There was no white smoke coming out One Buc Place after five days of self-analysis.
Few answers were found, and quick solutions were not within sight.
But we already knew that, didn't we?
Defense is at the epicenter of the Tampa Bay Bucs' woes, and that's disturbing because defense is supposed to be Lovie Smith's forte.
After the Bucs (1-5) were dominated by the Baltimore Ravens in suffering their second embarrassment in four games last week heading into a bye week, the head coach promised changes and so far has given us tweaks.
The Bucs rank last in total defense and are tied for last in touchdown passes allowed with 15. They are next to last in pass defense and have allowed a quarterback rating of 111.9, which is the league's worst.
There aren't enough players available for a total fixer-upper, but someone has to be chastised.
Nickel back Leonard Johnson caught the wrath of defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Defensive end Michael Johnson deserves equal criticism, but the coaching staff keeps reminding us that he is battling an ankle injury. Not everyone is buying that.
Leonard Johnson's stats, courtesy of ProFootballFocus, are horrific and bring up the question of why there was virtually no backup at his position. Quarterbacks have completed 16 of 19 passes in his area and most alarming is that he has not been credited with one pass defended. He has allowed a quarterback rating of 124.1, which is among the worst in the league.
"We need to get more from Leonard. He was in position on Sunday in a third-down situation to make a play, didn't make a play, and we've got to make some of those plays," Frazier said. "That position in today's NFL, you're like a starter. Some of the teams are going three and four wide receivers; you play a lot of snaps."
Injuries and Leonard Johnson's poor play persuaded the Bucs to sign free agent Isaiah Frey, who will be used primarily at nickel back. Smith selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 draft when he was at Chicago.
"We're trying to add players that can help us win some football games. It's a natural union," Smith said.
Smith and GM Jason Licht have to take the responsibility for not having depth at key positions.
When cornerback Mike Jenkins was lost for the season after the first game, it left the Bucs with only two NFL-caliber players at that position in Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks. The latter didn't play last week, forcing the Bucs to grab Crezdon Butler off the street. It was a disaster.
So much of the Tampa 2 defense Smith employs is dependent on a strong rush from the front four. It hasn't happened, and a lot of the criticism has been placed on Michael Johnon, a high-priced free-agent acquisition.
Frazier said Michael Johnson is not the same player he was coming out of training camp because of his injury, which occurred early in the opener against Carolina.
"To see him on the ground grimacing, from that point on, it's just been an uphill battle to try and get him back healthy. He's not the player we had coming out of training camp," Frazier said.
NFL Films guru Greg Cosell, who is well respected throughout the league, has a different take on Michael Johnson.
"He is not a disappointment because he is not a pure pass rusher," Cosell said. "People thought they were getting a pass rusher. He is good football player (but) in this particular scheme, he is not that guy."
Cosell says Lovie Smith's defenses are built on execution, and right now the personnel is not playing well, particularly the secondary and front four.
Smith has said he doesn't have the personnel that can play man to man well. He insists Michael Johnson is limited because of his injury.
Bottom line: Don't expect things to change much anytime soon.
Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter @ADellSports.