The mystery of the Bucs’ offense continues.
There has been a lot of chatter in recent weeks about what has happened to the once-lethal Bucs offense.
The past three years the Bucs offense was one of the most dangerous in the NFL. This year? It’s been a joke and under the guidance of failing Bucs offensive coordinator has had a historic dropoff.
Now before training camp got going, it wasn’t exactly a secret Bowles did not want to run Arians’ no-risk-it; no-biscuit offense. He stated that type of offense wore the team down, in all three phases of the game and that was why the Bucs lost to the Rams in the playoffs last season.
(What Joe doesn’t understand is how guys weren’t gassed running the same offense in 2020 despite playing more games? The Bucs won the Super Bowl that season, you may remember, pounding the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. The Bucs sure didn’t appear run down. And Joe still believes it was the number of games played — only the Chiefs played as many games — that wore down the Bucs, not the type of offense used.)
There has been a lot of chatter about how much of an influence Bowles has had on the offense. Just on face value, it seems to be a lot.
Bowles yesterday was asked about the stamp he had on the Bucs this season and he made it clear if he did tinker too much with the offense it would have been downright dumb of him to do that since the offense hummed.
“Once you take over a team that late and you keep everything in place, you have to change it gradually,” Bowles began. “To make a sudden change with a team that had success would be asinine on my part. You don’t try to coach to do things differently than your predecessor – no matter how great he was, you find tweaks along the way.
“You know it’s a different type of team and you try to tweak it along the way and make sure everybody is on the same page, and it gradually changes. You don’t try to say, ‘Here I am, right now.’ I’m the head coach, but at the same time, I have to see how everything works from my view and tweak some things along the way.
“Being here four years has helped me do that – I understand the guys a lot more and a lot better. [I’m] still tweaking some things and getting it to how we want it.”
So Bowles doesn’t exactly deny he changed the once prolific Bucs offense, just that he didn’t change a lot right away.
Frankly, Bowles should never have toyed with the offense. There wasn’t a damn thing wrong with it. Never, ever fix something that isn’t broken and the Bucs’ offense was certainly not broken.
Joe understands why Bowles didn’t want to run Arians’ offense. Joe doesn’t agree with it, but he understands why Bowles did it. Unfortunately, it appears to have blown up in his face.
The Bucs are on the cusp of collapsing in a terrible division, in large part, because the offense he ultimately oversees is so worthless, despite having some of the best talents at the skill positions in the NFL.
If the Bucs miss the playoffs, Joe sure hopes Bowles is asked by the team’s shot-callers why he insisted on monkeying with a perfectly good offense, and since it imploded, what he plans to do to get it back on track?
Joe doesn’t think that is an unreasonable request.
For reasons that are not quite clear, it appears the Bucs’ offense truly lost its biscuits.
This content was originally published here.