Ill-timed penalties helped do in the Bucs

Published: September 30th, 2012
By Bucs Beat Feed

The Bucs had 10 penalties for a season-high 107 yards, but more important, they had impeccable timing.

“There are certain penalties I can live with,” coach Greg Schiano said. “There are others that are inexcusable. We had a few of those today.”

There was no more glaring example of what Schiano was bemoaning than RG Ted Larsen’s false start on a crucial two-point conversion attempt. With the Bucs looking to tie the score after LeGarrette Blount’s 2-yard touchdown run, with the crowd rejoicing and momentum building, it was all undermined by Larsen’s lack of composure.

The call moved the Bucs from the 2-yard line to the 7, from which QB Josh Freeman threw incomplete to WR Mike Williams.

Another example: CB Leonard Johnson was whistled for an illegal block on a Redskins punt attempt in the third quarter. A drive that would have started at the Bucs 29 instead originated at their 15.

In the second quarter, with the Redskins facing a third-and-1 from the Bucs 10, DT Gary Gibson was called for encroachment, giving the Redskins an automatic first down. They scored a touchdown on Robert Griffin III’s 5-yard run on the very next play.

Expect a big portion of the upcoming bye week to be dedicated to correcting these kinds of mistakes.

“We have to do a better job coaching,” Schiano said. “It hasn’t gotten through.

“The offsides when it’s fourth and 1, third and 1, that’s me. I have to get them to understand the situation. It hasn’t gotten through. It will. We’re good enough. We’ve got good enough players, good enough coaches. The head coach has got to get them to understand it.”