The Bucs have found their identity on offense and it's not what Lovie Smith envisioned when he was named head coach months back. Smith wants to run the football. He wants his offensive line to be physical up front with running backs that can move the chains consistently. I'm here to tell you after five games, that just hasn't happened. The Bucs are a passing team and I'm okay with that right now.
I'm not sure if the Bucs have the personnel to be a very good running team this year. Their offensive line is a work in progress and the running backs just don't have the game breaking traits you would like right now at the position. Doug Martin had a great rookie year. Since then, he's been anything but great. Bobby Rainey is a decent running back. I just don't know how much faith the coaching staff has in him right though. After all, the Bucs are 24th in rushing offense.
Not all is lost for the offense though. Since Mike Glennon took over at the quarterback position for the injured Josh McCown the offense has looked much improved. In the last two games, the offense has put up 27 and 24 points respectively. While those numbers certainly don't compare to the Colts or Broncos passing numbers, it's more than acceptable.
Smith even had glowing things to say about the offense at his Monday press conference.
"Offensive side of the football, how about Vincent Jackson? ‘A’ grade by by Vincent," Lovie Smith said. "We haven’t had a lot of ‘A’ performances, but Vincent Jackson did everything you would want a captain, a top-money player, to do play after play. How about Louis Murphy too? Two games in a row. That’s stepping up big answering the bell. You guys, of course, have asked a lot about Mike Glennon’s play. We’d like to get a little bit better production from our running game."
Glowing remarks for the passing game, not so much for the running game. The Bucs need to understand they're a passing team right now. The running game is a work in progress. Perhaps it will be the passing game that opens up the running game. I say open up the offense. Let Glennon loosen up the defense by throwing the ball down field. Maybe that gets the running game going. After all, at 1-4, what does the team have to lose?
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