Penalties Are Out Of HandSeptember 19th, 2013
The thing that has Joe puzzled in the Bucs losing streak has been the undisciplined play for a coach who is all about discipline.
First, there was the Chinese fire drill of communication problems right off the bat in the first series of the regular season in New Jersey. But what has carried over from that game into the gut-punching loss to the Saints has been penalties.
During a Saints series where the Bucs played Santa Claus by extending the Saints’ possession three times due to penalties, the Bucs didn’t directly lose points. But damn, if the Bucs could have gotten off the field like they should have, maybe they could have had decent field position to kick a field goal or score a touchdown?
The “Numbers Never Lie” crowd at BSPN (the name is a fallacy because Joe learned in high school anyone can twist numbers to prove a point) has a stunning statistic about the Bucs that should have Bucs commander Greg Schiano in an uproar.
@ESPN_Numbers: Josh Freeman has only 1 more completion (24) than the number of penalties committed by the Buccaneers (23).
This is just about inexcusable. Yes, the Bucs defense is playing lights out football, but can the defense, and more importantly, the offense, use their heads and cut down on the penalties?
The fact the Bucs offense is getting so many penalties, on top of that trainwreck performance in New Jersey, should send a blunt signal to Schiano that during next training camp and preseason his first-team offense needs a whole lot more work.