Colts Show Bucs What A Power Running Game Is

November 26th, 2023

This is a power runner.

One fundamental flaw of the 2023 Bucs hatched in the early weeks of the 2023 calendar year.

Bucs coach Todd Bowles wanted to run. He wanted to run in 2022 when he castrated one of the most dangerous offenses the NFL has seen. That mostly, Bowles said, because his defensive players were too zapped late in the playoffs.

Joe would much rather have spent dudes still playing in late January than well-rested guys watching games just like you and Joe at the bar.

But that’s just Joe.

So when building a run game, Bowles did a smart thing and hired a guy away from a team that has a well-established ground attack, Dave Canales from Seattle. But that is where the wise moves stopped.

In a draft loaded with running backs, the Bucs fully passed on a running back. Very, very odd for a team coming off the worst rushing offense in the league yet still wanted to run the ball. Why would intelligent, sober men think they could turn these subpar (awful?) running backs around in a few months of the offseason?

Oh, they could have signed a running back in free agency before the draft. So the Bucs went out and got an injury-prone dude who didn’t even run for 250 yards in 2022.

And the one running back you had was a much better receiver and probably much better as an outside runner.

Yet Canales still continued to run White between the tackles. Finally, today in the 11th game of the season, Canales decided to dip his toe in the pool and run White outside.

Well, well, well. White hit the 100-yard mark for the first time in his NFL career — and in the Lower-48. Coincidence?

(Yes, Joe is aware White ran for over 100 before — in Munich!)

On the other side of the line of scrimmage, the Colts have Jonathan Taylor. He is a power runner. He torched the Bucs for 6.1 yards a carry, mostly up the middle.

When Todd Bowles talks about the Bucs making mistakes each week, why doesn’t Bowles ask his offensive coordinator why he keeps making the same mistake of thinking an open-space guy is used almost exclusively between the tackles?

Or why did Bowles decide he had the right running backs to go to war in the offseason?

This boils down to using your talent to the best of their abilities, not trying to force them to do what you want them to do. This is just p!ss poor coaching. That’s all there is to it.

If you wanted a power running team, why didn’t the Bucs go out get power backs?

26 Responses to “Colts Show Bucs What A Power Running Game Is”

  1. Mike Johnson Says:

    Sure David and Vita were sorely missed. But they ran the ball every which way but loose on us. Our Defense was kinda hopeless. The Colts gashed us repeatedly. It was like Alstott up the gut on a lot of their plays. Quite embarrassing. Embarrassing indeed.

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Well…we know what Joe will want in the draft! (same as every year)

  3. SB~LV Says:

    Bucs defense allowed the show to go on

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Vita Vea was in the game…and he re-entered the game after he was taken out.

  5. Zzbucs Says:

    Agree that Colts running game is good Joe, but when your opponent do not make something fundamental that is tackling your running game will shine and look phenomenal!

    Watch the tape and take a look @ # 45, look Minshews touchdown, any decent LB sends minshew to the gallery at the very least….no he just missed….Hard to watch!

  6. David H. Says:

    Updated set of priorities: OLB, CB, OG, (3rd/slot) WR

  7. #99 the big fella Says:

    Bucs had the chance to upgrade the running back position in the draft and free agency.. Jason didn’t do squat! 2 seasons of no running game. Time for the glazers to right this mistake and fire this incompetent coaching staff. Jason you should share blame as well.

  8. Colonel Angus Says:

    It really doesn’t matter now. Coaching staff is dead man walking. Lots of changes coming in a few months.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Silver lining….as of now, we are picking 7th

  10. Voice of Truth Says:

    They really missed their C too! Dude they ran it down our throats

    DWhite is a total bust as a #5 pick, Vea did nothing today – Dennis was a far, far drop off from LVD, the corners played soft as usual and Davis gave up the worst completion of the season on the 4th down play – completely lost looking in the backfield…

    Todd should be coaching DB’s for USF next year

  11. realistic-optimistic Says:

    I had a bad feeling White would be exposed without David covering up his messes.

  12. Jack Clark Says:

    Amazing what good run blocking can do, especially when running backs are not getting hit before they can even cross the line of scrimmage like Derrick Henry was

  13. It's Corn Says:

    Was stupid to run to White when you are trying to make a touchdown on a 2-minute drill. They got 3 or 4 yards, brought up 3rd and 4, and then the sack-fumble ended it.

  14. Jerseybuc Says:

    Whole season been a joke with radio running the show. Things us fans see week in week out just keep happening with no changes none! Hate football this year watching this poorly ran team pla

  15. August 1976 Buc Says:

    #New Head Coach-New Talent Cycle…….

    Go Bucs!!!

  16. David Says:

    You are right but Colts also showed how an offense with a back up qb can beat Toilet Bowl and a busted number one overall qb.

  17. Lombardi Lenny Says:

    All we need to do is have an incredible week of practice and things should sort themselves out. lol

  18. SBucs Says:

    Fire Jason AND Todd

  19. StormyInFl Says:

    I’m officially on team “Tank with Trask”.

    No way do I want this team backing into the playoffs just to get boatraced by Dallas or Philly. And another year of Clueless Todd in charge as a parting gift? Blech.

    “Tank with Trask”, then draft a QB high.

  20. NE Fan Says:

    In 2021 that so called ZAPPED defense did everything they could to get Brady the ball back and tie the Rams 28-28, it was job hunting Bowles who zapped the players and continues to do so. The Evan’s/Godwin unstoppable tandem is no more. Fire his arse!!!

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  22. Captain Vic Says:

    In the post game summary,when I heard Dave Moore say: “Unfortunately we’re seeing the Bucs making a lot of the same mistakes every week, and they’re not cleaning it up”, or words to that effect, all I could think was that is a PERFECT summary of not only this game, but the preseason, and this entire season!! Horrible coaching on both sides of the ball! The amount of times our secondary has blown coverages, especially in crucial situations, especially in prevent defense situations is emblematic of horrible coaching. And that’s just talking about the defensive side of the ball where Bowles is supposed to be a guru! I could go all the way back to the NFC title game against the Rams two years ago when, somehow, the Rams Elite receiver, best in the league that season, gets behind our secondary with seconds to play and we blow that game! I left to take a leak, thinking we were going to overtime, and came back to hear Bowles saying oh, it was a missed assignment, and we just got to get better. Bowls was a flop as a head coach with the Jets, and he has been a flop here. He got the gig because Bruce Arians made a move to somehow hand him the HC position on a silver platter. I’ve been waiting this whole season for Dave Canales to show something special that’s different from Byron leftwich, but I just haven’t seen it. So, it must be Bowls game plan that is the common denominator in our boring, plain vanilla offense. We have way too many receivers, even our best ones, dropping “bunnys”, as Kobe Bryant used to call them. They keep stats on everything there must be stats on drops, and we must be near a record! Mayfield has delivered a lot of perfect balls that just get dropped. They’re also have been drops of easy interceptions. I’ve been an OG fan since 1976, and I firmly believe 90% of our problem is the coaching: there is enough Talent on this team to be better than our record. Coach Bowls has no fire, and clearly does not hold his players accountable! I’ll just float this out there, Bill Belichick is supposed to be available, one thing I know that he would instill in this present team is accountability, discipline, and a little bit of Fire! Coach bowls is the opposite of inspiring.

  23. Captain Vic Says:

    Oh yeah, tackling, which is a fundamental skill to play football at any level apparently is a lost art on this team. Once again that speaks to coaching, desire, and holding your players accountable!

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s 2023.

    You win by throwing the football.

    The Bucs won the rushing game today, with a 6.6 yard per carry average — and they lost the game because the Bucs starting QB had a measly 199 yards and turned it over twice. That’s pitiful production for the last 30-years or so – Trent Dilfer type of numbers.

  25. Leslie Opyd Says:

    Shake it up start Trask .start the passing attack screw your run game . Pass to set up the run. By

  26. Larrd Says:

    Too bad Taylor was never available all off season.