How will Liam Coen's new pre-snap motion plan help the Buccaneers offense in 2024?

With a change from Dave Canales to Liam Coen at offensive coordinator, the Buccaneers' offense will look different next season, starting with a major increase in Pre-Snap Motion
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In the NFL, a different way of doing things is often welcome and replicated upon its success and sustainability. With that said, the Buccaneers could be doing just that four months ahead of the 2024 NFL season.

After last season's offensive coordinator Dave Canales left Tampa Bay to become the head coach in Carolina, the Buccaneers hired former Los Angeles Rams and Kentucky Wildcats coordinator Liam Coen. It's a move that has already started age very nicely.

Canales and Coen have some similarities in their play calls and schemes, but Coen is looking to bring a new element to the Buccaneers' offense in 2024, one that may yield exponential success.

How will Liam Coen's new pre-snap motion plan help the Buccaneers offense in 2024?

This past week, offensive coaches spoke to the media earlier in the week, and among the coaches to speak was quarterbacks coach Thad Lewis. Lewis, who was in Tampa Bay last year, noted that more motion is likely coming to the offense for the upcoming season.

"I would say the motions and the shifts and things like that," Lewis said. "We didn't do much of it, we did some of it, but right now I would say you would see a lot of it — just trying to dictate the defense, getting man/zone intel, things like that."

Even though motion has become more and more of a staple in Tampa Bay's offense, the Buccaneers still didn't use much motion in comparison with the rest of the league under Canales. According to a chart made by ESPN's Seth Walder, Tampa Bay ran motion on just 42.8% of their plays, a number dwarfed when compared to Miami (82.8%) and San Francisco (75.4%), two of the best offenses in the NFL.

With that said, the Buccaneers were even more of an anomaly when it came to motion at the snap. Last season, Tampa Bay utilized at-snap motion just 12.8% of the time, the fourth-lowest mark in the league.

Fortunately, that will change drastically with the arrival of Coen in Tampa Bay, as Los Angeles used at-snap motion at a 44.1% clip, the second-highest in the league.

Of course, Coen will have to adjust the gameplan and pre-snap motion to work best with the supporting cast he has in Tampa Bay, as opposed to what he had in Los Angeles.

Even so, an increase in pre-snap motion may jumpstart the Buccaneers' offense at times, especially late in games, when Tampa Bay's offense would get stagnant and sluggish at times.

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