Running Backwards

August 23rd, 2019

When Bucco Bruce Arians finishes filling out his famous accountability sheets for the Bucs offense against the Browns, Joe hopes there’s one line there in bold type highlighted in red.


It was 1st-and-10 early in the second quarter tonight and the Bucs were starting a drive from their 25 yard line. Jones’ number was called for the handoff.

Jones ran right and presumably panicked, turning what probably would have been a two- or three-yard gain into a two-yard loss.

Jones pulled up and tried to bounce outside to the right without much juice.  Joe threw his notebook. TV analyst and Bucs icon Ronde Barber had a chuckle in his voice, “You’re not going to find any joy trying to bounce that ball outside.”

That just can’t happen in that situation, especially on a first-down carry in which Jones should be comfortable, confident, fresh and focused.

Jones finished the night with a couple of good runs, 4 carries for 8 yards in total. Peyton Barber was worse with 3 carries for 3 yards.

The running game is sad and needs a lot of work.

Perhaps the real question is why those guys got seven combined carries while Jameis threw 19 passes. Arians keeps talking about how Jameis is going to have a running game and won’t have to throw the ball 40 times a game. Well, isn’t preseason the time to work on that goal?

30 Responses to “Running Backwards”

  1. Frank Pillow Says:

    Simple math. Running backs = Dare > Barber + RoJo + Ellington.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hit what hole?……he didn’t have one, that’s why he bounced it outside.
    Our Oline didn’t pass block or run block……

    I was encouraged by our minimum penalties….especially on ST.

  3. Rayjay1122 Says:

    We needed to do screen passes every play. It plays to the strength of our OL by letting defenders into the backfield untouched!

  4. Wesley Says:

    Starters need to play the entire pre season finale, they need it.

  5. Race to 10 Says:

    Blind analyst. Rojo played just fine and he did not panic negative Nancy. Give it a rest already unless you only report bad things about bucs games for your readers! You might want to visit the home page. You keep missing all the positive stuff here. –Joe. The other guys get paid to and that was a good defensive front if you didnt notice. This game was perfect for this site they can write two weeks worth of sky is falling type articles. No one wants the bucs to lose more than this site it’s too good for business

  6. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Man its almost as though the problem isn’t the multitude of running backs we have and the poor offensive line play.

  7. Destinjohnny Says:

    I hear what everyone has been saying about him.
    So okay show me ro jo

  8. Jean Lafitte Says:

    That was his only bad decision, net result -2 yards. Your anger is misdirected.
    Who’s angry? –Joe

  9. Onebucdaddy Says:

    @rayjay1122 I’m dying 😭😭

  10. kgh4life Says:

    It’s clear that Ronald Jones lacks vision and patients to find the holes in the running game.

  11. philips Says:

    This reminds me of the season we went in with Lumpkin as our RB

  12. DB55 Says:

    Perhaps the real question is why those guys got seven combined carries while Jameis threw 19 passes.
    Joe man you’re a funny guy, we need to hang out more lol.

    They just don’t get it Joseph’s. No oline so no run game. No run game so you gotta pass. no oline so you can’t pass. cuz you ain’t got no time. Hits accumulate. Pressure mounts and then you get hit again oh wait make sure you throw it away. now next play I want you to throw a 60 yard bomb, on point and in stride. That’s what (2-3) nfl qbs do! (Out of 32)

    Outside of Russell Wilson and deshawn Watson I haven’t seen a QBs escape pressure as much as Sir Winston. No sir I have not. Brady would chit his pants and cry a bloodily river if he got SACKED 2 times in his first 4 drops. 3 sacks in your first 10 and 4 sacks in your first 11 drops. Not to mention the 3 or 4 pressures and scrambles before then. Yet if you subtract the sacks he went 6 for his first 10 passes 60% at the beginning of the 2nd qrt.

    Finally, Sir Winsalot was the second leading rusher, once again! Jones with 8 yards on 4 carries, Barber with 3 yards on 3 carries and SirWinston with 6 yards on 2 carries and the highest avg of all with a whopping 3 yards per carry.

    Your Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line, ladies and gentlemen, congratulations.

  13. R.O. Says:

    Really gonna complain about RJ he was running on a bad knee and he should have probably been sitting for the next 2 games..

  14. Clean House Says:

    We should extend Jason Licht

  15. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    The running game is sad and needs a lot of work.

    Last week they looked alright. Sometimes you just don’t match up well in certain games. Remember: preseason=no game plan.

    Ogunbowale looked pretty good again. Was he the running back who picked up the blitzer on the touchdown pass? Whoever it was, it was solid.

  16. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    So when Jameis doesn’t make quick decisions or isn’t accurate it’s the o lines fault but when the backs have little to no running room it’s the backs fault?

    Seems like someone has an agenda and an angle over an understanding of the game

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    @Frank Pillow … “Simple math. Running backs = Dare > Barber + RoJo + Ellington.”

    Simpler math … these RBs don’t trust this OLine. Put another way, 5 (OLine) + 4 (RBs) = 56 yards on 21 carries (2.7 YPG) after you take the QBs out of that equation (4 carries for 14 yds). Not much to write home about.

  18. Billy_45 Says:

    Good God let the season start.
    Same stories 50 different ways.

    The Browns had like 35 yds rushing.

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    There was no hole on that run.

    First PS game in memory that was all excellent defense.

  20. TDTB Says:

    I’m skeptical of the party line that Rojo will be the RB the Bucs thought they drafted…but if he is then why in the hell is he fielding kickoffs? The only logical explanation to me is that the coaching staff believes he’s scared of contact and kick off duty will get him over that fear.

  21. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    I like what I’ve seen from Jones so far. He’s physically more capable than Barber and I think he’ll continue to improve with touches. When they get him involved in the screen game we’ll be able to see some his skills as well. O like Barber but think by the end of the year Jones will clearly be the better back.

  22. Hodad Says:

    Why should we expect a better running game then last year when we brought back all the same players? Our RG is Cappa, a small school player who has no business being in the NFL. Our RT is an over the hill Dotson, who was an undrafted FA, who’s best days are behind him, and was only ever average at best. Barber is our starting back another UDFA who lacks speed, and vision. Jones is Jones, and Ellington was out of football last year. We did nothing to improve the talent on the O line, or the backfield. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, and expecting a different result.

  23. teacherman777 Says:

    Richie Incognito would have solved all this 3 years ago.

  24. BucEmUp Says:

    Dare has been the most productive of all the backs. I would love to see him work wiyh the ones week 1.

    Leftwhichs offense sucks to this point. The playcalling and tempo is slow and un Arians like.

    Hate to bring uo gabbert bring hurt and wish it didnt have to hapoen but at least the beyter backup qb is the number two now.

    Arians is showing too much loyalty. Is it something in the air in floroda that just makes guys forget tyeir balls at home on the dresser? WTF????

  25. unbelievable Says:

    Yea I mean the o-line was doing such a great job all night, I can’t figure out why the run game struggled.


  26. BigMacAttack Says:

    The O line sucks. Hello???

  27. Sumosam Says:

    We have seen Ronald Jones improve a lot over the last year. Maybe its going to take some time with him but you can see some talent. Ogumbawale is a pretty darn good running back. It would have been nice to see him with the 1′ s a little bit.

  28. Losing hope Says:

    Funny how the rbs get trashed but jmiss is “America’s probowl qb “. .Homers

  29. Losing hope Says:

    Funny how the rbs get trashed but jmiss is “America’s probowl qb “. Hypocrites

  30. TOM Says:

    All hail America’s QB.