On a day when the Bucs offense gained a pitiful 109 yards of total offense in a 20-3 loss to Green Bay, quarterback Josh McCown sounded off on Tampa Bay lacking an offensive coordinator on Sunday. Former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was given an extended leave of absence in August after having a heart condition that required two stents, but parted ways with the Buccaneers several weeks ago to pursue other opportunities.
After taking the head-coaching job in British Columbia in the Canadian Football League, Tedford revealed this week that he has been healthy over the past two months. McCown, who completed just 12-of-26 passes for 147 yards with one interception against the Packers, implied that the Bucs could have used him this season.
“It’s not excuses, it’s just we lost a coordinator to start the season,” McCown said. “We’ve fought our way through that for 16 weeks, almost 17 weeks. Just that in that of itself can help a team, just an extra guy up stairs working with those guys. There are things that obviously… we don’t make excuses, but there are things that we can point to and go, ‘Man, just that alone, that may help us improve. Just an added person.’ When everybody’s workload gets split, that just makes it tough, and those guys have never made an excuse. But the reality is, when that happens, it’s hard to be at your best.”
Outgained by Green Bay, 431-109, in total yardage, surrendering seven sacks and producing just 2.3 yards per play with only a field goal to show for its efforts, Tampa Bay’s offensive showing is its worst all season. The Bucs also rushed for a season-low 16 yards on 14 carries (1.1 avg.) and could have used a competent play-caller rather than quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who had no NFL coaching experience prior to this season.
“You know what, that’s hard, because I don’t know the ins and outs of everything that was going on with him,” McCown said. “All I know is that he wasn’t here, and that’s all I can go off of, that he wasn’t here. I’ve said over and over again, there are no excuses, but there’s a reason why 31 teams have an offensive coordinator. And if you say there’s no excuses, then people would just say, ‘Hey just wing it and don’t go with a coordinator.’ You know what I mean? It does matter. It does make a difference; it does matter.
“We’ve done the best we’ve could to pull ourselves out of it, and like I said, everybody has fought and fought hard to get it done. But we just haven’t been good enough to get ourselves out of it. I don’t really know about that, I just know what happened with us and the guys that are here.”
With an offensive coordinator and some personnel changes in the offseason McCown does believe the offense can really improve in 2015.
“So, yes absolutely,” McCown said. “We’re talking about to have two receivers go over 1,000 yards; they’re right there at it. Those are things you look at and go ‘Man, those two guys are going to be here next year.’ Absolutely there are things to be excited about, but that’s for after. Right now we have to figure out a way to finish and try to finish on a better note than today.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
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