The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 0-7 against the 4-3 Carolina Panthers on the heels of a 31-13 loss on Thursday Night Football. One positive takeaway was the development of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who performed at a higher level than in past weeks.
Despite the success of Glennon, the rest of the team could not play effectively enough to come away with a win. This brings up a series of interesting questions: Has head coach Greg Schiano completely lost the locker room? Should this team be gutted and rebuilt from scratch? Should Schiano be fired immediately?
Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, there are many more questions than answers at this point in the 2013 season.
Carolina Panthers - 31
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 13
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vs. Panthers Week 8
Game Analysis for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pass Offense: Mike Glennon continued to show some improvements in his game over the evening. He continues to struggle at times, but has cut down on mistakes and seems to be gaining comfort in the pocket. Glennon finished the game completing 30 of 51 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown for a passer rating of 80.1.
Run Offense: Surprisingly enough, the Buccaneers did not feature the running game heavily despite a rookie quarterback at the helm. They only attempted 14 rushes on the game, and totaled 48 yards for an average of 3.4 yards per carry.
Pass Defense: Despite a valiant effort from Darrelle Revis to contain Steve Smith to the tune of 42 yards on four receptions, the rest of the secondary struggled. Cam Newton was able to pass for 221 yards and two touchdowns which afforded him a 111.6 passer rating.
Run Defense: The Buccaneers defense was torched for most of the contest. The read-option rushing attack of the Panthers was able to slice through the Tampa Bay defense like a hot knife through butter. Carolina finished with 27 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Special Teams: The special teams unit may have had the best showing of all. There were a couple of missed opportunities; however, the coverage was stout and the kicking game was extremely reliable.
Coaching: The offensive gameplan was simply awkward for the Buccaneers on Thursday evening. The run-to-pass ratio did not allow for a balanced attack, and the entire team suffered as a result. The defense was shaky and spent far too much time on the field. Halftime adjustments were not made, and the lack of adaptability resulted in yet another loss.
First-Half Analysis for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pass Offense: Mike Glennon had his moments during the first half. He led the Buccaneers to an early field goal after avoiding a sack and completing two 20-plus yard passes on the drive. His inexperience has been noticeable so far, as he has mishandled two snaps and has seemed skittish in the pocket.
Run Offense: The absence of Doug Martin is certainly noticeable, thus far. However, Mike James has done a fine job filling in for the second-year running back. James carried eight times for 36 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry throughout the first half. Tampa Bay should be looking to establish the run in the second half.
Pass Defense: Containing Cam Newton has been easier said than done over the past several weeks. The quarterback continued to light it up against Tampa Bay during the first half, as he completed 13 of 18 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Darrelle Revis has done a fine job containing Steve Smith to just 37 yards receiving.
Run Defense: Carolina has been running at will and has accumulated 75 yards on just 11 carries for a 6.8 yard-per-carry average over the first half. Tampa Bay will need to make adjustments to combat this devastating attack during halftime.
Special Teams: The Buccaneers return and coverage units did not have any hiccups over the first half and continue to play a solid game. Kicker Rian Lindell connected on both of his field goal attempts, and has provided the only points for Tampa Bay over the first half of play.
Coaching: The Buccaneers are still within eight points of the Panthers at the half. The offensive playcalling has been steady, albeit ineffective. The defense has been average, but the secondary has been making things rather easy for Newton and Co. Tampa Bay must make adequate halftime adjustments to highlight their strengths and limit Newton’s opportunities.