Bucs Rank 24th In Yards Per Carry

September 28th, 2015

DougMartineyesJoe’s really getting sick and tired of hearing about the Texans’ defense.

The reality is the Bucs didn’t run the ball yesterday nearly as well as most teams do against Houston.

As a result, the Bucs are now averaging just 3.6 yards per carry, tied for 24th best in the NFL. Last year, Houston allowed four yards per carry, and they had the same average this year — until the Bucs arrived in town. So stop pretending Houston is a group of savage run stuffers.

Yesterday, Tampa Bay had 20 carries for 57 yards.

Through three games, Doug Martin has 46 carries for 176 yards, a 3.8-per-carry average. And Martin even ran quite hard yesterday, once turning a four-yard loss into a no gain. It was a strong effort.

Whatever is going on, the Bucs are struggling to pound the rock. Joe has heard former Bucs Shaun King and Ian Beckles mightily praise the offensive line on WDAE-AM 620 today. But Joe really has to qualify that as reserved to pass blocking.

The only other explanation is that the Bucs’ running backs are overrated. Joe has no conclusion yet.

9 Responses to “Bucs Rank 24th In Yards Per Carry”

  1. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs RB’s could be overrated, but the Texan’s intent was to first deny the run. That helped them win the game. The Bucs had too many runs for no yards. The Texan’s didn’t sack the QB, but sacked the run game effectively.

  2. No better way to say it Says:

    They only could run the ball when Wilfork was out and that drive ended in a missed field goal. Before that drive they were averaging less than 2 yards a carry and for awhile close to 1 yard a carry.

  3. Strider.... Sec 146 Says:

    Blah blah blah yawn can we start talkin about Carolina

  4. Mike10 Says:

    Agree. Made the same comment elsewhere. They could pass, but not run block.

  5. flmike Says:

    Thats because Koetter’s offenses aren’t set up for running they are passing offenses, you must pass to run in his scheme.

  6. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I’d love to find a Bucs web page that I love as much as this one. I am so tired of getting booted out on my iPhone about once a minute. Been going on extremely too long.

  7. scott fitzgerald Says:

    running through willifork is a bad idea in general. Doug may of not had the best day but he fought hard for his 3.5ypc. Eventually his stats will come .

  8. This Guy Right Here Says:

    As Jameis goes, so does the running.. Jameis will keep getting better, and then so will Martin..

    Sad thing is how Lovie’s D just made some unknown backup RB the week’s 2nd leading rusher… SMH

    Cut Bait, Glazers! Lovie isnt built for today’s NFL! He’s too Soft, Mentally Weak, Has no FIRE, Cant Gameplan, Cant Coach..

    Dirk for interim HC @ the bye!

  9. "that guy" Says:

    if i know you are going to run, then i am going to be able to stop you. if i think you might pass the ball, it might be harder for me to do that because you got me thinking for a second instead of acting on it.

    i believe the problem is predictable play calling.