‘No one’ feels good with Buccaneers after loss to Panthers


“It’s about as dark as it’s going to be right now.”

Tom Brady of the Buccaneers leads the attack. Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers slipped even further on Sunday, falling to a 21-3 win in a loss that left former Patriots star and Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles unanswered.

The Buccaneers, now 3-4, have lost three of their last four games, two of which were embarrassing stumbles against the Steelers and Panthers. The Steelers and Panthers are down to just two wins (including the Buccaneers).

“They have to be adults, and we’re going to see what we’re made of, how many people can handle adversity,” Bowles told reporters after the game. “It’s about as dark as it’s going to be right now.”

Brady (32 for 49, 290 yards) conceded on offense failures, which generated just one fourth-quarter field goal and 46 rushing yards against the Panthers.

“I think we all need to do our jobs better,” Brady said. “There is no easy solution. They try to stop us from doing our job, we try to do it, and they do a better job than us.

“Any time you score three points, that pretty much sums it up.”

When reporters asked Brady about specific plays or specific issues, he referred back to the film, noting that there were “a lot” of things the Buccaneers didn’t do well.

“Nobody feels good where we are, nobody feels good about how we’ve played or what we’re doing,” Brady said. “We’re all in this together, man. We have to get out of this. »

Brady called for accountability, discipline, mental and physical toughness and commitment as the Buccaneers prepare for games against the Ravens and Rams in the coming weeks.

“We’re totally capable of making plays, but we’re not making them consistently enough to score points,” Brady said. “Make a big play, make a bad play, make a big play, make a bad play. In football, that’s just not enough. You can’t play like that. You need to string together enough good plays to get the ball into the red zone and score points. We just haven’t done that.

Bowles, meanwhile, challenged the entire team — including players and coaches — to move forward better.

“The older guys have to prove they can still play. Young people have to prove they belong and coaches have to improve every day,” Bowles said. “That’s really it. Strong minded.”


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