LeGarrette Forgot To Fly

November 7th, 2010

The NFL’s most popular leaper — after last week anyway — stayed on his feet at the wrong time.

Now Joe’s already written he didn’t like the play call on fourth-and-inches late in the game on the Falcon’s 1 yard line. But Joe’s watched the play now several times, and it seemed beautifully set up for LeGarrette Blount to either hammer behind Roy Miller or simply go airborne over the line.

After all, everyone knows Blount can fly. And Blount admitted that he was supposed to. Blount screwed up.

“It was a dive play, I bounced out,” said Blount in a postgame interview aired on FOX-13.

But this is part of the problem with giving the ball to Blount with the game on the line. The Bucs were relying on the most inexperienced guy on the field to win the game.

Joe recalls Josh Freeman talking on the Buccaneers Radio Network earlier this season about how he has never failed on QB sneak on fourth down. He was succesful again on that today.

Painful stuff for every Bucs fan. Joe’s heading out for more Tums.

25 Responses to “LeGarrette Forgot To Fly”

  1. gitarlvr Says:

    Cant really blame Legarrette for what he did. Obviously he thought he could truck the DB. Guy made a great tackle. Sometimes thems the breaks.

  2. Gavster Says:

    Hey lets be happy so many things went against us and we still almost won

  3. BamBamBuc Says:

    Blount vs DB is high probability. A stiff arm and go wide, truck through him to the endzone, or hurdle him. Any way you look, it works more often than not. It didn’t this time. After Freeman barely made the first earlier, I was worried about another sneak. i don’t think it would have worked. It was a good call with bad results.

  4. Pete 422 Says:

    The hole was there for the dive. Had he taken that route, he may have scored. I’m psyched about the future with this team.

  5. Ish Says:

    Blout – “I screwed up.”

    Freeman – “I screwed up.”

    White – “The defense screwed up.”

    I like that the only finger pointing going on with this team is self-directed. Everyone is saying “I’ve got to play better,” no one is blaming anyone else. That is a remarkable thing in this day and age. Especially with such a young team.

    The future is bright.

  6. tampa2ali Says:

    follow the play, the dive was open

  7. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Blount – study the damn playbook. Had you taken the dive the Bucs would be 6-2 instead of 5-3.

    Learn to pick up blitzes will you? There is more to being a RB then just running the ball. it starts on Monday watching film – be there!

  8. BuccsFan Says:

    I woulda liked a qb sneak up the middle, I see it as a better chance for atleast a first down

  9. Andrew Says:

    Ya know what – the future is bright. As Blount gets experienced he WILL make that TD. All in all an excellent game that the Bucs were never out of. That onside kick was genius and I am still not convinced there was conclusive evidence (and they made that call reallllly quick).

  10. joey88 Says:

    @JOE!!!!!! “But this is part of the problem with giving the ball to Blount with the game on the line. The Bucs were relying on the most inexperienced guy on the field to win the game”.

    Excuse me joe if im wrong here, but a week ago today you were writing about blount being the best thing since sliced bread. Now your saying he is the most inexperienced guy on the field. REALLY???? So williams and benn are experienced???Would you say that if the ball was thrown to benn or williams and they dropped for the winning touchdown? Jut man up and say they blew it, plain and simple. If your going to write columns ( which i love by the way) about the game than do it with the intentions of not laying the blame on a man that you had pegged as a king 1 week ago. The majority of this team is inexperienced so make up your mind on the whole blame game. I would love to hear your response to this. It sucks as a fan and we all know we had our chance. Blown calls – yes, absolutely. Good teams perservere from those calls, which we did. Until of course not being able to punch it in from the goaline. Hell, if that was caddy carrying it this site may have blown up from all the negative feedback for not getting it. i await your rebuttle……

  11. Pete 422 Says:

    I agree the onside kick was a good move. What a fluky thing that as he started to fall on the ball, his hip happened to touch the ball (less than half a yard from the 40). If they ever do that again, he will be sure he is AT the 40, lol.

  12. MTM Says:

    The Bucs played a great game today. But that last offensive play call was very Mike Shula like. Freeman should have been in the shotgun, receivers on both sides and caddy in the back field. The play left no options what so ever. Very easy to defend. But this team fights back more than any I can remember. That will go a long way.

  13. Brad Says:

    I believe the run before the 4th down play (bad call) that Blount ran should have been challenged by Raheem. It was a terrible spot and even before blount extended the ball out seemed to be enough for the 1 st down. Am I wrong in my assessment?

  14. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Tampa has nothing to be ashamed of. We will beat the Falcons when they come to Tampa Stadium. We continue to grow up, right before everyone’s eyes.

  15. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    Mr. Lucky Says:
    November 7th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Blount – study the damn playbook. Had you taken the dive the Bucs would be 6-2 instead of 5-3.

    Why are you so dumb?

    He knew the play but he decided to bounce it out because of what he read on the field.

  16. Brad Says:

    I agree.. We have a lot to be excited about. Having the youngest team in the NFL and playing as well as we are is very encouraging for the future of this ball club. I think for the first time ever, we have an offense that is going to be able to play with the elite teams. Freeman is the real deal, williams and benn are good and Blount may be one of Domink’s best finds. If we can add a stud defensive end and replace Ruud with a nasty LB we may be near unstoppable in the next year or two.

  17. Jerkoff Says:

    This jerkoff is an imposter who just got his IP banned.

  18. jEstEr Says:

    OUCH!!! Good game though.That game is going to hurt for awhile I hope they dont let that heartbreak slow them down.Blount was close enough we should have got a measurement that was B.S…….

  19. eric Says:

    I dunno about playing a great game. The Falcons pretty much scored at will the first half and we managed to stay around with some big plays on special teams.

    Those Turner runs up the gut were killing us.

  20. adam from ny Says:

    if eg wasn’t injured, i would have expected him to leap over the top for a touchdown on our final play….adam from ny

  21. adam from ny Says:

    also a naked bootleg would have worked too…we really need to use that play here and there a la the dilfer days

  22. Ish Says:

    @joey88 I don’t know what set you off, but Joe’s statement that Blount was “the most inexperienced guy on the field” it wasn’t a dig and it was true. You ask about Benn and Williams: Williams is in his 8th game, Benn started his 3rd and has experience playing in 8. Blount is playing in his 3rd. No, they aren’t all that experienced, but they are MORE experienced.

    I didn’t read the article bashing Blount, I read it as an obvious fact that the Bucs put the ball in the hands of the least experienced player on the field (or the player most likely to make a mistake). Not a dig on Blount, a dig on Olsen and Morris. The ball should have been in Freeman’s hands, that’s all Joe said.

    I don’t understand your tirade.

  23. McBuc Says:

    Ish…I was thinking the same thing as you.

  24. Amar Says:

    Blount has the IQ of an orange

  25. JAS Says:

    I am still scratching my head as to why Rah threw a red flag just as we got to the 11 on the interference penalty and destroyed the momentum that was there. I felt 100% confident we were going to roll into the end zone from the 11 and then the flag? What was that all about?