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Schiano plans no change for the Bucs' offense, including QB



Despite an offense that has produced one trip to the end zone in the past two weeks and is ranked only ahead of Jacksonville for the fewest points in the league, Bucs coach Greg Schiano isn’t shaking things up.

Schiano plans to stick with Josh Freeman at quarterback and said Monday he has the ‘utmost confidence,’ in offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. Tampa Bay is 0-3 for the first time since 2009 and has lost eight of its last nine games under Schiano.

“Josh is our starter. That's where we are,’’ Schiano said. “He's done some good things and he's done some things that he'd like to change and we'd like to. But it's the whole offensive unit. We need to be more precise and we need to coach more precisely, it's everybody involved.’’

Freeman completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes for the third straight game (sixth including preseason) in Sunday’s 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The Bucs’ offense has scored three points in the past seven quarters.

"There's schematic issues that we have to be more precise,’’ Schiano said. “We left way too much on the table there. If we just do our jobs, we'll score a lot of points.’’

Freeman went 19-of-41 passing for 236 yards with an interception Sunday against the Patriots. He is the 33rd ranked quarterback in the NFL with a 59.3 passer rating heading into the Monday night game between the Raiders and Broncos.

On Sunday, the Bucs dropped two passes that likely would've resulted in touchdowns in the first half against the Patriots. Tampa Bay had six trips inside the New England 40-yard line and came away with only a field goal. Schiano says Freeman has done some things well this season.

"I think he understands what we're trying to do with our offense,'' Schiano said. "I think when he's in the pocket and feels comfortable, he's delivering the ball. It's when things break down a little bit, it hasn't been as good as it's been before and it will be again. Once of his strengths is extending plays. But again, when you have variables, where we're not sharp enough on the details, it's hard to be the triggerman when some things aren't going the way they're supposed to.

"There's 10 other guys out there...and everybody has some of the responsibility for not scoring points, starting with me. But obviously, it does happen because he touches the ball 73 times on Sunday. But there's a whole bunch of us have to get our stuff straight.''


[Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 5:12pm]


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