Saints 16, Bucs 14September 15th, 2013
Again, Greg Schiano didn’t trust Josh Freeman. It was 3rd-and-6 and the Bucs had a chance to WIN the game with a first down deep in Saints territory, and Schiano took the ball out of Josh Freeman’s hands and called a toss to Doug Martin. No first down. Missed 43-yard field goal. Game over.
Schiano is more conservative than Alan Keyes.
Repeated dumb penalties — again — dropped passes and two Josh Freeman turnovers plagued the Bucs and the New Schiano Order today.
“Sloppy” and “undisciplined” are two adjectives that sadly suit the Bucs.
Tampa Bay lost its home opener to the division-rival Saints and fell to 0-2 — two things just can’t do in the NFL. Greg Schiano’s Buccaneer Men have now lost seven of eight dating back to last season.
The seemingly endless Bucs screwups outweighed outstanding stuff from the Tampa Bay defense, including a memorable goal line stand and a Mason Foster Pick-6 that will be talked about for a long time.
The Bucs sacked Brees four times and intercepted him twice and still lost. That can’t happen.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was too much to handle, to the tune of 10 catches for a whopping 179 yards and a touchdown. Drew Brees was slowed and took his share of hits, but he still lit up the Bucs’ secondary for 322 yards.
The Bucs’ playoff dreams are in trouble, and now it’s off to New England for a true must-win game.
Freeman, the franchise QB, finished 9-for-22 for only 125 yards and one touchdown, plus an interception, and a fumble after failing to get rid of the ball. Yes, Freeman’s stats were hurt by penalties off the ball, but the stats don’t lie. Freeman was his inconsistent self.