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.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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pinkstob
pinkstob
4 years ago

Frankly, I agree. We need better throwing from the QB, blocking from the O-line, catching from the receivers and running from the RB. We should get better running from our new RB but other than that I expect more of the same in the red zone.

Freeman Strickland
Freeman Strickland
4 years ago

It starts with the OL. Have we done enough there?

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Freeman Strickland
4 years ago

Or does it start with defense? Have we done enough there?

XpfcWintergreen2
XpfcWintergreen2
4 years ago

This year less will be more in the red zone. By that I mean Jameis will have to try less rather than try harder. He had been the big fish in the smaller pond while in high school and to some extent even in college. He’s having to unlearn some bad habits. Now he is surrounded by other big fish. He should go watch the tape on how Trent Dilfer got his Superbowl ring. He did it by just managing the game and letting the rest of the team do their part as the Ravens claimed a Superbowl win in… Read more »

gafikdetail
Reply to  XpfcWintergreen2
4 years ago

and Dilfer had one of the greatest defenses of all time

bEubanks11
bEubanks11
4 years ago

You want to dumb down Jamies Winston to Trent Dilfer? Jamies has what it takes to still be one of the big fish. Dilfer was never going to better than mediocre. Jamies just needs true confidence and let things slow down. He’s still got some puppy in him. He’ll be just fine.

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Gee Scott sure looks like he’s about to receive his anal errrrr annual rectal digital exam. Cheer up Dude!

gafikdetail
4 years ago

sure Mike you coaches had excellent play calling & game planning…even though a blind grandma could call what you guys were gonna do before the play even started … the scoring problems was a team effort INCLUDING coaching & playcalling… don’t just blame the players & throw them under the bus while giving yourself a pass 🤦🏾‍♂️

Darin
Darin
4 years ago

So he’s blaming the players. What a jackal. No the good teams don’t run tbe same plays as you. They all have different players and do different things on different down and distance. Most of them run the ball with the best back on the team and have slants and crossing patterns in the tree. This guy needs to get to work