The Bucs 48-17 loss to the Ravens Sunday was the lowest point of the season. The Ravens handled the Bucs in every facet of the game. Offensively Joe Flacco must have thought it was a seven on seven practice with how often his wide receivers were open. In all, the Ravens signal caller became the third quarterback in the past decade to throw four touchdown passes in the first quarter. His final numbers were terrific. 21-29 for 306 yards and five scores. Flacco had all day to throw the ball. When he wasn't airing it out the Ravens were running the ball at will. The Bucs defense looked lost and confused. It was suppose to be very good. It's not even average.
I thought this would have been a big game for the Bucs defensive line. They were going against two rookies on the left side of the Ravens offensive line. Instead it was a big game for John Urschel and James Hurt. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh certainly was singing their praises after the game. "We have two rookie offensive lineman starting at left guard [John Urschel] and left tackle [James Hurt] and to play the way they did against a really good front says so much." Yeah, it also said a lot about the Bucs defensive line as well.
The Bucs offense was equally incompetent. Mike Glennon must have thought the Ravens had 15 guys on defense. The offensive line couldn't hold a block longer than 2 seconds. Heck, I wouldn't have minded if someone on the offensive line decided to hold a Raven defender. At least that would have slowed down the pass rush. Glennon was sacked five times. He got hit at least a dozen more. When the game was close, and I say that somewhat sarcastically, Glennon's throws were off the mark. The running game is non existent. Too many third and longs. The offense still has a long ways to go.
I didn't think this Bucs team was playoff caliber before the season started. I thought winning six or seven games would be reasonable. I understood that the Bucs roster had undergone many changes and that it would take some time for the players to be on the same page. What I didn't expect was the team to be blown out twice in six games. The NFL is a league of parity. To be blown out in two games is alarming. I didn't expect the defense to be this bad. Too many big plays and not enough turnovers. How do you explain all of this happening under a defensive minded head coach in Lovie Smith? Speaking of Smith, he was asked about whether or not there will be changes to the defensive scheme moving forward. "Absolutely not. I'll stop you right there. Absolutely not. We're not changing our scheme. I've been doing this scheme every year I've been in the league. I believe in it. We're not coaching it and we're not playing it as well as we need to. Zero chance we change our scheme."
I'm not sure what changes the Bucs can make that will make this team better. The Bucs have a bye week coming up. Hopefully by then they'll have some answers. If not, the lowest point of the season will just end up being the next game.
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