There comes a time where a coaching staff has to come together and start pointing fingers. In the case of the Buccaneers', its staff has to point fingers at themselves. From head coach Lovie Smith, to coordinators Marcus Arroyo and Leslie Frazier, it's time for them to look in the mirror and ask 'What exactly are we doing?'
It was yet another week where the playcalling on both sides of the ball has been below average at best. Cleveland's ability to march up and down the field in the second half, and at times the first half, allowed them to stay in the game and eventually win the game. On offense, the Bucs struggles continued, primarily because they got away from what was working during the first two quarters -- running the football. Calling Bobby Rainey's number four times in the second half when he touched the ball 15 times for 80 yards the previous two quarters was unacceptable.
Inept playcalling like not running the ball on second-and-1 on their final drive was a prime example of how the Bucs' coaches have limited this team's success all season. It is the reason why Tampa Bay is not heading in the right direction. They instead decide to put the ball in the hands of their quarterback who made countless errors in the first half. Why?
But for some reason, Smith continues to think the team is heading in the right direction.
“There is no doubt that we are headed in the right direction, but you could say that about four games ago," Smith said. "We have to find a way to win a game. That’s what we haven’t been able to figure out and we are running out of time. We are at the halfway point of our season now. By November football, you are supposed to be playing your best football and we haven’t. We have another big game next week for us so eventually we are going to get this figured out.”
There is talent being wasted on this football team. Mike Evans has excelled, Lavonte David plays lights out, and Gerald McCoy deserves a mention as well. To constant failure can be a sign of poor execution in which more often than not it is. But the job of the coaches is to put the players in position to win football games. Buccaneers' coaches are not doing that.
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