Josh Freeman

Reasons For Starting Slow

October 28, 2010 at 02:46pm by Scott   •  No Comments »

The Panthers game is the only game this season where the Bucs went into halftime with the lead.
Roy Cummings has a good report on why some of the Bucs feel like they’re getting off to slow starts this season.

“Everybody is so excited and anxious to make a big hit or a big play, and what you’re seeing is guys missing a lot of tackles and things like that,” linebacker Geno Hayes said.

It’s called premature etackulation. It happens to a lot of guys and is nothing to be ashamed of.

“It really is just fundamentals,” defensive lineman Tim Crowder said.”In the second half, we’re not really changing anything, at least not on our side of the ball. We’re just calming down and getting back to the fundamentals.”

Seems like calming down and getting back to fundamentals is changing something. I find it hard to believe that, going into halftime down by 11, Raheem Morris would say, “Do exactly what you’re doing right now. Don’t change a thing.”

“Teams will run stuff on us and sometimes it’s the first time we’ve seen it, so you just have to live and learn and try to pick up on it the next time they throw it. The good thing is, as you see more plays, everything slows down more.” — Cody Grimm

So it’s nerves, lack of fundamentals, and inexperience that is keeping the team from scoring in the first half. It’s also what kept me from scoring in high school. Until I got a van with tinted windows and no inside door handles.

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