He’s Right, He Should Be On The Field More
September 13, 2011 at 10:04am by Scott • 2 Comments »
And so it begins.
It didn’t take long for our boys in the media to try to start stirring up shit. The title of this article could have easily been “We got away from our game plan”, which is the message LeGarrette Blount was really conveying. But because he said “I should be on the field more”, that’s what they went with.
“I feel like … I’m a playmaker on this team also, so I feel like I should be on the football field more,” Blount said.
“We got away from our game plan. We got away from getting me the football; we got away from giving Mike (Williams) opportunity balls. It was just things like that … I don’t know if we panicked, but we kind of got away from that really early.”
No one has called Blount a malcontent yet, but this little nugget will be stored away so we can refer back to it if he says something similar in the future, even if it doesn’t tell the whole story. Watch for it.
The story here for now is that Raheem Morris admitted that he pulled away from his core plan of giving Blount lots of carries.
“That’s not how we want to win games,” Morris said. “We want to win games with Blount bludgeoning you for 130 yards and us having a couple of play-action bombs and being efficient with (quarterback Josh Freeman).
“When we go to that two-minute offense like that, we kind of take Blount out of the game. That’s something we don’t want to do. We have a weapon in Blount. We want to run the ball with him.”
I agree, and I’m sure that’s a relief for the coach. I do, however, like the hurry-up, which isn’t the same as the two-minute offense. The two-minute drill is to preserve time, so you can’t go to the run too much. The hurry-up is just doing everything faster without a huddle and keeping the defense from making substitutions — getting them tired. There seems to be a lot of merit in that because whenever I see a team use it, something good usually happens. What if the opponent were in a nickel or even a dime defense and the Bucs went to the hurry-up and ran Blount right at those skinny defensive backs? I dunno… just thinking out loud.
But as long as Morris was taking responsibility for the gameplan, he went ahead and dished out some criticism where it was due.
“We need better plays out of our studs,” Morris said. “We needed Quincy Black to play bigger, Geno Hayes and some of those guys to play better and bigger for us. Talking to my coaches, I thought we kind of blinked a little bit. Some of our young players did blink a little bit.”
If by “blinked” he means “disappeared”, then yes. Black was everywhere in the first half and then all of a sudden POOF, he was gone. Seven tackles in the first half, one in the second. Hopefully he doesn’t mean the play where Black tried to put the ball back in bounds and it got covered up by Rob Sims from the Lions. There were three Bucs right there where he was tossing the ball and he probably wasn’t sure he had both feet in bounds before he tossed it. He had to make a decision and he made it.
This post kind of went all over the place, but that’s how the original article was written so I just kept following it. But I think it all boils down to running the ball with authority, sticking to your gameplan and tackling for the entire game. I’ll waive my motivational speaker fee this time.