So, The Bucs Don’t Adjust?December 5th, 2013
Much has been made of the Bucs’ second half adjustments, or lack thereof. Naysayers say this is the reason Bucs commander Greg Schiano should not return for the 2014 season.
Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune started researching and found that, indeed, Schiano’s charges have made the ever-popular halftime adjustments.
Gone was the original plan to run Rainey mostly out of single-back sets, and in its place was a new plan that called for Rainey to run almost exclusively between the tackles and behind fullback Erik Lorig.
The difference was dramatic.
During the Bucs’ first two possessions of the second half, Rainey carried the ball eight times for 46 yards (5.75 per carry). An interception and a missed field goal attempt negated the impact, though, and forced an even greater adjustment.
Now is this just an anecdote, an accident or a trend? The ugly numbers of the scoreboard suggest perhaps an accident, documented Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
@gregauman: Take away the two games with Atlanta and Bucs have been outscored 53-3 in third quarter of other 10 games this season. Scoreless 3Q 9 times.
That’s pretty damning.
Now Joe will get on his soap box about “halftime adjustments.” Joe sees fans use this all the time. Schiano has been asked about this often and, politely, he tries to explain those are overblown, largely because there is so little time at halftime to adjust.
Let Joe be more direct: Teams that wait until an overblown timeout (halftime) to make necessary changes are begging to get run out of the stadium. Not unlike baseball where adjustments are made virtually each pitch, adjustments are made from series to series and sometimes in the middle of a possession.
The fact the score in the third quarter for the Bucs is so lopsided, not in the Bucs favor, suggests that whatever adjustments are being made in the second quarter or third quarter aren’t getting the job done.