I have not covered the Bucs nearly as long as PR’s own Scott Reynolds or Mark Cook, but I’m pretty sure I can tell you that this 38-3 loss to the Saints is the worst loss that I’ve seen from the Bucs in years. With so much on the line against a rival team, the Bucs came out flat and could never find a rhythm.

Once again, I’m not going to sugarcoat the reader. You guys are smart enough to know that there were not many impressive performances from Bucs players in this game. If there was anything to put a positive on, this was it.

S Jordan Whitehead

At a time of the game where the Bucs needed a splash play, Whitehead delivered, stripping tight end Jared Cook near the goal line. The Bucs have had success with getting turnovers in timely fashion, and that was one of them. The offense wasn’t able to capitalize, but it was a big play before the game got out of hand. Whitehead was second on the team with eight tackles and led the team with two tackles for loss.

OLB Shaq Barrett 

Getting pressure on Drew Brees was an issue, but early in the second half when there was a sliver of believability that the Bucs had a chance, Barrett created a huge turnover. The veteran edge defender was able to strip-sack Brees early in the third quarter, giving the Bucs offense the ball in the red zone. It could have swung the momentum a bit if the Bucs could punch the ball in, but they failed to do so. Barrett finished the game with four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

LB Lavonte David

You won’t find a harder worker on the field than Lavonte David. He was injured at one point and jogged off on his own power, but came back right away and didn’t miss much time. David recovered a fumble early on and was still giving it his all even when it was very late in the game and the lead was out of reach. David’s been a leader of this team for years, and he kept at it despite the lopsided score. David ended with seven tackles, a tackle-for-loss and a fumble recovery.

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PatrioticChief
5 months ago

I feel bad for Barrett. He played well and he has so much love and faith for Bowles. Press conference made that clear. But for the impartial observer? Bowles sucked. He was god *expletive* awful and I feel bad for the players that have so much faith in him because he let them down so badly tonight.

GIJoeWasThere
Reply to  PatrioticChief
5 months ago

Barrett has been crap, he gives up easily and can’t get to the QB anymore. 1 year wonder and nothing more.

Barnz1
Reply to  GIJoeWasThere
5 months ago

Wrong. 2nd in the league in pressures.

tnew