Buccaneers: Coaching fell flat in loss to Washington

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The Buccaneers need to be better on the coaching front if they want to win down the stretch in 2021. 

The Buccaneers lost in a bad way against the Washington Football team. The offense and defense both looked terrible against a team that is mediocre across the board, and the Bucs started their skid against this team on the coaching front.

The bye week is supposed to be a time for teams to circle the wagons. The Bucs lost in tragic fashion against the New Orleans Saints before the bye, and after seeing last season, Tampa was supposed to use this time to get back on track to easily beat the Football Team when they returned.

Bruce Arians and Tom Brady are both supposed to be spectacular after the bye, so very few people saw this as a game where the Buccaneers were in danger of coming out flat.

Unfortunately, the Bucs weren’t prepared in almost any facets of the game, and it is clear that the coaches failed in their jobs on Sunday as much as the players.

False starts, penalties, unimaginative play-calling, and an inability to adapt on the fly marred this game from a coaching standpoint. The offense was hyper conservative to the point of boring, the defense could stop the Football Team from doing anything, and the penalties cost the Bucs as much as anything else on a day to forget.

The Buccaneers had to be better in this game, and while the players do deserve blame for execution, the plan that the team was built around that day was clearly flawed.

Tampa does still have one of the best coaching staffs in the NFL when it all clicks, but that was not the case on Sunday. There is time for this group to make the necessary changes and right the ship, but that will need to happen sooner rather than later if Tampa has aspirations of making it far in the playoff race.

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