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Bay Buccaneers had the 11th best offense in the NFL last season. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The passing game carried the offense Cheap Custom Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys , finishing 9th best while the running game floundered, finishing 25th. In fact, the passing game was the only real strength on the entire team. General Manager Jason Licht is trying to change that, hoping an influx of athletic talent at running back and a massive influx of physical talent on defense will turn things around. But that doesn’t mean the passing game shouldn’t look to get better. As Bucs Nation has addressed many times previously, the spread is here to stay. Seattle, New England, and now especially the Philadelphia Eagles have won Super Bowls in recent years by incorporating or fully relying on “college” spread principles. As Andy Reid stated, the NFL is usually about five or six years behind college. When it comes to the spread, the NFL has tried to resist this change. But it is inevitable, and so the Eagles, copying from Andy Reid and his Kansas City offense that combines the West Coast with spread concepts, adopted it along with some wrinkles from Carson Wentz’s time at North Dakota State, and along with elite talent on both sides of the ball catapulted itself to spearhead the revolution taking place in full swing.Football is a copycat league. Everyone copied Tony Dungy’s Tampa 2 defense in the mid-1990s to early 2000s, and Dungy himself copied it from a play in the mid-1970s Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Reid and the Chiefs smashed the Patriots last season and the Patriots turned around and used some of the plays Reid called against them the very next week. All or almost all NFL teams now use some kind of spread principle, but we have seen a difference in who is willing to go all the way in running a “college” offense and who isn’t. With the Eagles winning last season’s Super Bowl, expect this evolution to accelerate even faster.All of this is to say, if you are an NFL team in 2018 and you aren’t stealing spread concepts, you will be left behind, quickly. If you didn’t spend this summer visiting other NFL teams or college teams picking up some wrinkles you might be looking for a job soon. College evolution is now arguably on its 4th or maybe even 5th-generation spread offenses, and these offenses are so good elite defenses regularly give up 30 points per game. Bad ones give up 60. The current NFL rules make it a possibility that NFL fans might see a toned-down version of this, but one that will nonetheless change the game significantly enough that fans will notice.So what could the Bucs add so they don’t get left behind? Well, lots of things. They could run more zone read, especially in the red zone. They could copy more pick routes, and indeed if OTA’s are any indication http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-ryan-jensen-jersey , they have flirted with that. If they want to make it a true RPO (run-pass option) they could package the zone read with a quick-hitting pass concept like a slant, or a bubble screen. There are third-level RPOs targeting safeties like what Baylor had been running, and the Bucs want to be nothing if not aggressive. And speaking of screens, the Bucs could get better there as well. Here’s one of their screens last season from Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons:This is a pretty straightforward concept. The receivers to the play-side try to vacate the area of defenders, which is good, except the defense is playing zone coverage which means they have their eyes on the quarterback and the backfield and rally down quickly. Pamphile manages to get to and bury his man in space. Tampa Bay’s offensive linemen couldn’t always do that last season. But there’s no blocker for the other linebacker, who does a good job reading it quickly, and Charles Sims goes down for a one-yard loss. Even if Sims had been able to shake the linebacker earlier the two corners would have ensured a short gain.Sean McVay had the Los Angeles Rams humming last season with one of if not the best screen games in the league last season.Among other things it’s one reason why Goff went from a historically awful rookie season to a pretty good sophomore campaign. Here’s an example why:I’m not arguing the Bucs should put this much into their screens, but they could do a lot better at disguising what they’re doing. The jet sweep is a distinctly spread concept used to horizontally stretch defenses and it’s used here as a dummy. But the beauty is this play can also set up the sweep for a later time. It’s these kinds of wrinkles that can help make your offense less predictable, and more explosive. It’s worth noting the Bucs did try a straight-up jet sweep last season, but Bernard Reedy and Jameis Winston fumbled the exchange. Tampa Bay’s fans have been waiting since at least 2013 for a good pass defense. Until and unless the defense can prove they’re up to the challenge it will continue to be up to the offense to carry the load. Incorporating stealing more spread concepts is one way to stay ahead and afloat until that happens.Buccaneers after the bye: Last 10 years The bye week is always a good time to reflect on the start of the season, but it also serves as a reset. For the Buccaneers, this year’s bye came pretty early in the year. Even still, the team has plenty to reflect on and improve upon before the next time it takes the field.Over the last decade, Tampa Bay hasn’t been particularly successful as a whole. But in most of the last 10 seasons, the bye week hasn’t served as much of a reset at all. There has been far more failure than success after the off weeks. Let’s take a look at how the Bucs have fared after the bye since 2008:2008Tampa Bay went into its bye week with a record of 6-3 in 2008. After the week off, the Bucs came out with three straight wins to get to 9-3. Hot streak, huh? Well, they went on to lose their next four games to miss the playoffs. Jon Gruden was fired after the collapse. Post-bye record: 3-42009The 2009 season was the beginning of a new era for the Bucs, but it didn’t start out all that well. They were 0-7 heading into the bye week. The team did something right in the week off as it came out and picked up win No. 1 on the year the following week. Unfortunately, the winning didn’t last. The next five games ended in defeat and the Bucs finished 3-13.Post-bye record: 3-62010Raheem Morris and the Buccaneers turned the corner a bit in 2010, just barely missing out on a playoff berth. There was an early bye for Tampa Bay that year, coming in week four after a 2-1 start. From week five on, the Bucs won five of their next seven. Overall Youth Jameis Winston Jersey , the team finished 10-6 in Morris’ second year. Early bye weeks can cause trouble for the final stretch of the season, but it wasn’t too much of a problem in 2010.Post-bye record: 8-52011The 2011 season was a mess all around. A 4-3 start before the bye was promising, but going 0-9 the rest of the way led to the firing of Raheem Morris. Post-bye record: 0-92012Greg Schiano took over as head coach before the 2012 season and got his new team out to a 1-3 start. It was another early bye week for Tampa Bay, but the rest of the season wasn’t so bad. The Bucs played to a .500 record the rest of the way to finish 7-9, which wasn’t all that discouraging after the previous year’s struggles.Post-bye record: 6-62013Schiano and the Bucs had another week five bye in 2013 and approached that break with an 0-4 record. It didn’t get much better immediately after, as the team dropped to 0-8 before finally picking up its first win of the season. Going 4-4 over the final eight games isn’t awful by any stretch, but it wasn’t enough to save Schiano’s job.Post-bye record: 4-82014The Lovie Smith era began in 2014 with a thud. The Bucs were 1-5 going into their week seven bye and won just one game after it. The continuous losing was enough to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, which was spent on current quarterback Jameis Winston. There were winnable games down the stretch, but Tampa Bay failed to come through. That landed Smith on thin ice after just one season.Post-bye record: 1-92015With Winston under center from the start, the Bucs got out to a 2-3 start in 2015. They went on a little run after the bye week, winning four of seven, but then lost four straight to end the season. A 6-10 record wasn’t enough to keep Lovie around. Dirk Koetter got the promotion to head coach after a huge year from the offense.Post-bye record: 4-72016A 2-3 start in 2016 wasn’t all that promising, but the bye week shot some life into the Buccaneers, even if it took a while to translate to victories. They lost two of three following the week off, but then won five straight to get into the playoff conversation. Losing two of three to finish 9-7 kept Tampa Bay out, but it was still a pretty strong finish for Koetter in his first year as a head coach.Post-bye record: 7-42017Last season is an exception, as Hurricane Irma postponed the Bucs’ week one game at Miami and took away the team’s bye week. Not playing in the season’s opening weekend doesn’t exactly count as a bye, so this won’t be included in our overall breakdown.OverallSince 2008, the Bucs are 36-58 after their bye weeks.Since 2008, Tampa Bay is 5-4 in the week immediately following a bye. The Bucs won three straight post-bye games from 2008-2010, then lost three straight post-bye games from 2013-2015.What do you think comes next for the Bucs after their 2018 bye week?

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