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How long will it take? Bucs' new offense requires some patience



If you consider yourself a savvy Bucs fan but haven't read today's story on the Bucs offense by our Rick Stroud, do yourself a favor and take a look.

The article explains that, because of the complexities of the offense now installed by coordinator Mike Sullivan, there might be some hiccups early in the season. In fact, you should probably expect it.

In Josh Freeman's fourth season and under his third offensive coordinator, he'll be asked to do and understand more than ever before. Whereas under former offensive coordinator Greg Olson's West Coast-based system Freeman would go through progressions then make his throws, Sullivan's system requires the quarterback and receivers to make critical pre-snap reads, then adjust routes accordingly.

That might not sound like much, but it adds another layer of responsibility that must be dealt with in mere seconds. Furthermore, being certain both parties are on the same page is essential.

"There are some things we do that (Freeman has) never been exposed to," coach Greg Schiano said. "And there are some things he used to do that we don't do."

The point? 

It's going to be a process. You should probably take an open-minded approach to things as you watch this offense during the early stages of the season. Though we've seen Freeman and his receivers, at times, look impressive during camp, outcomes could be different against opponents. Those reads that quarterbacks and receivers have to make presumably are easier against the Bucs' own defense, which Freeman and his teammates see every day.

This is not necessarily reason for alarm. You probably should have seen that coming long ago. There are always issues like these when there's a transition to a new offense.

But this bears watching, especially in tonight's game against the Patriots -- the final appearance for many of the team's key offensive players.

[Last modified: Friday, August 24, 2012 3:57pm]


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