The Bucs followed up Week 1’s home loss to the Cowboys with an embarrassing 33 to 20 loss to the Bills @ Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday. The same issues that plagued the team week 1 were not fixed in week 2 and some of the things that we actually did effectively in week 1 were not continued in week 2.
For starters, I couldn’t do a Good, Bad and the Ugly post this week, because other than Kellen Winslow Jr. looking like a real dangerous threat for the Buccaneers, there wasn’t much that we did well.
I know that we took an early 14-0 deficit in the game, but where was our rushing attack? W ran the ball only 18 times in the game, an unacceptable amount in my opinion, especially considering running the ball should be our teams best attribute and its’ calling card. Those 18 runs netted only 57 yards, about 3.2 ypc, but we still needed to run the ball much more.
The coaching right now on this team deserves an F thusfar. We followed up last weeks penalty ridden game with an even worse showing yesterday. 13 penalties for 112 yards is a number that will never allow a team to win. I would venture to guess that you could look through game logs from the last few years and find 0 wins from teams with 100+ yards in penalties. The coaching staff has shown a real lack of skill at making adjustments through the first two games as well.
Defensively, we were horrid once again. 438 Total Net Yards allowed yesterday by the Buccaneers. The run stopping was completely non-existent from the defensive front 7. Fred Jackson ran for 163 yards on 28 carries, an d we gave up another 56 yards in runs to Trent Edwards, TO, Xavier Omon, and Roscoe Parrish. That’s 219 yards of rushing for the Bills to go with their 230 yards of passing.
Finally, I will give an F–, yup that’s two minuses for Byron “The Sailsmen” Leftwich. It is obvious that this is not a playoff caliber team, and I don’t understand how having Byron continue to stink up the joint because he provides a steady, veteran hand is improving our team or preparing it for the future. He was just a shade over 50% yesterday, throwing 2 picks, fumbling the ball once and showing a real propensity, as it indicative by the nickname we have coined for him here @ The Pewter Plank, to overthrow receivers at an alarmingly high rate. Leftwich currently sits at a QB rating of 80.5 and a completion % for the season of 56%. After next weeks forthcoming blowout by the hands of the New York football Giants, I would imagine we will see a Josh Freeeman sighting.
Just like I previously stated, I wish I had something positive to say about the play on the field from yesterday, but I don’t. Sorry optimistic Bucs fans.