Welcome to Tampa Bay, where Deja Vu is a weekly thing for the Buccaneers.
It seems like things are going in one ear and out the other, as Head Coach Todd Bowles is just telling us things will be fixed and worked on after game press conferences only for gameday to come and the same mistakes get made on both sides of the ball.
The defense seems to be getting back to vintage form and is helping keep things in place while the offense continues to struggle. Whenever the unit does happen to make some splash plays it's almost always called back due to someone on the offensive line getting called for some sort of penalty -- something we thought would have stopped once the Buccaneers made some changes this offseason. Getting rid of Donovan Smith only mitigated the errors so much, and it's starting to feel like a coaching issue.
It was a hot start to the season with the Bucs getting off to a 3-1 record, but since then they have lost three straight games coming into Sunday's contest in Houston. It feels like the same things go wrong every single weekend, and the mistakes should have stopped a long time ago. As frustrating as things have been, the Buccaneers are still very much in the running for the division and a playoff berth this season and things are far from being lost.
That being said, we can't accept complacency.
If things keep going south, changes to the coaching staff feel like a must. It's beyond pathetic to watch week in and week out as the same penalties are committed and the same mistakes get made. Now we're not yet to a point where the entire coaching staff needs to be put on the hot seat, but if this continues we will be forced to hop on that bandwagon. You can not sneak a triangle shape into a square hole and expect it to work over and over -- if it doesn't fit in the hole the first time you should realize "Hey this doesn't belong in this spot, and maybe need to find the correct piece to fit the slot".
That's what good coaching looks like, as simple as it sounds.
It pains me to say it, but Todd Bowles is turning into Tony Dungy 2.0 and focusing more on Defense than the offense. Tampa Bay cannot make it in this league with a below-average offensive rating, and the defense is only so strong to hold out for so long.
The Bucs offense is so vanilla in its play-calling creativity, with a non-existent rushing game and an interior offensive line that keeps putting them in bad spots by getting too many penalties. Things need to change or we will reach a point where the coaching staff needs to be changed for the greater good of the future.