By Tom Krasniqi
When it rains, it pours. The Buccaneers are learning the hard way. 0-7 is an awful place to be. And to add insult, there’s injury.
Wideout Mike Willams is done for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Head coach Greg Schiano says Williams is having surgery to repair a torn hamstring.
“Mike had a hamstring injury that he tried to play through but just wasn’t effective doing it,” Schiano said during his Monday press conference. “He’ll get surgery now and be repaired and be fine. It’s just going to be a little bit of a recovery.”
It’s a big blow to an offense that is having trouble scoring points. Williams finishes the year with just 22 catches for 216 yards and two scores but the hamstring held him back from being a bigger contributor. Over his last three games, Williams had 11 catches for just 90 yards and didn’t have more than 38 yards receiving in those games. With a rookie quarterback in Mike Glennon now in place, the Bucs slumping offense needs all the help he can get.
Right now, the Bucs are averaging a paltry 14.3 points per game which is the second worse mark in the NFL. Only the Jaguars are more incompetent offensively (10.8ppg). That’s hideous. It’s no coincidence that both teams are still winless.
With Williams out, Schiano says WR Tiquan Underwood is “the next guy up as far as experience.” Chris Owusu will also get an opportunity once his ankle injury heals up.
“Just try and take it day by day. This is a great opportunity obviously and I’m just going to try and run with it…..[I’m] continuing to work hard in practice and see what happens,” Underwood said on Monday.
First it was running back Doug Martin going down. Now, it’s Williams. On Sunday, the winless Bucs travel to Seattle and the most unfriendly of venues in the NFL in Century Link Field to take on one of the best defenses in football. When it rains, it pours.
News & Notes:
- FOX’s Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that Schiano met with the Glazers on Friday morning. According to the report, Schiano met with the team and reportedly told them: “You’re stuck with me.”
- When asked about the report, Schiano says he speaks with the Glazers regularly: “I meet with the Glazers – and I’ve said to you guys before – I meet with them often, whether it be telephone or in person, and, since I’ve been here, what I say to our team is private. As we’ve all seen – I hope you’ve seen – there’s been a lot of things said that aren’t true, and there’s been a lot of things said that might be true. I’m not going to get into all that stuff.”
- Schiano says FS Dashon Goldson (knee) and LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder) are “bumped” but expressed optimism at their chances of playing Sunday in Seattle.
- Schiano says changes to the lineup are being discussed among the coaching staff. At Monday’s practice, we saw Jeremy Zuttah back at center with Jamon Meredith taking snaps at left guard.
- Schiano on rookie QB Mike Glennon: “I’m impressed with Mike. I’m impressed, as I’ve said many times, with his work ethic, his preparation, the way he reads things out in games, his cool demeanor.”
- Sunday’s game in Seattle will be a homecoming for MLB Mason Foster, who went to the University of Washington. While in college, he attended a Seahawks game and knows all too well as to how tough it is to play there: “Those fans are crazy up there so I know firsthand, but it’s going to be a great game. I’m excited to be up there; great environment to play in.”
- On Sunday, the Bucs travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. You can catch the game on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM with our coverage beginning at 12noon with the Countdown to Kickoff show.
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