Panthers 31, Bucs 13October 24th, 2013
Greg Schiano said the Bucs were the “laughingstock” of the NFL when he took over as head coach in 2012.
That’s debatable, but the Bucs surely are that now — 0-7 is inexcusable for this non-rebuilding team.
Tampa Bay was a national embarrassment tonight on their home turf, where the boos rained down loudly from the small percentage of the sold-out crowd that stayed for the fourth quarter. The Bucs were outcoached again. And what happened to the hard-hitting, in-your-face Bucs defense of the first two weeks of the season?
Wasn’t this a division rivalry game? You know, where teams dislike each other and slug it out to the death?
The Bucs were gutted and gashed. For the third week in a row — three in a row — the opposing quarterback threw for better than 70 percent. This time it was Cam Newton going 23-for-32 for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Joe’s really struggling to find positives in this loss. Lavonte David did some nice things, as usual. Mike Adams returned from injury and recorded his first NFL sack. Mike Glennon had a few excellent improvisations. Tiquan Underwood rediscovered his hands. The Bucs fought through the finish.
But the Bucs got clobbered. They were not competitive, and now it’s off to the cauldron that is the Seahawks in Seattle.