It started with nothing but promise and hope before taking a turn toward downright disappointing. That could be a description of the Buccaneers’ 2011 season or the concise version of what happen on Sunday in Jacksonville.
After starting 4-2 the Buccaneers have now lost the last seven straight games and sit assured of a losing season at 4-9. Sunday’s loss began auspiciously with the Bucs quickly going up 14-0 before the Jaguars reeled off 41 unanswered points and left the Buccaneers looking like a team with some serious questions.
The biggest storyline for the Buccaneers was turnovers, though penalties deserve an honorable mention. The Bucs gave the ball away like Oprah gives out gifts, ‘you get a turnover! And you get a turnover! EVERYONE gets a TURNOVER!‘ Special teams gave the ball away, the offense gave the ball away. The defense fought an uphill battle most of the day when it already had its hands full with Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Buccaneers have now committed 17 turnovers in the last three games. Something just isn’t clicking with Josh Freeman and the ball-carrying skills of the team need some work. Something about the team’s preparation during the week needs and overhaul, and on a continual basis you can see the lack of organized off-season work showing their effects.
As this season has worn on the team’s fundamentals have become looser and the team has looked increasingly disorganized.
That’s more that in evident by the fact they’ve now lost seven straight. There was a time when the 4-2 Buccaneers mocked the 0-6 Miami Dolphins and now they’ve literally hit the same low, sitting 4-9 with a seven game losing streak to each of their respective credit.
Now the questions will begin to come in, and we’ll tackle those in another post, but Sunday’s loss showed more than a few troubling issues. From the aforementioned fundamental issues to Josh Freeman’s progression to the general discipline and direction of the team out of a head coach whose team channels his good qualities as well as his bad.
The difficult part of the loss is that I still do not believe the Jaguars are a more talented team than the Bucs. But there’s little to argue that point with based on their performance.
But that’s the same thing I’d say about this team’s entire season too. I feel like they’re better than their record, but there’s little to argue that point with based on their performance.