A Running Attack Away

August 13th, 2018

Final piece to puzzle?

It seems the Bucs are just one element shy of having a truly dangerous offense.

When Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, co-hosts of “Movin’ the Chains,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, brought their fantastic show to One Buc Palace Saturday, they of course had a lot of opinions in their Bucs-centric broadcast.

And in the eyes of Kirwan, the former Bucs scout and Jets coach and player personnel chief, the Bucs only lack one ingredient to being a truly feared offense. That would be a running attack.

“The offense will be fine,” Kirwan said. “They will do their job. Outside of running back, the offense was pretty good [last year].”

Of course, few people outside of SEC fans know Peyton Barber, who sat in the shadow of Muscle Hamster Doug Martin, in part because he wasn’t Gale Sayers.

If Barber, who did well in limited work last year and sure looked fantastic in the first dress rehearsal in Miami last week, can bust out with a 1,000-yard season, then this Bucs offense will have no weakness if healthy.

19 Responses to “A Running Attack Away”

  1. stpetebucsfan Says:

    If we can run the ball it’s a totally different ballgame. We occupy clock and make our defense better. It makes defenses respect Jameis play action fakes and with all those targets Jameis will get his.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We will be just fine…..need the Oline to block.

  3. Godeep66 Says:

    Barber is legit. He runs with authority and is not afraid to take a hit. I hope he has brushed up on his blocking skills, as we cannot let North America’s QB (Fitzy) get hurt this season.

  4. DB55 Says:

    Riddle me this Batman, who did the lions end up 9-7 with the worst rushing attack and 27th ranked defense last year? There’s always an exception to the rule I guess.

    As for the Bucs running game, how did your 3rd round pick from 2014 end up as the 5th string RB? Did you know that Charles Sims has more yards receiving than rushing over the last 3 years? Yet another guy who could easily replace Humps production if he were traded. Ijs.

    I just want to know who the heck is our starting oline? Fact is the left-side of the oline will absolutely wreak havoc, lol. As for the right-side if Koetter starts Dotson and Caleb he might as well start brushing up his resume. Hopefully, Dotson just lost his job to a second year FA but wtfdik.

  5. SB Says:

    The kid has Heart in Spades.
    You can’t teach Heart! He is gonna burst out this season!

  6. Destinjohnny Says:

    We don’t have a top 25 running attack
    I’m sorry to be a realist

  7. Martinii Says:

    Other than the massive arms barber sort of reminds me of a young Michael Pittman.

  8. BucTrooper Says:

    If only they had the opportunity to draft a RB in the first round…. (snap)…… dag-nabbit.

  9. m0j0 Says:

    Woo Woo! Watch out for the Pey Train!

  10. 813bucboi Says:

    as long as dirk used the right personnel, stays committed to the run game and has good play calling we should be fine…..


  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    We could of lost the Saints game last year and we still wouldn’t of had a chance to draft a RB in RD 1 Buc trooper.

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    We’ll see. I’m hoping for the best.

    But I think he is lucky to still be on the roster. Pure hype so far.

  13. Bobby M. Says:

    Barber will surprise folks…..i’m more concerned with management being determined to get RJ touches hoping for a big run that they disrupt Barber from getting into a rhythm.

  14. AlteredEgo Says:

    Shaun Wilson will surprise folks ….

  15. The Buc Realist Says:

    It was a good showing with the ones!!!! Barber look energized and committed!!!!! Now we need to see consistency!!!!!!!! It really helps upgrading the O-line with the highest paid center in the league!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  16. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Have to wait until the first few real games to find out what the bucs have because the dolphins are gawd awful and will be this year

  17. Eric Says:

    Barber is a borderline average NFL back, which makes him number one on our depth chart.

    Wouldn’t sniff starting on any other team in our division.

    But he is gritty and serviceable.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    @Kirwan … “Outside of running back, the offense was pretty good [last year].” Isn’t that kinda like saying that the one-legged man could run a lot faster if he had 2 legs? Passing game & running game … they complement each other.

    Barber isn’t the issue; he’ll do fine, presuming that he stays healthy. Our RB corps IMO can’t afford to lose either Barber OR RoJo … totally different skill-sets far as I can see. They should complement each other nicely ONCE RoJo figures out how to catch & pass-protect. Sims is excellent at BOTH of those, but he leaves a lot to be desired in terms of running the ball. Jacquizz is probably the most complete RB of the group, but he’ll continue to be the #4 because he’s not explosive enough. Wilson MIGHT surprise folks as AlteredEgo says, but it won’t be as an RB (more likely as a return man). The ability of his RBs to pass-protect for our QBs is essential to Koetter, and that’s where I think Sims and Rodgers have an edge.

  19. John Sinclear Says:

    Lest you all forget, Barber was a 1000+ yard runner at Auburn, against the toughest defenses in college, the SEC! He’ll be fine.