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About how itís not Smitty thatís missing tackles, or missing assignments, or blowing coverages. It is, however, on Smith to fix these problems. Itís on Smith to have the self awareness that his defense has given up more than 400 yards in 19 games under his tutelage and the Bucs are 4-15 when it happens. He has to have the self awareness that his defense has given up 30 or more points in 13 games under his tutelage and the Bucs are 1-12 when it happens.It flat out canít continue.The sad thing is, it will. The players will be the ones to blame, some of which will be shipped out of town or not re-signed because they are square pegs that Smith keeps trying to cram into round holes. A good coordinator schemes to the strength of his players. Lovie Smith did the same thing and when players wouldnít - or couldnít - adapt, they were shipped out of town slightly before Lovie himself was sent packing. Mike Smith is costing this team games to the detriment of Koetter, his entire staff, the players, and quite possibly Jason Licht.Offensively, the Bucs have little to complain about. Until a disaster in Chicago, they were the NFLís top offense. Will that change with Jameis Winston under center? Weíll see, but smart money says no. Itís hard to see O.J. Howard miss time with the sprained MCL as he was emerging as one of the top tight ends in the NFL, but now the re-emergence of Cam Brate will begin.We saw some timing issues with Winston against the Bears [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-o.-j.-howard-jersey]Cheap O. J. Howard Jersey[/url] , but that is to be expected after he missed nearly a month of practices and games with the suspension. The big thing to keep an eye on is the run game.The run game just hasnít gotten going this season. There have been flashes, but no consistency. Again, you can point to the aerial attack and the Bucsí ability to score from long distance, but when theyíve needed the run game in red zone situations it just hasnít been there.Ronald Jonesí progression last Sunday looked encouraging. He finished with only 29 yards on ten carries, but there were flashes there. Moments when he was a fraction of a second away from making a big splash play. Again, when youíve missed nearly a month of game experience your rookie year, there will be growing pains and timing issues. Another thing to look at is the poor play from the right side of the line, mainly Caleb Benenoch. Benenoch has been a turnstile this season and rotating him with Evan Smith hasnít helped matters any. It was the same nonsense we saw last season. Pick the guy who is playing better and stick with him. Offensive lines donít need to be rotated the way defensive lines do.This isnít a knock on Barber, Jones, or Jacquizz Rodgers. All are capable backs that can make plays when called upon. We just havenít seen that come to fruition yet this season.Overall, the Buccaneersí offense can overcome the defenseís ineptitude to a certain degree. They will have their opportunities to win games and will capitalize - just like they did against New Orleans. The focus for the foreseeable future is the defense and whether or not they can keep the Buccaneers in games or if it will be a shoot out week after week. As I said many times over throughout the off-season, if the Buccaneers canít succeed this season it wonít be because they donít have the talent. It will be because of coaching. So far, the offensive side of the ball has been coached well and seen success. The defensive side of ball is the worst in the NFL.You tell me who the blame should fall on...Preseason - Lions at Bucs: Film Review Thoughts As before, I will focus mainly on the starters and backups that are likely to make the team, so there wonít be anything from the second half in this review. Also, there are a lot of gifs so I donít recommend watching it on a phone.The Bucs got the ball first, and opened with some runs. Barber is running really well. The starting OL (L to R) was Michael Liedtke, Adam Gettis, Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, and Demar Dotson. So in my opinion they were down three starters. Not ideal.I want to point out the value of O.J. Howard, and how his athleticism is a positive matchup for the Bucs:Here Howard lines up to the boundary on Dotsonís outside shoulder and runs up the seam, right past his man in coverage. Too fast for linebackers [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-desean-jackson-jersey]Buccaneers DeSean Jackson Jersey[/url] , too big for corners and safeties. Even with a linebacker dropping back, Fitzpatrick does a good job to get the ball over him. Howard doesnít have great length/catch radius but he makes a really good catch here. The Bucs must make better use of Howard this year; last year he blocked 70% of the time, and Iíd like to see it be more 50/50.The Bucs ended their first drive with a touchdown. We actually got to see a great angle of the blocking and I want to highlight it. Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis is good and shoots the A gap here. Barber takes a step or two toward the LOS, setting up Davisí angle, and then Barberís jump cut makes it an arm tackle. Barber isnít super athletic but heís strong, and a smart runner. Pay particular attention to Dotson and tight end Antony Auclair because theyíre the ones who made this play happen. They combo block linebacker Devon Kennard, and then Auclair peels off and does a great job turning out cornerback Nevin Lawson. Dotson pancakes Kennard, and its six points. Cappa really struggled with both his run and pass assignments in this game, and if he earns the starting job I would be really concerned with the RG spot. I also want to quickly point out the miscommunication the Bucsí defense had on the Lionsí first offensive drive. Safety Chris Conte is often maligned by fans, but on this play I donít think this is his fault; I think it is rookie Carlton Davis IIIís. First, itís a well designed play, with receiver Kenny Golladay running a wheel route off of a rub. Now, we donít really know what the play call was - all we can do is guess, even when we have access to coaches film. But if itís Cover 4/Quarters like the Bucs like to play (meaning the field is divided into four equal vertical zones down the field), someone would be responsible for any vertical route down that sideline. The corner who lined up outside at the LOS at the start of the play was Davis, with Grimes inside.Here Davis is lined up over Golden Tate, with Grimes lined up over Golladay in the slot. The two receivers switch, with Golladay going around on his wheel route. Davis plays this like itís man coverage and follows Tate. Grimes takes the flat, Lavonte David has the hook/curl zone, with Conte playing the middle of the field shaded to the right. Conte does appear to get caught peeking in the backfield, as he often does, but Davis looks like the only person playing man coverage. And with Davis in the same area as David and Conte, and him being a rookie [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jason-pierre-paul-jersey]Buccaneers Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey[/url] , my best guess is Davis was supposed to switch and follow Golladay. Such are the trials and tribulations of a rookie. Also, this is exactly what this play is designed to do, and why communication among defensive backs is so important. But it may have just been a mental error by Davis.The Bucs need Davis to win the job, and he probably will, but heís still a rookie and these plays are going to happen. Truth to be told, in my opinion the Bucs have had miscommunication issues on switch calls for years now. But this is what the preseason is for - making mistakes so you can fix them. After this, the defense did a good job holding the offense to a field goal.On the Bucsí second drive, they lined up rookie running back Ronald Jones out wide to the field side (the bottom of the screen), which is just awesome. The Lions decided to cover him with the talented linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and while Reeves-Maybin is a freak athlete, heís still not fast enough to cover Jones on this fly route. (I would like to point out that Reeves-Maybin weighs twenty pounds more than Jones and still tackled him.) But this is an excellent example of matchup football and putting players in position to succeed. And of course, Jones caught it! After this, the offensive line gave up a sack, and Fitzpatrick connected with Evans on a back-shoulder fade route, but Evans was correctly called for offensive pass interference. Punter Bryan Anger did a great job putting the ball inside the five and the special teams unit did a great job downing it. Oh, and I want to point out that running backs can have bad box score games and not actually play bad. That still seems to be the case to me with Ronald Jones. On the Lionsí next possession, the Bucs couldnít capitalize on some Lions errors like dropped passes, and couldnít get off the field on third and long. Not good. Also, that was definitely pass interference on rookie safety Jordan Whitehead; he made contact before the ball arrived. It was unfortunate to see the Bucs basically give up a 90 yard drive, but they did stiffen again in the red zone. And it was nice to see Vernon Hargreaves III get a pass break-up. Shaun Wilson did a great job returning kicks in this game.With 10:23 left in the half Jameis Winston came in. The blocking of the OL (Liedtke, Gettis, Jensen, Cappa [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-lavonte-david-jersey]Cheap Lavonte David Jersey[/url] , and Dotson) got noticeably worse the longer the backups were in. On the sack of Winston, Liedtke, Gettis, and Cappa all got beat, badly. But they got bailed out by a holding call. Shortly after that, this happened:This is a great play call. Adam Humphries is more of a short-yardage receiver because heís quicker than he is fast, but heís also more than a willing blocker, and Iíve seen him de-cleat 260 pound defensive ends when he chip blocks. So itís a great move to have him be the rub here that gets DeSean Jackson open, and Winston has been dialed in this preseason. The Bucs need more of these plays; they get an easy read and throw to an explosive receiver who is open with running room, and they have the players to make it happen. Winston has done a better job of taking checkdowns when heís scrambling. I also love the call of going for it on 4th and inches because itís the right call, and Winston did a great job running and then stumbling for the first down.I want to point out one last play. I recently wrote that the math shows that if youíre gonna run the fade, then do it back-shoulder or donít do it at all. The Bucs tried it first to Evans, and then this to Godwin:That is unstoppable.On the Lionsí next drive, McCoy was unstoppable and got the 3rd down sack. I like Jackson running back punts, but not in the preseason. On the Bucsí next possession, they went into their two-minute drill. Winston was dialed-in. The offensive pass interference call on O.J. Howard was a really bad call, and it was a great throw by Winston but an even better run by Howard. That, and the depth at offensive tackle stalled this drive. Dotson had been subbed out for Brad Seaton, who gave up pressure way too easily to Kennard, who hit Winston as he threw. Thereís an argument to be made that the staff should have pulled Winston here. Itís his fault heís gone for the first three games, but you donít want it to be your fault you lost him for the rest of the season. Regardless, on third and fourteen Freddie Martino dropped what would have been the first down.