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First half, what? First half offense? First half defense?
No, just "first half."
The Bucs have played with little passion for six straight quarters, and once again looked uninspired stepping onto the Mall of America Field during the first half.
Of the eight quarters Tampa Bay has participated in, they've given effort in two.
The defense allowed McNabb to freely distribute the ball, and even scramble some for marginal gains – including a 13-yard run for a first down on third and 12, which led to a Ryan Longwell field goal.
They struggled to get off of the field, and the defense conceded 284 yards and 17 points in the first half.
The offense wasn't better—gaining 62 total yards. What else is there to say?
620 WDAE "The Sports Animal" personality Dan Sileo interviewed St. Petersburg Times columnist Rick Stroud this morning, who said, "We were told last night that Quincy Black had injured his ankle at some point. I didn't see when that occurred, but I will tell you he was god awful in the first half."
Black received an $11 million dollar signing bonus during the abbreviated offseason, and hasn't even come close to living up to his billing—being benched in the second half for Dekoda Watson, who outplayed Black in every facet of the game.
It may be too soon to say the Bucs made a mistake in re-signing Black, but it's certainly pointing in that direction.
Honorable Mention: First-Half Josh Freeman
Is there a trend here? Freeman looked awful during the first two quarters, double-clutching and being indecisive with the football.