Penalties Are Out Of Hand

September 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.

7 Responses to “Penalties Are Out Of Hand”

  1. BigMacAttack Says:

    The past is the past. It’s time to go into Foxboro and beat the Master. This defense can do it and they are going to do it. They will 4-2 before you know it.

    No more BS. Chart a course to the Playoffs.

  2. TrueBuc Says:

    Chucky had a mantra in his SB year, “Pound that Rock”.

    “No more BS” needs to be our 2013 mantra!

  3. Buc4life24 Says:

    This is where the finger pointing to Schiano comes from! Detail, details…..not happening! Unorganized and undisciplined is suppossed to be out the window w/ the new regime! This is where the frustration lies!!

    Hope to see it get cleaned up this weeked, it’s burned us twice and the Pats will take full advantage in a more blow-out fassion regardless of the lack of talent they have at w/r.

  4. trusomaroff Says:

    We had one to start the season… No excuses…

  5. Miguel Grande Says:

    It seems the overly cautious Little General didn’t want to get any starters hurt during the preseason. Don’t worry, they’ll be ready for week 6.

    Sullivan is not allowed to open up the offense until it’s too late and they’re behind by a couple scores. The problem is that Bryan Cox’s defense never let’s them get behind by that much.

    That means the contest comes down to which coach is the best field general. Schiano (0-5)

  6. passthebuc Says:

    When running backs go in low, the only thing that is exposed is the top. If you are going to penalize the D-backs for hitting and, hitting where the head is obviously located then you must penalize the backs for going to the ground.

    This problem would be a lot easier to solve if we just played Flag football.

  7. MadMax Says:

    But some of those flags were BS calls….just saying!!!