Take away a toss to the left on third-and-1 from the goal line and few unnecessary penalties, and the Buccaneers offense was nearly flawless last Sunday.
Totaling 487 yards – 297 passing and 190 rushing – Tampa Bay came out firing, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal on their first three series to take a commanding 17-0 lead by the second quarter. While the offense showed improvement in recent weeks, they still hadn’t crossed the hurdle of starting fast until Sunday. And that’s something to build on moving forward.
“In every loss and every win there’s always something to gain from it,” quarterback Jameis Winston said at his press conference Wednesday. “I’m always going to be confident. It was tough, but the positive thing was we started fast. This year we’ve been struggling, (people say) ‘Hey, they don’t start fast.’ But we started fast. We went up early but now we just have to finish. We have to play a full game.”
Playing a full game on offense could’ve meant gaining one more yard in the closing minutes. And though Dirk Koetter is on record for taking blame for the drive’s infamous final play-call – “OK, let’s get this straight. I screwed it up,” he said. “Nobody else. Plain and simple.” – Winston praised his offensive coordinator for leading them to that point – a turnover free, 400 yard-plus outing.
“If coach Koetter calls it, then we run it,” Winston said. “One play never sums up a game for us. (With) the way that coach Koetter calls (a game), that play may never happen because he’s always on point. And we have his back. If he tells us to do something we have to execute it… I mean the man is a genius at what he does.
The offense was in a rhythm all afternoon. Even when they were in third-down, it was manageable and they converted. One bad play shouldn’t define or take away from an otherwise season-best performance and, as Winston would remind, hindsight is always 20/20.
“What happens if I toss it, Chuck spins out of that tackle and scores a touchdown? Then you don’t have that question,” he said. “It’s definitely a ‘Woula, Couda Shoulda’ type of deal. I back my coach because I’m going to do whatever he says.”
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Anyone putting any blame on the offense for this one obviously A. Didn’t watch the game or B. Doesn’t have any idea what they’re talking about
After watching Koetter’s conference today, what he , and especially Jameis, did with the injuries on the fly was fantastic. Hell Jameis was telling players where to line up and what routes to run.
This duo and Coach Koetter is pretty good so far. Want to see it against some really good defenses first. However losing VJ and Louis for extended periods of time will most certainly hurt.
Agreed, at least we have Dye and Humphries who bring good speed to the table. If they can play consistently we should be ok. We’ve got the Dougernaught taking pressure off the passing game
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