Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gain No Moral Victories in Loss to Seattle Seahawks

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gain No Moral Victories in Loss to Seattle Seahawks
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Once again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked impressive early on in Week 9, appearing primed to upset the Seattle Seahawks. Once again, though, they disappointed by choking in the second half.

The first half belonged to the Mikes—quarterback Mike Glennon, running back Mike James and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.

Glennon looked to prove that he should at least be in consideration for the role of franchise QB. Behind a resurgent offensive line, James gave the Bucs no reason to rush Doug Martin back into the lineup.

Meanwhile, Mike Sullivan's play-calling was masterful in the first half. His offense owned a stingy Seattle defense. Did anyone expect Mike James to throw a jump-pass touchdown? The promise of the Buccaneers' roster looked fulfilled.

Then the 2013 Buccaneers actually showed up.

The offense that dominated the first half disappeared. Glennon, who went 10-of-11 for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, went 7-of-12 for 44 yards and no touchdowns in the second.

For whatever reason, the Bucs saw it fit to stop running James, effectively securing the loss. The defense, for its part, looked sloppy after locking Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch down for two quarters.

Basically, vintage Greg Schiano coaching. How many times have we seen the Bucs come out flat in the second half of games this year? Schiano has become the Bizarro version of Raheem Morris.

Where Morris' Bucs never looked ready to start a game but made good adjustments at halftime, Schiano's team seems incapable of adapting its game plan for the second half.

Sunday's loss is worse than any other this year. While the close defeats to New York and New Orleans were also painful, the loss to Seattle saw a frustrated Buccaneers team leave everything on the field.

The Bucs played to their talent level and the preseason expectations, but came away with nothing. Worse yet, SI.com's Doug Farrar indicates that they were the victim of the biggest comeback in Seahawks history.

In a season when real victories continue to elude the Bucs, there are no moral ones to extract from their Week 9 overtime loss.

The Bucs dominated the best team in the NFC, but for only half a game.

Glennon continued to flash franchise potential, but the results remain the same.

And, finally, Schiano has not lost the locker room, but that will probably be the last thing he loses before his job.

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