The Buccaneers can not play consistent football. I think we know that. But what is more puzzling is how they are losing games. They are losing them due to decisions made by the coaches -- one being that of head coach Lovie Smith.
No, it’s not a play or a set of plays called that is the reason for Tampa Bay losing their fourth game of the season. This is about the changes Smith said the team would make after their blowout loss in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons that has not done much if changes were in fact made.
The only noticeable change is Mike Glennon starting and that is because of Josh McCown’s injury. There were holes in the Bucs’ secondary as Saints' quarterback Drew Brees and his receivers were having a field day. Sure that is expected coming from the type of offense that New Orleans runs but the problem here is that much of what we saw on Sunday is what we have seen all season.
The team is still very undisciplined as well. After the game against Atlanta the team came out against Pittsburgh and did not commit foolish penalties. However against New Orleans silly penalties at crucial moments of the game like a third down converted for a first down via a 32-yard catch and run by Doug Martin in the first quarter called back because of an illegal formation penalty or a crucial illegal use of hands during the Saints game winning drive in overtime are just small samples of the errors made by the Buccaneers.
I know this was the Saints. I know the Bucs were playing as underdogs as they should have been, respectively. But the offense -- even with all its faults -- still put 24 points on the board. More than enough for a defense to stop an offense with its fair share of struggles. This falls on coaching, again. The missed tackles, the personnel on the field, the penalties, etc., it all falls on coaching.
Smith said there would be change. If there were any, it certainly hasn’t been on the field.
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