Joe can’t believe he hadn’t put together the math on this.
No one truly knows what to expect from new Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales. This is his first season running an NFL offense and calling plays. A lot of folks think Canales is just going to run Seattle’s offense, which uses a quarterback outside the pocket somewhat regularly.
Well, Seattle’s offensive coordinator last year was Shane Waldron. Waldron, from 2018-2021, was in charge of the Rams’ passing game under Sean McVay.
So Waldron ran sort of a form of McVay’s offense in Seattle, with pretty good results.
Why does Joe bring this up? Well, NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks pointed out how Baker Mayfield had some of his best NFL success playing for McVay for five games to close last season.
So the way Brooks looks at it, he believes Canales will run a lot of stuff he learned from Waldron, who learned his offense from McVay.
That, Brooks said this week on NFL Network’s “Total Access,” means Mayfield is in a really good place with the Bucs.
“This is a great fit for Baker Mayfield,” Brooks said. “Remember last year he played for Sean McVay and that system. Well, Dave Canales, new offensive coordinator, came from Seattle and [Seattle offensive coordinator] Shane Waldron who came through McVay.
“And so, six degrees of separation, he is playing in an offense familiar to him.
“[Mayfield] is also playing with two big-time weapons on the outside, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans.”
Brooks also believes Mayfield is quite adept at throwing long passes, so he hopes Canales takes advantage of that.
Joe has a hunch the offense will be more productive this season than last season. Of course, that’s not saying a whole lot.
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