Rachaad White Wants To Make Offensive Line Nastier

July 10th, 2024

Buccaneers RB1 Rachaad White loves his offensive line but wants more out of them.

And he feels getting it is among his responsibilities as the top-dog running back.

Speaking on WDAE radio today, White acknolwedged that he talks a lot of trash but perhaps more of his talking must be better targeted to hype up his line.

White explained that he recently went on a trip with several current and former NFL running backs. He said former All-Pro backs Todd Gurley and Shaun Alexander were among the attendees and White was told to push himself to find out what’s best to say to his O-line.

“I gotta just bring that fiery fire out of my linemen, though, like I want them to be nasty because I’m coming nasty,” White said.

It’s an interesting perspective, though Joe would counter that if White actually ran nastier and harder, then his line might be a lot more fired up organically.

Joe gives White a lot of credit for always trying to find a new edge to his preparation.

White added that he picked Gurley’s brain a lot (Gurley spent years around Liam Coen and the Rams offense that’s newly arrived in Tampa) and the two are tight.

29 Responses to “Rachaad White Wants To Make Offensive Line Nastier”

  1. The Fighting Schianoes Says:

    Run Angry Rachaad. That will get them going. Do what Baker does. Stop talking.

  2. HC Grover Says:

    Make White meaner and nasty first.

  3. unbelievable Says:

    Look at Joe using fantasy football terminology and not even realizing it lol

  4. JimBobBuc Says:

    White is all talk and no YAC. If I’m in the OL run blocking, White is the last guy on the team I want to block for. Bring in Bucky, Chase, and maybe Sean.

  5. TampaBayBucFan Says:

    I like Rachhad White…..but, the last word I would use to describe him is “nasty”

    He and the line could use a lot more nasty……The last nasty RB we had was Lagarrett Blount….now that dude was NASTY….

  6. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hard to run nasty, when you are hit in the backfield.
    The line last year sucked. Crippled our run game.
    Barton is a major upgrade at one spot. Hopefully Mauch is much improved at Right guard.
    Left guard (if Barton plays center) is still going to be a weak link.
    White may have a little more running room, but will still be hard with a backup starting.

  7. SlyPirate Says:

    I remember Donovan Smith talking about how TB12 would call out the OL to be meaner and hit harder in 2020. That was D Smith’s best (and last good) season.

  8. SlyPirate Says:

    Capt.Tim Says:
    “Barton is a major upgrade at one spot.”


    Easy. Bashing Hainsey or Canales hurts a certain someone’s feelings.

  9. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Is this the same Rachhad White that had to be taught not to go down on first contact? That good RB break tackles?

  10. View from 132 Says:

    Ex-Giant and non Eagles RB Barkley was 4th in the NFL last year at 68 yards game. A lot of us need to adjust our expectations of these backs. White can catch. He is a modern RB1. Emmitt and and Walter don’t work in this league anymore.

  11. Duh Says:

    Why is he so popular with the media. He is not a good running back. Period!

  12. Pewter Power Says:

    How can someone whose coach called him out for tiptoe running at his size even lie about himself like that? For some so average he really does talk too much, more than anyone on the team.

  13. Dave Pear Says:

    Rachaad is a good dude, no question. It would be better if he was less mouth and more production is all. Better not get on the OL about being nasty when Rachaad is sporting a 3.6 ypc average. We speculate that was mostly due to The Three Matadors waving defenders through to meet him when he got the handoff from Baker, but let’s see.

  14. Bobby M. Says:

    He talks more than he produces….dude can’t hit 1,000 yds in a 17 game season, can’t avg 4 yds per carry. As Brady would say….focus on doing your job. White reminds me more and more of Winston. Always has something to say, loves the spotlight but can’t quite deliver. He talks a good game but results speak the truth.

  15. GoneGator Says:

    I think White is a better back than he’s given credit for. I know his YPC sucked but he accounted for how many total yards of our offense? And in the open field the guy breaks ankles.

    He’s hungry to improve too.

    Like @View from 142 alludes to, times have changed regarding the roles of running backs.

    Would we rather have a back that gets 4 YPC but is a so so or crappy pass catcher?

  16. Eckwood Says:

    Accelerate at the line NOT NOT NOT Decelerate !!
    A wise ole Lad one said !! The Two are a stark contrast to each other !!!
    1 produces first downs and the other 2 nd and twelves and poor short yardage conversions!!

  17. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Once Bucky Irving gets on the field and makes his first 100 yard game, White will be delegated to a 3rd down back. Nothing against White, but he just isn’t special as true runner. Irving on the otherhand, has a true ability to see beyond the guy in front of him. He runs with vision and has shifty lateral the quickness that White lacks.

  18. Ed McSherry Says:

    One missed tackle and Rachaad’s gone.

    There’s much more of an agreement that, “in space,” he’s “un-catchable.”

    Okay, so:

    This year, instead of game-situations where this happens from a short pass from Baker checking down to the flat, if the Graham-supervised O-line can give Rachaad some
    daylight for a change, it’ll be Rachaad running-the-ball to be “in space,” with one missed tackle between a decent gain and a touchdown.

    The difference some good run-blocking can make could be astonishing; the opposition-defense will have to anticipate/cover Rachaad like crazy, and Baker could have a field day with the receivers.

    This is the sort of “un-locked” potential the national media commentators don’t “see.”

    Imo, I seriously think Rachaad can do for the Buccaneers what McCaffrey is doing for the 49ers.

  19. Joe Says:

    Why is he so popular with the media.

    Because he makes himself available.

  20. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Macaffrey hits small holes and has excellent vision – unlike what we’ve seen from White. Change the narrative Rashad.

  21. CleanHouse Says:

    This guy is a joke- worst in the NFL- what are we even talking about here? This site does the readers a disservice by even conversing about this guy and the unending nonsensical hype surrounding him. He catches the ball well out of the backfield- put him a slot or cut him.

  22. Capt.Tim Says:

    Its ok. That someone doesnt think the O Line has anything to do with the run game.

  23. Ed McSherry Says:

    “As Brady would say….focus on doing your job.”

    And then Brady said: thank the football gods for Rachaad White.

    Who, as a rookie, got probably 90% of the first down for Brady’s drives; caught and yac’d for come-from-behind forth quarter, red zone touchdowns in two separate games for the wins; won the starting, RB#1 job as a rookie who was a “returner” in the first half of the year; all with an O-line that produced next to zero in run-blocking-production: this past year only 10 (ten yards) yards short of a 1000/yd season an with around 500/yds in receptions with a catch percentage in the 90s all season long (about 98% up until the last few games when Baker was heavily pressured and tried to dump it to Rachaad who had to turn around while running and catch a couple that were whipped to the knees-area that no one without super powers could catch).

  24. Ed McSherry Says:

    Capt Tim: it’s doubtful they even now what an O-line is.

  25. Larrd Says:

    Rachaad should open up and cry in front of them. That would inspire.

  26. garro Says:

    “It’s an interesting perspective, though Joe would counter that if White actually ran nastier and harder, then his line might be a lot more fired up organically.”

    True Joe. He needs some moxie lessons from Baker.

    Go Bucs!

  27. catcard202 Says:

    Rachaad White sure talks a lot for a RB that avg 3.6 yds/carry & couldn’t break the 1000yd rushing barrier even w/ the 2nd most carries in the league in 2023.

    IMO, talk is cheap…Until he’s a beast on the gridiron, he should probably talk a whole lot less.

  28. Debbie⁴ Says:

    Everyone on the o line needs to earn their keep. No more excuses, you made the team, now earn the right to stay. Everyone is replaceable. There is someone out there who would give up their day job for your position, and is better than you think you are.

  29. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    I hope they read this story! I’m sure it’ll make them nasty. I’m pretty sure they wish he’d toughen up and stop being scared of contact. Every time he hits the ground after first contact,”Oh there he go again”. Look at them eyes, no nastiness in them


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