Looking For A Deep ThreatJanuary 22nd, 2012
For all Joe knows, the Bucs’ offensive coaches couldn’t concoct and/or devise schemes and routes to get people open. Joe is more inclined to believe the latter, given that offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s supersecret play was the infamous, weekly Benn’d Around.
If a report from Dan Parr of ProFootballWeekly.com is to be believed, the Bucs are of the mind they are one speedster of a receiver from having an elite receiving corps.
We hear the Buccaneers believe they need to add a legitimate vertical threat to bolster a receiver corps that very rarely gained yards in big chunks during their disappointing 2011 season. The Bucs had only six passing plays of 40 yards or longer — the Jaguars, Jets and Rams are the only teams that had fewer.
QB Josh Freeman regressed last season, and WR Mike Williams took a step back, too, after showing No. 1-receiver potential as a rookie. The Bucs were hopeful that WR Arrelious Benn, a 2010 second-round pick, would flourish in his second season, but he finished sixth on the team in receptions (30) after starting 14 games. An undrafted player (Preston Parker) and a sixth-round pick (Dezmon Briscoe) had more catches than Benn, even though Benn started ahead of them.
Let’s say both Parr and Joe are correct: That the new offensive coaches will have the ability to craft routes and plays that enable receivers to get open on a regular basis, and the Bucs have a shiny new toy like Justin Blackmon for quarterback Josh Freeman to play with.
That, my friends, may just make for a dynamic passing attack.