First-Down Ugliness Is Killing BucsDecember 26th, 2013
Bucs fans remember the old Tony Dungy offensive formula to win football games in Tampa. It wasn’t always pretty.
Former Super Bowl winning head coach Brian Billick knows all about it. He used the same philosophy. But Billick doesn’t think it suits the current Bucs under Greg Schiano.
Billick will call the Bucs-Saints game Sunday, and he called the Bucs-Rams game last weekend for FOX, so that means he’s been studying all things Bucs meeting with players and coaches.
Billick weighed in today during an interview on WDAE-AM 620 with former Bucs guard Ian Beckles.
The Bucs are in a tough spot in New Orleans but also in general, Billick says. That’s because their first-down efficiency is at the bottom of the NFL charts and it blows up the entire gameplan.
“I know the formula very well. I won a Super Bowl with it, in terms of playing great defense, run the ball, don’t turn the ball over. That’s great, but that’s tight-margin way to live,” Billick said.
Interestingly, Billick seemed to agree with Beckles’ assertion that the Bucs’ season-long offensive struggles in the second halves of games is “80 percent coaching.”
Billick went on to say the Bucs could hang in against New Orleans because their defense is excellent at preventing big plays and making big plays, and they should be able to generate pressure on Drew Brees.
In all this was an excellent interview that Joe recommends with Billick passionately throwing cold water on those who celebrate that the Bucs are playing hard for Greg Schiano.
“No team in this league plays for its coach. They may like their coach; they may not like their coach, but they play for each other. They play for themselves. They play for the team, and if they’re quitting on that, that’s a whole different issue,” Billick said.
Enjoy the entire audio below: