Bucs Will Go “Heavy”

January 23rd, 2021

Bill O’Brien, the ousted Texans coach and one of Tom Brady’s former offensive coordinators with the Belicheats, was talking Bucs-Packers this week.

Nothing screams “we’re running the ball” quite like when the Bucs bring in reserve offensive lineman Joe Haeg as an eligible tight end. He is there to block, not catch. On SiriusXM NFL Radio this week, former Bucs scout and Jets personnel chief Pat Kirwan noted the Bucs’ extensive use of Haeg in the “heavy package” against the Saints last Sunday — and the Bucs’ success running out of that front.

Kirwan asked O’Brien on the air about the Bucs’ “heavy” set and what he thinks of it.

O’Brien dove into the Xs and Os, saying once you play-action out of that set and use it as often as the Bucs do, then teams will disrespect the presence of Haeg and blitz whoever would be covering him if he were a receiving threat.

Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is the kind of guy that will aggressively counter the heavy package with blitzing, O’Brien said, and the Bucs will need to be mindful of that.

Regardless, O’Brien said he expects the Bucs to continue with the “heavy package” because they’re running successfully from it and the line is blocking well overall.

Bucco Bruce Arians repeatedly has praised Haeg in that role and Joe certainly expects it to continue.

Hey, it’s working. No defense wants to see a 6-6, 310-pound lineman with fresh legs checking in when the Bucs still have an arsenal of weapons on the field.

As strongly as the Bucs’ starting receivers block, lining up with Haeg and Rob Gronkowski in that “heavy package” should net at least five yards per carry rather consistently.

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30 Responses to “Bucs Will Go “Heavy””

  1. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Run and short passing game. Should see lots of screens with the occasional big play. Kinda like last week. Go Bucs! I have respect for our defense and I believe they again will be the difference in the game. Go Bucs!

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    They better use the running game or I’m gonna sh!t. RoJo killed em 23 carries 117 yards and two TD. Playoff Lenny has been hot.

  3. Jerry Says:

    We may get lucky with the weather. Doesn’t look too bad. Forecast is 29 degrees and only a light wind. Snow in the morning, but only 5% chance of snow at kickoff.

  4. atlBucs Says:

    The Packers have beat only 3 winning teams so, what we saw in week 6 was not a fluke. They don’t match up well against us.

  5. adam from ny Says:

    packers division has been about as good this year as the patriots divison has traditionally been when brady was there…

    one good team…and 3 average teams to crappy teams…

  6. adam from ny Says:


    from the above pic, stinnie is looking all brolic

  7. Jmarkbuc Says:

    I hope all the pre game analysts pick the Packers….

    Please. Please. Please.

  8. Jason Says:

    Heavy- yes well run and pound all day! Scottie and Cam the xfactors

  9. Beej Says:

    I’d LOVE to see Joe catch at least ONE pass. He can’t be worse at it than RoJo

  10. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Send in the Clydesdales!

  11. BucBeliever Says:

    WTF Ira is picking the Packers to win against Brooks! Trader! Why is he even on this site? Go to ESPN or some YouTube sh*t with that noise Ira! They have Rodgers? Better in cold weather? We have MF Brady and you really think some chill in the air is gonna slow us down Ira? Im sorry but I just think we’re hungrier, more motivated than the Packers and all these ancillary things people keep throwing out is just BS. Wow lost some respect right there Ira.

  12. Sourbob Says:

    Run,run,run. Sets up play action,keeps A Rod off the field, our D stays rested and kills the clock. Our backs are fresh and running good.

  13. Jmarkbuc Says:

    A 12 minute drive to start the game.. ending in a touchdown for our Bucs would be great.

  14. ncbucsfan Says:

    Scotty Miller, getting AB’s snaps will open up the field and will burn them twice this game, one for TD. Bucs 34-21

  15. Jeffbuc Says:

    Joe. Do you know what color uniforms we are wearing tomorrow?

  16. Jerry Says:

    That’s how you win in the post-season. Control the line of scrimmage, protect the football, and lean on the run. I think we will see a balanced attack. And if we run well, the big play will be there. But just be smart and wait for it. Don’t force it. Let the running game set it up.

    The Saints were able to limit our downfield passing attack largely because they kept their safeties back the whole game. If GB tries that same strategy, we are going to murder them with the run. So there will be some favorable match-ups downfield if we set it up right with the run and play-action.

  17. Robert James Says:

    I scared bc of the bucs slow starts and bc i saw the last time BA was n the title game

  18. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    I will never pick against my Bucs. I believe it’s our time do you? Go Bucs! Feel the game time air suck it into your blood and release rage against your enemy and conquer the giant. We have been walked on, laughed at for years. Now is our time.

  19. Jeffbuc Says:

    Just found it finally. We are wearing white jersey with pewter pants. Like it

  20. Jeffbuc Says:

    That color scheme worked well in 2002 nfc championship game.

  21. adam from ny Says:

    we’ve got “the gravediggers” in the secondary too

  22. teacherman777 Says:

    Pound the rock!!

  23. Iamabuc Says:

    I don’t understand why Ira keeps betting against the Bucs. Last week he was going Saints, got stumped. This week he’s going Packers. Wtf!…. I thought he knew something about football. Even a blind can see that the Bucs are the most dangerous team on this year contest.

  24. Pigsueybucsfan Says:

    With him around to fight for us it’s no wonder none of our guys get voted into the ball of fame!

  25. Ericb Says:

    Keep the run game going we ran all over then last time um sure they will try to have a plan to stop it….always have a backup plan LFGO TAMPA BAY ALL THE WAY

  26. New England Gor. Says:

    Pulling for Tampa and Tom Brady. He’s never had these kind of weapons looks like a kid in a candy shop go Bucks.

  27. Oneilbucs Says:

    Yes pound that rock !!!!!

  28. Hodad Says:

    Maybe Ira is doing what I like to do. Pick the other team so I turn out to be wrong. I thought the Bucs would win last week, but dared not pick them. Same this week. I call it my reverse jinx.

  29. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I believe GB airs it out. No reason to run against Bucs when DB’S are so weak and banged up. I don’t see a ground and pound game the key to a successful w this week. I do believe Brady can win a shoot out if allowed to. If BA is stubborn it could be too late once Brady over rules. Watch #83 on GB deep threat for deep pass as quick if not quicker than Scotty. I say coaching loses this one. BA, BL & Bowles a call out to prove me wrong.

  30. Lee Ware Says:

    This is the Original Buc Fan 1976. I’m in with tired 87, it’s will be special to get back to the Battle of The Bays. However, pounding the Rock together with a short passing attack will help propel the Team into history, therefore it’s not All A Bout Da 12’s. Make No Mistake, just as last week in Nnn