Four games into the season and the Bucs offense, loaded with weapons, falls short of expectations.
The Bucs' passing offense ranks 29th in the league. The Bucs' rushing offense ranks 23rd in the NFL. Josh Freeman did connect with wide receivers on memorable long passes in Tampa Bay's 2-point loss to Washington.
Still, the Bucs are sticking with their plan to run the ball first. Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan insists they're after "balance."
"We're getting away from the run, we're going to throw it 60 times," Sullivan said. "That's not gonna happen, but I think the thought process is, for us, is ‘hey, we know we would like to be able to establish the run, the physicality.'"
Even the Bucs wide receivers accept the fact that this is a run-first offense. Mike Williams says he will block all game for that one chance to make the big-splash pass play.
Bucs coaches also tinker with the offensive line, likely moving Jeremy Trueblood from right tackle to right guard.
Trueblood says he's picked up the nuances of the position, lining up next to his close friend, Davin Joseph. Joseph is out for the season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Carl Nicks says it's up to the offensive line to create the holes to allow for the running game to take off.
LeGarrette Blount plans to make the most of every opportunity. Blount says he hears he'll get more carries, but simply plans to do whatever coaches ask of him.
"Me, personally, I like to play football, so I'm doing whatever they tell me to get more touches," Blount said.
Simply put, the Bucs plan to do whatever it takes to win.
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