Buccaneers LB Barrett Ruud takes loss personally
If you wanted to find one Buccaneers player who was thoroughly disgusted with Sunday's loss to New England, you had to look no further than a certain player sitting with a towel draped over his head, facing the wall in the back corner of the Wembley Stadium locker room.
That player was LB Barrett Ruud, whose missed tackle in the second quarter cost the Bucs a pivotal touchdown. Ruud sat there, speaking to no one, for what seemed like an eternity before even mustering the energy to shower and catch the team bus.
When he finally composed himself enough to grant an interview, his frustration was obvious.
"It always starts in the mirror," he said. "And it’s not going to be good when you play, individually, like I did. That’s where I start. There’s just too many bad plays. And it’s been consistently bad plays. All I can do is work harder."
As for the touchdown he gave up against WR Sam Aiken on a simple crossing route, Ruud said, "I recognized the play. It was just tackling. It was routine. It’s what I’ve done thousands of times in my life. When you miss one like that and it turns into a touchdown, it’s hard to let that go. That’s routine tackling. It’s not a hard play. It’s a play I should make 100 times out of 100. There’s just no excuse for it."
As for the bye week, Ruud said it was coming just at the right time.
"It'll be good to get away from this for a little bit," he conceded.