Byron Leftwich To Focus On The Run Game
New Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich his offensive philosophy is the same as Head coach Bruce Arians, calling it no risk it no biscuit part 2. This means Leftwich will employ a power run game, which will allow him to take deep shots downfield. In order to accomplish this, the running game must improve from last season in which they finished at the bottom of the league.
Last season, the Bucs drafted USC RB Ronald Jones and had RB Peyton Barber still on the roster from the season before. They eventually went with Barber as the starter and used Jones as a second RB. The results were a disaster with Barber gaining just 871 yards rushing, averaging 3.7 YPC and catching 20 passes out of the backfield. Jones was even less impressive with just 44 yards on 23 carries averaging 1.9 YPC. In order for the Bucs offense to improve Leftwich Must try and get more out of Peyton Barber, who at 5’11” 225 pounds is perfect for a power running game.
Leftwich will use the big RB to wear down opposing defenses so that Winston can make deep throws down the field. Leftwich will also most likely lobby GM Jason Licht for some help along the offensive line, as only G Ali Marpet receiving a favorable rating on PFF.