The Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ (3-5) attempts at providing answers for their failures have become as stale as the product we’ve seen over the last month and change.
If you ask quarterback Tom Brady about what needs to change in order to get back on track, the Buccaneers “aren’t earning it” and “need to score more points”. If you ask Todd Bowles, the team needs “to call it better, play it better, and coach it better”.
If you ask offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, it’s all about “doing what’s best for the team in that moment” and “it’s football”.
Please. Someone rip my ears off and feed them to the alligator that frequents the AdventHealth Training Center.
Here’s the deal: The Buccaneers have no answers. Because they don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to putting a successful product on the football field in 2022.
And of course, the answers were the same after the latest loss to the Baltimore Ravens (5-3).
“We just have a lot of work to do, as coaches and as players,” said Bowles. “… And, until
we find answers to that, [and] play consistently and coach consistently, that is where we
are. We are 3-5 and we own that.”
“We’ve got to go earn it,” said Brady. “You got to go earn it. You’ve got to fight hard and figure out how to win games.”
2022 has become so predictable, it’s like a bad crime drama at this point. We know exactly how this week’s episode will end.
The team fumbles its way through the first 2-1/2 quarters and does just enough to stay in the game. But the overall lack of offensive continuity hangs the defense out to dry and BOOM! Before you know it, whomever the Buccaneers are playing has rattled off 3-4 big plays against a tired defense and the game is now out of hand, for the most part.
Thursday night’s on-field product was the same exact thing we’ve seen over the last 4-5 weeks. The defense started off great, holding the Ravens to just three first-quarter points in the first half. The offense actually got off to a good start, too, scoring it’s first first-quarter touchdown of the season and hanging 10-points on the scoreboard during the first two drives of the game.
But then came the pewter and red slog that’s consumed this team for the last month.
The Buccaneers racked up 10-points, 120 total net yards, and seven first downs during their first two drives then proceeded to drum zero points, 59 total net yards, two first downs, and three three-and-outs, over the next five drives.
That’s right – the Buccaneers had more three-and-outs (3) than they did first downs (2) through the second and third quarters.
“We were moving the ball [and] making plays, but we didn’t do enough,” Mike Evans said after the game. We only scored 10-points. It definitely should’ve been three touchdowns. We’ve got to help our defense out on offense.”
The lack of offensive production left the defense out to dry and as a result, the Ravens went on four-straight scoring drives in the second half that accumulated 77, 80, 83, and 49 total net yards and 24-points.
The second half, obviously, proved to be the difference in the game as the Buccaneers ultimately fell to the Ravens, 27-22.
The Buccaneers were clearly out-coached throughout the game. As the minutes passed, the Ravens became more and more aware of what the Buccaneers were doing/trying to do and they made the proper adjustments.
The Buccaneers? Well, they obviously did not make the proper adjustments. They had no counterpunch.
And based off what we’ve heard and seen over the last month, I wouldn’t expect them to have anything at any point in the near future.
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