Every morning after the Bucs play, editor Josh Hill gives you a dose of analysis with the gift of hindsight, breaking down the good, the bad and the horribly ugly from yesterday’s game. Grab a warm glass of milk and get ready to take your shot of The Morning After Hill.
So that wasn’t fun. A week after the Bucs tasted victory for the first time in almost a year, they’re right back to swallowing the bitter pill of defeat. But it wasn’t a total and collective failure like the losses of yesteryear. In fact there is really only one section of the team that can be thoroughly blamed for the loss and for helping perpetrate the loss. Yes, the offense fizzled when it decided to get über-conservative, but had the secondary actually decided to defend someone, the Bucs might have very well won this game.
Josh Freeman and the Offense. What more can you say about the valiant effort they put in against the Giants on Sunday and how painful was it that they almost pulled it off. Forgetting about the first three quarters entirely — in fact forgetting about the first 55:45 of the game, the Buccaneers almost came from behind with under 0:30 left in the game to win this thing at the end.
I won’t get started again on the whole what’s really a catch debate because as Patrik Nohe and myself discussed in a podcast last year, we don’t know what the hell actually constitutes a catch anymore. But think about this: had Mike Williams positioned the ball inches differently than the did, or if he’s able to squeeze his feet together after falling, the Bucs have a 1st down with the clock stopped inside the Giants 25 yard line.
That’s basically how the game went for the Bucs on offense. Yeah, things got a little too conservative in the second half and that’s really when things fell apart, but boy when Josh Freeman was firing deep balls to Williams and Vincent Jackson the Bucs looked unstoppable. They actually looked like a real football team and that’s going to continue to surprise me for a while.
Another big stat: two turnovers. That’s all the Bucs allowed against the Giants and although they both came from Freeman and one sealed the game, Freeman has just two turnovers through two games this year and that’s a massive accomplishment. None of this is actually worth anything until it’s built upon but the Buccaneers offense looked sharp for most of the game and at times, it looked unstoppable.