The Defense Played Much Better, But Still Lost

November 27th, 2011

Despite many Bucs players playing so much better defensively, the same result occurred thanks in large part to Titans running back Chris Johnson.

You know what was one of the more frustrating things about the Bucs game today? There were defenders who Joe was convinced were near invisible that actually made splash plays.

And still the Bucs got gashed defensively, giving up 352 total yards, 202 on the ground and Chris Johnson, who has struggled all year, had the third-best game of his career by barging through the rain and the mud for 190 yards.

Joe actually saw Quincy Black make a play, and hurried to find a calendar and a pen to document the feat. Aqib Talib actually made a splash play and returned a pick off 27 yard for six. Geno Hayes played so much better. Sean Jones made some key plays. And still the defense was Swiss cheese.

That sums it up for Joe just how depressed he is about this loss. Despite players playing well, the result was the same.

24 Responses to “The Defense Played Much Better, But Still Lost”

  1. RastaMon Says:


  2. Patrick Says:

    Just wait…..the Glazers will probably fire Raheem and just “hire from within the organization” like they did with him.

  3. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    You can watch any game in the history of the NFL, no matter how bad the loser was, and find a silver lining. Even if it’s just one single player or one single play. So what does that mean? Not much.

    I’m tired of the Bucs laying giant turds with silver linings. Of what use is that to me, a fan? Maybe the Glazers can wash off the sh-t and start over with the silver lining that’s left. Who knows. As for me, I’m okay with a silver lining as long as it has something worth keeping on the exterior.

    No more sh-t covered silver, thank you very much.

  4. RastaMon Says:

    the “media” …is they only one listening to him……

  5. BucfaninMI Says:

    Never beat back up QBs, struggling players ALWAYS have career days against this team.ALWAYS true you can bet on it!

  6. BucfaninMI Says:

    Oh yea ex- Bucs always beat them too! ALWAYS!

  7. jb Says:

    This is how pathetic our season has become….We give up over 200 yards rushing to a team that is mediocre at best compared to the Saints or Falcons yet we try and say our defense played better?????????

  8. thomas 2.2 Says:

    The Weather as much as the defense created turnovers. The titans ran at will and they were dead last in the league in rushing at 77 yards per game, we gave up 202 to them!

  9. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Our linebackers are killing this defense. Worse bunch in the NFL. I can’t even describe how pathetic they are as a group. Man, this has to change.

  10. Patrick Says:


    Yeah, remember when Brad Johnson at age 40 beat us 3 years ago in Dallas?!

  11. Nick Says:

    How can you say the defense played better yet they gave up over 200 yards to the worst rushing team in the league? Wow, Q. Black made one play where he whiffed again on a guy behind the line of scrimmage, but somehow held on to his jersey until his help slowly arrived. The linebackers and safeties constantly take terrible angles when the play is behind the line of scrimmage. Hayes and Black are blown up so constantly, they we have articles when they make ONE play in a game. Let’s not leave out Foster, who is constantly missing tackles. It is his first year and he’s trying to run the defense, which obviously isn’t working, so we give him a pass.
    I have to say that Olsen is the lamest OC in the league. As soon as they are in field goal range, his play-calling because incredibly conservative. He shows no faith in Freeman or the receivers and never takes a shot for the endzone. They run the worst 2-minute offense in the league, it’s terrible slow and unorganized…I could go on and on, but I will stop there.

  12. Joe Says:


    How can you say the defense played better yet they gave up over 200 yards to the worst rushing team in the league?

    Joe believes he was pretty clear in his post. It seems as though you didn’t read it.

  13. Nick Says:

    I’m just mad…let me vent!

  14. Joe Says:

    Understant Nick! 🙂

  15. FlBoy84 Says:

    It says a lot about how much this defense has regressed under Raheem from it’s heyday when we’re happy that the it only gave up over 350 yds, 202 of which came on the ground. The standards have really lowered as far as our Tampa D goes.

  16. sandbagrudy Says:

    There is a possibility this team doesn’t get another win this season Carolina is going to stuff the ball down the throat of this defense as will Dallas and Atlanta I have given up on this team they always find a way to lose how many times can you find yourself at 3rd and twenty five due to lack of discipline. That was a 13 point swing after the Sgt winslow hold it was ok guys lets take it in the backside give these sissies the game and get out of the rain. Get used to it Tampa your owners are bargain shopping for practice squad players and destroying through the draft. EJ Biggers has to go he constantly gets beat they target him every game get him alone and he’s basically toast. Time to fucus on the draft the senior bowl and college bowlgames to find the next biggest loser

  17. eric Says:

    They did play a little better, but when your super crappy to start with it aint too impressive.

  18. Matt Says:

    They still lacked fundamentals. Their tackling was still terrible. Did you see TE slant where the receiver crossed the entire field and four Bucs in a row half shoulder tackled him?

    Before this game, we led the league in missed tackles. After this game, we’ll widen our lead.

  19. CC Says:

    Still the worst D in the league. But hey Rah loved the effort.

  20. passthebuc Says:

    Played well, what are you talking about.
    Tennessee was a weak team and we still hit like girls.
    The team does not tackle.

    Maybe this is what management wants. weak players, weak coaches, fewer fans and ok, we can move to London.

  21. passthebuc Says:

    to CC

    Still the worst D in the league. But hey Rah loved the effort

    Loved the effort, is that like “close except in horseshoes and Han-grenades”. .

    Well group, this is Han-grenades and there is no loved the effort.

  22. eric Says:

    Why did they let Hassleback hold the ball for around 20 minutes on that fourth down touchdown pass?

    I know they were playing coverage, but nobody could break through at all? Guy looked at five different receivers.


  23. Niko (The Optimist) Says:

    I GUESS people will now realize how valuable Brian Price is. Once he was removed from the game with an ankle sprain, Chris Johnson went wild in the second half. Miller and McCargo are no match for Price, Hanesworth. Notice how the Titans figured out our linebackers are our weakness, by running outside where they knew the Bucs LBs would not be able to shed their blocks.

  24. Niko (The Optimist) Says:

    Sandbagrudy, punctuation and spelling are your friends. Thankfully you don’t know them well and cannot effectively spread your message of vile.