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For those of us who don't think the world is ending after a 6-point loss on the road.

My thoughts:

- Clearly we got beat in the 1st half today. Had we had even a mediocre 1st half we'd have won, IMO. The Bucs simply came out with a gameplan we had no way or preparing for and it took us too long to adjust.

- Our running game is slow to start off every season and we always rebound. No need to panic.

- Cam looked good. 2 INT's, yes, but we were in comeback mode pretty much all game so that's to be expected. Overall, he showed well, especially under heavy pressure.

- Is it time to seriously consider starting Mike Pollak over Geoff Hangartner? Amini looked bad at times, sure, but he's a rookie in his first game. Hangartner is a veteran.

- I saw a lot we can build on from the defense. Josh Norman looked solid in a very tough matchup on Vincent Jackson, even if he gave up a few plays, overall it was a good debut. Martin had 100 yards rushing, but it took like 30 carries. 3rd down needs some work, but overall a fairly big improvement on last year.

- Ron & Dwan looked solid enough for their first game. Once they develop some familiarity with each other we should be solid in the middle.

- Probably the most disappointing thing today was Luke Kuechly's play. I have no doubt he'll rebound, but I expected a lot better from him.

- Brad Nortman looks good. You know, when he's not getting blocked.

- Louis Murphy is a steal for what we gave up for him. He'll be a big-time weapon for us this year.

- Overall, we were obviously taken off guard by the Bucs without having any game tape to gameplan around, particularly on defense early. I feel like we'll be alright in the long run this year. The sky certainly isn't falling. This game reminded me a lot of the 2005 opener, another close loss in an overall good season for us.

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Guest Irv

good post im glad we have someone on this board with some common sense.

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Good Analysis. Dwan Edwards and Murphy really made me happy this game.

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Tampa played an error-free game. They looked like they wanted it more, at least in the 1st half.

Can't say I was wild about Chud's playcalling early in the game. Also disappointed the coaches didn't call TO before the punt block. Seems to me we were outcoached overall.

But it's just one game. No call for panic.

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Let's be honest, I don't expect us to be serious contenders till next year. It was a rough game. We were embarrassed. We are disappointed. I thought the D looks better, but the loss was on the offense. We really need to have a better run game. If we have THIS much trouble without Stewart in the game, we spent WAY too much money on DWill. Let's see how we do the next couple of weeks before giving up.

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TBH, this is exactly what I was worried about this game. That we would be unprepared for the Bucs new schemes and that's just what happened in the 1st half. If we manage even a FG in the 1st half this game is totally different.

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