TAMPA — A day after one penalty negated a touchdown and another took away a key takeaway amid 12 flags against the Bucs, coach Lovie Smith said his players weren't the only ones who struggled in Sunday's 25-12 loss to the Colts.
"Just like we didn't play our best game, I think officials too can say, 'Hey, this wasn't our best game,' '' Smith said of the officiating. "We're going to worry about us, but they're not going to always be perfect either, and they weren't (Sunday)."
Another penalty that helped turn a Colts field goal into a touchdown saw S Chris Conte flagged for leaping as he hurdled the snapper in attempting to block a field goal. Smith said after reviewing the play, he disagrees with officials' judgment that Conte made contact with the snapper, leading to the penalty.
"I thought we had leaped and came down on someone or we used someone to leap across," Smith said. "I thought that's what was called at the time. I said, "Okay, that's correct,' but that wasn't the case."
The Bucs lead the NFL with 109 penalties and rank second in penalty yards, having been flagged for 281 yards more than their opponents this season.
TRANSACTION: With LB Bruce Carter sidelined Sunday and evaluated for a concussion, the Bucs signed LB Adarius Glanton from the Panthers' practice squad.
Glanton, 25, who played at Lakeland Lake Gibson and at Florida Atlantic, had 12 tackles as a rookie with Carolina last season and is expected to help on special teams. The Bucs also need linebacker depth with starter Kwon Alexander expected to serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's policies on performance-enhancing drugs.
To make room for Glanton, the Bucs waived S Kimario McFadden, who played special teams in two games, with one tackle.
NOT ENOUGH: The Bucs held the Colts to a season-low 27 rushing yards on 26 attempts, also the low for a Bucs opponent this season, and still lost. Tampa Bay had been 12-4 all time when holding an opponent to 30 or fewer rushing yards but has dropped three of the past four games when doing so.
THIS AND THAT: DT Gerald McCoy played only 66 percent of the Bucs' defensive snaps Sunday, his lowest percentage since Week 3, but Smith said it wasn't any more or less than the gameplan coming in. McCoy had a sack, giving him a team-best seven this season. … The Bucs have been 5-6 twice — in 1981, they finished 9-7 and made the playoffs, and in 2003 they finished 7-9 and missed the postseason.
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