Five more touchdowns in 16 games.

Five more touchdowns instead of field goal attempts or turnovers and the Bucs would have improved from 24th in the NFL in red zone efficiency into the Top 10. And maybe end up sniffing the playoffs instead of a 5-11 disappointment of a season.

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken spoke to the media at One Buc Place on Thursday and said, for the Bucs offense to get to where they want to go, the red zone offense must be better,.

“Well I got a chance to meet with the team, and I don’t sugarcoat things very much and we absolutely chose to suck,” Monken said. “We made that decision as an offense to play poorly, we did.

Monken went onto talk about some of the things the team did to shoot themselves in the foot last season.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“We did enough things that you can’t do. You do if you are a bad team. Bad football loses before good football wins. We are talking about quarterback-center exchanges, costly penalties, missed opportunities to put games away. But I do like the way our team finished in the end.

“How do we stop turning the ball over, how do we say being explosive and how do we score touchdowns in the red zone? We finished 24th in the league(red zone TD efficiency) and what is interesting about that is it just would have taken five more touchdowns and you jump from 24th to 8th because the sample size is so small. You had like 53 opportunities which was seventh in the league. We got down there seventh most in the league, but we didn’t take advantage of those opportunities.

“We chose suck. We chose to not do it as well as we can do it. That is the way it is.”

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. Any word on what they are choosing this year, Mark?

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  2. Five more TD’s and we would have seen a significant jump in Red zone TD efficiency? Isn’t that every team? We make our problems seem so surmountable every offseason and hear that if we make a few minor adjustments we’d be a good football team. Don’t you all get tired of this same formula that doesn’t work?

    I think convincing ourselves we are a few changes away from making the playoffs (not winning the Super Bowl…but making the playoffs) has led us to second longest playoff drought in the league, ahead of only the Browns. To me that makes us the 31st ranked team out of 32 teams in the league. Trying to plug holes every offseason is not working. The solution would be not following the same old formula but to blow this team up from the ground up, from new uniforms to new team leaders/players to new coaching to new GM to new owners.

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    • Dude…really?? Too drastic and this Team is not that far off. You sound like an extremist and a very mis-informed person.

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  3. Let’s not forget our pass rush was horrible; it put the offense in a bad position most times. I hope we’ve made enough defensive changes?

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  4. Seventh most red zone opportunities is impressive.

    But, why the success rate was twenty-fourth needs a lot more insight than, “We chose suck.” Maybe he wants to break them down before he builds them up. But, that seems pretty like a pretty crude approach for an NFL professional. I hope that there is a point-by-point plan to correct the porblems.

    He mentioned center exchanges; there was a new center last year, and there is a new center this year.

    He mentioned penalties – what precipitated them?

    I hope that each missed opportunity has been studied, and a remedy concocted.

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  5. Yeah 5 more touchdowns might have made the offense ranked 5th, but that means the defense would have given up 5 more touchdowns. They couldn’t hold a lead for nothing last year. We score 33 they give up 38. WTH??

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  6. IMO a little more creativity would help inside the 10 yard line.

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    • I agree. That plus better rushing, particularly in the RZ. Let’s hope it all comes together this year, plus improved D.

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