Break Out The Two-Minute Offense

October 30th, 2014


The Bucs coaching staff, in particular the offense and, of course, Lovie Smith, always talks about starting fast on offense.

But the only fast thing about the offense is how quickly it gets off the field after yet another three-and-out series in the early minutes of games.

In the second half, especially in crunch time, the offense appears to have life.

The solution to the early offensive woes, types Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, is simple. Start games with a no-huddle offense.

Smith and his staff have been unable to come up with anything to jump-start the offense. But I think the solution is pretty obvious. The Bucs have outscored opponents 68-33 in the fourth quarter. The Bucs have been playing from behind virtually all season, so they’ve used the two-minute offense extensively in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Mike Glennon has been noticeably better when running the no-huddle offense. You can say the same thing about Josh McCown before he got hurt in Week 3.

The Bucs should try opening the game in the hurry-up offense. And they should sprinkle in the two-minute offense throughout.

Yes, it makes all the sense in the world. Even last year, quarterback Mike Glennon showed he was at his best in a no-huddle.

Remember the 49ers game when Glennon had two scoring drives using a no-huddle and then-Bucs commander Greg Schiano hung Glennon out to dry? Schiano put the kibosh on the no-huddle because, he said, they never practiced it?

The way the offense has been simply awful in the early minutes of games, breaking out a no-huddle, two-minute offense just might take Cleveland’s defense by surprise.

22 Responses to “Break Out The Two-Minute Offense”

  1. Patrick in VA Says:

    Takes Arroyo out of the mix as well. Sounds like a plan

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Just lose baby!

  3. jo_mama Says:

    No Huddle Shot Gun worked for the Patriots the Last 4 games because of a weak offensive line and a slow Quarterback.

    Maybe just maybe if we copy success we will be successful.

    Copy the K-Gun Offense of the bills from the early 90’s. No Huddle fast attack shot gun style offense.

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    Arroyo is an offensive guru, he’ll figure it all out.

  5. RastaMon Says:

    Well that is fine with me….as long as it is not that the same as the 3 & out offense….’cause if they can hold on to the ball for 2 minutes…that would be an improvement !

  6. Walter White Says:

    Step 1: Play 20 games of Madden on Playstation on AT LEAST “Pro” difficulty

    Step 2: Win ALL 20 games by at LEAST 10 points and learn the plays

    Step 3: Do it in the real game!

    *This strategy CAN’T be any worse that the crap they are doing now! Look! Another 1st down run for no gain!

  7. Patrick in VA Says:

    A potential problem with the 2 minute offense being our go-to is that the premise of it is to get to the end zone within 2 minutes, obviously. That pace would keep the defense on the field all day, which is the opposite of what we want our defense to do.

  8. RastaMon Says:

    How about JUMP STARTING the defense… has been the blow outs….that and stats can be deceiving…
    “The Bucs have outscored opponents 68-33 in the fourth quarter”….hell the other teams equipment managers were rolling gear boxes off the field when those “stats ” …were made……..

  9. Jeff Says:

    That just makes too much sense. Lovie likes to keep the games close becasue that is the only way to win in this league. All according to the gospel of Lovie.

  10. RastaMon Says:

    Lovie is the personification of …”The Peter Principle”….Fire Lovie and move on …ASAP
    perhaps he can work off the balance of his contract working in …The Glazer Family Foundation…

  11. biff barker Says:

    Just don’t see it happening folks.

    Those who think “Coach” can suddenly get creative are lost in the wilderness.

    Lovie doesn’t even run his own defense let alone shown any desire to refine it.

    Someone need remind him it’s 2014.

  12. Andrew 1 Says:

    There’s really no other way around it, the offense got screwed this season as soon as our offensive coordinator left the team. Now we have a rookie coordinator, who is probably being baby sit by Lovie in terms of play calling, which means play it safe and run first. That would be ok if we had any semblance of a running game but we don’t, making this offense even more one dimension and predictable to any defense. They are just teeing off on the passing game now, having meet and greets at the QB and what not. So in short we are screwed on offense unless (yes there is any unless) we can run the damn ball effectively. So far it hasn’t happened. In terms of novelty ideas like starting the game in a two minute drill, I don’t expect that to happen.

  13. bucrightoff Says:

    Break out the old (new) unis too please. God these new things are horrific.

  14. sho-nuff Says:

    if only…look, I would just like to go on offense first if we win the coin toss…that’s a start….honestly I thought the murm was going to defer when we won the toss in OT last week…..

  15. mike h Says:

    @sho-nuff lmao why he did that from day one is beyond me. just another thing the pinhead does and don’t want to change. he friggin thinks this is the lovie smith show! idiot

  16. mike h Says:

    just collecting his pay check. blowing smoke up everybodys ass.

  17. MTM Says:

    The Bucs offense has been on the field 2 minutes each quarter. Does that count?

    Mike Glennon

  18. Oahubuc Says:

    We’ve been talking about this for years and years. We have netted zero progress since Byron Leftwich was our starting QB. We are no better than we were when Albert Haynesworth was our starting DT. Our secondary is worse than it was with Sabby Piscatelli and EJ Biggers.

  19. Zam Says:

    This makes the most sense of anything I’ve heard to fix the Bucs.

    I believe what we are seeing is the Lovie Offense, not Tedford’s or even Arroyo. My guess is Lovie is controlling the types of plays called and tempo with a heavy hand.

  20. Lynch Says:

    Joe can you send this article to the suggestion box at One Buc Place?

  21. Buctebow Says:

    Melman should roll out every play, until we get a line that can pass protect.

  22. MR. T Says:

    Yes, a little creativity on offense is definitely needed.