Raheem Talks Offensive IdentityDecember 6th, 2011
Hand the rock to LeGarrette Blount 30 times a game. That’s what Raheem Morris says is the Bucs’ offensive identity.
Raheem has said that multiple times on The Raheem Morris Show on WDAE-AM 620, including last night.
Yesterday a caller into the show named Billy asked Raheem if he was ever going to keep the offense wide open after completing a first down in a four-wide-receiver set outside of a two-minute or four-minute offense. Billy said he thought the Bucs’ offense was too predictable and even fans can guess play-calls from the stands.
“It kind of goes to offensive identity,” Raheem said. “Right now, what your team is built for offensive identity-wise is to hand the ball to Blount 30 times.
“Once you go to a four-wide package you kind of take Blount’s ability to run behind a fullback and really be a power offense, ala some of the power offenses in the league, that got’em 10 wins last year. You know, it’s less about what the defense knows. They gotta go out there and be able to stop it. And right now they’re stopping it because they’re out-executing us at the point of attack, or we’re making mistakes on any particular play on offense.”
Raheem went on to say that the Bucs can’t go to four wideout sets early in games because the Bucs can’t change who they are effectively midseason – “to try to become something that you’re not,” Raheem said. “You have to have some sort of offensive identity before you mature.”
Raheem gave an example of Tom Brady’s evolution, growing into using multiple packages over years of development. Raheem acknowledged that the Bucs are nowhere near that level.
Joe always cringes when he hears Raheem say Blount should get 30 carries if a Bucs game is going according to plan. That reminds Joe of the mind-boggling opening day when Blount got only five carries, and other days when the Bucs seemed under-committed to the run.
Whatever the Bucs’ offensive identity is, Joe hopes it becomes noticeable and effective soon. And if any of Joe’s readers know what the Bucs’ identitity is in the red zone, feel free to share below.