What’s expected out of the Bucs backfield.

At a time when restructuring is anticipated of a team the Bucs should consider the history involved with the running-back position as projections of playing, injury expectations and overall player performance is considered out of those actively on the Tampa roster.

When you have players such as Carnell Williams and Earnest Graham that have been injured for the duration of their contracts this consideration is more than that of a suggestion it could define the production of the Tampa offense under the judgement of a new head coach.

Last season, the Tampa offense only produced 1,837 rushing yards to bring them the NFL’s fifteenth position as a rushing offense. On the road to reach two-thousand rushing yards, the Bucs have failed season after season to become one of the NFL’s elite rushing offenses. A bothersome fact that needs to be addressed if the Bucs ever want to achieve NFL greatness again in that of a super bowl title.

It seems to collaborate on this matter the Bucs have sought out the backfield talents of Derrick Ward to consider as a offensive threat. Ward coming from a trade with the New York Giants is considered one of the NFL’s most potent rushers averaging 5.6 yards per carry and had a total of 1,025 rushing yards that made the giants a serious ground threat last season. As a team, the Bucs were only noted for having 4.1 yards per carry as an average for the entire 2008 season.

What does this say about the Tampa offense?

Hopefully that as a team the Bucs have identified that injuries need to be compensated for talent when considering this skilled position in the fact that since the Pittman era a noticeable trend of backfield injuries have plagued the Tampa offense in critical games in which a couple yards could have changed the outcome of the game. This has been a factor for game situations against Tampa as the defense has allowed 4.3 yards per carry a game and a total of 1,901 yards for the entire season. The NFL’s 19th ranked defense in the rushing position.


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