Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to take a page out of LSU Tigers’ book
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an opportunity to possess one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL and there’s little standing in their way.
When you add in other weapons like Ronald Jones II, Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, you can see pretty easily how this offense could easily become one of the best in the league.
What am I talking about? You don’t have to look any further back than the 2019 College Football National Champions: The LSU Tigers.
The Buccaneers have to unleash their play-makers
If you have watched any College Football over the past half-decade, you know just how dominant and revolutionary that LSU offense was last season.
In years past, the Tigers had relied heavily on a pro-style set that featured lots of hard runners and a slow, methodical approach to moving the ball down field. They completely flipped that on its head in 2019.
With Joe Burrow at quarterback and some of the most talented wide receivers in the country led by Ja’Marr Chase, LSU began doing something rather simple, but absolutely devastating for opposing defenses.
LSU lined up in spread-formations, allowed its receivers to run simple routes and got the ball out of Burrow’s hands fast. Burrow simply made his read quickly and got the ball to his play-makers. They used their running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of the backfield and, though many sets only had five down linemen, they put less pressure on their offensive line because of the quickness of the offense.
In a nutshell, this is the style of offense we should see from the Buccaneers this season.
Of course it’s not going to be the exact same, but it just makes sense that Tom Brady gets the ball out quick- to keep pressure off the offensive line and to protect himself from injury- and utilizes his play-makers, which may be the best arsenal in the league.
This type of tempo will be tough for opposing defenses to handle and opens up the vertical game, as well as the running game.
We’ve seen some of these concepts during the first week of Training Camp and Bucs fans should expect to see more of it as we progress throughout the season. It won’t look the exact same in terms of formations, but many of the concepts will be almost identical in nature.