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Buccaneers preseason passing numbers under Jagodzinski were abysmal



This is a very unscientific look at the job Jeff Jagodzinski did, but now that he has been fired, we've examined a little closer the offense and how it's performing.

Things have been promising in the running game, but in the passing game, the results have been quite poor. Since that's where most of the issues with Jagodzinski appear to lie, it's worth taking a look at what the Bucs' passing game has done during the preseason.

Yes, it's true these games don't count, and ,no, teams don't show all their cards in the preseason, but consider:

  • In terms of passing yards per game, the Bucs have averaged 154.7, ranking 31st of 32 teams.
  • Yards per attempt is 4.7, dead last in the league. This is particularly damning considering one of the strengths of this offense was supposed to be vertical passing.
  • The percentage of completions that result in first downs is 23.2, worst in the league.
  • The team's cumulative quarterback rating is 68.3, 29th in the league.

Again, these numbers should be viewed in perspective, given this is the preseason and it's only three games. But they do, perhaps, add a piece to this puzzle and provide more evidence of what the front office saw.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:40pm]


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