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Posted: 15th August 2019 by liny in Allgemein
It was another heartbreaking 34-32 loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James stadium. The team finishes the season 5-11 for the second straight year and changes are likely coming to the coaching staff. While it was another somber ending to a season for the Buccaneers http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-ryan-jensen-jersey , many players showed up and showed out on Sunday, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Here are the top performers from the week 17 loss. QB Jameis Winston: Whatever it is, Winston has played some of the best football of his career against the Atlanta Falcons. From the second possession on, Winston was nearly flawless. He finished the game completing 22 of 35 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns. He did throw an interception, but it wasn’t his fault as the pass deflected off of Mike Evans hands. It was another week in which Winston was in full control from the get go and made good decisions all game long. It was a nice season ending game for Winston and a game that made it all but certain that that Winston will be back in 2019. WR Mike Evans: On a day in which Mike Evans broke the single season receiving record for the Buccaneers by surpassing Mark Carrier’s 1,422 yard mark back in 1989, he also had a heck of a game. In other words, the sky is blue. Evans finished the day with six catches on 9 targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns. It was a typical Mike Evans game and he also became the youngest receiver in NFL history to reach the 6,000 yard mark. Evans will finish the season with 86 catches for 1,524 yards and 8 touchdowns. Ever since being drafted, Evans has been everything the buccaneers could have wanted and more and he and Winston will continue to grow together for years to come. Chris Godwin: Deja Vu? If you remember, it was week 17 of last season where Chris Godwin had his coming out party at home against the New Orleans Saints. This year, he left no doubt in the minds of Buccaneer fans that he will be the teams #2 receiver going forward. Godwin finished the day with 6 catches on 9 targets for 114 yards and two touchdowns. It was a nice way to end the season for Godwin after having a rough couple of weeks, but you can tell the chemistry between he and Winston is on the rise. With the three main targets being Evans, Godwin and Howard next season, whoever the coach is will have a ton of talent to work with. Lavonte David: One of the leaders of the defense for many years now, David closed the 2018 season out in typical fashion. He finished the game with 9 tackles, 7 of them being solo ones. He made a couple key stops on third down early in the game and was solid as usual throughout. David should and most likely will be back for Tampa Bay next season. Honorable mention: JPP, Carlton Davis, Cairo Santos. Let’s talk about this for a second.“WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmCommentaryExpectations For Bruce Arians In 2019New Bryan Anger Jersey White ,17commentsLet’s talk about this for a second.ESTShareTweetShareShareExpectations For Bruce Arians In 2019Bruce Arians isn’t a miracle-worker, but there is a perception that he is one. Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsAs we enter the 2019 NFL season, there is already a common thread being discussed amongst Bucs fans, some media, and others. “Don’t worry about ENTER PLAYER NAME HERE, I’m sure the new coaching staff will make a big difference in terms of production.” “Bruce Arians will get this team back on track.”“Tampa Bay is set to take off now that they have a coach who knows what he’s doing.”It’s pretty easy to see the central theme here. Sure, Arians is a proven winner in this league. The staff that he has brought in is full of coaches who have won in this league and who were able to get the best out of their players. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen in Tampa Bay. One of the biggest issues with Dirk Koetter was his lack of accountability amongst the players. Rarely did he hold his players accountable and when he did, the course of direction was not clear (see Jameis Winston vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2018). It seems rather hypocritical to have this train of thought – a lack of accountability amongst the players – when it was heavily criticized and used as justification to fire someone. It’s rather self-defeating to hang your hat on one talking point, then immediately remove said hat for the purpose of promoting a talking point. There is definitely one side of this that will rise to the surface in 2019: we will find out if it was really the coaches that held this team back or if it was the fact that this roster just isn’t as great as it looks on paper. The thought of a talentless Bucs squad hurts the heart, mind, and soul – but it’s certainly a possibility. All of the high draft picks and big free agent acquisitions could turn out to be average-at-best players. Don’t get me wrong, there is supposed to be a new sense of excitement with a new staff. That’s perfectly reasonable.But it wasn’t Dirk Koetter that made Jameis Winston throw four interceptions against the Cincinnati Bengals or tie for the second-most interceptions in the NFL since 2015. It wasn’t George Warhop that made Donovan Smith take plays off during games, nor did he make Ryan Jensen get called for more penalties in his one season with Tampa Bay than his entire career. It wasn’t Tim Spencer’s fault that Ronald Jones II had problems fumbling the ball and learning the playbook. Caleb Benenoch was just bad. Brent Grimes gave up. Cameron Brate dropped passes on a consistent basis. Please don’t think I’m defending Koetter and his staff, because I am certainly not. There were definitely issues within the scheme and coaching philosophies. Koetter’s inability to lead a group of men was a major key in back to back 5-11 seasons as well. So how much responsibility is on the former staff and how much is on the roster? As with most things in life, only time will tell – but that time is now in 2019. There’s no doubt that practically the entire Tampa Bay fan base is hanging its hopes on what Arians’ can do for a franchise that has had just two winning seasons since 2010. Whether it’s fair or not, it’s something that he will have to deal with. The fans and the franchise need some kind of an awakening and it appears that many of the right pieces are in place for that moment, but if it doesn’t happen in 2019, it won’t be the end of the world. Or at least I think.