It was yet another loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was yet another lackluster performance from the offense. And it was yet another game that showed why the Bucs are in desperate need of a quarterback.
Carolina Panthers' quarterback Derek Anderson had another good outing against the Bucs' defense. His numbers were admirable -- 25-for-40 for 277 yards and one touchdown. He even scrambled at times to the enjoyment of teammate Cam Newton. The Bucs got to him three times and was hit five times. That didn't rattle him one bit.
Instead it was his overall performance -- the performance of a backup quarterback -- that shows why the Buccaneers need a quarterback. Countless times, when Anderson was under pressure, he hit either tight end Greg Olsen or rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on crossing routes for first downs. Something Bucs' quarterback Josh McCown couldn't do.
McCown struggled to get anything going consistently. Even when he had time, he failed to get the ball down the field or to open underneath routes. It's a problem we've seen all year from the man that head coach Lovie Smith called the team's best chance to win. Perhaps the most misleading statement in the history of coaching.
Come May, the issue has to be addressed. Tampa Bay needs to come through and get their quarterback. Not through free agency, not who is currently on the roster, but through the draft. They can no longer continue being the franchise that doesn't have a franchise quarterback. Enough is enough.
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