Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sunday's Opponent: Tampa Bay Bucs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sunday's Opponent: Tampa Bay Bucs

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Coach: Lovie Smith (second year, 11th year overall).

Record: 1-3 (tied for last in NFC South).

Last week: Lost 37-23 to Carolina.

Next week: Bye.


Play caller: Coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Analysis: Koetter was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator from 2007-11, then ran Atlanta's offense for three years. ... Two problem areas so far for the Buccaneers are third down (29th in the league at 30.4 percent) and turnovers (10, second-most ahead of Indianapolis' 12). ... The centerpiece of the franchise's rebuilding effort is QB Jameis Winston, the first overall pick from Florida State. Given the starting spot soon after the draft, Winston has had the typical rookie season, some ups but more downs. He's completing only 54.9 percent of his passes, is 31st in passer rating (71.2) and his seven interceptions are tied for the league lead with the Colts' Andrew Luck. Winston does have six touchdowns. ... Winston is coming off his first train-wreck game - four interceptions and a lost fumble against Carolina. ... The Buccaneers have plenty of talent around Winston in RB Doug Martin and WRs Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. ... TEs Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) and Luke Stocker (hip) missed the Carolina game. ... Martin's 282 rushing yards are tied for fifth in the NFL and his 66 carries are tied for sixth. Charles Sims is a dependable backup. ... The offensive line is a mix of veterans and rookies.


Play caller: Head coach Lovie Smith.

Analysis: Former Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier is the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator, but Smith took over the playcalling in August. Smith also called the plays at various points during his nine-year tenure as Chicago's head coach. ... The Buccaneers run a 4-3 front. ... Tampa Bay ranks ninth in yards (322. …

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