St. Petersburg Times staff writer Tom Jones looks back at Sunday's Bucs-Seahawks broadcast on Fox.
. Former Bucs safety John Lynch, right, has a promising future in broadcasting, but if there's any complaint at all, it's that he occasionally slips into the most common mistake of rookie broadcasters. He is a tad too positive at times. That's understandable, but it's the last thing holding him back from being a really good broadcaster.
When Lynch offers up the glass as half-full just to be optimistic, he sounds a bit like a car salesman trying to unload a lemon. But when he's being honest, even if it's critical, he's at his best. At those times, you see just how much football he knows and how good he can be in the booth. When he's reacting and talking honestly, he calls a good game.
One more thing: Lynch had a chance at the start of the fourth quarter to give his opinion on whether Raheem Morris should return as Bucs coach next season, and he danced around the answer. Lynch sort of indicated the Bucs were showing signs of improvement, and one can only guess that was Lynch's vote of confidence. But one can't be sure because he never said yes or no.
Lynch tried to guess what ownership might do. Heck, we all can guess what ownership might do. We wanted to know what Lynch thought because he knows the organization and the situation. His opinion is more credible than most. All he had to do was give it.
Complaint of the day
. Several readers wrote or called in to complain about Fox analyst John Lynch calling the Bucs "Tampa" as opposed to Tampa Bay. It's understandable if just "Tampa" comes out of the mouth of a random announcer, but the readers are right. The longtime Bucs safety should know better.
. Analyst John Lynch, while watching a replay of Bucs kicker Connor Barth clanking a 38-yard field-goal attempt off the right upright: "Connor Barth plays the draw that doesn't draw. Kind of like my golf game."
Play-by-play announcer Ron Pitts then ran through the Bucs' issues at kicker but didn't mention the man who probably should have been doing the kicking for most of the season: Matt Bryant.
Best use of replays
. Nice job by Fox to show a couple of replays that went against the Bucs on the Seahawks' lone scoring drive. One showed that receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh should've been called for a block in the back and maybe even holding against Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber. (A flag was thrown but then picked up.)
Later, replays showed that on John Carlson's 29-yard touchdown reception, the tight end actually stepped out of bounds at the 2-yard line.
. Play-by-play announcer Ron Pitts, talking about the Bucs' field-goal drive after an interception in the second quarter: "They did exactly what John Lynch said they needed to do, go right down the field and score."
Well, they didn't exactly go "right down the field." The scoring drive was all of 15 yards.
That's nitpicking, I'll admit. Pitts was fine, for the most part. Nothing special, but not bad either. He called a professional game.