You Need An OffenseMay 28th, 2014
Joe gets a chuckle from the neanderthal Bucs fans — the type who have this twisted notion that the Bucs would be just as well off with hobbled Carl Nicks at quarterback than a highly drafted or highly successful signal-caller.
These knuckledraggers jump up and down with glee claiming the Seahawks won the Super Bowl with defense-only, as if talented quarterback Russell Wilson is some second-coming of Deiter Brock. Defense wins championships, they claim.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times has some ugly facts for this 10-man offense crowd. Simply put, if you don’t have an offense, Jones types, you won’t make the playoffs, much less a Super Bowl.
Of last year’s top 10 offenses in the NFL, seven made the postseason. Of the bottom 14 (we’re talking nearly half the league) in points scored, not one made the postseason. Not one.
What does that tell you? You have to score. Even the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, who have an elite defense, still finished ninth in the NFL in points.
Jones goes on to detail this is why the key to the Bucs isn’t Gerald McCoy or Michael Johnson or Alterraun Verner or the Muscle Hamster or Mike Evans, but Jeff Tedford, the Bucs offensive coordinator. (Bucs cornerback D.J. Moore agrees.) If the Bucs flounder offensively, Jones details, it will be yet another playoff-less January around the west coast of the East Coast.
Jones also leaves Bucs fans this thought to ponder on this hump day after a holiday:
This is a league that’s all about scoring and these are the facts: The Bucs are being run by a defensive-minded head coach, an offensive coordinator who has never coached, played or called a play in an NFL game and a journeyman quarterback who has won 16 games in 11 seasons.
What, exactly, about that makes you feel like the Bucs can carve up NFL defenses?