Schiano Feeling Third-Down Woes

December 18th, 2013

Schiano referenced disturbing numbers

Greg Schiano shook his head like a dejected man today just seconds into his afternoon noon conference.

That told quite a story, even before Schiano spoke on the topic that appeared to remind him of sad times.

Of course, the question posed to Schiano was about the Bucs’ third-down impotence. Schiano referenced that the Bucs have converted six of their last 35 third downs.

Those are numbers that even ’90s-era Father Dungy would shun.

Schiano was very clear about one aspect of those woes; they’re not on Mike Glennon.

Schiano said Glennon is “not a big part of it,” citing that Glennon is reading the game well. Schiano repeated that Glennon is “not a big issue” in the third-down challenges. The failures of the first- and second-down offense get a huge share of the blame.

Of course, Schiano can’t say it, but when you’re spread wide on 3rd-and-long with Skye Dawson and Tiquan Underwood as two of your options, then your odds are limited.

Regardless, the Bucs’ level of offensive failure is completely unacceptable.

7 Responses to “Schiano Feeling Third-Down Woes”

  1. Mr. Patrick Says:

    The last time the Bucs had an offensive minded Head Coach, they won the Superbowl

  2. BIG SIR Says:

    So the QB who touches the ball on every offensive snap isn’t to blame for 3rd down woes? The culprit is lack of effective 1st and 2nd down plays. I guess Glennon isn’t a part of those plays either. So then the question is, what exactly is Glennon doing to help this team?

    Schiano’s blatant ignorance of his QB’s poor performance is really annoying.

  3. sho-nuff Says:

    this guy is like a the worst Machiavellian prince in history….obtuse a55 covering reeks….

  4. SKelly Says:

    “Of course, Schiano can’t say it, but when you’re spread wide on 3rd-and-long with Skye Dawson and Tiquan Underwood as two of your options, then your odds are limited.”

    Thanks for calling that correct Joe. Lots of problems but killing it on 3rd and long all day with this staff would be challanging for all QB’s, let alone rookies.

  5. Mr. Patrick Says:

    It also doesn’t help that you keep leaving your rookie QB in 3rd and long because of stubbornly continuing to run up the middle for no gain on 1st and 2nd down

  6. Awaiting moderation Says:

    I kinda feel bad for the poor bastard even though he makes like 100 times my salary and is as inept as Obama. It’s gotta be George Bushes fault.

  7. Harry Says:

    When you have a running game that is ridiculously inconsistent, it can make 3rd and long inevitable. If we can run so well against some teams and can’t even get the “average yards” a good team gives up, why would that be? Looking at some of the games where we did not rush the ball well, I just don’t understand what the problem is as compared to when we blow it up.

    49ers avg rush yds allowed: 99.4/gm, 3.9avg – Bucs got 39yds, 3.3avg
    Panthers avg rush yds allwd:85/gm, 3.9avg – Bucs got 66yds, 3.3 avg
    Lions avg rush allowed 124/gm, 4.1avg – Bucs got 24yds, 0.9 avg

    This would certainly make things tough for Glennon

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