Gadget-Play Madness On Opening Drive

November 9th, 2014

Sometimes gadget plays work. Sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes, they’re ridiculous calls at ridiculous times. Tampa Bay fans were treated to one of those today.

The Bucs were moving the chains on the game’s opening drive. What a treat it was.

They were 15 snaps into a clock-eating effort and on the Falcons’ 30 yard line. It was 2nd-and-15 immediately following a five-yard negative run by Bobby Rainey, a play that blew up the right side of the Bucs’ offensive line.

So what did the Bucs call next? They called a direct snap, wildcat kind of thing to little used wide receiver Russell Shepard. Huh?? Shepard ran right over right guard, where Patrick Omameh was called for holding. Forget about the penalty, this was a lousy, ill-timed call by backup offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo.

C’mon, man. You change quarterbacks to “spark” the offense, and you call that hot mess when you’re 10 yards from the red zone?

The Bucs’ settled for a 51-yard field goal, a 17-play drive that got kicked in the groin — by the Bucs.

34 Responses to “Gadget-Play Madness On Opening Drive”

  1. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Dude is in way over his head!

  2. The don Says:

    Yep. Why no word on tedford or someone ? We have talent , no direction

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A worse call was the sidline pass to Jackson on 3rd and 2….a very low percentage pass….even a run had more of a chance.
    Arroyo called this last week and it cost us a drive late in the game.
    I don’t know if it was called or both QBs decided to throw it there…

    It seems we don’t know how to throw passes over the middle like all of the teams do against us.

    His running plays are predictible…..always have been….

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    Yeah, they burned off most of the first quarter for a lousy field goal. Whoop de doo, pathetic.

  5. ChrisCo4Bucs Says:

    Release Koenen tomorrow please, I went out after the game and punted 10 times with 2 neighbors rushing me and averaged 41 yards

  6. dmatt Says:

    That’s poor coaching. Put Sean Payton or chip Kelly over our our offense n we these same

  7. Greg Says:

    Tedford’s health circumstances cut the legs out from underneath the offense from the get get go… Arroyo is learning under fire and doing better but still we are compromised… Not pretty and frustrating!

  8. T REX Says:

    Arroyo shouldn’t be QBs coach & OC. Shame on Lovie. This team stinks at OC, DC & STC

  9. sho-nuff Says:

    this dude is out of his league and to be honest I feel for him….that whole “next man up” BS is just that..absolute BS.

    A team is a team for a reason. You “thought” you assembled a bunch of unique moving parts to go forward. EVERYTHING the Bucs did in the off season has a hole…a space that was once occupied by a specific cog with a specific skill…
    This guy has no business stepping up and into that role.

    Like i said…Come out and say this about seperating the men and boys for the rest of the season…in the mean time go out and scout talent that goes beyond numbers…look for resolve because this “team” is HOT FREAKING GARBAGE

  10. jo_mama Says:

    Let’s not forget Lovie Brought in Tedford.

    Lovie’s judgement and decision making is very bad.

    I say, we have ZERO wins if Tedford was on the sidelines.

  11. dmatt Says:

    Hit submit by mistake in last post. Sean Payton or chip Kelly will score on each possession with the same players we have on offense. I hope ASJ don’t catch the dropies or become anther Jeremy Stevens. We desperately need a real offensive coordinator. Y is Leonard Johnson still on the team. Teams take our secondary for a joke.

  12. Buccin cane Says:

    Speaking of kicking what in the hell has happened to Micheal Koenan?????

  13. Doc Says:

    Will someone explain to the defense that you are allowed to sack the Quarterback. Maybe we should use a gadget play to sack the quarterback and quit talking about what other player’s are doing and do your job Mr. i just got a pay raise. This will be a different defense when they get a leader,who do not sit around and talk the talk but walk the walk.

  14. Rrsrq Says:

    Why on the interception that was tipped by V-Jax was Mike Evans on the sideline and Javorski Lane spread out as receiver

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    That play was ridiculous. However, to me the dumbest thing I have seen in a long time was a play that didn’t happen. We are down 10 with less than 4 minutes left in the game, and McCown is flagged for crossing the line of scrimmage on the pass. Before challenging the play, we line up to punt the ball!!! WTF? We were actually going to pun the ball away down 10 with a few minutes to play!!!!! Although the play was reversed, I still can’t get over the reasoning behind that. Absolutely ridiculous.

  16. Bucs Life Sux Says:

    It’s pointless even debating what decisions could have been made differently. This team is epicaly bad. It’s so bad, the Bucs fans I know don’t really even discuss the team much anymore. These are ten year season ticket holders. This team has pissed away so many draft picks and made so many FA blunders, why are we surprised? The entire NFL is now offense focussed. The rules are even slanted that way. What do we do? We hire a Tony Dungy clone. I was hoping for at least a respectable defense, but that appears to be years away. We will be starting all over next year with a new offense again. And I assume we’ll find a way to play ourselves out of a top 2 or 3 draft pick so there’s no Winston to look forward to next year. Lovie’will take a corner with his first pick. So exciting. Where can I sign up for more tickets?

  17. Another J Says:

    Mike Martz doesn’t answer the phone win Lovie calls.

  18. mike Says:

    @tampabaybucsfan. that same play cost them the game last week! not just the drive pal. it shows us just what kind of shit lovie is shoveling!

  19. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    Had Glennon thrown 2 interceptions in the final 3 minutes, we wouldn’t read about anything except him costing us the game. Josh was better than I expected… Until the end when we got what we all expected from him! 🙁 I was happier with Schiano than with the idiot we have now!

  20. NewTampaChris Says:

    Poor announcers, Thom Brennaman and David Diehl. They’ve done several Bucs games this year, so you know they are at the bottom of the Fox depth chart. Even they lobbed in a “WTF?” when the Bucs ran that wildcat play?

  21. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    My favorite part about this season now is coming to JBF and reading all the hate comments. It cheers me up in a strange sort of way. Misery loves company they say.

  22. Architek Says:

    This team is cursed and is ruled by evil spirits

  23. DB55 Says:

    Doc Says:
    November 9th, 2014 at 9:42 pm
    Will someone explain to the defense that you are allowed to sack the Quarterback. Maybe we should use a gadget play to sack the quarterback and quit talking about what other player’s are doing and do your job Mr. i just got a pay raise. This will be a different defense when they get a leader,who do not sit around and talk the talk but walk the walk.
    This wasn’t even me. How about that?

    This whole game was a blur. I’ve forgotten it already, although I do have 1 question. How does jenkins have the gull to prepare TD celebrations? Aren’t you on a 1-8 team? Didn’t you give up a fumble for a TD in OT last week? WTF kind of operation is Lovie running here? My HS coach would have us asking permission to wipe. Lovie going to start chest bumping next week? Lol, jk.

  24. buccanAy Says:

    What’s maddening is this dam rookie TE…not good enough to fumble away game last week, but steps it up with ANOTHER asinine penalty today. This dude is not all he thinks he is…he’s one who needs a lesson taught.

  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The coaches need to teach Banks to not let the recievers hit his hand with their face…..they keep doing that to him….

  26. Aubpierce Says:

    When will we see the fire Lovie billboards?Schiano was a better coach,Rah was a better coach before he had sleep overs with his players.I wish Lovie was still doing the Rip Van Winkle act in the basement.

  27. Skyline Crew Says:

    Bugs suck. GB is killing the Bears. Can’t wait until we play em. I’ll be at the game next week. Yay me

  28. Skyline Crew Says:


  29. Ralph Phillips Says:

    Jesus, the last thing we need is for the offense to get MORE conservative. Bashing him for running one trick play? Do you know how many play action, misdirection, tosses, screen passes, or anything out of the ordinary we run per game? Not many. Average probably 3 a game. Maybe 4. Our offense is the most vanilla offense I have ever seen. Asking him to dial it back is akin to asking a polar bear to wear a white jacket.

    We need more “gadget” plays, not less.

  30. Buc1987ForJameis Says:

    Joe perhaps you might want to ask Lovie tomorrow if he thinks his team is the worst team in the whole freaking league….

    Bring me that high draft pick evaluators-tankers.

    1-9 Here we come. Who’s next on our plate?

  31. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    Either way just bring us a shiny new franchise qb and then build up on a much needed o line, get us a half way near competent OC and I’ll see you in 2015.

    Good Luck Lovie…It’s A Sucky Life.

  32. passthebuc` Says:

    The play calling is basic. the passing attack is so vanilla and so easy to defend, there is no chance to catch someone off guard with a trick play.

  33. Bucamania Says:

    Tedford is NOT coming back. Dude bailed on the Bucs and he’s surely not coming back to claim the worst offense in football. No one needs 3 months to recover from 3 stents. It’s not open heart surgery. My father in law just had 3 put in and was playing golf a few days later.

  34. sho-nuff Says:

    Bucmania…what’s new another bad, busted hire….I agree he has zero value….