Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
December, 15, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 33-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
What it means: Another season of double-digit losses for a franchise that has had way too many of them. The Bucs are 4-10, but this one is especially painful because the Bucs squandered a chance to beat a good team for their fourth consecutive victory at Raymond James Stadium. Had that happened, coach Greg Schiano might have saved his job. Now, Schiano is firmly on the hot seat with two road games (St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints) remaining.
Drive of the day: After being bottled up most of the day, rookie quarterback Mike Glennon led an impressive touchdown drive that stretched from late in the third quarter until early in the fourth quarter.
Almost the play of the day: Linebacker Lavonte David appeared to have an interception return for a touchdown, but it was wiped out by an offside penalty on defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
Ugly play of the day: The Bucs finally tried to get creative when they were trailing 23-14 in the fourth quarter. They attempted a reverse. But a handoff from Eric Wright to Russell Shepard was botched, and the 49ers recovered the fumble and took it in for the touchdown.
Stock watch: There were a fair number of bright spots from the Tampa Bay defense. But there was one consistent problem. The Bucs continually allowed San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick to extend plays by scrambling, and that cost the Bucs dearly.
Injury report: Safety Mark Barron suffered a hamstring injury in the second half and did not return.
What’s next: The Buccaneers play at St. Louis on Sunday.