Did Michael Bennett Publicly Second-Guess Greg Schiano, and More NFC South News

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterOctober 1, 2012

photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Think about the most frustrated you've ever been watching an NFL game, especially when your team loses on a last-second score.

Did you throw something? Maybe break that new plasma-screen TV on the wall?

Hurts, doesn't it?

Now imagine how much worse it must be in the losing team's locker room after that loss.

With that thought fresh on your mind, think about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday. They erased a 21-6 halftime deficit only to watch Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff sink the comeback ship with a 41-yard field goal with three seconds to play.

There had to have been tons of anger in the Bucs locker room. That anger led to this quote from defensive end Michael Bennett, who was talking about a 15-yard run from Robert Griffin III on the final drive of the game.

"You run a blitz and it was just wide open," Bennett said in a Tampa Bay Times article. "I knew myself. I was like, 'I don't know if I should run this play or not, but I did my job.' I knew he was going to get outside. That's what he does. The edge was too short. The whole defensive line slanted."

Bennett did the right thing by running the play and doing his job. He made an egregious error by bringing it to the attention of the media that he was unhappy with the play calling.

With a new head coach in a regime that hasn't yet taken flight, with a new head coach that's shown he's willing to ship off talent if it's not the right fit for the team, why say anything negative in an open forum?

That move by Bennett made less sense than Schiano's blitz call that forced the comments in the first place.


Atlanta Falcons

Even with the win and subsequent move to 4-0, the Falcons didn't receive top scores from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nor should they have.

Atlanta's offensive line struggled all day, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. At least up until its final drive that sealed the victory for the Falcons.


Carolina Panthers

Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler thinks Sunday's two-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons will be remembered, sourly, in Charlotte for quite some time.

The Charlotte Observer handed out the grades from Carolina's trip to Atlanta.


New Orleans Saints

Jeff Duncan and Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune talk about the failings of the New Orleans defense on Sunday in Green Bay. [Video]

This Times-Picayune article shows how the Saints lost 28-27 in Green Bay.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pewter Report had the most impressive, and most disappointing moments from Tampa Bay's Week 4 loss.

Cornerback Eric Wright left the game Sunday with an apparent head injury, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Luckily E.J. Biggers stepped up.