Wakeup Call?

November 1st, 2021

Teaching point?

Last year the Bucs had two losses they still point to as helping turn their season into a championship season.

Can the same be applied to yesterday’s joke?

Joe already touched upon this to a degree.

Now last year the Bucs had their worst game losing a close contest in Chicago. They played much smarter the rest of the way.

Then right after Thanksgiving the Bucs got roasted in the first half in a loss to the Chiefs and then went into a bye. They returned different team and ran the table, possibly playing the best ball in franchise history, winning the Super Bowl. In fact, after that loss to the Chiefs, the Bucs are 14-2.

It sure seems like Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians hopes yesterday’s loss acts as a swift kick in the caboose for his team to improve.

“I hope it changes it a bunch,” Arians said. “You drop down and start going on the road in the playoffs, it’s different.

“Every game is critical, especially in your division. Road games, when you have it in your hands and you give it away, it makes everything a little bit more difficult.”

You could say the Bucs handed that game to the Saints. From the mind-numbing inability to stop a glorified tackling dummy of a quarterback to dumb penalties to the greatest quarterback giving the ball away three times that cost the Bucs 16 points, it was a galling display of football both mental and physical.

Good defenses don’t get played by a fourth-string stiff of a quarterback who hasn’t thrown a pass in over two years. They devour the SOB.

Can you imagine in recent years if a fourth-string quarterback came off the bench in an important game, how the Belicheats would eat him alive? Or the Steelers a few years ago? Or the Crows? Or the Seahawks?

They would have had this guy for lunch.

Covering the Bucs through The Lost Decade, Joe has seen pretty wild s(p)it from bad defenses. But yesterday may take the cake.

23 Responses to “Wakeup Call?”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    This loss really sucks, because it pretty much says Goodbye to Home Field Playoff Advantage.

  2. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    That was definitely a Lovie Smith / Mike Smith display of a crappy defensive effort. No excuses for what we endured. Awful

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    Maybe our vaunted defense ain’t so vaunted.

  4. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Despite having the largest coaching staff in the league, this team has played undisciplined the entire year. Losing last year to Mahones before the bye is one thing but losing to a 4th stringer is quite another story. Devin White is a prime example of playing dumb and selfish.

  5. Upstate NY BUC Says:

    Good morning, wow embarrassing and my wife almost kicked me out!! Did Shaw Barrett even play!

  6. Listnfrmafar Says:

    BA may have to attend a meeting this week to see what happened.

  7. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The Bucs didn’t lose because a 3rd string QB played well.
    They lost because they made critical mistakes- as others have pointed out- 9 point deficit at halftime because of turnovers, a critical roughing the passer call that wiped out a Bucs’ turnover, a complete defensive breakdown when the Saints scored on 4th and goal from the 1yd line, and the pick 6 at the end.
    If Bucs don’t generate any turnovers when they play at New Orleans, the odds of winning are very low.

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    Are you kidding me Joe? As soon as Sieman came on the field, I knew we were doomed. Our track record, even with Brady at the helm, of teams with rookie or backup QBs is terrible. I don’t know if it’s because we haven’t studied enough film of them, or what. But Payton didn’t change their game plan – same scheme and they still beat us. For one thing, the tackling yesterday was far from perfect. Too many extra yards off of missed tackles.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think we are missing something here by focusing on their 4th string QB beating us….

    They didn’t turn the ball over
    They only gave up one sack
    They had only 2 penalties for 10 yards
    They forced 3 turnovers
    They played very strongly in the trenches
    They were well coached

    Give the Saints some credit….

    Did we fail….hell yes…especially on the penalty front…..especially on their last drive…

  10. bojim Says:

    After their backup, backup came in, I pressed record and confidently went outside to hand out candy. Boy was I in for a surprise when I pressed play. And pissed.

  11. PassingThru Says:

    99 yards surrendered on penalties, penalties that killed Buc drives or breathed life into New Orleans drives. 99 yards.

    At some point Arians has to start calling out his coaching staff.

    Every team is going to lose games to weaker opponents over the course of a season. Sometimes a key penalty or bad play shifts the momentum of the game. It’s football. But 99 yards in penalties? Those penalties killed drives, and sustained stalled NO drives. One even killed an end zone PI call which probably would have shifted the outcome of the game.

    That’s really sloppy football, and it has been an ongoing problem. Whatever Arians and his massive staff of assistants are doing, it ain’t working.

  12. Ed Says:

    The defensive penalties were inexcusable, especially Barrett and JPP jumping offsides giving New Orleans a first down that they eventually scored on.

    Then, Devin White makes a stop and taunts NOLA RB while he is on the ground and gives them another 15 yards at a crucial point in 4th quarter.

    The roughing the passer call on Gholston was a weak call, I don’t consider that stupid, pushing the quarterback? There was no reason to call that penalty.

    The play where Cockrell was flagged for holding was indeed holding but that hold was nowhere near the ball and the Bucs defense had Semien running sideways throwing the ball out of bounds. It certainly was holding but the Saints were holding Evans on multiple plays and were not flagged. If they are going to a call it one way on the Bucs, they have to call it likewise on the Saints. In Evans case he was going for the ball on the Brady overthrow.

    Just stupidity on some of the penalties and one-sided officiating for the home team. Despite turnovers Bucs would have won that game had it not been for all the penalties.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    YEs-sir-reee. It was a wake up call. Come back stronger after the bye. Thats when the real ballin starts

  14. Craig Says:

    Hopefully this gives the team something to focus on.

    They will need that focus to turn a bunch of mis-jointed pieces into a complete rest of the season.

    The two teams the Bucs have lost to they have a strong possibility of playing again, in the playoffs. With focus the Bucs can show them a whole new game, and win out.

    There is a lot of work to get there, the defensive penalties would have killed us if the turnovers hadn’t already done that.

    It was a shame to lose out on that immortal Cyril Grayson moment of putting the Bucs in the lead, it should have been the game winner

  15. Beeej Says:

    Whew. Thank GOD the Jets didn’t have their new QB facing us

  16. firethecannons Says:

    Arians needs to get the refs over for a visist to explain the penalties to this entire team

  17. View from 132 Says:

    Pretenders. Last year was fun, but champs don’t lose to a third string QB. What a joke. Sorry effort.

  18. Chris Flores Says:

    Sign up corner backs asap

  19. Brandon Says:

    Honest, we would have likely been better off with Winston in the game. He and Siemian are very dissimilar. Siemian was competent at Denver and is a decent QB. Some athleticism, a little too conservative, makes a few plays here and there… a little like Heinicki of WFT. We would have been better facing Winston, who the team game planned against. Plus, him giving the ball away seemed to be a certainty. He would have been preferred.

  20. Jmarkbuc Says:

    I really hate this “ wake up call “ BS. This team has looked out of whack all year. Dallas should have been a wake up call, then the Rams and even the Dolphins made the Defense look silly most of the game.

    We don’t look like World Champs. BA and his cast of thousands need to get it together, it’s not TB’s job to coach. FWIW he hasn’t looked right either. Father Time is catching up or he’s frustrated with the lax coaching.. or both.

    Why should TB have to get the guys together on Fridays to work on run game? We don’t have enough coaches for that?

    Agree, DWhite turning into Kwon.. All BS.. can’t cover.. misses tackles.

  21. Listnfrmafar Says:

    This team has to score 30+ points a game to insure a victory. Not sustainable. Anyone that said Evan’s didn’t pull up on the last long pass to him needs to go back and watch the game again. Other than the Bears, the offense is under constant pressure to score. What a terrible position to be in, how can you take.time off the clock. Godwin,Gronk & AB are your go to guys.

  22. Kevin Says:

    the refs missed like 6 flags in the saints and they let them do whatever they wanted so i want the nfl to fine them

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Brady brought the team back from a 23-7 deficit to take a lead late in the forth quarter. That was classic Brady, and defence forced two 3 and outs back to back. That is all positive takeaways. Everyone knows the negatives. I also remember the Patriots losing to the backup quarterback in the f’ing SUPERBOWL. Nick Foles? That was not on Brady (3 tds and 500 passing yards). That was a pathetic defense, with Malcolm Butler benched for unknown reasons.