The 2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense isn’t the offense people have come to know over the last couple of years.
Hell, it isn’t even the offense fans became familiar with in 2018 or 2019.
After scoring a season-low three points against the Carolina Panthers, the offense looks the worst it’s ever been in years. The Buccaneers have to figure out and fix the problems that ail them.
But there’s one problem Byron Leftwich and co. may not be able to fix: their mindset.
The Buccaneers offense is one of the most predictable offenses in the NFL. It’s been a concern for an extended period of time, but it’s never been a greater reason for worry than this year. Whether it be a lack of creativity in the design of the run game, predictable calls in certain situations, or the wrong calls in certain situations – defenses far too often know what’s coming.
In fact, things have gotten so bad that FOX Sports broadcaster Jonathan Vilma was predicting what the Buccaneers would do during the loss to the Panthers.
“What they need to do now is really set up these run-looking formations, [then] pass the football. [Then] set up a pass-looking formation [and] run the football,” Vilma explained with 4:56 left in the third quarter. “Because everything has been too easy for the Panthers defense to decipher.”
Vilma then pointed out that Rachaad White was about to go out for a pass.
And sure enough, after reading the defender, White goes out for a pass:
Example No. 1: pic.twitter.com/oOUMDLyGDF— Evan Winter (@evan_winterAtoZ) October 24, 2022
Vilma wasn’t done there, either. On the very next play, he predicted Mike Evans would run a clear route to open up a throwing lane for Chris Godwin.
And once again, Vilma is correct:
Example No. 2. Granted, Godwin runs a curl, but Evans does clear it out and Brady initially looks that way: pic.twitter.com/ozoCaywdTy— Evan Winter (@evan_winterAtoZ) October 24, 2022
Vilma definitely watched Buccaneers film leading up to this matchup, but it’s still a sorry state of affairs when a broadcaster can pinpoint what a team is about to do after watching this offense for about an hour-and-a-half.
If Vilma can observe that much in such a short amount of time – imagine what an NFL defense observes over the course of the week.
No wonder the Buccaneers offense can’t get anything done.
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