WRs Combine For Six Catches

November 13th, 2011

The Texans embarrassed the Bucs defense and put up two touchdowns and a field goal in their first four possessions en route to a 16-0 lead. So that would mean the Bucs would take to the air and the wide receivers would rack up numbers even in a loss. Right? Wrong.

The Bucs’ wide receivers combined for only six catches for 107 yards, two each for Preston Parker, Mike Williams and Arrellious Benn.  Per the stat geeks at ESPN.com, Bucs wideouts were targeted 18 times.

Why can’t these guys get open? And why can’t the Bucs take deep shots or find seams underneath. Benn beat his man for a 33 yard strike downfield early in the second quarter, but the Bucs didn’t keep swinging for the fences.

There’s plenty of blame to go around given the thorough breakdown of the offense. But something has to change in a hurry. Joe’s heard from players that the playbook is gigantic. There’s got to be something in there that can jumpstart the offense.

9 Responses to “WRs Combine For Six Catches”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Antonio Bryant anyone?

  2. justin Says:

    everyone occupy one buc place and force the owners to spend money on a real nfl team or sell it whats this 10 straight years cheapest team in the nfl

  3. Joe Says:


    everyone occupy one buc place

    LOL That’s like saying “Let’s occupy the White House.”

    If you climb the fence you’ll get cuffed and dragged off.

  4. k1ngAdroc Says:

    Texans played man for 3 quarters and held us to 6 wr catches…. brutal

  5. bucfanjeff Says:

    Olsen is still running a very Gruden-like offense, dink and dunk. In that offense there are very little shots taken down field. Freeman, for whatever reason, checks down too quick. He is also starring down his WR’s too much.
    We have GOT to take shots down field and Blount needs to stay in on 3rd down. Gruden’s offense became too predictable and so is ours now. When Blount comes out on 3rd down, it even MORE predictable.
    We have a lot of issues right now, but the top two are play calling and gap discipline.
    We had absolutely NO effort and NO heart. That was the most dissappointing.

  6. Brad Says:

    Olson needs to go.

  7. Pinnacl3 Says:

    For those that didn’t go to the game, lots of the blame goes to #5. I’m seriously thinking a change at QB is needed. And I’ve been a Bucs fan for a while now, so there’s no quick panic button hitting here. This is just clear observation from a season ticket holder that has been watching the team very closely. On quite a few plays, Freeman completely missed WIDE OPEN receivers for touchdowns. Not first downs, but TOUCHDOWNs. 6 points. This actually happened about 3 times when the game was still within reach. The Freeman situation HAS to be addressed.

  8. Blubber Price Says:

    two words:


  9. Vince Says:

    This team is going to make me more of an alcoholic then I already am.