The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played an objectively terrible game last Sunday. The close score at the end will undoubtedly have many fans claiming that it was a great game, but that simply wasn’t the case at all.
It seems that many Buccaneers fans have short term memory loss considering until halfway through the fourth quarter the Bucs were down by two touchdowns and looked awful in nearly every aspect of the game.
Few parts of Bucs were as atrocious as the Bucs defense, which has also been awful all season too. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has some serious fixing to do after a year like this, but some might argue it’s too late and due time for some new blood in his coordinator position.
The defense was consistently atrocious throughout the Rams game. If a person watched the game, it would be hard not to wonder what Bowles game plan going in was, because there didn’t seem to be any.
With the Bucs weak secondary, a coach in Bowles’ position can only do so much. However, any objective observer will find that he simply did not do his job.
It boggles the mind to analyze the game defensively.
Going into the game, there was no question in anyone’s mind what the Rams were going to do offensively. You can only guard so many receivers, but any defensive coordinator needs to find a way to shut down a team’s number one option, which in this case was wide receiver Copper Kupp.
Despite everyone on earth knowing this, Kupp managed over 183 receiving yards, even more frustrating was the fact that the rest of the Rams receivers appeared to be constantly open as well.
The defense was so bad all game, aside from some lucky breaks, that by the time there was the terrible play call on the deep pass to Cupp on the last play of the game, it didn’t even matter, the Bucs deserved to lose.
Bowles simply was not prepared for the game.
Considering this was a playoff game which one would think would garner a coordinator’s utmost focus and effort, this should make Bucs fans question how much of the defense’s struggles this year were more so a result of Bowles’ ineptitude and not on lack of talent on the field.