“Disappointed” With Second Half WoesDecember 10th, 2013
Joe was number-crunching this morning (Joe hates math, always did), and from what Joe has found with help of the greatest invention of man, the calculator, the offensive numbers for the Bucs are truly offensive. As in awful.
Yes, Bucs commander Greg Schiano knows this. Before Joe offers what Schiano had to say about how the Bucs struggle in the second half worse than Joe trying to choke down a warm beer, let’s look at the damning numbers:
* The Bucs average 5.15 points in the second half. That’s not just a quarter, but an entire half.
* The Bucs have only scored in double digits twice this season in the second half. Both came against the Dixie Chicks.
* The Bucs have only scored two touchdowns in the second half once. That came in the home game against the Dixie Chicks. Both touchdowns were scored in the third quarter.
* Four times the Bucs have been shut out in the second half.
* Three times the Bucs mustered just a field goal in the second half.
* In total, the Bucs have been outscored in the second half 137-67.
Those simply are ugly stats. No, Schiano doesn’t disagree.
“I’m disappointed,” Schiano said. “We did pull the reigns back some, but it doesn’t account for some of the things we did that are very, very frustrating. We need to get better. With the offensive staff and myself we spend – heck three-four hours on the tape just – look I get it we’re missing this guy, we’re missing that guy, I’m not going to be naïve to that. I’m not going to ever use it as an excuse, but I’m also not going to be naïve to the fact that we’re playing with some guys that originally weren’t in the plans, but now they’re in the plans. I don’t care if they’re the best pass defense, the best rush defense, the best defense, we have to find a way to score points and we did at times yesterday, but not with all the opportunities that we had.”
This just in: players get hurt in the NFL and teams still find ways to succeed. Heck, the Green Bay Packers were the Super Bowl champs in 2010 — with 16 players on injured reserve.
While the win was great against the bungling Bills, this second half offensive malaise is going to have to stop if Schiano and the Bucs are successful next year. Schiano admitted the team pulled back “the reigns” on Sunday. That would be the first step in correcting the problem. Don’t hold back any longer.