Time To Slash The Negative Runs

September 22nd, 2019

Joe gets that Bucs fans are tickled by the running game, which has transformed to almost acceptable from shamefully brutal.

But Joe is confident Bucco Bruce Arians is not as happy with it as he says he is.

The Bucs are among the NFL leaders with negative runs up the middle (5) and have a whopping 8 total through negative runs two games. … They averaged 2.4 negative rushes per game last year.

Arians talked many times this offseason about eliminating negative plays and making sure the running game hits 4.0 yards per carry.

Combined, Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones are averaging 4.06 yards per carry this season. That’s a strong improvement and close to the league average, but the Bucs need better and it starts with eliminating those negative runs. The safety against the Panthers was deplorable, a brutal fourth-quarter mistake that Joe pins on Barber as well as offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. If you’re not going to let Jameis Winston throw from the 2 yard line on 2nd-and-11, then at least let him run a sneak for two yards.

Regardless, Joe will be focused today, in part, on the Bucs eliminating those negative runs against a second-rate defense. The Giants’ front-7 does not compare to those of the Panthers and 49ers.

13 Responses to “Time To Slash The Negative Runs”

  1. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “My Dad and I

    Have our notebooks out

    We will chart

    3rd down %
    Rb screens
    Play action
    TE targets
    Short passes/get ball out fast
    JW rollout

    Grade for OC Gary Coleman and of day”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  2. AJ Says:

    We were told these were two tough defenses we were going up against to open the season. Stout D-Lines so that stat doesn’t necessarily surprise. Look at the run game in total though. Averaging 100+ yards/gm against those tough D’s. I like what I see and lets see more of it.

  3. webster Says:

    Not hard to understand. We are running the ball more this year which means the likelyhood of more negative run plays than last year. Its really that simple but as usual we will make a mountain out of a straight line. I guess as usual this fan base will fail to see the significance of staying commited to the running game. Kind of like when we cried for double digit sack guy but didnt understand it was more important to get consistent pressure and disruption. Smh

  4. Pewter power Says:

    if you’ve played the cardinals, jets, Bengals or dolphins for instance yea you’re not going to be at the bottom. This is not a stat you even look at after two games, maybe after 4 or 8 but after two games its just looking for negative for the sake of it, it takes more than two games to say something is a trend

  5. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    AJ Says:
    “Averaging 100+ yards/gm against those tough D’s. I like what I see and lets see more of it.”

    ^^^^^What he said.^^^^^

  6. Grandson of Kobe Faker Says:

    “My Dad and grandpa are weird.

    During this game I will be watching for Winston having one sock lower than the other. That usually means it’s going to be a passing play.

    I’ll be keeping track of passing plays when socks are the same or different.”

    Grandson of Kobe Faker

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    One reason for negative runs is the Bucs for years have tended to rum slow-developing run plays, instead of quick hitters.

  8. Rob Tanner Says:

    Seriously Joe, is the domain JoeBucsReporter.com or JoeBucsMedia.com available? Would be better suited for your website.

  9. Hodad Says:

    Couldn’t help noticing Atl is not running the ball well under Koetter. Donte Freeman is off to a slow start. Remember how bad he looked under Dirk as a rookie, and what a difference in Rojo this year.

  10. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    The good news is that Kobe puts his name in his various screen names. That way I can quickly skip all of his posts.

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    Bucs Offense should have a good day against the defenders in blue who are pretty widely regarded as a lousy defense.

    Good timing…. This offense needs to get on track in a hurry. Needs to get used to scoring 27+ points a game in order to weather the next 7 weeks away from “home”.

    Look for most everything that’s gone wrong thus far offensively through 2 games, to suddenly “click”.

    Evans will look like himself finally and have a big day. OJ Howard will get on the stat sheet with more than an occasional block. Rojo likely to break a nice run or two to help get those rushing averages up. Hell – Perriman might even hang onto a catch for more than 5 yards….

  12. BucEmUp Says:

    Whem playcalling is not only predictable but SLOW AS WELL, it allows the opposing defense MORE time yo prepare for what they aready know. Jameis has ALWAYS THRIVED in a fast paced offense and now they are miving alow as molasses and running right up the middle on first downs. Coordinating is EVERYTHING in this league and Byron is ruining a good thing with Bowles on defense. Ultimatley though, it is Arians responsibility to relieve him.of his duties.I was the happiest fan in the world when BA was hired but I fear his loyalty to Leftwich will do this team.in just like Koeyters loyatyl to Mike Smith did. All he had to do was fire the guy afyer his forst season and get away from that soft zone coverage and it would have been a scary team with that offense. Fast forward to.now and its reversed. We have an excellent DC that PROVES HOW MUCH COACHING.MATTERS and we swapped it out for the crapiest OC in the league.

    If I were the Glaziers I would sit doen with Arians and demand a change if/when this offense comes out looking dead against a pathetic NFL defense today

  13. Billy_45 Says:

    Honestly there are more lanes than I have seen in years.
    Biggest problem IMO is Barber’s lack of vision

    Just because a dive play is CALLED doesn’t mean you have to put your head down and TRY to gain something if a simple cut outside is available.

    This why Rojo or Dare need more carries.

    Has Barber EVER utilized a jump cut?