What it means: Hey, maybe Greg Schiano wasn't so bad after all. At least the Bucs usually were in games when he was coaching. That was never the case for Lovie Smith's crew Thursday. They were down 21-0 after the first quarter and it just kept getting worse. The Bucs seemed to take a big step backward after being close in Smith's first two games. Their defense was horrible and you can't use the fact that All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was out with a hand injury as an excuse. The offense was dismal and the special teams allowed a Devin Hester punt return for a touchdown. Losses don't come much more thorough than this one. The Bucs are 0-3 and they're showing no signs that would give their fanbase any hope.
QB controversy? After throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown, quarterback Josh McCown left the game in the second quarter with a thumb injury. Second-year pro Mike Glennon took over for McCown. Glennon didn't fare much better. But the way this season is unfolding, you have to wonder if the Bucs will do something dramatic to try to shake things up.
Stock watch: Vincent Jackson has been one of the better wide receivers in the league in recent years, but he's off to a slow start this season. Jackson hasn't been able to get open deep and hasn't made any big plays. His hands also have been an issue. Jackson dropped a pass that would have gone for a first down. He did have a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, but that was long after the game had been decided.
Game ball: This is a required category, so I've got to go against my instincts and give someone on the Bucs a game ball. I'll go with linebacker Danny Lansanah, who had a fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown. That was about as close to a bright spot as the Bucs had.
What's next: The Buccaneers play at Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.