I hate the 49ers.
I wrote about how I felt uneasy about this game, but still thought the Bucs were the better team. Well I was wrong. On Sunday, the 49ers looked like the best team in football or Tampa looked like the worst. I’m not sure which it is yet.
I can only hope this leads to a wake-up call for the Bucs. We were bad at all aspects… where to start…
Freeman throws two picks and again looks shaky. Here’s the thing, people are going to talk about the fact that he’s already thrown as many INTs this season as he did all of last season. I think last season was a fluke INT-wise. Go back and look at this games. There were a ton of dropped picks. His INT number probably should have been around 12-15. The difference this season is guys aren’t dropping as many potential picks. Even then, yesterday the 49ers dropped a few.
Here’s something else I was thinking about. On 3rd down Freeman always looks for Kellen Winslow. I think teams have figured that out. The 49ers were all over Winslow and were sitting on his routes. That led to the first pick, and to a couple of potential INTs.
This has to be the most disappointing unit on the field. Mike Williams played with a chip on this shoulder last season, and now he’s doing his best Michael Clayton impersonation. How many passes has he dropped? Arrellious Benn has been solid since his drops in Minnesota, but neither of these guys can get separation from corners. It’s brutal. Preston Parker continues to play well, but he’s not a number 1 WR. Maybe it’s time to give Dezmon Briscoe more time.
Gerald McCoy going down to injury really hurts the D-line. Look McCoy isn’t exactly lightning up the sack column, but he’s disruptive and forces the O-line to watch him. Without him the Bucs are going to struggle to get pressure. Just look at the time Alex Smith had.
The secondary is just flat-out awful. How many INTs can you drop? Elbert Mack had a chance to help the Bucs get back in the game with what might have been a 100-yard INT for TD. Instead he just dropped it. Aqib Talib had a shot at a couple of picks and again just drop them. I don’t expect them to make every catch, but holding on to one once in a while would be nice.
The Bucs have become too predictable. The 49ers seemed to know where every play was going. They read routes perfectly, stuffed the run and contained Freeman on every scramble. Something needs to change. I’m not sure Greg Olson is creative enough to be the coordinator. When I was watching the Packers last night, I marveled at how open the receivers were, compared to the Bucs receivers who were smothered by corners. Some of that is obviously because the receivers know how to get separation, but some of that is because they run a better offense. If these Bucs are going to be successful, things need to change.
We all saw this coming at some point, right? I mean you can’t play awful to start every game and expect to always come back. Now the Bucs face the fork in the road. You either wake up and get better, or the season falls apart. The next six games are going to be tough… but are also a chance for this team to prove it has heart and really should be considered a top team.
Unfortunately, I have no idea which way it will go.
About the Author
Written by Justin Chechourka
Born and raised in California, I inexplicably became a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. Now I bleed red and pewter. The best part of being a Bucs fan in California... I never have to worry about blackouts.