This week the media was able to get some of the Bucs’ assistant coaches in front of the microphones and recorders for one of the only times in the year they’re available.
Thursday was when the offensive coaches were made available and when quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian was in front of the media, he was asked questions about Jameis Winston, of course, and also talked about how nice it is having Ryan Fitzpatrick still on the roster, but he also addressed a more pressing question to the team’s success and that was about the Bucs’ red zone offense, specifically their inability to come away with touchdowns in 2017.
The Bucs finished the 2017 season as just the 24th ranked offense in the red zone when it came to total points scored. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken spoke earlier in the day and said that if they would have scored just five more touchdowns, the team would have been ranked in the Top 8.
The line between good and bad is a fine one in the NFL, and Bajakian said that after watching what the Top 10 red zone teams did in 2017, it’s nothing fancy. He even said that many of the plays those “good teams” call are similar to what they call in Tampa Bay; they were just getting it done.
That’s what the Bucs have to do in 2018. Execute the play, pick the right read and score some points.