Bucs fans have waited long enough. The deep ball needs to be part of the play calling this Sunday. Whether it's Lovie Smith calling the plays, or quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, the Bucs need to take shots down the field.
"It's easier to dictate what you can do down the field based on the coverage and the defense," Arroyo said. "It's hard to throw it down the field into coverage, if that makes sense.”
Why boast about the size of your skilled players, if you are not going to use them?
The Bucs are last in the league in passing yards per game at 163.. They are last in the league in yards per attempt at 5.9. In a league that's geared towards offenses, those numbers are inexcusable. One or two pass interference calls can change the complexion of game instantaneously.
The Steelers at times struggled controlling tight end Greg Olsen this past weekend. They also lost cornerback Ike Taylor for an extended period of time in that game against the Panthers. Taylor is by no means an elite corner, but he's still a starter. The Steelers had to play Antwon Blake when Taylor went out, and Blake promptly got beat for a 35 yard touchdown by Kelvin Benjamin. Blake is 5'9. William Gay is 5'10. Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans should be salivating at the mouth.
The Bucs need to take their shots down the field in this game. If they don't, the Steelers defense will have an easy day.