The Buccaneers had yet another golden opportunity to grab a much-needed win slip through their fingers in Cleveland as Tampa Bay falls to 1-7 after a 22-17 loss to the Browns. The Bucs had the lead heading into the fourth quarter and had numerous chances to recapture it at the end of the game, but failed. Here’s a look at the most disappointing Tampa Bay players in Cleveland.
MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS AT BROWNS
QB Mike Glennon
Glennon showed some grit on running eight yards for a first down in the first quarter and connected with Mike Evans on a 24-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Tampa Bay a 7-6 lead. Glennon later threw another 24-yard TD pass to Evans and finished completing 17-of-33 passes (51.5 percent) for 260 yards, but
Glennon also threw two costly picks in the first half that hurt Tampa Bay’s chances of winning. The second-year QB underthrew Evans on a pass that could have been a touchdown but was instead picked off and returned 54 yards by safety Donte Whitner. Glennon underthrew Mike Evans, who was open for what could have been a touchdown. Glennon’s second interception came in the end zone when he overthrew Evans and it was picked off by Tashaun Gipson. After getting to the Cleveland 37 on a second-and-1 situation, Glennon misfired on his final three passes as the Bucs’ comeback bid fell short.
DE Will Gholston
Gholston had a costly offside penalty on fourth down when the Browns were lining up for a field goal. That put the Cleveland offense back on the field, and they scored a touchdown three plays later to give the Browns a 16-10 lead in the third quarter. Gholston is tied for the lead in Buccaneers penalties with six, and has four offside (two) or encroachment penalties (two). Gholston did draw a holding penalty in the third quarter and had six tackles and two tackles for loss, but his penalty was huge and drew the ire of head coach Lovie Smith.
LT Oniel Cousins
Cousins gave up a big hit on the first play of the game replacing injured left tackle Anthony Collins, and also surrendered a big sack on third-and-8 that forced a punt, which was blocked in the fourth quarter. While he didn’t play as bad as Anthony Collins has played in recent weeks, Cousins picked the wrong time to surrender a sack.
CB Alterraun Verner
Verner played fair in the first half, but really struggled in the second half, allowing a touchdown catch to Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel in a Cover 3 zone, and then allowing Miles Austin to catch a 13-yard pass for a first down on second-and-11 on the Browns’ second to the last drive. Verner finished with five tackles and one pass breakups, but it wasn’t a good enough effort for the Bucs to prevail.
RB Mike James
James continues to struggle as a runner, rushing for just 11 carries for 12 yards, and had just nine yards on four carries (2.3 avg.) against the Browns’ 30th-ranked rushing defense, which entered the game allowing 143.3 yards per game. But James’ most egregious play wasn’t on one of his futile rushing attempts. It came on allowing a blocked punt in the fourth quarter that gave the Browns great field position at the Tampa Bay 35. Cleveland would score the go-ahead touchdown, a 34-yard pass to Taylor Gabriel, two plays later to win, 22-17.
K Patrick Murray
Murray had a tough day, but it wasn’t all his fault. Murray’s first attempt, a 31-yarder, was blocked when defensive tackle Billy Winn leaped off left guard Logan Mankins and knocked it down. The rookie’s second kick, a 55-yarder, fell a yard short of connecting. Murray rebounded by connecting on a 40-yard field goal right before the half to give Tampa Bay a 10-9 lead.
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
I agree with this list except for Cousins. I think Cousins did well enough in the run game in addition to pass protection (aside from the two plays you mentioned of course) to not end up on either the positive or negative list.
I agree! Cousins is the poster child for everything that is wrong with the Bucs. He deserves a hug today! Better OT than OG….still pretty bad tho!
Dont agree with the kicker. It wasn’t his fault on the blocked FG. The defender jumped over the freakin’ OL for crying out loud.
There are parts of this article that are almost unintelligible. PR please, please hire an editor!
I guess you have to blame someone; right? How do you leave out Michael Johnson? yes Clemence had two interceptions but he also had some pretty good passes; two for touchdowns.
Wheres Arroyo on this list?
2&1 and you throw twice?
Even Lovie said he wished he had those back. I immediately thought of the game show “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?”
I thought the OL looked somewhat better today, at least passable. Not too disappointed in the team after this one. They battled harder than they have. Not sure on Glennon, so would play him the rest of the season. The first pick was really great defense. Also, a lot of horrible drops by recievers making his QBR and completion percentage look worse. If he were more confident in scrambling he could’ve itched out a few more first down running. Defense, Wright looked better, would like to see McDougald get more reps. Good game though.
It’s real bad when your QB is #1 on the list. The LT wasn’t great but played better. Who do you go with at LT next week.
Verner gives up a big play every week. What’s going on with him?
O. K., we now know McCown is not the answer. We now know Glennon is not the answer. The most important position on the team! If we don’t pick the best QB in the first round of the draft, we won’t be competitive for another decade.
Warren, I don’t trust this team to pick a QB at #1;especially #1 in the entire draft. Can you say Vinnie T, Trent Diler, or Josh Freeman (17). In fact the only #1 in the entire draft that was successful was LeeRoy Selmon.
Often the players on this list are due to a single play rather than the body of work. Anyone notice either of our tight ends make a play? Louis Murphy seems to have lost the magic of the Steelers game. Not sure how Murray makes the list for having his FG attempt blocked and being a little sort on a 55 yard attempt that many kickers wouldn’t even try. And why wasn’t Cleveland flagged for “leaping” like Simeon Rice was in 2003 against the Colts? You’re right 76Buc, our overall first picks have left a lot to be desired……especially the ones we traded away.
Well the picture is becoming clearer, Glennon doesn’t look like the future. He throws two pretty T.D.’s, but was very inaccurate today. How do you under throw Evans twice? Not only did he miss some bad, even some he did connect on the receiver had to adjust to make the catch and couldn’t turn up field in stride. V Jax was wide open on a crossing route, and had to stop, and drop just to make the catch. Two weeks in a row Glennon had a chance to win us both games, and failed. Give Lovie credit, so far he’s stuck with Mike giving him every chance to grab the job by the throat. Mike them chances are slipping away. Wonder how this season would’ve gone had Manziel been playing against the Browns for the Bucs yesterday?
Agreed, Glennon looked awful, inaccurate and his arm looked suspect.
Yes, Glennon played poorly but as others have noted he didn’t get much help from the WRs. He has only played about a season. If Lovie has a brain he will play Glennon the rest of the way. We have so many, many needs that it would be preferable to stock up one of the lines (OL would be my choice) by trading down in next yr’s draft. For those clamor in for a QB at the top of the draft, how many of you thought We should have drafted Carr or J. football? If we blow that one pick next year we’re uncompetitive for the next 3-5 yrs. Im in this for the long term and would prefer they build out the rest of the team first.
The special teams coordinator and Arroyo should be added to the list. Throwing on 3 straight downs when we needed 1 yard is terrible esp considering we were avging over 4 yds a carry and how awful Glennon looked. I hope this week puts to rest the thought that Glennon is or can be the future of the Bucs. He’s looked awful again even with avg QB play we win the game. Its painfully obvious that position is holding this team back and forces us to play perfect football everywhere to compensate for that glaring underachieving position on our team. The time to start evaluating next years QBs is now!
qbs make the nfl go round they better find one, keep losing for Winston please keep losing, so we can get a talented qb, winless for winston
I don’t understand Murray being on the list. Is he supposed to hit every 55 yard field goal and block players at the same time he’s kicking. Not disappointed in him at all.
Scott, I’m going to assume that the coaching staff does not qualify for your most disappointing list. Rainey has 80 yrds at the half but gets 4 carries in the second half. Here’s another tid-bit, no other team in the NFL has had a field goal and a punt blocked in the same game, the Bucs have done it Twice!
The kicker doesn’t deserve to be on this list. He missed a field goal and had one blocked. He’s been one of the more impressive players on the roster the entire season.
The QB play is that of a backup QB and that is what Glennon is, a backup. Next year the Buc’s will try and sell us another third round pick as the QB of the future and that’s when I give up on a team that has no desire to win.
Here’s my take on Glennon. All you QB experts let me know if I am off target, but this is what I saw.
Glennon does a pretty good job going through his reads and only occasionally stares down his intended receiver — although he does do this some times.
His arm strength is good and his release, once he has decided to throw, is pretty good too. All of those are physical characteristics and he fares pretty well.
Where I think he is lacking is in being able to visualize receivers routes. He needs to , much more quickly than he currently does, recognize who he is going to throw it to, VISUALIZE the route and lead the receiver more. Except on deep routes, he is waiting until a receiver is open to throw and not ANTICIPATING where the receiver will be and throwing to that spot. Part of this may be lack of trust in his receivers.
If, over the remainder of the season, he can’t learn to do this better, then he sadly is not the qb of the future — and I would like him to be because of so many other needs we have for a first round pick.
Murphy runs a 4.3 40 but does Arroyo ever call a go route for him. Of course not. That would be smart. Murphy also has good hands but Glennon doesn’t throw to him enough. Cousins was our only OL with a negative rating by PFF. He deserved to be on this list. The answer is to move our RT to LT and try Collins at RG. Time to develop our Rookie T to play RT. Let’s not forget the Browns give up a lot of runs usually so we will have to play Josh to have any chance against Matty Ice. Glennon has had his trial and he is just a bust as our Future QB. Runs like a girlyman terrified to be hit, is a terribly inaccurate thrower, and has no leadership potential. We have to draft a QB in the first round or sign a leader and proven NFL QB, Tebo, she handed a starting position. With the latter you can get a real pass rusher with your first pick and fire Johnson. Gholston made a mistake like David did in the first game last year. He is still a keeper!
when handed a starting position not “she”
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