Bucs Need To Realize It’s About No. 27

October 10th, 2011

Shaun King says it's not all about No. 5

Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King grabbed what Ross Perot liked to call the “bully pulpit” today and implored One Buc Palace to realize their best offensive weapon is LeGarrette Blount and not Josh Freeman.

Speaking on The King David Show on WQYK-AM 1010, King said the Bucs won’t be consistent until they figure that out.

Focusing on what he called the “scripted” first two possessions, King said the Bucs only handed off the ball to Blount four times in 16 plays and that’s evidence the Bucs aren’t committed to running the football.

“That has to change,” King said. “We have a top-5 offensive line. We have to use them. … We have a running back that can physically handle running the ball 30 times a game.

On Freeman, King expressed some panic. “Freeman has been really bad, and he’s been really bad in a lot of areas. He hasn’t played a good football game in 2011, including preseason. … Our scheme, especially offensively, is bad.”

Joe’s often mystified by Greg Olson’s playcalling, but Joe’s not about to call 911 and shop for hemlock online because the Bucs got clobbered yesterday. Freeman will bounce back and the Bucs will at some point will further pound Blount behind their solid line and score points like they did in the second half of last year. Right now, they’re 28th in the NFL in points scored.

Joe’s way more concerned about the defense, which has lots of injuries, the most youth and a secondary that isn’t making plays.

29 Responses to “Bucs Need To Realize It’s About No. 27”

  1. jvato24 Says:

    After re-watching many games, LGB rarely has had much success early. The Bucs would definitely benefit from a Physical, CHange of Pace back with some speed and Get Blount up and running to Pound them from there.

    Early in the game Speed and explosion would help us loosen up another teams Defense.

    Power Running is always working better in the 2nd Half, But explosiveness works in all 4 quarters.

    Blount needs a running partner to Jab the team so He can be the Haymaker

  2. toolman Says:

    Down by 30 plus points, 3rd quarter, in their territory, 4 and 2 and the Bucs call a pass play…DUH! What did we have to lose by calling a run? Olsen needs to get a pink slip and Freeman needs to ride the pine for a while.

  3. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Josh Freeman has too much talent, too good a head on his shoulders, and works way too hard to be playing like this…..I have little doubt that he’ll figure this out, it just might be a little bit painful to watch as he does

  4. Dan Says:

    toolman. first interception kellen ran the wrong route. still shouldnt have thrown it, but if he had made a much sharper cut (closer to paralel with the line of scrimage) it would have been a catch by us. the second pass was in the right place until the wide reciever gave up the ball.

    out wide outs have been horrible this year. which has caused freeman to have to force it in , because NO ONE has been getting seperation.

  5. Mauha Deeb Says:

    ”We have a top-5 offensive line”


  6. KD Says:

    It’s a combination of Olson and Freeman. Freeman is making bad throws, Olson is calling terrible passes. It looked like San Fran knew every route we were running. All the plays kind of mesh together to make a big pile of crap. Open up the playbook Olson, and maybe we’ll score 3 points against the Saints.

  7. Bobby Says:

    I wouldn’t blame Olson. Josh has been staring down the receivers which makes it easy for the D-backs to break on the ball. The receivers have been terrible about getting seperation. That doesn’t help Freeman much as he’s been struggling with control. He’ll get it together. We are doing what a young team ‘normally’ does. This is one of the few times we have looked ‘normal’ for our age.

  8. tj Says:

    Joe let’s face the facts Raheem is being out coached I think the lockout hurt him. They are top in three things penalties dropped pass ‘s and turnovers . Lack of discipline as shown on morris penalty talib flipping and winslow going crazy every time some one tackles him . He needs a defensive cordinator . And stop sticking with his friends on and off the field um talib Jackson and black

  9. bucsalltheway Says:

    Josh Johnson rode the pine for a while now I’m really ready to see what he can bring to the table as a potential starter. Leave freeman to play slow defenses and teams who are missing pieces to there puzzle or a team that has the worst front 7. When u play complete teams such as the 49ers which every linebacker on there roster runs faster than lagarette blount here’s where kregg lumpkin and josh Johnson could have started this game to change the dynamic of how they game planned. I think we would have won. I’m a real buc fan and I believe we gas freeman a lot and he hasn’t given us the touchdowns we deserves as fans

  10. Shmuckaneer Says:

    There are many reasons they didn’t and shouldn’t have run the ball that much in the game. First off when any team gets down by as much and as fast as the Bucs did yesterday, the run all but goes out the window. You need big yards and you need them now. Anytime teams are 3 and out all day, and the ther team is scoring, there won’t be a whole lot of rushing attempts. Let’s face…Blount wasn’t producing anymore than anyone else out there. That’s not a knock against him…it’s a knock against the whole team. The fact is, Blount just like the rest of the Bucs is a slow starter. He never has a big first half, and it was 24-3 at halftime…ergo, try to throw the ball to catch up. Anyone who thinks Blount would have made a 48 point difference is crazy!

  11. Jerry Says:

    It’s a combination of things….including Olson. Freeman and Blount are young guys. If they cant figure things out and end up regressing…you have to put some blame on Olson and even Alex Van Pelt. Good coaches dont let good talent regress. Good coaches will squeeze production even out of bad talent.

    So Im tired of the excuses. If the team is regressing, you have to blame the coaches for that.

  12. the_buc_realist Says:

    We as Buc fans just need to realize that we have the 4th best Quarterback in the division. We should not label players “the franchise or pro-bowlers” after 3 starts. I am sticking with my 6-7 win predictition. It is going to be alot tougher now that the Bucs have been exposed. every team will watch the 49ers tape for the rest of the year.

  13. Jerry Says:

    So after 5 games in the NFL you are claiming Cam Newton is better than Freeman?

    And did you watch the game last night? Matt Ryan is overrated…not a bad QB….but he’s overrated.

    Brees is #1… then there is a huge drop off and a fight for #2.

  14. crazy Says:

    Too bad the best change of pace back is the backup QB.

  15. bucsalltheway Says:

    Exactly @ crazy someone views things the same as me

  16. lightningbuc Says:

    bucsalltheway said:

    “josh Johnson could have started this game to change the dynamic of how they game planned. I think we would have won.”

    LMAO! Really? Ya think so? He would have made a 45 point difference, huh? Hell, while they’re at it, maybe they can find a place for him on the run defense too!

  17. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Freeman should not be benched, Harbaugh saw that if you disguise your coverage as man (by rolling up your corners and have them release inside with receivers) that free often goes to either the Graham middle dump or Winslow for the 15 yard out at the sideline.

    If the distance for a first down was 6+ you give them the dump and have the corner shift to the zone to cover that Winslow out – 1 pick was due to this disguised zone and there should have been 2 others.

    Yes, Harbaugh saw this tendency (as I have) and it was just a matter of time before someone exploited it.

    Good coaches know to “not be extra careful to avoid tendencies on short weeks” in the passing game or you can gift a game away. Rah isn’t qualified enough to know this and Harbaugh schooled him. What you saw on Sunday was what can happen when an excellent head coach faces an amateur.

    On certain Sundays the coaching means very little because the opposing coach isn’t that great; however, on other Sundays it makes a big difference. Harbaugh is a star.

  18. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    starting johnson would have been ridiculous, but putting him the game on 3rd down more might have slowed down the 49rs d, they were clearly ready for everything we had,and obviously Olson has no plan b.

  19. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Typo: ” to be extra . . .

  20. SanDiego Scott Says:

    Looking at what Harbaugh was able to do with Alex Smith, I cringe to think of what he’ll be able to do next year if he gets his hands on Josh Johnson.

  21. eric Says:

    Didnt they bring Johnson in to hand the ball off up the middle?

    Why? Ever heard of a roll out or QB draw?

    As for top five OL, be nice if we were but just don’t see it. Not really solid either. Borderline average.

    Are we in the top five in anything?

    Oh yeah, top five cheapest. Definately lasting contenders in that category.

  22. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Thomas- you haven’t seen any tendencies. You are just some no life trolling internet dork. You don’t have any clue what are you seeing. Stop trying throw out comments about x’s and o’s. You are just babbling and making up nonsense. Its pathetic and not one poster on here believes you have the slightest clue what you are talking about.

  23. SteveK Says:

    We effing suck, and need go figure it out bc our offense is nauseating. We are too plain and vanilla on offense. I cully agree we Thomas 2.2’s post, “harbaugh is a star”. He gameplan Ed and our stupid “gimme” checkdown was taken away.

    We need to go out there next week and kick new Orleans butt, no Excuses.

    I am no longer buying into, “this is a rebuilding year”, that is clear bull manure bc this is the NFL and there is parity every week. To back that up look at how bad the eagles are and look at the bills.

    Truth be told, if our owners gave half a crap, they would spend some money on free agents that would make our team better. I want us to sign/make a significant offer for DeSean Jackson this offseason, or I’ll feel like our owners simply don’t give a hoot about winning.

    We need to get our acts together, or I fear this past week will be the first of many painful exhibitions not come this year.

  24. rickster Says:

    I hear Andy Reid’s seat is getting pretty hot. Maybe get Reid and slide rah to DC?? I can dream can I…..

  25. DCBUCSFAN Says:

    IMO Thomas 2.2 should be applying for an NFL opening after this upcoming season, if he’s not already employed by one! IJS

  26. DCBUCSFAN Says:

    How is Harbaugh a star? Damn, his team won the game. (We gave them our fair share of help with that victory too) Now, with a 4-1 record, he’s included in the Mt. Rushmore of the NFL’s Greatest Coaches!

    You people are FOOLS!

  27. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    No DCbucsfan, he is a star bc he has been excellent everywhere, san fran has a bad qb and he has led them to 4-1, what was rah’s record after 5 games 0-5 and rah had more overall talent. San fran is mediocre on offense and less than mediocre in the secondary. Harbaugh is the difference.

  28. destinedbuc32 Says:

    Thomas 2.2 Raheem didn’t have a Pat Willis, Vernon Davis, or Gore to start with either. He had to bring in talent

  29. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I’ve been saying it for over a year now…we need a big body to pound the line in the start of a game. We don’t have a truly “train” to throw at them, and until we do, Blount will be lucky to hit 1,000 yards and you can expect plenty of mistakes by Freeman.