Sorry Running Attack

June 13th, 2024

When will he break out?

Yeah, Joe knows columnist Ira Kaufman is doing his best trying to brainwash Joe into thinking Rachaad White turned into Franco Harris the last half of the 2023 season.

Joe’s eyes still saw “yick” and damnit, the numbers are the numbers.

The Bucs’ ground game sucked and has sucked the past two years. The Bucs in 2022 and 2023 had the worst rushing attack on the ground per game — and in yards per carry. Bottom of the barrel. Not bad — worst.

Yet in the past two years, the Bucs had two different quarterbacks calling plays at the line of scrimmage and two different coordinators calling plays. And still, the ground game was trash both seasons.

What’s the common denominator?

One is White, who runs the ball like what Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is to sacking quarterbacks. A lot is expected, a lot is wanted, and there is a ton to be desired.

White, however, is an elite pass-catcher out of the backfield. Yes, “elite.” As a running back, he is bad.

So White is sure to be a starter. He’s too valuable in the pass game and when he’s on the field, you know defenses have must account for him because he’s a friggin’ weapon. He’s so dangerous Joe thinks the Bucs will leave White on the field and rub rabbits’ feet nearly all game long hoping he can do something on the ground.

16 Responses to “Sorry Running Attack”

  1. Trask To The Future Says:


    Buckle up.

  2. White Dogg Says:

    He did make an improvement towards the end of the season, I’m willing to give him another year. If our o-line improves but our running game still sucks… well, it’s time to find someone else and keep white as a 3rd down back for his final year

  3. Buccos Says:

    His stats were better in the 2nd half of the season. If the first half was as good as the 2nd half he would have rushed for 1200 yards. With a better line and play calling he should easily break 1,000 yards this year. Hopefully he worked his a$s off this offseason. You think Walter Payton relaxed in the offseason?!? Hell no

  4. unbelievable Says:

    What’s the common denominator?

    An o-line that lost Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, and Alex Cappa and didn’t have immediate viable replacements?

    That’s not to say White doesn’t share blame too, he does. but putting it all on him is silly. The run game doesn’t work without good playcalling, good blocking up front and good running / vision from the back. We haven’t excelled in any of those areas the last couple of years.

  5. Dave Pear Says:

    Coen prefers who?


    #2 is, in fact, #3.

    But metaphorically, #2 is in fact #2 in the elementary school sense of quarterbacks.

  6. Dave Pear Says:

    Sorry to let iddjut hijack the thread.

    White was definitely better in half 2 of last season. I trust Jason. He knows.

  7. SlyPirate Says:

    Dave Pear Says:

    I trust Jason. He knows.


    What does he know? That man does NOT know RBs.

    Love Licht. He’s got WR, OL, LB, CB, S figured out. He’s starting to get IDL and OLB figured out. He royally sucks at evaluating RBs.

    It’s a marvel, too …

    League History: In the last 5 years 9 Pro Bowl backs came from the SEC, 2 from Big 10, 2 from ACC, and 1 (if you consider Caff a RB) from Pac12. Draft SEC RBs.

    Bucs History: Bucs won a Super Bowl with a big SEC Rb. They’ve been sub-500 with Pac12 RBs. Draft SEC RBs.

    WTH, LICHT …
    Rojo sucked, so he drafts Rojo v2 in White?
    Kenyon Barner sucked, so he drafts Barner v2 in Bucky Irving?
    Our RBs will keep sucking as long as we keep drafting the same guy.

  8. garro Says:



    Go Bucs!

  9. NutterBuccer Says:

    Do not compare banner to bucky Irving. Bucky is a Dawg and is ongoing to do very well for the bucs.

  10. Allen Lofton Says:

    It’s time to find a runner who can run and catch as your starter. If the rookie can do both, White becomes the backup.

  11. KABucs Says:

    To add to Unbelievable’s comments…

    >> What’s the common denominator?

    >> An o-line that lost Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, and Alex Cappa >> and didn’t have immediate viable replacements?

    …and all of our RBs had bad numbers. It wasn’t just White. Edmunds had better numbers before joining the Bucs. It’s true that there was some holes White could have run through that he just didn’t see but I can’t count how many times we handed the ball to a running back and there was two to three guys penetrating the line right in the middle almost immediately. The running back, way too frequently, was getting hit within a yard of getting the hand off. That was what was so aggravating about Canales insisting on running up the middle on first down so often… it just didn’t work with our center/guards combo last couple seasons. Wish Marpet would have held off a couple years before retiring but I guess no one really saw the Jensen thing coming.

  12. realistic-optimistic Says:

    18 teams had a leading rusher with fewer rushing yards than RWhite.

    But you already know this, Joe. You’re just chumming again.

  13. Bucfan Says:

    The common denominator is Bowels – Run, run, run on 1st & 2nd downs. Mix it up a bit and TRY to set up the run with the PASS. Only Bowels could lead the GOAT to a losing record.

  14. JimBobBuc Says:

    Another common denominator was the OL coaches, Harold Goodwin and Joe Gilbert. I think Gilbert did OK with Goedeke and didn’t mess up Wirfs. Goodwin coached the IOL, and we know how they have played. I was concerned about Cars and Pic coming in, but Bowles has already called them out for their good coaching and that seems unusual in OTA’s.

    The team moved John Van Damm out of the TE position coach, and brought in Justin Peelle to improved TE blocking. We also have a new WR coach in Bryan McClendon, so maybe he can help our young guys in WR blocking.

  15. PSK Bucs Fan Says:

    The OL coaches who are gone…….

  16. Bakersbucs says Says:

    What a moron coen was hired because of baker influence & he already worked with baker wtf is the matter with u morons