10 Snaps, Four Screwups & Two Lost Series

October 9th, 2011

Arrellious Benn and Mike Williams both have been guilty of critical motion penalties this season. Today, Williams’ screwup negated a completed pass to Preston Parker and a first down on the third play from scrimmage on the opening drive.

The Bucs punted after the ensuing incompletion, and the punt came on a very low snap that appeared to be picked up on a short-hop by Michael Koenan. Then Larry Asante and company did a poor job covering the punt, which was returned 22 yards by Ted Ginn, Jr.

The Niners got started and on 2nd-and-5 Brian Price gifted them a first down with an encroachment penalty. Three plays later the Niners are in the end zone on a perfect pass into zone coverage by Alex Smith.

Maybe it’s just the whole young team thing, but the Bucs coming out with four screwups — in all three phases — is just inexcusable. What is it about the first quarter and the Bucs? Coaching has to be a factor on some level.

And just for good measure, the Bucs opened their second offensive series with a drop by Williams.

Williams’ sluggish start to the season is partially attributed to playcalling, but he’s also not yet the same guy that was on the field last year.

16 Responses to “10 Snaps, Four Screwups & Two Lost Series”

  1. gotbbucs Says:

    that false start by williams set the tone for the whole game. 100 yards of penalties on a weekly basis is too hard to overcome all the time. penalties are a discipline issue and blame for that falls on the coaches.

  2. Garv Says:

    Terrible game. Oh freaking well, either this young team learns from this, has a GREAT week of practice, or it does not.

    I’m thinking there’s going to be some banging in practice this week.
    Always go back to the last game we lost in 2002. Pittsburgh CRUSHED us at home and we never lost another game through the Super Bowl.

    It’s a thought anyway…..

  3. MTM Says:

    The Buc’s don’t look prepared on offense or defense. The tackle like dog*#&t. Alabama tackles better than the Buc’s defense. If this does not stop. They will NEVER EVER WIN.

  4. NickinMelb Says:

    It reallly starts to make you wonder. In the 2 and a half years since Raheem has taken over this team seems to completely lose focus and their composure often. You start to wonder if the talent on this team is better than the leadership. Gruden was brought in to take the Bucs to another level. If this year continues this way the Glazers will have to look for another guy to take the Bucs to the next level. This game was disturbing for a number of reasons and the inconsistent play has to somewhat be a result of poor preparation. Our first halves this year have been consistently bad in play calling and execution as if the original game plan was flawed (coaching again)and yet somehow in past games they adjust pretty well at halftime. If Raheem can find a way to erase this game and beat the Saints more power to him but at the moment Atlanta is pounding Green Bay and this year just turned on a dime.

  5. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    Learn from their mistakes? I am so sick of hearing this phrase, they are never going to learn from their mistakes! That is painfully obvious, every week its the same story, slow tempo on offense, sluggish 3 quarters on offense, stupid penalties, defense getting burned for big plays. Does all that sound familiar, it should ’cause this team has been playing this way ever since Rah took over, sometimes they get lucky and get away with it, today was not one of those days. If they haven’t learned from their mistakes yet what makes you think they ever will?????????

  6. eric Says:

    Well Rah does have an uncanny ability to bring them back from the depths.

    But, dang if Smith lights you up like that what the hell is brees gonna do? Smith aint even good. Saints have been racking up over 30 pts a game.

    Scary thought IMO, but not time to panic……yet.

  7. Andrew Says:

    Haters will hate.

    This was a terrible game. The coaching was terrible, the penalties, execution, etc. …… but …… it is just one game. If you are going to call for Raheem’s head because of one game, then there probably is no pleasing you. If anything, I would say this may indicate Raheem needs a D co-coordinator so he can put his attention on leadership and not the mgt of defense.

  8. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    One game my ass! they play the same way every week, like I said sometimes they get away with it, sometimes they don’t. Raheem is in over his head, and always has been, and Olson just plain sucks.

  9. Andrew Says:

    They don’t get away with it, they win. I don’t expect you to understand, you are a hater.

  10. NickinMelb Says:

    I am not calling for Raheems head but I will say one thing. Adjustments right now are necessary. Freeman looks lost out there partly in my opinion because for some reason the receivers play is terrible. They can’t get open and when they do alot of drops except for Preston Parker. Why we decided to have Ed Gant on the practice squad instead of the 52 man roster is beyond me. The only wideout we have with speed never even puts on a game day jersey. Has Freeman even had a receiver with deep speed or someone who can separate from the line? Williams had a great year last year with jump balls that for some reason is not happening now. Lets get Gant on the field or someone who can make these corners backoff their tight coverage.

  11. AtlBucsFan Says:

    This game is a message to the entire team, coaches and players! We will see if these young pups can forget it and move on to the next game. We will also see if the coaching staff can take control and instill discipline in the execution of the game plan and plays.

  12. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    I’m a hater, is that the best you can do? I said Raheem was in over his head so i guess I’m a racist too, right Andrew?

  13. Kyle Says:

    No but the fans are overreacting. Around this time last year the saints did the same thing to the bucs. Its only one damn game calm down people. I remember last year the jets got completely spanked by the patriots then met them in the playoffs and won. I’m not worried but all this negativity is extremely annoying

  14. bucsalltheway Says:

    I just felt it would have been better to start josh Johnson on a speedy defense like san fran and let him goto work I believed he could have got it done. Him at qb with lumpkin in the backfield it would have changed the dynamic of the 49ers gameplan imo…

  15. Adam Says:

    Anyone who defends Raheem as a good coach just needs to look at the number of procedure penalties that this team gets .BEFORE THE PLAY EVEN STARTS, they’re committing penalties. Blaheem can’t even get them to line up the right way.

  16. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Where were all you kneejerking dumbasses after the Falcons win??? Huh??? Right. Thats what I thought. Half of you will be ready to crown the Bucs Super Bowl champions if the Bucs beat New Orleans next week too. Reacting too strongly after every single win and loss is the hallmark of the ignorant fan.