Turnovers Worthless Without PointsJanuary 18th, 2014
One of the great axioms of football is that forcing turnovers will equal wins.
Bucs commander Greg Schiano turned the Bucs into a turnover-forcing team last season, yet the Bucs stunk, forcing the jettisoning of Schiano.
Well, Tampa Tribune scribe Woody Cummings did some number crunching and came to the correct conclusion that unless a team scores points after turnovers, getting takeaways is pretty much a pointless proposition.
Of those seven top takeaway teams — Seattle, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Carolina were the others — only the Colts (79) scored fewer points off its takeaways than the Bucs (84).
And it’s not like the Bucs didn’t have a lot of opportunities. They were one of only nine teams to take the ball away at least 30 times (31), yet scored a touchdown after only 29 percent of those takeaways.
Only six teams had a lower percentage of touchdowns scored following takeaways in 2013 and only seven teams averaged fewer than the 2.71 points after takeaways the Bucs did.
Now let’s think about this, you Mike Glennon Mobsters. Here is a quarterback that was gifted so many chances to beat an opponent after turnovers and he couldn’t take advantage. Does this sound like a man who can lead the Bucs to the playoffs?
The premise of Cummings’ article springs to mind the glory days of the Bucs. Chucky was hired and he knew he had the monumental task of taking Father Dungy’s impotent offense to a respectable level, but he also knew he had a world class defense at his disposal. Chucky challenged the defense to be historic and not just force turnovers, but they had to score off those turnovers.
Chucky demanded nine defensive touchdowns from his charges. And he got just that. And a Vince Lombardi Trophy.