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Bucs tweaked blocking schemes to spark running game



When talking to offensive coordinator Greg Olson this week regarding a story about the play of Cadillac Williams and the running back rotation consisting of Williams and LeGarrette Blount, Olson told me something in passing that I found quite interesting.

In an effort to defend Williams' early-season performance to an extent, Olson was trying to make the point that the play of the offensive line was responsible for some of the shortcomings in the running game.

"It wasn’t all Cadillac early on," Olson said. "Schematically, we've simplified some things a little bit. He had some looks early on where, some of it was unfortunate luck and (defenders) were in the hole."

That certainly sounds familiar. There was not much room to run on many occasions. Of course, Blount has also encountered some similar issues and "made his own hole," as Olson admits. But Williams was the victim of some offensive line miscues. Those miscues appear to have been eliminated now that coaches have made the necessary changes.

Later, when interviewing Williams for the story, he seemed to suggest as much.

"If you (turn) on the film and watch us, you’ll see it’s night and day," he said. "I think the offensive line is playing as one now. There's lanes and alleys there. You have to give those guys up front a lot of credit because those guys are doing a heck of a job."

The point is, the revival of the running game in Buc Land has as much to do with Blount and Williams proving to be a formidable combination as it does the offensive line getting its act together.

So, let's give credit where credit is due. In this case, it's the offensive line -- as well as the offensive coaching staff -- that's deserving of some praise.

[Last modified: Saturday, November 27, 2010 1:56pm]


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