“Giddy” About Power FootballAugust 13th, 2012
One reason Joe has some hope for the 2012 season is the departure of Greg Olson. The guy couldn’t figure out how to play to the Bucs’ strengths or was just too damn stubborn to do it, especially after he led the Bucs offense to an impressive second half of the 2010 season.
Think about it. The Bucs opened last season eliminating slant passes to Mike Williams and barely handed off to LeGarrette Blount, hallmarks of the 2010 success.
Former Bucs DE Steve White, one of the most through Bucs analysts on the planet was a fierce Olson critic, as well. That led to White having moments of pure joy watching the Bucs offense play smashmouth football Friday.
“We start off the game with a Power-O and Iso-Weak. I can’t even tell you how happy I am. I was giddy. I was like, “Wow.” This is what we need,” White said on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.
“And not only that, now we’re double-teaming guys instead of trying to do that crazy zone blocking that we weren’t built for. So now that’s why you’re seeing all that push up front. We’re getting guys off the ball on the front line, and then ‘hey linebacker, you go ahead and try to tackle this huge manchild we got in the backfield in LeGarrette Blount, or you try to tackle this little mighty might we got back there in Doug Martin.” But you know who’s not going to make a play, defensive linemen who are getting double-teamed.”
Now White cautions everyone about getting too exciting or down about anything in a first preseason game, but an identity can at least be legitimately identified. This is not Greg Olson’s offense. That’s worth a raising an ice cold beer.