Playcalling Cost Bucs The Game — Again

December 6th, 2009

Last week in Atlanta, when Josh Freeman played well, Greg Olson and Raheem The Dream took the ball out of his hands TWICE when he could have possibly won the game.

This week in Carolina, when Freeman wasn’t having his best game, Olson repeatedly dropped Freeman back to pass on first down.

Joe just can’t grasp why Olson is so averse to running the ball on first down, which would potentially help his young quarterback immensely.

Is it an ego thing? To Joe it’s overcoaching.

  • 1st-and-goal during the first drive of the third quarter and Olson sends Freeman back to pass — interception in the end zone.
  • 1st-and-10 on the Carolina 20 after a Panthers’ third-quarter turnover and the Bucs trailing 13-6  — Olson passes on the run, which was effective on the previous two drives, and Freeman throws another interception over the middle.

And these calls came after the Bucs’ running game seemed to be reviving. Cadillac Williams opened the Bucs’ first drive of the third quarter with a 19-yard run, and before the second interception Derrick Ward had broken off an 18-yarder on first down.

You can hang the Carolina loss on a lot of factors, but front and center for Joe is the unwillingness to run the ball on first down with a young QB who’s not at his best.

There is no excuse.

Olson put Freeman in spots he didn’t need to be in and clearly wasn’t ready to handle — at least on this day.

By Joe’s tally, coaching, not a lack of talent, has cost the Bucs wins in Miami, Atlanta and Carolina.

6 Responses to “Playcalling Cost Bucs The Game — Again”

  1. J Lynch says Says:

    Freeman 23 of 44 attempts in a16 to 6 defeat?? What are they thinking? Are we not able to run the football??? O.C. positon available yet? Maybe Morriss will call him out next.

  2. Marlow Says:

    I was at the game today and I was singing this same song, but what pissed me off more was not going for 4th and 1 for our first points.

  3. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Just ANOTHER example of coaches in over their heads.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and again, and again – RUN THE DAMN BALL YOU IDIOTS!!!!

    If all the fans and media start to complain about the terrible offensive calls and QB coached that I expect that Raheem will fire his OC as well.

    Can you imagine Radio being the only coach on the sidelines by game 15 or 16?

  4. Sgt Mike Says:

    Radio!? That’s F–kin Awesome. Got my laugh for the day. Thanks.

  5. BigMacAttack Says:

    Hopefully we’ll wake up in the morning and Raheem and his band of gypsy coaches will be fired.

  6. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    If we fire Olson then Freeman will be ruined by too many changes in the offense, just like he was ruined ’cause he started too early. Am I the only one who sees that these guys are lying through their teeth every week! They will say or do anything to hold on to their jobs! Raheem keeps running his shell games and the sheeple and the spin doctors keep right on buying it!