Top 30 Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 — No. 10

March 9th, 2015

derek anderson 1211In many ways, Tampa Bay’s 2014 season was more bizarre than the MRSA-infected, quarterback-gone-mental, Fire-Schiano-billboards campaign of 2013.

There were plenty of real Bucs mysteries last year, and Joe’s revisiting the most interesting of the bunch.

No. 10 — The Deadly Combination

Opponents get paid, too. Joe gets that guys will sometimes have great days against the Tampa Bay defense.

However, Joe’s tolerance changes when it’s the same two guys lighting the Bucs up twice in a season. That shouldn’t happen, especially when the connection is Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson and tight end Greg Olsen.

Olsen caught 18 of 24 balls thrown his way in two games against the Bucs last season. Everybody and their brother, including defensive masterminds Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier, knew what was coming when the Bucs headed to Carolina in Week 14. Still, Olsen hauled in 10 catches for 110 yards from the backup quarterback, aka the fourth-best QB in the NFC South.

How did the Bucs let Olsen beat them?

Joe’s not sure, but almost former Bucs linebacker Mason Foster is shouldering a chunk of the blame.

No. 11 — The McCown Cry
No. 12 — Counting To 12
No. 13 — Not Trading Up
No. 14 — The Glennon Clarification
No. 15 — No Help Wanted
No. 16 — Sticky Spot
No. 17 — Virgin Center
No. 18 — Investing In Seven Starts
No. 19 — Returner decisions
No. 20 — VJax’s Wrist
No. 21 — Anti-Jell
No. 22 — Seferian-Jenkins Boasting About Penalized Pose
No. 23 — Never Moving Michael Johnson
No. 24 — “I didn’t want to put more points on the board”
No. 25 — Glennon success without an offensive coordinator
No. 26 — Putrid Punting
No. 27 — Defending Three-step Drops
No. 28 — Eight Consecutive Red Zone Runs Versus Rams
No. 29 — Leaky Sean Glennon
No. 30 – Jorvorskie Lane

7 Responses to “Top 30 Buccaneers Mysteries Of 2014 — No. 10”

  1. louden Says:

    While Foster isn´t the greates LB alive, i call it BS to put the blame on him..

    How about the Safetys Joe? how about the not-so-perfect sheme by Lovie
    (which in fact was a pre-season-vanilla-like defense realy.. a fellow poster pointed out perfectly whats wrong..)

    adding: maybe Raheem Morris was on to something when playing SS Jermaine Phillips as a LB?
    The game changes – Lovie´s struggle not…

    + When one of the Bucs coaches said: Foster isn´t a SLB in their sheme, it just shows you how clueless they could be..

    playing the edge on one side is usually easier than playing inside.. but yeah, of course it depends on the players preference also..

  2. louden Says:

    sorry, this just came to mind, another pathetic why-bucs-suck-pattern:

    They get a lot of “project” players, then develope them with great experience also (Michael Benett) and then just dump them so they will truly help another team..

    Like the Revis thing also: it wasn´t sure how his knee will respond.. (main thing why trading for him was BS – especially since we had great draft spot, and there was so much great young talent that we could have got…)

    then Bucs get him anyway, one year later, after it was confirmed he still can play, they just gift him to the patiots..

    BS BS BS – even the Glazers (who at least have some clue about football also) should be able to step in, and give some direction if needed..

    What was going on the last decade is just not acceptable – i am wondering how there are still fans going to the stadium and buying merchandise while this team never REALY improves..

  3. louden Says:

    Just to make sure:
    I understand you dont fully blame Foster, okay Joe..
    but this article makes it sound, like he is the main reason.. at least to me..

    if i misunderstood, feel free to correct me – have a nice day Bucsfans, GoBucs

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    All Mysteries point towards Lovie!!!

  5. RustyRhinos Says:

    Wow! louden way to get it all out! Well said. Thank you.
    You too, have a nice day!

    Go Bucs!

  6. ddneast Says:

    When was it you posted the story about the stat sheet meaning nothing and only the coaches knowing what is going on on the field.
    I know you have a man crush on Foster, Joe, just like you do with every other player who will talk to you, but do you really think Lovie wants to pick on the guy when there aren’t a lot of viable alternatives out there.
    Since Olsen caught a lot of those passes in the middle of the field, where do you think Foster plays.

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    Anderson to Olsen, two beatdowns on the Bucs. WTF! Totally embarrassing.