Bucs’ Biggest Problem? They Can’t Run The BallSeptember 24th, 2012
Joe has read it on Twitter, heard it on sports radio: The Bucs somehow have to overcome the lackluster play of Bucs starting quarterback Josh Freeman and the playcalling of offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who some fans believe is as predictable as yesterday’s newspaper, if not sleep-inducing.
But hold up, says Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune! Freeman’s struggles and Sullivan’s penchant for running Doug Martin up the middle for three yards on first down is actually masking the true flaw with the Bucs this season:
The Bucs simply cannot run the ball, so Cummings Twittered.
@RCummingsTrib: The biggest problem facing the Bucs: they want to be a running team, but right now they can’t run the ball.
This is an element that Joe believes is very important and should be monitored. There is nothing that opens up a passing game like a running attack and right now, it sure seems like Freeman is petrified.
Trying to run Martin up the middle simply isn’t fooling anyone nor is it getting the job done. Two years ago when the Bucs unleashed LeGarrette Blount (who is now chained to Greg Schiano’s doghouse), Freeman’s passing attack opened up and it proved to be Freeman’s best season to date.
The Bucs, however, went all in on a bruising running attack. It isn’t working as well as planned. Sooner or later, if Martin continues to average three yards a carry, the Bucs will have to open the offense up to score more than a touchdown a game.