While we all try to decipher which players played well and which players were horrible in Sunday's loss to the Saints, the main issue for the Bucs was the penalties. The Bucs had a total of 15 penalties for 113 yards on Sunday. What's more alarming is that 10 of those penalties came in the 2nd half and overtime of that game.
"If you take those 15 penalties [away]…that’s crazy," Bucs CB Johnthan Banks said. "[If] we don’t have 15 penalties, who knows how bad we could’ve beat those guys. We were up 11 points in the fourth quarter. We had what, 15 penalties? We’re just shooting ourselves in the foot every time.”
Banks had arguably the most gut-wrenching penalty in overtime. On a 3rd and 10 for the Saints, it appeared as if the Bucs defense had forced a Saints punt on 4th down. That was before the yellow flag was viewed. Johnthan Banks was charged with "Illegal Hands to the Face" when he went to jam a Saints receiver and got him square in the face mask. The Saints continued their drive and won the game.
Normally one team doesn’t get penalized 15 times and the other team six though," Lovie Smith said on Monday. "There was a lot of stuff going on.”
Unfortunately for the Bucs, it appeared as if most of the calls against the Bucs were legitimate calls with the infractions being view-able on film.
Here are all of the Bucs penalties from Sunday:
Illegal formation on Anthony Collins
Defensive Holding on Major Wright
Facemask on Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Defensive Pass Interference on Danny Lansanah
Unsportsmanlike Conduct on Louis Murphy (language)
Unsportsmanlike Conduct on Danny Lansanah
Defensive Holding on Leonard Johnson
Illegal Use of Hands/ Hands to the Face on Anthony Collins
Encroachment on Clinton McDonald
Offensive Holding on Demar Dotson
Delay of Game
False Start on Garrett Gilky
Offensive Holding on Logan Mankins
Illegal Use of Hands/Hands to the Face on Johnthan Banks
It's not great analysis to say that the Bucs need to "clean up" their penalties. It's the most obvious statement at this point. Remember, it was just a week ago when the Steelers were saying the exact same thing about the amount of penalties against them when they faced the Bucs.
For the offensive line, the critical penalties (holding) did not occur until the 4th quarter, but penalties have hurt their run game all season.
"We’ve got to shape up the penalties and all of that," Bucs OT Anthony Collins said of the Bucs run game. "If you give Doug [Martin] some room and Bobby [Rainey] some room, man, it’s going to be scary out there."
Well, we all can't wait to see that if it ever happens. For now, the thing scariest from last week was wondering if these penalties can be fixed in one week.
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