There are a lot of similar characteristics bad football teams possess. Lack of talent and bad coaching are the two biggest. But I'm going to add a third one to that illustrious list. 1-8 teams are also undisciplined. As Gerald McCoy said after the Falcons game this past Sunday, this team certainly has some issues in that area. “ We gotta be more disciplined than that. Penalties can kill you," McCoy said. "A lot of the points in the game we were at because of penalties. Very undisciplined team. Very undisciplined team. Probably the worst I’ve ever been on as a collective, as a unit.”
McCoy certainly isn't immune to committing penalties as we've seen numerous times this year. The Bucs were penalized 10 times for 79 yards during their loss to the Falcons this past Sunday. For a team that has issues in so many other areas, being undisciplined is inexcusable. Lovie Smith knows this is an issue as well. “We had too many penalties, I will answer that. I’ve said that on more than one occasion, but I’m just going to go on those two times that I really said that," Smith said. "We have to handle some situations a lot better than we did, especially the pre-snap penalties that we had. Our defensive line, Gerald is probably talking about that, our defensive line was a big part of that, jumping offsides before the ball was snapped – we can’t have those types of things and we had too many of those.”
Speaking of McCoy, he was called twice for offsides penalties in the first half. Most teams can't overcome 10 penalties in a game but especially the Bucs. According to teamrankings.com, the Bucs are 24th in the league in penalties per game at 7.7. That's way too many.
There are many things the Bucs can't control this year. Lack of talent being one of them. But the team can control how many penalties they commit per game. That has nothing to do with talent. It has everything to do with discipline. Through nine games, lack of discipline has been the one constant for this Bucs team.
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