TAMPA (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been on both ends of preseason routs, but don't expect them to take any positives out of Thursday's 31-14 blowout loss to the New England Patriots.
"Usually it's easier to teach 'em after a big loss because you can whup them and do whatever you want to do to them and everyone is accepting of it," coach Raheem Morris said Friday. "But for us, whether it's been a big win or a big loss ... it's been the same general approach every time I talk to the team. I don't think it really applies to our football team."
After a 25-0 win in Kansas City in their preseason opener, the Bucs were humbled by the Patriots, who took a 28-0 lead on their first five possessions.
"We got outplayed physically up front," Morris said, "and then really, it was a different approach to the game in how we played and they played."
Morris wanted to evaluate his young players "without any scheme or anything of that nature," and the early pace set by the Patriots was a big problem for the Bucs.
Morris credited center Jeff Faine and offensive tackle Donald Penn for making adjustments to New England's blitz, and noted that defensive back Elbert Mack "had a big game" that included a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown. Corey Lynch, Larry Asante and Dekoda Watson were also singled out for defensive plays.