The Bucs had a sluggish first half in their game on Sunday that saw the Los Angeles Chargers score 24 unanswered points against them. But Tampa Bay flipped the script in the second half and came back from a 17-point deficit thanks to five touchdown passes from Tom Brady in a high scoring 38-31 victory.

These were the most disappointing players from the game.

SS Jordan Whitehead
Whitehead had a couple of crucial mistakes early in the game. His blown coverage on the Chargers opening drive left receiver Tyron Johnson wide-open for a 65-yard touchdown. A quarter later, Whitehead committed a silly mistake with a late hit on Justin Herbert after he was out of bounds, which helped the Chargers score on a 97-yard drive. One drive after that, Whitehead couldn’t wrap up Herbert for a sack, who then shook free and fired off a first down completion to Keenan Allen. Whitehead finished the day with four tackles and a second-half sack.

RB LeSean McCoy
McCoy unfortunately had to exit the game early with an ankle injury, but he was in long enough to miss a blitz pickup that got Brady drilled. It wasn’t a major play that impacted the result of the game, but it affected Brady’s throw and forced the Bucs to punt. McCoy had just one reception for three yards and one rush for three yards in the game before leaving early. On that one catch, McCoy’s diminished speed was evident as he attempted to outrun his pursuers. He could see his role minimized even more with the emergence of Vaughn, especially if his pass blocking doesn’t improve.

CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
Murphy-Bunting allowed two touchdowns in coverage during the game. The first was surprising as he had tight coverage on tight end Donald Parham Jr. on the play, but Parham was the one that came down with the 19-yard score when Murphy-Bunting didn’t get his head around to see the ball. Murphy-Bunting was beat deep for the other touchdown by Jalen Guyton. The Bucs sent the house on a blitz, so he was one-on-one with Guyton, who raced by him for a 72-yard touchdown reception. Murphy-Bunting finished with two tackles in the game.

K Ryan Succop
New kicker, same story. While Succop was good on all of his extra points and a chip-shot field goal, he missed a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter when the Bucs desperately needed it. Succop was brought to this team because he could consistently make kicks from inside 50. I wouldn’t look into this more than just one bad boot, but he didn’t do the job that was asked of him.

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7 months ago

ROJO more than made up for the drops with his hard running.

Reply to  buddah
7 months ago

his last run finished the game…outstanding.

7 months ago

No way ROJO should be on this list. On of his drops was on a play that had he caught it, he may have gained a single yard

Captain Sly
7 months ago

Disagree on Bunting being on this list. That 1st TD was a great catch by the WR, the 2nd was zero safety help because Bowles unnecessarily decided to send the house and got burned.

7 months ago

What is it with Bucs kickers? It’s almost comical. RoJo had great game. I felt O line had one best games I’ve seen in years blocking too. Sucks lost Howard but we have Gronk and Brate. Thank god Bucs didn’t follow half Bucs fans or more wanting to trade Howard and Brate for last couple years.

7 months ago

C’mon, Matt. No way you gain 100+ yds and land on this list. And Whitehead blew that early coverage play, but the penalty was a joke and calling a guy out for missing a tackle diving at a QB’s feet on a blitz, really? Succop just shaved the upright on the missed FG so I think that’s a stretch as well.

How about D. White – he had zero impact today. Did JPP play today? Rather than tag guys that produced but had a few lapses, how about naming the guys that didn’t show up at all.

Last edited 7 months ago by Dman
Reply to  Dman
7 months ago

I wouldn’t call recovering the game turning fumble having zero impact!
Premature whistle too – could’ve been a td or down at the 1.
Right about JPP but he tends to get lost for a spells. Look for splash plays from him on Thursday – he is well rested.
Go Bucx

7 months ago

The timing of our blitzes and pass rush overall was most disappointing to me. Just could not get to Herbert all damn day! Chargers O line was holding a lot today too I thought and not called.

Captain Sly
Reply to  fredster
7 months ago

Agreed. I am for removing RoJo & adding Todd Bowles