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Becht Breaks Down TB-PIT Game

Many words can be used to describe the Buccaneers first win of the season, thrilling come-from-behind 27-24 victory on the road against the Steelers. The one word that comes to my mind is FINISH. Traveling to Pittsburgh as an 0-3 football team is not an easy task. The Bucs had to play a complete game in all three phases to turn their season around and get themselves a win. After watching the coaches tape last night after the game, these were my thoughts on what I saw:**

Mike Glennon got the call to be the signal caller for the Bucs in Week Four. It was a tough situation for the young QB to step into. Your team was against the wall losing their first three games and the offense hasn't clicked enough early in the season to help the cause.

I saw a prepared and composed leader on the football field Sunday. The young man stepped up in the pocket all day, read his progressions and delivered a catchable ball throughout. Most importantly he PROTECTED the football. With 11 targets to Louis Murphy, 10 targets to Vincent Jackson, 7 targets to Mike Evans and 7 targets to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Glennon showed that he read his progressions and understood the game plan that was called by his offensive coordinator. There were several times when the pocket broke down in the game and Glennon kept his eyes down field and delivered the football to the open target or got rid of it and didn't make the deadly mistake.

The hardest thing for an NFL quarterback is to lead your team down for a score in the 4th quarter w/ less than a minute left and NO timeouts. Of course it's always a team effort in those situations but they're rare situations that QB's can gain the confidence of his teammates. I believe that was one of them.**

The passing game got off to a rough start, but the whole group of receivers and tight ends stepped up in the second half.

First, I thought for a guy that was released and recently signed this past Tuesday, Louis Murphy had an outstanding game. In less than four days of work, he jumped right in and understood the game plan and ran precise routes to give his quarterback confidence to throw him the ball. Explosive plays were key in the gameplan if the Bucs wanted to win and he provided flashes for the offense.

Mike Evans had a breakout game and proved to have a great connection with Glennon throughout the game before leaving due to a groin injury during the third quarter. Evans caught multiple routes vertically and horizontally that showed his growth has taken huge strides in just a few weeks.

The other rookie, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, finally got himself back on the field yesterday and made his presence felt. I applaud Coach Arroyo for getting ASJ in the game plan early and often. The young man is really the key equalizer for this offense by providing another element that the defense must defend. He will take away the double teams that Jackson and Evans would've seen if he's not a factor.

Glennon exploited the tight end position and it allowed the rest of the receiving unit to win their one on one battles.**

The defensive line has been bruised and battered every game of the Buccaneers season. Heading into the Steelers game, I honestly wasn't expecting much and was hoping for just a fundamentally sound performance. Once in a while, I happen to be wrong :). With five sacks, strip fumbles and pressure on Roethlisberger throughout., the defensive line provided the much-needed pressure that kept Big Ben on his toes and thinking about them the whole game.

Gerald McCoy's performance was top notch. His ability to penetrate, beat the guard one on one, and disrupt the backfield were just more reason to justify why he's the best defensive tackle in the NFL.

I finally get to type Michael Johnson's name today. The free agent defensive end has been quiet and limited with injury the entire season, but Sunday he was on a mission to be the game wrecker that the fans expect to see week in and week out. Right out the gates he set the tempo early with a strip sack fumble on Big Ben and followed it up with another sack later in the game. I saw Johnson limping and battling injury all day, but fought through it for four quarters. In a time when the Bucs defense desperately needed another defensive lineman to answer the bell, Michael Johnson stepped up.

Finally, I need to give props to Head Coach Lovie Smith and his staff. After getting handed one of the worse defeats in team history just ten days ago, he had his team energized and poised for the Steelers game. Say what you want about what this team has done through the first three weeks. Yesterday's performance was a hard fought battle for FOUR QUARTERS and the most important thing is the team FINISHED the game in the end. It showed the resolve of every player and coach on the roster.

Buccaneers get their first win of the season vs the Steelers, and maybe most importantly they get a taste of what it feels like to go to a hostile environment and win a game that nobody picked them to win!

Behind the scenes photos from the Buccaneers' victory over the Steelers on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

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