What we know after the Panthers' win over the Bucs
If you thought Greg Schiano's seat was hot before, it's now on fire. pic.twitter.com/sWSr19360N — Style Knight (@Style_Knight) October 24, 2013Yes, "Fire Schiano" billboards have erected in the local area. Then the fans erected their own Thursday night. This guy even showed up to Thursday's game wearing bags on their head with "Schiano is worse than MRSA" printed on them. If you don't get that joke, click here. Even the fans in Tampa Bay like the opposing QB more than their own head coach. Reports have surfaced that Schiano and his coaching staff have lost the locker room. What’s worse is no player has really come to Schiano’s defense. The team has lost its last 12 of 13 games dating back to last season and the clock is firmly ticking on Schiano. Unless the Buccaneers string together a couple of wins in a hurry and some veteran players stand up for him, the Rutgers former head coach will be hitting the unemployment line. And plus, @DidBucsWin is probably tired of tweeting the same thing over and over again. The Buccaneers are way too talented of a team to be this bad. They’ve splurged the last few offseasons in free agency, but they’ve never jelled. That’s on the coaching staff. Fundamentals were an issue for Bucs That lone Buccaneer whiffing on DeAngelo Williams was second-year linebacker Lavonte David. It was tough night for Tampa Bay’s defense, lacking some fundamentals trying to wrap up the ball carrier and containing Newton. To be fair, they were undermanned without safety Dashon Goldson. Punt returner Eric Page muffed a punt in the third quarter that allowed the Panthers to have a short field. Newton made them pay, piloting a four-play 29-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mike Tolbert. Issues also emerged on offense as center Ted Larsen, who was later moved to left guard, had two low snaps on third down which stifled drives in the first half. Mike Glennon’s 6-foot-7 frame can read and react only so quickly when the ball hits him in the knee. How special is Carolina’s defense? Luke-Kuechly-DG_20131025000712878_600_400.JPG" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> The Panthers defense ranks second in the league in points allowed after Thursday night. It has also done a great job of limiting opposing offenses the last three weeks, holding them to less than 13 points per game. Need another stat? The Panthers haven’t allowed a touchdown in the first half in any game this season. Led by second-year linebacker Luke Kuechly, the Panthers defense has solidified into one of the most underrated units in the league. Its front four put Glennon under pressure all night. On the ground, with Buccaneers running back Doug Martin missing because of a torn labrum, rookie Mike James didn’t have much room to run the ball, finishing with 39 yards on 10 carries. Let’s not forget that Ron Rivera is a defensive-minded coach. He has coached elite defenses before in Chicago and San Diego before getting the job in Carolina in 2011. While Newton is the face of the franchise, the Panthers defense deserves a ton of the credit for their sudden turnaround. Who was in charge of the Buccaneers’ cannon? Typically the cannon at Raymond James Stadium is reserved for Buccaneers touchdowns. On Thursday night, it went off randomly as the Bucs were looking to celebrate just about anything. Whether it was the Buccaneers getting into the red zone or prematurely firing before a field goal was called back by a flag, the cannon seemingly (hopefully) had a mind of its own. FOX Sports 1’s Peter Schrager summed it up perfectly with this tweet:
Love these cannons, down 18 points in the 4th quarter. I hope they're just being sarcastic. Or it's a 5 year old kid at the wheel. — P. Schrager (@PSchrags) October 25, 2013Questions? Comments? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!