Damning Offensive Numbers

October 15th, 2013

Doug Martin getting locked up in the red zone in the second half is becoming an all too familiar sight.

Yes, Joe is still shocked by the second half impotence of the Bucs offense this season, unable to score a touchdown through five games in the final 30 minutes of play.

The more Joe thinks about that, the more Joe’s head is numb.

Well, it seems Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times picked up the ball from there and began digging and found startling stats that will make any Bucs fans shake his head.

Some of the damning numbers Auman also tossed out on his Twitter feed @GregAuman.

* Schiano cites turnovers across midfield as reason for second-half struggles, but that only accounts for 4 of Bucs’ 27 2nd-half possessions.

* Bucs’ first four offensive possessions after halftime in their five games: 14 punts, 4 turnovers, one turnover on downs, one field goal.

* Bucs have run 162 plays in second half this season, but just eight in red zone. None had come before two-minute warning until this week.

This is starting to turn out to be the anti-Raheem. Remember when Raheem Morris was coaching (?), his teams were almost without fail either unprepared or blindsided in the first half, but in the second half, the Bucs typically rallied after making necessary adjustments to correct problems.

Schiano is the opposite. His teams play pretty well in the first half only to wilt on the vine in the second half.

Would it be too much to ask for the Bucs to play a consistent four quarters?

13 Responses to “Damning Offensive Numbers”

  1. Adam L. Says:

    This is a sign a coach is about to get fired. Hyper-analysis of the game right down to the PLAY.

  2. micronole Says:

    Bucs’ first four offensive possessions after halftime in their five games: 14 punts, 4 turnovers, one turnover on downs, one field goal.

    This doesn’t make sense. How can you have 14 punts in only four possessions?

  3. jb Says:

    “Would it be too much to ask for the Bucs to play a consistent four quarters?”

    Joe, do you really think it’s gonna change?
    He’s already told us, it’s the players not doing what they’re supposed to, and that he’s not changing a thing. The man’s head & brain are made of solid granite!

  4. JonBuc Says:

    Brian Billick…you’ve been humbled post SB victory, The Bucs have been humbled post SB victory….get together and fix this mess. Greg Roman sounds intriguing as well. Next coach should be offensive….not offensive. ( oh-fen-siv)

  5. Chef Paul Says:


    That’s the first four possessions in each game. So 4 possessions X 5 games =20 possessions

  6. Tampabaybuctfan Says:

    I don’t know about you…but I’d be throwing Sully under the bus about now.
    It ceases to amaze me that all of the articles & posts regarding our offense are directed entirely at Schiano. How does Sullivan get a pass?…are we not paying him? Is he not the OC?

  7. lightningbuc Says:


    It was about this time last year Joe was warning us that Sully was going to be a hot commodity for head coaching gigs. I guess I assumed he was talking about the NFL, not Pee Wee.

    He still might be. Time will tell. –Joe

  8. Patrickbucs Says:

    There are many reasons we are 0-5, when the offense has regressed this much it’s easy to understand why. I’ve never heard of a coach not making halftime adjustments besides this clown.

  9. Tampabaybuctfan Says:


    Which coach not making adjustments….Schiano or Sullivan?

    Because….with 12 minutes & Schiano practically running the defense…I presume Sullivan is in charge of offensive half time adjustments.

  10. Bucnjim Says:

    Going all the way back to the 80’s’; I’ve never seen a Bucs team with more talent on both sides of the ball than this. Of course we had the great defense of the late 90’s & early 2000’s, but the offense at the time was only average at best. The Glazers must be going crazy having put out Millions of dollars with the mind set that this team was ready to win this year and at least compete for the playoffs.

  11. Kaput Says:

    Wasn’t it a New Jersey columnist that said (about Schiano at Rutgers) that he was a great coach, except for those pesky three plus hours on game day? Whoever said it knew what they were talking about.

  12. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    We can re-hire Raheem and have him coach the second half while Schiano coaches the first half. Might solve some issues.

    Or…we could just hire a competent coach who knows how to win in the NFL.

  13. Bucfan#37 Says:

    I thought the OL and DB positions cost us the eagles game. Foles looked like an all pro. How does this QB have a game like this against what looked like an improving Bucs team? No count in the 2nd half seems like a tired team. The way to beat the Bucs is widely known throughout the NFL.