There were some that expected the Bucs to make a big turnaround this season. Not because of quarterback Jameis Winston, but many felt under a second year of head coach Lovie Smith success would be the theme for 2015. However, while national pundits suggested that also, that was not the case.
Despite the team’s ability to reach a .500 record just four games ago, they sputtered their way to it. Whether you want to place blame on the offense or the defense, the team has obvious struggles that appeared once again on Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Bears.
“I thought we would play a lot better than we did today,” head coach Lovie Smith said after the game. “It’s tough to win when you do some of the things we did out there – turnovers, starting off with that. Two fumbles, one really put them in position, we threw an interception in the end zone. It’s tough duty. We had momentum early. That penalty when we got the interception really put us on our heels and we never really recovered after that.”
That problem of recovering after a game altering play has plagued the Buccaneers since Week 1. A questionable penalty or a turnover has exposed Tampa Bay on countless occasions that they were not built to overcome those issues.
It’s been the story of the 2015 season: Make a play but negate it by shooting yourself in the foot. That seems to be this team’s motto and at some point this upcoming offseason many within the organization — from players up to the front office — have to look at themselves in the mirror.