Damning Offensive NumbersOctober 15th, 2013
Yes, Joe is still shocked by the second half impotence of the Bucs offense this season, unable to score a touchdown through five games in the final 30 minutes of play.
The more Joe thinks about that, the more Joe’s head is numb.
Well, it seems Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times picked up the ball from there and began digging and found startling stats that will make any Bucs fans shake his head.
Some of the damning numbers Auman also tossed out on his Twitter feed @GregAuman.
* Schiano cites turnovers across midfield as reason for second-half struggles, but that only accounts for 4 of Bucs’ 27 2nd-half possessions.
* Bucs’ first four offensive possessions after halftime in their five games: 14 punts, 4 turnovers, one turnover on downs, one field goal.
* Bucs have run 162 plays in second half this season, but just eight in red zone. None had come before two-minute warning until this week.
This is starting to turn out to be the anti-Raheem. Remember when Raheem Morris was coaching (?), his teams were almost without fail either unprepared or blindsided in the first half, but in the second half, the Bucs typically rallied after making necessary adjustments to correct problems.
Schiano is the opposite. His teams play pretty well in the first half only to wilt on the vine in the second half.
Would it be too much to ask for the Bucs to play a consistent four quarters?