Sunday, June 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Jones' Two Cents: Tampa Bay Bucs vs. St. Louis Rams

Biggest drop

Have you ever seen a player whose game has dropped as far and as fast as Bucs QB Josh Freeman? After 10 games, he was a Pro Bowl candidate. These days, his game is suited for another type of bowl, if you catch my drift.

Lately, he looks lost and confused. Quite frankly, he looks like the position is a little too much for him. He looks like a rookie, rattled on the field and even a bit unsure of himself off the field.

"I'm comfortable going into games," Freeman said. "I try to relax and just play. But things haven't been going great and it has been … frustrating."

Frustrating is one way to put it. Another way would be lousy.

In the past two weeks, Freeman has thrown eight interceptions. Talk all you want about miscommunication, deflections, bad routes, receivers slipping, receivers not fighting for balls and crummy protection; this is on him.

Worst play

As much as the four interceptions hurt, there was another play that was just as troubling from a QB as experienced as Freeman. The Bucs trailed 28-13 with still more than 12 minutes left. Facing fourth and goal from the 7 and under no duress, Freeman opted to throw a little check-down pass to Doug Martin, who was stopped 3 yards short of the goal line.

Doesn't a QB who has his act together keep looking for a receiver in the end zone instead of dumping it off to a guy who had virtually no chance of scoring?

Worst line

While it's admirable that the Bucs didn't mail in their performance despite playing for nothing but pride, one line repeated over and over after the game quickly got old. It was about how hard the Bucs practiced all week.

Coach Greg Schiano talked about it. So did many of his players.

Practice? What are we talking about, practice?

Hey, would you rather have a bad week of practice and win on Sunday or practice well all week and lose?

Three things that popped into my head

1. Here's how bad the breakdown was on the Rams' 80-yard TD pass to start the second half: So bad that you couldn't even find someone close enough to blame.

2. The Bucs can talk all they want about finishing strong at Atlanta. But how much stock are you putting into a game knowing that the Falcons are playing for absolutely nothing?

3. Here's to the argument that Freeman struggles throwing the medium-to-long passes. He completed 15 of 19 passes to his backs and tight ends. He completed 15 of 34 passes to his wide receivers.

Final thought

This might surprise you if you haven't been paying attention, but if the Bucs lose at Atlanta in the season finale and the Panthers win at New Orleans, the Bucs will finish last in the NFC South.

Comments
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have hear...
Published: 06/23/18
Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

New details emerged Friday night about the Uber ride in Arizona in March 2016 that led to Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's three-game suspension to start the upcoming season, including the fact that Winston was in a car that night with a former Vand...
Published: 06/22/18
Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Bucs receiver Chris Godwin, who has had as good an offseason as any Tampa Bay player, was on SiriusXM NFL radio for a scheduled interview on Thursday night, talking about a range of subjects, including the news of Jameis Winston's suspension to start...
Published: 06/22/18
With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With news that Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of 2018, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has an interesting decision to make for training camp and especially in preseason games: How does he split reps between Winston and backup Ryan...
Published: 06/22/18
Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

There are so many sides to the Jameis Winston suspension, and it will continue to be a major Bucs story line through September and beyond. Here's some of the reactions and notes that have already emerged in the first 24 hours since news broke Thursda...
Published: 06/22/18
Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

TAMPA — Thursday was not the end of Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay, but it is in sight.Me? I was sitting at home. I was tired of the NBA draft, even with Tampa's Kevin Knox going to the New York Knicks.So I switched to the NFL Network. An episode ...
Published: 06/22/18
Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

There's no telling how much detail will be disclosed in what the NFL learned in its investigation that led to Jameis Winston being suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season, but some have already been reported in the first 24 hours s...
Published: 06/22/18
Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

There are many questions in the aftermath of Thursday's news that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, but even before the suspension is officially announced, he is drawing support on social ...
Published: 06/22/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended by the NFL for three games according to reports, and that number could go up if he doesn't meet certain criteria.Rick Stroud explains that the suspension is not for a failure to report the 2016 i...
Published: 06/22/18