Here's the latest in the aftermath of today's 28-14 Bucs loss.
For starters, coach Jon Gruden confirmed a rumor we'd heard some time ago: the Bucs knew all along that Jeff Garcia's injury was going to require two weeks to heal. There apparently wasn't a lot of suspense inside the organization about whether he would play today. But Gruden was adamant that Garcia will be in the lineup next week against the Falcons.
Also, Gruden expressed a lot of concern about the status of receiver Ike Hilliard. He left the game in the first half and did not return. He was said to have a shoulder injury, but he seemed to be exhibiting the signs of a "stinger". That would be a serious concern for a player who earlier in his career suffered a serious neck injury. Hilliard wasn't in the locker room after the game, but said he was "okay" when I reached him on his cell phone. But with Ike, who is as tough as they come, you'd never know when he was really hurt. He entered the game with a banged up knee and an ankle that's been swollen for weeks. We'll see what the update is from Gruden tomorrow morning.
On defense was really lamenting its inability to limit the Texans to field goals after the two key Tampa Bay turnovers. The Texans scored 14 points off turnovers, and they were huge. Ronde Barber put it best saying, "Those are opportunities for us to be great."
The kickoff return touchdown to open the second half also loomed large, and it appears there were at least a few missed assignments on the play. A couple players indicated that there was soem guessing going on rather than guys staying home and keeping the play contained. When Andre Davis broke outside -- they were expecting him to stay in the middle -- only Maurice Stovall was there. Stovall missed the tackle and Davis was off to the races.