“Everything is on the table for us”

The 3-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain in a dark place, losing their third straight game Thursday night with a 27-22 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It’s the Bucs’ fifth loss in six games as they put on dismal performance after dismal performance.

With the extended break ahead of a Week 9 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, coach Todd Bowles said there could be changes in the coaching staff after Thursday’s loss.

“We’re going to talk about everything this weekend,” Bowles said of official transcript. “If you don’t play well, it’s all on the table for us and we will discuss it as a staff.”

The comment was a departure from his claim after a Week 7 loss to Carolina that he would not consider a coaching change.

The biggest question is whether offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will continue to lead an offense that has struggled throughout the season.

On Thursday night, Tampa threw up its fourth game of the season in under 50 rushing yards, the most in the NFL. Tom Brady and the passing game struggled a lot with consistency and in the red. In Thursday’s second and third quarters, the Bucs poked at five consecutive possessions. They also went 2-of-5 in the red zone in the loss.

The Bucs have surpassed 22 points just once in eight games this season.

Thursday’s loss marked the first time in Brady’s career as a starter that he has a record of at least two games under .500. It’s also the first three-game losing streak for a Brady-led team since 2002.

“I think we’re going to try to figure everything out,” the QB said. “We will try again to make an assessment. We will have a little more time to see exactly what we are doing and what we can do better in the future.”

Everything should be on the table for the disappointing Bucs during their mini goodbye. Offense could limit Leonard Fournette’s snaps and improve rookie Rachaad White’s touches, and defense will have to make changes after being hurt on the ground again.

“It’s very difficult, very difficult, man,” said linebacker Lavonte David. “I’m not going to sit here and lie to you. It’s frustrating just because we know we have the talent in the dressing room. Losing three games in a row that we thought we should have run is very frustrating. I don’t know what it is, but I told them last week: there’s no need to look in the mirror anymore. You have to dig into your soul and pull one out. Whatever you think you’re doing, it’s not. We have to find a way to get better, somehow, somehow.”

Somehow, changes could be coming to Tampa as the Bucs are desperate.

“It’s still dark,” Bowles said. “Until you’re consistently winning ball games and playing four quarters consistently, it’s going to be dark. That doesn’t mean we can’t get out. We just have a lot of work ahead of us, as coaches and as players.”


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