Revis: "This is as low as you can get"
The Bucs had their chance on Thursday night, in front of a nationally-televised audience, to show the league what kind of team they had, despite their winless record.
But the Panthers blew them out, 31-13, at Raymond James Stadium to put Tampa Bay at 0-7 for the season.
The stadium had a lot of empty seats, and those who were there booed loudly, with several wearing bags over their heads and chanting "Fire Schiano."
"This is as low as you can get right now - 0-7," Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "It's tough. I don't really know what to say."
It was a very quiet Bucs lockeroom, with players disappointed, and likely frustrated, having to answer the same questions.
"There’s nothing else to it, we just got outplayed," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said.
"We got licked," coach Greg Schiano said.
"They out-right beat us," Revis said.
Schiano admitted the Bucs made some critical mistakes, from the two botched shotgun snaps on third downs by center Ted Larsen (who was later moved back to guard), to all the dropped passes (including ones by Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and Tom Crabtree), and the fumbled punt by Eric Page. Panthers QB Cam Newton continued his impressive play, throwing for 221 yards and two scores and running for 50 yards.
"We have to execute better," Schiano said.
Guard Davin Joseph, a team captain, said he doesn't believe there are any issues in the lockeroom, and he still believes in the coaching staff, the play-calling, etc. But when he asked if there might be changes after the 0-7 start, he said:
“It’s the NFL, it’s a performance based league," Joseph said. "Everybody’s career on the line."
Joseph said the fans have the "right" to say what they want. But McCoy seemed to take issue with how hostile some of them got.
"I think a lot of stuff they said wasn't cool," DT Gerald McCoy said. "I understand being frustrated, but still got to have a little class. The stuff they were saying was just uncalled for."