2nd Quarter Report: Offensive Drives

2016 Q1 Offensive Drive Report
Opposing Defense vs Bucs Offense
Gm Team Drives Plays Yards RZ Pts 40 + yard Drives 50 + yard Drives 60 + yard Drives 70 + Yard Drives 80 + Yard Drives 90 + Yard Drives Totals
1 Atl 12 62 397 2 31 0 0 0 3 0 1 4
2 Ari 14 77 301 1 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
3 LA 13 83 458 6 26 3 1 0 3 0 0 7
4 Den 13 66 213 1 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Total 52 288 1369 10 71 4 1 0 8 0 1 14
Average 13 72 342.3 2.5 18 1 0.25 0 2 0 0.25 3.5

In the first four games, the Bucs’ offense was erratic. It was all there or not much at all to admire. In the four game set, the offense also had an excess of turnovers gifted to the opposing teams.

2016 Q2 Offensive Drive Report
Opposing Defense vs Bucs Offense
Gm Team Drives Plays Yards RZ Pts 40 + yard Drives 50 + yard Drives 60 + yard Drives 70 + Yard Drives 80 + Yard Drives 90 + Yard Drives Totals
5 Car 12 74 325 4 17 0 2 1 1 0 0 4
6 SF 13 76 499 5 34 0 2 0 2 0 1 5
7 Oak 13 62 314 4 24 2 0 1 0 1 0 4
8 Atl 10 70 342 4 28 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Total 48 282 1480 17 103 2 4 2 6 1 1 16
Average 12 70.5 370 4.3 25.8 0.5 1 0.5 1.5 0.25 0.25 4

Doing a quick comparison, something is odd. The average drives and plays have decreased, but the Red Zone visits, scoring as well as long drives have increased.

It is possible that the Bucs’ offense is generating longer drives, thus reducing the number of drives it will have in a course of a game. An increase of yards coincides with +0.5 extra drives in the second quarterly report card. Hence, the premise is correct.

Although the offensive numbers look great as it, there is a lot of context amiss in the second quarterly report card. The offense is still inconsistent.

Drives less than 50 Yards

Bucs’ Offense
Drives less than 50 yards
Scoring Opportunities
Team Turnover Type LOS RZ Result Points Qtr Total Pts
1 Atl 0
2 Ari 0
3 LA 1 Def Fumble 43 yd line 1 FG 3
4 Den 0
3
5 Car 1 ST Punt Rec 39 yd line 1 Missed FG 0
6 SF 1 ST Punt Rec 36 yd line 1 FG 3
1 Def Fumble 27 yd line 1 TD 7
7 Oak 1 Def Fumble 34 yd line 1 TD 7
0 Punt 47 yd line 1 TD 7
8 Atl 1 Def Fumble 19 yd line 1 TD 7
31

If one were to exclude the points generated off of turnovers (or defensive play where a punt resulted at the 47 yard line of the opponent’s side) from the 2nd quarterly report points total, then the offense would be averaging 18 points per game.

Also, in the Atlanta game, with the score Atlanta 40, Bucs 14, the Bucs added 14 points in garbage time in the fourth quarter. The two garbage TD drives were 75 yard drives each. These created an inflated statistical record.

Turnovers

Bucs’ Offense
Turnovers
By Quarters
Team INT Fum Total QTR Totals
1 Atl 1 0 1
2 Ari 4 1 5
3 LA 1 1 2
4 Den 2 0 2
10
5 Car 0 0 0
6 SF 1 0 1
7 Oak 0 0 0
8 Atl 0 2 2
3

Protecting the ball in the next quartet of games has made the offense more conscientious about giving the ball away so freely. This is a great improvement and hope the offense can continue to be frugal about being charitable with the opposing defenses.

Conclusion

In the second quarter report card, the offense is making the most of its opportunities given to itself on a short field to traverse. Unfortunately, the offense has to rely on those opportunities generated outside of the offense. The production, when broken down, is just as erratic as the first quarterly report, but fewer turnovers.

The only consistency the offense has produced is when it controls the run game, then it also controls the time of possession, like it did against Carolina and San Francisco. RB Jacquizz Rodgers had 30 rushing attempts in Carolina and 26 rushing attempts in San Francisco. Rodgers only had 19 rushing attempts against the Raiders. When Rodgers fell to injury during the Raiders’ game, the offense went into a passing frenzy with an inaccurate QB Jameis Winston.

Drive 11

1st and 10 @ TB 25:  Rodgers up the middle to TB 29 for 4 yards.  (Rodgers injured.)

2nd and 6 @ TB 29:  Winston pass incomplete short right to Evans

3rd and 5 @ TB 29:  Winston pass incomplete short middle to Evans.

Punt

Drive 12 (OT)

1st and 10 @ TB 42:  Winston pass incomplete deep left to Evans.

2nd and 6 @ TB 42:  Winston pass short middle to Evans for 5 yards.

3rd and 5 @ TB 47:  Winston pass incomplete short left to Evans.

Punt

Drive 13 (OT)

1st and 10 @ TB 11:  Smith up the middle to TB 13 for 2 yards.

2nd and 6 @ TB 13:  Smith up middle to TB 18 for 5 yards. Fumble recovery -€” Bucs.

3rd and 5 @ TB 18:  Winston pass incomplete short middle to Smith.

Punt

There is a glimmer of hope for the offense. Despite the rash of injuries at the halfback position, the next eight games could be reliant on the health of returning running backs. RB Mike James was brought back into the fold after a waive injury settlement a week ago. He had a flash of brilliance his rookie year until he fell to injury. Doug Martin finally found his way onto the practice field and could be eased back into the fold this Sunday with James carrying the bulk. Quite possibly, a few games from now, Jacquizz Rodgers can return.

With three running backs all familiar with coach Koetter’s offense, the Bucs have a chance to run the table. Atlanta’s next three games against the Eagles, Cardinals, and Chiefs could be an opening for the Bucs. The Bucs have yet to face the Saints, but will face them twice within the next eight games. Hope exists, but it will be reliant upon halfbacks under 5’10” in James, Martin, and Rodgers.


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