Buccaneers abandon defining philosophy in win versus Cowboys

Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

It looks like the era of risking it for the biscuit is over for the Buccaneers on offense. Hopefully their new strategy will work just as well.

If you didn’t already know that changes were coming to the Buccaneers based on the recent head coaching shift, you should know now.

The game last night felt very different from what we have grown accustomed to during the Bruce Arians/Tom Brady era. Todd Bowles has been very clear about the identity he wants this Buccaneers team to have, and while he has also made it clear that he isn’t trying to completely change the offensive philosophy, there were some pretty evident changes last night.

The win versus the Cowboys felt a lot like a Bucs game from the early 2000s. Good defense and a run-heavy offense made it so that Dallas was never truly in the game. This is not what the Bucs subscribed to during the Bruce Arians era.

The Buccaneers ran the ball 31 times last night (we won’t count the two Tom Brady rushes) against just 27 passing attempts. More rushing attempts that passing attempts was very uncommon in the Arians-iteration of this team, but it worked for the Bucs last night.

The conservative approach bled the clock, and the defense played accordingly. The pairing was next to perfect, although the Bucs should’ve posted far more points based on their number of trips to the red zone.

Still, a win is a win.

Now, the biggest question looks to be if the Buccaneers can recreate that success against teams that actually have an offense.

No risk it, no biscuit has become a common part of most top-tier teams on the offensive side of the ball. Teams like the Bills and Chiefs pushed the ball down the field quickly with a pass-heavy attack, and one has to wonder if Tampa’s conservative approach can transition to a boat race when needed.

Regardless, it looks like Todd Bowles got the exact type of win he would want, and it all came on the back of a plan that had his fingerprints all over it. Hopefully these wins keep coming.

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