TAMPA, Fla. -- Coach Lovie Smith remains puzzled why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to win consecutive games under his watch.
"There's a missing piece," he said Monday. "Exactly what it is [I don't know]. I want to get back to that position again. Right now, what we have figured out is how to have a disappointing loss and come back and win the following week. First step for us is to get back to that place [to win consecutive games]."
In late September, Tampa Bay followed a victory in New Orleans with a loss in Houston. In October, but Bucs followed a victory over Jacksonville with a loss at Washington.
The Bucs have come close to a winning streak under Smith. After beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 in 2014, Tampa Bay lost to the Saints in overtime the following Sunday. The loss to Washington this season happened after Tampa Bay blew a 24-point lead.
"Eventually, whether it be penalties, dropping into coverage, who we put out on the football field -- eventually all that will come together, and we'll get a win," Smith said.
The Bucs last won consecutive games in 2013, when they claimed three straight from Weeks 10-12 under former coach Greg Schiano.
"We have to learn how to do that, get some consistency, myself in general, week-in and week-out," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said.
The Bucs are 3-1 coming off a defeat this year, with their only consecutive losses happening in Weeks 3 and 4.
"We've learned how to lose a game and fight back and win the next one," McCoy said. "We have to learn how to win a game and keep fighting and then win the next one. And that can be frustrating, but that's something we're trying to figure out as a whole."