Doing Your Job

November 22nd, 2022

So why did Bucs running backs break out for 136 yards on the ground in their last game?

If one were to listen to running back Rachaad White, every person on the Bucs’ offense was in lockstep with his teammates.

“For me, I just thought we [were] all on the same page,” White said. “You can see we were all in synch with one another – barely had any hiccups as an offense, as a whole when it comes to [having] a good game.

“… Just everyone being on the same page and coming together. And we’ve seen that – that’s what we did in Germany.”

Can it continue in Cleveland? The Browns are sort of like their AFC North brethren, a tough, physical team like the Crows and Steelers. The Browns have talent, but they’re not much of a team.

Still, that talent is capable of rising up and slapping the Bucs. Nick Chubb is dangerous with the ball. Myles Garrett could easily create a sack-fumble. Jadeveon Clowney knows how to get after the quarterback.

The Browns have a losing record but are dangerous. Fool around with the Browns like the Bucs did the Steelers, and don’t be shocked at what might happen.

The Bucs need to be on that same Germany page again this Sunday.

24 Responses to “Doing Your Job”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Is anyone else tired of hearing “On the same page”?

    Every player & coach use that phrase and it really is a cop-out for specifically describing an issue.

  2. PewterStiffArm Says:

    I’m with you Joe, this game could get out of hand if complacency shows itself. I heard your podcast yesterday and I agree with you about the play calling. Yes we did well in Germany but at times I found myself slapping my thigh saying what the hell is Leftwich doing. I hope we don’t go up to Cleveland and start with a run to the left of center. That one play can dictate an initial momentum moment for their defense. I appreciate all the information you guy’s provide for us, thanks.

  3. gp Says:

    If “scouting” reports are correct, the center of their D-line is their weak point, So, yes, the first play should be an “up the gut” run.
    In this situation, that’s the right call.

  4. Tap-Out Says:

    There are no issues unless you Whining While We Winning!

  5. Dooley Says:


    No. Team synergy is an underrated factor in team sports. Especially in football with all the moving parts on the field of play at once, teams that aren’t “on the same page” or struggle to do so, usually struggle to be good at winning contests in most sports. Also, something this offense has struggled with in 2022


    Tampabaybucfan, I definitely hear you and sometimes also get tired of those types of catch-phrases.

    However in this case, in the game vs. Seahawks, I really could SEE it. That OL worked FAR better as a unit than we have seen them all season. I thought that both pass blocking & run blocking…. they all had each others’ backs and worked as a UNIT. — A positive sign for the rest of the season, for sure.

  7. JBBucs_06 Says:

    Offense should score at least 24 pts if we play consistent w/ what we did against Germany. That should be enough to beat the Browns against our D. Stop the run! Shut down Cooper w/ Dean or CD and get after Jacoby and get ready for the stinking Aints on MNF trying to play spoiler.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Synergy…..that’s a good word for “on the same page” hopefully some player will see this and use it.

    Not saying it’s unimportant….just tired of the phrase.

  9. gp Says:


    I’m a lot less concerned about what they say in their press conferences than what I see them do on the field.
    As long as they outscore their opponents, they can literally say “Blah blah to the blah and blah” and I wouldn’t care. Although I might get a good laugh out of that.

  10. ClwJB Says:

    Run for 150+ again and settle in for a 24-14 win

  11. OBVIOUS Says:

    I’m with you Tampabaybucfan,
    I was ranting just last night about how I’m sick of the CONSTANT negative mumbo jumbo coming off key boards.. A Positive point of view can go a long way.. I believe we’re gonna win this.. I have very little doubt. I imagine it will be a fight as it should BUT I’m picking us for the win and I’m not looking backwards anymore. My only concerns at this point is Leftwich. I believe we win in spite of him. “SYNERGY”

    GO BUCS!

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘If one were to listen to running back Rachaad White, every person on the Bucs’ offense was in lockstep with his teammates.’

    Whoa Nellie. Sounds like Rachaad’s a little full of himself after his 22 carry, 105 yard performance in Germany.

    What’s interesting to me is that 4 of White’s runs were 10 yards or over (10, 29, 12 & 18 yards) and most of White’s big runs came in the 2nd half (1 in the 3rd qtr & 2 on the last drive of the game).

    Yes, Rachaad had 22 rushes for 105 yards (4.8 YPC), but 18 of those went for 36 yards (2.0 YPC). IF we stay consistent with the run game, White will eventually break several big ones. But a 2.0 YPC average on over 80% of his carries doesn’t qualify IMO for braggin rights that he was ‘in lockstep with his teammates’. Lenny was actually more consistent on his carries in that game. And that’s what Rachaad needs to work on … CONSISTENCY.

  13. D-Rok Says:

    According to my eyes, being on the same page/synergy/lockstep came down to a unifying theme the whole team showed us in Munich: Being much more physical.

    Physical is this team’s identity, and they showed us they are a good team when playing more smash-mouth football in all 3 phases.

    Now that that’s been settled, the question is: Will they be physical the rest of the year? If they are, we stand a good chance of winning all remaining games, IMO.

    GO BUCS!!!

  14. sasquatch Says:

    If the Bucs have turned the corner, CLE will not be a problem. I’m a skeptic. So much crap football for the first 9 weeks, then one good game and we’re supposed to trust it? We’ll see.

  15. Chop block Says:

    If Hicks & Julio are playing healthy this teams on a different level.
    Against the Browns Hick’s presence is gonna be really important.
    He helps draw double teams, opening up Vea to get in the backfield
    & vice versa. On the offensive end it’s gonna come down to who wins
    the battle in the trenches, so let’s hope that the O-line has begun to gel
    because that’s gonna determine if the ball’s run w/ authority equaling
    positive yards, which therefore determine if TB12 can get the playaction
    game going. I want to see a 30 plus scoring performance, because now
    is the time to run through weak, average teams. LFG BUC’S 🏈

  16. Jesse Thomas Says:

    Just a no name reporter, but imo, they should set up the run. Brady should go to the line with a run and pass play.

    I think the 1st play s/b quick outs/slants that have a good chance of getting 5 yds. 2nd down should then be heavy run with the purpose being positive yds. Now 3 yds per carry doesnt look so bad.

    3rd and 2 could be anything: slant, outs, deep strike, run, Gadget.

    If the pass is incomplete on 1st down. Throw it on 2nd unless they are extremely light in the box.

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    Goo post Joe. The game in Germany has raised fan expectations but the sample size is one. And all the Pollyanna “my team is great” rah rah stuff simply displays ignorance and ignores the last 8 games prior to one good game.

    Complacency sets in easily for Bowels’ team.

    And the SB year is worth looking at. After the bye, Bucs went to Atlanta. At the end of the first half, Bucs had 60 yards of offense and were down 17-0. A typical Leftwurst special.

    Thankfully Brady took over in the second half and the rest is history.

    Bucs need to start with Brady running the show in Cleveland and maybe roses and cotton candy will fall from the sky.

  18. Crickett Baker Says:

    I think when they speak about “playing on the same page” they mean a page from the playbook. The fundamentals are what has been plaguing the Bucs. If they stay in their routes and follow their roles in the play, then we have what White referred to and I hope to see it a lot more (as long as the play-calling doesn’t suck).

  19. Goatfarmer Says:

    Crickett — “…as long as the play calling doesn’t suck…”

    Ya you right! I don’t know why anyone would expect it to. (Sarcasm)

    Give it to Tom for 60 minutes.

  20. Eric b Says:

    On to browns, stop chubbs stack the box. Take away amari, well win the game LFGO!!! TAKE AWAY THIER STRENGTHS CAPITALIZE ON THIER WEAKNESS!! White is killing it!! Stay with the hot hand SIGN GORDON!!! LFGO

  21. adam from ny Says:

    weather is gonna be bad, but we catch cleveland at a good time…

    they’re about to begin a new era with watson in a week or so…

    so they’re at the tail end of of a down cycle…sorta…

    so it could be a good time to kind of catch them slacking right before they switch gears into the deshaun watson era…

    even tho the “deshaun watson era” could actually turn out to be a “huge error “in itself

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    Why? A bad defense and a very soft field where the big guys weren’t getting anchored. I really don’t think the run game is magically fixed when they did nothing different.

  23. garro Says:

    It is a team sport. Its about coaching, being coached, effort, and execution! If you are not doing those things… well good luck with synergy. LOL
    Cant stand the cheater in NE but one thing I agree with… Do your job!

  24. Dooley Says:

    ^^^Apparently doesn’t know what synergy means nor how it’s applied in any team based activity, but legit just explained everything that’s got to work in concert to field a team set up to succeed lol