Lack Of Blocking Stunting Run GameSeptember 27th, 2012
The Bucs’ running game, one of the foundations of the New Schiano Order, hasn’t exactly woken opposing defensive coordinators in the dead of the night in a cold sweat.
First round draft pick, running back Doug Martin, has been pounded time and again between the tackles, with just a modicum of success. Yesterday, speaking with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, Bucs coach Greg Schiano acknowledged the running game hasn’t been moving the chains as much as he would have liked.
In short, Schiano thinks the Bucs have let Martin down.
“I think he is running hard, running well,” Schiano said. “But I don’t think we have done as good of a job of blocking as I felt we were going to be able to do.”
Most of that began when Pro Bowl right guard Davin Joseph went down in the preseason with a season-ending injury. Schiano hinted that the offensive line as a whole hasn’t quite recovered. Having a new right tackle (Demar Dotson) also added to, as Schiano put it, “a state of flux.”
There will be better days ahead, Schiano said, though Sunday’s opponent will present a large challenge.
“I think we will clearly get better as we move forward,’ Schiano said. “These guys, [the Redskins] will try to crowd the box. It is going to be upstream to run the football. We will have to be really perfect to be able to gain yardage running the football.”
One reason the Redskins will crowd the box is that teams have come to expect the Bucs to run, run, run up the middle (and perhaps punt). Joe believes if Josh Freeman is going to be granted more liberty to run and throw, it just may be this game Sunday.