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      Yes, Bucs fans, that was a screen pass you sawBy Ira Kaufman | Tribune Staff Published: September 24, 2015screen_zpsvevdlwxu.jpgTAMPA — Pardon some Buccaneers fans if they did a double-take early in Sunday’s game at New Orleans.Facing third-and-7 from the Saints 37-yard line, rookie quarterback Jameis Winston flipped a well-designed screen pass to running back Charles Sims, who dashed 12 yards for an apparent first down in the opening quarter.Although tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was penalized for holding, costing the Bucs 10 yards, the play call by new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was a stunner for a franchise that has rarely utilized the screen.“Screens are an offensive lineman’s best friend,’’ Bucs center Joe Hawley said. “It slows down the pass rush and keeps defenses off balance. When you do them right, they can be explosive plays, and it looks like coach Koetter is a fan. He knows how hard it is to sit back there and try to pass block all day.’’Effective screens rely on proper timing between the quarterback, the intended target and an offensive line that lures pass rushers into the backfield before using their aggressiveness against them.At the last instant, a running back or wide receiver moves to a designated spot and turns toward the quarterback to receive a short pass. Generally led by the two guards, a wall of blockers heads downfield while defensive linemen are trapped going the wrong way.“If they’re executed right, screens can be very harmful to a defense,’’ said Bucs running back Doug Martin, who took a fourth-quarter screen pass 16 yards on third-and-20, only to see Hawley penalized for tripping. “With good pressure teams, you invite them in and, at the last second, the ball’s popping out to a running back with a whole bunch of guys ahead of him.’’Timing and deception are the keys.The running back, Martin said, must act like he is pass protecting before releasing in synchronization with the guards.“Right before you release, you’re scanning the defense so that when you turn your back to the field to catch the ball. you have an idea where everyone is,’’ Martin said. “If you practice it enough, it becomes second nature.’’Right now, the Bucs need more practice.“We had no reason to be holding,’’ said Koetter, who described Hawley’s trip as a “hustle penalty.”The execution of a screen pass requires a high degree of coordination, starting with the guard tandem. It’s new territory for Tampa Bay’s rookie right guard Ali Marpet, who played tackle at Division III Hobart.“We didn’t do a lot of screens at Hobart,’’ he said. “It comes with repetition and I think I’m developing a feel for it. The big thing for a guard is being patient. If you’re overly anxious to release, the defense will be able to read it and adjust. Your first job is to make it look like a normal set. Screens are a great weapon to have and coach Koetter dialed them up at the right time Sunday. ...We just have to stay away from the penalties.’’Teams such as Green Bay and New England traditionally excel at screen passes, exploiting the natural tendency of defensive linemen to surge upfield, particularly in obvious passing situations.Over the years, the Bucs haven’t incorporated screens as a basic weapon to combat an aggressive pass rush.“I’m a fan of all plays that work,’’ Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Thursday. ”A screen is a tough play to deal with, a big part of every game plan. I think we can be a good screen team. You want to get your running backs and wide receivers in the open field. It’s a killer play — if you let it be.’’ikaufman@tampatrib.comTwitter: @IKaufmanTBO

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    • Anonymous

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      Just please don’t run them toward JJ Watt this week.  :-[

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      “I’m a fan of all plays that work,’’ Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Thursday. ”A screen is a tough play to deal with, a big part of every game plan. I think we can be a good screen team. You want to get your running backs and wide receivers in the open field. It’s a killer play — if you let it be.’’

      That's great, Lovie! However, it's going to be hard for us to be a "good screen team" when we commit as many offensive penalties as we do. Discipline starts with the head coach.

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    • Anonymous

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      Just please don't run them toward JJ Watt this week.  :-[

      Yeah please run them to his opposite side lol.

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    • Anonymous

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      Yeah, we saw screens week 1, but only Tennessee D-Lineman caught them. Winston messes around like that this week, JJ Watt may outscore us on his own.

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    • Anonymous

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      Yeah, we saw screens week 1, but only Tennessee D-Lineman caught them. Winston messes around like that this week, JJ Watt may outscore us on his own.

      Sorry, that's not the mentality we need. Yes, the screens didn't work against the Titans, but they DID work against the Saints. Nothing slows a pass rush better than screens do. Yes, I want to see the Bucs run a screen on Watt. I want Winston to do it correctly and take care of the ball, but I still want to see him do it. For years, we had coaches that were afraid to run screens because if they are NOT run correctly, it can be a big play for the defense. But as Ira points out, good teams like New England and Green Bay run them a lot. We need to get better at them and we need to be able to execute them against a good defense. We'll need all our plays available this weekend to beat Houston. Screens are something we'll need if we want to keep the Houston defense out of our backfield all game.JMO.

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    • Anonymous

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      Just please don't run them toward JJ Watt this week.  :-[

      Yeah please run them to his opposite side lol.

      Throw them right to his side because he'll be in Jameis' face and behind the play once it's completed. Just make sure Winston is working on his trajectory and throwing those short passes nice and high over the D-linemen's heads.

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    • farzillo

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      “I’m a fan of all plays that work,’’ Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Thursday. ”A screen is a tough play to deal with, a big part of every game plan. I think we can be a good screen team. You want to get your running backs and wide receivers in the open field. It’s a killer play — if you let it be.’’

      That's great, Lovie! However, it's going to be hard for us to be a "good screen team" when we commit as many offensive penalties as we do. Discipline starts with the head coach.

      I think for each penalty they commit, the player committing the penalty, needs to run 30 suicides. That will stop them pretty quickly.

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    • Anonymous

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      Yeah, we saw screens week 1, but only Tennessee D-Lineman caught them. Winston messes around like that this week, JJ Watt may outscore us on his own.

      Sorry, that's not the mentality we need.

      Not saying not to run screens, but don't throw those little lobs that just hang in the air.

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    • Anonymous

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      Yeah, we saw screens week 1, but only Tennessee D-Lineman caught them. Winston messes around like that this week, JJ Watt may outscore us on his own.

      Sorry, that's not the mentality we need.

      Not saying not to run screens, but don't throw those little lobs that just hang in the air.

      Everything just needs to get out quickly.They will get into the backfield much too quickly to run or pass using slower developing formations, so they had better be crisp and quick with their movement. Even better if they utilize the no huddle and/or shotgun formation.Anything and everything to keep winston from being hit. Because these guys WILL hit him. He is rookie scraps in their eyes. They're salivating.They will most likely make winston their primary target, so it will be very important to tampa to get their running game going early, as well as attempt a couple longer thows, just to keep them honest.First and foremost, winston HAS to be protected somehow. This is the type of game that could really fudge up your qb.

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