By Tom Krasniqi
Time is running out on the preseason. One more game left to go and that’s really a formality as the coaching staff has a good idea as to who stays and who goes. The bigger issue before the season opener is the struggling offense.
How do you fix it? And can it be done before the Jets game on September 8th? “It is correctable, absolutely,” says running back Brian Leonard.
The first team offense struggled against Miami. Quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Mike Glennon combined for 9 of 25 passing for 70 yards and they were sacked 6 times. Shoddy play by the offensive line and dropped passes also proved to be detrimental.
With less than two weeks to go before the regular season, some fans are worried about Freeman being able to lead this offense. Wideout Mike Williams says the media and the fans place too much stock in the preseason and continues to believe in #5. “I feel like I’m throwing the ball to myself,” Williams told me today about being on the same page with Freeman. “I feel like he’s there….he’s ready.” Williams claims the team is only using “3 or 4 plays” during the preseason.
Guard Davin Joseph believes the offense is out of sync because the entire unit is not working in unison. “We gotta work together,” says Joseph. “That comes with everybody. We [offensive line] have to give Josh a couple of extra seconds. It’s the receivers catching the ball and getting open…..and Josh understanding to have confidence in guys, and being able to make throws without second-guessing himself.”
The theme around the locker room on Tuesday was the same: It’s only preseason so no need to panic. “We’ll wake up,” said Joseph with confidence. Let’s hope so. The clock is ticking and the season opener is fast approaching.
News & Notes:
- The Bucs say guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are improving after they came down with MRSA, which is a serious form of staph infection. Nicks is rehabbing in Tampa while Tynes is not in the area. No timetable on their return.
- With Nicks out, Gabe Carimi is seeing first team reps at left guard. Schiano says Carimi is a “viable option” at that position.
- CB Darrelle Revis is still on target for the season opener. Schiano says there haven’t been any setbacks. Don’t expect Revis to play Thursday.
- Schiano says CB Danny Gorrer underwent groin surgery and will be out a while.
- Schiano says rookie Mike Glennon will start at quarterback against the Redskins on Thursday night. It appears most of the starters will not play.
- Safety Dashon Goldson was riding the bike during the early portion of practice but no injury to report. Schiano says he got a rest day today.
- RB Doug Martin says he could’ve played against Miami if he had to. The team will hold him out of the final preseason game. Martin says he hasn’t studied the Jets defense yet: “Not yet, but we’re getting pretty close.”
- There’s still a battle going on at SLB between Dekoda Watson and Jonathan Casillas. Watson says there’s a mutual respect between the two. Whoever wins the job will likely share snaps with the other.
- Bucs RG Davin Joseph says he came out of Saturday’s game against Miami in good shape. His knee feels good but says his game was “a little off”. On a scale of 1 to 10, Joseph graded himself at around a 6.
- The Bucs will play their final preseason game against the Redskins on Thursday night from Raymond James Stadium. You can catch the game on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM with the pre-game show beginning at 5pm.
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