Dumb Penalties Strike AgainDecember 22nd, 2013
Sloppy penalties plagued the Bucs yet again. The Rams’ first touchdown drive was buoyed by an Adrian Clayborn illegal hit on quarterback Kellen Clemens, followed an offsides call on Gerald McCoy on 3rd-and-8.
Why? Why? Why? Why are the Bucs among the messiest teams in the NFL. It’s not just Dashon “The Hawk” Goldson.
Of course, Goldson got in the act today. He somewhat helped a Rams fourth-quarter, field goal drive with a helmet-to-helmet hit on a “defenseless” receiver, a double no-no. That’ll cost him six figures from New York on Monday.
A Bucs 4th-and-goal offsides, on the Rams field goal to give them a 20-13 lead, could have been a killer. But it was declined and the Rams kept the points on the board.
The broader question is why Greg Schiano can’t stop this stuff, the pre-snap penalties and the senseless personal fouls. One would have thought opening day in the Meadowlands would have taught the team a lesson, let alone all the subsequent stuff and the focus by the coaching staff.
That’s not what lost the game for the Bucs today in St. Louis, but you never know if the Bucs are disciplined on that first Rams scoring drive, with the Bucs leading 7-0.
Schiano has said many times that it’s a mystery because his past teams never had that problem, including the 2012 Bucs. But this season proves Schiano, if he remains in Tampa, needs to use a different approach to getting his team under control.