“Great Teams Run The Ball In The Red Zone”August 22nd, 2013
Joe’s always looking for clues on the New Schiano Order mindset, and Josh Freeman dropped a very subtle one during his
Fran Tarkenton interrogation news conference yesterday.
“Coach always says, ‘Great teams run the ball in the red zone,’” Freeman said.
Is that really what the great teams do? That’s an excellent question for the extreme stats geeks. Regardless, that message is being pounded into Freeman’s head.
Last summer at this time, Greg Schiano couldn’t stop saying “run the football” when asked of his offensive plans. And Schiano proceeded to pound the ball four times on first and goal in the preseason opener at Miami. It was a tone-setter, and Joe remembers being in Miami seeing the Bucs line up there with no receivers in a full power set.
But after a preseason injury to Davin Joseph, and subsequent injuries and changes on the offensive line, Joe saw the Bucs drift away a bit from their desire to pound the rock like an old-school powerhouse.
Yes, Doug Martin still finished with 319 carries. But now the Bucs are getting healthy on the offensive line and have a deeper stable of running backs. Joe’s eager to see whether the New Schiano Order directs more of a run-first team.