The storyline was all set up as Lovie Smith and Josh McCown returned to the team and city where they had once had success. For Lovie Smith it was as steady a coaching job as anyone could ask for in the NFL. Not many coaches can say they coached 10 years for one team in any sport. For Josh McCown, it was just a year ago where Bears fans wanted to stick with McCown over a healthy Jay Cutler. Today, McCown and Lovie reminded Chicago why they aren't there anymore.
Where do we start with today's 21-13 loss to the Chicago Bears for the Buccaneers? I mean, things started out well for the Bucs. The defense played well. Gerald McCoy forced a fumble during a sack of Jay Cutler, which led to points for the Bucs. Josh McCown threw a touchdown pass to Mike Evans to convert for those points. Hell, the Bucs even got a late field goal to go up 10-0 into halftime.
Of course, all of that happened in the 2nd quarter. We should know better as Bucs fans than to ask for impact plays in the 2nd half of games.
While the Bucs had all of the momentum going into halftime, they still had Josh McCown as their quarterback and Lovie Smith as their head coach. That's enough to blow any halftime lead!
To start the 2nd half, the Bucs first 4 drives on offense led by Josh McCown went 3 & out, 3 & out, McCown fumbled, and a McCown interception. The Bears would turn three of those Bucs possessions into touchdowns. Just like that, all of the momentum the Bucs had going into halftime turned into a 21-10 deficit with just 12 minutes off the clock in the 3rd quarter.
"As a team when you have those turnovers, it's not a good thing," Lovie Smith said after Sunday's loss to the Bears. "Josh was a part of them and he would like to have them back. Things you can't do. Again, it comes down to those turnovers."
The Bucs offense wouldn't do much more during the game proving their ineptness against one of the worst defenses in football. Oh, and that playcalling? Yeah! I'd have Josh McCown throw it nearly 50 times in the pouring rain too! (sarcasm)
This isn't a piece to prove yet again why the Bucs MUST draft a quarterback early in next April's draft. I think McCown proved that point just fine today. What we are seeing with this Bucs team this year is a team proving they are worse than the bad teams they are losing to on almost a weekly basis.
Fast-forward to late in the 4th quarter when the Bucs faced a crucial 4th & 1 at the Bears 36 yard line down 21-13 with the clock ticking down to the two minute warning. Instead of setting up the perfect play during the two minute warning and executing it on a 4th down, the Bucs hurry to the line and run a failed quarterback sneak.
As bad as that sounds, Lovie Smith reminded all in attendance why they wanted him out as Bears coach when he challenged this egregious display of offense. Was he challenging the playcall or the spot, because the spot was fine. It was the play that was called that was the biggest issue. While the rest of us were laughing at him, the Bucs were charged with their 2nd timeout as the challenge failed. The Bears would get the ball with two minutes on the clock, but now the Bucs could only stop the clock once. The most time the Bucs would have when they finally got the ball back was 13 seconds.
Lovie's new team once again did everything a poorly coached football team does. The Bucs had 4 turnovers, 9 penalties for 87 yards, failed in the redzone offensively, and failed in the redzone defensively. This wasn't the ringing endorsement for those in Chicago that would love to have him back.
Yep, it was another display of horrible quarterback play and horrible coaching for the Bucs. Fortunately for Bucs fans, this meant the Bucs dropped to 2-9 on the season and they're another week closer to having a top 3 draft pick. Hopefully, they'll change their franchise forever with the drafting of that franchise quarterback. A guy can hope can't he?
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