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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Pat Yasinskas


A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 23-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

What it means: The Bucs are 4-11. The bright spot is that they remain in position for a prime first-round draft pick in 2014. But the downside is that the Bucs lost a very winnable game. Their defense played well. But the offense sputtered almost all day. A loss like last week's to San Francisco is understandable, but a loss to a mediocre team like St. Louis does not bode well for coach Greg Schiano's future. He'll head into the final week of the season with all sorts of speculation about his job.

Stock watch: Falling: Safety Dashon Goldson, who is under the league's microscope for his aggressive play, could be facing a fine or another suspension. Goldson was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit. The hit didn't look particularly flagrant, but the standards are stricter for Goldson, who already has served a one-game suspension.

No running game: Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who was sacked seven times, will take most of the heat simply because he's the quarterback. Glennon was far from perfect. But he wasn't Tampa Bay's biggest problem. The Bucs are supposed to be a run-first football team. Running back Bobby Rainey had 37 yards on 20 carries. The Bucs have to run the ball better than that to have any chance to win.

What's next: The Buccaneers close out their season next Sunday at New Orleans.