Bucs Rethinking OffenseSeptember 27th, 2012
It’s always good for a coach to say, “We are going to do… X.” Whether that’s passing the ball or running the ball, it is good to have an identity.
That’s what Bucs coach Greg Schiano (man, Joe damned near typed “Olson”) is trying to do with the Bucs. From the first day he appeared at his introductory press conference, Schiano has made it clear he wants the Bucs to run the ball.
Problem is, when a team cannot run the ball, what next? This is the current predicament the Bucs find themselves in. An anonymous typist on TBO.com believes the Bucs may be looking at other ways to move the ball down the field, not just on the ground.
Q: Why is the offensive coach not allowing the quarterback to throw the ball? Every play was the same, give the ball to Martin (who is a great player) but everyone knew the play before it was executed, every PLAY!
Then the coach decides to play speed up football the last 3 minutes of the game! Really!!!! The problem is not the players, but the bad coaching. Sorry, I don’t want to be mean, but everyone had the Bucs’ number yesterday. Why are they not mixing it up? Thanks!
A: The Bucs are clearly trying to establish themselves as a run-oriented team. That’s why they’re not leaning too much on Josh Freeman and the passing game. It’s all part of their ball-control approach, which is what Coach Greg Schiano prefers. He wants to win the time of possession battle, but they’re going to have to come up with a more imaginative way of doing that. They were thinking they could outmuscle teams with their big offensive line and a back like Doug Martin who’s good at hitting holes and breaking tackles, but Martin isn’t breaking tackles and he’s not getting much help from his line or the play-callers.
Yeah, it’s kind of hard to run the ball when the blocking isn’t the greatest — as Schiano has suggested — and your breakaway first round running back can’t break away.
Can Josh Freeman pass the Bucs to a win? So far this season, it’s as if the Bucs are scared to let him throw much less run outside and throw.
No one will truly know the answer that question until the Bucs take the shackles off of Freeman.