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Game #2 AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Review

September 28th, 2008

A tough loss on the road 24-9. There were several factors with the turnovers being the major culprit but also the defense gave up quite a few long 3rd down conversions that could have changed the complexion of the game as well as not being able to punch it in when in the red zone.

Here’s what I saw:


Running game: Turner (14/42), Norwood (6/18), Douglas (1/33), White (1/2) and Ryan (6/10). Effective Runs (4 yards or more)-Turner, 3; Norwood, 3 and Douglas, 1.

Breakdown of passes:

Ryan: 13/33, 158 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 10 Bad passes, 2 Dropped passes, 1 Busted Play, 6 Throw aways and 1 Defended pass.

Drops (2): White, 1 and Jenkins, 1.

YTD Drops (3):

Peele – 1
White – 1
Jenkins – 1

Run blocking: Not as good of a job as week 1. Tampa got quite a bit of penetration, there were several missed blocks that could have sprung big runs and the opportunity to establish a rhythm never presented itself.

Pass blocking: Was okay for the most part. Before getting hurt, Baker had no negatives. Blalock did get beat on a stunt and looks to have problems with those. McClure had a missed block on an early run and a holding penalty that was declined due to Jenkins’ drop. Dahl had a rather rough day as he tripped over McClure’s feet blowing up a running play in addition to several pressures and a false start penalty. Weiner and Clabo also struggled specifically in the second half.

Sack responsibility (4): First sack came on the 7th drive with Clabo and Snelling responsible. Second sack came on the 10th drive and was a result of a busted play (miscommunication with the running back). Third sack came on the 11th drive with Weiner and Clabo responsible. Final sack was also on the 11th drive and on Blalock (on the stunt previously mentioned).

YTD Sacks (5):

Blalock – 2
Clabo – 1
Busted Play – 1.0
Jason Snelling – 0.5
Todd Weiner – 0.5

Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.


Run defense: Was very good until allowing the 68 yard TD to Graham.

Pass Defense: Allowed way too many 3rd and long situations and also Tampa’s tight ends were often wide open.

Sacks: Jonathan Babineaux and John Abraham each had one.

Special Teams:
Norwood had 4 kickoff returns and 1 touchback: 1. from the 1, 22 yards; 2. from the -2, 24 yards; 3. from the 1, 39 yards (nullified by illegal block on Snelling); 4. from the 8, 18 yards (fumbled and recovered by Snelling). Very average day.

Jennings had 5 punt return opportunities: 1. from the 24, 6 yards; 2. from the 13, fair catch; 3. from the 40, 37 yards; 4. from the 19, downed (improved by Tampa holding penalty); 5. from the 26, 0 yards (illegal block on DeCoud). 1 excellent return, otherwise very average.

Koenen had 5 punts: 1-26 yards to the T 10, fair catch. 2-35 yards to the T 34, downed. 3-35 yards to A 49, no gain. 4-30 yards to the T 8, fair catch. 5-55 yards to the T 33, no gain (improved by illegal block penalty on Tampa). 2 punts inside the 10 and 1 very long one. Solid day for Koenen.

Koenen had 4 kickoffs: 1-Touchback. 2-to the -2, 17 yard return. 3-to the -1, 32 yard return. 4-to the 9, 12 yard return. Plenty of length on the kicks and enough hang time for coverage teams to cover.

Field Goals: Elam was 3/3 from 27,24 and 32.

Special Teams coverage: Outside of two penalties and one kickoff return, very good job.

Things that really need improvement:

1. Cover the Tight End.
2. Eliminate 3rd and long conversions by opposition.
3. Blalock must learn to transition on stunts.

Offensive MVP: Laurent Robinson (4 catches, 45 yards) – 2 really nice catches that turned the momentum and gave us a chance.

Defensive MVP: Jonathan Babineaux (3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 hurries, 3 tackles for losses)

Special Teams MVP: Jason Elam, 3/3 on Field Goals

Goat of the Week: Matt Ryan – 2 Interceptions were horrible throws and couldn’t get it in the end zone. Positive note – didn’t give up and played much better in the 2nd half.

Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:

Next up: VS Kansas City Chiefs September 21st!

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