NFC South: Santana Dotson

A review of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 23-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams:

Schiano
The Schiano Watch. After trending upward briefly, coach Greg Schiano has lost his past two games. His team is 4-11. If Schiano closes out the season by losing his final three games, it's hard to imagine the Bucs keeping him around.

Glennon's rough day. It's easy to point at rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who was sacked seven times, and direct blame. But Glennon got very little help from his offensive line and absolutely no help from a running game that's been terrible the past couple of weeks.

No imagination. Tampa Bay fans are hoping the people responsible for hiring the next head coach at Army didn't watch this game. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who has interviewed for the West Point job, didn't have a good game plan. The Bucs weren't able to protect their quarterback or run the ball.

Something positive. I had to look long and hard for this one. But Gerald McCoy has a chance to join some elite company. He now has nine sacks on the season. If he can add one more in the season finale at New Orleans, he'll join Warren Sapp (three times) and Santana Dotson as the only defensive tackles in franchise history to reach double-digit sacks in a season.
As hard as it may be to believe, there actually have been a couple of bright spots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

Those are rookie defensive end Adrian Clayborn and rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster. Clayborn was a first-round pick and Foster was a third-round choice.

Let’s start with Clayborn. He leads the team with 7.5 sacks. That’s the second-most ever by a rookie in franchise history. The record (10 sacks) was set by Santana Dotson in 1992. Clayborn already has 2.5 more sacks than Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon had in his rookie season, 1976.

Clayborn is tied for the league lead in sacks by rookie defensive linemen. Cleveland’s Jabaal Sheard also has 7.5. Vonn Miller (11.5) and Aldon Smith (10.5) have more sacks, but they are linebackers.

Clayborn also leads the Bucs with 25 quarterback pressures. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who suffered a season-ending injury, is second on the team with 13 pressures.

Foster has been starting at middle linebacker since opening day. He leads the team with 114 tackles, according to statistics kept by the team. The franchise rookie record for tackles is 151 by Hugh Green in 1981. Tackles aren’t an official statistic. But, if you go by NFL.com’s numbers, Foster leads all rookies with 71 tackles.

Foster also is the only rookie in the league to record at least one tackle, sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception this season. Foster also is one of only two Buccaneers to record at least one tackle, tackle for loss, sack, interception, pass defensed, forced fumble and fumble recovery this season. The other is veteran cornerback Ronde Barber.

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