The third quarter for the Bucs has been a problem. The team never starts the second half well.
There is a mystique in the NFL that, at halftime, coaches make "adjustments" that win or lose ball games in the second half.
Well, as Greg Schiano tells us, there is no halftime mystique, no masterful moves.
Schiano says there are adjustments throughout the game.
"It's actually 12 minutes, believe it or not, so that's why I get a kick out of the 'halftime adjustment' thing. But it is 12 minutes. You guys know, one of my guys on the booth, every series, tells me real-time how long the series lasted so I can keep track: 'OK, the defense needs a rest' [or] 'That was a quick series.' Not the time on the clock -- real time," the coach explained.
"There's a lot of opportunities where you have more than 12 minutes on the bench during a game," he continued. "That adjustment thing, that's what I mean when I say that you should be adjusting all through in a game."
In 12 games, the Bucs only have three passing touchdowns in the third quarter, and a running back has never found the end zone.
Schiano says his staff is trying everything to fix the problem.
"The offensive coaches have gone through some different scenarios, different scripting of the openers in the second half, I mean, everything you can imagine to try to break the problem," he said.
Every stat is down in the third quarter -- rushing numbers, passing, yards per play.
Schiano thinks the numbers are dragging because the players are dragging. He says he can see it.
"I kind of look at, as the game wears on, a lot of things wear on. Some of the limited depth we have wears on. I don't mean that in a way -- it's not really depth, I shouldn't say that. It's more, with some of the guys you'd like to have playing, aren't playing. And you have some guys in there who haven't played a lot of football, they do get a little worn down."
It's wearing down Greg Schiano, that's why this halftime problem is getting his full-time attention.
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