Football Is A Four-Quarter Game

September 25th, 2022

Disappointed in defense.

The Bucs defense flat out played awesome when it absolutely had to, specifically in the second half of today’s 14-12 loss to the Packers.

Todd Bowles doesn’t want to hear it. In so many words, Bowles wants to know just where that defense was in the first half.

“Got to play four quarters,” Bowles said. “You know, [this] was the third game in a row we started off slow. The first half we gave up 14 points just from missed assignments and doing something we aren’t supposed to be doing.

“Second half they played a lot better — gave us a chance to win.”

While Joe agrees with Bowles, Joe cannot bag on the defense. It’s unrealistic to expect a defense to pitch a shutout week after week, quarter after quarter. Yeah, once again, the defense had to bail out the offense.

Sooner or later, isn’t the offense supposed to score points?

22 Responses to “Football Is A Four-Quarter Game”

  1. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Better bounce back next week. That’s all i will say. You can’t lose these games at home.

  2. Buddha Says:

    The Buccaneers lost home games to New Orleans, Kansas City, and LA in 2020 and won three playoff games on the road to get to the Super Bowl.

  3. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Please, if they struggle in the first half you’ll be on the game thread at half time crying it’s over they’ve lost just like you always do.

    The defense will keep us in games just can’t give up long td drives early and offense has to at least show up sooner

  4. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    This year we have an entirely new team, we are dealing with those changes, and have won two of the first three. We will improve, and I expect we will develope into the powerhouse we all expected shortly. Go BUCS!

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    The defense is reasy to roll and role. Our offense was built to have an answer when Rodgers(or anybody) jumps out to a lead.

    We didnt have any answers today. Tom and the offense offered nothing for 59 entire minutes.

    This is not a new problem either. I can point to many big games last year where offense has no answer on offense……….including the Playoff loss to the Rams where we went to halftime with 3(friggen 3) points!!. Or just look back last week. It took us past haltime to have an answer for the Saints lone FG.

    Looking forward to see what answers we got next week vs Kansas City. 3 TDs in the 1st Quarter would go a long way. Just sayin.

  6. Francisco Guzman Says:

    DavidBigBucsFan99 give me a break. It’s one thing to struggle but these flat performances are nothing new with this team. Gotta fix that. This coaching staff can be outcoached. You’re still talking about a super bowl that was two years ago lol.

  7. ElioT Says:

    Byron is a bum. Dude has zero creativity and ability to adapt.

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    Well the hurricane hype should be in full effect by tomorrow – I wonder where the Bucs are going to practice, and if the game gets delayed. For what it’s worth, and it’s not much – yet – the latest models basically have the hurricane stopping off the coast of Clearwater, 30 miles or so, for about a day and a half before lingering northward as it falls apart. The best comparison would be Elena in 1985, which never came on shore but, but got as close as 90 miles or so off shore while doing a donut for 3 days. It caused a lot of flooding with rains and coast flooding. If this thing stops and is only clearing out come Friday night, there’s no way there would be a game on Sunday as everything would be flooded (rain, not storm surge).

    I’d be shocked if the Bucs are flying out somewhere tomorrow afternoon. And I’ll be even more shocked if this hurricane doesn’t end up going into the panhandle and we get a breezy day out of it.

  9. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Only allowing 14 points, will usually get a win in the NFL.
    Problem was, Bucs couldn’t score 15 points.

  10. SB Says:

    I am too sick to my Stomach to read any articles tonight Joe.
    Thanks for your coverage as always though. !

  11. ElioT Says:

    Byron is horrible.

  12. I’m not tired anymore we just won the Super Bowl!! Says:

    Oh where oh where is my Gronk to be? Brady needs his boy blue. I was at the game and felt the loss. Just not the same without.

  13. CrackWise Says:

    KC lost to the COLTS!!!!

    KC must suck worse than us!!!

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    Matty Ice > Patty Mahomes

  15. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Byron couldn’t get a TD to save his life. Then in the two minute offense with Brady calling it, BOOM! Why the hell aren’t we doing more up tempo, spread, with the GOAT calling the plays at the line?! Byron has been holding this thing back since the beginning. Could you imagine if McVay or Shanahan had been running this offense with all this talent? Forget 30 points, we would have been averaging 40. Now without Mike, Chris, and Gronk, we mustered 6 points with Byron calling the plays…. Pathetic. When will there be a change?? BL has no interest in calling things differently, creatively, unpredictably. Buc Nation is fed up; we only have this season with the GOAT and can’t waste it on BL’s poor play calling.

  16. ModHairKen Says:

    Hey, Coach. It’s your job to have them ready. If this is the third game in a row you did not have them ready, then it is your own fault.

  17. steele Says:

    We should absolutely bag on the defense for that pitiful first half. Don’t start the game dead and have to crawl desperately back at the end, and expect TB12 to save yer rear ends.

  18. Bucsfan13 Says:

    I believe Joe asked Brady a great question after the Dallas game, and if I’n not mistaken, he wrote an article about it. Joe asked Brady if the emphasis on the run game was a Todd Bowles directive, and there was this very telling awkward pause before he answered. He answered that he wasn’t sure, and then pivoted to some BS how about how it’s good to run the ball. I believe Brady has a problem with the inefficiency of the run calls. Running up the gut on first down and taking the ball out of his hands on first and second down is not something I think he likes. The first play on offense was a PA pass and Brady threw a strike. We need more diversification in this offense. Where’s BA and his red pen? I don’t believe BA was calling the plays, but I absolutely believe he gave his opinions on how he thinks the offense should attack the defense each week. I also think Bowles is giving his opinion on what he wants from the offense.

  19. Lennon Duncan Says:

    You didn’t play SMB if you notice they went at dean in the slot which proves he’s not versatile.

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Watched the first 3 qtrs of the game at Tampa Airport then inflight going up to Atlanta. Hard to see much detail when the WiFi was constantly in-and-out, but it looked like the Packers’ defense did a good job of keeping everything in front of them, letting us have the underneath completions, then stuffing us before we could break any long plays. Their defense also did a very good of shutting down our run game early & forcing us more into a passing game (after the Pack offense put up their 14 points). So kudos to them. And especially in the 2nd half when their offense purportedly ‘ran out of gas’ and sputtered.

    Bucs’ offense is concerning, but right now it has too many liabilities. Very few ‘big play talents’ out there yesterday. Brady & Gage impressed me, but they were about the only ones. TB12 had a very high completion rate, but dinkin-and-dunkin wasn’t moving the chains within an effective running game to complement it. BL obviously couldn’t figure out how to compensate for missing our ‘big play talents’.

    Still, starting 2-1 without an offense and against 3 fairly strong teams isn’t horrible (especially when the other 3 teams in the NFC South are all 1-2). Next game against KC promises to be another dogfight. Time to move on.

  21. VATom Says:

    Packers Offense went soft in th le 2nd half. Looked like they were playing not to lose. Clock management. I didnt thinkbthe Defense improved GREATLY as much as the Packers started measureing their shots, and the Defense improved enough when the throttle eased up.

    I cannot believe we can’t get a third down or a score in the Red Area after 3 games. Something is up. Defense looks better than last yr overall with Dean and Edwards motivated by contracts…but they still have the same problem. Against the best, when the best are playing to win, they can’t get off the field…the fumble at the goal line was the exception.

    But where was Vea, that fumble hit not withstanding? I watched the D Line a lot, he didnt LOOK doubled and he also didnt appear to be pushing the pile as much as I would expect. Happy to see Hall get a sack, that should be happening more often from Shaq and Tryon.

    And how in the world does Aaron Rogers out coach the sideline forcing a penalty and a panic timeout with hurry up? Once…ok…twice? Come on coaches.

  22. Bucfan Says:

    The wrong ‘B’ retired. Should have been Byron rather than Bruce that should have retired!!!