Thursday, October 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium:
What it means: The Bucs are 0-7 and appear to be making a strong pitch for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. This loss is only going to bring more calls from fans to fire coach Greg Schiano. We’ll see if ownership feels the same way. Going with an interim coach is far from ideal, but things are getting really ugly in Tampa. With a national audience watching on television, there was a lot of booing, and a good chunk of the crowd left long before the game was over.
Stock falling: Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon had shown some progress in each of the last two games. But not this time. Glennon appeared to regress, and he wasn’t able to get the Bucs into the end zone until the fourth quarter. Give Carolina's defense credit because it played very well, but the Bucs' offense looked inept much of the night. Glennon finished 30-of-51 for 275 yards and a touchdown.
Stock rising: Second-year linebacker Lavonte David continues to have a very nice season. He had 12 tackles and a sack in this game. David looks every bit a Pro Bowler, but it might be difficult for him to make it given his team’s lack of success.
What’s next: The Bucs play at Seattle on Nov. 3.