Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was very upset with his special teams play following Tampa Bay’s 22-17 loss at Cleveland. The defeat drops the Bucs to 1-7 on the season.
“We had a lot of opportunities, especially in the first half, to put more points on the board,” Smith said. “All three phases contributed to it. Special teams really hurt us today. You can’t have a punt block, a field goal block and jump offside [on a field goal] and let them continue a drive to score a touchdown. All those plays really hurt us.”
Patrick Murray had a 31-yard field goal blocked when Billy Winn jumped over Logan Mankins, and missed a 55-harder before connecting on a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter. Mike James missed a block that led to a blocked Michael Koenen punt that actually traveled one yard in the third quarter. Defensive lineman Will Gholston jumped offside to allow a Browns possession in the third quarter to continue and turn into a touchdown drive with a 2-yard pass from Brian Hoyer to rookie running back Terrance West.
“One jumped over us – you’ve got to be able to get that,” Smith said. “Coming up the middle, we should have him blocked. And then you move on the snap of the ball where we jumped offside and let them keep a drive going. Those were all blunders that really cost us in the end.”
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
Who is our special teams coach again? He needs to be fired after this season. What was wrong with the SP coach we had before Wanstedt (sp?). He was the last good one we had.
Pink why wait till the end of the season? Fire the S.O.B., ASAP!!
Special teams coaching has been a problem all year and why did Rainey only get four(4) carries in the second half? In the fourth quarter, with 2nd and 1, why did the BUCS not run the ball, at least once? THE REAL PROBLEM: COACHING!!!
+1. Coaching is by far the biggest problem…
just go-a-way u don’t won’t 2 win this sucks
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