Miserable Passing GameJune 26th, 2014
Joe saw an awful passing game last year. Yes, Mike Glennon was a rookie, but geez, Joe has seen equally green rookies forced into the starting lineup perform better than what the Bucs had for a passing game last year. Shoot, Bruce Gradkowski led a higher rated aerial attack.
The thing that stumped Joe so much was that the Bucs had one of the better wide receivers in the game and a surprisingly good rookie tight end, yet still smelled worse than a Midwestern hog farm.
Aaron Schatz, one of the masterminds behind Football Outsiders, detailed just how bad of a passing offense the Bucs had last year.
Random stat from editing: TB averaged 3.9 YAC last year over a half yard less than any other offense.
— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) June 25, 2014
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out new Bucs coach Lovie Smith saw the same thing. How many teams go out and add potentially five starting passing weapons in an offseason?
Lovie got a new quarterback, drafted a wide receiver on the first day, drafted a basketball tight end on the second day, drafted a pass-catching running back on the second day, and added a free-agent, pass-catching tight end (Brandon Myers) and a veteran wide receiver (Louis Murphy).
If the Bucs are to be serious contenders for a playoff berth, 3.9 yards of YAC simply isn’t going to cut it.