Shortly after Raheem Morris was named head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, he was asked what schemes he will run. The answer he gave was score and get the ball back. Well, if you’re one who just glossed over the stats and didn’t may much attention to the in-game situations and out comes. Then you might not have realized the Bucs ranked 16th in redzone TD percentage converting 50.1% of their redzone attempts into touchdowns and were 9th in the league in interceptions with 19.
Diffidently not what one would categorize as elite or even in the upper echelon of the NFL. But when you look back at the totality of the situations on both offense and defense, with the team having used three different quarterbacks, two different offensive coordinators, flip flopped between two different blocking schemes, lacked a consistent ground game, had a tight end lead the team in receiving and there number one receiver produced more like the teams third receiver to end up being ranked 16th out of 32 teams that’s diffidently a small glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel to build upon heading into 2010.
On defense a miscast of players, out dated scheme, two defensive coordinators and a lack of pass rush doomed the Bucs from the onset. But collectively the team still managed to intercept 19 passes to give the ball back to the offense.
So as stated earlier, not elite numbers but when looking at the entirety of everything that took place there’s at least something’s the team can build on heading into training camp and the start of the 2010 season.