The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat themselves with 13 penalties for 94 yards in Sunday’s 14-13 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Bucs head coach Lovie Smith called the team’s penalties “dumb” and “stupid.” Two of the most egregious infractions came on Tampa Bay’s final offensive possession as the team tried to get into field goal range for a potential game-winning kick.
Garrett Gilkey, who replaced Evan Dietrich-Smith at center, was flagged for a 10-yard holding penalty with 38 seconds left that moved the Bucs back from the Cincinnati 31 to the 41-yard line. That foul was Gilkey’s fourth of the day, and was a precursor to the Bucs’ disastrous 12 men on the field penalty that wiped out a 21-yard reception by Louis Murphy down to the Cincinnati 20-yard line.
After the 5-yard penalty was enforced after an instant replay concluded Tampa Bay indeed had 12 players on the field, the Bucs were set up with a second-and-20 from the Bengals’ 46. After two incompletions, wide receiver Mike Evans hauled in a 13-yard catch down to the Cincinnati 33, but couldn’t get out of bounds to stop the clock as Tampa Bay was out of timeouts.
“It seemed like every big play we had there was some sort of penalty,” Evans said. “We’ve got to stop beating ourselves. We had 13 penalties and we lost by one? Maybe we get the win with a couple less penalties.”
After the change of possession with one second left, Evans got in Gilkey’s face on the sidelines and had some choice words for the team’s penalty-plagued center on Sunday.
“Things happen,” said Evans, who caught four passes for 49 yards. “It was between men. It was a spur of the moment thing. I was angry. It happens.
“It’s my competitive nature. I apologized to him afterwards. I lost my head for a split second. We have a good team bond, but I was upset. I lost my head for a little bit.”
Gilkey also had a few bad shotgun snaps, including one on third down on Tampa Bay’s first offensive possession that led to a sack of quarterback Josh McCown and forced the Bucs to kick a field goal to go up 3-0 on Cincinnati. The Bucs’ started that possession at the Bengals’ 9-yard line, but couldn’t punch it in for a touchdown.
“I think it just comes down to focus and being consistent,” Gilkey said. “I think for myself when I get out of sorts, I tend to get sloppy, and today that showed up. I was sloppy in several plays. So I look at myself, and it’s just a matter of maintaining focus and composure. We put ourselves in a position to lose today. I was a huge part of that, and I recognize that.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
Getting out of bounds would not have helped Evans as it was 4th down and he was short of the line to gain.
Gilkey is terrible but everyone already knew that. Well everyone but the coaches.
The thing is, our OLine is terrible…they didn’t just turn terrible today….so, why does Arroyo keep calling plays that require a half-hearted effort from these guys (like requiring them to pass protect for a count of 3)….it’s not going to happen….and Josh McCown is just as bad, so don’t expect him to adapt….he’s going to hold the ball too long, pass into coverage, and so forth….if you’ve got lemons the only thing you can do is try to make lemonade….it probably still won’t work….but trying to make gourmet cheesecake with a bunch of lemons just ends in disaster….every time!
Cut Gilkey. Guy lost us the game. OL was better but also had an extra big man in at most times. Wouldn’t mind them trying that format out more often. Regardless Martin did not exceed expectations. Would like to see some evaluation in these last few games. And I think we are more likely to win with the non-starters any way. They always seem to want it more.
This Is How Bad You Are Ice Cream Boys….
Ted Larson, where are you?
surferdudes, that is EXACTLY what I was thinking haha.
I am glad someone got in someone’s face. There needs to be a “C” on Evans chest.
It made absolutely NO difference that Evans didn’t get out of bounds. It was a 13 yard gain when we needed 20 on 4th Down!
If this was the first time ever that Gilkey snapped the ball, then he was put in a position where he would fail. He was bad enough and then to add that duty … wow, what a mess. Felt sorry for the guy…
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