“Kinda Vanilla’d Them Up”December 16th, 2013
Count Joe among those stunned when Mike Glennon jumped into a no-huddle/hurry-up offense at the end of the first half yesterday and marched the football into the end zone — a seven-play, 76-yard touchdown drive in 78 seconds — to pull the Bucs to within 17-7 at halftime.
It was a shocker.
Inevitably, it led to Greg Schiano being peppered today at One Buc Palace about running more no-huddle, hurry-up offense. You know, as a way to revive the lowest-ranked offense in the NFL — one that struggled for inches let alone yards during most series against the 49ers.
The no-huddle was humming Sunday in various ways. Schiano explained it was one part surprise, and two parts Glennon seeing a simpler look from the Niners.
“One of the things that yesterday the no-huddle did was it kinda vanilla’d them up a little bit,” Schiano said. “That helped. You know, they kind went into base stuff because they weren’t expecting it. Now I’m sure St. Louis will have a more extensive no huddle defense package ready, because they will probably watch the tape and expect it.”
Schiano dove into hurry-up-offense chatter further, saying the Bucs run various types, and even was in one in the first quarter to try and jump start the offense. But he also explained the Bucs aren’t going to go all no-huddle crazy because that’s not how they practice.
Joe’s not sure what to expect from the Bucs offense going forward. But if they can’t run the ball, then they’re going to end up in more situations that demand a hurry-up — never a good thing.