I don't typically put much stock in former athletes opinions regarding a particular topic. I like ex athletes turned broadcasters to tell me something I don't know. Often times they don't. Too often they regurgitate information that I already know. But yesterday, to my surprise, that changed.
Hall of Famer and now NFL broadcaster Warren Sapp is never one to shy away from his opinions. I may not agree with what he says all the time but yesterday on the "Booger and Ryan Show" on 98.7 The Fan he was spot on. I've written and said many times that the Bucs are a passing team first. Scoring points is the way to win games in today's NFL. If you watched the Bucs first three games this year, that wasn't the case. Relying on your defense to win games in today's NFL climate is very difficult to do. As Sapp said yesterday, Buc Ball is dead. "You can't come out and play like we play anymore. Buc ball is dead fellows. The 17-10 games, 13-9(games), it's over. There will be some points put on the scoreboard and the defense has to keep you in it, and your offense has to win it for you."
When the Bucs won the Super back in 2002, the defense gave up just 12.2 points per game. They flat out won games. The offense was simply there to give the defense a rest. Fast forward 13 years later and the best teams are the one's that score the most. The Bucs are averaging just 20 points per game. That's good for 25th in the league. Two teams known for their defense, Baltimore and Seattle, are even scoring at a higher rate this year. Baltimore is tied for 5th in scoring at 27.3 points per game while Seattle is ranked 12th in scoring at 26.6 points per game.
The Bucs are entering their bye week. Certain players will be evaluated during this time and changes to the starting lineups could be made. But coaches should be evaluated as well. Adjustments need to be made. The Bucs need to score the ball more. Embrace this thinking. This teams defense hasn't been able to stop anyone this year. I don't see that changing this year. The offense has less deficiencies. If the Bucs have to win games 35-31 this year, so be it. That gives the team the best chance to win. Playing Buc Ball does not.
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