im leaving this train wreck only way he stays is we franchise him which means he gets top dollar and david will be running away too when he gets the chance the organization on the whole is a joke, I see no improvement, no fire no nothing lucky the Steelers gift wrapped that punt or we are 0-6, maybe beat minny and Washington, but that’s about it
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