Bucs head coach Lovie Smith was fairly upbeat when he addressed the media on Monday afternoon during his weekly postgame press conference. Part of that has to do with finding some bright spots after reviewing the film.
“As we go forward, we have to highlight some of the positive things we did in the game, starting off offensively with our running game,” Smith said. “Whenever you can average over five yards a carry, it’s a good thing. And when we wanted to pass the football, I thought we were able to do some things in the passing game. We had pretty good balance.
“Offensive line, I think just about every time I’ve come in here someone has asked about the offensive line. I don’t hear any questions now and that’s a good thing. Our offensive line, that’s a good front that we played against. Bobby Rainey, talking about my glass half full as it is, the job Bobby Rainey did stepping up and the offensive line put him a position to do those things. Those are the things that we will build on.”
Although there were some positives, there were plenty of things that disappointed Smith and his staff from Sunday’s loss to the Rams.
“And defensively, just disappointing the amount of times we’ve taken the ball away,” Smith said. “We hung in there, but we had a quarterback that hasn’t played an awful lot, and we let them keep drives going, especially late. In the second half, they had about three long drives, and that really hurt us. Talked a lot last week about special teams and what we did well. As we’ve mentioned, [the blocked] field goal taking points off the board for us, and, of course, that [blocked] punt really hurt us.
“But that’s where we are for our football team. We watched the video this morning quickly and made the corrections. And now, as far as our team is concerned, they’ve moved on to Atlanta.”
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]
Are You Happy Now?? This Sucks
As I said earlier, this is a case of lowered expectations. The Bucs are a group of talented players that have not learned how to play together as a team. Demar Dotson said early on “I don’t know the guy playing next to me”. An honest explanation for the loss yesterday and many losses on the horizon come down to injuries, inexperience, and a missing in action OC.
The defense is in a state of flux due to injuries and the movement of new players on and off the team. They do not know how to play this defense – a defense Lovie depends on to win games. The secondary does not have a clue of what to do when there is no upfront pressure. The LBs are not blitzing and can’t cover a TE who wanders into their zone.
Here is a dose of reality. We are not a play-off team and we are not a 500 team. At best this year is a learning experience and if we’re lucky next year we get a shot at Mariota.
There are lots that can be said, but it won’t matter. It is what it is. This is a bad football team and there are no quick fixes. I will continue to support the Bucs, but will expect to see the growth and development each week that will eventually lead to a winning team. I actually saw progress this week, but not the confidence to win.
Swallow hard, take a deep breath, and buckle your seat belt, this is going to be a long tortuous season!
This is another lost season sad to say. We need a real QB and there is a lot more holes to fill before this is a playoff team.
Love your posts macabee. More thought….less emotion is what I admire about your comments. Me, I just try to inject a little humor and sarcasm. I’m a lot less emotional than I used to be when I was younger and I don’t take it personally and get angry when the team loses.
If this is a team that needs time to grow, McCown should be drawing a social security check by the time we’re playoff ready. Might as well let Glennon play if we’re lowering our expectations. If Lovie will be honest and say, this was a 4-12 team last year, maybe a 6-10 team this year, so I’m going with Mike, I could live with that. What I can’t see is playing McCown, we need to find out now if Mike is the answer before the draft.
bring in tebow
If we are going to run every play (which seems pretty likely going forward), you may as well put in Tebow. He can’t throw and he is not a good NFL quarterback, but the boy can run. I had hoped for 8-8 record this year, but have not seen anything that makes me think we will even get 3 wins.
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