Lowered StandardsDecember 17th, 2013
Yes, Joe has read all of your hate-Twitter the past two days. Sorry if Joe won’t lie to you to make you feel comfy at night. No, Joe does not know Bucs commander Greg Schiano is toast in two weeks. Joe does not know if offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan already has his house listed. Don’t try to trick Joe into writing such things.
Indications seem to suggest Schiano may return, but the two Joes who run this here corner of the Interwebs differ as to how sharp the wind vane is pointing.
Well, Tampa Tribune humorist Martin Fennelly believes that same wind vane should be pointing to an exit sign, but isn’t sure who should be behind the wheel of that U-Haul.
Fennelly witnessed the Bucs losing to the 49ers and came away with a sour taste in his mouth (and no, not because of the delicious Key Lime cheesecake that was offered at the game) after watching what masqueraded as a Bucs offense. Frankly, Fennelly believes Bucs fans are so desperate for anything positive, their standards have sunk to new lows.
And now the dark side: Those [two scoring] drives accounted for 172 yards, and the Bucs gained 11 yards combined on their 10 other possessions. That is astounding. Even against a great San Francisco defense. To be that schizoid, that all-or-nothing, calls, at the very least, for a new coordinator. It calls for more than that, really.
The defense, for all the moments it had, didn’t show at the critical juncture against the scrambling Kaepernick, particularly when he rolled right and found a wide-open receiver. Could that have happened a few hundred more times Sunday?
The Bucs played to keep it close into the fourth quarter. That was the strategy all week. Then they get nine points down and try to have Eric Page and Russell Shepard try to pull rabbits out of their hats. I don’t think either of those guys owns a rabbit or a hat.
Joe doesn’t know what blows him away most, the fact the Bucs averaged 1.1 yards per possesion on non-scoring drives or that the Bucs held the ball for a grand total of 105 seconds in the fourth quarter. Both stats make Joe want to vomit.
How can a team look so good on two drives yet so inept on the other 10 possessions that it would make even Father Dungy try to empty a bottle of Crown?
Granted, the 49ers have a good defense, but c’mon!
A couple of more offensive performances like that and it just won’t be Mike Sullivan interviewing for college gigs.