The Bucs might have only lost by 6 points on the road to the Saints in overtime, but there were plenty of negatives that led to that point. Penalties, horrendous tackling, and blowing two separate 11-point leads are just a few. When Lovie Smith was asked about negatives, he was a man of few words.
Perhaps the biggest concern for the Bucs has been their lack of any running game.
When asked about the Bucs struggles on the ground and what might be leading to it, Lovie Smith was his short snippy self.
“Not able to run the football," Lovie Smith said. "Next Question."
Are you kidding me?
Is this a joke? I mean Lovie's response of course, and not the Bucs record so far.
The Bucs were one of the worst offenses at running the football this season, but that was supposed to rectify itself against one of the worst defenses in the NFL on Sunday. Instead, the Bucs rushed for a grand total of 66 yards with 45 of those yards going to Doug Martin on 14 carries.
This is unacceptable, and the fans and media would like to know why. Unfortunately, your coach isn't in the mood to be questioned.
The Bucs have not run the ball well this year due to a multitude of reasons. The Bucs offensive line is, and will continue to be, a work in progress. That's what you get when you expect finesse offensive linemen to be run blocking maulers. Quarterback play is most likely also a major reason. Sure, Glennon has played well, but opposing defenses do not respect Josh McCown or Mike Glennon enough to open up the Bucs run game. I think the running backs themselves are also part of the problem. There was a reason Lovie smith and Jason Licht felt it was necessary to draft a running back in the 3rd round of last May's draft, when guard was still a legit concern and top guards will still available.
I guess I could have just said, “not able to run the football," as my reasoning too, but I'm actually interested in fixing this problem before worrying about what might be the "next question."
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