Sunday had to be a frustrating day for Buccaneers fans. After all, it’s never easy watching an opposing quarterback carve up your defense for 500+ passing yards.
“I was biting my tongue on Twitter,” former NFL tight end and current Buccaneers pre- and post-game host Anthony Becht said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I didn’t want to write too many bad things about my team because it was annoying watching (Derek Carr light us up). Listen, the Bucs lacked an interior pressure in his face. Every time he threw the ball, it was like a statue. His arm would be in a position where you could have froze him in time because it was a perfect follow-through. He never got touched. He’s a special quarterback. I was impressed. You see him live, and it’s a little different. Not that our defense is a defense where you’re judging how good a quarterback is, but anybody that throws for 500 yards (and has good) ball placement – heck, his receivers dropped a couple of those (deep passes) that would have been even more yards. He might have broke the all-time passing record in that game had a few balls been caught. He’s impressive. We didn’t have good quarterback play on our side, and defensively, we just couldn’t get pressure in his face.”
Carr threw for a franchise-record 513 yards in Oakland’s 30-24 overtime win. Jameis Winston was okay – 16-of-32 for 180 yards and two scores – but he was too reliant on Mike Evans, who had more than twice as many targets (11) than any other Tampa Bay pass-catcher.
“I think we got to have balance, and the run game has been there,” Becht said. “But from a target standpoint, we throw the ball a lot to Mike Evans. We have to throw the ball to Mike Evans. The problem is getting the catches. When you get 11 targets and only catch four balls, now we’re just wasting throws and we’re not being efficient in what we’re doing. I think we have enough weapons. We lost Vincent Jackson. Russell Shepard has been a guy the last two games who’s proven he’s going to watch the ball in a limited amount of targets. Adam Humphries is obviously an unproven receiver within the world of the NFL, but he’s done a nice job working the middle. He can make the tough catch. And you got Cameron Brate, another guy that a lot of guys don’t know about, but he’s caught the ball well. Jameis has to distribute the ball to these guys. He’s got to see the field. We got to get the touches to Evans, but they got to be more efficient touches, and we got to start hitting the deep ball. Evans is a guy who has worked on his speed. He’s running by guys on film. We got to get that ball in his hands when he’s running by them so we can get some big plays downfield.”