When You Don’t Have A Running Game

December 21st, 2019
(Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

What running game? (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

This dance that Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians likes to trot out that his running game is no less effective than having Le’Veon Bell in his prime or Barry Sanders in the backfield has passed the point of comedy and is now just downright sad.

And today was proof positive of what happens when you can’t run the ball.

(Please spare Joe the chest-pounding of the Ronald Jones’ 49-yard run. Yes, it was cool. But if Jones was so capable, why did he wait until the 15th freaking game of the season to break one? One run in 15 games does not a good running back make.)

Twice today, if the Bucs had a halfway capable running back, they could have kept drives alive, or at least not settled for a field goal.

It began in the third quarter when the Bucs had the ball in Houston territory on third-and-one. A Peyton Barber run up the middle didn’t get squat. So the Bucs had to settle for a field goal.

Later, the Bucs had a third-and-one at midfield late in the game. The Bucs tried to run Jones off left tackle and he was dropped for a two-yard loss.

By none other than Vernon Hargreaves.

Then later in his postgame remarks, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians talked about how windy it was for throwing the ball and that quite a few near-catches would have gone for touchdowns had the Bucs been playing in a dome and not have to fight the wind.

Well, maybe if you had decent running backs the Bucs would not have had to throw so much (and theoretically, there would have been fewer picks). But instead the running game stinks out loud; and has all year long.

But the coaching (from orders above?) conned themselves into believing they had a top-shelf running attack back in July.

The only time Joe saw Arians get p!ssed at a reporter was in training camp when he was asked about the “subpar” running backs.

There is not one scintilla of evidence the Bucs have good running backs. If the Bucs have evidence to the contrary, Joe is welcome to sit in on a film session — fully off the record — to be educated and enlightened.

91 Responses to “When You Don’t Have A Running Game”

  1. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    I knew the article blaming the poor running game on Winston’s picks was coming.

  2. Adrnagy Says:

    You right joe. We don’t have a RB that can get 1 or 2 yd. we need Chris Carson. Or can it be the oline gets jumped of the bat.

  3. ElBajito43 Says:

    Excuse number 32A PAGE 5; Chapter (PICS) 6

    Told you he was on the phone with NDOG before the presser

  4. Boltsfan17 Says:

    The RB’s are worthless. That’s true and Arians is too stubborn to admit it. Tell me how it makes sense to have a pass first offense and QB turnover machine running it?

  5. ElBajito43 Says:

    Thank God I sold my tickets for $30 each and spent the morning sleeping in! No one deserves to go to a game like this and get their heart trampled on by SHAMELESS GR.OPER


    All defensive players laugh LMAO 😂 when they go up against BUCCANEERS because like Steve Smith said
    It is GIFT FOR YOU 🎁 FOR YOU FOR YOU and the only DBs left out in the cold are the IDIOTS who drop the passes JE3 throws right to them!

    So stupid you idiots who say if Brate dropped the pass if so and so caught this ball

    IDIOOOOOTSS!!! That same logic applies because if we are talking hypothetically WHAT IF THE TEXANS DB CATCHES THE PIC IN THE END ZONE or the SECOND PIC goes to the house with no penalty!!!!

  6. ElBajito43 Says:

    All defensive players laugh LMAO 😂 when they go up against BUCCANEERS because like Steve Smith said
    It is GIFT FOR YOU 🎁 FOR YOU FOR YOU and the only DBs left out in the cold are the IDIOTS who drop the passes #3 throws right to them!

  7. Alanbucsfan Says:

    BS – Bucs have not invested enough premium picks in OLine- that is fact, ignore it all you want-
    All the best running teams have at least 1 and in many cases 2- 1st round picks on OLine! Facts Joe likes to ignore because he never met a free agent RB he didn’t want to waste $ on.

  8. Jameishas2go Says:

    I think it is fair criticism of the runningbacks, they are not game breakers and we need one that is. However Ronald Jones has shown improvement and if he is a part of the backfield next year I wouldn’t have a problem with that. But Dare and Peyton need to move on. We need a draft another running back to keep that position cheap so we can spend money on the defensive side of the football

  9. ElBajito43 Says:

    Have to trade HOWARD and EVANS in order to get several more draft picks which can be used as leverage

    get enough for QB PROSPECT and select RB speed guy who can hit a HR. Must choose ELITE OL and pick up a EDGE RUSHER.

    ROJO I love your improvements but you don’t have breakaway speed should have scored a TD today sorry not sorry this is a business and I only will live so long to see my team in the playoffs again

  10. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    The running backs are nothing special but the TEs are the REAL weakness in this running game. We all like Brate and OJ but the fact is, neither of them are complete TEs. You want to run the ball consistently in the NFL you need blocking from more than just the five linemen. Chris Godwin is a better run blocker than all of our TEs. I agree that we need more juice from the backfield but the TE issue often gets swept under the rug and we have a high dollar guy and a first rounder.

  11. Gary Says:

    Kareem Hunt

  12. geno711 Says:

    Houston running backs performed worse than Buc’s running backs but we forget that in the narrative.

  13. geno711 Says:

    But the Bucs lost the game because they did not run it good enough.

    If that is what people on this site choose to believe.

  14. bucnut2 Says:

    Hey joe would you send me some of what you are smoking? Blaming RB and TEs’ on today’s loss is idiotic to say the least. 4 picks including one pick 6 and another in Texans territory is what lost this game for us. PLEASE stop with this ignorant rant

  15. BrianBucs Says:


    The correct title to this post should be;

    “When you don’t have a running game because you have been overly committed to the passing game to try to make your failure of a QB look good to save your friend the GM’ s job.”

  16. geno711 Says:

    Is this like 5 or 6 weeks in a row where no one is giving any credit to the turnaround to the coaching staff. These guys are playing better. The play calling on offense and defense has been solid.

    I would appreciate a story on that. Maybe Ira will do it.

  17. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Time to draft an elite, top-tiered back. Jones was an overdraft/reach two years ago. Very few free agent/traded running backs work out. Even less make it to a second contract with a team.

  18. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Some of you are clueless
    On the play where ROJO lost 2 yards, the OLine blocked down, ROJO went where the hole was supposed to be, but Hyman whiffed and missed Hargreaves.

  19. BFFL Says:

    OTs cant run block and RBs suck. If I had to blame one more Id probably say OTs

  20. Thrasius Says:

    It’s the modern NFL. Running backs don’t matter. It’s the OL and the QB. Are you guys (Joe’s) kidding me? Winston’s a joke. Licht’s a joke. And Arians is the butt of the joke. Leadership starts at the top. Corporate governance is taught that way and functions that way. You won’t find a business expert that says otherwise. The Glazers are the issue. Look at Manchester United, their kickball team. They are bad leaders. This team sucks until they’re gone.

  21. Adrnagy Says:

    Sign Winston. Trade Howard for David Johnson. Draft 1st round OL. 2nd DL or visa-versa. And resign jpp , shaq , nassib.

  22. Alanbucsfan Says:

    On ROJO’s td run, Smith made a great block.
    The problem is Dotson can’t run block, Bucs never run off Dotson, other teams know it, so they load up the other side to stop run .

    Draft an OT in 1 st round!!

  23. WillieG Says:

    Yeah, if the Bucs could run the ball, JW wouldn’t through picks and he wouldn’t overthrow receivers either! (Sarcasm, dripping with sarcasm)

  24. martinii Says:

    Ho hum…… another season in the books. Best we can wish for is a breakeven campaign. For those who feel we improved welcome to the world of delusion. Last time we actually showed improvement was 2016, before that 2010. Oh well stats are for losers and like a-holes everybodys got an opinion. I will be sad for a few weeks and turn my focus toward Ohio State, My Alumni. Hopefully they will win the College playoffs.
    Over the last few years as I progress through retirement I have found my sorrow directed more toward the fans of Tampa. Myself included I have found fans becoming satisfied with less than mediocrity and extremely critical not of the Buc’s but one another. It hurts to hear analyst laugh at the antics of Winston and set new bars like 30-30 for a player that we may pay a kings ransom for next year. I know the guy is from Florida State but the measurement for a good QB is W/L’s not whether he can match his TD’s with his INT’s.
    Finally I really feel sorry for the Lavonte Davids, Mike Evans, Ali Marpet’s and many others who play their asses off each week only to be let down by the Clown Show.
    Yeah another year down the toillet, but at least the haters will have a plenty to post through the offseason.

  25. TiredBucsFan Says:

    Draft Akers and please find a QUARTERBACK! Anyone at this point

  26. Elita Vita Says:

    What seemed like a fortunate turn of faith that OJ dropped to the Bucs in the draft is turning into unfortunate turn of events. Howard is still not living up to his potential and we gave up an opportunity to obtain an elite running back. How about getting Jameis an improved LT and a more elite running back?

  27. mark2001 Says:

    The true American national past time… blame someone or something else for your inadequacy. Newsflash…if we had Barry Sanders in his prime in the backfield, Jameis would still have four, and should have had six interceptions.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    Winston two picks early. 10 points. Game. No further debate. This is dumbazz Joe’s article. Lose this guy. He is hurting your business. No logic. Never another job. Loser.

  29. Rick Says:

    I really believe the Bucs are a RB and QB away from the playoffs. The defense have come together and are consistently bailing JW out. If only…

  30. D1 Says:


    I was thinking the same thing about the running game. Bucs go 100+ yds rushing vs Texans (est) <50yds. Bucs also had more passing yards.

    A back , should be an off season priority. One that is better suited for the scheme. Add an additional back with pass catching skills and the ability to make the first defender miss and take it home for 6 from anywhere on the field.

    That said, I don't expect any Arain's coached team to feed the run game. Rushing attempts, even if there's an upgrade, will not be as valuable as a pass attempt. I don't think that next year we add a complimentary rushing attack. Fans want it, but I don't see BA acquiescing to the fan base anytime in the near future.

  31. NPRSageBoy Says:

    I know this is off topic, but I gotta vent.

    I keep hearing one of the Joe’s say JayMiss is the best QB this franchise ever had.

    So what? This franchise has been crap for more than a decade.

    To say JayMiss is the best QB ever in franchise history is akin to saying he’s the valedictorian of the dumb class.

    JayMiss has got to go.

    Peace, out

  32. Nptbuc Says:

    You can’t convince me that handing the rock to Vea on some of these one yd runs wouldn’t make a difference. Hargreaves would have never taken him down! Big man who get a big push from a dead stop. Give him a head of steam and he will make his own hole for that elusive yard or two. Running back was his position in high school so he knows how to carry a ball. Think outside the box!

  33. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    It ain’t easy being cheesy.

  34. Anonymous Says:

    “But if Jones was so capable, why did he wait until the 15th freaking game of the season to break one?”

    If Jameis is so good, why are we in the fifth season’s end and some idiots are still asking the question if Winston can stop the turnovers?

    Yes another game…the QB goes down the field with his team and wins the game. Again, another pick. Jameis not.

    THIS Joe is blind and degenerate. OPEN your freaking eyes!

  35. Ndog Says:

    See what pisses me off is people act like today’s performance is the same as other high TO games. It simply isn’t true, today he played Horrible football, but as example the Carolina game was no where near as bad as today. That game he was under constant pressure, his Ears gave crap effort, we had no running game and the defense was crap. Today everything was working around him and he played poorly. Why can people just be honest about what happens?

  36. Posey99 Says:

    We need a running back that can tackle so when Winston throw INT they aren’t pick-6’s LOL

  37. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Oh yeah, at least we have 2 more wins than last season.

    Yippee ki-yay

  38. Craig Says:

    I have long wondered why the Bucs refuse to use Peyton Barber as a fullback. He is a bull of a man and would help open holes for ROJO.

    The Bucs will not sacrifice any receivers in the line-up to do that, or a two back set. That seems to me to be biased towards watching Jameis screw it up.

    There are ways to make the running game work better, but we a QB who is more dimensional than the one we have.

  39. Posey99 Says:

    Got to love these articles that just make excuses for winstons poor decisions

  40. Jean Lafitte Says:

    This chest beating over running backs is completely idiotic by this Joe. There were no running gaps. Your precious O-line CANNOT F’KN BLOCK FOR SH|T.

  41. Anonymous Says:

    Yeah, the Bucs could have kept drives alive too if Jameis Winston didnt’ throw the ball to other team. Just a point. I mean, giving up 10 points direction and four drives didn’t mean the game or anything. God, what a stupid Joe this is.

  42. unbelievable Says:

    You have an offensive line that simply can’t run block, but you keep blaming the running backs who are told to constantly run up the gut of an o-line with no push.


    It’s comical.

    The o-line did pass protect very well today though. Must give them props there. Jameis had plenty of time today which is not usually the case.

  43. Anonymous Says:

    “other high TO games”
    Ndog…all Winston. Are you really this stupid. I support Winston and you are dumbest person here next to JimmyJohn/Jack/Joe.

  44. Brandon Says:

    Love to point out that we can finally lay the Ghosts of LaQuan, EJ, and Danny once and for all.

  45. Defense Rules Says:

    Let’s see, the defense played very well today, so can’t use that as an excuse for the loss. And the pass blocking was quite good, so that one’s out too. We had SIX turnovers, including a Pick-6 & a blocked FG that represented 10 points all by themselves. Wait, the running game only got 106 yards in 21 carries; barely 5 YPC.

    Yup, it’s the crappy running game alright. As the bottom line in my favorite cartoon says … ‘Sometimes we tend to overlook the obvious.’

  46. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    The negativity from the same people everyday makes it tough to read the comments. There is nothing informative about your posts.

    Jameis played two games with a broken freaking thumb. The two best WRs in the league didn’t play. Our emerging #4 and arguably fastest WR didn’t play. Jameis threw a tennis ball all week and wasn’t able to establish any timing with his off the street replacement WRs. But he made plays with his arm, feet, heart and toughness that few other QBs can make. He has no running game.

    We allowed a blocked kick. We have no return game.

    But, we were in it until the end. Brate’s drop killed our comeback.

    We have a D, finally. We will win next week, and are one missed FG away from 9-7. An 8-8 season after going 10-22 the previous two years, with a legitimate HC, OC, DC, and support staff gives me hope we are a playoff team next year. If we draft a real game changing RB in the first round then Jameis can throw 30-35 times rather than 50, and we could make a real run.

    Now, if Arians doesn’t believe he can coach half of Jameis’s picks out of him then we probably will move on. I’m betting he and Leftwich think a 5000 yard – 30 TD QB is rare and they can improve his interception ratio significantly in year two, especially with a real RB. Go Bucs.

    And Joe, maybe you should add a dedicated repository for the naysayers to post their negative drivel so we don’t have to suffer through their low IQ repetitive garbage everyday. Just a thought.

  47. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    When you don’t have a running game……you throw the ball….hopefully to your own receivers.

  48. Adrnagy Says:

    Trade Howard for David Johnson. Winston won’t have to throw 50 times a game and Johnson will get first downs versus the 3 Rb we have that can’t get 1

  49. Miller5252 Says:

    If we did have a really good back would they change how they call plays and be a run first team? Coming into the season the tight end position was supposed to be set up to have a big year, did they set up the play calling for that? The offense that the Bucs have is throwing routes that need time to develop. I just don’t see them pounding the rock if they had one.

    I still think both backs need to slow down and wait for these holes to open. You watch these guys go full bore to the lane without even letting it open or wait for another to open.

  50. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Texans didn’t have a running game either…..and they won.

  51. NPRSageBoy Says:

    But, the Texans had JayMiss on their side.

  52. Tbbucs3 Says:


    How’d Desean Watson do?

  53. ATrain Says:

    Just like GMC
    I Bet the Bucs couldn’t get a 5th round pick for Winston

    Maybe the TE are tired of catching balls behind them

    Hey Joe how about an article on Winston’s crap over throws, ducks, staring down receivers, and throwing into triple coverage.,


  54. Skipper Says:

    It has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the Bucs running backs, this is and has been poor offensive line play. Walter Payton is not going to do much better with out holes to run through. The offensive line is the weakest group on this roster.

  55. martinii Says:

    Same old excuses but have any of you folks noted a little humor creeping into the post. Hey that’s a good thing. Another thing I’ve noticed is BA during a press conference. That old fart is lying to us from the time he gets to the podium until he leaves. We believe him because we are desperate for a small measure of hope.

  56. Tbbucs3 Says:


    It has everything to do with the quality of Bucs running backs

    ROJO and Peyton Barber are average as it gets. Easy to blame the Oline but Watch the tape.

  57. DalvinCookRules Says:

    OR they can let me be the guy doing their drafts. If that were the case, either Dalvin Cook or Nick Chubb would be playing in Tampa instead of the likes of Vita Vea or Ronald Jones. I puked almost as hard when they drafted Jones as I did when they drafted Aguayo.

    In any case, the lack of running game (as others have said) starts with the OL, it’s not all about the mediocre backs we have. It is also partially on the play-caller. We saw very little creativity in play designs or more importantly, in the mixture of run-pass to keep the defense off-balance.

    Still, there is no question this loss is squarely on the shoulders of (in order):
    1. Jameis Winston
    2. Byron Leftwich
    3. Running backs (a distant third)

    Kudos to the defense for making the final score respectable.

  58. Losing hope Says:

    Hey Joe you have to be thee most incompetent “journalist ” I’ve ever seen. U should be fired for the crap u write. It’s everyones fault except this garbage ass qb. Raise ur standards

  59. Ndog Says:

    Anonymous I have forgotten more football than you will ever know. But then again you know nothing so that really isn’t that hard now is it.

  60. WillieG Says:

    You guys seriously need to change the name of your blog. Here’s a couple of suggestions:



    JameisDoesntSuckItsTheDefense.com (oh wait! The defense stopped sucking, can’t use that excuse anymore)


  61. Buczilla Says:

    Dare and Barber shouldn’t even be on the team. Ronald isn’t a bust, but he isn’t very good either. Our line is above average at pass blocking and below average at run blocking. I’ve said my peace on Jameis enough times to be bored of it myself. We can beat up on cupcakes and even some average teams, but the bottom line is that we are not ready to beat playoff teams.

    The season is almost over and there are a lot of positives to take into next year. We have got to find some better offensive lineman in the offseason and at least ONE running back that scares defenses. Arians has done enough here at the end to make me feel somewhat confident for next year. Gosh damn depressing. 😉

  62. JimmyJack Says:

    Yeah our RBs are pitiful and short yardage is a glaring weakness. Unfortunately running the football is a non factor when you possession the ball in a two minute offense needing a TD.

    Winston really kicked all us fans square in the teeth today with garbage football. Downright embarrassing. He makes it harder then it should be to be a Bucs fan.

  63. Pewter power Says:

    Yes it’s true we gave no running backs who can run over defenders considering how there are no holes to run through ever. Blame rojo all you want but rarely do you see big runs after fighting defenders at the line of scrimmage. Most big runs are because of the holes that were created by the o line. This o line is a bigger joke than our backs and we are stuck with the line.

  64. Bucnjim Says:

    I’m not sure what RBs have to do with the argument. First of all Winston has pretty much won my vote of confidence back. That being said it is not the lack of running game that cost us the game so why even argue about it. The Bucs should have won that game 28-14 running away. This team can’t seem to understand that some Sunday’s the best player on the field is the punter and we actually have a good one.

  65. Ndog Says:

    I am just disgusted tonight, simply pissed. A game we should have won and we play so poorly on offense and special teams. Just piss poor all the way around, no excuse cause it wasn’t the new guys it was the guys we count on. Jameis, OJ, Brate, Barber the coaches all sucked today and blew a great game by the defense.

  66. Bucnjim Says:

    Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde rushed for 31 yards? But it was the Bucs RBs fault?

  67. Adrnagy Says:

    It’s ok. After all. We have a shot at 8-8. Even better we turn around a losing mentally. We are not complete by any means. But hopefully this offseason we can built and not lose good players.

    But realistically 9-7 and 8-8 or 7-9 don’t matter. Season was lost halfway the season. We accomplished. Turnaround culture.

  68. DBS Says:

    And now all the fans that had come out of hiding have disappeared. And stop with the broken hand, no receivers etc… Last week he was a hero made everyone great. This week it’s all excuses.

  69. ColBucFan Says:

    I’d call the Raiders and trade Winston and a 7th round for Glennon…right now. And if that didn’t work, I’d trade Winston for a toaster oven.

  70. Anonymous Says:

    Or DB…all of the trolls have come out after being bottled up for a month…

  71. Bucnjim Says:

    Criticism and credit should be handed out equally. How about some credit for the defense the last half of the season?

  72. BigMacAttack Says:

    The offensive line had a great day. I give them props. Maybe their run blocking needs to be better but it wasn’t bad today. Their pass blocking was very good. One thing about running the ball, is the defense has a say so about it. Look at every team that’s tried to run on the Bucs this season.

  73. BigMacAttack Says:

    It was a fun and exciting game to watch today, so there’s that. And the Refs totally sucked as usual, so there’s that too.

  74. Pok Says:

    Ok so I am going to try to start this talk. It’s early but not to early to bring this up. Brady has limited time in NE. He wants a team with all the receiving parts. Yeah clearly the bucs have that on offense and the D played the Texans well enough to show that next year they can be special if they can keep it together. Need the cap- but Brady- He has already shown he doesn’t have to break the bank to win a ring. He wants a coach who can do it. Arians is one of those coaches. I would do that 100x over Winston and the shoot-in-the-foot play style. Broken hand or not. Plenty of “not” multi-pick games on that resume. #Brady4Bucs2020

  75. BigMacAttack Says:

    That loss may have gained us a few draft slots too

  76. JimmyJack Says:

    The problem is I don’t really see how the Bucs can keep selling Winston to the fans. We had a nice little winning streak and it certainly got a lot of attention from a lot of fans.

    We put ouselfs in a position to really proove some worth against a top notch team and Winston just crapped all over himself. He didn’t look anything close to a QB ready to lead a team anywhere.

    Keeping him is really going to suck all the energy from the fanbase at this point.

    The worst part is the rest of the team around him is ready to take off. We need a leader on offense away from being a true contender. To make any case that Wiston is that leader is absolutely baseless. The only hope any fan can have with Winston is blind…..How in the world can they sell that?

  77. DBS Says:

    Really No Anonymous. Theses people have been here. Not people that hide behind an Anooymous name and have the nads to use a user name.

  78. WestChap Says:

    Hmm. Would Brady take a “prove I don’t need Bill” discount to play with the best set of receiving weapons of his entire career? Pok, thank you for giving me something to dream about other than the nightmare of the Joes trying to goad Bucs into paying about $30M to Mr Entertainment! BTW, I don’t think Tom wants anything to do with trading the Dolphins/Jets/Bills for Drew/Julio/Healthy Cam… but we can always dream of a QB who only needs a window of inches versus Mr Large Catch Radius Please. Even OJ might be All Pro if passes flew into his hands without any lunging left/right or behind the back crossover catching nonsense required.

  79. Steven Says:

    @DBS No those people have not been here. They all hide in waiting for Winston to have a bad game before they all come out with pitchforks. Winston is a lot better and far more entertaining to watch than any other QB in bucs history. Yeah he makes some head scratcher mistakes (not all his fault) and then can turn around and make some really fantastic plays that no other QB has ever been able to do. People like you want to go back to having a boring QB that never takes any risks and just throws checkdown passes to avoid interceptions.

  80. Anonymous Says:

    Ndog…stop the nonsense. Stop the faux disgust. Your boy, Winston, stunk it up all by himself. Not everyone was perfect, including the kicker, but all played well enough to win….except your boy, Jameis L. Winston. Face it bro, he stunk it up…again.

  81. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    Winston has thrown a pick in the 1st play 5 times has nothing to do with running the damb ball

  82. bucnole Says:

    I actually think the backs are fine – are they great no, but they would be totally productive with another team and some motivation.
    Few players are performing at their peak for this team and THAT speaks to a losing culture perpetuated by owners who really don’t care about winning as much as making a buck.

  83. The Coroner Says:

    3rd and one. Missed twice. Shame.
    H=!! I would have run former running back Vita Vea up the middle.

  84. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    1st pass in 5 out of 7 games! How can that be!? Insane I tell ya…

  85. Bucsfanman Says:

    TWO WORDS: Fullback!
    This team is so allergic to running the ball it makes me sick. Why? Why after throwing 3 picks in 11 throws do the Bucs continue to chuck the ball?!
    The run-game is nullified ineffective when we are in OBVIOUS run situations. Why? No fullback, for one, and no creativity for another. It would also help if our RBs had just a little vision.
    People keep expecting Jameis to carry this team are delusional. What’d he throw? 45-50 passes?
    The results will remain the same until this team figures out that throwing the ball 35+ times a game with Winston is NOT a recipe for success.

  86. PoundTheRock Says:

    Why does Winston throw pics on the first possession?

  87. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    When you don’t have a quarterback…

  88. PoundTheRock Says:

    Winston needs to take most of the blame, as he is pulling the trigger. However, the first series is scripted….is the game plan that poor and predictable that the D knows what Bucs are going to run in 1st series??

  89. BigMacAttack Says:

    Jameis played well enough to win that game. If Justin Watson hadn’t stumbled over his own feet, could be a different story today. If Cam Brate doesn’t drop that 4’th down pass, could be different story today. I’m not convinced every interception was his fault. Those receivers are backups and their routes may have been off a little. Jameis definitely needs to stop telegraphing his passes though.

  90. #1bucfan Says:

    JOE YOU ANGER ME SOMETIMES Rojo didn’t wait till the 15th game to break 1 long run off he’s had more than several called back because of penalties. Off the top of my head I can think of 3 that were called back cuz of a Dotson holding penalty. So he didn’t wait till the 15th game penalty’s aren’t Rojos fault unless he committed it but he hasn’t. Be a little more accurate

  91. Joe Says:

    JOE YOU ANGER ME SOMETIMES Rojo didn’t wait till the 15th game to break 1 long run off he’s had more than several called back because of penalties. Off the top of my head I can think of 3 that were called back cuz of a Dotson holding penalty. So he didn’t wait till the 15th game penalty’s aren’t Rojos fault unless he committed it but he hasn’t. Be a little more accurate

    Joe actually strives to cite plays that actually count. Have the Bucs been flagged for holding every time he touches the ball??? Of course not.

    And perhaps one or two or three of those runs may have been made as a result of a defender being held so he couldn’t make a play on Rojo? Just a thought.