Four Days To Get A Running Back

October 27th, 2023


So was last night the next step in the progression of Rachaad White as a stud running back? Joe isn’t ready to buy in but there are promising signs.

Quick background: Last night was the first Bucs game this season Joe was not in a press box. Boy, it is a different game watching on TV. Now Joe is starting to understand why there is so much hollering and gnashing of teeth and carrying on about the offensive line. Folks watching on TV can’t see what Joe sees high above from the corners of stadiums at games.

Not all the time, but there are holes to run through. Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales has confirmed this. There is All-22 for every game out there with evidence, too.

That’s why Joe and others watching in the stadium went wild about White rarely running to daylight when he often only needed to make the right cuts.

On TV you can’t always see those. The angles limit what you can see. So now Joe sort of understands all the braying from a lot of fans. They’re watching a different game.

Against the Dixie Chicks, Joe started to see White two maybe three times start to recognize holes. Still, it wasn’t enough for Joe to not want another running back.

Last night, White had 9 carries for 39 yards, including his longest run of the season, 15 yards. And White had another long run called back by a Trey Palmer holding penalty. Holy s(p)it!

Joe knows that’s a common night for a legitimate NFL running back, but those are special numbers for White.

Remember, Canales has said it takes time for the run game to sprout. Well, last week there were small signs. Last night there were more.

Is this what Canales has been talking about for weeks?

Joe is hopeful after White’s production yesterday. The trade deadline is Tuesday, Halloween.

The Bucs still need running back help. Will they go get it?

While Joe is happy White is starting to show signs of life as a running back (he’s a very strong receiver and an underrated blocker), Joe isn’t sure if last night was just a hiccup.

C’mon Bucs, go out and get a running back. Just ask Howie Roseman. There is a reason he stocks up on them.

21 Responses to “Four Days To Get A Running Back”

  1. FortMyersDave Says:

    I hate to say this but I bet Bowles and Canales will say that have seen “remarkable” progress with White in the Buffalo game and thus choose to stand pat. I wonder if the Glazers are already putting out feelers to the agents of a few potential coaching candidates for 2024, heck they allegedly had Lovie locked up before Sciano beat the Dolphins for his first win of 2013. I hope I am wrong but this organization might be thinking about building for the future already and may not want to waste draft picks, even day 3, on an RB who might help but given all that is wrong on this team could just be a quick fix which helps the team win say 7 games instead of 5. I’d go for it if they were 4-3 or 5-2 and needed to plug one hole, the Bucs have many gaping holes on this roster……. Is it time to look forward to 2024?

  2. darengibo Says:

    Unless we trade for long term fix at RB, I hope they stand pat. We are salary cap he’ll and didn’t we all expect struggling this season due to finances and so many rookies, no Jensen, etc.

    I say take our lumps and come back next season to rebuild where we need and reload in other areas.

  3. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    How sad is this to say, last night White was the best player in the offense. That says more about the rest of the offense really, because he wasn’t above average.

  4. Beej Says:

    Looked to me like most of the decent runs came out the left side

  5. RC Says:

    There’s nobody out there that will save the running game. If the player is good, no team is letting them go. Should have made drafting a back a priority in the draft. Look at the free agents before the season, none of them are tearing it up, so at least we didn’t waste cap space on retreads. White is a receiving back, no more, no less. Maybe we draft a back with the first pick next season.

  6. Thomas Edrington Says:

    I love when the Joe(s) just run stuff totally into the ground with this “Only four days left to get a running back…” key to running is the offensive line…….and as football guys, would hope the Joe(s) can figure that out……

  7. CTBucs Says:

    Stinnie is miles ahead of Feiler as a run blocker. There were major improvements running last night, from a scheme and execution standpoint (except for Mauch, he got pushed around). I think if we could get Penny from PHILLY that would be a low-cost get. He already knows the system….

  8. Buccos Says:

    Is it possible that the running game was better last night due to Aaron Stinnie playing LG? He is a Super Bowl Champion after all. Granted he doesn’t look as imposing as Matt Feiler but he does have that pedigree

  9. Andrew Fish Says:

    couldn’t run against the worst run defense in the league.

  10. Canabuc Says:

    We need to bench Mauch. He is a liability. Maybe have him come in on short yardage as a tiggtend/lineman given his pedigree and even catch a pass. Let him be a lead blocker.
    But he is maxed out in his frame and doesn’t have the beef to play as a starting guard.

    Licht whiffed on the pick trying to be smartest guy in the room when there were other better choices at guard at that draft spot.

    Admit the mistake find a new role for him. Stick Leverett in on the right or Feiler who naturally plays right side of line and the bigger size might work better hmthere with Goedeke and keep Stinnie at LG.

    Stick with white. It’s not his fault that he loses probably at least 20 yards worth of good rushes every game due to penalties. And while maybe there are some occasional holes that he misses they are few and far between. He is a fantastic receiver out of the backfield as can be witnessed by averaging more than 10 yards of reception in his last two games which is way above average for a running back.

    It is also hard to run the ball effectively when you are playing without the lead. But meanwhile had that long run not been called back by the Trey Palmer holding penalty yesterday he would have had 10 carries for over 60 yards with another 65 yards receiving.

    The guy has over 200 yards from scrimmage in the last two games and yet people on this site are screaming for another running back. It makes no sense to me.
    The guy is on pace for nearly 1400 yards for scrimmage this season and he has faced some very tough run defenses so far.

  11. Mike S Says:

    Not going to happen Joe. Not after 3 in a row and 4 of 5. Bucs are playing for a draft pick.

  12. Mike S Says:

    LOL Conte Piscatelli is a great screen name. Keep that one.

  13. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist and Founder of Says:

    Rojo would be the best RB on this roster by a mile.

  14. Tucker Says:

    Trying to put a bandaid on the whole when the water is coming in from the sides is a very narrow way to look at bucs problems. There are so many issues with this team, this team is rebuilding they are not a running back away from contending they are a couple drafts and a different coach away from contending.

  15. unbelievable Says:

    You should really change the title of these to:

    “Four days to get an offensive lineman who knows how to block”

  16. John Sinclear Says:

    Don’t need a running back – got one. He looks good when they throw him the ball and he’s got someplace to run. Out of the backfield the only thing he can run into is the bodies of his “blockers”, who are being thrown to the ground in front of him by the defense.

    Barry Sanders could not run behind this line.

    Mike Alsott could not run behind this line.

    This line cannot run block and they cannot pass protect. The only plays they do well are the “False Start” and the “Holding – offense, number (*)”. They give a whole new meaning to the term “offensive line”. That, they are.

    They remind me of John McKay’s comment when asked about the execution of the offensive line. Reply – “I think they should all be executed.”

    Those are the facts, and they are irrefutable.

  17. Bucfan1988 Says:

    Great comment John Sinclear!!!

    That’s what I’ve been saying for weeks!!!

    Lay off Rashaad White..
    He’s changing his style to give up some the “patient” runs that he tried to do because the O-line AND THE TIGHT-END blocking sucks so bad.

    White could be a decent back with a little help from the big guys…

  18. Todd’s Blowfish Says:

    It’s futile to discuss personnel changes or additions at this point.

    The naysayers who warned about the 3-1 Bucs false dawn are being proven correct. Todd is simply not a winner in today’s nfl .

  19. Jason Jackson Says:

    He’s a less talented version of Charles Sims…….who was mediocre at best. We need help

  20. Scott o Says:

    Trade for Cook, he wants to start and a helluva improvement from white. Could revive career with Baker

  21. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Erik Hesson – Fine Artist and Founder of Says:
    October 27th, 2023 at 10:02 am
    Rojo would be the best RB on this roster by a mile
    There’s a reason why Rojo is no longer in the NFL. Is he slightly better than Vaughn? Probably, but both are terrible.