The Dirty Dozen

October 20th, 2014

GlennonsackedStill stunned by the Buccaneers’ beating at the hands of the Baltimore Crows last week, one national columnist felt compelled to dive deeper into the Bucs’ ineptitude — on offense.

In his weekly column for the, Big-Ten-Network-hating, pedestrian-bumpingolive oil-lappingpopcorn-munchingcoffee-slurpingfried-chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingcircle-jerkingbeer-chuggingcricket-watchingscone-loathingcollege football-naïvebaseball box score-readingNPR-listeningfilthy-hotel-stayingfight-instigatingbarista-training Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame, detailed his disbelief of the Bucs’ extreme failures early in the game.

Starting early in the first quarter against Baltimore, the Bucs ran 12 straight plays without gaining a yard.

It’s the most amazing streak of futility I can recall, because in addition, the Ravens scored four touchdowns in between all of the offensive incompetence. The Tampa ugliness: incomplete pass, Doug Martin run for no gain, Mike Glennon interception … Baltimore touchdown to make it 14-0 … Martin run for minus-one, Martin run for no gain, incomplete pass … Baltimore touchdown to make it 21-0 … Bobby Rainey run for no gain, Glennon sacked for minus-nine, incomplete pass … Baltimore touchdown to make it 28-0 … incomplete pass, incomplete pass, incomplete pass … Baltimore touchdown to make it 35-0.

King went on to wag a finger at the Bucs’ offensive line.

For Joe, that kind of offensive failure is more about character and effort than anything else. No NFL team should ever go a dozen plays without gaining a yard. It’s not like Baltimore has a defense for the ages.

Fixing the effort and want-to issues on the Bucs has to be the top priority. Averaging less than five points per first half like the Bucs do is simply inexcusable, and reveals a team not ready or willing to play from the opening whistle.

22 Responses to “The Dirty Dozen”

  1. Buddhaboy Says:

    yikes, very impressive. Duncaneers BABY

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    Look – In the Falcons game, the score was 35-0 before the Bucs got a first down. In the Ravens game, when it was 35-0, the Bucs had one first down. Is that not progress? Maybe not much, if you allow for the slight home-field advantage. And maybe they shouldn’t wait for halftime to make adjustments.

  3. BucsfaninChina Says:

    By the way, the Buccaneers are much better off without Percy Harvin

  4. theodore Says:

    The Bucs are still on track to finish 12-5, more than enough to win the division.

  5. billy buckaroo Says:

    6 weeks of disaster
    2 weeks to regroup and rethink the situation
    a weak struggling vikings team coming in

    This weeks game will tell you much about this team and the COACHES.

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs as with any other offense starts up front, without capable blocking protection the running and passing games go nowhere. This is what the Bucs have put on the field. Simple really.

  7. mac Says:

    The Glazer’s plan is working perfectly… Make Tampa a complete laughing stock of the NFL… Loose local support… Move the team to LA… Florida already has 3 teams and the Glazers would increase the value of the franchise by about a billion dollars or so…

    The Glazers are real estate billionaires and they know the golden rule… Location, location, location…

  8. theodore Says:

    @mac – That location would be England then.

  9. rayray1 Says:

    Sorry to say but this is L & L’s doing. THEY chose to let the past O line go. THEY picked the replacements. THEY are responsible for the results. BTW don’t by the buy the fact that it takes half a season to learn a new defense. Got some splan’n to do Lucy.

  10. mac Says:

    @ Theodore

    Agreed… It will be either LA or London…

  11. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Dismal for sure, but the Ravens made the Falcons offense look pretty bad too. Only thing to do now is hope that somehow this team corrected enough during the bye week to find away to beat mediocre teams like the Vikings and Browns along with winning the remaining contests against NFC South rivals to maybe have a shot at avoiding last place this season. 6-10 is what I expected out of this team at the start of the season, so for me that is the break even point on whether Lovie Smith is worth keeping or not.

  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    If the Glazers move this earned nearly 40 year franchise out of the Tampa Bay area, then they are bigger fools than I previously imagined. If LA deserves a team how come they have been without one for so long? London? What a frigging joke. Screw those roundball worshipping limeys, get your own American football style league, you pasty, funny talking brits. Move this team you greedy bastards, the wrath of the fans will make Cleveland’s move of the original Brown’s to Baltimore or the Colt’s move to Indy look tame in comparison.

  13. utahbucsfan Says:

    Mac can’t wait for that to happen

  14. phil Says:

    Ray Rice will be available in 2 weeks.


    Please don’t talk about LA deserving a team. The NFL fans in LA deserve a team !!!!!!! The powers that be are what is keeping the NFL out. The fans are thirsty for a team. Here’s the thing, it would take years and a competitive team before any franchise has a home field advantage here. Hell it would be as bad if not worse than GO BUCS !!!!!!!

  16. Buccfan37 Says:

    Sure football is a business, but it still pisses me off when people talk about the Bucs going elsewhere. The owner’s make plenty of money off the TV contracts. If profit was so important, why are all games being televised? The Bucs belong to the community, imo. The taxpaying fans paid for the stadium. If you are not in Tampa to stay, sell the team to local owners who will never entertain the thought of moving them anywhere else. The community should own the team, like in Green Bay. You self called fans who suggest the Bucs are moving elsewhere are full of crap.

  17. lightningbuc Says:


    Don’t sweat it. The Glazers aren’t going anywhere. As Joe has noted many times, butts in seats isn’t nearly as important as it used to be. Owners get a majority of their revenue from non-stadium streams like merchandise, tv etc. Besides, the Glazers have a sweetheart stadium deal that no city today would give them given the economic instability in most cities.

  18. NJBucsFan Says:

    This is embarrassing.

  19. Skyline Crew Says:

    This team isn’t going anywhere. LA doesn’t want us and we aren’t on the short list anyways. I don’t believe any team is going to London as that would be stupid. They would have to start a league over there.

  20. tmaxcon Says:

    i would not rule out London in the future. with jet technology and another new wave of super sonic jets emerging – flying to London will be about the same as LA or Seattle for the bucs and or opponents. But like mentioned above with the kick a$$ stadium deal they have it is not going to happen anytime soon. The best bet for fans is the glazer clowns sell the team.

    I do believe Kronke will move rams back to LA and that the Raiders will relocate to San Antonio which has already begun fan / ticket surveys paid for by raiders ownership group. San Antonio already has a stadium for them. Raiders owners have been to San Antonio three times since the beginning of the year. I first thought it was BS but when you think about it Kronke owns land for a stadium in la…. The nfl does not want a laughingstock in la… San Antonio makes more sense for raiders.

  21. BoJim Says:

    Not London. The new jets will cost mucho money to take teams back and forth.

  22. denverbucfan Says:

    Why oh why do we have to sit through 1976 all over again?! didn’t we pay our dues?!

    We have so much more talent than the 76-77 Bucs, but are playing worse. This team full of retreads and backups, feels just like 77.