Main Offensive Problem? Penalties

December 5th, 2014
Yellow hankies are holding the Bucs back, says Bucs WR Vincent Jackson.

Yellow hankies are holding the Bucs back, says Vincent Jackson.

The Bucs offense is miserable. Joe doesn’t think that statement will shock any Bucs fan. In fact, most Bucs fans might just be trying to forget the Bucs offense.

Whether it is turnover-prone Josh McCown or slumping Doug Martin or the troubles of the offensive line, there are a myriad of reasons. But the receivers are not why the offense is lame.

Veteran receiver Vincent Jackson boiled the failures of the Bucs offense down to a singular subject. That would be penalties, especially those when the offense is trying to battle back in the final minutes of games.

“I think we touched on as far as the penalties,” Jackson said. “It seems like those rhythms – we started getting a flow going and then you set yourself back with a holding and you go from being at the 15- [or] 20-yard line to being back near the 40, almost out of field goal range. So any time that we can, just eliminate those penalties and just finish drives. I think that the two-minute and the up-tempo is a strength of this team and I hope that we can throw some of that in there the last couple of weeks and show that and let it be a strength for us.”

If the two-minute offense or the hurry-up offense of the Bucs is truly a strength, why not use it more often? It is almost like the ghost of former Bucs commander Greg Schiano has returned.

This is something Joe just does not understand. If a certain play works often or a style of play works often, then use it more often. Or are the Bucs, under a thick veil of secrecy, truly working for the first pick in the draft?

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26 Responses to “Main Offensive Problem? Penalties”

  1. Robert 9 Says:

    and the penalties are due to lack of coaching.

  2. Tom Edrington Says:

    Is it an offensive problem or a lack of discipline?

  3. MTM Says:

    At this point its on the players! The only coaching that can be done at this point is to start replacing players that don’t get it!

  4. billy buckaroo Says:

    There is usually a light at the end of the tunnel but this year it seems the light is getting dimmer rather than brighter.
    Back to “wait til next year” again.
    Go Bucs

  5. bucrightoff Says:

    Top 4 teams in the NFL in penalties:

    1. Tampa Bay
    2. Seattle
    3. Denver
    4. New England

    One of these things is not even close to the others…

  6. DB55 Says:

    It will come, it takes time.

  7. Brandon Says:

    Robert 9 Says:
    December 5th, 2014 at 10:04 am
    and the penalties are due to lack of coaching.

    Drrrrrrrr, the other top 3 teams in penalties are all excellent teams that have great records and supposedly great coaches. Your argument is about as relevant as me saying the penalties are a result of stupid posts by readers of

  8. Brandon Says:

    DB55 Says:
    December 5th, 2014 at 10:47 am
    It will come, it takes time


    OMG, optimism from DB55? Hath hell frozen over?

  9. bucrightoff Says:

    Uhh Brandon you proved his point. They have excellent coaching to overcome their penalties, that’s why their elite. We have poor coaching which can’t overcome these penalties. Washington by the way is ranked 5th so yeah, poor coaching cannot overcome penalties and great coachign can is the moral of the story.

  10. DB55 Says:


    lol, yup that’s it, that’s the ticket. #optimism #actuallypuresarcasm #comeonman

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    If the Bucs did’nt commit multiple stupid penalties every game, they would’nt be the Bucs.

  12. steve Says:

    I understand we are 2-10. However if you go back to the beginning of the season we sucked at all 3 phases of the game. Since that time the defence as made hugh improvements and special teams has gotten better with the exception of returner. That doesn’t happen with out good coaching. The thing that continues to kill us is our offensive line and quarter back play. Witch were questionable going into this season. My point is we need a lot fewer pieces to finish turning this thing around than we thought we did 8 weeks ago. we are close.

  13. bucrightoff Says:

    ^Close to what? Being 6-10? Is this people’s goals? To not be horrible? Or to win the Super Bowl?

    Because we are not even remotely close to winning the Super Bowl. We’re the worst team in the worst division ever. We can’t even beat bottom feeders from other divisions. 5 years. at least, away from thinking Super Bowl. When people talk about “patience”, I hope they mean it because that’s the kind of patience it’s going to take.

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    The penalties are huge issue that being said they suck because Lovie and Licht ran without a QB from the start. Glennon should have been discarded with the other trash and maybe a 5th round pick. Now they will be lucky to salvage a 7th rounder. The loss of Tedford which I believe is NOT related to health issues but the fact he came to the realization that no matter what he did Lovie would micro mange and not allow for hmm to run HIS offense. If I was tedford I would have bailed too before he got labeled a nfl failure and cost himself millions of future income because of the archaic head coah and his unwillingness to play any offense at all.

  15. tmaxcon Says:

    Brandon — Your overwhelming positivity and willingness to give the benefit of the doubt makes me want you on my Jury if I ever get busted….

  16. Zam Says:

    Bucs average 1.7 extra offensive penalties per game. Not enough to make a difference.

  17. Robert 9 Says:

    @ brandon…

    you know how many audibled NE and Denver call? It’s like a frickin algebra lesson before the snap. I expect some penalties in that situation. It’s complicated, and they confuse and then demolish their opponent based on the D they are showing.

    Tampa?? not so much. we don’t audible. hell they have a hard enough time getting the plays in, or getting to the line, or counting to 12…..much less audible.

    carry on.

  18. Robert 9 Says:

    lol Tmax.

    brandon is either

    a. simple
    b. high – all the time
    c. new to the bucs
    d. lovie smith
    e. all of the above

    I pick e.

  19. Ray Rice Says:

    Penalties are a real problem. Yes. It’s obvious. But a new problem arose last week on offense too. That would be the 5yd roll snap. AKA the Gilkey Snap.

  20. DB55 Says:

    Penalties are killing us but not as much as mccown inability to read defenses or find the open rvc.

  21. BucTrooper Says:

    Here’s a fun game to play: when the Bucs have a “good” play on offense (like 8 yards or more) watch the NEXT play and how often it is a penalty or a sack. The Bucs notoriously follow a good play with a bad and undo their good fortunes. They are allergic to playing well.

  22. DB55 Says:

    28. Josh McCown: Why did they bench Mike Glennon again? McCown has done virtually nothing positive the last two weeks. Glennon is a better player now, and has more room to grow. Chris Wesseling disagrees with me so vehemently on this issue that I wanted to cross-check my eyeballs and notes with the numbers: ESPN’s QBR rating, Football Outsiders and PFF all rank Glennon higher this year, too.

  23. tmaxcon Says:

    DB55 — they both suck… a turd is a turd is a turd… Nice guys crappy qb’s

    Robert9 — I’ll go with e as well but hopefully he is just b

  24. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Zam, the 1.5 extra penaties are just a stat. It is the TIMING of these penalties. you can overcome false start and holding during the 1st half. It is penalties late in 4th quarter trying to take a lead or get into FG position. I still can not believe at the beginning of the 2nd quarter last week Tampa had to take a TO before running the play. What the hell were they talking about during the 3 mins they had during the commercials.

  25. tmaxcon Says:

    does anyone know if the human penalty machine collins can play any other o-line positions besides tackle???

  26. Louis Friend Says:

    This season is over, I’m just hanging around watching to see if the defense can keep playing better. The offense, god willing, will be thrown on the scrap heap as soon as the season is done. New QB, new OC, new OL. Who cares about what they do right now?