Can’t Score Without The BallDecember 1st, 2013
Let’s be honest. The Stinking Panthers roughed up the Bucs in a Charlotte back alley this afternoon and stole their lunch money.
That’s what it looked like. The Stinking Panthers bullied the Bucs into submission. Pounded them. Beat them up. Mike Glennon’s ribs must look completely purple about now. It was big boy football played by the Stinking Panthers and the Bucs were the neighborhood runts.
Now, the Chip Kelly’s of the world will try to peddle the notion time of possession means nothing. Kelly is basically a baseball stat geek in a football coach’s sweatshirt, thinking he can reinvent the wheel. Time of possession means a lot. Yes it does.
Consider the stats that Tampa Bay Times Bucs beat man Greg Auman tossed out on Twitter.
@gregauman: Second week in a row Bucs haven’t run even 50 offensive plays: 49 in win at Detroit last week, 46 in loss to Carolina today.
Welp. You can’t score when you don’t have the ball, when your quarterback fumbles and when you have a dog of a place kicker.
The Bucs beat the Lions last week by forcing turnovers but not coughing up the ball themselves. The Bucs lost this game by not forcing enough turnovers, by not scoring when they had the chance, by coughing the ball up themselves, and, oh, yeah, not getting the defense off the field on third downs.
Other than that, good game.