Impotent Offense Helps Crater Bucs Defense

October 28th, 2022

Bucs safety Keanu Neal.

One giant mismatch between combatants last night never suffered any bruises aside from maybe their egos.

It was veteran Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman vs. failed Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Naturally, Leftwich got schooled and embarrassed (or at least, he should be embarrassed if he has a conscience.)

As has been the case this year, Leftwich’s offense, despite excellent talent, struggles worse than a plow horse to get into the red zone much less score. Joe has a half-mind to begin referring to Leftwich as “Three-and-Out.”

On a warm, muggy night in Tampa, this led to the Bucs defense being on the field way too much. The Bucs defense was sharp in the first half but everyone has a stamina limit.

Crows coach John Harbaugh and Roman smelled blood. While the Crows threw 30 times in the first half, targeting Zyon McCollum and Devin White, the Crows returned to their bruising AFC North roots and began pounding the ball into the soft underbelly of the Bucs defense.

It was brutal.

The Bucs simply could not stop the Crows. And the more the Bucs went three-and-out on offense, the more the Crows pounded the ball and the more the Bucs defense was completely gassed.

Mistackles became the order of the day.

“We just didn’t tackle, myself included,” safety Keanu Neal said. “It was humid. It was hot. If you are out there playing you are going to get tired. We missed too many tackles. I missed too many.”

How badly did the Crows bludgeon the Bucs’ defense by slamming the ball down their throats? The Crows had the ball for nearly 3/4 of the game; 38 minute and 23 seconds to the Bucs’ 21:37.

20 Responses to “Impotent Offense Helps Crater Bucs Defense”

  1. Mike10 Says:

    After the way that final Rams drive ended, that ended our 2021 season and halted the comeback of a lifetime, it blows my mind that we still turned to Bowels to be our HC. He failed up!
    Dude is not HC material and you’re seeing a team fall apart because of it. Seeing him and White chipping at each other on the sidelines, is evidence of it. And the level of quit I saw on his side of the ball, was reminiscent of that Raheem game where Deion Sander was calling the Bucs a team that quit.

    It’s a mess, and honestly, I’m not that surprised.

  2. Z31 Says:

    Keanu Neal said “It was humid. It was hot.”

    Need to try and understand why we suck?
    Look no further than that.

  3. August 1976 Buc Says:

    How long until the Glazers pull the plug?

    Do they really wait until after the 17th game?
    Thats how they have done before, but hopefully in 2022 they just do it sooner than later.

    The Bucs need to go 6-3 to have a winning record of 9-8.
    Does anyone believe this team will win 6 more games this season?
    That is not going to happen.

    Who knows maybe the NFC south will have a division winner with a losing record. That is the only way the Bucs get in to the playoffs, and that is a massive maybe at best.

    The stench of Den of Depression is getting nasty about right now.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  4. Booda Says:

    “or at least, he should be embarrassed if he has a conscious” -Joe Bucs Fan
    Joe , this mistake in this context should embarrass you ! Lol

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    Not defense fault when they are on the field 100 plays. Brady is the GOAT and the bread and butter for our talented offense yet it is: punt, punt, punt, deep foul down field for an offense to get a penalty on the next play. You can see Tom is definitely not looking like he has the past two years, but neither is the oline. Donovan Smith relied on Marpet for many years. Leverett played much better than Goedeke. They cannot try to set up the star receiveing TE otton to pick up Houston. Teams will find McCollum as the weakness and tear them apart. Missing CDIII. I still have confidence in Bowles and he is not getting fired after one year. Byron is a scrub and we need a legit OC going into the future. I don’t think I have ever heard a timeline on Jensen.

  6. August 1976 Buc Says:

    I still have confidence in Bowles and he is not getting fired after one year.

    I would not be willing to bet on that.
    Who knows, what will happen, but this is looking to much like Raheem in 2011, and they did not have the talent this team has.

    Raheems Bucs were 4-2 and did not win again that year.

    I do not think they will lose out for the season, but a dumpster fire has been lit and it stinks.

  7. Iamabuc Says:

    Ray J is becoming the Den of Depression again. Smdh.

  8. Coburn Says:

    Drives me nuts when it’s 3rd and short and rather than run a slant which is hard to defend against a d fairly high completion we try throwing way down field. Also seem short on some of those rub routes

  9. steele Says:

    Brady is not the sole or biggest problem with this team, which is full of crisis, from the top down, and throughout.

    But something is definitely wrong with Brady. Look at his ugly throwing motion. He’s turning his torso all the way over to the left on follow-throughs in a weird way. I don’t know if this is because he has some injury or physical issue that is ruining his technique, but it clearly isn’t normal or correct for him. It is likely also some compensation for the lack of time in the pocket, or expectation of pressure, forcing him to try to get extra zip into his throws so it gets out faster. Is he just older, weaker and off this season? Sure, but the “brain trust” is supposed to expect that from a 45 yr old, and protect him accordingly. But no.

    This is one of countless problems to address somehow. As I’ve said, not even a younger, vintage Brady would be able to singlehandedly make this team great. And this one, even on a bad night, still got them within range at the end.

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    When will fans realize that teams with talent simply don’t play like this. This is NOT a talented team. It has a lot of talent in certain position groups, but far too little in some others.

    Our DLine is a great example. Take away our highest paid player, Vea, and this DLine has nothing left but a bunch of 2nd & 3rd team players. Take away our highest paid OLB, Shaq, and our OLBs are 2nd & 3rd team players also. Put Delaney, McCollum & Neal all out there in the Secondary at the same time, and it plays like a Secondary manned by 2nd & 3rd team players … because it is.

    But folks, no DC can make chicken salad out of chicken spit. Ravens game plan was simple: tire us out in the 1st half, then run the ball down our throats in the 2nd half, going straight at our weaknesses. I kept wondering why Baltimore wasn’t running straight at us in the 1st half, but then it became obvious … they were just wearing us out. And once they cranked up their running game, we couldn’t do a damn thing to stop them.

    It’s about TALENT, and the lack thereof. I remember back when Leslie Frazier was our DC under Lovie, and he got cast aside because our defense stunk. Everyone blamed coaching. Frazier went on to coach the Buffalo Bills as their DC. Still is their DC. The same Buffalo Bills that have a superb defense ranked #1 in Points Allowed AND #1 in Total Yardage. He didn’t magically learn how to coach when he left here; he just finally got some talented players to coach.

    The ARCHITECT of that defense was the same ARCHITECT of this defense … Jason Licht. Put the blame where it deserves to be.

  11. merryplankster777 Says:

    Bucs D needs to step up when it matters most, not provide weather related amphibious excuses.
    On a good note, the team look like, it was at least trying.

  12. dmatt Says:

    Great coaches know how to improvise and adapt. We finally put Nick leverett in after repeatedly going suicidal with goedeke. Dee Delaney is not starting material. Put rookie FA Don Gardner in. He’s aggressive and a sure tackler. Put rookie linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi n take DEhite out he’s in over his head n got schooled n embarrassed n that’s the reason he argued with Bowles on the sideline. We’re begging to regress to the yucks. BA arrived n brought in mean n toughness. What’s going on here TBowles?

  13. rrsrq Says:

    It’s really two and out, if the Bucs get to third down, it’s generally a punt coming, the whole team is anemic to third downs.

  14. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    DR, how does your logic apply to the Buc’s offense only scoring 10 points in 59 minutes? No talent on offense? Brady, Evans, Godwin, Lenny, Wirfs, Donny, Mason? I’d say we have a problem at LG, but I think our C is ok, our WR depth after Evans and Godwin is relatively good compared to other teams. So IMO, even tho Brady was off target much of the night (also, IMO) the problem is BL, not a lack of talent by Licht, not coaching by Bowles, unless you feel Bowles should can BL (I don’t bc who is his replacement???).

  15. WillieG Says:

    I’m having difficulty commenting on this here website. Did Joe change something?

  16. Bunny Says:

    Well we all have seen so far what Tampa Bay Bucs are going through! Nothing is working as before no route running and even if they try running a route, they are stopped in their path! Now that Gisele Bundchen have gotten her divorce from Brady, I came to this idea..How can a wife file divorce after the thing that brought her an Brady together, football she now hates it? Brady is a good man and loved by most people, Bundchen will never find another husband like Brady, and I never onecdsy heard Brady saying he don’t like her job, a job where she shows off what is between her legs, she seems to be a band wagonist, and trying to stay relevant, she can go and find another man, there are millions of nice women who will want Brady, she have played her last game, and going forward she will be remembered as an “as been” selfish all or nothing fool

  17. Jon Grudin Says:

    Bring back BA, AB and BMF on offense and the defense will take care of itself? Who’s BMF? Listen to the song Shaft and you will hear, “they say that cat Shaft is a….”

    BMF is Center Ryan Jensen. His nastiness sets the tone for the team. Without it, the team plays like a turtle flipped over lying on its shell.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    They should’ve hired a head coach,they are looking like the Jets when Bowles coached them.Arians may not have done alot bit apparently he kept things stable

  19. Crickett Baker Says:

    I can’t believe Neal said that. Can’t even play for under an hour with a “cold room” and all? It isn’t even July! WTH!!

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