It got to a point Sunday, where it became quite clear that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were not going to win against the New England Patriots.
Not with that many drops from receivers or with six shots inside the 40 and just three points to show for it or a tired defense that had been out-coached and out-schemed.
Yet was there any point Sunday when Bucs head coach Greg Schiano considered benching starting quarterback Josh Freeman and bringing in rookie third-round draft pick Mike Glennon?
“No there wasn’t,” Schiano responded, acknowledging Freeman still gives the team the best chance to win.
It became clear the Patriots were in control and weren’t going to let up on the gas pedal until LeGarrette Blount came in to run the ball out in the fourth quarter.
By that time, Vincent Jackson had already left the game with a rib injury and Mike Williams was hobbling around with a noticeable limp. Yet there was still no sign of Glennon.
Freeman completed 19 of 41 passes for 236 yards and one interception, which came with 11 seconds remaining in the first half to set up a Patriots field goal. He was sacked three times.
It was his third-consecutive game completing less than 50-percent of his passes.
While an entire loss can’t be pinned solely on him, particularly the drops, Freeman’s chances of keeping his job could be running out, and at some point, at least if this keeps up, Schiano might have to consider making a change.