After an extra week to prepare for the Minnesota Vikings, many would have assumed the Buccaneers were primed to have a solid game offensively last Sunday. To say the Buccaneers had trouble moving the football through the first three quarters would be an understatement, as Tampa Bay managed just 97 yards of offense before the fourth quarter.
On Wednesday, PewterReport.com asked offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo if he expected better success with having an extra week to get ready for Minnesota.
“Well I think we’d hope so,” Arroyo said. “We’re all obviously disappointed in the lack of production early on. That’s something that’s been a little bit hamstrung with us right now and we have to solve that issue. We have to be more productive early on. With a two-week layoff, you would hope that you would come out and start a little faster than that, not go down and do some of the things we did and hurt ourselves. That’s not where you want to be.
“Angry, frustrated, all those things, we’re just disappointed and we have to find away to correct it. This is another opportunity today to get out there and try to figure out a way to start faster.”
PewterReport.com followed the question up by asking what he saw on tape as the issues, whether it be protection issues, quarterback play or penalties that doomed the offense.
“It’s kind of gone that way this season; it’s always taking turns,” Arroyo said. “If we could pinpoint it, it would be a lot easier. If there was a quick fix than it would probably be a lot easier. Unfortunately it’s not, we’re all taking our turns. We have to find a way to gel a little bit so that we’re not doing that. Whether it’s miscommunication on the first drive or penalties, it’s the same thing. Whatever it is that puts us behind the sticks in those situations, we need to get through that, manage that and we’re going to continue to do that.”
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Ok let me clear things up for you Marcus. Your offense struggles early on because teams are actually trying to play defense at that point in the game. Once they score 35 on the Bucs soft D, the other team backs off and let’s you chew up clock. I know you think that’s when your offense is working, but it’s not. Mystery solved.
Lovies’ post-mortem after he’s fired will show that a big mistake on his part was NOT hiring a replacement OC consultant to help Arroyo with play calling and identifying the opponent’s defensive schemes.
What does Lovie owe Arroyo? The running backs coach has called plays before, give him a shot. Send Arroyo upstairs to shake things up, try anything. What we’re doing now is not working.
1 for 11 on 3rd down, shut out for 3 qtrs, yea i would expect a little more coming out of the bye week.Coach Arroyo is in way over his head. Lovie has put together one of the worst coaching staffs in the NFL. Time to back to the basement Lovie.
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