Found January 03, 2013 on The Bay Cave:

The 2012 Bucs season was somewhat of an emotional roller coaster. With lots of excitement came as much disappointment. From coaching changes to a streak of bad interceptions, Bucs fans submitted their best and worst moments of 2012 via email and Twitter.  The following moments are ranked in order of the number of emails and Twitter mentions it received. Worst 1. Mike Williams no TD call vs. Saints in week 7 – The Bucs were down 35-28 in the closing seconds of the game when what appeared to be a touchdown pass from Josh Freeman to Mike Williams to tie the game was negated by a penalty. That penalty was illegal touching on Williams. He was pushed out of bounds as Freeman left the pocket. By NFL rule, he was the first one to touch the ball after stepping out of bounds while the quarterback was out of the pocket resulting in the penalty. (Submitted first on Twitter via @CalicoJack55 along with several emails by others.) 2. The pass defense – The Buccaneers could have had the worse pass defense in NFL history for yards given up. Thankfully that did not happen. But they came close. The Bucs averaged around 300 yards per game through the air, including 510 yards week two by Eli Manning and over 400 yards week nine by Carson Palmer. (Submitted via emails multiple times.) 3. Eight interceptions in two games – As the Bucs were still fighting for mathematical hopes of reaching the playoffs, Josh Freeman decided to play his worst  football of the season. Freeman threw four interceptions in back to back games against the Saints and the Rams. Both games were losses for the Bucs officially knocking them out of any playoff hopes. (Submitted first on Twitter via @37champs.) Best 1. Doug Martin vs. Oakland - Rookie running back Doug Martin showed the NFL world on a Thursday night what he can do. But it was week nine against the Raiders where he really made a name for himself. Martin rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns in Oakland. His performance earned him the NFL Rookie of the Week Award. (Submitted first on Twitter via @Gothic_football. Many emails as well) 2. Schiano’s no non-sense approach – When Greg Schiano was hired as the Bucs next head coach, he wanted to immediately change the culture of the organization. Tanard Jackson, Kellen Winslow, and Aqib Talib all had brushes with discipline in some way and are no longer with the organization. Schiano has preached about getting “Buccaneer Men” to play for the team and he is getting to that goal. (Submitted via Twitter by @ResearchMan205 as well as emails.) 3. The attack on the kneel-down play – The highly controversial kneel-down play at the end of the Bucs and Giants game got much attention and rightfully so. Schiano did not back down on his stance for doing so. In fact, he did it the following week in Dallas and also against Denver later in the season. As many fans said, that sparked a fire in the team they hadn’t seen in a while. (Submitted first through emails then via Twitter by @oleirishbuzzsaw.) Other mentions: Worst – Shutout by Saints, the excuses Schiano used after the kneel-down play, signing Eric Wright. Best – Improved record, firing of Raheem Morris, beating Carolina in overtime after the comeback (Photo credits: Getty Images) The post Best and worst Bucs moments of 2012 from the fans appeared first on The Bay Cave.


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