Bucs Must Target A No. 3January 8th, 2014
Xs and Os guru and former Bucs tight end Dave Moore didn’t hesitate to identify a necessary fix for the woeful Bucs offense today during an interview on WDAE-AM 620.
Offensive line and quarterback weren’t the calls.
“If you’re going to be a team that wants to move the ball on third down, if you look at any of the good offenses, you need that No. 3 guy. What I mean is the guy that’s in the slot, the guy that was the Ike Hilliard guy here. When you have a 3rd-and-5 and teams like to blitz, you get a little guy that’s a shifty guy that gets man-to-man coverage and he has an option. He can go up five yards and turn in, turn out, do a little angle route. You need a guy that’s good in space,” Moore said.
“And he doesn’t need to be that first-round guy. Because when you get that smaller — he doesn’t have to be smaller –but he has to be a very shifty receiver and smart to be on the same page as the quarterback. That’s the guy I think where you had those 3rd-and-3 to 3rd-and-7, where you didn’t have somebody who could get open quickly.
“Tim Wright filled that role at times. But if you can get a guy to do that where you can get in spread, and put everybody out, have no tight ends tight to the line, have everybody out in space, so that the defense, if they’re going to blitz, it’s going to be easy for the quarterback to identify what they’re doing and then have a guy that can get open in that man-to-man in the slot. Because there’s so much space on the inside to be able to do that.”
Moore went on to say the Bucs may not be able to find a quarterback this offseason who is better than Mike Glennon. But there is much unknown swirling around Glennon, Moore said, because it’s unclear what Glennon was permitted to do and whether he was allowed to change playcalls at the line of scrimmage.
Of course, Joe agrees that the Bucs need a slot-receiving threat. That was arguably the greatest failure of the Dominik-Schiano 2013 offseason.
Former Cowboys receiver Kevin Ogletree was handpicked for the job at the recommendation of former Bucs and Cowboys receivers coach John Garrett. But Ogletree couldn’t catch the ball. He seemed allergic to half of what sleepy, leaky Josh Freeman threw his way. And the Bucs had no depth at the position.
Whoever the QB is, the Bucs need to add a couple of solid receivers who can play in the slot.