Aug 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

When To Worry: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preseason Offensive Woes


The preseason isn’t officially over, but the parts that matter for the most part are. It’s unlikely we see much more than a series or two from the starters and there are rumors of Freeman not even taking a snap in the final preseason game.

So the body of work we’ve seen to this point is all we’re going to get before it counts in a week and a half in New Jersey.

It’s understandable to be concerned about the state of the offense. Josh Freeman has looked out of sync, the receivers have dropped passes left and right, Doug Martin took a knock on the head, and the offensive line looks like the turn styles outside Raymond James Stadium.

But the coach of the team, Greg Schiano says, fear not Buccaneer fans, we’re going to be alright.

I for one, have a bit of concern about the lack of success thus far from the Bucs’ offense. But, now is not the time to worry. The fact is that all of this disappears on September 8th, and a completely different story can be written in just three hours that Sunday afternoon.

Yes, the Buccaneers have looked almost incompetent on offense, but don’t worry just yet. Josh Freeman hasn’t thrown an interception, there’s not a major injury to a starter (Nicks’ staff infection should subside soon), and the complete unit has not had even a single play on the field together.

Also, the Buccaneers have seemed to be working on a number of specific plays rather than running any sort of regular season game play calling.

So while the stats, and the eye test scream panic, don’t do it yet. Let the Jets game play out. If there’s still issues after that one, then the tune of this article will change. Drastically.

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