At the conclusion of the Sunday's, Buccaneers' defensive tackle Gerald McCoy presented head coach Lovie Smith with the game ball following the team's first win. Smith then brought the players together to put their hands together and said, "All is well on three." But in the day following their first victory, not all was well.
"Sometimes you go and look at the video afterwards and you see a lot of things – you’re never as good as you think I guess and you’re never quite as bad also," Smith said. "For this I think it was pretty much how we thought it played out. We didn’t play as well as we needed to on both sides of the ball early on, but we finished strong."
Smith is right, they did finish strong. The team did what they needed to do collectively to steal one from Pittsburgh in their own house. Still, there are lots of holes the team has that needs to be filled. That's why the ol' ball coach does not seem completely satisfied and it's his defense that has struggled.
The coaches film shows holes in the Buccaneers secondary. Big offseason acquisition, cornerback Alterraun Verner, has seen his fair share of breakdowns throughout the first four weeks of the season. Sunday's game showed more of the same -- he seemed out of position and dropped too far back in coverage that created a deep hole in the defensive zone that resulted in a 27-yard reception by Steelers' receiver Antonio Brown.
However, it's not just Verner. For the season, high-priced safety Dashon Goldson has struggled, second-year cornerback Johnthan Banks has been picked on, the linebackers seem to be out of position as well, and let's not forget a pass rush that was finally seen on the field.
Wins or losses, Bucs still face issues. They need to correct them or else this big victory against Pittsburgh means nothing.