Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Play book advice for Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
I’m pretty sure new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano and his staff are going to run things a lot differently than predecessor Raheem Morris and his crew did.
It’s obvious Schiano is going about a lot of things in different ways, like putting the focus on details and organization. But, if there’s any temptation to borrow anything from the previous offensive playbook, Schiano and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan would be wise to make sure it’s not the end around or reverse to wide receiver Arrelious Benn.
Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 looked at what happened when Benn got the ball on reverses last year and the results weren’t pretty. In fact, they were down-right dismal.
Benn carried the ball six times on reverses last year. Only three of them went for positive yardage. The longest gain was nine yards. The other two gains went for three and two yards. Benn also carried for losses of four, five and 12 yards.
I’ll total it up here. Benn carried six times on reverses for a grand total of minus seven yards.