Not Running The Hurry-Up MoreDecember 17th, 2013
The Bucs offense Sunday, for all but two possessions, was about as miserable as you will ever see. Word is Will Muschamp watched the game from Gainesville and grew nauseated. The offense was so bad Father Dungy wanted to kill off a bottle of Crown.
The offense was so bad, Trent Dilfer was laughing.
Again, that was the Bucs offense for all but two possessions. Of the 13 possessions the Bucs had against the 49ers, there were two scoring drives and the remaining 10 possessions the Bucs gained a grand total of 11 yards.
Honestly, Joe thinks that may be one of the worst offensive performances he has ever seen. In retrospect, it was unconscionable.
Bucs commander Greg Schiano wasn’t too happy about it either. When he spoke Monday before the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, Schiano tried to explain why he didn’t run the hurry-up offense more, despite it resulting in two touchdowns Sunday. When the no-huddle wasn’t used, the Bucs offense was, well, ghastly.
“We just weren’t very effective and I think that’s why we went to [a hurry-up] to try to stir it up a little bit, get it going,” Schiano said. “My hope was that we could go back-and-forth. I personally don’t [want to], that’s not who we are and we don’t practice that way and I don’t want – just because it works doesn’t mean that I want to go play a whole game in no-huddle if that’s not what we practice. Otherwise, why practice? Just show up on Sunday.”
Joe thinks that’s just a bit of an overstatement. Just because a certain offense that you hadn’t worked on is working in a game means you shouldn’t conduct practices.
Football is not unlike basketball. Joe has friends that are basketball coaches and they will, like a football coaches, work on certain plays and certain defenses for the next opponent, but that doesn’t mean they are inflexible. How many times have you seen in a basketball game a team jump out quickly to a huge lead, and the team that falls behind calls a timeout and changes defenses if not both a defense and an offense, and said team crawls back into the game? Happens just about every night somewhere.
You don’t see basketball coaches stick to only what they worked on in practice, only to get boat-raced and do nothing. Coaches who might pull that stunt aren’t employed for long.
Joe understands where Schiano is coming from, but who cares if you practiced a certain type of offense or not? If it is working against a defense like the 49ers, imagine how well it would work in other games if you did practice it? If something is working, you force the defense to make you stop running said offense. You don’t just throw in the towel and give up because you didn’t work on said offense during the week. It’s about getting results. Who cares if you never practiced it? It’s working! That’s what counts.
The fact the Bucs’ hurry-up offense was working is well-established. If Schiano was worried about exposing Glennon too much or putting too much on tape for opponents, well, Joe gets that, but again, so what? Schiano had a chance to get a huge, upset win and pretty much secure a return for 2014?
Frankly, it is irrelevant how little you practiced an offense if it is working. That is the key. That’s what matters. It was working. In a close game — in a game in which a win could have granted a coach job security.
That’s like giving some cute chick who is big time hitting on you the cold shoulder because you didn’t work on your pick-up lines the day before.