Upon Further Review: Buccaneers Week 15

December, 16, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. -- A review of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 33-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers:

[+] EnlargeTampa Bay's Bobby Rainey
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesThe 49ers held Bobby Rainey and the Bucs to just 39 net rushing yards.
The Schiano Watch. The Bucs had won four of their previous five heading into Sunday. That created some reason for optimism that coach Greg Schiano might return for a third season. But this loss was a big hit to Schiano's chances. The Bucs very possibly could go 4-12, and not many coaches survive 4-12 seasons.

The reverse that didn't work. Schiano and special-teams coordinator Dave Wannstedt left themselves open to criticism when they called for a reverse on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter. Eric Page and Russell Shepard botched the handoff, and the 49ers took the fumble in for a touchdown. After the game, Schiano said one of the players made a mistake by following the wrong option on the play. That happens. But maybe the reverse shouldn't have been called in the first place.

Not following the plan: The first thing Schiano prides his offensive system on is the running game. Well, that wasn't working at all Sunday. The Bucs managed just 39 net rushing yards.

Glennon's regression. There's no question rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has taken a step back in the past three games. That may have a lot to do with the fact that he's faced good defenses from Carolina, Buffalo and San Francisco. But Glennon fared well when allowed to run the two-minute offense against the 49ers. Makes you wonder why the Bucs don't go with the no-huddle system more often.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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