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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs offense changes the pace -- for a while



LeGarrette Blount’s early fumble today at Carolina only made it easier for the Bucs to do something that, arguably, was long overdue.

Tampa Bay went to an uptempo and sometimes no-huddle attack using RBs Kregg Lumpkin and Mossis Madu and the shotgun formation.
The tactic worked. The Bucs embarked on a 15-play, 80-yard drive on which QB Josh Freeman was 7 of 8 for 53 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown pass to Arrelious Benn.

“We came into this week wanting to do, not really a no-huddle, but to speed things up,” Lumpkin said. “So, that’s what we ended up doing and it worked for a while. It was just keeping us out on the field and not letting the defense change personnel and calling the plays that were open to us.”

Lumpkin finished with seven carries for 24 yards and four catches for 38 yards. Madu has 20 yards rushing on four carries and 42 receiving yards on four receptions.

It was a different look for the Bucs’ offense. It just didn’t last.

“We had everything going there, dictating what they could do on defense and we had something going,” coach Raheem Morris said.

[Last modified: Saturday, December 24, 2011 6:59pm]


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