Breaking Down The Penalties for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Week 6


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Penalty 1

2nd and 4 at TB 40M.Glennon pass incomplete short right to T.Underwood. PENALTY on TB-M.Glennon, Intentional Grounding, 12 yards, enforced at TB 40.

The Buccaneers almost made it a whole quarter without being penalized until this one. 2nd and 4 from their own 40 the Buccaneers send just two receivers out on pass routes. The hope was that the Eagles would bite on the play fake but they did not. Glennon had nowhere to throw the ball. The smart move is to throw it away. Glennon had plenty of time and room to run out of the pocket to harmlessly throw the ball into the stands. Instead he decided to retreat two steps and then chuck it. Clear intententional grounding. Clear lack of experience. Clear bonehead play that killed a drive. (Bucs punt on drive)

Penalty Impact: 5 out of 10

Penalty 2 

3rd and 16 at TB 28(Shotgun) M.Glennon pass short left to D.Martin to TB 30 for 2 yards (B.Boykin). Penalty on TB-D.Penn, Offensive Holding, declined.

The very next play Donald Penn is called for a hold. It is a clear hold, but a very smart one for Penn. He was left on an island to block for an extended period of time. After holding up well for, his man gets by him and is headed right for the face of the Buccaneers QB. Penn grabs him and saves a sack. Penalty is declined because the Buccaneers did nothing on the play. Glennon’s jersey is saved from grass stains. All is well. (Bucs punt on drive)

Penalty Impact 0 out of 10

Penalty 3

2nd and 5 at TB 23M.James left guard to TB 37 for 14 yards (C.Barwin). PENALTY on TB-T.Larsen, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at TB 23 – No Play.

Ted Larsen was completely overmatched on this play. From the word hike Larsen was being pushed back toward the football. Mike James skirted by the contact because Larsen had to grab the defender as a last ditch effort. It’s a clear hold and one that negates a 14 yard gain. However, the play would never have come close to being as successful as it would have if not for the hold. It’s a bad penalty because you cannot get molested off the line of scrimmage. But it’s not as damaging as it would seem because the play would have been a loss of three or four if he hadn’t held. (Bucs punt on drive)

Penalty Impact – 3 out of 10

Penalty 4

1st and 10 at TB 21PENALTY on TB-J.Meredith, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at TB 21 – No Play.

Yup. He did it. Jumped on a “hard count” by Glennon. Not the best way to start a drive after a touchback. This season it won’t matter, but in the future when this team is playing for something, these ones simply can’t happen at home. (Bucs score TD on drive)

Penalty Impact – 2 out of 10

Penalty 5

2nd and 8 at PHI 49M.Glennon pass incomplete deep left to T.Underwood. PENALTY on TB-T.Underwood, Offensive Pass Interference, 10 yards, enforced at PHI 49 – No Play.

It’s a deep ball to Underwood as a last resort after Glennon was forced to scramble to his left. The ball is throw pretty well to where Underwood has a chance to make a play or be interfered with. Instead, Tiquan initiates the contact. I wouldn’t go so far as to say there was enough contract to draw a pass offensive PI flag on the play, but it certainly was not on the defense. Tiquan has to do all he can to make this play, and even more so keep his hands off the DB in hopes that he initiates the contact and fouls you. Bad play, not the best call. (Bucs score TD on drive)

Penalty Impact – 4 out of 10

Penalty 6

1st and 10 at PHI 49D.Martin right end pushed ob at PHI 40 for 9 yards (E.Wolff). PENALTY on TB-E.Lorig, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at PHI 49 – No Play.

This is a drive in which the Bucs really needed to get something out of. And this play really hurt their chances. After watching it about 10 times, I’ve come to the conclusion that Lorig did NOT hold on the play. However, the contact which drew the flag sure looked like a hold.

Lorig was the lead blocker for Martin and was expected to pick up the free man. He does so, but Martin is two steps behind so he must engage for a moment. Martin cuts outside around the block. The defender, attempting to simultaneously shed the block and make the tackle dives for Martin. However, during the dive Lorig is still engaging him legally. It appeared as if the defender was hindered which drew the flag. Lorig caught in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the right thing. Not a hold, but hard to blame them for calling what looked like a hold. (Bucs punt on drive)

Penalty Impact – 6 out of 10

Penalty 7

2nd and 14 at TB 47M.James up the middle to PHI 48 for 5 yards (C.Barwin). PENALTY on TB-J.Zuttah, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at TB 47 – No Play.

This one is a clear hold. James is expected to run a stretch play but decides to cut it back up the field. Zuttah got in between his man and the running lane momentarily until James changed the running lane. To keep the defender off his running back Zutah was forced to reach out and grab his man. Play wound up going for five yards, it would have been no gain if not for the hold. (Bucs punt on drive)

Penalty Impact – 3 out of 10

Penalty 8

1st and 10 at 50D.Martin left guard to PHI 39 for 11 yards (C.Williams). PENALTY on TB-J.Zuttah, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at 50 – No Play.

Almost the exact same situation as the last one. Except this time there was a much bigger lane for Martin to cut back into. Zuttah makes the same play, gets called again, but this time the impact is much bigger. Had Jeremy let his man go, Doug would have zipped by him anyway. 11 yard play comes back because of a hold that didn’t need to happen. (Bucs kick FG on drive)

Penalty Impact – 5 out of 10

Penalty 9

4th and 1 at TB 17N.Foles sacked at TB 23 for -6 yards (D.Goldson). PENALTY on TB, Defensive Offside, 5 yards, enforced at TB 17 – No Play.

4th and inches, the Bucs decide to bring a heavy blitz. Unfortunately the blitz came just a hair too early. No one is the singled out for the penalty because multiple players were offside. Looked like a monster defensive play that would keep the Buccaneers alive down one score. Instead it’s a free first down, and a game-ender. (Eagles score TD on drive)

Penalty Impact – 6 out of 10