The Bucs didn't look like a team that hit the field with concern, but by the end, they had plenty to worry about.
The team played well enough to win for part of the game. Mike Glennon put together a strong first half, throwing two touchdowns to Vincent Jackson and posting a quarterback rating well over 100 points.
"It kind of reminded me of college, when I made a jump from the first game to the second game," said Glennon. "You're going to continue to grow. There's more and more I can take away from these games now having gone through them, and I think I will continue to improve as the season progresses."
The turning points came on the Bucs' opening drive of the second half. Glennon, in Eagles' territory, was picked off the first time.
It was a momentum swing as the Eagles then outscored the Bucs 17 to 3. Tampa Bay's defense, which had allowed just five touchdowns in the first four games, surrendered four to Nick Foles. Two came on deep plays; Jonthan Banks was beat first.
"He made a good play and I didn't," said Banks. "Just got to keep working. I thought I was in position. Just got to keep grinding, stay after, keep working, and get better."
The Bucs were completely outplayed by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half and Bucs players admitted they were caught off guard by some of the things the Eagles were doing. Which raises the question: Were the Bucs prepared well enough for this game?
Darrelle Revis said having to deal with a third MRSA outbreak late in the week was a distraction.
"It was a big distraction," said Revis. "Because our minds were starting fresh and then we had to deal with this thing the whole week. It trickled into the game a little."
I asked Revis how it trickled in.
"Just stuff coming out all week and the news. Even in the locker room. Guys just making sure that Jonthan is OK and making sure Carl [Nicks] is OK as well. Just making sure they are all right. Life's are in jeopardy with those types in infections."
This is the tenth loss for Greg Schiano in the last 11 games and fans are calling for coaching change.
"I really don't know," said Revis. "I think that can't be my focus. That can't be the team's focus right now.
"Management us going to do what is in the best interest for the organization. At the same time we've got a season to play."
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