Unique Phenomenon In NFC South

June 10th, 2024

Bucs offensive coordinator Liam Coen.

A rare situation is brewing in the NFC South.

And it’s legitimate, not like all the slobbering over the Falcons that makes it sound like they just signed a healthy Hall of Fame quarterback and a legendary head coach.

This season, every team in the NFC South will have a new offensive coordinator. Joe can’t remember that ever happening in any division. It probably has, but it’s certainly uncommon.

The Bucs, of course, have new playcaller Liam Coen, who replaces Dave Canales, the Panthers’ new head coach. The slimy Saints dumped their obsession with the lingering Sean Payton offense and hired Klint Kubiak to overhaul it. And in Atlanta, new head coach Raheem Morris hired first-time playcaller Zac Robinson, the former Rams quarterbacks coach.

So which team’s coordinator will hit the ground humming?

The answer to that question might correlate closely to which team wins the division.

Joe thinks Coen is the favorite.

Canales is lacking talent on his offense, and he’s no innovator in the run game. Former Bucs receivers coach Brad Idzik, Canales’ offensive coordinator, is only 32 years old with limited experience. Unlike Coen, Kubiak and Robinson don’t have the benefit of already working with their starting QB — like Coen did when he coached up Baker Mayfield with the Rams.

Amazingly, at just 38 years old, Coen is the oldest offensive coordinator in the NFC South. That might be a record for a division, or darn close to it.

23 Responses to “Unique Phenomenon In NFC South”

  1. GP Says:

    It all starts with game planning.
    I hope Coen has what it takes.

  2. Boss Says:

    I find it amazing that people bash canales as an OC. His offense looked just like lefties until the team went on a losing streak and they introduced the bubble plays. To me that has bowls written all over it. I do not expect different from our new OC. I expect canales to kick our a$$ this year. get the tissues ready.

  3. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Boss: Are you sure you don’t hate the Bucs? Your posts sure make it seem that way.

  4. Dude Says:

    Over valuing the QB-OC relationship while bypassing the direct comparison between the QBs and their differing levels of talent is kind of an odd way to compare/project their potential success.

    Anyway, click the name to see one of many film breakdowns of Coens’ rushing attack at UK, you can almost see where our players factor into some of the concepts.

  5. Esteban85 Says:

    Nice breakdown Dude, I can see us having a lot of success with Rachaad and a nasty play action if we can get the run game producing 4.5 avg per rush.

  6. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The Falcons have a talented offense- Robinson and London are great players and it seems Patterson has his best games vs Bucs.
    Falcons also drafted all defensive players in rounds 2-5.
    Division will likely be between Bucs and Falcons and come down to last 2 weeks.

  7. BucVoyager Says:

    It’s all about the coaching tree and talent. Atlanta and Tampa win that for sure.

  8. geno711 Says:

    Maybe London is a great player but right now I would put him no better than an average NFL receiver. And that is their top receiver.

    Mike Evans had 9 more TDs and 500 more yards in his first two seasons compared to Drake London. That is with Lovie Smith as head coach and McGown or rookie Winston as his quarterback.

    Patterson looks like had two good games against the Bucs but overall, 41 carries for 171 yards against us.

  9. Dude Says:


    There’s even more as there are lots of short breakdowns, but a successful run game serves multiple purposes. We won’t be as 1-dimensional as we’ve been the last 2 season, and we will be attacking the boundaries while taking pressure off our QB to have to be in position where we NEED him to make a play, we want to set a tone of being able to tell him take his own shots when he wants because we can lean on the ground game.

    That would lower my anxiety about Maybefield being our “guy”, but last year wasn’t enough for me to jump on the Baker bandwagon where everything that he does positive is because of him and when he stinks the joint up it’s everybody and their mamas’ fault

  10. SlyPirate Says:

    Boss Says:
    I expect canales to kick our a$$ this year.


    Sarcasm, right? Canales had the 28th offense for over half the year. Finished 19th in scoring with the 32nd ranked running game. He only managed 32nd because there isn’t a 33rd team. His “a$$ kicking” offense put up 9 points against Carolina in a must win game. Definitely making a note of this quote from you.

  11. JD Still Says:

    Anytime You move to a different job, with different people, who have new and different skills , there will be an adjustment period, the NFC-South is in the unique position of having all new OC’s with new and/or different players , whoever is able adjust the fastest and uses their assets the best, will more than likely win the Division . We will see.

  12. BucsfaninOregon Says:

    I don’t know who is responsible for one obvious fact: After half-time the Bucs showed absolutely zero changes to plays, methods, etc. to adjust their game to counter any success the opposition had in the first half. I suspect it was Canales.
    If so we improved this position by default.

  13. Kgh4life Says:

    At least Coen has successfully called plays on the college level. That experience will give him an upper hand over the other OCs.

  14. Bucben61 Says:

    Boss is here…must be blithering idiot Monday

  15. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    You make it sound like Coen “coached up” Mayfield for a whole year. Not like he played all world while he was there. According to his fanboos no other qb has gone thru the adversity, struggles and disrespect that their teen idol had gone thru and to listen to these maroons you’d think he doesn’t need an OC because he’s the greatest and never does anything wrong. Based upon last year and our head coach’s hatred of scoring points the title will go to Atlanta. They have a better defense, running game and qb. Our head coach can’t put together a pass rush to save this teams life so Cousins injury won’t be a huge factor when playing them.

  16. WyomingJoe Says:

    Stayed off this site for a while to help my soul heal from those that Bucben61 calls blithering idiots. Apparently, I’ll need more time before training camp begins, lol.

    Can’t wait for the doomsayers to gather in force.

  17. Bakersbucs says Says:

    Boss my butte u r a complete not half complete total 1st class jackass I wud like to punch u r face be straight u crooked moron.i try to be good people but I can’t stand u!

  18. Bakersbucs says Says:

    Welcome back Wyoming joe

  19. BillyBucco Says:

    BakersBucs roid rage tells you all you need to know about deep seeded Baker Fans.
    I think Bubba just pulled his 88 Ford over so you can jump in the back.

  20. garro Says:

    OCs we have had were crap the last two were in way over their head. If we can’t get someone into the end zone in the first quarter we need to start the search again. Geez!

    Mike needs to get more of those famous 50/50 balls when we get close.

    TEs need to get some separation down there. Use Durham! He is a tall Mama Jama!

    Red zone performance needs to be the priority! No more settling for FGs! Todd?….Todd!!!

    Go Bucs!

  21. Shane Callahan Says:

    Canales is a cheerleader not a playcaller. He owes Baker big time for getting that HC job. Coen, Baker, and the Bucs are going to have a great year barring injuries. Go Bucs!

  22. BucU Says:

    “”Canales is a cheerleader not a play caller””

    I’m thrilled to have Cohen to replace Canales. Canales is terrible at in game adjustments. He looked every bit the rookie play caller.

  23. WNCBucsFan Says:

    I’ve been a Buc’s fan since the awful beginning. Yes, 1976. This could be one of the best teams they’ve put together yet, besides the GOAT era. I see 11-6 this season with Coen.


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