While this article is for most disappointing, what the Tampa Bay Bucs did in their 38-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers was nothing short of impressive. The Bucs had a dominant, statement win over an undefeated team that was sparked by a Jamel Dean pick-six and led to 38 unanswered points.

I know the readers here on PewterReport.com are an intelligent, passionate bunch, so I’m not going to lie to you and say that there was not much to be disappointed with when you come away with a victory like this. With that said, these were the most disappointing players from the Bucs best win of the year.

RB LeSean McCoy

The veteran running back returned to the lineup after missing last week with an injury and didn’t have much to show for it. Father Time gets to every athlete (except for maybe Tom Brady) and it looks like it’s gotten to McCoy as well. McCoy was stopped short on a third-and-two on the opening drive of the game, and wasn’t able to make anyone miss on his other carries. Overall, he just hasn’t showed the burst of speed that he once had. McCoy finished the game with four rushes for one yard and once catch for six yards.

RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Vaughn didn’t see the field much in this game, but when put in for an important moment in the fourth quarter, Vaughn let a pass from Tom Brady go straight through his hands and off of his face mask. The ball popped up right into the air, and Vaughn was extremely lucky it wasn’t picked off. The Bucs had a comfortable lead at the time, but you never want to give your opponent an extra opportunity with the game in command. Vaughn ran well during mop-up time with Blaine Gabbert in as quarterback, totaling 42 yards on five carries.

WR Mike Evans

This is another game of the season where Evans was held in check with 10 receiving yards. It seems like each week Evans will either burst out with over 100 yards receiving or barely see the ball. In Evans’ other two pedestrian games, he made his mark by reaching the end zone, but in this one, he had just one reaction for 10 yards. Evan didn’t have much of an impact this afternoon, but he wasn’t needed in this one. Evans is still not 100 percent health wise, dealing with an ankle injury.

CB Sean-Murphy Bunting 

While Jamel Dean had a pick-six and Carlton Davis was breaking up passes, Murphy-Bunting struggled. Murphy-Bunting had a couple of blown coverages in pass coverage and missed a tackle in the run game. He hasn’t exactly looked right since suffering a groin injury in Denver and it’s fair to question how much it could still be affecting him. Murphy-Bunting had four tackles in the game.

RG Alex Cappa 

Cappa played efficient for the most part, but he had a couple of slip-ups in the third quarter. He was beat on back-to-back plays during one Bucs drive, with one play leading to a significant loss in the backfield on a LeSean McCoy run. It’s one thing to get beat on a play, but it’s another to lose so bad that the defender is in the backfield before the running back has even secured the ball. The offensive line had a great outing, this was just a minor hiccup.

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Pete Wood
1 year ago

You should have just skipped most disappointing this week. There are no disappointing Bucs today. Just future superbowl winners.

Last edited 1 year ago by Pete Wood
Captain Sly
1 year ago

I know Big Mike didn’t have one of those games but you don’t want to get caught force feeding him either. Still a team sport and so I’m sure he’ll take the win!

Dave
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

Perfectly said man! Waaaay too often the past 5 years, Evans would be forced the ball, even if he wasn’t open. This is the Brady effect. Brady takes what the defense gives him. If the defense is giving him Rojo for 5 or 6 yards in every play, that’s exactly what Brady will do. Let the defense dictate what you do, not the other way around

Bucco-Bruce
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

I agree and with Mike Evans there, he opens up opportunities for other players!! Still lovin TJ is game

Dave
Reply to  Bucco-Bruce
1 year ago

100%. Just a reminder, Evans shouldn’t even be playing. He’s nowhere near 100%. But he’s a team player, he knows this team has something special going, he wants to win, and most importantly….he knows he’s sorely needed because of injuries to other receivers. If the WR and TE core were at 100% full health, he may not have played the last couple weeks

Spitfire
1 year ago

Bunting probably isn’t 100% but they 100% need to start Dean at CB2 and make Bunting permanently the Nickel Back. I know there wasn’t much to hate on in this game. Vaughn’s missed catch was not good but when he runs he looks really really good and he has shown great hands otherwise. Being that he’s a rookie with no preseason, he’s still catching up, but being in this lost is kinda not picking. I would love to see a Jones/Vaughn backfield from now on. McCoy needs to go. Jones just looks absolutely finally like a solid starting RB, that… Read more »

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
1 year ago

Shaq Barrett belongs on this list. We all know it is unrealistic to think he could repeat his amazing sack total from last year, but JPP is outshining him. And this is the same JPP who had a fractured neck that could have ended his football career, and is playing with 1 and 1/2 hands.

Captain Sly
Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
1 year ago

Going to disagree there! Shaq’s value may not always be in the stats column but he’s very disruptive.

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

I would agree… But his 60.4 PFF grade says otherwise in comparison to JPP’s PFF grade 66.7

Barnz1
Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
1 year ago

Shaq is top 3 in the league in pressures. The opposition is putting more work into him leading to JPP/others getting more opportunities. There is more to analysis than just sacks.

Dave
Reply to  Barnz1
1 year ago

Perfectly said man. It’s incredible how many people just look at the glamour stats as the end all be all for how good a player is playing. Shaq isn’t racking up the sacks, so he isnt playing great. Vea wasn’t getting sacks, so he wasn’t playing great. C.Davis wasn’t getting any INT’s last year, so he wasn’t playing great. Evans isn’t catching a ton of passes, so he isn’t playing good. Brady only threw for 166, so he’s only a game manager. The list goes on and on and on. There’s WAY more to it than just glamour stats

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IDGABuc
Reply to  Barnz1
1 year ago

Yeah I saw Shaq chasing Rodgers out of the pocket leading to someone else making a play at least a few times yesterday. He is getting more attention and that is going to make it harder to finish.. For him! But it leads to more plays from everyone else. I will say I’d like to see him cornering at full speed more, looking like he’s Gumby with elastic ankles like he did last year though. Overall, though he has looked really good, I do wonder if he isn’t dealing with an ankle injury or something preventing him from playing as… Read more »

bucballer
1 year ago

McCoy just taking reps from Key. Mike is playing hurt. His presence alone require two sets of eyes on him. Mike is Mike. Key has to make that catch. No excuses. Bunting may be more hurt than he is saying. Cappa is Cappa. I think he is a serviceable guard. I don’t expect to get much better play from Cappa as he may have reached his talent ceiling. Again serviceable. All but McCoy r preventable and can be worked on. Tough time thinking about the worst for this list when the win was so sweet. Haven’t said that in a… Read more »

Horse
1 year ago

Disagree

IDGABuc
Reply to  Horse
1 year ago

Ok, I’ll bite.. With which part did you disagree Horse? Was it some of the players he listed or maybe the whole list? Perhaps it was a comment..? The suspense is killing me, I gotta KNOW MAN!

PatrioticChief
1 year ago

I feel like Bowles is taking a talented defense and making them better. I feel like Leftwhich has taken an equally talented offense and made them worse. The play calling is the only meaningful sore spot in an otherwise brilliant beat down for me.

Captain Sly
Reply to  PatrioticChief
1 year ago

You are right and its the one thing that worries me about this team. Offense still choppy because Leftwich is In over his head. Brady needs more control of this offense to make in game adjustments, run some hurry up/tempo with personnel advantages, audible in and out of calls at the line.

PatrioticChief
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

The only area the Bucs haven’t flashed dominance is the offensive play calling. The offensive players have had their hills and valleys but they have all shown some sign of championship potential. We have never seen that potential from Byron and his valleys have been aplenty. We will see how it goes. A lot of football left. Like I said before. A loss didn’t mean the Bucs are doomed and a win doesn’t mean they are a lock for anything. This was a great sign of what this team can be but there is a difference between a great game… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by PatrioticChief
BBBBucx
1 year ago

Interesting — I wonder how many posters go to the game as to how many watch on tv TV follows the ball. Go and you can watch a lot of stuff. Evans is clearly not 100 but man was he ever open on several plays. On the PI that Miller had, Evans was free and clear in the right corner for an easy TD Smith had his best game as a pro, Wirfs was a beast and even though I collect social security I have more bounce than Shady at this point. Vaughn is so much better! Lets get him… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  BBBBucx
1 year ago

You’re right about that Bucx. There’s an awful lot going on in a game that TV viewers don’t get a chance to see.

IDGABuc
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Yeah, I really don’t see why they can’t give us more of an ALL-22 view so I know wtf the entire secondary and receivers are doing play to play! It drives me nuts. It’d be like if they only showed the puck and whoever happened to be within 15ft of it in hockey!

Barnz1
1 year ago

Why even write this article in a dominating 28 point win? The fact it was released before a most impressive article seems odd.

Would also have to disagree on Vaughn. He dropped one ball…so what?. He was also extremely promising showing athletic bursts on the ground with 40+ yards on limited carries.

scubog
Reply to  Barnz1
1 year ago

Totally agree Barnz. Too often the PR gang cites but one play in their assessment when the entire body of work is what should be judged. Key Vaughn was a great example.

Dman
1 year ago

Question is how hurt is Evans. Godwin was also holding his hamstring on the sideline. I wouldn’t put Vaughn on this list even though he let that pass slip.

Donkey_Hunter
1 year ago

If you’re going to put Mike Evans on this list, then White should be here as well.

scubog
Reply to  Donkey_Hunter
1 year ago

Did you even watch the game? White is #45 and was all over the field.

Donkey_Hunter
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Yeah, I watched the game. The one where White looked absolutely lost in coverage. My point is more about PR splitting hairs and singling out someone who’s clearly trying to play through injuries.

hamilton
1 year ago

Hunter,all the plays devin white made today you want him on the list, you crazy.

revfish
1 year ago

Keep in mind that one of our safeties left that tied open wide open for a huge gain. Rogers overthrew him But that cannot happen as it would have set up another Packers score and possibly changed the direction of the game

PatrioticChief
Reply to  revfish
1 year ago

Coverage from safeties continues to be an issue. Again we are obviously splitting hairs here because the defense has arguably been the best in the league so far. But if you want to win a championship everything has to be put under a microscope.

76Buc
1 year ago

Cappa also had a pancake block that took out two packers!

compewterpirate
1 year ago

Considering the Bucs came away with a 4 touchdown victory margin, in a game they were favored to lose and had a penalty free game for only the second time in franchise history, I think you would have been forgiven for giving the ‘most disappointing’ list a complimentary free pass today! … Evans should certainly not be on this list. He was obviously gutsing it out while injured and drawing coverage which left other receiving targets open. As for Vaughn, I thought the young rookie ran hard and ran well, so I wouldn’t have included him either … To be… Read more »

German Buc
1 year ago

Really, Matt??? You put a rookie RB, who averaged 8+ yds. in mop up duty on the list together with a member of the OL, who kept Tom’s jersey clean all afternoon? For one bad play each? Oh, and not to forget you put ME13 on it, too? The guy, who played injured, took away their best CB while commanding attention from the safeties? C’mon, Matt, you know better than this!

IDGABuc
Reply to  German Buc
1 year ago

A lot of you guys are beating up on the writer but he DID have a bit of a disclaimer before it. I think him putting out a “most disappointing” list that has quite a few players that played pretty well overall on it just shows how great everyone on the team was yesterday! Except BL, whose continued attempts to run on 1st down despite being consistently unsuccessful with it until the Packers D quit should probably be the only person on this list after McCoy. Although Devin White blew a cpl plays in pass cov. and jumped out of… Read more »

scubog
1 year ago

I was Most Disappointed in the season pass members who, “for the love of money”, sold their tickets to the game to Packer fans and thus deprived a true Bucs fan, with a lesser priority and limited availability, a chance to go to the game. One couple near me came from Ft. Myers and three other guys came from Orlando. Then again, it was satisfying suggesting that, when the 4th quarter began, they start “packing up” and getting on I-4 East and 75 South. If I was Scubog Glazer I would revoke the season pass membership of anyone choosing to… Read more »

Donkey_Hunter
1 year ago

At what point does the coaching staff permanently move SMB to the slot. He’s nowhere near as talented as Dean and Davis. We’ve seen this since last season.

Aside from that, what an incredible defensive performance!

IDGABuc
Reply to  Donkey_Hunter
1 year ago

Idk. He was looking pretty damn good before he hurt himself

Ted in Tampa
1 year ago

As usual, Most Disappointing has to include #76 Donovan Smith. Smith gave his traditional two seconds of attempting to block, then he quits and just stands around. The most dangerous failure to the Bucs was when Smith let a Packer’s rusher run right over him and directly to Brady. The Packer rusher then reached inside #12’s helmet scratching his face just one inch below his eyeball. You can see the scar in #12’s post game interview. So the Packer rusher was penalized 15 yards for grabbing #12’s facemask, but Smith just about cost us Tom Brady having a season ending… Read more »

Ted in Tampa
1 year ago

As usual, Most Disappointing has to include #76 Donovan Smith. Smith gave his traditional two seconds of attempting to block, then he quits and just stands around. The most dangerous failure to the Bucs was when Smith let a Packer’s rusher run right over him and directly to Brady. The Packer rusher then reached inside #12’s helmet scratching his face just one inch below his eyeball. You can see the scar in #12’s post game interview. So the Packer rusher was penalized 15 yards for grabbing #12’s facemask, but Smith just about cost us Tom Brady having a season ending… Read more »

Ted in Tampa
1 year ago

#76 OLT Donovan Smith again played two seconds after the snap and then just stood around watching the rest of the play. Also, Smith let a Packers rusher run right over him and straight to #12. The Packer’s rusher shoved his hand inside Brady’s helmet just one inch below his left eye and scratched his face. You can still see the scar. The Packer’s rusher received a 15 yard penalty, but no thanks to Donovan Smith Bucs fans almost lost Tompa Bay due to a scratched eyeball. Don’t know why but Smith will continue to play until Brady gets seriously… Read more »

Ted in Tampa
1 year ago

As usual, Most Disappointing has to include #76 Donovan Smith. Smith gave his traditional two seconds of attempting to block, then he quits and just stands around. The most dangerous failure to the Bucs was when Smith let a Packer’s rusher run right over him and directly to Brady. The Packer rusher then reached inside #12’s helmet scratching his face just one inch below his eyeball. You can see the scar in #12’s post game interview. So the Packer rusher was penalized 15 yards for grabbing #12’s facemask, but Smith just about cost us Tom Brady having a season ending… Read more »