Final Grades: Bucs-Browns

The Bucs dropped to 1-7 on the season Sunday when they lost to the Cleveland Browns 22-17. Justin Pawlowski shares his grades for each position of the Bucs.

The Bucs dropped to 1-7 on the season Sunday when they lost to the Cleveland Browns 22-17. Justin Pawlowski shares his grades for each position of the Bucs.

QUARTERBACK

Mike Glennon was horrible against the Browns. He's a sitting duck in the pocket, and opposing defensive coordinators know it. Glennon's lack of mobility is being exploited. If I have to watch Glennon strut out of bounds a yard short of the first down marker, I'll be sick. Glennon had two touchdown passes, but missed Mike Evans on a couple other open touchdowns, and again failed to make big plays when needed.

QB GRADE: D-

RUNNING BACKS

Bobby Rainey was very good in the 1st half. It's just too bad the Bucs coaching staff decided to rarely use him in the 2nd half. Rainey had 80 yards on 15 carries in the 1st half, but ended the game with 19 carries for 87 yards. While this was inexcusable from the coaching staff, it should not be held against Rainey's grade.

RB GRADE: B-

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

Mike Evans had a breakout game with 7 receptions for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. As mentioned before, his numbers would have been even better if it weren't for poor quarterback play by Mike Glennon. Vincent Jackson chipped in with 6 catches for 86 yards. Other than Evans and Jackson, the Bucs got little production from their other weapons in the pass game.

WR/TE GRADE: B+

OFFENSIVE LINE

This was the best game the offensive line has played all year. Mike Glennon had plenty of time in the pocket and the run game was clicking in the 1st half. Let's not get carried away and think the offensive line will be good from here on out or that everything is fixed along the line, but for this game, we can legitimately say that they were not the problem!

OL GRADE: B

DEFENSIVE LINE

Gerald McCoy did have 2 sacks in the game, but for the rest of the game, the defensive line was pretty quiet when it came to any type of pass rush. Jacquies Smith has also added a little punch to a stagnant pass rush. The defensive line did also play a role in slowing down the Browns rushing attack. Decent game by the defensive line, but that's about it.

DL GRADE: C

LINEBACKERS

There's two ways to look at this group. First, the Browns were held to just 50 yards on the ground for the entire game. Unfortunately, the Bucs linebackers sell out for every run on every play that they are susceptible to the playaction every time as well. There were also no impact plays from the linebackers to change the course of this game.

LB GRADE: C-

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Some individual players, like Johnthan Banks, played well, but the Bucs defensive backs gave up 300 yards passing to Brian Hoyer and allowed no-named weapons to have success against them.

DB GRADE: D+

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Bucs had one of their field goals blocked, one of their punts blocked, and jumped offside on a Browns field goal attempt to give them a first down which led to a touchdown. The Bucs special teams have been horrible all year long. Special Teams Coordinator Kevin O'Dea's job should be in extreme jeopardy.

SPECIAL TEAMS GRADE: F

COACHING

The gameplan for offense and defense was strong. The in-game adjustments were horrendous. Bobby Rainey disappeared in the 2nd half due to the coaching staff not getting him involved. Defensively, the Bucs continue to be susceptible to any playaction pass. The Bucs special teams is a joke.

COACHING GRADE: D-


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