Too Much Cam Newton Prep?

September 7th, 2014

cam newtonThe Buccaneers prepared hard for Cam Newton playing today. They didn’t prepare much for Derek Anderson, the former Pro Bowler who actually quarterbacked the Panthers.

That was the word in the Bucs’ downtrodden postgame locker room, along with plenty of respect for the job Anderson pulled off.

Linebacker Jonathan Casillas if Newton not playing threw the Bucs defense a curveball.

“Of course, when you expect to play against somebody and then you play against somebody different. I think their game plan was a little bit switched up, you know, but they still did what they needed to do,” Casillas said. “We held up in certain areas in the first half and in the second half a lot better showing, but we didn’t show up as well as we wanted to do in the first half, which we should have.”

Now Joe, too, was confident Newton would play today, but Joe’s not the a Bucs coach.

It almost seems like the Bucs weren’t prepared for Anderson and how the Panthers might change with him under center.

“He gave us a little bit of issues with, you know, giving the play fake, because they run the ball so well,” Casillas said. “They popped the ball right behind some linebackers and in front of the safeties, and that kind of hurt us.”

Various Buccaneers acknowledged there was intense preparation for Newton and his absence was a gameday surprise.

Casillas was asked if, perhaps, the Panthers engaged in some gamesmanship with their injury report and the real status of Newton. Casillas gave an indirect but interesting response.

“I’ve seen it before. I’ve seen it happen before. The Saints like to do stuff like that,” Casillas said.

Whatever the failures were in the Bucs defense today, especially on third down (Carolina converted 6-of-15), they simply can’t happen. Not at home. Not against Derek Anderson.

23 Responses to “Too Much Cam Newton Prep?”

  1. NJBucsFan Says:

    BS – lovie is suppose to be a defensive coach.

    Fire him as cut McCown

  2. StAugBuc Says:

    NJBucsFan Says:
    September 7th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    BS – lovie is suppose to be a defensive coach.

    Fire him as cut McCown
    You’re a stupid troll that says the same thing in every thread. Fool.

  3. NJBucsFan Says:

    Not a troll…just don’t have the will pulled overt eyes. Lovies time is down. Nothing better then a d coordinator. Been there and done that with Shiano. Educate yourself and you’ll understand as well.

  4. StAugBuc Says:

    Educate yourself and you’ll learn how to spell

  5. NJBucsFan Says:


  6. lightningbuc Says:

    Prepared too much for a starter? Gimme a break with the excuses. BTW – Dashon Goldson is awful, stealing money from the Bucs.

  7. NJBucsFan Says:

    Great come back..picking up on typoes.

    Once again. Educate yourself and come back to talk football. McCown sucks and Lovie shouldn’t be more than a D coordinator.

  8. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Today’s loss had little to do with “game planning” and everything to do with poor execution, missed opportunities and sloppy play! Period!

  9. RealityCheck Says:

    Wait….we have to make special preparations for a passing QB? A guy playing like a normal starting QB threw us off our game today? Jesus Christ.

  10. StAugBuc Says:

    NJBucsFan Says:
    September 7th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Great come back..picking up on typoes.

    Once again. Educate yourself and come back to talk football. McCown sucks and Lovie shouldn’t be more than a D coordinator.
    Here’s the comeback: You say the same thing in every thread. It’s extreme, nonsensical and makes you look stupid. Got it? No one is getting cut or fired after the first game.

  11. NJBucsFan Says:

    STAug …congrats on learning copy and paste. No football input but you’ll get there. Maybe by the time McCown is 40 he’ll be a starting caliber QB.

    Can’t wait till he’s benched and I hate Glennon as well.

  12. StAugBuc Says:

    Thanks NJBuc. Known copy and paste for about 20 years now. Thought your brilliance deserved to be republished at every possible chance.

  13. Greg Dyer Says:

    Simply out coached and out prepared!

  14. BucTrooper Says:

    Disappointing on every level. Derek Anderson beat you. I haven’t been this upset since the Bucs lost to Cody Pickett…. look it up.

  15. Bill E Says:

    I did not see them fighting for “every blade of grass”. We looked very weak overall today. I was at the game.

  16. John23 Says:

    We struggled heavily against the backup I’m scared to watch MATTY ice and drew brees they are going to carv up this defense if we don’t get some major adjustments on both sides of the ball!!! Also I was so pumped up when Patton made that awesome return nearly broke it free to the house :)))) maybe next week we can return one

  17. unbelievable Says:

    Yeah I’m sorry but saying they prepared too much for Cam Newton is TOTAL COMPLETE BULLSH*T.

    We all know it. Now if you were preparing for a pocket passing qb, and then played against a mobile one instead, I could buy into that excuse. When you prepare for a guy who can run, and then face one who doesn’t, that should make it easier. Plain and simple.

    The fact was the Bucs played poorly in every area today. They looked pathetic. Carolina looked poised, prepared, and hungry.

    All we can do as fans is acknowledge that we have a new staff, new schemes on both sides of the ball, and about half new players on the roster. Hopefully things come together over the next few weeks, if not, well, we are Bucs fans right?

  18. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    If Cam had played we would have lost by 30. Thank God for small favors.

  19. OB Says:


    The missed tackles were not caused by anything but poor playing. The lack of sacks and/or pressures were not caused by a different QB. The lack of DB/LB defending passes was not caused by the throws being different.

    Of course the offense could not see a wide open receiver and throw the ball countless times or as the last play of the game for us when needing a TD we threw for less than a first down. Is the the QB or play calling or head up the ass, I don’t know but I am sure we are going to be told some more happy talk.

  20. White Tiger Says:

    Sure this completely surprised us – Derek Anderson played like Josh McCown was supposed to…

    I doubt very seriously they planned to utilize Olsen as the primary target – but how could we NOT expect that Olsen would be the got-to, check-down option for an aging, drop-back QB? we knew he was in production meetings – because Ronde said so…we knew he was in meetings all week in Cams place. We knew what he would do.

    The reality is – this ALL worked because we failed to do the ONE thing we knew we had to do today – shut down the run game. We didn’t do it. Other than GMC, McDonald, and David, not a lot of consistency out there on defense today. Nice to see Alturan Vernor make an appearance…bbut those tiny corners reminded me of why the Tampa-2 isn’t as dominant as it once was.

    …none of that explains how we NEVER adjusted, never got this thing back on track…defensively. Not being able to get to Anderson from the edges – and to the point made by Joe regarding whether we spent too much time preparing for Cam – allowing a statue of a QB like ANderson to get outside and make plays with his feet – leaves me thinking it would have been UGLY if Cam had been the starter.

    Not happy.

  21. Oahubuc Says:

    Yeah, that’s it. The D ends were just sealing the edge.

  22. pick6 Says:

    they did not have sufficient respect for their opponent. period. they focused heavily on the cam newton game plan assuming that if they were facing derrick anderson all they had to worry about was the RBs

  23. Brandon Says:

    Derek Anderson is just a far less mobile version of Newton. Big guy, big arm, not the most accurate, better throwing intermediate than short or long… Derek Anderson is a far less mobile Cam Newton. The problem with the Bucs D was STUPID Mason Foster getting suckered in play after play on the same play action fake and leaving the inside receivers wide open. He’s been terrible in the past in coverage and he was beyond terrible yesterday. That dude will never eat pineapple unless he pays for it at the grocery store…even then, he’s probably allergic.