September 11th, 2011

Simply put, the Bucs defense, specifically against the pass in the first half, was unacceptable.

Matt Stafford had damned near a career year, all in the span of 30 minutes on the field of The CITS. He looked like a high school quarterback in a seven-on-seven summer passing league.

“Unacceptable: is not coming from Joe’s fingers, that’s from Bucs rookie defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

Clayborn is a proud man from a proud, successful football program where losing is, in the words of George S. Patton, “hateful.”

Clayborn, was not calling out his own teammates, but critiquing his own play.

Whether it was Nate Burleson or Calvin Johnson or Brandon Pettigrew, Stafford looked like he was playing catch with Lions receivers in a back yard.

At that point in the game, it seemed about the only guy playing well for the Bucs was Clayborn. He got pressure on Stafford a few times — the few times the Bucs ever got heat on Stafford — and Clayborn was strong against the run.

Not good enough, Clayborn said after the game.

“I did alright man, but I missed too many tackles,” Clayborn said. “I missed four or five tackles which is unacceptable. But I’m going to learn from this tape; we’re all going to learn from this tape and we are going to get after it next week.”

One of the reasons Stafford was carving up the Bucs secondary was that he had many two- and three-step drops where Bucs defenders never had a prayer of breathing on Stafford because there was no chance for coverage sacks due to the fact receivers were running Scot free in the secondary. Even Clayborn noted his frustration at the two-step drops by the Lions third-year quarterback.

“Everything is for real now, everything is for Ws,” Clayborn said. “I think we were well-prepared. I think we had a good game plan.”

16 Responses to ““Unacceptable””

  1. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Had a good game plan? What game was HE watching?

  2. Eric Says:

    Maybe rah thought it was preseason and he didn’t need a scheme.

  3. nick Says:

    The game plan the Lions had is the exact game plan the Bucs should’ve had on them. Benn should’ve been a lot more involved

  4. Mr. Lucky Says:

    What game plan was that – to limit the Lions to less than 30 points?

    Unacceptable is the word I’d use – more like PATHETIC!

  5. tony2cents Says:

    all this talent yet our coaches are amateurs, maybe except for Millard.

    Rah had no idea what to do once they started moving the ball. he may think it, but he’s no Mike Tomlin.

  6. tony2cents Says:

    if anything, hire a legitimate d-coordinator.

  7. Dew Says:

    Was at the game and I couldn’t believe how much space we were giving there receivers. It was ridiculous.

  8. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    The defense definitely wasn’t good. But did anyone think we would be able to stop them after going 3 and out series in and series out? It was very obvious our D was exhausted in the second quarter. I saw it, the announcers saw it, and I’m sure Detroit saw it.

  9. d clark Says:

    Thank you Im not gona say our D was the steel curtain or anything but they played pretty well the whole first quarter and if our o shows any sense of life in that quarter we could of been up 17-3 instead of 10-3 and our D isnt worn out to start the 2nd quarter.

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Most importantly (in the long run), any word on the injury on Price? It looked really bad the way he grabbed his hamstring. I’m terrified that his season, and maybe his career, may be over all too soon.

  11. Dew Says:

    The DLine was our best unit today.

  12. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    If the game plan was good, then your talent sucks.

    Also, quit blaming the offense for the defense’s inability to stop detroit from driving up and down the field at will in the first 3 quarters. The first 2 70 plus yard drives tired them out due to their own failures. Detroits D was able to convert on 3rd down, why not ours?

  13. Jack Says:

    Soooooo disappointing. Offence toke big step back from last year. Defence looks like geat young guys who will take several years to grow up. Mean while, I pay 10,000 plus a year for 4 club seats and the owners refuse to sprinkle in some vets to make this team competitive. Don’t let the score fool you, the bucs had there ass handed to them today…you think they could have used sproles on third down…what a joke.

  14. Jack Says:

    That was the most disappointing game I have seen in a long time. Don’t let the score fool you. The bucs were dominated. Only place they improved this year was punter…he looked good. I’m so tired of paying twelve grand a year for 4 club seats and seeing our owners bs the fans about building from within. Do you thunk we could have used sproles today or another third down back. T

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I think you need to get a better illegal feed of the game, because you obviously aren’t watching the game. Like I said, the defense played poorly, but considerably better than the offense (which isn’t saying much, I grant you).

  16. ty Says:

    our dline looked good but our linebackers were ugly blowin coverages all over the place and they kept doin the short plays on the flats and they were workin over and over again