Lions 34, Buccaneers 17

December 7th, 2014

lovie 1110bWhen Lovie Smith was hired, the clearest goal he stated was to make the Buccaneers “relevant” in 2014.  How about “competitive,” Coach?

Yes, Tampa Bay is irrelevant. They have been for weeks. Even the improved defense took a step backwards today in Detroit.

Are the Bucs even a physical, hungry-looking, angry-playing team? Joe doesn’t think so. Good things are happening, but not nearly enough.

The blame game is a broken record. Lovie is failing on several fronts. The sloppiness on offense never ends.

Matthew Stafford was 26-for-34 for 311 yards and three touchdowns. The Bucs didn’t force a turnover out of the Lions offense. Detroit had only scored more than 30 twice this season, against the Giants and Bears, two lousy defenses. They don’t have a super offense.

Detroit was 7-for-14 on third down before their kneel-down series. The Bucs missed too many tackles and made life way to easy.

Major kudos to Mike Evans for his two touchdowns, and to Vincent Jackson for a heck of a day, sans one drop.

It’s off to Carolina, which just blew out the Saints in New Orleans.

49 Responses to “Lions 34, Buccaneers 17”

  1. bucrightoff Says:

    Worst Bucs team in the last 20 years I would think. 3-13 is the absolute best anyone can see with this team. Long, long way away from being a top tier team, it’d be nice to be relevant in 3 years. Sucks being a fan right now.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Playing bad offenses and bad teams does not mean the defense took steps forward!!!

  3. Gooberville Says:

    Ok Joe but Dominik gets credit for drafting Mccoy.

  4. MadMax Says:

    aints got spanked… 41-10 with 2 mins left!!! Thats my happy of the day 🙂

  5. RealityCheck Says:

    The defense only looks decent against terrible teams. Evans is the only positive this team has.

  6. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    One blowout closer to Lovie’s pink slip…go Bucs!

  7. Bucnnole Says:

    Aroyo predictable… As usual. Oneil Cousins and Patrick Ommemeh are two of the worst O linemen ever to play. No pressure. Goldson should be cut immediately. I hate everything about this team.

  8. MariotaOrWinstonOrWalkdaPlank Says:

    I agree, Gruden, Schiano, not even Rah put a team this horrible on the field.

    Rah’s team QUIT on him and still won twice as many games as Liar Smith’s Succaneers.

  9. MadMax Says:

    O line
    O line
    Pass rush and DB for the rest

  10. buc4lyfe Says:

    It’s funny how people call the offensive line garbage, the cornerbacks and safeties, say we need better players but say they could do a better job coaching with these same garbage players…. You sound stupid if your still upset about the bucs losing to a playoff team with better players across the board playing with the number 1 defense. Look at the record the players are below average, you don’t want to believe it because they play for the team you love, took a step back? No they’re actually been in the overachieving category the last few weeks because the “stars” on the team are invisible

  11. DallasBuc Says:

    Well that was depressing. Only 3 games left. I got a feeling the last couple home games will feel like away games because I can’t imagine anyone wasting time or money to watch this product. Shameful stuff

  12. Reezy Says:

    We still got a chance!

  13. Patrick in VA Says:

    You can see every time they drop back that the play calling is bad and when the play could work our qb isn’t equipped to make the play. Two huge issues that can be improved upon this offseason. Just awful offensive football right now though. So, so bad

  14. BucFanForever Says:


  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I don’t know what’s worse : our OC, our QB, or our offensive line.

  16. MadMax Says:

    @Realitycheck, add our rookie fg kicker Murray and LD to that list.

  17. Florida Hillbilly Says:

    Go Jags, Raiders, & Jets

  18. Bucnnole Says:

    Timeout to start the second half is all you need to know about this garbage operation. ABSOLUTE JOKE.

  19. INDYbucsfan Says:

    Who cares, look I want to win but the season is over. So let’s lose. Let evans get O rookie of the year and continue to develope players. But don’t win now.

  20. buc4lyfe Says:

    Mccown gave Detroit two touchdowns

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    …and so are the days of our Bucs lives.

  22. BucFan20 Says:

    The Buccaneer Offense 12 Point Rule. At least they got to 12 this week.

  23. Jack Says:

    After watching this horrendous team today, I wished we had gotten Caldwell instead of lovie as a coach. Lovie is responsible for the crap we are seeing on the field and if Moriaty or Winston is not drafted and they stick with Mcown as a season. Ticket holder I am done…

  24. MariotaOrWinstonOrWalkdaPlank Says:


    Lovie is that you? If so, you hand picked this squad of “garbage players”.

    And you suck!!

  25. bucrightoff Says:

    First top 15 QB they’ve played in a while and it showed. Stafford had his way with the secondary. Pass rush was decent by secondary breakdowns and poor coverage were everywhere.

  26. knucknbuc Says:

    if No one watches the game does it really happen?

  27. DallasBuc Says:

    Maybe from now on people will pay closer attention to what is happening during the preseason games instead of writing it off as meaningless. What we saw in the preseason was exactly what we saw all during the regular season.

  28. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Don’t forget about Mike Jenkins Joe!

  29. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs need a bunch of Mike Evans, one at every position.

  30. The don Says:

    Evans seems to be the only one that gives a spit

    Trade for Johnny manziel

  31. BucsfaninChina Says:

    In fantastic news, we get to see Mariota spank the Seminoles this Saturday, thus putting an end to the debate as to who the Bucs should be drafting.

  32. Bucnjim Says:

    I refuse to listen to the post game or any interviews for that matter, but can someone tell me what the reasoning is for starting McCown. Just trying to figure out exactly what value or reason behind it. Not saying Glennon is the answer, but with the D playing better Glennonn is better at protecting the ball. If the Lions caught every chance they had at an interception it may have been at least 5 or 6. Plus if Glennon ends up backing up next year why not give him some more experience or trade value if you don’t want him at all.

  33. MariotaOrWinstonOrWalkdaPlank Says:


    Amen to that!

  34. JJV Says:

    It all starts and ends with your head coach. You can’t polish a turd. Sorry Lovie Lovers.

  35. BucTrooper Says:

    Maybe now we can stop listening to Joe laid praises on Jonathan Banks for playing a good game against Calvin Johnson a decade ago. Banks’s name should be “oven mitts” because anyone he covers gets hot.

  36. MTM Says:

    The MIKE EVANS SHOW is great. The rest should be cancelled immediately.

  37. SOEbuc Says:

    @indy i agree but i would at least like to see some competitive play. at least a last second loss lol

  38. k1ngadroc Says:

    I watched MJ90 as many plays as possible and he played TERRIBLY!! I can’t believe this guy is on the field

  39. SOEbuc Says:

    @ bucfan37 lol yea the glazers should invest in human cloning

  40. tgreg Says:

    Come on Lovie…one more time give us that condescending “We were a 4-12 football team”

    Oh for the Schiano days.

  41. Another J Says:

    I think the defense played well considering how long they were on the field.
    I was expecting the Lions to score well into the 40’s.
    The fact that Lovie refuses to call out his garbage quarterback, terrible offensive line,or clueless offensive coordinator is truly amazing!

  42. Soggy Says:

    In the picture above Lovie is saying – Oh Sh!t we really do suck…

  43. buc4lyfe Says:

    The o line is on lovie, Leonard Johnson still on the roster, Michael Johnson mccown and Glennon are on lovie. Chris Sims, mike Evans, ASJ, McDonald, j. Smith are on lovie also. Comparing Caldwell team to lovie team is stupid, they’ve had a championship team for years, mad because the teams garbage yea but mad because it didn’t turn around in one off season? This team has a lose mentality and lavonte David, GMC haven’t changed that… Only bucs fans think one or two more players make us a playoff team, David and mccoy have never been to the playoffs. How does a defensive coach teach offense? Defense has minimized false starts and big plays. If you’re mad we can’t score and think that’s on lovie instead of a quarterbacks coach playing coordinator then hurry up ams die of a heart attack already. Lovie has nothing to do with schiano, has nothing to do with raheem. The common denominator? Players and owners

  44. Frank Pillow Says:

    Terrible free agents/talent evaluation + marginal Xs&Os+ bad game day decisions= Lovie. I really hate the idea of blowing this up again…but for the OL alone Lovie should get wacked. Tedfords’s health wouldn’t have made a difference with the likes of EDS, Cousins, Omameh and Collins blocking. That unit today and all season long has been abysmal. Think about our history folks…can you name four worse starters up front? Sorry Lovie, but you can’t and won’t develop a rookie Qb under these circumstances. You have to go.

  45. Dylan Says:

    No evidence from any post loss conferences that Lovie actually intends to make sincere changes this off season. This includes QB. I bet he got the same authority Dungy had, which means no valid OC will come to Tampa, since Lovie won’t actually give them control over offense.

    More of the same in ’15

  46. Mike10 Says:

    I’m confident Lovie was under-prepared to leave retirement and coach an NFL team again.

    I’m thinking less time should have been spent in his basement watching football, and maybe more at the neighborhood church or summer football camps learning to mentor and motivate local youth

  47. sho-nuff Says:

    there is nothing i believe in less than lovie smith…that guys a dinasaur from a conservative mentality that has zero relevance in todays game….

  48. Jim Says:

    Evans is the only reason to watch the games.

  49. Walter White Says:

    Bucs needs:

    Ownership with backbone
    Head coach with backbone
    QB with backbone AND accuracy