By Tom Krasniqi
The offense was abysmal again. The defense was not up to par. And everyone will be held accountable. That’s the word from Bucs head coach Greg Schiano on Monday after a 23-3 loss at New England on Sunday.
The Bucs are 0-3 and looking for answers on offense. Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers.
According to Schiano, the offensive woes go beyond QB Josh Freeman. Schiano says there were some “schematic” issues on both side sides of the ball. The coach said his team could have scored “a lot more points.” The offense scored just 3 points yesterday after scoring just seven points last week against the Saints. There were more dropped passes against the Patriots that would have made a difference.
And for those of you clamoring for a change at quarterback, you’re going to be disappointed.
“Josh is our starter. That’s where we are,” Schiano said on Monday. Freeman has completed just 45.7% of his passes through three games but he has been plagued by drops as well as shoddy blocking by the offensive line.
The play-calling has also been an issue on the offensive side, especially late in the first half during Sunday’s loss in New England. But Schiano says he has the “utmost” confidence in offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and the rest of the coaching staff.
The Bucs welcome in the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. A loss would send the Bucs to 0-4 heading into the bye week. If that happens, Schiano may have to make changes and that could include going with Mike Glennon at quarterback in order to jumpstart the offense.
News & Notes:
- On the injury front, Schiano says WR Vincent Jackson (rib), DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), and WR Mike Williams (upper leg) are banged up. Their status for next week is unknown.
- Even though he’s missed 2 of 4 field goals, Schiano is sticking with Rian Lindell as his kicker.
- The Bucs have activated RB Jeff Demps and they place TE Luke Stocker (hip) on injured reserve.
- Schiano says TE Tom Crabtree (high ankle sprain) has a chance to play this week against the Cardinals.
- Schiano says his father was at the game in Foxboro and became sick during the game and that’s why he stayed behind last night. Schiano flew back to Tampa early this morning.
- LG Carl Nicks made his season debut against the Patriots. Schiano said he looked “good” but also looked like a guy who was rusty.
- The Bucs host the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday . You can catch the game on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM with our coverage beginning at 9am with the Floor & Décor Countdown To Kickoff show.
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