Slow Starts

September 30th, 2022

Accepts responsibility.

Joe remembers how former Bucs coach Dirk Koetter always harped on fast starts.

Koetter was right. Fast starts are what winning teams often do. But Koetter was specifically speaking of offense. His defenses, mostly, with Mike Smith coaching, well, Smitty believed in fast starts. For the opposing offense.

The Bucs defense has truly been the bright spot of the 2022 team through three games. And even though they are allowing just a touchdown a game, fast defensive starts have been a struggle.

Dallas, New Orleans and Green Bay scored on their first possession. Co-defensive coordinator Larry Foote said yesterday that is on the coaches. He lauded how good the defense is playing and said it is up to the coaches to have the players ready to start the game. That’s not happening for some reason, Foote said.

“That’s the thing – we’ve been saying the last couple of weeks: jump into the pool, don’t put your toe in there, just jump headfirst.

“As coaches, we’ve got to do a better job of getting [those] guys ready to go, might mix up some things pregame – slap them around a little bit. They just have to get ready.”

Well, if the offense didn’t look like Father Dungy was its coordinator, the slow starts by the defense wouldn’t be an issue at all. The Bucs held the great drama queen Aaron Rodgers to 14 points. That should have been enough for a win.

Sadly, if the defense doesn’t play lights out, the way the offense cannot execute plays the Bucs lose.

Pretty soon, the offense must live up to its end of the bargain and start scoring more than 20 points a game.

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6 Responses to “Slow Starts”

  1. Leopold Stotch Says:

    I feel like this has been an issue with Bowles since he got here. My biggest example is the Chiefs in 2020 during the regular season. CD3 got absolutely sliced and diced by Cheetah Hill and Patty Mahomes and then at half time, we pretty much slowed them down quite a bit… It seems like the adjustments don’t come during the game, but halftime. I could be off base, but that’s what I’ve noticed. Same with the Packers this past week. We seemed to get lucky on miscues or a turnover, then halftime came… Boom, shut down completely.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Well, at least we adjust……we do a pretty good job of that….

  3. Bucfan Says:

    More concerned about the slow / NO starts on the other side of the ball.

  4. Pewter Power Says:

    I’m not worried “if” right now, my Bucs are 2-1 with the chiefs coming up on the toughest part of the schedule and that was what worried people the most before the season started.

    If the Bucs beat the chiefs and the offense sucks Sunday we are 3-1 then no doubt we go forge ahead to get revenge on AR in the playoffs

  5. Buddha Says:

    Don’t underestimate the Falcons. Their offense is playing well and but for a couple of untimely mistakes they could be 3-0. Very well coached.

  6. BillyBucco Says:

    I agree 100%
    You actually saw the exact opposite with the offense vs the Rams.
    Problem is, it took VIEWING the tape for both parties to figure it out, while the really good coordinators do it RIGHT NOW.

    Communication to Dean of a philosophy change takes an entire half also.
    Bowles scheme is complex.

    How many quick slants did Rodgers throw?
    I think he threw one to the pilot when they were boarding to leave.