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Buccaneers vs. Saints: Weak offensive showing again a concern for Schiano

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Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano blames himself for not getting his team prepared in a blowout loss to the Saints, but sees some miscommunications and an early deficit pull apart his team's offensive attack.

Chris Graythen

After a disappointing 41-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano quickly assigned blame to himself, but also showed real concern about an offense that has sputtered the past two weeks as the Buccaneers have fallen almost out of playoff contention.

"I did not get this team ready to go today for whatever that reason is," Schiano said in the post-game press conference. "There were some miscommunications -- did not see things the same way. And you need to be able to do that. That leads to I do not know if it was one or two of the turnovers."

A passing game that could not get itself together was not helped by a running game that showed Schiano some strength before the Buccaneers were forced to turn to the air attack after falling behind early.

"We had some fours, some threes, a seven, but when you quickly fall behind I don't know if the running game ever gets a fair shot," Schiano said. "I have said that twice this season. You know so up until this point, it has been some tough losses, but they have been one-score losses. This is a different animal."

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