The 2014 Buccaneers were supposed to be a different team from that of recent seasons under head coach Lovie Smith. After six games this season, it's evident the team is no better than what we have become used to seeing. In fact they are probably even worse.
A lot of the problems stem from the coaching staff. It is a group of coaches who have stuck by and are sticking to a philosophy that is not working. Whether it is personnel, coaching, or (more than likely) both, nothing is working.
Ultimately, it all falls on the coaching. It was yet another game were the Bucs were completely dominated. Players looked lost on the field as there was pre-snap confusion on the defensive side of the ball quite often and the secondary was getting picked on by veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.
But this is a bad football team and Smith finally acknowledges that.
"1-5 says we're not a good football team and we are not a good football. It's kind simple as that," Smith said during his post-game press conference.
How bad are they? They hit a league record for largest deficit at the half at home of 38 points. Smith puts the blame for the team's struggles on the shoulders of the coaching staff.
"First off it starts with us. What you see is what you coach," Smith said. "So for us, we have to do a better job of coaching up what we have. And talent wise, again, it's becoming a habit a little bit now. It's happened too many times so we do have to make improvement and look at our roster. The good part about is we have a bye week coming up. We have a little bit of time to see what direction we need to go. But of course we need to change accordingly."
Smith also vowed change after the blowout loss to Atlanta in Week 3. The team -- primarily the defense -- has looked the same if not worse since. So what the changes have been is anyone's guess. One thing that won't change is scheme as Smith stated the defensive scheme and philosophy will not be altered.
However, something does have to change. If it's not scheme, players and coaches are perhaps the only things left to change this far into the season. With that said, with it being this far into the season, it may not be coaches that change either.
We may not see changes at all.
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