TAMPA, Fla. -- The man at the head of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' huddle might not always be there this season.
That’s because the Bucs might not always have a huddle and that’s fine with quarterback Josh McCown.
In Saturday night’s preseason game against Miami, the Bucs unveiled a no-huddle offense in a situation other than a two-minute drill. Coach Lovie Smith has said the Bucs will use the no-huddle offense at times, but he hasn’t said how often.
But McCown said he believes there are plenty of advantages to the no-huddle offense.
“The main thing is the pressure it puts on the defense to get their calls in and to get going,’’ McCown said. “Sometimes you can build stressors into what you do, things that stress the defense and don’t stress you, I think that’s a positive. Probably the main thing is it pushes the tempo and forces them to make decisions quicker and for everybody to play faster. Obviously, paramount to that is being able to do that yourself without letting it affect your execution. It’s a good tool to have. I don’t know how much we’ll do it, but it’s a good tool to have.’’
McCown said one of the main keys to the no-huddle offense is to sustain drives. Short drives can keep your own defense on the field too much.
“That would be the negative to it,’’ McCown said. “You could have a quick turnaround, a quick three-and-out. You don’t want to do that to your defense. But, not any different than if you were huddling, you still want to be efficient on third down. It does put a premium on converting because you want to sustain drives and get into rhythm and really push the tempo. We’ve scratched the surface with it. We’ll see how much we use it. For me, that’s the biggest challenge, transitioning into third downs. Some of the things I’ve done in the past, I’ve not always kept the tempo going into third down. So I think it’s a good thing because it’s a pressure down. But, again, you talk about the things that tempo brings and the stressors that it does for a defense, it may give you an edge.’’