A Balanced OffenseJuly 9th, 2014
Joe has heard this so often, it’s become cliche. You know, like the term “physical defense.” What, a coach wants a lame, weak defense? Please.
The term “balanced offense” is at the same level of empty words. What coach doesn’t want a balanced offense, outside of Father Dungy?
A balanced offense means defenses cannot predict play calls, but it also means the offense is adept at various schemes and can strike and attack in multiple ways, using every square foot of the football field.
In a preview of the Bucs offense by Mike Clay of Rotoworld.com, he predicts the Bucs will pass the ball a little more than they run the ball.
Buccaneers – 2014 Projection: 59% pass (2013: 59%)
After a one-year absence, Lovie Smith is back at the controls of an NFL team. Smith has handed the keys to the offense to rookie coordinator Jeff Tedford. We obviously don’t have any Tedford numbers to reference, but Smith operated a fairly balanced offense in Chicago and the club has already stated an intention to run the ball. The Tampa Bay defense will keep them competitive in most games, so a scheme that leans on its backs will put the Buccaneers on the run-heavy side of the league.
First, this is simply guesswork. Nothing more and nothing less. Not one person has seen the full Jeff Tedford offense, not even the Bucs themselves, since they have only practiced in underwear football where hitting is verboten. That’s not even factoring in that Tedford has never coached in the NFL.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith has joked Tedford’s offense will not be unveiled until the real bullets fly in September, and the full offense may not be displayed until October.
On paper, it seems the Bucs may lean toward running more than passing, at least initially. Of course, games are not played on paper. The fact the Bucs threw the ball 59 percent of the time last year was largely because the Bucs were so far behind in games, they didn’t have much of a choice.