TAMPA, Fla. -- It won’t go down in history like Joe Namath’s Super Bowl guarantee, but Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano made a pretty big promise Wednesday.
“We’re going to run the ball better,’’ Schiano said. “We have to run the ball better.’’
The second part of that might be an understatement. The Bucs are a run-first offense, but they haven’t been running the ball very well in recent weeks. After injuries to running backs Doug Martin and Mike James, the Bucs turned to Bobby Rainey and he responded with a 163-yard game against Atlanta. But the running game has stalled since then.
In the last two games, Rainey has averaged just 49 yards and Schiano said that’s not nearly enough.
“We just can’t do what we’re doing in our run game right now and have a chance to win,’’ Schiano said. “We ran it well against some very good defenses and the last couple of weeks it has not been as good. For us to win, we need to be able to run the football.’’
In injury news out of practice, wide receiver Vincent Jackson was limited with a leg injury. Schiano said the injury is not serious and the team had planned on giving the veteran a light day of practice anyway.