What Exactly Is The Offensive Plan?

November 13th, 2011
LeGarrette Blount with an all-too-rare run Sunday.

Joe’s not going to go crazy here. He’s trying to temper his emotions despite another ugly loss.

This game very much reminded Joe of when the Saints pistol-whipped the Bucs last year in the stadium on Dale Mabry Highway that Derrick Brooks built.

It’s early in the game, the Bucs are only down 9-0, hardly an unconquerable difference. LaGarrette Blount is starting to get some nice chucks of yards against a damned strout rush defense.

Soon as Blount began to break a sweat, nope, back to dinks an dunks, Joe’s favorite was a three-yard pass in the left flat to Kregg Lumpkin on third-and 13.

OK, so perhaps Lumpkin was the only guy open, but why in the world is he running a three-yard route when 13 yards are needed?

Joe’s not the only person to notice this, trust Joe. Dave Moore wondered aloud during the Bucs broadcast why the Bucs are so quick to abandon the run when Blount was showing promise. Even eye-RAH! Kaufman took to Twitter asking the same thing at halftime.

@TBO_Buccaneers: LeGarrette Blount has 7 rushing attempts for Bucs today. Not a winning formula for a run-first team desperate to establish an identity.

The thing that puzzles Joe is, without question, Josh Freeman is having an off year. His receivers struggle to get open. People walking around with white canes can see this.

So why are the Bucs so insistent upon forcing an element of their offense to kick it into high gear when it hasn’t all year, while avoiding an element that has been productive?

Joe can promise you the chances of Blount busting out a 30-yard run — provided he is getting touches — is a higher percentage than a Bucs receiver getting a 30-yard pass.

21 Responses to “What Exactly Is The Offensive Plan?”

  1. k1ngAdroc Says:

    in other news, Suh just ripped off Culter’s helmet……

  2. Patrick Says:

    “Give Blount the ball, give Blount the ball, give Blount the ball”

    It’s the same thing every week Joe! And Olsen can’t get it through his thick skull that our passing game sucks and giving Blount the ball will move the ball for us!

  3. Patrick Says:


    Sure wish we would’ve picked him instead

  4. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Just once I would love to see us hand the ball to Blount 3 straight times. I don’t care if we go 3 & out, just do it one time this season! Besides, what would be the difference between that and the 3 and out that we do anyway by throwing check downs to Lumpkin?

  5. k1ngAdroc Says:

    We didn’t have a chance and the jury is still out for me on McCoy. he’s a great player that plays with incredible intensity, but they knew to bring in a few vets like van d bosch to help him out.

  6. CC Says:

    The Broncos won today only throwing 8 passes. Run the damn ball Olsen. I dont give a crap what the fuc**** score is run the ball!!

  7. Leighroy Says:

    Greg olsen is officially insane. He calls the same gameplan (which is terrible BTW) over and over and over again, expecting a different result. This has to change someway, somehow.

  8. MikeNice Says:

    I’d like to play Olsen in a game of Madden..probably teach him a thing or two! I knew they would stop running Blount after his first two rushes were 7 yards each! Hate it so much that they don’t run more. Almost any run by Blount get’s better yardage than the annoying check downs we continue to do. Hating this season right now.

  9. Adam Says:

    @MIKENICE – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve yelled from my seat in 218, “HEY OLSEN! DON’T YOU HAVE A PLAYSTATION??”

    I am not making a joke here, but I’ve seen this “offense” before. It was the Ron Zook Era-Gators. All my friends are big Gator fans, so I would end up watching the games out of default. They would be gouging a team with runs and counters, and then out of nowhere, Chris Leak would switch to an option… (???) I always wondered if they were trying to be Nebraska or the Spurrier Gators.

  10. @toreano Says:

    Bucs have made LGB a non factor. Bad play calling keeps him and Benn out of play making opportunities. Freeman says its not coaching. Well then he is regressing. Bad situation anyway you look at it. Olsen runs the same dink plays on third and long as Gruden. Hated Gruden for it can’t let it slide now.
    Need new OC and DC.

  11. Blubber Price Says:

    I can’t believe that so many buc fans are too stupid to understand that when you get multiple drive killing penalties which put you behind down and distance , and you start slow and get behind by over 14 points , the run kind of goes out the window.

    Are so many of you really so stupid that you believe if we just ran the ball every play after trailing 23 -3 , we would have won the game??

    Get a freakin clue…until we start starting some games fast , Blount is never going to see a ton of carries. We’re always behind !

  12. Blubber Price Says:

    …and by the way , you can blame the playcalling till the cows come home , but there’s a simple fact at the real root of the problem that you all need to come to grips with:

    We simply aren’t a very talented team , at all. Becoming predictable and running every down isn’t going to magically fix that.

  13. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    The Offensive Plan will never be a success with a mediocre quarterback.

  14. srqrr Says:

    AMEN to all that

  15. srqrr Says:

    down by only two scores in the first does not equal going in to panic mode, run the ball, that’s why play action is unsuccessful, the defense knows that when the bucs talk about running the ball, it’s a joke. Secondly, when we do go in to hurry up, we take our time, please explain.

    @Hawaiin Buc, I am thinking the same thing

  16. Teddy Says:

    Hey, at least we didn’t get the obligatory Arrelious Benn end-around for a loss of 2 today.

  17. Blubber Price Says:

    If Blount would hit the hole hard instead of dancing around in the backfield like a scat-back , and leaving us with 2nd and 13 , he’d probably allow himself more carries. He did that at least 3 times today that I counted.

    Blount is really just a change of pace back , not a feature back. He’s slow as hell , he can’t catch , and he can’t pass block. If you really think basing our entire offense around him is going to fix every woe , dream on.

    Want to see what real talent on offense looks like?? Watch a Packers game. We have nothing like that , and you can thank Joe’s “rockstar” GM .

  18. below me Says:

    same mistakes every week…at what point do you start to point the finger at this coaching staff?

  19. crazy Says:

    The scary thing is they play like they accept the fact that they’re an average team at best. If true, their poor effort and poor play makes sense. You’re right about their schizo offensive identity Joe. They fall back way too quickly to the Gulf Shore Attack, as Gruden called it and Garcia ran it. Ironically JJ is probably better suited for that playbook than Freeman is. Here’s hoping somebody coaches up the coaches before the impendin Green Bay massacre.

  20. Oahubuc Says:

    I think Olsuck just forgets to call running plays again after teams are swept up in his brilliant play action ruse.

  21. Leighroy Says:

    Olsen is nothing but an out of place QB coach, who was thrust into the OC position (after Dom and Raheem crapped the bed in hiring Jagodzinski), and he is leaning on an outdated Jon Gruden playbook.

    AGAIN, first offensive play of the game was PA pass incomplete and we moved backward anytime we tried to pass with penalties or sacks. When we run Blount, at least we gain 5 yards (usually).

    You can say we have no talent, or that Freeman is regressing, or that the deficit got too big, but even before that happened, our OC couldnt even identify his teams strength and lean on it.