Getting Rachaad White Mismatches

April 16th, 2024

Running back Rachaad White.

New Bucs offensive coordinator Liam Coen is a Sean McVay disciple through and through.

Hell, McVay hired Coen twice. That’s all you need to know.

So since Bucs bellcow running back Rachaad White will be playing for this third offensive coordinator in his three-year career, this offseason White wanted to get an idea of how Coen will use him.

Coen showed White clips of McVay’s offense, some with Coen calling the shots, others with McVay calling plays.

You can say White is hooked on what he expects this new Bucs offense to be. White said Coen wants to scheme plays to get White mismatched on linebackers one-on-one in the pass game.

“I’m for sure looking forward to that,” White said yesterday at One Buc Palace. “Obviously, I do want to be out in space a lot. I feel like I thrive well out in space.

“Liam [Coen] showed clips of that, too. Over time… [Liam] wasn’t there, but like Todd Gurley and guys in the west coast offense, [Darrell] Henderson – we’ve seen guys catching touchdowns out wide in empty [sets] matched up against a linebacker.

“Of course that’s huge, as well as just learning, so yeah, I’m excited for that. I’ll be prepared for that and I’m pretty sure it will happen.”

If White isn’t an elite receiver out of the backfield, he is on the cusp of being that. If Coen is as creative as we’re led to believe, White ought to be able to thrive again in the passing game.

The running game? Well, that’s another post for another time.

17 Responses to “Getting Rachaad White Mismatches”

  1. PSL Bob Says:

    We already know what White can do in the passing game. I’m anxious to see what Coen can scheme to get the running game on track. I’m hoping our new center and reorganized interior o-line will open some holes for the running game.

  2. JimBobBuc Says:

    White will be a great 3rd down back this year with Coen. I hope the Bucs find a runner in the draft to complement White’s receiving.

  3. Boss Says:

    we need a bruiser and 2 back sets so it’s not telegraphed plays again

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Rachaad White is good but would be better if we would help him out…..Draft a C/G & another RB to share the load…..would love to see 2 RB sets…..we could also use a stud TE.

  5. Mr. Editor Says:

    After seeing the photo and glancing at the headline way too quickly, I originally thought that it read, “Getting Rachaad White Mustaches”.

    If the Bucs can draft a RB who can gain at least 4.0+ per carry, that will open up the passing game. White and an RB TBD can both be on the field at the same time.

  6. D Cone Says:

    Well hopefully Coen is more creative on 1st and 2nd downs.
    Coen’s 52 of 138 @ 37% on 3rd down was good for 74th in 2023 but far from impressive.

  7. Not Says:

    I think Betty White passed away.
    Good thing we’re in florida, there must be some nursing homes near RayJay. We can line up the residents in front of Hainsey and RoJo.

  8. Ko Kiefer Says:

    This kid racked up all those yards despite looking like he was always running at half-speed. If White can find that next gear, watch out.

  9. Boss Says:

    WTF with man buns these days?

  10. heyjude Says:

    Rachaad seems good with Coen and that is the first step.

  11. M1K3_Fanclub Says:

    Looking forward to seeing if the Coen offense and coaching can turn Rachaad into a more effective runner. Competition from the draft might help him.

  12. Hodad Says:

    First round wide receiver. Get a Thomas Jr, or a McConkey, who I think could be like adding a Cooper Kupp to our offense. We’re going to run 90% 3 receiver sets. Get a Good one in this loaded draft. With White coming out of the backfield, and Otton a good enough TE, we’d become hard to stop. Our new receivers coach was McConkey’s coach last year. Kid would be a good fit, don’t be surprised if he’s the pick at 26.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Need to draft a RB1.

  14. All_da_way Says:

    Coen knows he has to bring in another RB and scheme better plays to make this running game go. But yeas White is going to be a weapon in this style of offense.

  15. Ed McSherry Says:

    It’s as good as guaranteed that there will be a significant difference in play-calling coming up this season.

    Canales was a failed crapshoot whose main credentials was auto-agreeing with Bowles’ obsession with running it up the middle like the ol’ days, only without the O-line with which to do it.

    With Coen, there’s a sense of having an O.C. who, at the very least, knows what he’s doing.

    Hopefully, Coen will also influence Bowles in an overall positive sense (including eliminating exaggerated zones defenses), in how to win games and not play in a manner that there are just built-in excuses for losing.

  16. LongSeason Says:

    “The running game? Well, that’s another post for another time.”
    Offensive line had a lot to do with Chaad and other running back struggles. Late in season O-line started blocking better and we got a taste of what White can do when people block, at line or downfield.
    Tough to gain yards when defenses jailbreak through bad run blocking. Feiler was a failure. Stinnie solidified the the line. Both are gone.
    Left are Wirfs, Hainsey, Mauch and Goedeke. We’ll see if our FA signings will help and if reinforcements can come in the draft.
    If the line improves both run blocking and pass blocking then Chaad and Edmonds should be much better running.
    Chaad has demonstrated he can be a factor in the passing game.

  17. Buccos Says:

    First round- Center
    Second- Edge
    Fourth- WR