Leftwich: “We Don’t Want To Do Too Much”

November 16th, 2019

Mike Evans is the focus of this picture and story. Sorry, Glennon Mob.

For those who forgot, when the Bucs last played the Saints (Oct. 6), the unthinkable happened.

And it was a subject for playcaller/offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich this week.

Mike Evans had zero catches and just three targets in that game and Bucco Bruce Arians sounded appalled afterwards and said the Bucs needed to do a better job of moving Evans around to counter double-teams, among other reasons.

Leftwich was reminded of that Evans goose egg and Leftwich downplayed the Bucs making any major adjustment this Sunday.

“We’ll put him in different places. We’ll move him around. We’ll go to him when he’s on his 1-on-1 matchups. When a guy’s that special, when a guy’s that good, for the most part, you know, the ball, it’ll find his way more than not. It didn’t that game,” Leftwich said. “We don’t want to go too far with the, you know, trying to move him around and put him in different situations. … For the most part, that guy don’t really need a lot of help. He gets in position and makes plays for us. So we don’t want to do too much. We’re going to go be us.”

Yeah, something went wrong in that first Saints game and a lot deservedly falls on Leftwich.

Evans has been among the most targeted receivers in the NFL the past three seasons, and he ranks tied for seventh in that category this year, averaging 10 targets a game. Three was simply unacceptable.

Joe hopes Leftwich is right, that “we’re going to go be us,” which means pumping the rock to Evans.

22 Responses to “Leftwich: “We Don’t Want To Do Too Much””

  1. Steven007 Says:

    what quote-unquote went wrong the last game was that Evans was covered by a very good cornerback who seems to have his number. He won’t be there this time so I doubt the same thing will happen. Simple as that.

  2. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    So which game do the Bucs lay an egg in? Aints, Fowlclowns or both.

    If they win both, I would start saying the team might be turning things around but that is a big IF!

  3. PSL Bob Says:

    Agree totally with Scotty.

  4. Proudbucsfan Says:

    I believe that this team and this organization has been bad and losing for so long that it is embedded deep within the walls at one buc place and the culture change along with winning is not going to happen over night. I thought about that long and hard, our defense went from a 4-3 to a 3-4 after 25 years, there are more signs of this team moving forward than back. We all have to be patient with Bruce and Jason. This past draft is the first for getting the right players for Bruce and Todd. I see us going 7-9 or 8-8 this season and jumping ahead next year.

  5. DooshLaRue Says:

    Hey Saints….

    Jameis’s first pass will be forced to Mike Evans.

    Be ready for the easy score!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Thank God I was able to sell my tickets to this game. It was bad enough last week with the stadium half empty. This week it will be a third empty with Saints fans making all the noise. This GM sucks, the owners suck, the coach sucks, the D sucks, and the QB should be somewhere else where they support chumps like him. God love the Bucs.

  7. Slugglife Says:

    Hey BL, don’t forget about the red zone fade to ME13. You are allowed to call that play for ME. You don’t need to do it for Scotty Miller or perriman. Or Dare.

    That’s what you call “doing too much.”

  8. Slugglife Says:

    It’s not unthinkable. Teams we play find a way to generate pressure while masking double coverage on our best WRs.

  9. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Huge game coming Sunday don’t be surprised if we dominate them.

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    With the Falcons seeming resurgence last week that’s two more games to toss in the toss-up category.

  11. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Watcha talkin about Willis”

    OJ Howard

  12. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I see a lot of forced INT’s if Jameis insist throwing to him while in double coverage. Speaking of double coverage, will we double Thomas or will we leave our young CB on an island?

  13. Kobe Faker Says:

    “This QB coach intern is a pathetic idiot

    How about some short passes, to get JW in rhythm and in a groove

    How about some short passes, to get the ball out before Cam Jordan sacks JW

    How about some short passes because they are high percentage

    How about some short passes so the Oine dont have to hold their blocks

    How about some short passes so they will loosen and setup the deepball

    How about some short passes so it will get the extra defender out of the box for ROJO”

    Kobe Faker

  14. Jean Lafitte Says:


    I’ve been saying that since the beginning of the season. They will start the game off with short to intermediate passes moving the ball seemingly at will but once they get through the sc ri pt ed part of the game they automatically resort to the deep ball game like clock work. This is when Jameis starts to get in trouble.

  15. dmatt Says:

    Despite a poor secondary we can still win this game. It starts with our offense.
    Use the following strategy n we win:
    1.Jameis can’t lock onto one receiver, Saints will exploit that.
    2. Go to no huddle formation
    3. Jameis need to roll out more, no more stutter step n tango dancing in the pocket, it results to fumbles or bonehead passes.
    4. If Jameis throws the ball away or do a pronto Aaron Rogers, he can gain extra yds while dbs are trying to lock down our receivers. Results- avoid sack or int.
    5. Throw the Saints off with creativity near the 10 td line, insert Vea n Suh at the same time, they are athletes n we know what Vea can do but Suh played some tightend in college and made plays in college as TE.
    6. Make every field goal n extra point.
    7. Provide good coverage on ko n kr team.
    8. Do not turn the ball over.
    9. Take chances just like Peyton, fake field goals or punts. Look like teams don’t respect us n try trickery on us, we know Peyton will do it, why not us.
    10. Finally, we’re at a crossroad where we might as well go for all the marbles, do all of the above n we win. I rest my case.

  16. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Also Leftover will start running the ball in the gut the 1st 2 downs and give JW only 1 down to move the chains against the awaiting defense playing for the pass

    BTW who is our 3 starting corners?

    Davis, SMB ?”

    Kobe Faker

  17. unbelievable Says:

    Dean, obviously.

    Dear Mr. Leftwich- the screen game is your friend. So are short passes and quick slants. Don’t be so predictable with the run calls. And then choose your deep shots wisely.

    And BTW, try using our fkn tight ends!!!!

  18. RODNEY ALLEN Says:

    Anonymous if u sold ur tickets to saints fan (I’m sure ur not the only one) of course it will be. That’s not the problem with our team (it’s a young secondary) but u can bet it sure af dont help 🤷‍♂️

  19. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Oof…seeing Glennon The Giraffe in a Bucs uniform makes me shudder. He’s the “game manager” every Winston hater is pining for. Be very careful what you wish for…

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Anonymous: FAMOUS a “chump” I’m going to “ass u me” you have never played the game !!

  21. BigHog Says:

    ANONYMOUS: FAMOUS a “chump” you people must live on the other side of the tracks…I’m going to “ass u me” you never played the game !

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    Leftwich is still interning. I put the offensive focus right where it belongs: on Bruce Arians. BA better not call a BS game. With Lattimore out, no reason why Bucs can’t go to town with all the receivers including Rojo. Brees is getting long in the tooth, too. HOF or not, NFL football is for the young, not the 40 y.o. dudes. Bowles will be ready as will the ST which is gradually improving. We always split with this crew so, c’mon Bucs!!!!!!!