More Hints Surface For Bucs’ OffenseJune 4th, 2014
OK, so yesterday, Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was asked directly what comments about “up-tempo” offense from players meant. Tedford said, in so many words, think two-minute offense.
OK, fair point. Now often, a two-minute offense involves a quarterback throwing out of a shotgun formation. It’s not an absolute, but it often is.
Now that takes Joe to the spreadsheeters over at Pro Football Focus. The nerds have been working overtime of late in breaking down quarterbacks.
They just released a chart documenting QB stats when throwing from the shotgun. In their study, Josh McCown was pretty sharp.
The Bucs quarterback, who played for the Bears last year, had impressive numbers. Consider McCown in the shotgun threw 185 times, completing 125 passes for 1,543 yards for an average of 12.3 yards a completion.
That’s a completion percentage of 67 percent, damn good, especially when the defense is expecting you to throw.
So now Joe can see why the Bucs were so aggressive in signing McCown, aside from his relationship with Bucs coach Lovie Smith. If Tedford really is going to implement more of a two-minute offense throughout the game, and McCown already showed he’s pretty damn good passing out of the shotgun, then it all adds up.