By Max Luckan
As the stream of reports about Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman’s habits and alleged wrongdoing continues, the Bucs have to try and focus on their play, which hasn’t exactly been good up to this point. In fact, the Bucs currently sit at 0-4 and have a bye week this week to try and figure out what has gone wrong.
All in all, the Bucs have a very talented roster and should have a better record this season. But some close losses and questionable decisions by the coaching staff have the Bucs searching for answers.
Some players have played very well for the Bucs this season, while others have either underperformed or regressed.
Gerald McCoy (DT) – McCoy has been a disruptive force so far this season, racking up two sacks and eight tackles up to this point. He’s really been the anchor on the defensive line and continues to improve week by week. Once again, McCoy is playing at a Pro Bowl level.
Lavonte David (LB) – The speedy David is also evolving into one of the top linebackers in the NFL. Aside from one crucial mistake in Week 1, David has played as well as any linebacker in the league. He’s registered three sacks and 29 combined tackles so far, and even has an interception. David is just one part of an impressive group of linebackers for the Bucs.
Doug Martin (RB) – While the Bucs continue to fail to score points, Martin has really been the one and only source of offense. Martin has rushed for 342 yards and one touchdown through four weeks. And while those numbers aren’t that impressive, Martin is doing everything he can in an attempt to get the offense going, and in doing so, he’s setting an example as a leader on the offensive side of the ball.
Josh Freeman (QB) – Yes, Freeman isn’t playing anymore and likely won’t play in another game for the Bucs in his NFL career. But he did play in the first three weeks and failed to deliver. In three games, Freeman completed only 45.7 percent of his passes and threw three interceptions. He also failed to really lead the offense when things got rough, which led the Bucs to make a switch at quarterback.
Rian Lindell (K) – Lindell very well may have cost the Bucs a victory or two this season. He’s connected on three of five field goals this season, but has failed to come up in the clutch. The Bucs clearly miss kicker Connor Barth, who is on injured reserve, and Lindell’s kicking has been shaky to say the least through the first quarter of the season.
Dashon Goldson (FS) – So far, Goldson has almost racked up as many personal foul penalties as tackles this season. Well, not quite, but Goldson has been flagged multiple times for unnecessary roughness penalties and hasn’t done much of anything else. He has a total of 28 combined tackles, but no interceptions or sacks and Goldson could even be close to a suspension if he’s penalized again for unnecessary roughness. Goldson has severely underperformed this season, especially given his high price tag. The Bucs hope they can get more out of Goldson as the season progresses.
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Max Luckan lives in Tampa, FL and is a sports writer covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL. Luckan has been covering the Buccaneers for a few years now. Max is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.