Loss to Steelers wasn’t accomplished in last 2 minutes, Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost the game during first half.

Give this man the Don Strock award. If there isn’t one, make it!

Sure the offense can’t go three and out when your needed the most; this is where Jameis Winston is more valuable than Fitzpatrick, his comeback ability. While many will give Fitz credit for the furious second half comeback, (and he does deserve it) the truth is he wouldn’t need a furious comeback if he didn’t dig a hole for TAMPA BAY to begin with.

TO be fair, Fitzpatrick had help: Chris Godwin was a multiple offender. His fumble set up a Steeler TD that made it 16 to 7. It could have been worse from there. A tipped Fitzpatrick pass in the RedZone was picked off to end a scoring attempt, but Pittsburgh could not capitalize there, or the next break when ‘FitzMagic’ started to shed his luster as a blatant overthrow was returned to the Buc 3o before the Bucs defense came to the party with back to back sacks to end another  scoring threat and keep the game at 16-7, but not for long.

  1. Throwing from his own end zone, another Fitzpatrick overthrow was picked off for a Pick 6 by the Steelers who have seen both versions of this journeyman QB who made 6 teams realize he was NOT the future of their franchise.
  2. After a long bomb to Evans who had a killer day, the Bucs could not capitalize in the Red Zone and settled for the first of two straight FGs after avoiding another interception.
  • You have to have the breaks go your way. Monday night, the breaks did not. Chris Godwin’s foot grazes the shoulder pads of a DB and is ruled down  when he caught a pass over the middle and had the presence to get up and run to the end zone after realizing he wasn’t touched. Play was reversed.
  • Down by three, DeSean Jackson fielded a punt and raced to the end zone showing off his speed which is STILL world class. A penalty nullified the play and the Bucs went 3 and out with their last possession.
  • At the end of the 3rd quarter,Ben Roethisburger is sacked and fumbles but Bucs DL Vinny Curry missteps and overshoots the ball which is recovered by Steeler OLineman.

CLEANUP TIME

After Mike Evans catches a TD to make it a game again, down by 3 with over 5 min to go in the game, the Bucs defense allows a 25 yard run to Steeler RB Connor. What do they do next? Allow another run; two first down runs by Steeler RB when you’ve shut down the Pittsburgh running game all night.

With last possession, 3:00 to go, 2 timeouts plus two minute warning,   Fitzpatrick throws three passes, and only one of them even touches a Bucs player. Long deep pass down right sideline with double coverage on Mike Evans, pass over the middle dropped by Steeler linebacker all alone,  and rifle shot Cam Brate was playing DB on rather than Steeler.

Not going to be hard on the defense today, they played lights out down to rookie corners who were flying around making plays. But the run D was successful all game until the last part of the 4th Quarter. If the long pass to Ju Ju didn’t Ice the game, another Connor run did.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers with No.1 Offense in the NFL. … and the Cubs won the World Series the other year? This is a Sim Life right?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had the No.1 ranked defense many times in their 40+ year history. Twice in this franchises past, the Bucs were known for dominating defense.

The John McKay Bucs brought a 3-4 defense to fame with Lee Roy Selmon (a Hall of Fame player) and the Bucs were the No.1 defense in 1979 and had a top D many years from 77-82.

Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, two hall of fame players the Bucs picked in the first two rounds in 1995, made the Pewter Bucs into a defense for the ages. Not as famous as the 85 Bears or 2000 Ravens, the Bucs were a top 5 D from 1997-2005. In 1999, and 2005, the Bucs were NO.1, and a top D in 2002 as well.  But Never a Bucs team in the top 10 in offense, until Dirk Koetter comes along and Lovie Smith’s 2 year stretch as Bucs HC drafting all Offense players (instead of all OFFENSIVE players like 40+ years past). Because of the Licht/Lovie drafting in 2014-15, Tampa Bay sits at NO.1 in offense for the first time EVER after two weeks of football in the NFL.

Consider this; The Bucs 4th string Wide Receiver Adam Humphries, How many NFL teams would he be a no.2 on? For over a decade and a half, Defenses that faced the Bucs did not really have to prepare for anyone. Even under the Dungy/Gruden Bucs, not really one Buc on offense made you game plan to stop them. Maybe FB Mike Alstott.

How would you like to face the Bucs now? Mike Evans catches everything, Deshawn Jackson can take a 15 yard pass 100 yards, and odds are your team can’t catch him.  Then you have the young Godwin who is right up there as a  NO.2 WR, who gets major yards after the catch and blocks. And then there is the no.4 Humphries, when and if a Bucs WR goes down, the offense will still click.

Maybe, if you can come up with a plan to cover these guys… OJ Howard is out there running routes. And some dude who scored 10   TDs for the Bucs a couple years ago, hasn’t even caught 20 yards of passes yet! Cameron Brate is WAY overdue for his TD. Safe to say your Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the deepest offense in the league, and if the cards are played right, could be remembered up there with the Buffalo Bills of the 80s, San Diego Chargers of the 70s.  Imagine that; Air Koetter.

Meanwhile the Bucs are doing this with a QB who lit the NFL on fire a few years ago with the Jets, only to watch his weapons taken away and his ‘magic’ go at the same time. Imagine how that happens. We also have the smart drafting of the left side of the O line along with QB Jameis Winston. Along with some good pickups in free agency this year, the O line is pass protecting with a purpose.

As the Bucs have the magic this year, Bucs fans need to thank their lucky stars; consider the Packers, offensive firehouse for decades now… and last year when their QB went down, the Packers offense was in shambles.

Credit Bucs GM Licht for bringing in Fitzgerald and recognizing he hadn’t lost his ability, just his no.1 and no.2 WRs,  FitzMagic is having a perfect couple of games and it won’t surprise anyone if that stretches to 3 or 4.

But don’t get used to it. Fitzmagic had a 6 TD game for the Texans, he is in the perfect situation at the perfect time. But he has his down games, you can bet that at some point, Bucs fans running out to get #14 Jerseys, will be cheering Jameis in a couple of weeks.

Winston is the future for the Bucs, Fitz is the present and the past. IN TWO YEARS, FITZ WILL RETIRE. With no Winston, BUCS fans will have a team that searches the waiver wire each year for castoff QBs, Matt Cassells, Sam Bradfords, settling for less than stellar QBs each year, because the rest of the team will be ready for a potential dynasty.

Hmm, sound like the Denver Broncos?