There wasn’t a lot that went well for the Buccaneers during their terrible loss to the Bengals. The interviews after weren’t much better.
That was a bad game for pretty much every player connected to the Buccaneers. There were a lot of guys that had one of their worst games of the season (like Tom Brady), but one player that is going to get some extra attention is depth running back Giovani Bernard.
Bernard has been more of a special teamer for Tampa than a guy that gets it done on offense, and one of the lowlights of tonight’s affair came on the special teams end for Bernard and the Bucs.
When it felt like the momentum was starting to shift towards the away team, the Buccaneers decided to go for a fake punt. The attempt failed with the ball bouncing off Bernard’s body and the Bengals driving to score.
The play was bad from the start. The interview after the game did little to shed light on the situation or show that the situation in Tampa’s locker room is good.
Bernard is obviously frustrated here. It was a bad play and a bad loss overall to the team that drafted him.
It also makes sense that Bernard wasn’t going to fold on his teammates or coaches, but short answers like this are non-answers. They provide no insight into something that many fans loudly wondered as the play happened in real time.
There is owning up to the issue and giving answers that are just meant to keep the headlines bland and keep the reporters away. Everyone knows which answer this is.
The Buccaneers are a mess and will continue to be a mess. None of this should come as a surprise to anyone. Hopefully they are able to nip whatever that problem was in the bud as soon as possible, but based on how that interview went, we wouldn’t bank on that happening.
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