Bucs Are Now A 50/50 Team
November 07, 2011 at 12:32pm by Scott • 33 Comments »
I’m taking a look at the stat sheet from yesterday’s game and, according to raw numbers, Josh Feeeman did better than Drew Brees. So why was I always sure that Brees would make plays for his team on third down and always cringing when Freeman was throwing the ball in the same situation? I would have thought that correcting his interception problem would have included him tucking the ball and running a little more. I think a couple of those third downs could have been converted with him just making a decisive move to run with the ball. Then again, they tried to score a touchdown that way and got sniffed out. Anyway, he didn’t throw any picks, so that’s an improvement. But I’m still not going to say he looked sharp. I just didn’t see it.
I’ve already read a couple things about that throw down the sideline for Kregg Lumpkin and giving him shit for jumping too soon for it. There’s no amount of jumping that would have made that a reception. If Lumpkin had tracked that ball and caught it over his shoulder and tiptoed in-bounds, he might have caught that ball. A skilled wide receiver would have made that reception. That’s not Lumpkin. Unless Lmpkin missed his mark because he ran too slow or got jammed by the defender, Freeman should have thrown a more catchable ball.
The other play everyone is talking about is the third down call with Josh Johnson in the wildcat. I’ll talk more about this later, but I didn’t mind the call. I personally would have left Freeman in there, but I don’t think it was so awful. It was the execution. As soon as Johnson lined up, I knew he was going to run the the right. Everyone did. Johnson could have easily passed that ball for a completion.
This is LeGarrette Blount‘s one mess up where I don’t bring anything up from the past. Stupid, stupid penalty. If Raheem Morris is serious about guys running gassers to pay for penalties, Blount needs to run a shitload of them.
Same with Sean Jones. That one didn’t hurt as bad because most kickoffs are touchbacks anyway, but it’s another one of those self-inflicted wounds they keep talking about.
Blount had five rushing attempts in the second half. Five. He got stuffed a couple times and that was the end of even pretending to give him the ball. The Bucs were never far enough behind to abandon Blount. Now that I think about it, I probably would have been frustrated enough to punch someone in the face, too. Who’s the guy on “House”? Was he playing? Because I’d really like to punch him. He just bugs me.
Here’s the question of the day: Is Mike Williams still the #1 receiver. I know he’s the first one Freeman looks to, but should he be? He is still having trouble catching the ball. Mike has made some fantastic catches but this year just isn’t going well for him overall. It’s inconsistent, just like the rest of the team. But honestly, I’d trust Arrelious Benn or even Preston Parker more than Williams right now. Maybe it’s just the fact that other teams are taking him away and Freeman is still forcing throws that aren’t there. If he gets left alone for a few weeks, maybe defenders give him some more room.
E.J. Biggers is a liability in coverage. Sometimes he comes up with good plays, but not often enough to justify when he gets burned. Quarterbacks know it and they target him, so it’s going to keep happening until he can get better or grow wings. I should note here that Red Bull does not actually give you wings, so if you’re reading this, E.J., don’t even bother.
I have been ignoring Connor Barth over the last few weeks and that’s an oversight on my part. Barth has been a model of consistency when the team has otherwise been very inconsistent. Connor, you get the headline pic.
I’ve sat on this entry long enough, so I’m just going to publish. Keep enjoying the comments section, though. Nothing takes the focus off of shitty writing than a good old-fashioned flame war.