Why Did Bucs Get Away From Run?November 3rd, 2013
The Bucs were hammering the Seahawks with the run. Mike James, with his best game since high school, was getting three and four (or much more) yards a carry. The Bucs largely built a lead on the legs of James.
Then, in the second half, which is the Bucs’ kryptonite, the Bucs choked an upset win away by getting away from the run in the fourth quarter, specifically getting away from feeding James the ball.
On the Bucs’ first drive of the fourth quarter leading by a touchdown, the Bucs had a 3rd-and-3 situation from the Bucs-40. Instead, the Bucs go to the pass (from a rookie in a rocking, raucous chamber of doom) and Glennon is sacked and the Bucs have to punt.
On the Bucs’ second possession, the Bucs had a 3rd-and-2 from their own 29-yard line and again, instead of James running, Glennon threw incomplete to the left side.
In the Bucs’ third possession, granted with the clock ticking, the Bucs never tried one run (though Joe understands running there would have been dicey).
The Bucs largely got a big lead on the Seahawks using James. They got away from that in the fourth quarter. And that’s a big reason why the Bucs choked. Plain and simple.