It's no secret the primary struggles on this Buccaneers team so far has been the play of the defense. Offenses are favored in this new era of the NFL that it immediately puts defenses at a disadvantage. But it shouldn't be as bad as we've seen on Sundays (and Thursday) from a Lovie Smith defense.
With the defense being so bad, sometimes a good defense is a good offense. While the offense has appeared to play good at time as of late, they have not been consistent. Part of the problem is poor play during the first half which forces the defense to be out there more often.
After evaluating things during the bye week, the Bucs could have an answer for their first half woes.
“We [have] some ideas that we are going to institute this week that hopefully help us get off to a more functional start,” interim offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said. “It [has to] get faster, no doubt about it. We all know that.”
Quarterback Mike Glennon also touched on the topic, saying that it is an issue that was heavily addressed during their off week.
“We’re still searching for that answer,” Glennon said. “If we knew what it was it’d be fixed by now. We’re going to continue to try to find answers and I know the coaches probably spent a lot of time during the be week trying to figure it out -- what’s causing it and what we can do moving forward. So we’ll follow the coaches direction on that and try to get things better in the first half and follow their direction but we need to execute better, it’s really what and comes down to.”
And execution has been a problem. Arroyo added that there have been drops in key situations like third downs as well as miscommunication among the players. Those issues show in their stats as Tampa Bay’s offense ranks 30th in the league with 306.8 yards per game and 26th in the league in points averaging 20 points per game.
This Sunday, the offense will be presented with yet another challenge as the Minnesota Vikings rank 13th in the league in total defense and are sixth in the league in sacks with 20. But it’s time to stop looking where there oppositions rank statistically. They have to start winning football games no matter who they play and get off to fast starts -- especially at home.
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