Spinning Stats On Run Defense

December 23rd, 2013

Zac Stacy punished the Bucs

Greg Schiano met the media after yesterday’s drubbing in Missouri and did a masterful job spinning stats to make his run defense look great.

Joe knows better.

Schiano noted his run defense allowed 3.3 yards per carry against the Rams, “which when a team is going to run the ball 39 times, you do that over the season, you lead the league in rushing defense.”That sounded pretty, but it’s ugly for a couple of reasons.

First, when a team runs 39 times on your NFL team, that means you got pounded and will lose 90+ percent of those games.

Second, the Rams’ gameplan was to run Zac Stacy repeatedly, especially with Tavon Austin, their top wide receiver, out of the game. Heck, Joe noted last week that Jeff Fisher somewhat sarcastically said he wanted to see if the Bucs could stop the run. Stacy had 22 carries for 84 yards through three quarters yesterday, with a one-yard touchdown run and a fumble. That’s a solid day. And that came with starting left tackle Jake Long blowing his knee out three plays into the game.

Third, the Bucs should have been thoroughly keyed on stopping the run. Isn’t that why they signed Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson and Johnthan Banks? So they could continue to make teams one dimensional like they did last season, but this time actually shut down passing attack?

The Bucs didn’t make Kellen Clemens beat them. And when they did lock down on the run in the fourth quarter, Clemens was 5-for-6 through the air for 54 yards. He finished completing 80 percent of his passes.

Yes, the Bucs’ final run defense stats yesterday are good enough to lead the NFL in most years. But that doesn’t mean the Bucs shut down the Rams running game, which was their goal entering the game.

20 Responses to “Spinning Stats On Run Defense”

  1. Harry Says:

    I can’t stand this anymore. If Schiano returns in 2014, I will find something else to do on Sundays

  2. knucknbuc Says:

    Schiano is good at spinning things and throwing other ppl in front of the bus to hide his own inadequacies. He’d be a better politician then a football coach.

  3. bucfanjeff Says:


    The last several weeks Schiano has been spinning his words to make it sound like he is great and that the Bucs are close. I’m not buying in, fire this guy.

  4. buc4lyfe Says:

    Even if the glazers blame the injuries for pure pathetic offense…..or defense is still average with an above average pay so he still shouldn’t keep his job, this should be a top ten defense

  5. FanOfBucs Says:

    Crazy how low expectations are here.

    We lost to a piss poor offense. They wore us out.

    We need turnovers and trick plays to compete with no great teams.

    The Bucs suuuuuuuuuck right now.

    Problem is, the stink starts at the top and rolls all the way down. Expect more of the same until the Glazers sell or change their ways

  6. FanOfBucs Says:

    knucknbuc Says:
    December 23rd, 2013 at 10:45 am
    Schiano is good at spinning things and throwing other ppl in front of the bus to hide his own inadequacies. He’d be a better politician then a football coach.

    ^^^I totally agree

  7. Eric Says:

    I got a novel idea for Schiano.

    Win the Division next year, THEN brag. Nobody is in the mood for the sugar coating BS.

  8. Ed Says:

    31st ranked offense in NFL, that says enough about the direction this team is going. A strong defense will not help when your offense is scoring less than 20 ppg.

    NFC teams competing for playoff spots all have good to great offenses-

    Eagles, Cowboys, Bears, Saints and Cardinals.

    Teams in with very good defenses- Seahawks and Niners.

    Without Rogers’ injury Packers would be in the great offense category competing for playoff spot.

    That a top 15 defense with a 31st ranked offense won’t even get you to .500 in this era.

    They will never be competitive until they have an offense that can put up an average of at least 400 yards of total offense and average at least 25PPG.

    Both the GM and coaching staff in the last 3 years have not come close.

  9. That Guy Says:

    I don’t get it. I was told by this very website that Gregory’s hiring was going to bring about The New Schiano Order(trademark JBF). Yet we’ve sucked ever since (except when it comes to making escuses–we’re masters of that).

  10. Mr. Patrick Says:

    There are NO excuses. Period. Time for the Glazers to clean house because this is a major low point in Buc’s history. Every time Schiano speaks he shows how little he knows about NFL football. Schiano makes Ray Perkins and Leeman Bennett look like football geniuses

  11. Chef Paul Says:

    My fear is the Glazer’s buy into his schtick. It would not surprise me one bit if he fools them with this BS.

  12. chickster Says:

    If this staff

  13. chickster Says:

    If this staff

  14. Splengo Says:


    I’ve an even noveler (not a word) idea for Schiano: Resign!

  15. Fritz50 Says:

    Chickster – finish the thought, dude

  16. Laughing Stock II Says:

    Joe make sure to wear rubber boots to the press conference because the sh*t will continue this whole week.

    They show rename the press conferences The Schiano’s Imaginary World. This week act ~ How The Defense Grab The Rams By The Horns

  17. Clowney Says:

    This grinning idiot some how became the highest paid public employee in New Jersey’s history with a .500 record and never winning his weak division.

    He had a couple mildly successful seasons when Ray Rice fell into his lap by accident. He somehow believes that the key to success is midget RB’s pounding it up the middle.

    NFL=Not for long.

    Notice how quickly the league learned that Napoleon Dyno-Mite can’t move to his left and complete passes?

  18. jjuice Says:

    Here’s what I don’t get, not even a probe of the 2minute or no huddle offense yesterday, probably didn’t practice it again this week. If ur O sucks as bad as this one wouldn’t you try something!!!!!!

  19. C. Alaka Says:

    In all honesty I thin Schiano is gonna get us to the playoffs next yr!…it’s unfortunate that you get rid of your QB that you been building around for 5 yrs in the middle of the season…you turn to a rookie QB who you really didn’t want to…the defense is good enough & once the offense catches up next yr we will be playoff bound!…Joe or anybody can save this comment…THE BUCS WILL BE IN THE PLAYOFFS NEXT YR!…the sad part about things is that our offense is HORRIBLE!…besides about 2 or 3 games this yr we have been in every game, we get a slightly better offense & we will be fine…Jackson, Williams, Martin, Wright, M. James, Nicks, Penn, Zuttah we have pieces on the offense but once again we need good offensive concept & a QB who can execute it!

  20. zam Says:

    Seattle doesn’t care about stopping the run. And lo and behold, they are the number one defense in the league.

    Wake up, it’s a passing league. “Stopping the run” is meaningless now.