Kacy Rodgers Knows How Offense Should Work

November 4th, 2022

Understands offense, too.

Kacy Rodgers has been the Bucs’ defensive line coach since 2019. He’s done a good job and now co-defensive coordinator is part of his title after Todd Bowles got the head coaching job and promoted him.

The way Rodgers spoke yesterday, it seems he has a better handle on how an offense should attack a defense than the Bucs’ current offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich.

Leftwich sure does love to run on first down. And in particular, Leftwich loves to run up the middle despite his two best offensive linemen being tackles.

It drives Joe bananas.

Even yesterday Leftwich claimed he has to run (more) to set up play-action despite statistics demonstrating that’s a wives tale. But hey, who knows better about running than the guy responsible for the worst rushing attack since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970?

Speaking yesterday as well, Rodgers seems to get it. Though he wasn’t speaking about the Bucs offense, he indirectly was schooling Leftwich on how to run an offense.

The Rams have historically been a thorn in the side to the Bucs. Whether it was back in the 1970s or during the Lost Decade or even last year, the Rams, especially under Sean McVay, have no problem racking up yards and points on Tampa Bay.

Rodgers explained why that is.

“The thing is, the way [the Rams] have attacked us in the past, if we’re going back and studying, on first down, they’re getting a lot of quick gains,” Rodgers said. “So, we’re getting second and short, so third down is already manageable. So then, they mix in the run and now you’re dealing with third-and-two or first down and they keep the drives going.”

Maybe Rodgers should let Leftwich borrow the Rams tape he’s studying. The key to a productive offense is third-and-short or not even getting to third down. The best way to do that is to throw on first down, not run up the middle for a one-yard loss.

Rodgers gets it. Will Leftwich?

16 Responses to “Kacy Rodgers Knows How Offense Should Work”

  1. Tap-Out Says:

    Get in position to DRAFT SS396! 3×6

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Teams who beat us in 2020 & 2021 used a much more balanced attack than we did. Opponents like the Saints & Rams who owned us kept our defense off-balance using a nice, unpredictable combination of runs & passes. And oh ya, they did a better job at playing smashmouth football than we did, on both sides of the ball. Duh, no rocket science needed.

    Bucs’ offensive attack usually worked because of big plays (aahh yes, the biscuit). Putting together long drives wasn’t our thing; working towards setting up the big, explosive play was a lot closer to our reality. At the vey heart of that was our OLine; we had the best in the NFL. It protected Brady AND gave our receivers time to do their thing & get open. Opposing defenses have figured out how to control that here in 2022 and our OLine isn’t anywhere close to being as good as we were. Byron has no answer … we can’t run the ball, we can’t pass protect long enough, and thus we can’t sustain drives. Or score. Sorry, but it all comes back to the beasts in the trenches, on offense & defense.

  3. Bob in valrico Says:

    With the possible exception Bo Kieft who only averages 23% of the offensive
    snaps, it seems like our Evans and Godwin are more involved in blocking scheme than our backs. I still remember when Jake DeHomme used to defeat us with a max protect line and Steve Smith as a target.

  4. alton green Says:

    and the Democrats and Republicans are going to come together to solve our Countries problems!!!!!!

  5. HC Grover Says:

    It looks to me that when the Buc Offense is working well the coaches like to try something else for some reason.

  6. BuddhaBuc Says:

    Who is SS396? or 3 x 6?

  7. Kentucky Buc Says:

    The Rams have their own problems this year. Defenses have obviously adjusted.

  8. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    Bucs coaching staff is not to dissimilar to a road work crew…. 10 guys standing around shooting the sheot and one guy working. Way too many buddies on the staff.

  9. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Apparently they don’t know their behinds from holes in the ground, but whatever. I know you only have so much to work with, Joe, but these current articles do not inspire confidence. All the knowledge in the world means nothing if you don’t know what to do with it.

  10. Pewter Warrior 813 Says:

    Sounds like he’s describing a intelligent coordinator who owns Bowles soft scheme and fails to adjust.

  11. adam from ny Says:

    like a construction crew…9 guys jerking…one guy working

  12. Listnfrmafar Says:

    This is an easy one, McVay isn’t incompetent. Nice work Kacy, did you miss the meeting for Carolina and Ravens? They ran all over your Dline. One word for you, adjustment.

  13. LakelandSteve Says:

    I hope the Bucs come out and surprise everyone and put a 4 quarter game together on offense and defense. But, we are staring 3-7 at the bye right in the eyes. If we can’t beat a sorry Rams team we will face a Seattle team who is clicking with a damn good run game in Munich.

  14. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Watching the Eagles play, they bring the pressure with only 4 defensive linemen.
    This is ideal, because you have plenty of help back there to stop the pass, or intercept it.
    The Houston QB was pressure, made a mistake, and Bingo, an interception happened!
    I look at the Rams game as a must win for us, if we have any hope of saving our season.
    The Rams look beatable to me, but Seattle not so much.
    Geno Smith has really found himself for Seattle, and they will not be easy to beat.

    WE have had a full 10 days to prepare for the Rams, we are at home, and I expect a victory.
    A loss this Sunday will be horrible for us, and may very well cause the implosion the guys at my local Sports Bar predicted, when Bowles was named coach.

    I sort of dismissed their opinions because they are transplanted New Yorkers who remember when Bowles was coach of the Jets.
    They predicted all of this that is currently happening to our Team, and have also predicted that Bowles will lose the locker room.

    I still wonder WHY Arians suddenly stepped down. The Sports Bar Guys say that it was all because Brady insisted Arians step down, or he was not coming back!
    IF they are right, then it was Brady that did this to us.

    Whatever the reason Arians is gone, we must blame Jason Licht. Licht did not have to accept the choice of Bowles, who basically was appointed w/o any coaching search.

    Basically, Bowles was rammed down our throats, and Licht approved it.

    No way to Sugar Coat it!

  15. Goatfarmer Says:

    Fire Bowelswich and let this guy have a chance then.

  16. Erik Hesson | Fine Artist | Founder of UniqueModernArt.com Says:

    I thought it was pretty fitting/telling that, when Casey Phillips asked Kacy Rodgers about being the Run Game Coordinator this year and how his role/duties have changed as a result… and Kacy Rodgers says ‘Oh yeah, I forgot about that. I guess I am the Run game Coordinator. You’re right. Well, nothing has really changed this year in regard to my role/duties’.


    There you go. That’s why we have the worst rushing attack in NFL History.

    For the 1st 8 games this season, our Run Game Coordinator has not coordinated the Run Game.

    It’s a Bucs Life!!!!!!!!!!!!