The Buccaneers have been held without a score on three of their nine trips inside the red zone through three games and currently rank 28th in red-zone efficiency with three touchdowns in nine trips (33.3 percent).
“You like to score (touchdowns) but you don’t want to force it, you don’t want to force the issue,” Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris told Joe Reedy of Cincinnati.com. “Every coach and everybody in the league talks about it, that you have to take what the defense gives you a little bit, and when you have an opportunity to exploit it you have to capitalize on it and make the play.”
It’s not unexpected that the Bucs rank near the bottom in red zone efficiency considering they are the second youngest team in the NFL. With execution being the main ingredient to a successful red zone attack and with the Bucs having a wealth of youthful inexperience hanging over them like a black rain cloud, execution is part of the growing pains for a young team especially since they are being led by a second year signal caller, in Josh Freeman who has only made 12 starts in the NFL.