“The Attitude And The Finish That We’re Looking For”

October 24th, 2023

Struggling running back Rachaad White.


Playcaller Dave Canales shared one deficiency in the run game today.

It had Joe recalling when struggling running back Rachaad White said earlier this month that he’s being pushed to run more violently. It seems the message isn’t getting through.

Canales said his rushers and offensive linemen need to deliver “the attitude and the finish that we’re looking for.” That sounds a lot like what White referred to weeks ago.

Canales said the tight ends are blocking well enough and placed blame for the run game on his playcalls, players needing to improve fundamental skills and — “just the finish.”

Joe knows what a take-no-prisoners running back looks like. Joe is old enough to remember Mike Alstott running for the Bucs, and guys like LeGarrette Blount and and Doug Martin in his heyday, among others. Sadly, White is not that guy.

As for finishing when it comes to offensive linemen, Joe isn’t seeing an across the board edge from the Bucs’ O-line. Joe isn’t pointing to the line as a significant problem in the offense, but Joe does acknowledge that the nasty-edge days of Ryan Jensen leading the way are in the rear view mirror.

20 Responses to ““The Attitude And The Finish That We’re Looking For””

  1. Beej Says:

    Was watching an all-22 analysis of our Lions game, and it looked like the blocker’s job wasn’t so much pushing the defender around… Most of them looked like theie job was merely to prevent the defender from breaking to the ball carrier. (They mostly failed too)

  2. Bucs13 Says:

    This offense is much better without Brady. That was a great leak by either Licht or Bowles before the Lions game. Since that leak, the offense has only put up sixteen points.

  3. Voice of Truth Says:

    Our run game is worse than anyone could have imagined and there is no fix in sight – no answers on the roster, the coaches have no clue and haven’t in years

    What does the rungame coordinator do all week, just sleep?????

    If only Todd could just coach games in September we would be fine – but unfortunately he peaks by week 2 every season

  4. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    This is not entirely on the players. Canales makes it sound like he’s blaming the players when he says run “more violently” and with “more attitude.” He is the play designer and play caller. Perhaps he should take a little more ownership of this problem. Yes, the players need to play better but coaches need to coach better too. It starts at practice and what I’m seeing tells me we don’t practice well.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have multiple problems……Running backs, Oline blocking, playcalling, untimely penalties….and when that is coupled by Mayfield being just a little bit off….you’ve got impotence.

    It appears to me that Tucker & Vaugn run hard…….even Lenny couldn’t run last year.

    I don’t think we are better without Brady but we appear to be no worse.

    We laud the pass blocking but Brady would have been killed behind this line. Mayfield is far mor mobile and has avoided sacks.

  6. Mike C Says:

    Bucs 13, I am very interested to see how it plays out with the points per game at the end of the year, Brady was still insanely good despite being distracted and 45.

  7. J Ghotier Says:

    You’re completely right on the last 2 paragraphs you stated here and I sure am gonna miss the Ryan Jensen days – it was short, but as sweet as it gets!

  8. Tony Marks Says:

    Sounds like Canales STILL thinks he has the ingredients for a good run game. If so boy is he stubborn

  9. unbelievable Says:

    “Joe isn’t pointing to the line as a significant problem in the offense…”

    Yes, we know you think it’s perfectly fine to have 2-3 defenders living the backfield before the RB even has the ball in his hands… lol

    (And no, that does excuse White and co. from missing the wide open holes that appear 1-2x per game).

    The run game is terrible from every position group: backs, lineman, and most definitely the tight ends. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans can block better than Cade Otton does.

  10. TonySoprano Says:

    Yes the RBs are poor, but I don’t understand Joe’s absolute refusal to lay any blame at the fee if this offensive line. Canales and Baker have both alluded to the fact the team needs to play angrier and with more attitude.

    The eyeball test clearly shows these olinemen are not roadgraders in the least. They play the run like they play the pass – they just mirror the defenders instead of trying to move them out of the running lanes. As much as people hate to hear it, even Wirfs isn’t an A+ run blocker. None of these guys have the temperament to play nasty.

  11. RagingBrisket Says:

    Wrong. The line is a significant problem. They get their aases kicked on virtually every run down. It’s perplexing how much of a pass they keep getting while these lousy Licht running backs are scapegoated as the main issue. Just plain wrong.

  12. Crazyhorse54 Says:

    Hate to say it, but this coaching team is toast. It won’t work. The HC is a better DC. The OC is too green and needlessly stubborn. The supporting cast of coaches should find new work before it is blown up.

  13. Duane in Sanford Says:

    If you gotta talk feelings and attitude, you dont have the talent. Scheming a run play isnt rocket science- it only seems that way when we witness the worst run game in the league for quite a while.

  14. Canabuc Says:

    Run blocking the Line has to make a push forward where as pass blocking you fall back. Thunk we need to see them push more aggressively forward.

  15. Statguy Says:

    We can just pretend it was Mr beast running the ball out there with #1 on

  16. Jmarkbuc Says:

    So basically the offense needs to grow a set. Still?

  17. MelvinJunior Says:

    More “Violently!?” That’s just ridiculous… Just explaining to us ALL, that he has absolutely, NOT even the first clue, as to WTH he’s doing. Nor any answers. What a JOKE. I know we didn’t have a ton of other ‘options’ available to us out there, with THIS Roster and THIS QB situation, Etc. But, DAMM… What a ‘Bla’ hire. Why not try taking a ‘flyer’ then, on a college guy… Or, SOMETHING!? Geez. Another TERRIBLE Hire.

  18. bob in valrico Says:

    A bit of analysis by Ronde on the radio He said the blocking scheme doesn’t seem to be working and there was no push from the middle of the line. He also said the Bucs have had some success with gap blocking. He wasn’t down on White, in fact he thinks he’s a good back but could do more.

  19. MelvinJunior Says:

    And, all this “still learning” JUNK. It’s THE N.F.L. Nobody got no time for DAT. NOBODY tryna hear dat. What The..? Come on, mannnn… Get outta here wit all dat buuull… These guys are PROFESSIONAL Football Players. I guess, we’re gonna give him and Bowles another 3-4 years to scout/draft and develop the ‘right’ kinds of players that fit THEIR systems (etc.), then… Just as they do at ‘mid-level’ College Programs and then ‘settle’ for mediocrity like Kentucky has. If, this ends up being the case… We’re all going to be in for a long road ahead. A. VERY. Looooog. MISERABLE. Road.

  20. garro Says:

    Yup but White is trying to be more physical at least in my eyes. Now if we can get some O line/tight end help and stop with the silly penalties.

    BTW the ref crew Sunday should be fined by the league. When are these bozo ref crews gonna be held accountable!

    Go Bucs!