Making only his second NFL career start and first road start, rookie signal caller, Josh Freeman shook off a case of the fumbles to lead the team down the field in the final minutes of the game for what many believed was the go ahead touchdown. Leading 23-22 with 1:14 left in the game the Bucs seemingly had there second win in as many weeks, but a porous defense allowed the Dolphins to march down the field and kick the winning field goal.
Kellen Winslow – Winslow is by far the team’s best offensive weapon this season, with 7 catches for 102 yards against the Dolphins, he now has 42 receptions for 454-yards and 5 touchdowns with a 10.8 yards average, he did however have a couple of costly gaffes when he dropped two passes that would have resulted in first downs.
Josh Freeman – Making just his second NFL start Freeman did enough to give the team a legitimate chance at securing a victory. Even though his stat line says one interception, it was clearly on the receiver and not the quarterback. Freeman is still a work in progress but shows the ability to lead the team from behind. He finished 16-of-28 for 196 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception and chipped in 36 yards on 7 rushes.
Connor Barth – Barth made all three field goal attempts of 50 plus yards against the Dolphins and is 4-of-5 since signing with the Bucs, He’s also averaging 66 yards on kickoffs.
Quincy Black – After a quiet first eight games of the season, Black notched 7 tackles and one interception, Black’s interception on an errant Chad Henne pass set up a one-yard run by Cadillac Williams to put the Bucs up 23-22. Like Winslow, Black also had a few blunders, in the way of missed tackles.
Josh Freeman – Ball security is becoming a glaring issue, when Freeman is scrambling and being hit. With Freeman’s height and center Jeff Faine’s low stance there seems to be a familiarity issue when it comes to the quarterback center exchange. It’s a correctable one, but will take some extra attention.
Pass Rush – After the defensive line broke out of its three season funk to record six sacks against the Packers, they again sunk to a dismal bliss and showed once again they are just not talented enough to garner consistent pressure.
Tackling – For a team that is still sporting pads during the week, this late in the season, they were supposed to be a physically violent team, but with the amount of missed tackles to date. It would seem that they might need to practice proper technique and tackling fundamentals instead of worrying about being a violent tackling team.