In the last four games, the Bucs offense have hit season lows. Against San Francisco, they hit rock bottom.
The Bucs failed to total 200 yards for the first time this year, and there are plenty of reasons for the problems.
"I don't think it would be fair to say it's one thing," Greg Schiano said. "If it's personnel. If it's scheme. If it's coaching. If it's performance. There are a lot of things that go into it. We're struggling right now. There is no doubt and we are trying to bust through it."
What a difference a year makes. Last season, the Bucs finished with the best offensive year in franchise history, ranked 9th in the NFL.
This year, they've fallen to dead last. Is Mike Sullivan's system that much different, or is it the fact there is just one healthy offensive weapon left in Vincent Jackson?
"It's almost like you have to 'cat and mouse' it a little bit," Schiano said. "Maybe you don't make Vincent the first, primary read, because you need to give him a little time to get working."
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is trying everything to inject life into his offense, but forcing complicated plays with inexperienced rookies isn't the mix that he believes works.
"There's the player that you have, that we asked them to execute," Sullivan said. "I think anytime you try to force the square peg into the round hole, that can lead to problems."
Running room, receivers failing to get open and missing on chances adds to angst. Especially when the Bucs look at the game film and see big plays that could have gamer changers.
"Yeah, that happens a lot," said Tim Wright. "There's some things that go missing unfortunately...You just have to look forward to the next play and try to take full advantage of that one."
Not having the talent for a quick fix, the only option for the Bucs is to keep working on what works.
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