The Debacle Is Finally Over

The Bucs ended our disastrous 3-13 campaign today with a 20 to 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.  I’ve never honestly been so looking forward to a football season ending.

The Bucs were in the game through its entirety, but 2 fourth quarter interceptions by Josh Freeman derailed the effort.  Freeman displayed his normal spotty accuracy ending the day 16/32 for 174 yards.

We never established a running game, netting 38 total yards on the ground, with 19 carries for 40 yards coming from Cadillac Williams and a 3 runs for -2 yards from Josh Freeeman.

While we only allowed 20 points, the defense didn’t play particularly well, giving up 24 first downs and 397 Total Net Yards.  We once again showed no ability to stop the run attack, as the Falcons (mainly Jason Snelling) rushed for 183 yards at a 4.9 ypc clip.  Matt Ryan was 23/35 for 214 yards passing, but did have two passes picked off, one by Tanard Jackson (giving him 4 on the year) and one by Sabby Piscatelli.

Geno Hayes and Barrett Ruud were all over the field accumulating 25 tackles between them.

I will be doing player reviews starting on Wednesday for every player who played for the Bucs this season, and will put them up every other day for the forseeable future.

There should also be a plethora of draft info on the Plank over the next few months.

Some Raheem Morris news is almost guaranteed over the next week or so, whether its him being fired or retained.

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  • Dr Klip

    D –
    You know my feelings on this. Raheem needs to go. This guy reeks of ineptitude. Although the players seem to like the guy, I like wins. This group has talent on both sides of the ball. We just need someone who can actually coach them up. A large part of this group (sans the Wildcat interception monster) were here previously and Gruden milked 9 wins out of the squad. This screams a coaching change needs to be done. If there is a silver lining, we are picking #3 if I heard correctly. This (hopefully) means that Suh, Berry, or McCoy will be wearing pewter come next season. To be fair – I do not know the K-State prospects worth reaching for this year.

  • http://PewterPlank Dustin Staggers

    Klip, appreciate the comments.

    You know I share the exact same feelings on this as you. I’m tired of the he didn’t have any money to spend and the team has no talent arguments because as you said, its basically the same team as last year (with additions not subtractions) and Gruden and Allen had to deal with the same cheapness from the Glazers.

    I decided yesterday that if Raheem is retained, my two thousand dollars will not go into the pockets of the Glazers next year.