Following the Chiefs game, Bruce Arians stated that he believed that running back Ronald Jones should get 20 or more carries per game, and it’s true, he should. Jones has had only three games in which he carried the ball 20 or more times, and in each game – he had over 100-yards on the ground, and in each of those games, the Bucs won. With the announcement by Arians that the play-calling duties will be handed off to Tom Brady, I would have to question whether or not ROJO will indeed get a boost in carrying count. Brady has been quietly selecting his plays, and ROJO was not a big part of those play calls.
So, why now? Why, after all these weeks of fans, analysts, local media, and basically anyone with football knowledge screaming at the top of their lungs, “Run the g@#%&$! football!!” do they decide that now is the best time to give him the carries? Simple Answer: PLAYOFFS. My issue is that we are currently 7-5, but we could be 9-3. Giving up on the run has put Brady in some bad situations where terrible decisions were made, and the ball was turned over. Jeesh that sounds familiar. I digress. With the possibility that the Buccaneers could face two or more losses in the next coming weeks, maybe it is time to finally begin doing something that good football teams do and RUN THE F-ING Ball! We are 23rd in the league at rushing attempts. Not GOOD at all. We may have a decent shot at something very special this season, but it is going to be tough.
We begin our last 1/4 of football by facing off against a Minnesota Viking’s team that certainly has the weapons to cause significant trouble. Not only do they have the weapons, and they have an uncanny ability in finding a way to overcome a deficit in the second half of football. They adjust very well at the half, and that could spell doom for the Buccaneers, who struggle in games when they lose the lead. Then it’s Falcons, Lions, and wrapping up the season against the Falcons. These Falcons are not the same team they were at the beginning of the season as Rah has lit a fire under their behinds, so I wouldn’t just expect us to roll right through them, but it would be nice. The one game that scares me is the Detroit Lions. Snicker all that you want, but they are capable of playing solid football, and normally when you fire your coaches and have interims in place, teams begin winning. Lions haven’t, yet, but they could click right at the most inopportune time. Stafford is not trash, and the team, as a whole, can be troublesome. Hopefully, we head up to Ford Field and walk away with a big “W”. I cannot help but think that this game is going to be a trap. I said at the beginning of the season, we would finish 8-8, and if we lose to Vikings on Sunday, it won’t look too good for the Pewter Pirates. Unless, we decide to run the ball, of course.