Uniquely Historic Offense

November 23rd, 2021

Inside the numbers

Joe wrote and talked about how the 2021 Bucs potentially could have the most prolific offense in NFL history.

A quick look at pass attempts tells a big part of the story.

Only three quarterbacks in NFL history finished a season with more than the 42.3 passing attempts per game Tom Brady is averaging this year.

Matthew Stafford holds the season record at 45.4 pass attempts per game with the 2012 Lions. Next is 43.1 per game by Drew Bledsoe in 1994, followed by Peyton Manning (42.4) with the Colts in 2010. But those three teams also had something in common; none had a decent starting running back.

The Bucs, however, have two strong running backs in Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. Combine them with Brady on pace for 49 touchdown passes behind a tremendous pass blocking line, and it’s easy to understand why this Bucs offense is a few steps beyond special.

Tampa Bay leads the NFL in scoring at 30.9 per game. Can the Bucs jack that up to 33 per game by the end of the season? If so, they’re probably going to lose one game at most the rest of the way and find themselves in the discussion for the greatest offense in history.

For those who think the Bucs pass too much, perhaps former Bucs QB Chris Simms said it best today on NBC’s Pro Football Talk Live. Simms was adamant that as long as they can make teams think a little bit about their running back threat, they’ll be able to execute their diverse passing game nearly at will.

16 Responses to “Uniquely Historic Offense”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    They’ll throw more now that guys TB12 trusts are coming back (Gronky, Scotty, AB).

  2. Bojim Says:

    Pete’s first commenter as usual. 😁

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The offense is great, but it still seems to be inconsistent…..perhaps we are expecting it to be perfect and it certainly isn’t.

  4. Medicated Pete Says:


    Pete is thankful for all his loyal fans & readers

  5. Youngbucs Says:

    But but oneilbucs said nevermind don’t matter loser!!!

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    Mike Evans already has 10 TDs… wow, I didn’t even realize that. He’s on pace for 1154 yards and 17 TDs. Even with Gronk back, I don’t think it will cut into that TD rate very much since they’ve mostly stopped throwing the Evans endzone jump ball for whatever reason.

    Godwin is on pace for 1329 yards and 9 TDs, which feels about right.

    To bad Gronk got hurt, because I think he’d have had over 1000 yards and probably 20 TDs if not. He looked great last night when he was on the field, just catching everything, making you remember why he was so missed.

    Now if we can get back AB and Scotty at some point… If everyone is back and healthy, Brady’s numbers should beat his current pace, even if he’s only playing half-games down the stretch as the Bucs hopefully are blowing out teams.

  7. Infomeplease Says:

    Buc fans know how good this offense can be!!! That last loss may have been a wakeup call!! Sunday’s game in Indy should be a good test!! Are the BUCS regrouping for a serious back to back title run or not? A talented team is only as good as they play!! GO BUCS!!

  8. Allbuccedup Says:

    If we can get by the Colts we can start tuning up for a run!

  9. Eckwood Says:

    I would love to see Gronk, Brate , Howard and Fells in some bunch formations with Gino , AB , Godwin in the backfield or Evans on the field …… Fells is tall and can or use to could block his ass off …… talk about beating a defense down …… if fells is still on the team lol

  10. Bird Says:

    Watching game on tv now. Was at game so you dont see everything

    Anway…brady should have been over 400 yards. That int is on mike evans. Perriman should have had that catch in endzone. That was a dime pass as he slowed down ? Holding penalty right before half where godwin ended up on one yard line – that was 40 yards right there. Brate 35 yard drop went right thru his hands.

    And that was only first half.

  11. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Has there ever been a Bucs team this loaded? On both sides of the ball. get healthy, focus. super bowl championship number 3 is looking good.

  12. orlbucfan Says:

    I’ve been screaming in frustration for years as I watched Licht and Koetter build this offense……and it sputtered. Was it Jameis Winston or what? I don’t know. I just know that what I believed was for real: this is without a doubt the best offense the Bucs have ever had. Period. Will it be historic like the Tampa 2 defense? Time will tell.

  13. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Are they saving ROJO for the playoffs? They’re sure not making use of him now.

  14. Sparky Says:

    Kinda makes you hope the defense doesnt get any better. Its harder to score 40+ when you’re already up 3 scores in the 3rd quarter and just trying to run the clock down. Shootouts are where its at for running up point totals and stats.

  15. Redsox/Bucs1 Says:

    This is nitpicking to be sure, but they still have too many lapses in concentration on offense. Just last night we saw Evans turn a drive starter into a Giants TD, Evans waste a 30 yard screen pass by lining up incorrectly, Wirfs waste a 40 yard play by holding, Brate drop a couple big gainers in the red zone and Perriman slow down and then watch a TD pass slip through his fingers. As the boys get closer to the playoffs they need to clean up some of this, especially the easy drops they keep handing to the other team. That game should have been over at the half instead of having a 7 point lead.

  16. SB Says:

    Medicated Pete Says:
    November 23rd, 2021 at 4:04 pm
    They’ll throw more now that guys TB12 trusts are coming back (Gronky, Scotty, AB).


    I know I shouldn’t give you the attention you crave but the fact that you say TB12 doesn’t trust ME shows how medicated you are when ME was the most targeted receiver Monday night.
    Crack is a bad thing Pete