At the halfway point of the 2014 season, the Buccaneers are 1-7. Their latest loss came against the Browns on Sunday, 22-17. Here are some takeaways from the game:
SPECIAL TEAMS WERE AWFUL.
Patrick Murray had a field goal blocked in the first quarter, which led to a Cleveland field goal. He also missed a long one later in the period (55 yards.) Gerald McCoy was called for offside when the Browns were lining up for a field goal. The Browns ended up converting on fourth down, and found the end zone two plays later. Michael Koenen had a punt blocked in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing Cleveland possession, Brian Hoyer found a wide-open Taylor Gabriel for what turned out to be the winning score.
IS GLENNON STILL THE STARTING QB?
He’s making a strong case to lose his job. Glennon threw two interceptions, one of them coming in the end zone on a tipped pass. Many of his passes were short of their intended targets. Heck, even his first TD pass to Mike Evans was underthrown; Evans made a great adjustment to haul it in. Glennon completed just over half of his passes (17-of-33) which seems to be all he’s good for. That’s not going to win you many games. So will it be Josh McCown or Glennon next week against Atlanta? Whatever Lovie Smith decides, it will be the lesser of two evils.
ABOUT THAT FINAL DRIVE….
Tampa Bay had a shot to win the game, driving into Cleveland territory in the final two minutes. But on second down, Vincent Jackson dropped what would’ve been a first down. On third and one, the play call was a head-scratcher: a deep pass down the sideline? Then on fourth down, Mike Evans was called for pass interference, negating his catch that would’ve kept the drive going. Following the penalty, Glennon tried unsuccessfully to connect with Austin Seferian-Jenkins. You’ve got Evans and V-Jax on your team; why the heck would you not go to one of those targets, instead of the guy who fumbled away the opening play of overtime a week ago?
Tomorrow, it’s time to hand out midterm grades. Get ready.
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