After breaking out against the Falcons in week 10, Bobby Rainey hasn't found room to run. The Bucs have been grounded in four out of five, held to under 100 yards rushing.
Predictability and a stubbornness to run between the tackles is part of the problem. Of Rainey's 20 rushes, 15 were between the tackles. It's brought an imbalance to the offense, and it's leading to losses.
"Certainly, we struggled in offensively running the football," said coach Greg Schiano. "We did pop a few runs, but the consistency was the issue."
"Majority of that is on me," Rainey said. "We basically just have to keep at it, keep working hard and doing things we're supposed to do. I have to do a better job on my part."
Despite their sputtering offense, the Bucs had a chance in the 4th quarter to mount a comeback. But their one dimensional nature made it easy for the Rams to focus solely on Mike Glennon.
The Rams sacked Glennon four times in the 4th quarter. Robert Quinn, the NFL's sack leader, beat Donald Penn twice in the final 2 minutes.
"You know, he's a good player. You can't take that from him," Penn said. "It's tough. That ain't me out there. That's just real frustrating. I let the team down today."
After winning four of five games, the Bucs have dropped two straight and are looking more like the team that started the season without a win until week 9.
With one game remaining, the future of Schiano and his staff remain in question, but those are questions the players prefer to leave for the team's owners.
"If something [does] happen, it's not in my control, so we have to leave that upstairs," linebacker Levonte David said.
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