Upon Further Review: Buccaneers Week 4

September, 30, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- An examination of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

[+] EnlargeTampa Bay's Doug Martin
Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsDoug Martin rushed for 45 yards on 27 carries against Arizona.
There are no quick fixes. Rookie Mike Glennon was thrust into the starting quarterback job after the Bucs benched Josh Freeman. He played reasonably well for the first 56 minutes, but he threw two late interceptions that in part cost the Bucs the game. Glennon is going to be the quarterback the rest of the season, so get ready for some growing pains.

The defense is better than the offense. Tampa Bay’s defense played a very solid game, and the Bucs would have won if they had gotten just a bit more out of their offense. The offense has been a problem all season. You have to wonder at what point the defense is going to start pointing fingers at the offense.

Trade him from your fantasy team. If you have Doug Martin, unload him now. Martin carried 27 times for 45 yards (that’s 1.7 yards per carry) against the Cardinals. Martin is a talent and the Bucs have a good offensive line, but this is likely a sign of things to come. With a rookie quarterback, every defense is going to devote most of its attention to stopping Martin, so there won’t be much room to run.

The Schiano Watch. Coach Greg Schiano has lost nine out of 10 games dating back to last season. Ownership, which fired Raheem Morris for losing 10 straight, backed Schiano after he benched Freeman, and the coach has three years remaining on his contract. But now that he has “his guy’’ at quarterback, it’s time to see some improvement. If it doesn’t come soon, Schiano could be on the hot seat.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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