Michael Clayton: Bucs Leaving 100 Yards Of Offense On The Field

October 20th, 2020

Bucs blocking icon Michael Clayton (2004-2009) knows a lot about his craft.

Yes, Joe’s talking about the wide receiver position as well as blocking.

And when Clayton studies Bucs film, as he noted on WDAE radio this week, he’s a little disturbed by how much more the Bucs could be accomplishing if they just blocked better.

Perhaps it’s because of injuries, but the blocking by receivers has been substandard this season, Clayton explained, and he thinks “this will be the emergence of Tyler Johnson” because the rookie can block a lot better than Scotty Miller and “we have to do better in that department.”

Between the offensive line not being hungry enough and the receiver blocking issues, Clayton said, the Bucs offense has significant room to improve on the stat sheet.

“I’m telling you, man, we’re leaving about 70-plus yards in offense on the field when we do not block on the perimeter,” Clayton said. “We are leaving another 30 yards on the field when we don’t finish blocks as an offensive line. That is the biggest thing and the biggest question mark that I have for this Buccaneers offense. If we clean that up, we definitely will win 10-plus games. That is something that needs to be addressed if we expect to play caliber, championship football on offense. If we get that done, we’re going to be tough to beat.”

Whatever blocking issues the Bucs are having at receiver, Joe’s confident that improved health and competition at the position will fix it. As for the O-linemen finishing all their blocks, well, Joe’s not going to be greedy.

39 Responses to “Michael Clayton: Bucs Leaving 100 Yards Of Offense On The Field”

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    Yea lets not be greedy. This is Bucs territory we take any bones given to us. Nothing comes easy here.

  2. Please win Says:

    I don’t know where to find the stat but anyone else notice and think we are probably top 5 in league at pass interference yards drawn on our receivers ? If Brady connects on those throws that’s an extra 200 yards of passing @joe

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Scotty Miller…..blocking?………Nope….I want him stretching the field…..leave the blocking to Evans, Godwin, Gronk, Brate, TJ…r.

    We need to use Scotty on some slants because he can get YAC…..

  4. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree…

    play to your players strength….

    MC forgot he was drafted and paid to catch the ball FIRST in addition to blocking..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  5. LVMYBUCS Says:

    I agree, but damn can we fix one thing at a time.

  6. D-Rome Says:

    It’s nice to hear from Clayton that blocking is the biggest issue on offense. Last year it was ALL about the wide receivers on this team running the wrong routes which was causing INTs.

  7. ocala Says:

    My best friend whom is stationed at McDill told me that Joe Buck and Troy Aikmen
    both said leftist and anti-military comments before the game started after the flyover.

  8. Buc Bro Says:

    Can’t take Clayton’s opinion on catching the football seriously but his opinions on blocking are almost valid.

  9. Bucsfan1988 Says:

    Ocala, this is correct!!

    It was a hot mic, and I’m sure the guys thought it was off…

    Very discouraging comments to say the least about the jets flying overhead.
    Airman, made a comment and said something to the affect of this won’t happen on the Harris/Biden ticket.

    Video is being shared a lot on Facebook…

    Have ZERO respect for Joe Buck & Troy Aikman after seeing the video…
    Bunch of clowns 🤡!!!

  10. Pewter power Says:

    What team doesn’t leave yards on the field with errors? Even Green Bay could say that after getting blown out

  11. Brandon Says:

    Clayton complaining about no blocking on perimeter when all everyone complained about when he was here was our great blocking WR couldn’t catch a ball.

  12. Leighroy Says:

    I have zero enthusiasm for Michael Clayton’s criticism, when he left 100 yards on the field every year due to his drops. There’s a reason why he’s the #blockingicon and not….. any other kind of icon.

    And holy cow, first our guns now our jet fuel!! What will those leftists come after next?!? THE OUTRAGE!

  13. Will Says:

    Scotty Miller blocking yes if he’s on the field he needs to do it. But honestly I’d be happy with the kid making someone miss and getting the 1st down. He’s had a few games where he can’t make a guy miss or break a tackle and comes up 1yd or so short for the 1st down. I know he went to a small college but looking at the film he had some shake to his game that I haven’t seen yet. It’s a work in progress and I’m sure it’s coming.
    All of them need to get on and finish blocks and I’m sure that’s coming as well. I want to see Rojo break one of those runs or short passes for a long TD.
    GO BUCS!

  14. bucszntkt2005 Says:

    LOL, Brandon, funny Michael Clayton is sharing his expertise on WR blocking skills. Too bad he didn’t have great WR WR skills.

  15. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I agree with a lot of what Clayton says.
    Gronk is better at blocking than what we had, but we are still failing to seal up the outside for ROJO.

  16. SlyPirate Says:

    I like looking forward and consistently leveling up. We finally have a run game. Let’s make 100 yards on the ground automatic and start hitting some HRs.

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    @Chris: Note that AuClaire comes off IR. That should help the edges.

  18. CrackerBall Says:

    Oh… I thought he was talking about when he still suited up. Was going to agree.

  19. webster Says:

    Oh no, joe buck said the fly over is a waste to tax payer money since the stadiums are empty. How dare he? The horror. They should be tried for treason. Lock him up, lock him up. Is that what you “snow flakes”/clowns want to hear? Gtfooh

  20. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’m not going to say that Clayton doesn’t know football…I will say that I was happy when he was no longer a Buc.

  21. Mike Says:

    Evans, Godwin and Johnson all blocking could definitely open up some outside run lanes. They’re all very physical, big bodied WR’s. We know Miller is not going to block anyone, and that is fine. He’s out there to run down the field fast and put pressure on the safety to stay over top.

  22. Boston Boy Says:

    He is RIGHT. The game is about BLOCKING and TACKLING. Everyone has to block and or tackle.

  23. Swampbuc Says:

    Clayton would know all about leaving offense on the field given his proclivity for dropping passes and stepping out of the back of the end zone to make sure the 2 point conversion pass is incomplete. I’d love to hear Arians give Clayhands a response.

  24. Ed Says:

    I’m believe we are seeing a transition in NFL receivers. The Mike Evans-Terrell Owens-Chad Johnson type receivers are being upstaged by the types of receivers that the Chiefs have. They are smaller but run routes as good as the bigger receivers, have great hands but the speed totally changes the how fast they can get open. Buc receivers have never been really fast and the days of throwing jump balls and back shoulder passes are fading.

    The protype receiver in the NFL is around 6′ tall, runs 4.3-4.4 speed, is strong, has great legs and stamina. Most important is these smaller receivers don’t get as exposed when they make catches and are healthier. Our big receivers get too many soft tissue injuries.

  25. webster Says:

    Oh no, joe buck said the fly over is a waste to tax payer money since the stadiums are empty. How dare he? The horror. They should be tried for treason. Lock him up, lock him up. Is that what you “snow flakes”/clowns want to hear? Gtfooh

  26. Beeej Says:

    Scotty Miller is like 4 feet tall, I can’t see him blocking much, other than mebbe sticking out a leg and tripping someone

  27. Darin Says:

    Just don’t leave wins on the field like Cheecago mannn. Leave all the yards ya want if ya take and don’t eat the W!

  28. BringBucsBack Says:

    I agree with Clayton, here. Everyone must play THROUGH the whistle! I thought he was going to point out the yards lost when ball-carriers run out of bounds. Unless the half is under 2 minutes, cut it back inside for another free 3-5 yards.

    I just read an article regarding Aikman & Buck’s remarks about the fly-over. In the article, it was estimated that it costs you & I (taxpayers) $60k per hour to have jets flown in formation. No matter your side, we all would probably agree that that money could be better spent, no?

  29. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Troy Aikman makes $7.5 million a year to run his manpleaser, which is also a huge waste of money, albeit not taxpayer money.

  30. orlbucfan Says:

    We can get rid of the political rah-rah comments on here. It’s a Bucs blog. Michael Clayton was a very good receiver when the Bucs drafted him. He was up for OROY but didn’t win. Chucky got a hair up his azz against this guy for unknown reasons. Clayton was crippled by a cheap shot/late hit when the Bucs played Detroit in Detroit. That allowed Chucky to cut him loose which he did. Screw Gruden. Hope zBucs play 4 Perfect quarters of football, and stick it to him.

  31. HeyItsAdam Says:

    Finally we found a subject that Michael Clayton and speak about intelligently. It’s be like asking Rosie about her favorite buffet.

  32. Issac haggins Says:

    I actually agree with Mike for once , this o line doesn’t even know the gear and intensity they need to play at !! I actually consistently see it some what in Whifrs and he seems to stay with hiss blocks maybe better than the rest ………… Marpet could make a world of difference if he would
    D find a way to turn it up a notch him and D Smith are kinda a Vanilla bad influence on each other.Not as bad as a MCCoy but they just don5 play all that intense like David, White,Barrett,Davis , etc. ,,,Rojo May actually play the hardest on that offense, he’ll Arians had seen absolutely enough of Brady’s Duking and Happy feet after the first game and called his ass out . Now he should call out this o line regarding intensity !! Brady has !!

  33. Cajun 69 Says:

    Six weeks ago these guys never played a game together be re had spring training and some key injuries plus new QB go e a dam break im thinking they look pretty dam good and should get better every week. Go Bucs Go!!!

  34. Mike Says:

    Most of fans here are mocking the guys while underestimate “fundamental things” such as blocking. I am sure those fans were also ignore the fines until Tom came here. That is the reason why Bucs and Patriots have been in different directions for nearly 2 decades.
    I love Joes to find out which team is the best at this small thing.

  35. teacherman777 Says:

    We are wasting money on these flyovers!

    And we wasted 8 trillion in Iraq!

    I thought Republicans were all about less taxes and small government?

    Then why are they okay wasting trillions?

    I am an independent, moderate, man in the middle.

    Imagine if everyone was an independent? And a moderare?

    We need a truly independent 3rd party.

    Go Bucs!

    E pluribus unum. “Out of many. We are one.”

  36. MDFree Says:

    We ain’t perfect just like any other team, but we continue to get better and better every week. We still haven’t peaked yet and I’m sure that scares the H3LL outta the league!

  37. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    BringBucsBack Says:
    “In the article, it was estimated that it costs you & I (taxpayers) $60k per hour to have jets flown in formation. No matter your side, we all would probably agree that that money could be better spent, no?”

    This sounds like a valid point until you work at a military air station and watch them dump fuel every quarter. If there is one thing the military never does, it is save money. They are too afraid that If they save any money, that savings represents a reduction in their next quarterly budget.

    When I say “dump fuel,” it is exactly what it sounds like. Top the fuel up, take off with full tanks, take a single turn in the radar pattern, and land empty. Repeat until you can report a need for full budgeting in the next quarter. As long as this is going on, the idea that a flyover wastes fuel is an extreme misunderstanding of how little government agencies care about the taxpayers.

  38. BigMacAttack Says:

    I like how Clayton still says we when referring to the Bucs. We’ve sure had our hard times over the years but once a Buc, always a Buc. You hear this from countless players and their deep love for Tampa.

  39. dvashun Says:

    As a veteran, I have no issue with what Buck and Aikman said about the flyovers being a waste of money. The practice of flyovers at football games really took off after 9/11 and for whatever reason never stopped.
    These really shouldn’t be done at every game because it is a waste of limited resources. Not to mention, we shouldn’t be associating our institutions of national defense with a for profit entertainment business.