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Jags: Bucs will run downhill

by Roland Johnson on April 1, 2009

Gone, are the days of a pass first offense, under new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski the Buccaneers will transform one of the teams supposed assets into its greatest strengths, with the help of the zone blocking scheme. Look for repeated repetition to allow for a much more assertive mentality out of the front five, there will be no more drive blocking hampering the number one assets the team has assembled since 2006 which for all intensive purposes is the laterally quickness & athleticism along the line.

There will no more then 10 running plays, but with multiple variations to ensure they master the new scheme to maximize there ability to become a physical downhill running team, something that is a far cry from the past.

“I think it has to start with the run game,” said Jagodzinski. “If you can’t run the football in this league, I think you are going to have a hard time because off the run – if you get that established – everything else will fall into place for you. Source: PewterReport.com

“It’s the same type of concept,” said Jagodzinski. “In our game plan, we won’t have more than 10 runs. That’s what we’re going to have,” Jagodzinski said. “There will be variations of what we do as far as the zone scheme. The thing that we’re trying to do right now is teach them the concepts and getting into the fit and the backs seeing it the right way. I thought Derrick [Ward] did a really good job yesterday on it. With Clifton [Smith], you can’t find him. He can hide behind those guys and pop out of there. I’m pleased right now. From the first practice to the third practice we’ve had today. We’ve made improvement at all positions.” Source: PewterReport.com

“We’re going to do the same things over and over and over and over again. That’s how you get good at this running game. As far as the drill work, we’ve been doing this for a while and knowing what works and what makes these guys see things. That ball drill is a great drill because what it simulates is the defensive line coming and we roll it at different speeds. One time you have to cut soon and one time you go outside of it. It’s a really good drill to teach the running back. It’s three steps, man. On his third outside step he’s got to put that foot in the ground. He’s going. He’s either going to take it to the edge or he’s going to cut it up.” Source: PewterReport.com

“I want to have a run game that is downhill and make teams commit eight people to the line of scrimmage to stop the run. If we get that, I think we’ve got good match-ups with the tight ends that we’ve got. As far as a group of tight ends, I feel really good about them from the first guy to the third or fourth guy. I feel really good about who we have in there. We have some pretty good skill on the outside, too. If they want to stop the run, then we’ll go ahead and throw it. That means we’re going to get some good match-ups. Those receivers on the outside are big. I didn’t know how big [Michael] Clayton was until I stood next to him. Man, he’s a big, physical guy. I’m really enjoying working with him, too. And [Antonio Bryant], he’s a physical guy.” Source: PewterReport.com

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