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Blount: 'I should be on the football field more.'

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September

The Detroit Lions didn't do much to stop running back LeGarrette Blount. The Bucs coaches did it for them.
 
A decision to go to a two-minute offense to start the second half helped limit Blount to only five carries for 15 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Lions, with all but one of those rushing attempts in the first half. Blount, who declined to comment after the game Sunday, said Monday that he deserves to play more.
 
"I feel like...I’m a play-maker on this team also, so I feel like I should be on the football field more,'' Blount said.
 
"We got away from our game plan. We got away from getting me the football, we got away from giving Mike (Williams) opportunity balls. It was just things like that...I don't know if we panicked, but we kind of got away from that really early.''
 
Blount rushed for 1,007-yards last season despite starting only seven games. But he said coaches don't trust him enough to play in the two-minute offensive sets and prefer to go with veteran Earnest Graham. 
 
“I have to respect the coach’s call,'' Blount said. "You've got to do what they tell you. If they feel the need to run the two-minute offense the entire second half, we didn’t run the ball much the first half so it’s up to them.
 
Bucs coach Raheem Morris second-guessed his decision to go with the two-minute offense to start the second half trailing by only a touchdown.  
 
"We have a weapon in Blount, we want to be able to run the ball with him,'' Morris said Monday. "Maybe as a coach, I went too fast, I went too early to the two-minute offense. But I wanted to get something going, get something generated, get (quarterback Josh Freeman) some confidence and get all those guys going. And it worked to the standpoint that we were able to get back into the game. But we didn't have to do it like that. Maybe we went to it too early. That's something for me to second-guess, that's something for me to improve, that's something for me to get better at.
 
“You can blame me for that, you guys can write coach stuck to the two-minute offense too early. But I was giving our offense a chance to get going and we got it going in that two minute at the end (of the first half) and got the three. And I came out of the tunnel and looked at (Olson) and said let’s go to two minute fast, right off the bat. And we did and we got a chance to get back in the game. But maybe coach went to it a little too early. I should’ve given us another chance back to our game plan.''
 

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