Tampa Bay’s woeful offense generated just 233 yards against Detroit on Sunday and converted just 4-of-14 (29 percent) third down opportunities in a 34-17 loss, which dropped the Buccaneers to 2-11 on the season. Tampa Bay’s defense, which had been the bright spot over the past month, surrendered 407 yards and 34 points.
“I think they dominated us in all phases today, whether we were running or passing the football. We didn’t get anything going,” Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said. “We didn’t do anything well enough to give ourselves a chance. Rushing the passer, taking advantage of the few opportunities we had to take the ball away. Right at the end there, breaking down with the run and letting them have a few runs there at the end.”
Find out which Buccaneers were the most disappointing in the team’s loss to the Lions.
MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS AT LIONS
QB Josh McCown
McCown was under siege all day from the Lions’ front seven, but struggled as a passer. McCown suffered two picks, including one in the end zone where he threw into trouble coverage while forcing the ball to Vincent Jackson. McCown completed 20-of-39 passes (51 percent) for 250 yards and a 67.3 QB rating. He was sacked six times and scrambled four times for just eight yards. Aside from a few nice heaves downfield to Vincent Jackson, McCown’s lack of arm strength was apparent on some out routes that were nearly picked off.
C Evan Dietrich-Smith
Dietrich-Smith had a fumbled snap on the Bucs’ side of the field that led to points for the Lions. He also had a holding penalty that wiped out an 11-yard run by Doug Martin. Dietrich-Smith also couldn’t block Ndamukong Suh, who had two vicious hits on quarterback Josh McCown.
The Rest Of The Offensive Line
The Buccaneers offensive line was called for several penalties and gave up six sacks and 14 quarterback hits to the Lions defensive front. Tampa Bay failed to establish the running game, evidenced by 14 carries for 26 yards (1.9 avg.) with a long gain of just nine yards. Left tackle Oniel Cousins, who was replacing injured starter Anthony Collins, was particularly bad against defensive ends Ziggy Ansah and George Johnson and gave up a couple of sacks. The Buccaneers retooled the offensive line in the offseason by adding Cousins, Collins, center Evan Dietrich-Smith and left guard Logan Mankins, but these players, in addition to right guard Patrick Omameh, have let the Bucs down and need to be replaced in 2015.
RB Charles Sims
The rookie running back picked up 24 yards on a screen pass to convert a third-and-9 in the second quarter, but that was his only good play. Sims didn’t display much power, speed, quickness or vision in the running game as he had five carries for minus-4 yards. On the season, the team’s third-round pick has been a disappointment since coming off injured reserve, rushing 37 times for 83 yards (2.2 avg.). While starter Doug Martin wasn’t terribly impressive with just 22 yards on five carries (4.4 avg.), Sims’ production was awful.
Tampa Bay’s Defense
The Bucs defense deserves some mention here, but it wasn’t just a player or two. Several Buccaneers missed tackles, didn’t break up passes and played a role in Detroit rolling up over 400 yards of offense and 34 points. While the defense notched four sacks, it didn’t record a takeaway on Sunday, and that really hurt Tampa Bay’s efforts to steal a road win.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This list is perfect. I’m Glad the whole O-line was on there. Dotson is just as bad as the rest of them. He had a penalty today and continued to display his poor run blocking since his legs are too thin. Get rid of all five O-linemen!
McCown was destroyed because we had no offensive linemen today. Get someone else to play on the offensive line because that’s what they were today; offensive. Our punter needs to be replaced while you’re at it. There’s much work to do Coach and GM.
McCoy has a kneecap injury, Lavonte David had a concussion. I would put those players on IR now and get them healthy for next year.
I would bring up players from the PS and anybody on the bubble and let them play for contracts next year. Time to find out what we got because we need to go DEFCON1 next year and nuke this thing.
You would have to pull a gun on me to get that #1 pick from me! Just my opinion!
Copy and paste each week it’s the same thing
macabee..Like your post about needing a gun to trade our 1st round pick. L&L need to make the right pick, the DOCK or the NOLE.
Lovie continues to embarrass himself by starting McCown. PR still hasn’t done a mea culpa for their support of him, and Freeman. So far our draft yielded one productive player in Evans. The rest (eg ASJ) remain “potential” players at best. Were I the Glazers I would Fire L&L no questions asked, but they’re clueless and it would make recruiting difficult next yr. If Lovie doesn’t bench McCown at this point I’m done until he is fired. Worthless waste of all of our time.
I’m not ready to fire Lovie Smith just yet. The man does have a good track record in the league and I’m at least willing to give him another season. Jason Licht on the other hand, has to start receiving some of our wrath for bringing in the worst high priced free-agents I have ever witnessed. The man would win every Ugly Girl Contest.
You forget that just about every commentator and analyst were raving about the Bucs Free Agent additions, when they happened. Most of them were ranked as the top players available. So, what happened? You can’t put square pegs in a round hole. These players brought in may have had potential (killer term right) or were great in LIMITED action, but just couldn’t adapt to fulltime work, in a different system.
To say that I’m disappointed in McCown or the offensive line would mean that I expected something else to happen. Nobody should at this point, 13 games in and they have all looked awful in their own special ways this season so no disappointment here. They did exactly what I expected, the defense let me down with the missed tackles but thats about it. Keep being awful at least help is on the way next year with a real QB!
How are the Rams doing with Barron?
I point my finger at two things:
1. coaching – on obvious pass plays (third and double digits), we had an empty backfield and no one to block for McCown. With such a bad oline, not having an RB in to block is inexcusable.
2. Oline is the cause of 99% of the problems, including leaving the defense on the field all day so they were gassed by the end.
Lovie should be on this list too. Same old crap every week. Horrible O line play easily the worst in the league. McCown just not very good, can’t run the ball, etc. same old same old. Don’t see any improvement. Hope next draft focuses on building the O line if nothing else. I for one am ready to give up on smith. I’m pretty sure the GM didn’t draft Simms in third round instead of getting an O lineman. Also pretty sure was Lovies call on getting rid of most our old O line and bringing in bunch of free agents that for the most part have been a bust.
The OC is way over his head. The Bucs have the worst center in the league, worst OL in the league, and likely the worst QB in the league. Right now, the team IS the worst in the league and would have the 1st draft pick if the season ended today. The Bucs are simply unwatchable! Of course, I’m not saying anything all of you don’t already know. I hated Greg Schiano’s coaching. Bet he’s laughing his butt off right now.
Didn’t I write this article before the game? Seriously, my players, the rationale, even the stats (well okay I said 1TD and 4 INTs and McCown got 2 TDs, 2 INTs and fumble – pretty close), I was bang-on with the sacks and holding penalties….that is just sad that a guy can write the most disappointing article before the game and be nearly 100% accurate…..shouldn’t somebody get fired at 1 Buc over that….
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