Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Upon Further Review

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A review of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday:

The Schiano Watch: During a three-game winning streak, it appeared as if coach Greg Schiano's grip on his job security was getting stronger. But an ugly loss to Carolina put Schiano firmly onto the hot seat. The reality is he's won only three games, and that's not enough. With just four games left, Schiano needs to finish strong to have any chance of keeping his job in 2014.

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Bob Donnan/USA TODAY SportsThe Panthers sacked Mike Glennon five times, the most for the rookie quarterback in his young career.
Glennon's rough day: The knock on quarterback Mike Glennon coming out of college was that he wasn't mobile enough to play in the NFL. Glennon had done a reasonable job of dispelling that thought -- until Sunday. He was sacked five times and intercepted once. Put some of the blame on the offensive line and give Carolina's pass rush some credit. But it's also worth pondering if Glennon is mobile enough to be truly successful.

No running game: Schiano prides himself on a basic formula that starts with running the ball well on offense. But the Bucs didn't come close to doing that against Carolina. With the Panthers daring Glennon to beat them, they devoted most of their attention to stopping the running game. That worked nicely for Carolina. The Bucs netted only 16 rushing yards in the first half. Bobby Rainey had some success in the second half, finishing with 63 yards on 17 carries. But the Bucs need to run the ball consistently well for their formula to work.

Revis' injury: For the second week in a row, cornerback Darrelle Revis went down with an injury. Revis, who was listed as questionable for the game with a groin injury, had to leave the game in the third quarter. Revis injured his shoulder and chest attempting to intercept a pass intended for Steve Smith. After the game, Schiano didn't have any update or details on Revis' condition.

Upon Further Review: Buccaneers Week 6

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TAMPA, Fla. -- An examination of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 31-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The hot seat: There's no doubt that coach Greg Schiano has entered hot-seat territory. He's lost his first five games of this season and 10 of his past 11 dating back to last season. It's probably a bit too early to expect ownership to pull the plug and go with an interim coach. But the clock is ticking and all the off-field distractions aren't helping. If there isn't dramatic improvement soon, Schiano's NFL tenure could be a short one.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesIs Tampa Bay's zone defense limiting Darrelle Revis' effectiveness?
The zone defense: Cornerback Darrelle Revis appeared to be looking for safety help on one touchdown pass and the Bucs seemed to be in zone on another touchdown. Revis might be the best cover corner in the league, but the Bucs aren't maximizing his skills.

The rookie might have a future: Quarterback Mike Glennon wasn't great in his second start, but he wasn't bad either. Glennon completed 26 of 43 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Glennon, who isn't known for his mobility, also scrambled for a 16-yard gain. It's early, but there were some signs that Glennon can succeed in the NFL.

All for nothing? Linebacker Lavonte David is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season. On Sunday, he had a team-high nine tackles, a sack and two quarterback hits. But as long as the Bucs keep losing, David is not going to get a lot of Pro Bowl votes.

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