Sunday, November 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks:
What it means: Did you really think the result was going to be any different? Even when the Bucs had leads of 21-0 and 24-7? Of course not. If you’ve followed Tampa Bay this season, you knew a second-half collapse was coming, and it did. The Bucs squandered a shot to beat one of the NFL’s best teams in one of the league’s loudest stadiums. Instead, they’re 0-8 and at a new low point.
Schiano Watch: There already has been plenty of speculation about coach Greg Schiano’s future. That’s only going to intensify now. The Bucs got conservative once they got the lead. And, once again, Schiano and his staff failed to make the proper halftime adjustments. I’m sure ownership is hesitant to make a coaching change at midseason. But one might be seriously pondered after a loss like this.
Historic moment: The come-from-behind victory was the largest in Seattle history. The previous largest comeback was from 20 points against Denver in 1995.
Wasting a big day: Playing in place of the injured Doug Martin, rookie Mike James rushed for 158 yards and also threw a touchdown pass. But none of that really mattered because the Bucs lost.
Stock rising: Second-year safety Mark Barron had perhaps his best game ever. He had a big interception in the first half and was very active all game.
What’s next: The Bucs will host the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 11 on "Monday Night Football."