Two weeks into the 2009 regular season – the Bucs are 0-2 and facing the realization that after next weeks game against the New York Football Giants, they could be 0-3 and in trouble of the entire season being flushed down the crapper. Is it time to hit the panic button – throw caution to the wind and force the future of the franchise to start taking his lumps or do we ride the storm?
Geno Hayes – After two games the former Seminole and sixth round pick has a total of 16 tackles, with 10 coming against the Bills, shows good speed and violent intentions when bearing down for a tackle.
Kellen Winslow – After last weeks disappointing outing, Winslow redeemed himself with a 7-catch, 90 yard performance and 42 yard score, definitely a receiving threat, but plays like Jane when it comes to in line blocking, too often a forgotten player within the ebb and flow of the offense.
Carnell Williams – Running the football left a lot to be desired, but what caught my attention was his ability in blitz pick up, but more then anything was the skills he displayed as a receiver hauling in 7 receptions for 56-yards and one score. Not known much for his hands, Williams displayed soft hands.
Inconsistent Play – Overall, the team is just too inconsistent at this stage of the season. One week it the pass defense, the next it’s the run defense. Now throw in the lack of a consistent ground game and just poor fundamentals and it’s shaping up to be long, long season for Buccaneer fanatics.
Penalties – Are usually the sign of poor fundamentals, bad technique and a lack of discipline – 12 total infractions, for 113-yards is inexcusable and shows a lack of mental toughness, something that has been the battle cry since Morris was appointed head coach.
Pass Rush – Two weeks in – the Bucs have just three sacks – very limited overall pressure on opposing quarterbacks – Gave up, a total of 583 through the air in two games. It’s time to unleash the “Go Package” or “Tiger 0” and start getting after opposing quarterbacks. Note to Bates; it’s not unheard of to throw the kitchen sink and then some to generate some kind of pass rush.