Most Disappointing? Penalties.

August 12th, 2016
Lavonte David weighs in

Lavonte David weighs in

Joe could pretend to ignore the Buccaneers’ sloppy play last night against a second-rate team, but that would be wrong, not for a team that averaged more than nine flags a game and flirted with the single-season NFL record in penalties last year.

The Bucs had 10 penalties last night, but more important, four flags were in the first quarter.

An illegal formation was declined on third down. Jude Adjei-Barimah drilled a punt returner who called for a fair catch. Lavonte David committed pass interference on 2nd-and-14, on a short throw. Donovan Smith nearly killed a drive with a holding penalty.

The Bucs have to find a way to clean up this behavior that is sure to lose them real games if it continues.

A dejected Lavonte David after the game said, “We got to get better on penalties and stuff like that, sloppy plays. But that’s what preseason is for.”

David is right. Normally, preseason is for tightening up games and watching future baggage handlers, mattress movers and wild-hair models make mistakes. But last night, there were too many gaffes from the Bucs’ A-team, and that’s worth watching.

After the game, Dirk Koetter called the penalties unacceptable.

26 Responses to “Most Disappointing? Penalties.”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    I am glad that it was a sloppy game, It was a benchmark of last year!!! Its the starting point!!! Most of the roster has has been enabled with 2 years of sloppy practice, coaching and discipline!!!! Now we get to see where the coaching begins!!!! The sheep will try to say that the New coaching regime was supposed to walk in to 1 Buc and give a speech and all would be fix and playoff would be a foregone conclusion!!!!

    The work begins!!! The Coaching begins!!!! Now they have tape to start review and teaching!!!! Day after day after day!!! That is the coaching we are looking for that will Improve this team!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!

  2. Wombat Says:

    all but the holding are inexcusable. Not saying the holding is good, but that goes on with every play and we all know that. The others are all lack of discipline and coachimg. I don’t think Koetter practices illegal formations, just someone was in the wrong place. Lavonte and Jude just need to know when the player can’t be touched. You have to know that you can’t touch a QB’s helmet, and ya gotta know that a guy waving his hand above his head is a fair catch 🙁

  3. Wombat Says:

    Oh and America’s Poutiest Quarterback needs to cut that post game conference crap out. The fact that HIS team lost is sad and not what he has been coached to accept, but c’mon man!! The reporters and fans should be given some respect. I don’t know whether he was reading the lastest Spiderman comic or what, but that was not very professional. The reporters were waiting to interview him and he was less than engaging. What do we get next, the Cam Newton Hoodie? C’mon Jameis, you are better than that. I feel your pain with the way the team played, but no one died, the fans are still all here, time to move on and Siege the next Day!!

  4. D-Rome Says:

    Players who repeatedly commit penalties in any sport are telling everyone they’re not good enough, fast enough, strong enough, coordinated enough, ect.. to stop or make a play on the opposition.

  5. Eric Says:

    Obviously Lovie Smiths fault.

  6. Buccaneers Says:

    Boy what a crappy game. This team was incapable last night, again. I guess we should focus on the good since it was just preseason but there was just too much failure to ignore.

  7. Bucnjim Says:

    It is going to be much harder to clean things up than fans realize. Because the Bucs have been associated with sloppy play for the better part of a decade; the refs are in the habit of nit picking everything they do. There is no way the Patriots, Packers, Panthers, Seahawks, etc.. get the same calls against them as the Bucs do. Time and solid play will be the only thing that can break the reputation we have.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It is certainly true that we were nitpicked last night several times…..the announcers pointed that out……and….they got away with a couple.

    Talk about penalties….How about that Phil Oline?

  9. Buccaneers Says:

    Can somebody please tell me what the hell our starting tackles were doing last night? In both scoring drives we gave up cheap chunks of yards because our tackles were wildly out of position!!! It was almost like they didnt even know what they were doing.

  10. Tackleblockwin Says:

    On a positive note I thought the D played pretty good for a first preseason game. I’m optimistic they will be better. The overall attitude fom players was good from what I could tell. Didn’t see any whining to refs. We have all seen this team crumble when down in a game but everyone seemed to stay focused and not give up…they at least kept fighting until the end. Yeah it was sloppy with penalties and turnovers, but as bad as we were in those areas the team was pretty close at the end because they kept grinding. Still optimistic that this team can be pretty darn good.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I fully expected a lot of penalties.

    I mean, come on…how many of our starters did not play? We had guys out there that won’t even make the team.

    I think it’s unfair to judge the team when you have so much camp meat on the field.

    Also, penalties will happen. Every team gets them. How many did the likely season starters get? 2-3? That ain’t bad for a first practice game.

  12. LocalJoker Says:

    I was taught as a team leader to first point out the good things accomplished, then point out areas where “we” the team can improve. Take responsibility as team leader and offer a corrective plan of action.
    All eyes on you, Mr. Koetter!

  13. BigHogHaynes Says:


  14. BucMania Says:

    I thought the refs had a bad game. Some of the penalties were extremely ticky tack and I saw many against the Eagles that were not called. Mike Evans for example had his arm practically ripped off and no call. Refs were scared of Philly fan I’m guessing…

  15. 1gr8Bucfan Says:

    “Realist” I agree 100%! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this team won’t turn around overnight. The sloppy play and no accountability mentality is going to have to be coached out of this team. One step at a time. GO BUCS!!!

  16. Bucnjim Says:

    Pretty easy for teams to score from their own 15 yard line, but getting back to the play you were talking about to me it looked like an inside stunt with the tackles. Thinking the Eagles would pass after the big fumble they just guessed wrong and the play call put them in a tough position to make a play. Got to give a little credit to the Eagles O Line there as well.

  17. Bucnjim Says:

    Sorry that response was for Buccaneers

  18. Buccaneers Says:

    Well it was twice that we got beat on a stunt. And both times it was very poorly executed.

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    It’s so tough to get excited either way about pre-season. Like many, my expectations after a grueling off-season, were too high for this game.
    While underhanded in his delivery (sheep?!), Realist is 100% correct about the coaching. You’ve got to start somewhere.

  20. BucinJAX Says:


    About that no call on Mike Evans being held, ME accepted it with no visible complaints. I thought that was an outstanding sign of a mature receiver.

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    I’d be mor surprised if there AREN’T a bunch of penalties in the first PS game…

    Props to Evans for not acting the fool when being held.

  22. LargoBuc Says:

    Luckily we got three more games to get things down. Penalties really are a tricky thing to tackle. It tells more about the players lack of discipline/ability than anything. A coach can only tell a grown man not to do that so many times. The best solution really is to bench the biggest culrits, but even that is not always possible if there is too much of a gap in talent between first and second string.

  23. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Hey it’s a great day in Tampa Bay. I get to agree with Realist!!!

    He’s spot on. It was the first preseason game and now they have video of just how ugly penalties look.

    I saw what I needed to see…no surprises from the O…and the pieces to a dramatically improved D. I like that Ayers accepted Dot’s challenge from the other day. Remember…if he doesn’t bring it like that in the game we’re going to have a problem. Well Ayers “brought it” in the game and we may have found that missing ingredient. Between Ayers and Kwon bringing some ‘tude and the skill sets of Noah Spence and GMC and LVD…and this newer stronger front seven will help our back four as well.

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    New coaches, new stadium improvements But Like I’ve said before..SOB’s (Same Ole Bucs!)

  25. 813bucboi Says:

    @realist….the coaching begins now?!!….what has the coaching staff been doing the pass 3 weeks?….coaching should’ve began 3 weeks ago….excuses already huh….GO BUCS!!!!

  26. BigHogHaynes Says:

    @Mike J: All that Mike, I never want to hear those cries of incompetence again, Coach K looked “Lost In Space” and let me tell you’ll something being able to give nice sound bites at a press conference, will not win you a game, it takes time people this ain’t Denver or Cincinnati, this is the T. B. Bucs that had the heart, soul, mind, and manhood snatched from them by a man name Toes on the Ground! And like the Realist and Tmaxcon say there is more to come in the very near future: Jameis can’t be a happy camper!