“We Chose To Suck” II

October 13th, 2018

Red zone issues discussed.

Last year the Bucs moved the ball between the 20s about as well as any team in the NFL.

But when the Bucs entered the red zone, that red color may as well have been a stop sign. The Bucs stunk in the red zone.

Back in May, Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken had a more blunt term for it.

We chose to suck,” Monken said several times.

Well, last night Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made his weekly appearance on “Late Hits” co-hosted by Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. There, Marvez asked a general red zone question about what makes for a good red zone offense.

Koetter wasn’t as colorful as Monken but he basically said his experience is, don’t shoot yourself in the foot.

“I think the big part of the battle is not beating yourself,” Koetter said. “Not making mistakes yourself whether you are turning it over in the red zone, whether it is penalties in the red zone that set you back, whether it is missed opportunities — dropped passes or missed throws.

“I think more than anything else, when you look at the big picture — I’m not talking about a single game but a four-game breakdown or a 16-game breakdown — I think it is self-inflicted errors.”

So the remedy to fix a red zone offense is simple:

Don’t fumble. Don’t throw a pick. Make your blocks. Catch the ball. Don’t hold, don’t jump offsides.

Joe might just take this a step further and suggest that’s the cure for an offense as a whole, not just the red zone.


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17 Responses to ““We Chose To Suck” II”

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    Oh wow, be still my heart. An article about the Bucs’ OFFENSE & why it’s struggled in the Red Zone.

    @Joe … “So the remedy to fix a red zone offense is simple: Don’t fumble. Don’t throw a pick. Make your blocks. Catch the ball. Don’t hold, don’t jump offsides.”

    Just as an aside though Joe, I noticed that neither you NOR Dirk mentioned that “Smitty needs to call better plays in the Red Zone” in your lists. I tell ya, favoritism is running amok.
    ?? As Joe made clear in this post. Dirk was not asked about his own red zone woes. He was asked about red zone offense in general.–Joe

  2. Bob in Valrico Says:

    great observation ,Joe
    I am pretty sure you meant false starts. I would add no delay of game penalties. Get the play off and execute it properly and be patient if things break down, make the scramble drill your friend. This is a time for sustained blocks. And open some holes for our running game.

  3. Bird Says:

    Looking forward to bucs stomping the dirty birds.

    Loving the site again now that it focuses on the entire team and not just one player !

  4. Pryda...sec 147 Says:

    Jameis needs to pump fake more

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @Pryda
    Looking off his receiver,would be equally effective.

  6. LakeLand Says:

    The Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian stinks just as bad, calling plays in the Red Zone. This game will be a contest between two poorly coached teams.

  7. LakeLand Says:

    But the Falcons red zone woes are on the road

    85% at home
    28% on the road

    It seems like a combination of Matt Ryan stinking the field on the road
    Steve Sarkisian knowing that he sucks on the road
    Sark calling conservative plays in the red zone, on the road

  8. Architek Says:

    Penalties are killers period and some teams (like the Bucs at times) seem to have certain players like Benenoch and others on the OL that likes to make procedural errors.

  9. tickrdr Says:

    Bob in Valrico Says:
    October 13th, 2018 at 8:46 am
    @Pryda
    Looking off his receiver,would be equally effective.
    —————————————————————————————————————-
    You beat me to it, good job!
    Don’t stare at one receiver, and throw into double coverage, but rather throw it to the open man.

    tickrdr

  10. BucNole Says:

    poor blocking and untimely penalties seem to doom this team in the red zone way too often

  11. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Guys, this has been the same old song and dance for years. Every year the Bucs tend to explode in the red zone. Stacking penalties on a single down is a common occurrence. Every year we hear “self inflicted wounds” how about what is the coaching staff doing to correct these “self inflicted wounds”?

  12. TOM Says:

    I just read the Jags signed OT Erick Flowers from the Giants. WTF Licht, where are you? Probably binging in another wr or QB for a work out. You just don’t get it & probably never will.

  13. Ruggyup Says:

    Awwwww, I’m listening to all the guys chirping how Winston will turn this whole thing around. Red zone? Piece of cake for JW. All is good in Bucville!

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    You gotta either think Koetter is right or a..fool for not firing Smitty. Either way, I respect his right to..stand on the plank with Smitty and go down with the ship.
    Here’s tippin my cup to yas there Dirk.

  15. ATrain Says:

    If Godwin didn’t drop Two
    We would be 3-1

    Oh that’s right it was Fitz who threw the ball
    Yep woes do fall back on the QB

    JUST DONT FORGET THAT

    NO EXCUSES

  16. orlbucfan Says:

    Quote sounds like this website now. GO MIGHTY BUCS and bring one home for our Bucs Brethren in the Great Bend/Panhandle!

  17. Ludicrous Speed Says:

    Defense Rules Says:

    Just as an aside though Joe, I noticed that neither you NOR Dirk mentioned that “Smitty needs to call better plays in the Red Zone” in your lists. I tell ya, favoritism is running amok.

    ?? As Joe made clear in this post. Dirk was not asked about his own red zone woes. He was asked about red zone offense in general.–Joe

    Is it just me, or did both of these guys completely overlook the fact that “Smitty,” as Defensive Coordinator, has nothing to do with Red Zone Offense?

 

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