Russell Gage Believes Offensive Output Against Chiefs May Have Kick-Started Passing Game

October 3rd, 2022

Talks breakout.

Just thinking about it makes Joe want to stomp an empty can of Bromosa so hard the pain runs from ankle to hip.

The Bucs offense, specifically in first halves, has been so bad Joe wants to puke. The worthless Bears with a glorified running back at quarterback (Justin Fields can start for an NFL team but Kyle Trask hasn’t been allowed to wear a Bucs uniform in the regular season since he was drafted — what’s that tell you?) have been better in the opening half than Tampa Bay.

Finally, that no-touchdown streak triggering memories of Trent Dilfer was snapped when Tom Brady hit Mike Evans for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter last night.

(Just a thought: If you have Tom Brady and you cannot score a touchdown in the first half in three straight games, it might be time to go start from scratch at the whiteboard.)

When the Bucs, out of necessity and desperation, decided to open up the offense, suddenly it came alive. They almost scored toe-for-toe with the mighty Chiefs. Imagine.

Bucs receiver Russell Gage believes that sudden offensive output is an example of the team’s capability.

“We still have things we can work on,” Gage admitted. “We have to clean up a few things, even in the pass game. We are nowhere near our ceiling.

“So much talent. So much talent across the board. So many things we can do. Just finding that groove. You see a little spark of how quickly we can move down the field and score touchdowns. But we are nowhere near that.”

One reason the offense had a mini explosion, Gage believes, is that for the first time since the early minutes of the season opener at Dallas, the Bucs had all their big guns on the field: Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones and Gage.

“I think this was good to get us on track,” Gage said of the Bucs releasing the hounds Sunday night. “Once we get healthy, once we get everyone completely healthy, I think we will be a real dangerous group for sure.”

Joe thinks the Bucs showed that. The Bucs are built to throw, to play no-risk-it-no-biscuit offense. The thing is, is Bucs coach Todd Bowles ready?

16 Responses to “Russell Gage Believes Offensive Output Against Chiefs May Have Kick-Started Passing Game”

  1. SPARKY Says:

    O.k., but does anyone really think our receivers are going to stay healthy? We found out tonight that our defense is not going to shut down a top QB and offense. We also found out when we play a top offense we can’t try to run the ball on first and second down and be effective. We have Brady, Evans, Lenny and whoever else ain’t hurt. We showed tonight that if we rely on our passing game, nobody can stop us either.

  2. SPARKY Says:

    Joe must of passed out .good night guys.

  3. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Cage needs to sip it and make more plays consistently.

  4. Onetrickpony Says:

    Brady texted his wife saying, you were right, I should have stayed retired. What a cluster f<%=k this is.

  5. dmatt Says:

    Why not lure former buc wr Russell Sheppard outta retirement I’m sure he’d do better than this Russell who seems to be a waste of money. Bowles need to get aggressive n stop being passive on offense. On one of the punts we had nothing but real estate in front of us with no one to pick up the fake had we faked it with a punter that has wr speed. The closest defender in reach was 20 yds up the field. Bowles seems to be another Lovie n Dirk Koetter, conservative n timid.

  6. BigZ Says:

    We don’t have the horses on the OL. Gotta be able to run the ball in key situations and in the playoffs.

    We really wasted our last two drafts.

  7. Bobby M. Says:

    Aggressiveness on offense works if we control the clock but quick change in possessions via fumbles or 3 & outs lead to the defense tiring by the 4th qtr. Losing Hicks has really changed our defenses ability up front to dominate.

  8. Wild Bill Says:

    Not many big plays on offense, with the the exception of Mike Evans the bucs passing game was meh. Gronk is missed big time. Lenny ran hard but Chiefs were stout against the run. R White showed good speed and good hands. It was nice to see Godwin back in action. The rest of the receivers were bland. Not enough weapons for Brady to throw to now.

  9. Buccobill99 Says:

    Mike evans is all we got #6 may play 6 games if hes lucky gage waste of $ and godwin will be back to himself in 2023

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Gage has clearly been playing hurt…..

    Brady hit 10 different receivers last night including 3 rookies.

    I truly believe Beasley will be a huge weapon once he learns the playbook and has more practice reps with Tom.

  11. Coburn Says:

    Brate was actually looking pretty good before he got that concussion. Was looking like one of his best games in a while

  12. firethecannons Says:

    Agree the offensive explosion needs all the big name guys to be present but maybe not cannot believe they could not get ko kieft and cade otton more involved

  13. garro Says:

    This is what you tell the media….“We have to clean up a few things”
    This must be posted on all player lockers. Seems thats all ive been hearing from players and coaches.

  14. Steve M. Says:

    Why not lure Gronk and Ali Marpet out of retirement ?

  15. Crickett Baker Says:

    The reason we stopped winning is that Giselle is no longer doing the Brazilian voodoo ceremony she always did before Tom’s games. (:))

  16. Fairminded Says:

    It’s O-line injuries. It’s not getting a rotation going at key positions (D line, RB’s, DB’s, TE ..until injuries mounted). It’s coaching. It’s Tom Brady having major personal issues and being a human after all. And it’s soft team leadership. All of this can be fixed. But it has NOT fun to watch while we get it figured out. I trust Licht, I trust Bowles and I THINK I trust Leftwich to get it fixed. Also hope BA ends up being a net positive and not a negative being around but not being a coach because his fire is needed.