For the second straight week, the Bucs lost a game in which they built a 10-0 lead. Tampa Bay continues to beat itself, notching 13 penalties for 94 yards, which played a huge role in the Bucs’ 14-13 loss to the Bengals. Sunday was the fifth game this season in which Tampa Bay had double-digit penalties. Here are some of the most disappointing Buccaneers against the Bengals.
MOST DISAPPOINTING BUCCANEERS VS. BENGALS
C Garrett Gilkey
On the Bucs’ first third down play, Gilkey rolled the ball back to Josh McCown out of the shotgun and forced a sack. Despite taking over at the Bengals’ 9-yard line after Johnthan Banks’ interception, the Bucs lost five yards on the drive thanks in part to Gilkey’s errant snap, which led to a 32-yard Patrick Murray field goal. Gilkey was also flagged for a leg whip on a screen pass on third down in the third quarter. Gilkey was then called for holding in the third quarter on a series that ended in a punt out of Tampa Bay’s end zone. On a possession that the Bucs started at the Bengals’ 16-yard line, Gilkey had a false start and gave up a sack to Geno Atkins. On Tampa Bay’s final offensive possession, Gilkey had a costly holding penalty, which was his fourth infraction of the game.
LT Anthony Collins
Collins, a former Bengal, gave up a sack, which quarterback Josh McCown walked into, but perhaps more egregious was the fact that Collins had two false start penalties inside the Cincinnati 10-yard line, including one on Tampa Bay’s first possession, which resulted in a field goal. Collins’ run blocking left a lot to be desired on Sunday against the Bengals, too.
OL Oniel Cousins
Cousins played the role of tight end on Sunday with so many injuries at that position for Tampa Bay. Cousins was flagged for failing to line up on the line of scrimmage, which caused an illegal formation penalty. That infraction negated a 28-yard run by Doug Martin the first quarter. Late in the third quarter, Cousins was flagged for clipping when the Bucs had the ball at the Cincinnati 16. That penalty set up the Bucs with a first-and-25 at the Bengals’ 31-yard line. Cousins was also accidentally on the field as a tight end when the Bucs went to a four-wide receiver set and were flagged for having 12 men on the field late in the game.
QB Josh McCown
McCown entered the fourth quarter with less than 100 passing yards and finished the game completing just 15-of-29 passes for 190 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. McCown had happy feet in the pocket despite being sacked only once, and no Buccaneers receiver had more than 49 yards on Sunday. McCown had a QB rating of 58.1 and struggled to read the field and find open receivers.
RB Charles Sims
While the rookie managed to catch a career-high four passes for 49 yards, including a 21-yard screen pass, Sims was held to just six yards on five carries (1.2 avg.). He had a 5-yard carry and was held to just one yards on his other four carries.
LG Logan Mankins
Mankins’ run blocking got worse as the game went on as the 32-year old is showing his age on the field this season. Mankins was also called for a false start against Cincinnati, and joined every offensive lineman except right tackle Demar Dotson to get flagged on Sunday.
DE Michael Johnson
Johnson, a former Bengal, rarely showed up against his former team, notching just two tackles and a tackle for loss. But Johnson didn’t do much at all rushing the passer, and failed to put any pressure on quarterback Andy Dalton. In fact, on Dalton’s 5-yard touchdown scramble, Johnson couldn’t get off his block and made little effort to stop Dalton at the goal line.
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
Nothing new here. Collins looking to be the worst free agent signing by any team in recent memory. Yikes
Coach, can I hear again as to why you think you don’t need to spend high draft picks on Offensive Linemen? I think it was something like we can get them via Free Agency and later rounds in the draft with no problem. Hmm…
Be honest Scott, did you write this article before the game or after…Most Disappointing = OLine and QB, repeat, repeat, repeat….
I’m with you there EEB and Horse. With the Defense really improving and playing well enough to win, the offensive line is the main culprit with our QB a close second in these agonizing defeats. Marcus Mariotta is probably considering staying at Oregon to get his Masters Degree when he looks at this O-line. I’m not a big fan of free agency for the very reason that we are seeing with this scrap heap collection. But we can’t expect to line up five rookies………or can we? Couldn’t be much worse.
Most of our free agent signings were back ups, or roll players on their previous teams. It’s not their fault we gave starter money, and jobs to back ups, blame L, and L. It was clear yesterday they don’t trust McClown hence the 1st, and 2nd down runs after the turnover on the 10. It was like let’s not blow this field goal. The only reason I can see us still playing McClown is we don’t really want to win anymore, which is probably for the best. Hopefully our next O.C. will want to hire a whole new offensive staff, I don’t see any of this group worth keeping. Warhop on the top of that list to be let go. Lovie should’ve hired one of the O.C.’s that reached out to us after Tedford left. Sticking with Arroyo, and being left short handed with the staff was a huge mistake. I know, so was hiring Lovie.
The Bucs are not a bad football team, we are a bad offensive football team. This defense is turning into what we thought they’d become its the offense that dropped the ball. With yesterdays loss we secured the rights to the 2nd overall pick in the draft which was big given our glaring need at QB. McCown stunk but thats no shock, the o line was atrocious which is only a slight downgrade from their usual awful performance. Winless for Winston the rest of the way!
“winless for Winston”? you have got to get kidding right? I wouldn’t have Winston on the Bucs if came to us as a free agent
Winston or Marriota wil be the pick. The QB position has to be upgraded or else no other move will matter.
Have you guys been watching Winston this yr? Not to mention the guy is the biggest idiot in college sports ever
The minors flaw I see in Winstons game are correctable with proper coaching. Mariotta requires us to either adapt our play calling to his strengths or bench him til he’s ready to play under center. Both are good choices but my preference is with Jameis since he comes in most ready to play and with the better arm. Through all the off the field stuff with Jameis his team continues to win and its largely bc of him so yes Ive watched him. His play down the stretch of games is head and shoulders above anything we’ve seen here since Freeman prior to the drugs. I judge QBs by money time and Winston is lights out when it counts. He gets my vote even after the 4 picks against my Gators.
Also hope the Bucs have already contacted Chudzinski about becoming OC next year.
Scott, you should simply rename this segment ” all Lovie’s usual suspects”. Forget the free agents, even forget the draft, nothing will change in Tampa until a change is made where it needs it the most, the coaches office! This group could draft the second coming of Joe Montana with the 2nd pick and just jerk him around and get him killed for two 3-13 seasons before trading him for a 6th round pick. A fish rots from the head down, I can smell the Bay all the way here in Jersey.
Licht and Lovie made poor decisions on O-line – getting rid of Zuttah and Davin Joseph. And then going into season without a competent back-up center. Gilkey had a poor game, but he’s not a center – that’s on L&L. It really looks like the O line is made up of a bunch of back-ups. Cutting loose Tim Wright and drafting Saf-Jenkins was another mistake. Should have used that pick for O-line. Lots of poor personnel decisions and frankly poor coaching. Redford going down is nobody’s fault. But how L&L have responded is terrible. Frazier has done a nice job with d and special teams is coming around even if we can’t return a kick or a punt [tell me why again did we not sign Devin Hester] Again, lots of poor personnel decisions.
stlbucsfan; go look at some of the FSU baseball video and watch Winston as an outfielder throwing the ball in year one of baseball and watch him pitch as their main reliever in year two of baseball. You’ll find your answers.
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