How The Running Game Has ImprovedNovember 18th, 2013
If Bucs fans haven’t noticed the Bucs’ running game has been reborn in recent weeks, then Joe can only assume it is because they are awash in beer and other liquid refreshments (not that Joe has anything against that).
How much have the Bucs improved? Well, two of the top 10 rushing performances in franchise history have occurred in the past three weeks. Yes, that’s true. And both came on the feet of backup running backs.
Two weeks ago in Seattle, Mike James tied Cadillac Williams for the 10th-best Bucs rushing performance by racking up 158 yards. Yesterday, Bobby Rainey, who was walking the streets not too long ago, tallied 163 yards, which is No. 9 on the Bucs’ single-game rushing mark.
(Muscle Hamster Doug Martin is the Bucs single-game rushing leader with 251 yards last year, as he ran over, around and through the wretched Raiders.)
To Joe, this is both good and bad for the Bucs. The good is plainly obvious. The bad? Is this Lazarus-like rising by the Bucs offensive line really the result of inserting Jamon Meredith into the starting lineup at left guard? And if so, why oh why did it take the Bucs coaching staff, on the verge of being jettisoned, this long to figure this out?
If Meredith is proven to be the difference in the running game doing a full 180 turnaround, shouldn’t someone on the coaching staff have had this figured out by, oh, the start of October?