Looking back on the Bucs’ victory over Carolina

by Gary Shelton on September 14, 2019 · 0 comments

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Winston was solid for the Bucs./STEVEN MUNCIE

5 Thoughts

1. Jameis Winston threw 25 times Thursday night. That's a good number, because it means the Bucs are trying to run the ball. Counting four Winston scrambles, they ran it 31 times against the Panthers, meaning Winston didn't have to carry the load all by himself. Yippee.

2. The Bucs still miss Jason Pierre-Paul. But they miss him a lot less with Shaq Barrett.

3. I might have been wrong about Vernon Hargreaves.

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4. Just asking, but has anyone missed Brent Grimes lately? I didn't think so.

5. Whatever happened to Gerald McCoy? Was he the guy underneath Ali Marpet?

Arians won his first game as a Buc./JEFFREY S. KING


(From Bruce Arian's Friday press conference)

(On looking back at the victory): “Obviously, watching the film, I was very pleased with how hard we played. There’s this old saying that whoever plays harder the longest will win games – I think that was true in that one. Was it perfect? By no means, but we made enough plays to win the ball game. Game balls – Chris Godwin got one. Obviously, you saw his stats, but he blocked as good as any wide receiver I’ve ever seen in a game, blocking linebackers, defensive ends, safeties — he was a huge part of our running game. Peyton Barber, who I thought ran extremely well. He had the hot hand, we stuck with him and RoJo (Ronald Jones II) stung his toe on that really good run he had, but it was Peyton’s night. Vernon (Hargreaves III) for the game-saving tackle after I screwed up the double timeouts."

(On linebacker Devin White and his injured knee): "So far, it looks like a grade-one, medial MCL [sprain], so it’ll be day-to-day. As strong as he is, I don’t know how much time he’ll miss.”

(On Todd Bowles work with the defense): "I watched him do it in Arizona. We knew we had talent, we knew we had speed here and he’s just an amazing teacher. If you ever had the privilege of being on the headset, he’s calling out the plays before they’re run and telling guys, ‘They’re coming.’ Sometimes, we still don’t stop them, but he’s telling them what’s happening. He’s very sharp."

(On if he thought Shaq Barrett would make such an impact so fast): "Yeah, we were hoping. When we evaluated him, whenever he was in, he flashed. He’s a slippery pass rusher but he’s also got power, so yeah, I think we were hoping that he would give us that and he’s delivered — and he got a game ball, "

(On linebacker Kevin Minter)" "He's the ultimate pro. Playing special teams — and even after he played every single snap on defense [he said], 'I'm not coming off special teams. I'm still staying out here.' Deone Bucannon's the same guy; he did it for Lavonte [David] when Lavonte was down. That inside linebacker depth – Jack [Cichy] came in and made a nice play in that goal-line stuff — it's a good room, a really good room."

McCaffrey struggled for yards.CARMEN MANDATO

5 of the Best Takes

"Newton threw for more than 300 yards, but it did little to camouflage a night in which he was far removed from the superman who once led the Panthers with his arm and legs. His passes were errant, his feet were never a factor and when the game was on the line, he was lined up wide.

"On this humid and dismal Thursday evening in Charlotte, Newton completed 25 of 51 passes for 333 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions (though he had one negated by a penalty) and a lost fumble. It was the first time since the final game of 2017 in which he completed less than 50 percent of his passes. He was also sacked three times."

-- Grant Gordon, NFL.com

Jameis Winston made quite a few impressive throws with pressure bearing down on him and made very few mental mistakes. He did have a few inaccurate passes, with one of those being an underthrow that would have been an interception if Luke Kuechly didn’t drop the errant pass.

-- Pro Football Focus

"For much of the third quarter, Barrett spun, chopped and minced Newton. Barrett’s three sacks — all in the first seven minutes after halftime — set the tone for a 20-14 Bucs victory that leaves the Panthers reeling at 0-2.

Barrett, an outside linebacker who was signed this offseason as a free agent from the Broncos, continuously abused Panthers left tackle Daryl Williams.

-- Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer

"If the opening loss was unfortunate, Thursday was inexcusable, a short-week loss to what was supposed to be the worst team in the division. Supposed to be — past tense. If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the poker table, you are the sucker. The same is true in the NFC South.The Panthers can’t win with Newton playing like this and they certainly can’t win without him. He may not be right, but this is as healthy as he’s ever going to get.

Maybe that’s why Rivera keeps insisting Newton is fine. The alternative is too grim to contemplate."

-- Luke DeCock, Charlotte Observer

"Here’s the thing: I actually liked the Carolina Panthers’ final play call.

"It’s easy to rip it because it didn’t work as Carolina failed to score on its final drive Thursday night in its 20-14 loss to Tampa Bay – the Panthers’ ninth defeat in their last 10 games.

"But after what we saw in the first week, wouldn’t you take a very healthy Christian McCaffrey in space against a defensive back? With only a half-yard to gain on fourth down?"

-- Scott Fowler

Hargreaves was huge for the Bucs./CARMON MANDATO

Game Balls

Offense: Yes, Jameis Winston was good. But he has had a rating over 100 18 previous times in his career. The guy who kept sticking out was Chris Godwin, who caught eight balls for 121 yards.
Defense: It came down to one play, and Vernon Hargreaves made it. Actually, he had a 12-tackle night. Good for him.
Special teams: Bradley Pinion averaged 49.2 yards on six punts.

Godwin was the Bucs' go-to receiver./JEFFREY S. KING


Quarterback: This is how Jameis Winston should play. Under control, with a good defense and a decent running game. Winston almost threw an interception, but isn't "almost' a lovely way to describe an interception: Grade: A.
Running back: Ronald Jones was all the talk after one week. This week, it was Peyton Barber, who ran the ball well. Grade: B.
Wide receiver: Mike Evans was good, but Chris Godwin was even better. Grade: B+.
Offensive line: Despite Winston being sacked three times by the 27th-ranked pass rush in the league, the line blocked fairly well. Grade: B.
Defensive line: Vita Vea was disruptive all night long. Grade: B.
Linebacker: Shaq Barnett announced his arrival. If he can keep it up, the Bucs' defense has a chance. Kevin Minter was good off the bench. Grade: A.
Secondary: Give it up for Hargreaves, who had 12 tackles. Carlton Davis had seven and Jerome Whitehead had six. Points off for how good Greg Olson was, but it was a winning effort. Grade: B+.

Vea helped to control the middle of the line./STEVEN MUNCIE

5 Unsung Heroes

1. Kevin Minter came off the bench when Devin White was hurt. He had eight tackles, second highest on the team.
2. Bradley Pinion averaged 49.2 yards per punt. That's a great help to the defense.
3. Matt Gay had two field goals. To a Bucs' fan, no explanation is needed.
4. Vita Vea was in on four tackles and had a quarterback hit.
5.  Carlton Davis III had seven tackles and two passes defensed.

Dungy got off to a slow start with the Bucs./JEFFREY S. KING

Longest Waits to First Win

John McKay.                             27
Leeman Bennett                       10
Raheem Morris                           8
Tony Dungy                                 6
Lovie Smith                                  4
Bruce Arians                                 2
Jon Gruden                                  2

Gruden started 1-1 the year he won the Super B0wl/JEFFREY S. KING

Best Finishes to 1-1 Starts

2002                                  Won the Super Bowl
1999                                   Lost in NFC championship
2001                                   Lost in Division (Second) round
2007                                  Lost in Wild Card to eventual champion Giants
1981                                    Lost Division (first) round

Barrett leads the NFL in sacks./TIM WIRT

5 Famous Shacks

1. Shaq Barrett.
2. Shaq O'Neal
3. Psychedelic Shack.
4. Love Shack
5. Radio Shack

Peyton Barber tries to find daylight./TIM WIRT

5 Random Stats

Category                 Player                   League Rank
Sacks                     Shaq Barrett                    1.
Passing Yards     James Winston               4.
Rushing Yardage   Peyton Barber             4
Interceptions       Vernon Hargreaves      2 (tie)
Tackles                  Vernon Hargreaves.     3
-- Note: The Bucs have played two games. Most of the league has played just once.

Gay has been good for the Bucs./TIM WIRT

5 Good Newcomers

1. Shaq Barrett
2. Matt Gay
3. Ndamukong Suh
4. Jamel Dean
5. Bradley Pinion


Winston has had good games, too./STEVEN MUNCIE

10 Highest Grading Bucs'Quarterbacks

(Ratings of 100.0 or Higher)
Jameis Winston                            20
Josh Freeman                               14
Trent Dilfer                                   13
Jeff Garcia                                     11
Steve DeBerg                                11
Brad Johnson                                10
Doug Williams                                8
Craig Erickson                                8
Vinny Testaverde                           6
Brian Griese                                    6
-- Only with Bucs

As a pick, Aguayo was wide left./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

The Terrible Twos

(5 Dreadful Second-Round picks)
1. Booker Reese
2. Roberto Aguayo
3. Dexter Jackson
4. Sabby Piscatelli
5. Noah Spence

David was a solid pick for Bucs./TRAVIS PENDERGRASS

5 Good No. 2s

1. Mike Alstott
2. Lavonte David
3. James Wilder
4. Ali Marpet
5.  Reggie Cobb

Looking Ahead

5 Best Giants

1. Lawrence Taylor

2. Michael Strahan

3. Odell Beckham

4. Mark Bavaro

5. Eli Manning

5 Favorite Giants

1. Ottis Anderson

2. Jim Burt

3. Phil Simms

4. Fran Tarkenton

5. Leonard Marshall

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