For the first time since 2007 the Buccaneers will be in the playoffs after a dominant 47-7 win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday afternoon.

Even in an overwhelming win, there were a handful of players who could stand to improve and made this week’s most disappointing list.

K Ryan Succop
Missing one extra point is pretty excusable – but doing it twice, inside a dome, with no wind, on turf and with the ball centered is just mind-boggling. Succop missed a second half field goal as well, totaling three missed kicks on the afternoon. In those type of conditions a veteran like Succop should literally be able to hit those kicks blindfolded. Sure, it didn’t hurt the Buccaneers in the end, but in the playoffs a lot of games are decided by a handful of points, and leaving five on the field could be the difference between a win or being sent home early.

LT Donovan Smith
The Bucs were eager to get Donovan Smith back after he was forced to sit out last week in Atlanta. However, Smith clearly wasn’t at the top of his game after being called for two penalties, including one where he was blocking 10 yards downfield on a pass play. Smith also gave up first half sack of Tom Brady when he was beaten on an inside move by Everson Griffen. In a 40-point win, no one will really care about the three blunders, but mistakes like that can cost teams in the postseason.

KR Kenjon Barner
Well, he didn’t fumble the ball on any of his returns if you are looking for a positive. But Barner made nothing happen at all on his kick return chances, even making some questionable decisions fielding the ball. Barner often looked like he was running in slow motion, particularly on the opening kickoff return where he didn’t even get to the 20-yard line. Barner has shown little ability to make guys miss on punt returns, often getting tackled by the first opponent down the field in coverage.

Bucs Special Teams
Keith Armstrong’s unit saw their kicker miss three kicks and his kick returner look very pedestrian, but what may sting the most was his punt return unit giving up a touchdown on a return to spoil the shut out. The Bucs were humming on offense and defense all afternoon, and it was a shame to see the special teams unit allow a 74-yard score to put the Lions on the scoreboard.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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 mark@pewterreport.com
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chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
1 year ago

special teams was an F today but its minor complaint when you win this big. Need to get this out of their system before the playoffs start. Cant believe I’m saying that after 13 years!

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

I hear ya chef! Great to see Evans get most of the hard work out of the way this game. The record falls next week! Evans is a beast! Our beast!

thewbacca
thewbacca(@thewbacca)
1 year ago

Add Mark Schlareth to the list, who warmed my house with his hot air comments about Tampa needing quality over quantity runs.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 year ago

Mark, You nailed it!

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
1 year ago

How high a pick will Licht spend on a kicker this year?

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

Funny.

matador
matador(@matador)
1 year ago

If Smith is on the team next year JB Licht should be fired. End of message.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  matador
1 year ago

It’s easy to say fire Donovan Smith.
After you perform this task what is your next move tough guy.
Remember, your salary cap is going to be lower next year than it was this year and Smith is paid 14 million. Highest paid LT’s make upwards of 22 million.
Show us your GM skill set.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
1 year ago

As usual one play gets a a player on the Most Disappointing list. Looked to me like both Smith and Marpet were very slightly down-field on that penalty and the sack was on the RB, not Smith. What I saw was Smith’s replacement, Josh Wells, getting manhandled. Seems like Donovan Smith is automatically put on this list if he happens to get a penalty even though the team racked up 500+ yards. I’m not saying the guy is Paul Gruber, but he’s not Charles McRae either. I was slightly disappointed that Shaq Barrett wasn’t the dominant pass rusher I expected… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

BA said the reason Smith got that penalty was Brady called an audible and he didn’t hear it and by the way he was blocking it sure looked like it.
This teams fans are always looking for a whipping boy and unfortunately it’s been Donovan Smith’s turn in the barrel for the last couple of years.
The Bucs are paying Smith $14 million a year and that is pretty much what they are getting, a $14 million left tackle. Pretty much a bargain in the NFL.

RW
RW(@rwp111)
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Donovan Smith: 7 sacks allowed, 13 penalties taken blocking grade 71%
Tristan Wirfs: 1 sack allowed, 3 penalties taken, blocking grade 81.7%
So who’s the rookie and who’s the very well paid veteran whose salary going into 2020 was top 15 for linemen in the whole NFL???

RW
RW(@rwp111)
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

pretty much a bargain??? Complete BS. Check out the NFL salary structure and you will see less than 60 O-linemen make $10 million plus per year and only 2 make over $20 million per year.

Last edited 1 year ago by RW
fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Would you be making excuses if the hit Smith gave up on Brady blew his knee out? Why do people bring up Wells making 935k per year salary as evidence Smith isn’t so bad?! Great comparison 14 million to less than 1 million. Lol. Smith is underperforming as he does overall every season and his contract is such they could alter it easy and make it more fair if he was open to that. I’d like to draft his replacement but that hurts us short term as we need help other areas still too.

Last edited 1 year ago by fredster
matador
matador(@matador)
Reply to  fredster
1 year ago

Goes without saying I completely agree

matador
matador(@matador)
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

That play had nothing to do with it. Watch him play. Watch. Him. Play. He is redefining the term lackluster. It’s Licht’s fault we don’t have a better option, so the idea he is better than his backup is just a further indictment. Hard to get less for $14 mill.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 year ago

It’s a Short list as it should be. Special teams really sucked overall. I was just thinking the other day we finally found a kicker after searching what 5 or 6 years now? Stupid me I jinxed it with two games left Ryan Fu**-Up has time to melt down now after being solid and over 90% all year. Hope he doesn’t go full Aguayo on us. Crazy. Only on the Bucs can such things happen. Points can be at a premium in playoffs. Hope this guy doesn’t blow it for us.

Last edited 1 year ago by fredster
PewterPose
PewterPose(@pewterpose)
1 year ago

Hopefully dunking on these woeful Lions gives us some juice heading into the playoffs. I actually think they had the right game plan on offense to take advantage of our really fast, at times over aggressive defense, but it went out the window with Stafford. It feels like the really good teams have a blueprint for us, and it will take execution on offense, discipline on defense, and consistency on special teams to make a deep run.

Ted in Tampa
Ted in Tampa(@tedintampa)
1 year ago

It’s not just a TB12 audible that led D. Smith to run downfield on a pass play that’s the problem. D. Smith allowed sacks in this game as he has in nearly every game he’s played. Six years of this crap. The ball is snapped, Smith gives an initial block with his arms and then he quits while the play is ongoing. Check NFL Central; Smith has received an Efficiency Rating that has placed him in the bottom 5 offense tackles in the entire NFL for the past 6 years and one year (his second) he led the NFL in… Read more »