Sunday, December 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
NEW ORLEANS -- A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 42-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
What it means: A long and painful season is over. The Bucs had to endure the Josh Freeman saga, an outbreak of MRSA and an 0-8 start. They never really recovered from any of that. The offense got worse, not better, as the season went on, and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon took plenty of lumps. The defense had a few bright spots but not enough. Now, the Bucs appear headed for more drama in the postseason. There have been speculative reports that coach Greg Schiano could be jumping ship for Penn State. Even if that doesn’t happen, there’s no guarantee the Bucs will keep Schiano after a 4-12 season.
Stock watch: After failing to get positive results in recent weeks, Glennon bounced back a bit. He had some success throwing the deep ball against a good New Orleans defense.
Trickery backfired: A lot of fans have talked about how the Bucs were too conservative all season. Well, they took a chance and attempted a fake field goal at the end of the first half. The play had Michael Koenen attempting to throw a pass, and it totally failed.
What’s next: We’ll find out soon enough if there are any changes to the coaching staff or the front office. Either way, this team has a lot of work to do in the offseason if it’s going to turn things around and make the playoffs next season. But the one bright spot is that the Bucs will hold a top-10 pick in the 2014 draft. They also will have about $17 million in salary-cap room to work with.