Weak Running Game Burying The Bucs

November 27th, 2022

Faded fast.

There are a lot of reasons why the Bucs were humiliated in Cleveland today, but Joe has to point to the weak rushing attack.

Yeah, Rachaad White ran through a massive hole on his first carry for 35 yards, but what did he do after that?

Not much.

White followed that up with 13 carries for 29 yards. Ke’Shawn Vaughn chipped in with four carries for 15 yards. When the Bucs needed to move the chains and close out the game, they couldn’t do it.

This was against a Cleveland run defense among the very worst in the NFL.

The Bucs had a touchdown lead and FOUR fourth-quarter drives to eat the clock and score or get to victory formation, and they failed every time.

It’s not all on the running backs, but it’s safe to say the running back the Bucs need to win a game like today’s is not on the roster.

It feels crazy for Joe to reference the postseason, but the Bucs do lead the NFC South with their 5-6 record. So playoffs chatter is justified. How can Joe or anyone expect the Bucs to win a playoff game if they can’t close out a game against Cleveland in four tries?

55 Responses to “Weak Running Game Burying The Bucs”

  1. Destinjohnny Says:

    Guys give me 10 drafts and I will give you a great line
    You can’t win with a crappy line
    End of story

  2. Rod Munch Says:

    But wait, everyone told me the running game was magically fixed in Germany, even though they couldn’t tell me what changed to make it magically get fixed.

  3. adam from ny Says:

    forget munich…

    it’s as if it didn’t happen

  4. Don’t listen to what he Says:

    This team sucks.

  5. Caleb Says:

    It’s hard to run when they know it’s coming. I swear they run almost every first down that is in a neutral situation.

  6. I want out Says:

    We can’t convert on third down passing the ball so what does it matter.

  7. EricTheViking Says:

    Obsolete farm equipment running the show.

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s not all on the running backs, but it’s safe to say the running back the Bucs need to win a game like today’s is not on the roster.


    You’re completely wrong Joe. White is gonna be a star, as soon as Leftwich is fired. You can’t just run up the middle on 1st down over and over and over again and black the RB when there are no holes. What exactly were the bad reads by White that lead to him being the issue? I didn’t see any. In fact I saw him getting yards when there weren’t any.

    This is 100% on Leftwich being a garbage coach and completely predictable and doing nothing to help his players, instead putting them in terrible situations again and again and again.

  9. Tucker Says:

    7 three and outs and it doesnt matter what running back you have when you are as predictable as the bucs are you are going to lose.

  10. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    If Wirfs is out…….this team is 100% done.

    This is an already bad team…..but losing Wirfs would be a huge gigantic loss this team cannot overcome.

  11. Rich S Says:

    The fans can’t blame Lenny for this game…..no holes no yards

  12. LastDance Says:

    DUNZO 100%

  13. Buc50 Says:

    Hard to run when the interior of your line collapses right in front of you. When he had a decent hole he was good.

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bucs are done. Stick a fork in’em. And now Wirfs is gone. Buc Life baby!!

  15. Tye Says:

    Bowels DEFFINITELY earned the nick name – Toilet Bowles!
    FIRE that dude before the Bucs lose the lead in the division!

  16. Tucker Says:

    They should have fired leftwich weeks ago when he proved as incompetent as he was period.

  17. bucnut2 Says:

    this team is going nowhere!!! Need to move on from coaching staff, TB-12 and any expensive vet we are able to trade. This is a team in salary cap hell that will be rebuilding for years.

  18. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    It is not a personnel issue. Teams with worse offensive lines and running backs do better. The issues are that we are predictable when we run. Teams know when and where we are running the ball, and we unsurprisingly run into traffic 90% of the time. Boron is not going to fix this, he has no idea what he is doing. Ridiculous.

  19. Mike Says:

    No matter what story you write the reply is the same!

    Todd Bowles conservative nature is burying the bucs


    The examples are endless and can’t be a coincidence

    Who is “accountable” as bowles says

    Punt from 37 with goa
    Fair catch before ball is 1/2 way to Darden with 3 min left so that was direction
    Countless times Camara bombs it and bucs don’t cover and all of a sudden no more bombs
    Takes 2 timeouts home with 30 seconds left just needing a FG to win

    If the team sucks and all coordinators suck it just means the head coach sucks

    The bucs are not a BaD team they just have a BAD coach

  20. Don’t listen to what he Says:

    Mike Johnson – you sound like a winner. Just sayin.

  21. TheBucsAnthemu Says:

    @ Tye

    Does it really matter now?

    This an awful team as it is……you wanna get rolled in the playoffs???

  22. rrsrq Says:

    Owners might need to pull a Jim Irsay and hire Deion Sanders

  23. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Bowles and Leftwich, can’t run, block, or throw.
    Bowles threw a buncha bad passes.
    Leftwich didn’t run or block well.

  24. Craig Says:

    It is the scheme and not the runners. You have to adjust the O-line for a run game, and that isn’t happening.

  25. Yucs2Bucs Says:

    If they fire Bowls witch they won’t who would you replace him with ? Maybe they go to one of the female coaches? They would probably do better

  26. Tye Says:

    @ TheBucsAnthemu

    I’d rather see Bucs win the division and not the Aints!

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    Short of having Barry Sanders, there isn’t a RB who has ever lived who could get over 4-yards per carry in this Leftwich offense.

  28. Destinjohnny Says:

    If we hit those o line draft picks
    We easily handle this team.

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    Yucs2Bucs – I say you replace these two dips–ts with Jon Gruden.

    Seriously, want to make this back into a SB contender overnight? That would be the shakeup that would do it.

    Obviously nothing like that would happen, and I don’t even think that highly of Gruden, but the current coaching situation is so bad, just having some energy and someone yelling at everyone, would turn things around immeditially. Not that Gruden was all that much better about running it up the middle on every first down, but even he, I think, might make a difference, and at least Gruden ran slants.

  30. HC Grover Says:

    Bowles is the Head Clown….Lefty is just his assistant Clown. Bowles lost the game by not using his time outs to give Brady more than 30 seconds to come back with a field goal to win. He is just incompetent Unworthy and pathetically fottball stupid.

  31. adam from ny Says:

    looks like wirfs knee got caved in from a horrid angle…

    hope he’s okay…

    it’s bowles fault due to that clock mgmt move…or non move…

    very sad to see the video

  32. HC Grover Says:

    Yes to Gruden. Do it.

  33. dmatt Says:

    Our coaching is awful. 4th n 2 on the opponents 38 yr line n u punt. Bowles has not guts or heart. He’s a good defensive coach only, n at best, Leftwich is maybe an ok middle school coach. DSmith is an embarrassment, he play timid n scared. MEvans will not make extra effort to go after difficult passes that are catchable. JDarden is the same player from last year. No improvement. Can we get a real punt returner? It’s so obvious that JDarden runs with fear. He’s either slipping on a dry field, tripping on his own feet, or looking to run outta bounds. Are u serious! With 2:40 left browns punted to Darden n he called for a fair catch with the closest defender about 15-20 yards away from him with nothing but open space.

  34. Yucs2Bucsr Says:

    They won’t make a change, but nice to wish !!! I just can’t wait for Brady to be gone and lastly HOW THE HECK is Darden on this team ? He waived off with 25 yards in front

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    Bowles punted from the Chiefs 40 earlier this year on 4th and 2, when the defense was completely worn out and clearly, if you put them back out there, the Chiefs would march right down the field and get a TD – which is what happened, which I said would happen before the punt. I called him a coward then and people said that was out of line.

    Bowles is a complete coward of a headcoach. He coaches like he has the 2002 Bucs defense which is going to hold everyone to 12.2 points a game. Instead he was a good defense in 2022, not an all-time great defense with the best passing defense in the history of the game.

    That’s why Bowles is a coward, or literally the dumbest person in the country, and I don’t think he’s dumb, I think he’s just a coward.

    But not to worry Bowles, I remember Dirk doing the exact same thing.

  36. orlbucfan Says:

    Nope, the running game didn’t defeat the Bucs. The fossilized QB did. Thank god, he is gone next year.

  37. Bdooleynorthside Says:

    Bucs should still win division and make playoffs. So why not focus on preparing for that. If you gonna throw the ball 40+ times strengthen your receiving corp. If you can’t convert 3rd down running, get a 3rd down reciever not named Beasley or Miller( was he hurt today). Chris can play wideout just as well or better than slot.

  38. NYbucsfan Says:

    The coaches and O line stink.

  39. Rod Munch Says:

    But I was told a new LG would totally fix the offense. I don’t get it.

  40. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    People don’t go off on carts and magically reappear. Wirfs is done for this year. Don’t bring him back to this spitshow. Can we PLEASE stop talking about the division? If we miraculously “win” it with an 8-8 record, I guarantee you every other NFC playoff team would LOVE a road game against this POS team.

  41. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Gruden? Seriously?

    He ran LV into the ground with Mayock.

  42. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Oops, make it 8-9…..

  43. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Munch, what’s Gruden’s all time record as a head ball coach?

  44. Aaron Says:

    Watched the game at Hattricks…3 tables would scream run middle on 1st down before the play.

    it was very obvious that the refs were going to allow the corners to beat up the receivers…why not go to crossing routes…nope…we keep throwing deep to Evans hoping to get a call..

    Why play off zone so much in the 1st half…our D is 10x better when we play aggressive…our off zone sucks!

  45. Barbara Roopenian Says:

    Timeouts! What the hell! No way they should have lost that game. With decent coaching.

  46. steele Says:

    There is no RB on this roster who can carry an offense. Especially one with a compromised OL and bad playcalling.

    Rachaad White is Lenny 2.0. A long strider who is not explosive, quick or fast, who “sails” in open field, but needs a great OL and gadget schemes that get him open. A guy who is ineffective in short yardage, taken down. Both Rachaad and Lenny lack explosiveness and burst. Things you saw in abundance today with Chubb. Something that Bucs had with RoJo but failed to make it work. At best, Rachaad is a 3rd down receiving back or a second option.

  47. Rod Munch Says:

    Jmarkbuc Says:
    November 27th, 2022 at 5:38 pm
    Gruden? Seriously?

    He ran LV into the ground with Mayock.


    I don’t even like Gruden, to be sure, he destroyed the Bucs, but for a one season shake up, he’d be great.

    Plus you’re literally talking about firing two of the biggest losers every and replacing him with someone who is average.

    Also, he didn’t ‘destroy’ the Raiders, that team stunk anyways, and didn’t his team get to the playoffs last year? This year they get a new HC and they’re the worst team in football. Seems like Gruden was making a difference and elevating a terrible team, with a terrible QB.

  48. Rod Munch Says:

    Alvin Scissors Harper Says:
    November 27th, 2022 at 5:40 pm
    Munch, what’s Gruden’s all time record as a head ball coach?


    No idea, but I can certain it’s better than Bowles.

  49. Rod Munch Says:

    To be clear, obviously the Bucs won’t do anything at all, I’m just doing what-ifs. I’m not a Gruden fan, and that’s my point, Gruden coming in now at this point, would literally turn the team around overnight*. Arians would have this as a SB contender again, overnight*. Hell, Dirk might be a slight upgrade from this mess. Lovie WOULD be an upgrade from this. Hummm, the question is if Schiano would be an upgrade — probably not, but that’s were Bowles and Leftwich are, at the Schiano line.

    *baring injuries

  50. BucRodgersBDBDBD Says:

    Is it me or is Todd Bowels allergic to time outs. Why not use one at the end of regulation. We had a shot but ran out of time. He accepts overtime when Tom Brady is our Quarterback. Dudes lost.

  51. Will Says:

    OK Rod go have another drink and step away from the keyboard for a while. Offensively, return and coverage wise this team is a $hit show but to say Lovie would be an upgrade you lost all keyboard privileges for at least the next 2hrs. Lol

  52. NEfan Says:

    Oralbuc the hypocrit, loving this O eaier.this week. Go back to your Pokémon game.

  53. orlbucfan Says:

    It was not a weak running game that defeated the Bucs. It was an overrated fossil QB who did. I had it on Bucs Radio and the boob tube. Had to deal with time delay but I’m used to it. I watched Brady the fossil have plenty of time to make plays which senile didn’t, and then come up with some bonehead whoppers. The team needs to Lynch him on the flight back here. Of course, that would be first degree murder so they won’t.

  54. orlbucfan Says:

    NEfan Says:
    November 27th, 2022 at 6:40 pm
    Oralbuc the hypocrit, loving this O eaier.this week. Go back to your Pokémon game.
    Hey, stupid Brady yahoo, get lost! And don’t let the door smash your worthless carcass on the way out. Guess you’ll have to look up half of my message cos you’re semi-literate..

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