Pass Early, Please!

November 13th, 2014

Shaun King says the Bucs’ offensive line isn’t good enough to continue the current approach

Stop trying to pound the rock and establish the run early every game and let the passing game set it up for you.

That was the strong message this afternoon from former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, a devout Bucs fans and national analyst for Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports Network.

“I think we need to throw the ball to set up the run,” King told the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620. “I just don’t think we’re good enough on the offensive line, you know, to come out and say we’re going to establish the run. By throwing the ball, I don’t necessarily mean being overly aggressive.

“A lot of times going into [halftime] this year, I felt like we haven’t given Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans chances to really impact games. We’ve come out the second half and tried to rectify it.”

Joe must applaud King on this. Joe pulls what’s left of his hair out nearly every week because it takes the Bucs so darn long to attempt to play “Dunkaneer” football. But forgetting about that, why the Bucs don’t use more slant passes is beyond Joe, and other should-be-easy throws on first down. The Bucs moved the ball well on their opening drive against the Falcons on Sunday, and then came that ludicrous 2nd-and-15, direct-snap/Wildcat call for Russell Shepard.

King, one of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, said feeding Jackson and Evans early should “create a tempo and a physicality to our offense that I don’t think we can create by just running the football.”

Joe agrees. Use your elite weapons early, the ones in which you invested heavily. That can only help the Bucs’ sad rushing attack.

17 Responses to “Pass Early, Please!”

  1. Robert 9 Says:

    lol, picture made me think pass the fried chicken please

  2. lightningbuc Says:

    Why is Shaun King using “we” when talking about the Buccaneers? Isn’t he an NFL analyst who is supposed to be impartial?

  3. 77 bassguitarist Says:

    @ robert 9 u forgot the donuts…LOL

  4. bucrightoff Says:

    Pass (the lard) Early, Please!

  5. warrenfb12 Says:

    Agreed. Continuing to blindly try to run the ball is the equivalent of walking with staff holding rock and chisel to create their game plan. Guys like Anthony Becht on the pregame show always say, lets see some nastiness go out there line up and run it down their throat a couple of times, get off the ball and smash somebody.

    Wont work Anthony, the O-line is awful and we CAN NOT RUN THE BALL. Stop trying to work the cliché and let the pass set up the run. We clearly cannot run it. Stop smashing our RB of R or L guard for 1 yard. It is a fail week in and week out.

  6. ddneast Says:

    What was King doing during the early stages of the Falcons/Bucs game, staring down the chicken wing platter like he used to do with wide receivers.
    I believe the first five or six plays the Bucs ran last Sunday wee run plays. In fact, the first drive was pretty much pass oriented until our OC coughed out that stupid Wildcat play.
    How about on the third and 4 play when he almost got McCown killed on that roll out pass that cut the field in half.
    Brilliant just brilliant. Like. I said, not planning on going back to Ray Jay till they hire a qualified OC and I don”t see them doing that with 8 games remaining.

  7. ddneast Says:

    Meant to say our first 5 or 6 plays were passes. Sorry.

  8. billy buckaroo Says:

    First thing
    Have Arroyo put down that notebook pad or whatever it is he buries his head in each game. Watch the game and see whats happening.
    This is not computer football
    Pay attention as the “Real” game is going on

  9. buddhaboy Says:

    we are too dumb to do this. it is week 10. Dont you think arroyo and Lovie boy whouldve figured this out by now. ?

    People keep knocking, but nobody is home, if you get my drift.

    Hey oh

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Shaun King, one of two Buc Quarterbacks that lost a NFC Championship Game when his defense gave up 11 or fewer points.”

    I actually agree with him for once…..

    By the way…..I’m not oneof those that calls him:

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  11. Hawk Says:

    OTOH, when the Bucs have had a running game working, they abandon it in the second half. It’s like they they are second guessing the opposing DC. “We’ve run this so many times, successfully, that we better change before they catch on.”

  12. Hawk Says:

    BTW, Joe, the title of this article was just too easy. I’m gonna pass because I think it’s a trap.

  13. Joe Says:

    OTOH, when the Bucs have had a running game working, they abandon it in the second half. It’s like they they are second guessing the opposing DC. “We’ve run this so many times, successfully, that we better change before they catch on.”

    You know, that’s the best excuse Joe has read for the inexcusable.

  14. Brandon Says:

    Are Shaun King and Jamie Dukes twins?

  15. MTM Says:

    I think everyone agrees the Bucs need to start the game passing the ball. The isn’t and won’t be there with this current offensive line. The last 3 yrs have been the same conservative bullshit*t for 3 quarters. Then after their down by 21 points start throwing it around the yard. If the coaching staff is afraid of turning over the ball then you have the wrong quarterback.

  16. ddneast Says:

    Now I know how many of you clowns actually watch the game. Any of you buffoons who agreed with Pass Thr Taters King did’t watch last weeks game.
    Hopelessly stupid.

  17. Zam Says:

    with these receivers, short slants are the way to go. They were doing it in the opening drive with success, and then they stopped doing it. But that’s what the “Tedford offense” had to be, and it was working. There’s no other way to have up-tempo, lots of plays, and ball control, which was touted in this offense.

    Use the back to catch passes in the flat and around the tackle like Thurman Thomas used to do. Use your tight ends for uncovered late routes and deep routes up the middle.