Looking back at last week, Greg said that with the fear of the Rams pass rush that the Buccaneers game plan was a very vanilla scheme that was based on very strict and precise execution.
When the Bucs chose to run, Greg said that the Buccaneers decided to stay to a very basic iso lead run play that had been working throughout the entire game. The play blew up because of the linebacker penetration at hte line of scrimmage, so when fans are curious why the decision was made to run at that time may have been based off of the track record of that play within the game.
Another interesting observation that Greg has made through 2 games is that at this moment, Bobby Rainey has been running the ball better against the Rams, than Doug Martin did in the first game of the season against Carolina. The run game will come into play tonight because in order for the Bucs to stay in the game, they will have to slow down the game trying to limit Matt Ryan’s time on the field.
On defense, if Gerald McCoy cannot go, the Buccaneers may not be able to blitz as much as they would like to do based off of the track record of Lovie Smith. One of the staples of the Lovie Smith defensive philosophy is getting to the quarterback with 4 and if he is forced to bring pressure with more, than it will loosen up the secondary that Lovie likes to have play zone coverage behind the defensive line.
Bucs fans all week leading up to tonight’s game was when will this team start using the size of Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Greg was quick to point out that in college, Mike Evans was a guy who ran very limited routes and may now be transitioning to the pro game that asks him to do more in the offense then his time at Texas A&M.