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Penalties continue to plague the Buccaneers


The Buccaneers gifted the Jets the field position for a game-winning field goal last week when linebacker Lavonte David picked up a personal foul for hitting Jets quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds with seconds left on the clock.

That was one of 13 penalties for the Bucs on the day, but it doesn’t appear anyone has learned the lesson about how much penalties can hurt your chances of winning. The Bucs picked up three personal fouls among seven penalties overall ┬áin the first half against the Saints, wiping out a Drew Brees turnover and helping the Saints get a chance to extend their lead in the final minutes of the first half.

Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was flagged for making helmet-to-helmet contact with Brees while forcing a fumble, a penalty that was unfortunate because Clayborn was a victim of the league’s rules about hitting quarterbacks high regardless of intent. The fouls charged to defensive backs Dashon Goldson and Ahmad Black can’t be explained away as easily, though. Both players went high on defenseless receivers, with Goldson hitting Darren Sproles to extend a Saints drive and Black pasting Jimmy Graham to set the Saints up in Bucs territory near the two-minute warning. Leonard Johnson was then offside on a made Garrett Hartley field goal with 22 seconds left.

The Saints chose to accept the penalty and gave the ball to Mark Ingram, who was stuffed by David, Mason Foster and others despite the fact that the Bucs only had 10 players on the field. It was a good outcome and a reminder of the old adage about the perils of taking points off the board, but the process needs a lot of work in Tampa.

Goldson was fined $30,0000 for a similar play in Week One, was fined more than $77,000 for a variety of violations while with the Niners last year and will likely get another envelope in his locker this week. The Bucs have been penalized seven times overall, including an illegal formation call that wiped out a first down and a delay of game on a first down after a change of possession in the second quarter.

All of the penalties have marred an otherwise strong defensive effort by Tampa as they have forced the Saints to pick up yards by nibbling outside of a 51-yard Brees-to-Graham touchdown in the first quarter.

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18 Responses to “Penalties continue to plague the Buccaneers”
  1. rainponcho87 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:02 PM

    I was sorry to see Goldson leave the 49ers because he was such an enforcer, but he definitely has a pattern of penalities and fines.

  2. realnflmaster says: Sep 15, 2013 7:02 PM

    I called this hire a joke and was downvoted into oblivion. I called the Doug Moron hire in BuffaLOL a joke and was downvoted into oblivion.

    See the pattern?

  3. bucrightoff says: Sep 15, 2013 7:02 PM

    The Adrian Clayborn sack fumble penalty was total crap, the others were dumb. Offense still stuggling mightly, defense doing all it can even if Jimmy Graham is abusing them

  4. watchfullhose says: Sep 15, 2013 7:03 PM

    With dirty hits like the one Black made on Graham that are intended to injure…..well…. Karma is a b!tch.

  5. brocattosbasement says: Sep 15, 2013 7:04 PM

    As good a coach as Sean Payton is, he is stubbornly stupid. The Saints offensive line and especially Ingram have proved over & over that they cannot get that tough yard on 4th down. Yet Payton pulls points off the board and sends in Ingram. Just Stupid!

  6. gor3hound says: Sep 15, 2013 7:07 PM

    Excluding the Clayborn flag that was totally unfair, the others flags are huge proof of Schiano lack of command, I mean, did you see Black’s hit? Are you kidding?

  7. mmmulligan says: Sep 15, 2013 7:10 PM

    Which team will have more fines this year? Bucs thumbs up, Lions thumbs down!

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:15 PM

    Poorly disciplined teams like this are a sign of poor coaching

  9. peed1 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:28 PM

    Football is increasingly difficult to watch. Hard to sack the quarterback if he goes into a fetal position. You hit him with your shoulder but your head goes along.

  10. onebucplace says: Sep 15, 2013 7:51 PM

    Do the DB’s that write for “football” website even bother to watch the games or do you just check the boxscores? If you actually watched the last 2 games you’d know the refs are 1 for 6 on personal foul calls, the Claybourn call, which was a sack and a fumble inside the 20, should be enough to get these union scumbag refs fired.

  11. onebucplace says: Sep 15, 2013 7:54 PM

    This is what you get when the NFL cares more about the Glee crowd than the sports crowd. The Lingerie Bowl has become more football than this crap they’re putting on on Sunday afternoons.

  12. bucforever says: Sep 15, 2013 8:27 PM

    Penalties aside the Bucs have held their on against a tough Saints team. This game could go either way!

  13. akasaintsbaby says: Sep 15, 2013 8:38 PM




  14. bucthat says: Sep 15, 2013 8:52 PM


  15. samapoc says: Sep 15, 2013 8:59 PM

    Big fine… $30,0000?

  16. labucs says: Sep 15, 2013 9:31 PM

    The league and Owners hate Schiano and any minor infraction will be called against the Bucs, but, we sure can stop the victory formation. For our opposition and for ourselves.

  17. fringetastic says: Sep 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    Where’s the call to suspend Goldson with his strong pattern of illegal hits? $77k last year, going to be fined for both games so far this year… Will it take him causing a serious injury to someone — and a serious reflection on his history from PFT, complete with a we-should-have-seen-this-coming motif — before that happens?

  18. tpa43 says: Sep 16, 2013 4:54 PM

    I agree that Ahmad Black should be suspended by the league office for that hit.

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