When The Implosion Started …

November 29th, 2014

McCownCutlerThe Bucs thoroughly imploded against the Bears last Sunday. The Tampa Bay offense crumbling and giving the game way to a truly garbage defense was astounding.

But it was the way they folded that was most troubling. Veteran Buccaneers failed them across the board.

Here’s a breakdown.

Joe was brave enough to watch the game a couple of times, and after a big play (three broken tackles) by Louis Murphy left the Bucs at the Bears’ 37 yard line with 1:28 left in first half, that’s when the Bucs came apart.

Yeah, the Bucs caved in after their own big play, which Murphy capped off with his personal foul for a face mask.

False start Anthony Collins
Drop Bobby Rainey
Needless block in the back by Logan Mankins
Collins lets Jared Allen beat him inside. Josh McCown gets hit while he throws. Incomplete.
3rd-and-23 great completion to Vincent Jackson. First down.
Dumpoff to Rainey. Four yards.
Sharp short throw to Brandon Myers. 1st-and-goal from the 10!
McCown takes needless sack. Held ball too long.
McCown, appears nervous, throws ball away in back of end zone, not giving Vincent Jackson a chance for a jump ball.
McCown throws wobbly duck into end zone for Mike Evans in between five Bears defenders. Lucky not to be picked off.
Field goal. 10-0 Bucs.


Bucs start at own 15 after poor Marcus Thigpen return.
Doug Martin hit in the backfield and falls forward. One-yard gain.
McCown overthrows Doug Martin. Nearly picked off.
DELAY OF GAME! That’s on McCown.
Holding Dietrich-Smith (what kind of offensive lineman holds on a screen?). Incomplete (overthrow McCown). Penalty declined.

NEXT BUCS DRIVE, now 10-7 Bucs.
Sims: five-yard run.
McCown: Overthrow, incomplete.
3rd-and-10: Bears blitz. Blitz picked up but Patrick Omameh beaten 1-on-1. Sack.

During the next Bucs drive is when McCown senseless scrambled five yards backwards and to his left on 2nd-and-9 late in the third quarter. Dotson gave up on his man, who stripped McCown, who was holding the ball like a toddler holding a bag of Halloween candy. Bucs fumble. Bears take the lead en route to victory.

Again, what was most disturbing was the implosion by all these veterans — at a point where the Bucs had a chance to bury the Bears. And then it all continued after halftime.

There was no regroup by the alleged veteran leader McCown. It was McCown falling apart himself time after time.

Some of the offensive line woes are just a lack of want-to. You can see it clearly.

Joe’s not sure how the Bucs manage to fix this in the homestretch of the season. McCown is McCown, and the linemen aren’t committed — or are not capable — of consistent physical football.

Joe will hope for a miracle awakening. The home fans could use one tomorrow.

21 Responses to “When The Implosion Started …”

  1. passthebuc` Says:

    let McCown run the offence until we hit the red zone and let Glennon take over.

  2. Flmike Says:

    He’s an avalanche, he must be a horrible golfer as well. Once one bad thing happens to him, he is almost guaranteed to cause another bad thing by trying to overcompensate for the first bad thing…he allows bad plays to bother him, as a pro qb you cannot dwell on the last play, good or bad, it was the last play, move on, he’s mentally incapable of ever being great because he cannot let go of the last play…

  3. RastaMon Says:

    It started back in September against the Carolina Panthers

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    Players that don’t learn from their collective mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Just let Glennon take the damn snaps. Or you can let Mr. Magoo McCown get crushed once again. What is Lovie trying to prove anyway by playing the frantic shrub? Oh yeah, that he knows QB’s.

  5. JJ Says:

    Read that list blow up plays again and try to imagine how they would have gone with Richie and Ray Rice in the line up.

  6. gatrbuc17 Says:

    Bill Cosby loves our team

  7. Architek Says:

    Reading this made me relive that nightmare all over – where is my anti-depressant meds????

  8. tmaxcon Says:

    playing Glennon does nothing but reduce his trade value from a 6 th round to a 7th round. He sucks has not heart and cant get out of his own way. McCown might be worse though. once again it’s going to 3 to 5 years to recover from all the mistakes from Freeman to McCown… disaster

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    Joe, you are wrong, The Real Implosion started when they fired Coach Gruden!

  10. ddneast Says:

    Saw pretty much the same thing, Joe. Could only watch one repeat though.
    I truly believe the problem isn’t in the hearts or abilities of the OL but in their minds.
    I don’t believe one player out there has any confidence in Arroyo’s plays or offensive scheme (whatever that is).
    I see the OL handling straight up 1 on 1 blocking well but when the other team starts doing stunts and blitzes is when they break down.
    Sadly to say but McCown still gives us the best chance to win.
    McCown’s ball security has been horrendous. Was surprised he didn’t cough one up earlier in the first half when he got tackled. It’s almost as if he forgot why he broke out of the pocket in the first place was because the guy behind him was bearing down on him then.

  11. ruggyup Says:

    Architek, I’ve got a bunch of anti-depressant meds and will share one or two. Reading anything Bucs these days makes the need greater.Trying to cheer up thinking The G family will not hire Rex Ryan. but, they could hire Muschamp as the DC and take about anyone else from the future stampede of castoffs to replace Coach Smith. Might even find a place for Trestman and Ron Rivera. Ahhhhh, feel better now.

  12. MGM4Life Says:

    With upcoming games against the Bengals, Lions, Packers, our best chance for another win will be when we visit Carolina or the Saints come to town. Unfathomable that we may well do worse than Greg Schiano’s 4-12 mark. But at least with Schiano our players played with a little more heart and hustle.

  13. Soggy Says:

    The worst division in NFL history and bucs at the bottom in the division.. Tom Dooley sing me a song please..

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    “Richie and Ray Rice in the line up.”

    Yeah a contemptible thug and a wife beater on our offense would have turned this season around. No doubt that Richie “The Scumbag” Incongito would have bullied our defense and threatened to beat them up if they didn’t hang on to all those 4th Quarter leads.

    There are NO two or three players who could have turned this around. Put them in the OL and you still have no pass rush. Put them at QB and RB and you have no OL to block for them.

    Like it or not this season has truly been a TEAM disaster. It starts at the top with L&L who totally whiffed in the FA season and continues right down through the roster. Our QB plays sucked. We had NO running game. Our special teams were anything but special. Our defense gave up fourth quarter lead after fourth quarter lead.

    There are NO scapegoats for this disaster. It’s the ENTIRE Buc’s organization down from the Glazers to the the players. Mike Evans is the ONLY bright spot.
    Yeah GMC and levonte appear to be the real deal and ASF has promise but this entire team needs reworking…and perhaps an attitude adjustment must come first. Where does that start? With Lovie!!!

  15. Mike J Says:

    Soggy, er, shouldn’t that be ”Kingston Trio sing me a song please..”?? Just funnin’.

  16. passthebuc` Says:

    When they hired Lovie

  17. Pelbuc Says:

    Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks Glazer dweebs for giving us fans this sorry excuse of a team. Fans have deserved better for quite some time yet get punished with terrible and overpaid coaches and players. When will the madness stop?

  18. DB55 Says:


    That’s good but I blamed the weather. After halftime the sun went down and the rain started coming down harder by the minute. These dudes just threw in the towel. Too wet, too cold, too soggy to play ball. “Mama can we come inside for some hot coco and marshmellows please?” Simple as that.

    #pfudr #playoffs

  19. vegasbuccaner Says:

    spell check it’s mc clown

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I’m fine with it. Closer to the #1 pick, and that is the best thing for this team going forward.

  21. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Pelbuc Says:
    November 29th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    “Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks Glazer dweebs for giving us fans this sorry excuse of a team. Fans have deserved better for quite some time yet get punished with terrible and overpaid coaches and players. When will the madness stop?”

    ROFLMAO!!!! Tampa fans are among the worse in the league, topped only be New york fans. We deserve NOTHING!