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wow, gruden is throwing simms under the bus in a serious way for the failures of this offense. simms very well may deserve it, but you don't often see a coach publicly pinning a team failure on a single person like that. i know he's trying to really promote gradkowski, but he's making simms look really bad. i guess it's kind of tough to talk about your team's sudden ability to move the ball without mentioning your QB change, though.
I tuned in to the Gruden coach's show this evening. T.J. Rives posed the question: Why has the running game gotten so much better the past two weeks? Gruden's answers, offered very quickly and in this order:1. We're throwing the ball better;2. We now have a QB who is a a bigger threat to defenses;3. The new QB forces opposing defenses to "play us honest";4. Joseph and Trueblood are helping out;5. Cadillac Williams is an outstanding RB.Not only did the change at QB show that the batted balls problem shouldn't have been laid at the feet of the OL, but as stated several weeks ago, the change at QB was going to be a big factor in improving the running game. In the Jon Gruden offense, as with other variations of the WCO, the short and intermediate passing game and mobility at the QB position is important to propelling the run game.Earlier in the program, Gruden talked about how important Gradkowski's mobility is to the offense. He commented on Bruce being able to get 19-20 yards a game on his own, which translates into about 320 yards over the season and about 18-19 first downs. Coach stated that the extra mobility at the QB position was something that "we've needed around here for a long, long time".Like I said, there were those in the Bucs organization who would have liked to have seen Gradkowski starting from day one. Without naming names, let me just say that one of those people may have (cough, cough) the initials of PH.
I am not sure what good comes from the Coach offering such comments. That is the second time in a week - first the D and now Simms. I believe this is a bad habit for a coach that wants to lead a successful team to bet into. IMHO he needs to stop this kinda of "entertainment" with the press/media
What the hell? The guy asks the question: "Why such a big improvement in the running game?" and what is he supposed to say? Tell the truth or make something up? People around here got sick and tired of Dungy answering just about every question with "we've just got to execute better" and "we've got to get back to fundamentals" instead of coming out and stating the root of the problems. Now Gruden's going to get criticized for answering truthfully instead of trying to dance around it?
The defense is not giving up first drive insta-strikes. It changes the complexion of the game, espescially since Gruden likes to abandon the run game at the first sign of losing.Two new lineman, Trueblood not getting pummeled like Yatta.Caddy has always had that kind of ability to make it happen.Defense is playing better, allowing for more runs, since the Bucs aren't trailing by 2 or three scores...
And the D is playing better cuz they don't spend forever on the field cuz we aren't 3 and outing....Circular reference.But really the only big change in the last 2 games is Grads. True was good in the saints game but not any better than Yatta was this year.