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Despite success, Bucs will use no huddle sparingly



Bringonthehurryup. No need to pause in that sentence since the no-huddle offense was created for tempo and rookie quarterback Mike Glennon operated it two perfection in the Bucs' only two touchdown drives during Sunday's 33-14 loss to the 49ers.

However, don't expect that two-minute thrill offense to be the norm for the Bucs and Glennon moving forward even though Tampa Bay has sunk to 32nd in the NFL in total offense, passing offense and third down conversion percentage.

“Because we scored twice with it, now people will say…I get home and they say, “why didn’t we do more of the no huddle?’' Schiano said Monday. "I get the same things. I’m just kidding around. I guess my point is, against a team like that I thought we’d be able to run it better and get into a time of possession.

"When you go no huddle, especially when they get you three-and-out, your time of possession is almost nil. There are a lot of different no-huddles. We have really three different tempos that we go no huddle. I’m not going to go into the specifics competitively, but we jumped into one of the tempos of no huddles, I think it was the third series, so you can’t go much quicker than that. You can if you do it the whole game. I didn’t want to do it the whole game.''

Trailing 17-0, the only success on offense came with Glennon operating the no-huddle. He capped an 80-yard drive at the end of the first half with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson and led the Bucs' to a 92-yard march that resulted in a 24-yard scoring strike to tight end Tim Wright on the first play of the fourth quarter, cutting the Niners lead to 20-14.

Unfortunately, the Bucs other nine offensive possessions netted 11 total yards.

“We’ve done it at different times this year,'' Schiano said. "We’ve opened halves with it, especially when we weren’t very effective in the first half. It can be used as a jumpstart sometimes, it can be used as a way to put the gas pedal down on somebody if you’re rolling them pretty good. It’s just a feel thing. Depending on which type of no huddle you’re utilizing. One of them is your end of game no huddle if you want to use that at any time. That’s one set of plays. And then there’s a whole other – what you guys remember the Buffalo Bills would do. They would huddle, they would be on the line, but they would run their whole offense from on the line. It’s definitely a weapon.''

[Last modified: Monday, December 16, 2013 4:44pm]


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