After their disappointing 21-3 defeat to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking a good, long, hard look in the mirror. Todd Bowles, the head coach, is hoping that the low point would serve as a wake-up call for his club, which has lost four of its last five games.
After the game, Bowles told reporters, “We’re not playing well. We’re not coaching well, we’re not playing well as a team, and we’re not performing well as individuals. On offense, we aren’t scoring enough, and on defense, we aren’t stopping them enough.”
A one-win Carolina team that recently traded its top player Christian McCaffrey and is coached by interim head coach Steve Wilks only managed a season-low three points from Tampa. There are a number of factors that contribute to the Bucs’ offensive woes, but a dropped pass by Mike Evans on their first drive, which prevented a potential 64-yard touchdown, set the stage for a frustrating day of subpar play all around.