Just as Buccaneers head coach and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has stated he will do, offensive coordinator Greg Olson has plans to simplify and scale back the offense with hopes of better execution.
Olson was at the podium at One Buccaneers Place Thursday for his weekly press conference and had this to say regarding changes.
“I think based upon where we felt we were at a year ago and coming into this seasons, I probably gave them too much credit in terms of maturity wise,” Olson said. “There are some things we are not executing. That falls on me.
“I feel like we have to scale back so we’ll be on detail of our assignments, and we have got to execute better. So we’ll scale back. I feel like the execution period has not been as sharp. We have tried to put our thumb on it throughout the season and thought, it’s got to be the volume. They’re executing them in practice then we get in the game, they’ll be a mental mistake here or a wrong step here or an alignment issue. It’s been little things that’s added up, so it’s time to cut back now.”
The frustration of a 4-8 season has the entire coaching staff rethinking their approach. Heading into Jacksonville Sunday the Buccaneers offense is ranked No. 16 in the league averaging 335.6 yards per game; almost identical to last seasons' 335.1 per game average. But drives are continually stalling, especially early in games.
"I think for us, I think four of our first six runs were negative runs or zero yardage runs," Olson explained. "We can’t do that. Came down to an assignment error here, a wrong step there, someone got beat here. It wasn’t one player, or one person again, we have to clean up the execution part of it. If that means simplifying it and cutting back on the number of runs we installed, then we’ll do that.
“Everyone has had their hand in the cookie jaw. We came back and looked at it. Hey, these are base plays in our offense. We’ve been probably running them now for a number of years with the same guys. We’ve just gotten sloppy on the execution part of it. We’ve just got to get refocused down the stretch.”